This Sunday, WWE will hold its 11th Hell in a Cell
PPV, but the demonic structure’s history in WWE stretches back much further.
The first Hell in a Cell match took place 22 years
ago, with 40 such bouts dotting the WWE landscape since. Two more matches are
scheduled to take place at the PPV this weekend.
Twenty-six of the previous cell matches have taken place since 2009 and the advent of the HIAC PPV (meaning 16
took place in the 12 years prior), showing that the pace has more than
quickened: it’s at a full-on gallop.
Obviously, having a pay-per-view named Hell in a
Cell guarantees that there will be at least one cell match per year, but that
doesn’t guarantee that the match(es) chosen to take place inside a cell should
be. What used to be a blow-off for a feud now takes place because it’s that
time of year.
Regardless, the 40 HIAC matches that have taken
place have produced some interesting results in terms of who’s participated,
who’s won and what trends have emerged. Who has won the most cell matches? Who
has never won inside the cell? How often is a title defended and changed hands?
Who has competed inside the cell? And how successful is Hell in a Cell at
actually keeping the competitors inside and others out?
Let’s find out a little more about the ins and outs
of the previous 40 Hell in a Cell matches…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.