Count em, count em, count em down. Hell in a Cell is one of the top gimmick matches that WWE has to offer. It’s not the hardest concept in the world to grasp either: take a feud that has gone on for a long time and put them inside a big steel box until one of them can’t keep going. While the matches might not have the same impact that they’ve had in the past, there is a lot of history to go through here and that’s what WWE is doing today.

In a new post to their Instagram account, WWE has ranked the top five Hell in a Cell matches in history. The matches are mostly from the earlier days of the Cell’s history but there is one from modern times. As of last night’s show, the match has been used forty times in history with the first version of the match coming on October 5, 1997 at Badd Blood with Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels.

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These #HIAC matches were some for the ages…

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In case you need some more Cell history:

Most Destructive Hell in a Cell Moments - WWE Top 10

Opinion: The more I see of these countdown Instagram posts, the more I’m convinced that they’re intentionally odd choices for the sake of getting people talking. I agree that the Triple H vs. Cactus Jack match is great, but there are multiple matches that are just better to pick from. Also, what does it say that four of these featured either Undertaker or Triple H? At the end of the day, old guys know what they’re doing.

Which of these was your favorite? What did WWE leave off of the list? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.

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