SummerSlam 2008: Edge vs. Undertaker and the Last Great Hell in a Cell Match

Rob Manisero@robmaniCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2011

In less than two weeks, we will see the first of its kind when John Cena, Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk meet in a triple threat match inside the steel structure known as Hell in a Cell. Unfortunately, I'm not too excited for this unique encounter.

Why? Because compared to the original Hell in a Cell matches, the bouts that take place on the PPV with the same name seem more like pillow fights. And that's where Edge vs. the Undertaker enters.

Over three years ago, the Phenom and the Rated-R Superstar collided in the main event of WWE's second-biggest PPV of the year. It was simply a grudge match with months and months of pent-up frustration. Which is exactly a remedy that Hell in a Cell can cure.

Edge vs. Undertaker was the last Hell in a Cell match that really meant something. The build-up for that match really began at Survivor Series the previous year, when Edge clocked Taker with a camera in yet another Hell in a Cell match and cost him the title.

After countless battles throughout the next few months, Edge finally prevailed and forced Taker to leave the company after beating him in a TLC match. But then Vickie brought him back to get revenge on her cheating husband.

I mean, we can't really blame Edge there. We are talking about Vickie, not Trish Stratus. Either way, the consequences were huge, and it all culminated at SummerSlam.

And the match delivered.

Both men battled inside and out of the cell, using tables, cameras, chairs, steel steps and ladders on the journey. And in the end, Edge was literally "sent to hell."

Fast-forward to 2011, and now, the Hell in a Cell match doesn't mean nearly as much. The cell is supposed to end long-standing rivalries and crown a true winner. Now, the only time we can see one of these matches is if it happens to be early October.

Cena vs. Punk alone could make an outside case for a Hell in a Cell match, but even their rivalry has not gone on long enough for that honor. As for Cena and Del Rio, well, let me make this easy. Not a chance.

Most likely, we will see Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton inside Satan's Structure as well. Henry is on the roll of his career, but even that match doesn't deserve the honor. If anything, it should be Orton vs. Christian instead.

The final kicker for this PPV is the lack of blood, and that goes a long way towards reducing the "hellish" nature of the show. Then again, Edge and Taker did not feature any blood from the head, and that was still a fantastic match.

In my opinion, it's time to scrap the Hell in a Cell PPV and return the match to its former glory. Leave the match for long-standing rivalries that cannot be ended in any other way. Unfortunately, with the PG direction of the show, I'm afraid that the glory days of Hell in a Cell are far behind us.

Thanks for reading my first WWE article here on Bleacher Report. Any comments or feedback you might have are always appreciated, good or bad.


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