WWE Hell in Cell takes place on Sunday night live from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. This is just the ninth WWE Hell in a Cell annual pay-per-view event since the event became official on WWE’s calendar back in 2009.
Hell in a Cell is named after the match stipulation that sees two or more wrestlers locked inside one of the company’s deadliest structures as the only way to win the match is via pin-fall or submission.
Unlike the average steel cage match, escaping the cage doesn’t win the match and a number of WWE stars have been seen to leave the cage through the door to then brawl on the outside, climb to the top of the cage, and many times then be thrown off the cell roof. There is a reason that this is one of the deadliest match types that WWE has ever created. Ask hardcore legend Mick Foley, who fell off the top off the cell back in 1998 in one of the most iconic matches of its kind against The Undertaker.
Shane McMahon is one of the unlucky competitors who steps inside the steel on Sunday night for the first time since he decided to jump off the roof of Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania 32 in his match against The Undertaker. Hell in a Cell is an event that relies mostly on shock tactics since WWE’s current era doesn’t allow the usual amount of violence. Despite this, here are 15 unbelievable facts you didn’t know about WWE’s Hell in a Cell.
15. The Women Had To Wait To Make History
Hell in a Cell in 2016 had a unique selling point, and that was the fact that WWE was finally willing to allow their female wrestlers to take centre stage and main event a pay-per-view of this calibre. Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks had been at the forefront of the Women’s Revolution ever since their days in NXT, so it was only fair that they were the women chosen for such a historic event.
Women in WWE have never been ready for such an opportunity, with the current crop of female wrestlers finally seen as women who could successfully challenge the men, so it seemed 2016 was the perfect time to create history. Charlotte won her 13th consecutive Pay-Per-View match at Hell in a Cell last year when she defeated Sasha to win the Raw Women’s Championship for the third time, thus creating history with the win, the main event spot and the consecutive undefeated streak in pay-per-view events.
14. Championships Have Only Changed Hands Four Times In Eight Years
The Hell in a Cell annual event only began back in 2009 and over the past eight years, there have been a number of matches for Championships inside the Hell in a Cell structure. Despite almost every event involving more than one Championship match inside the cell, there have only been four title changes in the pay-per-views history.
The Undertaker managed to dethrone CM Punk in the opening match at the 2009 Hell in a Cell event. This was then followed by John Cena‘s loss to Randy Orton at the inaugural event later in the night before Alberto Del Rio walked out of the triple threat match that also included CM Punk and Cena at the event of the same name in 2011 with the WWE Championship. Charlotte then walked out of last year’s event with the Raw Women’s Championship following her historic win over Sasha Banks in the main event.
13. There Have Been 16 Hell In A Cell Matches At The PPV, And 11 Of These Were Championship Matches
Over the past nine years, there have been 16 matches at the pay-per-view event that have been contested inside the structure that is known as The Devil’s playground. Of these 16 matches, there have only been five that were not for a Championship.
The first match at the 2009 pay-per-view event to be contested inside the steel also made history at the event as the first and only Hell in a Cell tag team match to be allowed to happen inside the cell. It saw D Generation X take on Legacy in a match that Shawn Michaels and Triple H easily won. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose then continued this trend when then ended their personal rivalry at Hell in a Cell 2014 with nothing but pride on the line. Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker then unleashed hell in their match inside the structure in 2015, which saw Brock finally end their lengthy rivalry with a win, whilst Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt both made their debut inside the steel earlier in the night. There was also John Cena and Randy Orton’s battle for the Number one contender of the World Championship back in 2014.
12. The Shortest Match Was Just 32 Seconds
Despite the fact that Hell in a Cell is considered relatively new compared to a number of other events that have been ongoing for a number of decades, there are still some incredible stats when it comes to the event. One of these is the fact that the shortest match that has ever taken place on the show was just 32 seconds long.
The fact that the match that had the record before this one was made back in 2014 was four minutes and 50 seconds long, which shows just how shocking this statistic is. Mark Henry faced off against former NXT Champion Bo Dallas as part of the pre-show three years ago and, incredibly, Henry only had to hit his World’s Strongest Slam and the match was over. It’s a fantastic stats for the World’s Strongest Man, but probably explains why Bo Dallas hasn’t been taken seriously in WWE for a long time.
11. Seth Rollins And Dean Ambrose Made History In 2014
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose had one of the feuds of the year back in 2014. Many of their matches became the match of the year contenders following the split of The Shield back in June that year. Rollins and Ambrose’s feud finally reached its climax at Hell in a Cell, and it was Rollins who came out on top.
Despite this, both men made history that night as they were the youngest WWE stars to ever main event a pay-per-view. They were also the first men to main event the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in a singles match that wasn’t for a Championship. Another great stat that came out of this event was the fact that both Ambrose and Rollins were just 28 years old, which meant that they main evented a pay-per-view despite the fact that neither star was alive when WrestleMania began in April 1985. This was the first time this had ever happened. Charlotte and Sasha repeated this in 2016.
10. The World Heavyweight Championship Has Only Changed Once Inside The Structure
The World Heavyweight Championship is a title that is now defunct in WWE, even though it was once one of the most prestigious. The title was unified along with the WWE Championship back in 2013 when WWE was seen as one roster before the brand split came back into action in the Summer of 2016.
The Championship was on the line three times inside the structure, but only changed hands once. Undertaker defeated CM Punk at the inaugural event back in 2009 before Kane retained the Championship in the main event of the show against his “Brother” the following year, and Mark Henry then managed to retain the Championship inside the cell when he was up against The Viper back in 2011. The WWE Championship has now taken the place of the World Heavyweight Championship, since the Raw roster decided to create the Universal Championship when the brand split took effect.
9. There Was No Championship Match Inside The Cell In 2014 Or 2015
When it comes to strange years in WWE, it seems that 2015 was one of the worst. Shockingly, WWE made the decision to not put any Championships on the line inside the cell, instead opting to use the cell to continue some personal rivalries. This followed the fact that there was no match for a title inside the structure in 2014 either, since Cena and Orton collided to crown a number one contender, and Ambrose and Rollins stole the show to end their personal feud.
At the 2015 show, Roman Reigns was up first as he managed to finally defeat Bray Wyatt who had been haunting him for weeks ahead of their matchup inside Satan’s structure. This was then followed by a match that was more than 18 months in the making. After Brock Lesnar ended Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania 30, he returned at Battleground in 2015 and set up a match between the duo at SummerSlam the following month. This match didn’t end their feud, so it came down to a Hell in a Cell match that finally signalled the end of one of WWE’s most fierce rivalries, which saw Lesnar come out on top.
8. Bray Wyatt Is The Only Star To Ever Invade The Cell
Bray Wyatt has made his own version of history over the past few years, but it seems that he has become the only man capable of invading the cells in WWE. Not only was Bray Wyatt able to invade Elimination Chamber in 2014 to set up a rivalry with John Cena, but he then decided to show up unannounced at Hell in a Cell later that year.
The Hell in a Cell structure had never been breached by an outside party before Bray interrupted the match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in the main event when he appeared through a hole in the middle of the ring. Wyatt took out Ambrose and since there are no disqualifications inside the cell, this was the reason why Rollins was able to win the match. This led to a feud between Ambrose and Wyatt, perhaps one of the strongest feud’s Bray has ever been booked in.
7. Eight Of The 11 Title Defences Inside Hell In A Cell Have Been More Than 20 Minutes Long
Hell in a Cell has developed a reputation over the past few years that has seen the structure put on some incredible matches. Some of the matches have also been some of the longest Championship matches that WWE has ever aired on TV.
Hell in a Cell is usually the structure that ends a number of feuds and it has managed that over the past few years, but it seems that WWE stars need to have the time to finish up their feud and tell a good story, which is why it makes sense that many of these matches have lasted for longer than 20 minutes. The longest match was between Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk and John Cena in 2011, which ran for 24 minutes and nine seconds.
6. Kevin Owens Steps Into His Second Hell In A Cell Match In Two Years
Kevin Owens had never stepped inside the Hell in a Cell structure until he was forced to defend his Universal Championship against Seth Rollins at last years event. Rollins was stepping into his second Hell in a Cell match against Owens that year and was technically undefeated at the event.
Owens won the match to retain his Universal Championship and now walks into his match on Sunday night against Shane McMahon technically undefeated inside the Hell in a Cell structure. The feud between McMahon and Owens has become quite personal over the past few weeks as Owens has targeted the SmackDown commissioners family, which is why it makes sense that this match is the one inside the cell and not the match between WWE Champion. Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura. This is one of just two Hell in Cell matches on the show this weekend. The second will be mentioned later in the list.
5. Debuts Inside Hell In A Cell Usually Give The Star The Advantage
Over the past few years, a number of stars have made their debuts inside the Hell in a Cell structure and it seems to work to their advantage. In the last few years alone, Seth Rollins debuted in 2014 and managed to defeat Dean Ambrose, even though it was also Ambrose’s debut match in the cell.
The following year, Roman Reigns debuted inside Hell in a Cell against Bray Wyatt and walked out as the winner. Kevin Owens then debuted at Hell in a Cell in 2016 against Seth Rollins and managed to retain his Championship at the event. The only stars who are making their debuts inside the structure this weekend are The Usos and The New Day, who are up against each other, which leaves them on an even playing field. Shane McMahon isn’t making his debut inside the structure, but he is making his debut at the Hell in a Cell event.
4. Roman Reigns And Kevin Owens Made History In 2016
It is quite easy to make history at an event that has only been ongoing for nine years, but despite this, the history books seem to have new additions every year when it comes to the Hell in a Cell event, and Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens were the ones added to the books in 2016.
Roman was the first star to walk in and defend the United States Championship inside Hell in a Cell when he defeated Rusev in what was Roman’s first match inside the steel. Later in the night, Owens made history as well as he defended the Universal Championship against Seth Rollins inside the steel as well. Both men managed to successfully defend their Championship that night, in what was the first solo brand event since WWE’s brand split earlier that year, and it was the Raw roster that was given the Hell in a Cell event.
3. The Intercontinental Championship Is The Only Title Not To Be Defended In The Cell
As mentioned much earlier in this list, there have been a number of Championships defended inside Hell in a Cell. The World Heavyweight Championship has been defended three times, whilst the United States Championship and the Universal title were defended inside the structure for the first time last year.
The Women’s Championship also made history as it was defended in last year’s main event, and the Tag Team Championships are part of a Hell in a Cell match for the first time this weekend. That means that the only long-standing WWE Championship that has never been defended inside Satan’s structure is the Intercontinental Championship. Sadly, this is a stat that won’t be changing anytime soon, since the title is currently on Raw and Hell in a Cell is now a SmackDown event. However, much like last year, the event could switch brands again.
2. John Cena Has Never Successfully Defended The WWE Championship Inside Hell In A Cell
The face of WWE is always thought to be a star that is a record-breaker and a history maker. As a 16-time World Champion, it may come as a shock that there are some stats that don’t actually work in Cena’s favour.
It seems that Cena is unable to successfully defend a Championship at Hell in a Cell. He has attempted this twice and has lost both times. The first time was back in 2009 when he lost the WWE Championship to Randy Orton, and the second was when he walked into a triple threat match with Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk in 2011, but it was the Mexican that walked out of New Orleans with the Championship that night. Cena was able to rectify this in 2014 when he walked out as the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after he managed to finally defeat Orton inside the cell.
1. The New Day And The Usos Are Set To Make History This Weekend
The New Day has been at the forefront of the Tag Team Championship picture ever since they were moved over to SmackDown Live as part of the superstar shakeup earlier this year. Of course, The New Day already made history back in December when they became the longest reigning Tag Team Champions in the history of WWE.
New Day and Usos have been part of a fierce rivalry that has already seen the Championship change hands a number of times, most recently at SummerSlam. For the first time in history, The New Day and Usos collide this weekend inside the steel structure as the Championships are defended. This will obviously take their rivalry to a whole new level, but at the same time, it could also be the final time the two teams face off. The Hell in a Cell structure has become famous for ending some of the most personal feuds in history, so it will be interesting to see which team is left standing tall at the end of Hell in a Cell on Sunday night.
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