October 2, 2009
Hell in a Cell by the numbers
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling

It's a sight we're unlikely to see on Sunday, where blood is no longer allowed in the PG-friendly WWE. Here, a bloody Triple H celebrates after his Hell in a Cell victory (with Shawn Michaels) over the McMahons & Big Show at the WWE Unforgiven PPV in Toronto in September 2006. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

Well kiddies, WWE has decided to let what was once its most feared and most awesome match become a triple main event this weekend.

Yep, Hell in a Cell now has its very own pay-per-view, which means that around this time every year we'll get a visit from the awe-inspiring structure. For the fan who wants to see the intimidating chamber of pipe and chain, it's a good thing; for us who like to see it pulled out on occasion, well... yeah.

Nevertheless, it's worth noting that we're now just over a decade into the life of Satan's Structure, and with it have come some highlights and... well... lowlights. Let's take a look back at the history now, with a few factoids from the Cell.

  • Including the three matches we'll see Sunday, 19 Cell matches have taken place; it's 20 if you count the Kennel in a Cell debacle.
  • This will be The Undertaker's tenth Cell match. So far, he's 4-4-1.
  • Triple H has been in seven Cell matches, going 5-2. The five wins are the most by any wrestler.
  • Trips holds the record for most consecutive wins as well (three).
  • Despite these numbers, Trips and 'Taker have never fought one another in the Cell.
  • John Cena vs. Randy Orton will be the first Cell match not to include 'Taker or Triple H since Mankind vs. Kane at Raw (August 24, 1998).
  • Orton also joins an elite group of wrestlers who have competed in multiple Cell matches. Aside from 'Taker and Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley are the only other two wrestlers to compete in multiple Cell bouts.
  • An equal number of TNA (Mick Foley), Ring of Honor (CM Punk), WCW (Kevin Nash) and UFC (Brock Lesnar) world champions have competed in the Cell.
  • The only wrestlers to compete in the Cell and never hold the WWE or World Title, up until this year, are Rikishi, Shane McMahon and The Big Boss Man.
  • The only "big four" PPV not to host a Cell match is the Royal Rumble.
  • 2001 is the only year that hasn't had a Cell match since the bout's inception.
  • Two Hell in a Cells took place on Raw. Both involved Mankind and Kane.
  • Only two Canadians have been in the Cell -- Chris Jericho and Edge. Both lost their fights.
  • Only one Cell match has taken place in Canada -- DX vs. The McMahons and Big Show at Unforgiven 2006.

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  • WWE Hell in a Cell DVD Set
    THE HELL IN A CELL MATCHES
    October 5, 1997
    Shawn Michaels beat The Undertaker
    Bad Blood
    June 15, 1998
    Steve Austin & Undertaker vs. Mankind and Kane (no contest)
    Raw
    June 28, 1998
    The Undertaker beat Mankind
    King of the Ring
    August 24, 1998
    Mankind vs. Kane (no contest)
    Raw
    March 28, 1999
    The Undertaker beat The Big Boss Man
    Wrestlemania 15
    September 26,1999
    Al Snow beat The Big Boss Man
    (Kennel in a Cell)
    Unforgiven
    February 27, 2000
    Triple H beat Cactus Jack
    No Way Out
    December 10, 2000
    Kurt Angle beat The Undertaker, Triple H, Steve Austin, Rikishi, and The Rock
    Armageddon
    May 19, 2002
    Triple H beat Chris Jericho
    Judgment Day
    October 20, 2002
    Brock Lesnar beat The Undertaker
    No Mercy
    June 15, 2003
    Triple H beat Kevin Nash
    Bad Blood
    June 13, 2004
    Triple H beat Shawn Michaels
    Bad Blood
    June 26, 2005
    Batista beat Triple H
    Vengeance
    December 18, 2005
    The Undertaker beat Randy Orton
    Armageddon
    September 17, 2006
    D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) beat Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and The Big Show
    Unforgiven
    November 18, 2007
    Batista beat The Undertaker
    Survivor Series
    August 17, 2008
    The Undertaker beat Edge
    SummerSlam
    Jon Waldman has been SLAM! Wrestling's resident stats guy for a number of years. The co-editor of SLAM! Wrestling, Shocking Stories from the Squared Circle (which can be pre-ordered by clicking here can be followed on Twitter here.



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