When you absolutely, positively, have to decisively end a feud, look no further than the imposing structure known as Hell in a Cell. When steel cage matches started to lose their mystique in the late ’90s, the minds in WWE came up with this monstrosity, a gigantic, fully-enclosed cage that encircles both the ring and the ringside area, allowing access to the various weapons that can be found underneath your average wrestling ring while also (theoretically, at least) preventing anyone from interfering. While the concept has been watered down in recent years due to the creation of the yearly Hell in a Cell Pay Per View, combined with a PG rating and a moratorium on blood in matches, the gimmick itself is still used rarely enough that its presence adds a certain gravity to any match. Inside (and occasionally on top of) that structure, some of the best matches and biggest moments in WWE history have occurred, and here are ten Hell in a Cell matches that rose above the pack.
10. Edge vs The Undertaker – SummerSlam 2008
As punishment for her husband Edge fooling around with their wedding planner, Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero brought The Undertaker back from a banishment he had received for losing a match to Edge at a previous Pay Per View, and set both men against each other inside Hell in a Cell. For his part, Undertaker promised to send Edge straight to hell as revenge for months of shenanigans perpetrated upon him by the Rated R Superstar and his gang of underlings (who mostly had abandoned Edge in the wake of his wedding fiasco). Edge and The Undertaker usually had good chemistry together, as also seen in their under-rated WrestleMania XXIV main event match, and they showed it off here as well. After emphatically winning the match, Undertaker fulfilled his promise, chokeslamming Edge off the top of a ladder and right through the ring below, from which a fiery explosion emerged. Edge disappeared for several months after being allegedly sent to Hell, but his condition was upgraded to “alive’ when he made a shocking return at Survivor Series.