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WWE Hell in a Cell DVD Review


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WWE Hell in a Cell DVD Review
© 2008 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Since 1997, the Hell in a Cell match has provided wrestling fans with some unforgettable memories. This 3-disc DVD set contains 14 Hell in a Cell matches in their entirety.

The Review and Recomendation

The matches on this DVD showed the trajectory of the WWE since 1997. The beginning matches are incredible and unforgettable moments in wrestling history, followed by a decline in the beginning part of the decade, but in recent years there has been an improvement but it still hasn't quite reached the peak of the Attitude Era.

While the action on this DVD is incredible, I do have a problem with the commentary. Since there is usually nearly a year between these matches, the commentators can play up the violent aspect of this type of match and their comments about this match taking years off of a career add to the match. However, watching these all in a row and with either the Undertaker or Triple H appearing in every one of the PPV matches, those lines get quite comical. If you had a drinking game based on these career shortening comments you would definitely die from alcohol poisoning.

Overall Recommendation: A must-buy for fans of the more violent side of wrestling as well as fans of the Undertaker and Triple H. As a matter of fact, if you are a Triple H fan and are trying to decide between this DVD or the recent King of Kings DVD that came out, I would pick this DVD.

I have to give a warning to any parent that is buying this DVD for their children. There is a graphic warning viewers at the beginning of the DVD about the violence but I am not sure if there is a similar warning on the packing that will be on the store shelves.

What's on the DVD Set?

The Structure of the DVD Set
The set is hosted by Mick Foley. Prior to each match, he provides the viewer with an interesting anecdote about the match. Then a video package is shown that explains the reasons why the match is about to take place. Each match is then shown in it's entirety as it originally aired (with the exception of the blurring of the WWF logo).

Which Hell in a Cell Matches Aren't on this DVD Set?
The set is missing the WrestleMania XV battle between the Undertaker and the Big Bossman. If keeping that match off of this disc allowed the other matches to air unedited, then the WWE made the right choice because that match was horrible. However, it wasn't as bad as the Kennel from Hell Match between the Big Bossman and Al Snow. Some people consider that match a Hell in a Cell battle because the cage was used in that match. Either way, we have been spared that match. The only good match that is missing from this set is the recent Undertaker vs. Edge match from this year's SummerSlam. I can only assume that this DVD set was created before that match took place because Mick Foley was finished doing commentary for the company by then and he is the host of this DVD.

Matches on this DVD Set - If a match is available on another non-PPV DVD, I will list the DVD in parenthesis.

  • Bad Blood ’97: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (Tombstone: History of the Undertaker, Undertaker: This is My Yard, Shawn Michaels: From the Vault) – Sometimes nothing tops the original and in my opinion this match is the best on the DVD.
  • RAW ’98: Steve Austin & Undertaker vs. Mankind & Kane (Best of RAW vol. 1&2) – The two RAW matches used the Hell in a Cell stipulation as a way to promote an upcoming PPV. It is amazing to see how much more exciting RAW was during the Attitude era.
  • King of the Ring ’98: Undertaker vs. Mankind (Mick Foley’s Greatest Hits and Misses, Tombstone: History of the Undertaker) – This match is a must-see for any wrestling fan.
  • RAW ’98: Mankind vs. Kane – This is the only Hell in a Cell Match that did not feature Triple H or the Undertaker as one of the participants.
  • No Way Out ’00: Triple H vs. Cactus Jack (Triple H: King of Kings) – This match proves that there really is no retiring from professional wrestling.
  • Armageddon ’00: Kurt Angle vs. Rikishi vs. The Rock vs. Undertaker vs. Triple H vs. Steve Austin – Despite being in every Hell in a Cell Match on PPV, this is only time both Triple H and the Undertaker were in the same match.
  • Judgment Day ’02: Triple H vs. Chris Jericho – This is the match where Tim White suffered his career ending injury that eventually led to his series of weekly botched suicide attempts.
  • No Mercy ’02: Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (Brock Lesnar: Here Comes the Pain, Tombstone: History of the Undertaker) – This match features the most disgusting cut I have seen the Undertaker have in his entire career.
  • Bad Blood ’03: Triple H vs. Kevin Nash - Mick Foley returned to the cell, but this time he was the referee.
  • Bad Blood ’04: Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H – After the series of matches these men had against each other I have to ponder whether Shawn and Triple H are more entertaining as enemies or as D-Generation X?
  • Vengeance ’05: Batista vs. Triple H (Triple H: King of Kings) – This is the match that made Batista a credible main event star in the eyes of many wrestling fans.
  • Armageddon ’05: Undertaker vs. Randy Orton – The most famous thing about this match are the Internet reports that came out following the match about the medical condition of someone that was involved in this battle. Since I do not know if this story is true or if it just another bogus Internet rumor, I’m not going to repeat it. However, it makes me wonder after watching all of the blood in this DVD if the WWE has a policy to test wrestlers for any communicable diseases.
  • Unforgiven ’06: D-Generation X vs. Shane McMahon, Mr. McMahon, & Big Show (The New & Improved D-X) – This match is infamous for something other than the cage being used to punish Mr. McMahon.
  • Survivor Series ’07: Undertaker vs. Batista – A great surprise ending to this match is a fitting way to end this DVD.
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