WWE’s crown jewel gimmick match has to be Hell In A Cell. Although WWE has used other inventive structures in the past none of them seem to add up to the unforgiving steel of Hell In A Cell.
Edge and The Undertaker tore the house down at SummerSlam 2008 inside Hell In A Cell. But Edge revealed on a recent episode of Edge and Christian’s Pod Of Awesomeness how his plans for their epic encounter had a major wrench thrown in them during the eleventh hour.
“Hell In A Cell… I remember going into that, and a little story about that Hell In A Cell, we got from Vince the edict that day that there would be no color in that match and I had put together this whole thing in my head that involved color and also involved me taking a chokeslam through the panel, through two tables, this whole thing,” Edge said. “I know I have this written down somewhere. And it wasn’t going to work and color wasn’t going to work. And I’m mad. And I remember saying to Vince that day, ‘this is the most disappointed I’ve ever been in a decision that I’ve had to try and make do with, I guess, in this company’ because I really was. I thought, ‘this is the culmination of a year-and-a-half angle. There has to be that. There has to be color.’”
As if taking blood out of the equation wasn’t a big enough issue, Vince McMahon seemed to make the pressure even greater as he said their match would be a benchmark for all future Hell In A Cell contests in the PG Era.
“I wasn’t thinking further down the road or the big picture, all of the things Vince has to think about, and in hindsight he was right. He was right and what he said that day was completely right. He said, ‘I trust you two to set the template for what a Hell In A Cell will be going forward’ and I was like, ‘oh, well s–t.’ What do you say to that? There’s the challenge. Alright, so the challenge is, we’ve got to figure out a way to do this then, and I think we did. It still got in the story I wanted to get across.”
Regardless of whether they had the tool of color taken away from them or not, Edge and Taker were still able to pull off an amazing match. It just goes to show you how flexible you need to be at times to be regarded as the greatest.
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