The Hell in a Cell stipulation has received major criticism over the years since the implementation of the annual PPV. The days of the cage only being brought out for the most violent and monumental matches, filled with dangerous spots and major blade jobs, are gone. Instead, the brand of the match is more important than the commitment to the structure's aura and the boost it can give to narratives.
While the stipulation most known for its violence and involvement in only the most intense feuds has been neutered immensely in the grander scheme of things, many matches within the Cell in the last 12 years have captured that classic feeling of danger and scale. Whether the feuds were incredibly developed leading into the satanic prison, the performers risked their wellbeing in maddening spots or impeccable psychology, all of these contests have the required status to feel worthy of a classic Hell in a Cell match.
The PG era is not a bad thing overall; this list isn't meant as a dismissal of the good qualities it's brought to WWE and their talent. But in the time period of Hell in a Cell no contests, random feuds and a lack of true intensity, it's refreshing to feel transported to a more brutal time by these wonderful fights.