The Hell in a Cell match quickly grew to iconic status in late 90s WWE. Since its introduction the “Devil’s Playground” has been an annual fixture, with it now having its own PPV event. I’ve grappled with stats from every televised Hell in a Cell match and pulled out a stack of em just for you, yes you. You’re very welcome.
In total there have been 27 televised Hell in a Cell matches to date. The very first HIAC match featured Shawn Michaels against the Undertaker. HBK also featured in the most recent HIAC match some 16 years later, as special guest referee in Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship match.
Only 2 televised Hell in a Cell matches have not taken place on a PPV event (they were on episodes of Raw). Both of these non-PPV Cell matches did not have a decisive winner, the only matches in the history of the Cell to do so. Both matches took place in 1998 and featured Mankind and Kane as participants.
The WWE Championship has been defended 9 times inside the Cell, the now-retired World Heavyweight Championship was defended 5 times. The World Heavyweight Championship was also the first belt to change hands inside the Cell, when the Undertaker defeated CM Punk in 2009 – it took 12 years since the Cell was first introduced until a title changed hands within its confines (you could argue Stone Cold Steve Austin’s WWE title loss to Kane took place inside the Cell at King of the Ring ’98, but it was a First Blood match where the Cell “mysteriously” lowered) .
There have only ever been 2 Hell in a Cell matches at Wrestlemania, Both involved the Undertaker, and both ended in a victory for the Deadman, adding to the Streak. The largest HIAC match took place at Armageddon 2000 in Birmingham AL. The match involved 6 men competing for the WWE Championship, which Kurt Angle retained.
Only 1 Hell in a Cell match hasn’t taken place on US soil. That match took place at Unforgiven 2006 in Toronto, Canada and was a 2-on-3 handicap match. D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated Vince McMahon,Shane McMahon, and Big Show. This match also marked the debut of the “amplified Cell”, which is 20ft high compared to the 16ft of the original version. The amplified version also clocks in at over 5 tons, a full 3 tons heavier than the old version of the Cell.
The average length of a Hell in a Cell match is 21 minutes. In total there have been almost 599 minutes of HIAC matches on WWE television. The longest match was contested between Triple H and Shawn Michaels in 2004 at Bad Blood, lasting 47:26. The shortest Hell in a Cell match was Mankind vs Kane on an episode of Raw is War in 1998. The match went just 7:41 before being declared a no contest.
When it comes to declaring the “King of the Cell”, two wrestlers stand above all others: Triple H and the Undertaker. Each has 6 wins inside the cell, though the Cerebral Assassin has only 3 losses compared to the Deadman’s 6. But the Undertaker does hold a victory over Triple H, so that may just swing it. It could be argued the biggest martyr of the Cell is Mick Foley, with a 100% loss record from 4 matches. Mr McMahon, Shane McMahon and Paul Heyman have all competed in Hell in a Cell matches, none of them have been victorious.There are only 3 members of the 100% club, with Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar and Mark Henry all undefeated.
The Cell was also used in the Kennel from Hell match between Al Snow and the Big Bossman. But, quite frankly, it was awful…
Check out my previous Wrestling With Numbers post on the Money in the Bank match here. Pics from WWE.com.