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WWE Hell in a Cell is a professional wrestling event produced annually by WWE, a Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion, and broadcast live and available only through pay-per-view (PPV) and the WWE Network. The event was established in 2009, replacing WWE No Mercy in the early October slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar.[1] In 2012, WWE announced that Hell in a Cell will be moving to late October, leaving only one pay-per-view in October. However, in 2013, WWE added Battleground (originally as Over the Limit) in an early October slot. In 2018, the Hell in a Cell moved to the September slot. In 2019, the event was moved back to the October slot.

Hell in a Cell
WWE Hell in a Cell (2016)
The Hell in a Cell logo used since 2014
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2009–2010, 2016, 2018–present)
SmackDown (2009–2010, 2017–present)
ECW (2009)
First eventHell in a Cell (2009)
Signature match typesHell in a Cell match

With the brand extension reinstated in 2016, the pay-per-view in 2016 was a Raw branded event. However, the 2017 edition of the event was recently hosted by SmackDown. In 2018, it was announced that Hell in a Cell would be a dual brand event.[2]

The concept of the show comes from WWE's established Hell in a Cell match, in which competitors fight inside a 20-foot-high roofed cell structure surrounding the ring and ringside area.[1][3][4] Each main event match of the card is contested under the Hell in a Cell stipulation. Hell in a Cell was chosen over No Escape, Locked Up and Rage in a Cage.[1][4]

Championship bouts are scheduled on every card, with the lower-tier titles contested on the undercard and the top-tier appearing on the main card.

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ConceptEdit

The concept of this pay-per-view is that all the main event matches would be fought inside a 24-foot-high roofed cell structure surrounding the ring and ringside area. In a Hell in a Cell match, there are no disqualifications or count-outs (also no escape). The only way to win is by pinfall or submission inside the ring.

Dates and venuesEdit

Raw-branded event SmackDown-branded event
Event Date City Venue Main event
Hell in a Cell (2009) October 4, 2009[5] Newark, New Jersey Prudential Center D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) vs. The Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase) in a Tornado tag team Hell in a Cell match
Hell in a Cell (2010) October 3, 2010[6] Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center Kane (c) vs. The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship[7]
Hell in a Cell (2011) October 2, 2011[8] New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Arena John Cena (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk in a Triple threat Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship
Hell in a Cell (2012) October 28, 2012 [9] Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena CM Punk (c) vs. Ryback in a Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship
Hell in a Cell (2013) October 27, 2013[10] Miami, Florida[10] American Airlines Arena Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan in a Hell in a Cell match for the vacant WWE Championship with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee
Hell in a Cell (2014) October 26, 2014 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a Hell in a Cell match
Hell in a Cell (2015) October 25, 2015 Los Angeles, California Staples Center The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar in a Hell in a Cell match[11]
Hell in a Cell (2016) October 30, 2016 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte Flair in a Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship
Hell in a Cell (2017) October 8, 2017[12][13] Detroit, Michigan Little Caesars Arena Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens in a Falls Count Anywhere Hell in a Cell match
Hell in a Cell (2018) September 16, 2018[14] San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center[15] Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman in a Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Universal Championship with Mick Foley as special guest referee
Hell in a Cell (2019) October 6, 2019[16] Sacramento, California Golden 1 Center TBA

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Caldwell, James (June 27, 2009). "WWE News: WWE changes the names of two more PPVs; Report on WWE fan input leading to changes". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  2. ^ Powell, Jason. "Major WWE pay-per-view shakeup, all co-branded events, two events dropped". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Specialty Matches: Hell in a Cell". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "WWE seeking feedback on PPVs". WrestleView. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
  5. ^ "WWE Hell in a Cell". Prudential Center. Archived from the original on July 6, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  6. ^ "Hell in a Cell 2010". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  7. ^ "Results: Sins of the father". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
  8. ^ "Hell in a Cell 2011". WWE. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  9. ^ "Hell in a Cell 2012". WWE. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  10. ^ a b Cutting, Devin (January 11, 2013). "COMPLETE DETAILS AND LOCATIONS ON ALL 2013 WWE PPV EVENTS". PWInsider. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  11. ^ Clapp, John (September 20, 2015). "The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (Hell in a Cell Match)". WWE. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  12. ^ http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/events/detail/wwe-hell-in-a-cell
  13. ^ Little Caesars Arena [@LCArena_Detroit] (July 30, 2017). "JUST IN: @WWE will make its debut appearance at #LittleCaesarsArena on Oct. 8 with the first-ever Hell In A Cell PP…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "WWE ADDS A FIFTH CO-BRANDED PPV, FULL 2018 WWE PPV SCHEDULE WITH DATES AND CITIES FOR THE EVENTS".
  15. ^ "AT&T Center on Twitter". Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  16. ^ Johnson, Mike (July 19, 2019). "WWE HELL IN A CELL LOCATION & TOP MATCHES CURRENTLY ADVERTISED".

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