The Hell in a Cell pay-per-view has become one of WWE fans' favorite B-events of the year thanks to the iconic Hell in a Cell match. It's crazy to think the pay-per-view event has only been going for eight years despite the rich history surrounding the Hell in a Cell match type.
Whether it be Shane McMahon jumping from the top of the cell at WrestleMania 32, or The Undertaker throwing Mankind off the top of the cell in 1998, the Hell in a Cell match type has created some awesome moments in WWE history, and this weekend's event should be no different.
This Sunday's event will be the ninth event under the Hell in a Cell chronology and is set to feature two Hell in a Cell matches, one being The New Day vs The Usos, and other being Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens, which will be the main event of the pay-per-view.
Looking back at WWE's first Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in 2009, the event had two title changes and was a reasonably decent show. However, it was criticized though for not having enough brutal moments, as it was believed WWE's PG rating was damaging the quality of matches.
Here are all the matches which took place at the first Hell in a Cell pay-per-view eight years ago, and where the superstars who took part in those matches are now.
Matt Hardy def. Mike Knox
Matt Hardy defeated Mike Knox in a dark match before the event began. Hardy is with the WWE again after returning alongside his brother Jeff at WrestleMania 33 earlier this year, while Knox is semi-retired and is part of Japanese promotion Inoki Genome Federation.
The Undertaker def. CM Punk (c) - Hell in a Cell match - World Heavyweight Championship
It wouldn't be Hell in the Cell without The Undertaker, and The Deadman was successful on this night as he managed to defeat CM Punk inside the cell for the World Heavyweight Championship. Undertaker executed a chokeslam followed by a Tombstone Piledriver on Punk to win the title.
Many fans believe The Undertaker has now retired following his loss to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33, although this hasn't been confirmed by either WWE or the man himself. Punk, on the other hand, left WWE is 2014 and is still looking to have his second UFC fight.
John Morrison (c) def. Dolph Ziggler - Intercontinental Championship
John Morrison managed to retain the Intercontinental title by avoiding Dolph Ziggler's Zig-Zag by holding onto the ropes and countering it with a Starship Pain for the win. Morrison hasn't been with WWE since 2011 and is currently wrestling for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, Lucha Underground, and Global Force Wrestling.
Ziggler is still a prominent superstar in the WWE, as in recent times, he has been feuding with new superstars who arrive on the SmackDown roster. He'll have a match this weekend at Hell in a Cell against Bobby Roode.
Mickie James (c) def. Alicia Fox - Divas Championship
Mickie James dominated her match against Alicia Fox before hitting the Mickie-DDT to score the pinfall and retain her title. Both superstars are part of the WWE still today as members of the Monday Night RAW roster.
Jeri-Show (c) def. Batista and Rey Mysterio - Unified WWE Tag Team Championship
Chris Jericho and Big Show managed to retain their Unified WWE Tag Team Championship against Batista and Rey Mysterio at the first Hell in a Cell in 2009 after Mysterio was struck with a Knockout Punch and pinned by Show while attempting a West Coast Pop.
Jericho and Show are currently spending time away from WWE, Jericho to tour with and promote his new album with Fozzy, and Show to have hip surgery. Batista has made it big in Hollywood since leaving WWE in 2014, while Mysterio now wrestles Lucha Underground since departing WWE in 2015.
Randy Orton def. John Cena (c) - Hell in a Cell match - WWE Championship
The second Hell in a Cell match on the card was between Randy Orton and John Cena for the WWE Championship. The match was arguably the best match of the night as it flowed and went back and forth nicely. Both superstars delivered their finishers multiple times in the match.
The Viper won the WWE title by executing an RKO, which Cena kicked out of, and then delivering a punt kick. Both superstars are still in the WWE today, as Orton will be facing Rusev at Hell in a Cell this weekend while Cena is currently taking time off for different filming projects.
Drew McIntyre def. R-Truth
Drew McIntyre won his match very quickly against R-Truth at the first Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in just under five minutes after he executed the Future Shock to score the pinfall. McIntyre is now part of NXT, where he is the current NXT Champion, while Truth is part of the RAW roster.
Kofi Kingston (c) def. Jack Swagger and The Miz - United States Championship
Kofi Kingston managed to retain the United States Championship in this match after he took advantage of Jack Swagger's gutwrench powerbomb on The Miz by executing a Trouble in Paradise on Swagger and then pinning The Miz to retain his title.
Swagger is the only one out of these three not with the WWE as he is currently on the independent circuit. Kofi is part of The New Day and will be at Hell in a Cell this weekend, while The Miz is currently part of the RAW roster.
D-Generation X def. The Legacy – Hell in a Cell match
The third and final Hell in a Cell match of the first Hell in a Cell pay-per-view took place between D-Generation X members Triple H and Shawn Michaels, and The Legacy members of Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr.
Rhodes and DiBiase locked Triple H outside the cage at the start of the match, focusing on and taking down Michaels, leaving The Game to desperately find a way inside the cell. He then left, and returned with pliers and opened the door.
Triple H then punched DiBiase using a chain and delivered a Pedigree to him outside the cell, locking the door behind him as he reentered. The Game and HBK ended Rhodes with a sledgehammer/Sweet Chin Music combination to win the bout.
Triple H is currently the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for WWE and the senior producer for NXT, while Michaels is a trainer at the WWE Performance Center. Rhodes is currently wrestling for Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling since leaving WWE in 2016, while DiBiase has retired from wrestling completely after he left WWE in 2013.
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