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The weather may change as winter approaches, but that won't stop things heating up in the WWE with their annual Hell In A Cell PPV taking place at the end of the month. Named after the company's most barbaric type of match, Hell In A Cell will see rivalries reach their boiling point inside the confines of the steel prison.

The brutal match has been a mainstay on WWE programming for almost two decades and is always called upon when two gladiators wish to settle their blood feud in the most depraved of circumstances. And although the violence has been curtailed in current WWE programming, there have been some gruesome Hell In A Cell matches over the years. Let's take a look at the best of them.

Shawn Michaels Vs. The Undertaker

The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels made history with the first ever Hell In A Cell match.
The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels made history with the first ever Hell In A Cell match.
  • Event: Badd Blood: In Your House
  • Date: October 5, 1997
  • Winner: Shawn Michaels
  • Why It's So Gruesome: Leading up to this, the Undertaker couldn't wait to get his hands on the retreating Shawn Michaels. And when they were locked inside the cell together, the Deadman had no problem stalking Michaels around ring until he was finally able to punish him. And he did, ramming his head into the cell wall like a human javelin. Who could ever forget that iconic moment when Taker stepped on Michaels' hands on top of the cell, sending HBK falling to the announce table below? And that vicious steel chair shot cracked across Michaels' skull is cringe-worthy. And Kane's surprise debut and subsequent assault on the Undertaker didn't just help to make this match even more iconic — it made it even more violent.

The Undertaker Vs. Mankind

The bloody Hell In A Cell match between Undertaker and Mankind is the greatest. (via WWE)
The bloody Hell In A Cell match between Undertaker and Mankind is the greatest. (via WWE)
  • Event: King Of The Ring 1998
  • Date: June 28, 1998
  • Winner: The Undertaker
  • Why It's So Gruesome: What these two men did to each other inside the steel structure would define a generation and go down in history as one of the most infamous WWE moments of all time. When battling on top of the cell, Undertaker forced Mankind off, who fell 16 feet before crashing into the announce table below. After recovering, Mankind would then find himself chokeslammed through the top of the cell into the ring. Now this was unplanned and a complete accident as the cage was not supposed to give way. Mick Foley managed to continue again, and ended up getting chokeslammed on thumbtacks and Tombstoned by the Undertaker before this barbaric collision was over.

After all these years, this is still the most famous Hell In A Cell battle ever, and for good reason. Nothing has ever come close to this barbaric bloody encounter which is why it undoubtedly remains the greatest Hell In A Cell match of all time.

Triple H Vs. Cactus Jack

Triple H and Cactus Jack destroed each other. (via WWE)
Triple H and Cactus Jack destroed each other. (via WWE)
  • Event: No Way Out 2000
  • Date: February 27, 2000
  • Winner: Triple H
  • Why It's So Gruesome: These two men found themselves engaged in a bitter rivalry at the turn of the century and decided to settle it once and for all in the dreaded structure. As Cactus Jack, Mick Foley was even more deadly than he was as Mankind and took Triple H to the limit. Barbie — Cactus's barbed wire bat — was unleashed here and even ended up getting set on fire. There were chair shots, finishing moves and one hell a story told inside the cell. Oh, and Foley fell through the cage roof again, indenting the canvas as he fell all the way into the ring.

Six Man Armageddon Hell In A Cell

The Undertaker sends Rikishi flying off the Cell. (via WWE)
The Undertaker sends Rikishi flying off the Cell. (via WWE)

The only ever six-man Hell in A Cell match saw WWE Champion Kurt Angle take on Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Rikishi and Triple H.

  • Event: Armageddon 2000
  • Date: December 10, 2000
  • Winner: Kurt Angle
  • Why It's So Gruesome: There was a lot of back and forth violent action here between all six men. As was the norm back in these days, blood was heavily featured in the match. While it may not have been an instant classic like the previous ones, its most memorable moment came when the Undertaker chokeslammed Rikishi off the top of the cell into the bed of a truck. Time stood still as even the bloody competitors watched in shock at the Phenom's actions. Once again the Taker proved that Hell In A Cell wasn't the devil's playground, it was the Deadman's playground.

Brock Lesnar Vs. The Undertaker

The battle between undertaker and Lesnar was a bloodbath. (via WWE)
The battle between undertaker and Lesnar was a bloodbath. (via WWE)
  • Event: No Mercy 2002
  • Date: October 20, 2002
  • Winner: Brock Lesnar
  • Why It's So Gruesome: The first time these two monsters collided inside Hell In A Cell was probably the most graphic cell match of all time. When Lesnar knocked Taker down with the steel steps, Big Evil ended up blading too deep and as a result, blood drenched his face and never stopped flowing throughout the match. In fact, the ring mat and Lesnar were both covered in Taker's blood by the end of the match. While he fought like the warrior he is, there was still nothing as unnerving as seeing the Undertaker in such a vulnerable position. Thankfully, he never bladed so deep ever again.

Shawn Michaels Vs. Triple H

The former best friends turned bitter rivals victimized each other. (via WWE)
The former best friends turned bitter rivals victimized each other. (via WWE)
  • Event: Bad Blood 2004
  • Date: June 13, 2004
  • Winner: Triple H
  • Why It's So Gruesome: When WWE superstars are locked inside the Hell In A Cell structure, they do their best to survive against their opponents, knowing that they will hopefully get out in one piece. However, when former best friends Shawn Michaels and Triple H collided inside the steel structure, they ended up destroying each other for 47 minutes! While it started off like a normal match, we ended up seeing tables, ladders, violence and a hell of a lot of blood spilling all over the ring mat. Triple H got the victory but nobody really won this graphic encounter.

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Batista Vs. Triple H

Triple H and Batista battered each other inside the Cell. (via WWE)
Triple H and Batista battered each other inside the Cell. (via WWE)
  • Event: Vengeance 2005
  • Date: June 25, 2005
  • Winner: Batista
  • Why It's So Gruesome: Former friends sometimes make the most bitter rivals, and that was most certainly the case here. Batista had won the World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H at WrestleMania 21 and the Game couldn't let his title or his rivalry with his former Evolution brother go. So the two clashed in one of the most brutal Hell In A Cell matches the WWE Universe had ever seen. Battering each other with sledgehammers, barbed wire steel chairs and steel steps, it finally ended when Batista planted his former mentor with the Batista Bomb.

The Undertaker Vs. Randy Orton

Undertaker forces Orton into the Cell. (via WWE)
Undertaker forces Orton into the Cell. (via WWE)
  • Event: Armageddon 2005
  • Date: December 18, 2005
  • Winner: The Undertaker
  • Why It's So Gruesome: Undertaker and Orton battled throughout all of 2005 with each encounter growing more violent than the previous. So they settled their feud in one of the most underrated Hell In A Cell matches ever. The two brutalized each other with steel chair shots and the Undertaker victimized Orton rubbing his bloody face against the Cell like a cheese-grater, while Orton got pretty violent too, choking the Deadman with a steel chain. Pretty gruesome stuff for a relatively modern match which told a really great story and allowed the Deadman to exorcise his demons in his own back yard.

The Undertaker Vs. Batista

Undertaker and Batista took each other to the limit at 'Survivor Series' 2007. (via WWE)
Undertaker and Batista took each other to the limit at 'Survivor Series' 2007. (via WWE)
  • Event: Survivor Series 2007
  • Date: November 18, 2007
  • Winner: Batista
  • Why It's So Gruesome: The Undertaker and Batista had put on two great wrestling matches and two great violent brawls. With one win each and two draws, they figured the best way to settle it was inside Hell In A Cell. And this one lived up to all expectations. The Animal and the Deadman destroyed each other, bloodying themselves with steel steps and chairs. he matches most vicious moments came when Batista planted the Undertaker through a table with the Batista Bomb and the Undertaker reciprocated by Tombstoning the Animal on the steel steps. While the ending was marred with controversy due to Edge's interference, this brutal and bloody brawl lived up to all expectations.

Triple H Vs. The Undertaker

Undertaker & Triple H waged war inside Hell In A Cell as Michaels officiated. (via WWE)
Undertaker & Triple H waged war inside Hell In A Cell as Michaels officiated. (via WWE)
  • Event: WrestleMania XVIII
  • Date: April 1, 2012
  • Winner: The Undertaker
  • Why It's So Gruesome: The main reason I was excited for this match was because it was between the two undisputed kings of Hell In A Cell — the Undertaker and Triple H. It wasn't necessarily a graphic Hell In A Cell match because the cell barely came into play, but it was still a violent, compelling brawl between the two biggest dogs in the yard. Wreckage was strewn everywhere, Triple H was busted open and the Undertaker's back was covered in welts from vicious steel chair shots. A truly phenomenal story was told inside Hell In A Cell, with the Undertaker triumphing in his yard.

Brock Lesnar Vs. The Undertaker

The Undertaker signals the end for Brock Lesnar. (via WWE)
The Undertaker signals the end for Brock Lesnar. (via WWE)
  • Event: Hell In A Cell 2015
  • Date: October 26, 2015
  • Winner: Brock Lesnar
  • Why It's So Gruesome: In what was arguably the most violent match WWE has seen in the better part of a decade, the Undertaker and Brock Lesnar tore each other apart inside the confines of the steel cell. Physical doesn't even begin to describe this one. This match had all the makings of a classic Undertaker Hell In A Cell match — blood, chair shots and Tombstone Piledrivers on wooden boards. This also happened to be the first time in years that the Cell felt like it was settling a blood feud, rather than being featured in the obligatory annual PPV. Lesnar may have won but the Undertaker proved that after all these years, the Cell is still his playground. By far, the best Hell In A Cell match in a very long time.
The Undertaker Tombstones Brock Lesnar.
The Undertaker Tombstones Brock Lesnar.

33 Hell In A Cell matches have taken place since 1997, and during that time we have some of the most depraved collisions unfold. The cell thrives on violence, anger and fear of the competitors it surrounds and has been responsible for some of biggest WWE classics in history. Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Sasha Banks and Charlotte will all find out first hand the pain that the cell is capable of inflicting on all who enter and while the three matches may not be as gruesome as the ones that came before, you can rest assured they will be violent.

With legends like The Undertaker and Triple H dominating the cell since its inception, it's no wonder that the structure has produced the most violent matches in WWE history. Whatever happens this Sunday, when that Cell door closes, each superstar had better be prepared to go through Hell.

The Undertaker slams the Cell's door shut.
The Undertaker slams the Cell's door shut.

Which is your favorite Hell In A Cell match? Let us know in the comments!