With two matches set to take part within the fearsome structure and a WWE Title clash destined to disappoint, SmackDown Live! will present the ninth annual edition of the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view three days removed from the twenty year anniversary of the gimmick itself.
Back in 1997, the novel concept was devised in order to provide a satisfying conclusion to the bitter blood feud between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. 'HBK' had relied on repeated interference from Triple H, Chyna and Ravishing Rick Rude in their televised scuffles and prior pay-per-view battle. Ordered by new no-nonsense Commissioner Slaughter, the Cell was as much a rat trap as an entity of destruction in its own right.
Needless to say, the 'Heartbreak Kid' and 'The Deadman' set the bar incredibly high that night, with Dave Meltzer considering their display one of the best matches in wrestling in a year where WWE, WCW, ECW and All Japan Pro Wrestling were rewriting expectations of mat classics.
He'd be relatively kind to nearly every incarnation of the match, with only a select few earning the sharper end of his wit and wisdom. Some of the contests must have felt like true hell for the wrestlers to experience - they certainly were to watch.
(NOTE: In the event of a tied rating, the most recent match gets preferential treatment. Wrestling evolves at a breakneck pace, and any older contest outperforming a contemporary equivalent is deserving of the elevated status)
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