Friday, July 11, 2014

WWE Hell In A Cell Anthology Review

Relive the history of one of WWE's most dangerous matches!

WWE Hell In A Cell Anthology

The DVD is hosted by now WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley, whose career obviously was greatly affected by this match. He talks about the Hell in a Cell itself, and gives introductions to each of the matches as you go through the set. 

Disk 1

Badd Blood (10/5/97) - #1 Contender's Match - Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker: ****3/4

RAW is WAR (6/15/98) - The Undertaker & "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Kane & Mankind: **1/4

King Of The Ring (6/28/98) - The Undertaker vs. Mankind: ****1/4

RAW is WAR (8/24/98) - Mankind vs. Kane: **1/2

No Way Out (2/27/00) - WWF Championship - Triple H vs. Cactus Jack: ****1/4

Armageddon (12/10/00) - WWF Championship - Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker vs. Triple H vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Rikishi vs. The Rock: ***3/4

Disk 2

Judgment Day (5/19/02) - Triple H vs. Chris Jericho: ***3/4

No Mercy (10/20/02) - WWE Championship - Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) vs. The Undertaker: ****

Badd Blood (6/15/03) - World Heavyweight Title - Special Guest Referee - Mick Foley - Triple H vs. Kevin Nash: ***1/4

Badd Blood (6/13/04) - Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels: ***1/2

Disk 3

Vengeance (6/26/05) - World Heavyweight Title - Batista vs. Triple H (with Ric Flair): ****1/4

Armageddon (12/18/05) - The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton (with "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr.): ***1/2

Unforgiven (9/17/06) - D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) vs. Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon & The Big Show: ***1/4

Survivor Series (11/18/07) - World Heavyweight Title - Batista vs. The Undertaker: ***3/4

Overall: 9.0/10

Obviously the Hell in a Cell match is one of the most significant matches in WWE History. In this set, you get a real taste of what Hell in a Cell was all about, before getting watered down when it got slapped with its own PPV. Disk 1 definitely has to be the best of the three. You have the original Hell in a Cell, which is arguably the best Hell in a Cell Match of all time (and of course featured the debut of Kane), the infamous match from King Of The Ring that changed Mick Foley's career (and his life) forever, the Triple H/Cactus Jack encounter that tends to get forgotten at times, and the only Six Man Hell in a Cell Match that I personally thought was really entertaining. Disk 2 has Hell in a Cell Matches featuring mostly Triple H (which vary in quality for a variety of reasons), though The Undertaker's match with Brock Lesnar was definitely the best on Disk 2. Disk 3 features Hell in a Cell Matches from 2005-2007, which also differ in quality, with Batista vs. Triple H being the best. Like I said earlier, if you want to know what made this match so special, this is a good set to watch. It's also a good set if you're a fan of either The Undertaker or Triple H, since they were in pretty much every Hell in a Cell Match for the longest time. The only thing I can really complain about is that they weren't able to include The Undertaker vs. Edge Hell in a Cell Match from SummerSlam 2008, as the DVD set came out around the same time. A very good set on the whole.

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