The Story of The First Hell in a Cell Match

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The first ever Hell in a Cell match took place at Badd Blood: In Your House on October 5th 1997. The Undertaker battled Shawn Michaels for a shot at the WWF Championship inside this new steel structure, and the match would become one of the best matches in the history of the WWE.
When Shawn Michaels cost The Undertaker the WWF Championship at SummerSlam 97, The Phenom was determined to get even. Shawn turned heel after SummerSlam, saying that the fans were blaming him and dumping this all on HBK’s lap. This led to the creation of D-Generation X, and this new heel Shawn Michaels would face The Undertaker at Ground Zero: In Your House in September 1997. Due to interference the match was ruled a no contest and a rematch was booked for the next In Your House event. A new match type was created for the bout, a new steel cage that surrounded the whole perimeter of the ringside area and a cage that also had a roof. This cage and match type was named “Hell in a Cell”.
The first Hell in a Cell match would tell the story of Shawn Michaels trying to survive, The Undertaker trying to destroy, and the debut of a Superstar who would go on to become legendary in his own right. This video looks at the build-up to Badd Blood 97, the match itself, and how the whole Hell in a Cell concept came to be.
00:00 - Shawn Michaels' Heel Turn
04:27 - The WWF announces the first Hell in a Cell match
06:08 - HBK vs Taker at Badd Blood '97
16:43 - Why the match was so good
19:53 - Who came up with the Hell in a Cell idea?
- Much More!
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    2 ditë më parë

    It was just awesome...story telling was great

  2. Shogun
    2 ditë më parë

    Do a story of the first elimination chamber match please!

  3. mzjs kxiddh
    mzjs kxiddh
    2 ditë më parë

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  4. Gregory Renroc
    Gregory Renroc
    2 ditë më parë

    Mankind Undertaker was better.

  5. KEWL V1C
    KEWL V1C
    3 ditë më parë

    I remember going to school the next day and that match was all I could talk about. I’ve forgotten how much that match had affected me until this video. It made me remember how game changing I thought this match was at the time. I remembered how blown away I was from that match. Great video as always.

  6. John Doe
    John Doe
    4 ditë më parë

    It’s a great match, but nothing beats Taker Mankind in Pittsburgh

  7. memphis 901
    memphis 901
    4 ditë më parë

    I remember this like yesterday. I was 10 years old Paul bearer your brother Kane is alive undertaker. Shawn Michaels was my favorite wrestler in those days

  8. Smack Pitt
    Smack Pitt
    5 ditë më parë

    This is when the Attitude era kicked in would take a few months, but after this night, the WWF's reascention to the top had begun...WCW just didnt know it yet. As a match and story, this BLOWS the 98 KOR Hell in a cell out of the water...

  9. Krendall2
    6 ditë më parë

    Only Shawn Michaels could blade on-camera and you still don't notice it.

  10. Tahmid Chowdhury
    Tahmid Chowdhury
    7 ditë më parë

    Shawn was and is the greatest by mile.

  11. Noah Letwinski
    Noah Letwinski
    7 ditë më parë

    I used to own the VHS copy of the pay per view and I would skip all the matches but only to stop for the Brain death announcement and this very match..still one of my absolute favorite matches ever

  12. Alex Hollinsworth
    Alex Hollinsworth
    8 ditë më parë

    Hbk staring brett right in the face from like a foot away was one of the coolest looking pin falls I've ever seen

  13. The Homies
    The Homies
    8 ditë më parë

    Is every non hell in a cell match... A NO-SELL? 😎

  14. enott93
    10 ditë më parë

    this is my favorite match ever

  15. Nata Boy
    Nata Boy
    10 ditë më parë

    The WWE would be silly not to employ you mate you're hands down the BEST wrestling channel on YT 💯

  16. JohnDaWhale3
    11 ditë më parë

    I don't care what anyone says, this is the greatest wrestling match of all time...

  17. sorrynotsorry
    11 ditë më parë

    Those chair shots to the head are brutal to watch now. At the time time you didn’t think anything of it. The one at 3:40 was brutalllll, HBK didnt hold back at all jesus

  18. jonathan Highsmith
    jonathan Highsmith
    11 ditë më parë

    Kane has the best wwe debut ever

  19. Ryan McDermott
    Ryan McDermott
    12 ditë më parë

    I was 9 years old and went to this event in 97 at the Kiel in STL .. with my Mom Dad and big brother .....first ever wrestling event I ever went to and it was an amazing sight to walk in and see all the people filling the seats and man ......I can still remember seeing the cell the first ever cell hanging above the ring was something I'll never forget ....and then Kane later ugh yeah awesome unforgettable night

  20. Olivier Roy
    Olivier Roy
    12 ditë më parë

    I still have the vhs tape of that PPV somewhere at my mom’s house. As much as I love the Taker - Mankind Hell in a Cell match from King of the Ring 98, this was an amazing match and would watch it again and again.

  21. Lee Parks
    Lee Parks
    12 ditë më parë

    Who the heck does your music! Intro was 🔥 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  22. Skazellino
    12 ditë më parë

    Song link?

  23. J L
    J L
    12 ditë më parë

    Great match,, But it doesn't even come close to Undertaker Mankind..

  24. Kevin Hudson
    Kevin Hudson
    12 ditë më parë

    Why did shawn beat up jay lethal

  25. Vile Nightmare
    Vile Nightmare
    13 ditë më parë

    The story is HBK won. Just like the first Elimination chamber and first 60 minute iron man match.

  26. Evan Abbott
    Evan Abbott
    13 ditë më parë

    This is one of my all time favorite matches, it gives me so much nostalgia...😁

  27. Chris Wilson
    Chris Wilson
    14 ditë më parë

    excellent video

  28. Thomas Crown
    Thomas Crown
    14 ditë më parë

    My personal favorite Hell in the Cell match

  29. whobitmyname
    14 ditë më parë

    I never miss an opportunity to put a spotlight on HBK's victory walk after the match, getting dragged up the ramp with HHH raising his arm, looking like he didn't know what planet he was on. Perfect way to show Taker's dominance before Kane showed up, and punctuate the wow factor of this new monster. I affectionately call this match Hell And The Sell.

  30. Shemarlos Scott
    Shemarlos Scott
    15 ditë më parë

    Shawn Michaels Got Heart as A Lion

  31. Angel Nava
    Angel Nava
    15 ditë më parë

    That intro music was really cool, and the video sync of bumps and drums was nice.

  32. TG5455
    15 ditë më parë

    This match is one of the many reasons why the WWF in '97 was a very interesting year to look back on.

  33. aaron neal
    aaron neal
    15 ditë më parë

    Bravo mate , great video

  34. Doug Tieman
    Doug Tieman
    16 ditë më parë

    I can vouch for the feelings when this was seen live. I was there. Never gonna forget this. That PPV will always hold a special place in my heart.

  35. North Ultimo
    North Ultimo
    16 ditë më parë

    07:05 😂😂😂😂

  36. Chris Kayman
    Chris Kayman
    16 ditë më parë

    Loved the first hell in a cell and the mankind match afterwards made it to the point when you heard “hell in a cell” you knew it was gonna be good. Then they overdid it and named a ppv after it, I mean come on.

  37. Tim Purcell
    Tim Purcell
    17 ditë më parë

    Shawn can bump his ass off

  38. Scott Starwind
    Scott Starwind
    17 ditë më parë

    I'd love to see a similar vid about the first elimination chamber.

  39. Anthony Clark
    Anthony Clark
    17 ditë më parë

    My favorite Match between the 2.

  40. Nicholas ‘Nik’ Gerse
    Nicholas ‘Nik’ Gerse
    18 ditë më parë

    Funny how the hell in a cell was created to stop all outside interference and low & behold guess what’s in literally the first match? Lmao.

  41. DBTechProjects
    18 ditë më parë

    Another classic from Wrestling Bios, keep em coming

  42. Tiger
    18 ditë më parë

    So we only had Bret vs DX from summerslam to survivor series 😫 kane debut stone cold and the rock rising fast why do we even expect wwe to be this good who today is as good as any of these superstars

  43. Ancient Chi
    Ancient Chi
    19 ditë më parë

    Can't believe Cornette would try and steal hbk idea for his own. Hbk came up with the idea to Cornette at a bar and later he tried to take credit for Shawn's pitch

    1. Tiger
      18 ditë më parë

      Anybody who believes anything shawn says from his terror days is a tool even if that was true the bar story these is no way shawn would have remembered it he would have been too highl. I'm guessing you didnt watch the end of the video also

  44. Conor Murphy
    Conor Murphy
    19 ditë më parë

    This is how outside interference is supposed to be booked. Not as a lazy way to keep a baby face looking strong, but as a storytelling device. Great video!

  45. mark B
    mark B
    19 ditë më parë

    Prime HBK was truly a sight to behold. He will always be my favorite wrestler.

  46. Mcfearless98
    19 ditë më parë

    Your analysis of this classic match was 100% accurate! Great job. Seriously. Saw this on ppv and it was incredible.

  47. Simply Balling
    Simply Balling
    19 ditë më parë

    This was a classic. Outstanding match

  48. Chris Pielacha
    Chris Pielacha
    19 ditë më parë

    Shawn did drape his dead bloody body over taker after Kane debut

  49. Derek Garcia
    Derek Garcia
    19 ditë më parë

    After WWE Superstars and Challenge got dropped from national TV as they began to lose the Monday Night Ratings war. This was the first match WWE match in a while that I saw after making friends with a kid who had a black box. I knew then and there that WWE was going to make a comeback in the war.

  50. insert name here.
    insert name here.
    19 ditë më parë

    Before the days of pre-filmed main events, an amazing match, the 2nd hell in a cell, was even more unbelievable.

  51. Danny Wilson The Geetar Man
    Danny Wilson The Geetar Man
    19 ditë më parë

    Videos are awesome. I listen to a different one every night. What about the Austin/Michaels rivalry and wrestlemania 14 match? That would be a great one to watch

  52. Hydra Dominatus
    Hydra Dominatus
    19 ditë më parë

    This is my favorite HBK/Taker match. Michaels bumps were the best I ever seen.

  53. Mozart Dylan
    Mozart Dylan
    19 ditë më parë

    I have always loved Jerry Lawler saying ' incoming, incoming' as Shawn is just about to fall. Truly epic

  54. TheBandit025
    19 ditë më parë

    I love how youre referring WWE as the WWF while the other ALfirstrs still call it the WWE when they do a old video during the Golden age or too the Ruthless aggressive era

  55. Confused Tuba
    Confused Tuba
    20 ditë më parë

    This was all leading up to the attitude era

  56. DeadWolvV _X_
    DeadWolvV _X_
    20 ditë më parë

    HBK is The Greatest Of All Time!!!

  57. 1offoriginal
    20 ditë më parë

    I love these bios so much but this time you missed a big thing: during the build there was also a cage match where DX interfered so then for the third match they devised hell in a Cell because not even a cage could keep DX out

  58. Randyman Maximus
    Randyman Maximus
    20 ditë më parë

    This match was epic. Kane's debut was just icing on the cake.

  59. andrew korner
    andrew korner
    20 ditë më parë

    This is one of my all time favourite WWE matches

  60. B D
    B D
    20 ditë më parë

    The Continuing Story of the narrator's man crush on Shawn Michaels.😆

  61. jb888888888
    20 ditë më parë

    5:20 chain link =/= chicken wire.

  62. LaBwreck87
    20 ditë më parë

    Ah yes. My fav match of all time as well. Like and a sub from me. Thanks for nerding out!

  63. jonjon
    20 ditë më parë

    this Hell In A Cell is on my top 3 if not #2 we all know what's #1 :)

  64. seanlamar29
    20 ditë më parë

    Poor camera man

  65. Blade
    20 ditë më parë


  66. Miguel Colmenares
    Miguel Colmenares
    20 ditë më parë

    Perfect match, even when HBK beat up the cameraman who had been getting I'm his way throughout the match to open the cell door and get him out, great story telling, and it goes from there...

  67. David Wood
    David Wood
    20 ditë më parë

    Shawn should have disqualified Bret Hart, outside interference

  68. Michael Gregory Matterson II
    Michael Gregory Matterson II
    20 ditë më parë

    In all actuality this match was made for KANE

  69. Michael Gregory Matterson II
    Michael Gregory Matterson II
    20 ditë më parë

    That summerslam magazine of 97 “Heart and Soul” I have to this day

  70. Michael Gregory Matterson II
    Michael Gregory Matterson II
    20 ditë më parë

    If you were born after 1990 you can’t appreciate this match so don’t worry Mr. Bios lol

  71. J. Ui Riagain
    J. Ui Riagain
    20 ditë më parë

    It isnt enough for Shawn to say he was in the first HIAC match in the fed it isnt enough for him to be able to say he was in the best cell match he also has to claim creative credit for coming up with the concept. I feel like i should be in a hazmat suit even thinking about how toxic his ego is. Dont let the faux Jesus malarkey fool you either, the only reason hes sidling up to God is to measure up . He has no intention of worshipping he wants to know what it will take to bury God and take his place.

  72. JackSparrow1981
    20 ditë më parë

    My high school years was the Monday Night Wars!!

  73. Tim Bowen
    Tim Bowen
    20 ditë më parë

    Your analysis on the match psychology is fantastic 👏 Thanks again for the premium content brother!

  74. José Ramírez
    José Ramírez
    20 ditë më parë

    Jim Cornette is a genius.

  75. Michael Tanner
    Michael Tanner
    20 ditë më parë

    I'd love to see someone do a video on Marty Jannety in WCW in 1998. There's not much there but a lot of defeats but there was this moment of resurgence. From my memory--He had a nothing match on Nitro one week and then suddenly was in a higher profile Nitro match against Benoit. Fans at the time were very confused because it was a competitive match (IIRC). Then it came out, either from scuttlebutt or from the WCW Live internet show, that he had impressed everyone at a Thunder taping (this was when two weeks of Thunder were recorded on one night--one week was "live" and the next week was taped). I remember seeing the Thunder match against Malenko and it was a fantastic match. Fans of his thought "Oh maybe he'll get a push!" but it never happened.

  76. Dubby Dubois
    Dubby Dubois
    20 ditë më parë

    That’s Gotta be Kane

  77. Keke Edordu
    Keke Edordu
    21 ditë më parë

    ONE OF THE MOST OVERRATED MATCHED IVE EVER SEEN .SUPER ONE SIDED .. and it was a large cage ... not larger than the war games cell

    1. bob sapp
      bob sapp
      20 ditë më parë

      please don't comment any more

  78. A Personal Journey
    A Personal Journey
    21 ditë më parë

    I have always preferred the chain link style cages. Not sure why we call them chicken wire, as the two things are very different, but ok then. The cell was a fantastic concept and putting two masters in the first match was genius. I miss big blue at times, but it vanished right after Vince worked in one. lol Edit: I'm not trying to say the narration was wrong here, I have heard many people refer to chain link as chicken wire. I read my comment and saw that it might be taken that way and wanted to clarify. Please never stop making these, I have enjoyed every one that I have seen thus far.

  79. Mrs Voorhees
    Mrs Voorhees
    21 ditë më parë

    I just watched this match a few weeks ago. Its been years since I seen it and really I didnt care much for it. The only part I really liked is when Kane made his debut. That was badass!!! This match seemed much better back then than it does now. I guess what they did in this first match seemed extreme at the time but so many cell matches surpassed it. Mankind vs Taker, HHH vs Cactus Jack, The 6 way cell match at armageddeon, those matches were far better than the first match.

    1. bob sapp
      bob sapp
      20 ditë më parë

      watched this again yesterday and i totally disagree, it still holds up and hasn't been bettered. the kane part was the icing on the cake of one of the best matches ever.

  80. Anshuman Fotedar
    Anshuman Fotedar
    21 ditë më parë

    5:57 😆 Shawn Michaels' heel reaction is GOLD

  81. Anshuman Fotedar
    Anshuman Fotedar
    21 ditë më parë

    Didn't even have to begin watching to hit 'like' - anticipating a sweet remix of two epic entrance themes, a terrific breakdown of the build-up to the match, and blow-by-blow coverage of the physical work and psychology in the ring, not to mention the iconic debut at the end. EDIT: Check, check, check and check! 😄

  82. @da_king
    21 ditë më parë

    "That's gotta be Kane!"

  83. MyNintender SexyWhore
    MyNintender SexyWhore
    21 ditë më parë

    Anyone that doubts the art of wrestling should watch this.

  84. MyNintender SexyWhore
    MyNintender SexyWhore
    21 ditë më parë

    Favourite hell in a cell? I'd say it's your 2nd fave. EVERYONE knows the true #1.

  85. WarhawkBeyond2040
    21 ditë më parë

    Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels first ever hell in a cell match is the greatest of all time

  86. Punisher Snake
    Punisher Snake
    21 ditë më parë

    totally one of the greatest WWF/WWE matches of all time...

  87. ZeroSA
    21 ditë më parë

    Seeing him mentioned in this video makes me think you should do a series on Kane's career in WWF/E. He certainly has had the career length and character evolution to warrant it and he was never short of storylines and feuds. Not to mention you already covered his debut in its own video and here so you could potentially start it right where this ends.

  88. Mr30plus
    21 ditë më parë

    Idk who told the better story, this match or you. Great work !!

  89. Houston Soto
    Houston Soto
    21 ditë më parë

    Something just happens when these two are in the ring with one another. They always tell an amazing story along with some world class athleticism.

  90. Steven Ramirez MisterSmokes
    Steven Ramirez MisterSmokes
    21 ditë më parë

    Do a video on Missy Hyatt Wcw Run.

  91. John Sochacki
    John Sochacki
    21 ditë më parë

    The Memphis cage surrounded the ring and had a roof.

  92. John Sochacki
    John Sochacki
    21 ditë më parë

    Shawn Michaels left the WWF shortly before SummerSlam 1997.

  93. Mustafa Karbala E
    Mustafa Karbala E
    21 ditë më parë

    Hey bro I like your channel and Shaw Micheals Bio and Feud with Undertaker, is there a chance of getting a JEFF HARDY BIO and Feud with Undertaker? Resulting in their epic Ladder match against each other? Please thank you.

  94. Carbon Knights Gaming
    Carbon Knights Gaming
    21 ditë më parë

    The second that door came off, I was a Kane mark for life!

  95. Patrick Shaw
    Patrick Shaw
    21 ditë më parë

    The chair shot HBK took is one of the most vicious you'll ever see.

    1. Krendall2
      6 ditë më parë

      @Jody Wainwright I guarantee the answer is either "extremely painful" or "I don't remember."

    2. Jody Wainwright
      Jody Wainwright
      11 ditë më parë

      If I ever meet Shawn, I want to ask him just exactly what they felt like.

  96. Whats shakin Bacon! Nothin Just Sizzlin! Bars!
    Whats shakin Bacon! Nothin Just Sizzlin! Bars!
    21 ditë më parë

    Awesome match!

  97. Arthur R
    Arthur R
    21 ditë më parë

    this was great!

  98. Dojima H. Hog
    Dojima H. Hog
    21 ditë më parë

    I think that cameraman might be 2 cold scorpio

  99. CoreyNitro
    21 ditë më parë

    WCW was still ahead in the ratings, but the WWF was miles ahead in terms of the overall show.

  100. Joseph Young
    Joseph Young
    22 ditë më parë

    It will always be my favorite hell in a cell match