4. Have Someone Fall Off Or Through It
If you asked a wrestling fan to name the most iconic Hell in a Cell moment then they’d probably tell you about the image above, being Mick Foley at King of the Ring 1998. It’s well-known for a reason, as one of the most breathtaking pieces of footage ever committed to tape. Foley’s stunts, along with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Rikishi and Shane McMahon gave the event a dangerous reputation, that’s been somewhat lost as of late.
To echo the sentiments of the previous list entry however, we really don’t want to see anyone get hurt. But wrestling in its essence is a blending of safety and stuntwork to create the illusion of action and violence, and you can say it’s at its best when it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.
Watching someone take the risk of falling off or through the Cell once again would be the most convincing blurring of the lines, with a sense of spectacle and risk that only the roofed cage can provide. We need to believe in the danger again.
3. The Be All, End All
Hell in a Cell needs to be the place where feuds go to die. Not in a fizzle out, glad its over kind of die, but in a way that a rivalry has become so deeply personal or intense, that there is only one way to end it – inside the Cell.
While it might be an overblown name, think back to Wrestlemania 28 and ‘The End of an Era’ match between Triple H and Undertaker. Not only was it a rare appearance of the Cell outside of the themed PPV, but it felt truly fitting to everyone involved and a genuine culmination of everything that the two men (plus Shawn Michaels) had been through together.
Unfortunately the majority of recent Cell matches haven’t had quite that same feeling, thanks in part to the overuse of the match and its place as a merely what happens in October or June. To fix its reputation it should only be brought out in the most dire of circumstances, the most bitter of feuds, and the place where it all comes to a violent, satisfying conclusion.