Whilst some believe that having Hell In A Cell as an annual Premium Live Event takes away from the match itself, The Road Dogg isn’t one of them.
Instantly living up to its moniker as one of the most demonic structures in professional wrestling, the Hell In A Cell match has become a staple fixture in WWE since 1997, proving a way to let two competitors go at it to end long-running rivalries in a brutal environment.
However, since 2009 the match has become an event in its own right, with the first version housing three matches inside the steel structure leaving some to claim that the event dilutes the importance of the match.
The Road Dogg certainly doesn’t feel like this, although he does stress the importance of the feud itself having meaning. In a discussion on his “Oh…You Didn’t Know” podcast, the former multi-time Tag Team Champion admitted that the wrestlers involved need to have nowhere left to go after they’ve stepped inside the enclosed cage.
I don’t think so. Look I think it’s a different cage. If you have a cage match, you don’t give those away all the time, either. You know what I mean? So I think maybe on holiday tours or something, you’ll get a cage match or two. But you don’t get, you don’t see those a lot on television.
So really having something to build to and then the trick is actually was in your question was making sure the story is right for Hell in the Cell, and very few are. So you have to be there when you look at these two combatants you go, we got to lock them inside Hell in a Cell and this is the end, you know what I’m like, this is the blow off. We can’t do anything else. And so yeah, very important that the story has to be right and match the consequences of Hell in a Cell.
After months of hype, Kane made his WWE debut at the culmination of the first-ever Hell In A Cell match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. To mark the occasion, WWE have declared that this month will be Kane Month in honour of his first appearance hitting the 25-year milestone.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.