Ranking the top five most violent Hell in a Cell matches in WWE history


This Sunday, the WWE rolls into Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan for the popular pay-per-view Hell in a Cell.

Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens are sure to take their bitter rivalry up a notch in the main event and that bout will be contested in the Devil's Playground.

The Usos and The New Day will also tie a bow on their rivalry inside the Satanic Structure and that will take the grand total of Hell in a Cell matches in WWE history to 38.

But, what are the most brutal Hell in a Cell bouts of all-time?

With McMahon and Owens looking like they are going to do something crazy on Sunday, we take a look at the top five most violent Hell in a Cell bouts ever.

5) Triple H Vs Kevin Nash (Mick Foley special guest referee) - Bad Blood 2003

Man, this was a blood bath. When Kevin Nash returned to the company after a serious quad tear, his best friends, Triple H and Shawn Michaels were feuding. He had to pick a side and when he took his time making a decision, HHH picked for him.

This led to Nash and the King of Kings having a bitter feud that culminated in the cell and everyone, including Foley, shed some blood. The climax of the match saw a sledgehammer and a steel chair used, but HHH retained his world heavyweight title in the 10th ever Hell in a Cell match.

4) Shane McMahon Vs The Undertaker - WrestleMania 32

The son of owner and chairman of the board, Vince McMahon, made his long-awaited return to the WWE after a near seven-year absence in 2016 and he wanted back in on the family business. In order to get his wish, Shane just had to do one thing - beat The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match.

The WM32 card was riddled with injuries and this was certainly a last-minute call, but Shane ended up making the match memorable by attempting an elbow drop off the top of the cell onto 'Taker, only for the Deadman to move. He became only the third superstar to ever come off the top of the cell and certainly provided the most memorable cell moment of the PG era. Unsurprisingly, he lost.

3) Kurt Angle Vs Rikishi Vs The Rock Vs Stone Cold Steve Austin Vs Triple H Vs The Undertaker - Armageddon 2000

A six-man Hell in a Cell match for the WWE title with the six biggest stars in the business at the time (perhaps sans Kane)? Who wouldn't love this match!

Every single man bled in this match with plenty of weapons on show. Austin even had his head rammed through a car window! But the crowning moment was when the Undertaker chokeslammed Rikishi off the top of the cell. Angle walked in as WWE champion, but no one expected him to walk out the same way.

2) Triple H Vs Cactus Jack - No Way Out 2000

After failing to beat Triple H for the WWE title at the Royal Rumble in a critically acclaimed street fight, Mick Foley put his WWE career on the line against Triple H in the cell.

As Foley famously said: "My first Hell in a Cell match made my career. My other one, ended it." Triple H would emerge victorious after one of the most brutal matches in history came to a climax with Foley falling through the cell and through the ring and being swiftly suffering a pedigree. For a match that had flaming bats wrapped in bared wire, it was always going to be savage.

1) The Undertaker Vs Mankind - King of the Ring 1998

What else, right? This set the tone and mystique for everything the Hell in a Cell match has become and it will likely never be surpassed.

Long story short: Undertaker threw Foley off the cell and through a table which caused massive injuries. Then, Foley scaled the cage again only to be chokelsammed through the cell down onto the ring. Watching the footage now makes you wonder how it ever happened in what many consider a 'fake' sport!

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