Gonna group these last 2 together in fear of triple-posting....
Hell in a Cell XXIV
John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio vs CM Punk : HIAC 2011
So I'm not quite sure why this is in the Cell either, I mean could you imagine if this had to be the fourth and final blowoff match between Punk and Cena to determine who is the best in the world ? Now THAT would have been exciting, but why add Del Rio ? Anyways the word best used to describe this match would be excitement, as the most intruiging part of this match is the fast pace, and how quickly these guys stay executing moves. This was like a 25 minute sprint that just happened to be in the cell, not a whole lot of Cell usage (besides the ending when Cena gets locked out, which is really only psychological use and not physical) here but when they do decide to use the cell it's effective (you can tell that just by looking at CM Punk's back. Whenever you have Cena and Punk in the same ring, something special's bound to happen, and this match is definitely no exception to that, as these guys are golden with the many counters and fast paced action that take place between them, with Del Rio being the foil to all of this.
The most crucial part of this match however, are the amount of near falls and close calls that take
place. All 3 men get their finishers in some way, shape or form, and could have easily won the match. All 3 men do a great job of selling the pinfall and making sure they kick out at just the FINAL split second before the 3 count to add more drama into the match. Punk is the bonafide spot monkey in this match, going through a table on the outside and bouncing around off the cell until is back is legit bleeding. Cena ends up getting locked out, which leads to Punk getting pinned semi-clean (well, completely clean actually) for the second PPV in a row, which kind of made me sick but whatever. his match certainly had it's violence and brutality, but it's true value lies in the workrate that they were able to execute. Still, would have been better off as a hardcore match (as this is HELL in a Cell, not workrate in a Cell), but the quality between these two men is simply to much to ignore, a near classic.
Hell in a Cell XXV
The Undertaker vs Triple H w/ Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels : Wrestlemania XXVIII
Ever since 2005 I had been clamoring for an Undertaker vs Triple H HIAC match, and once we reached the PG era, I was upset that I would never get to see my dream match come to fruition. So when this match was announced, I damn near almost lost my mind, and what we got for a match.....Was simply a work of art. This match will go down as the greatest piece of Wrestling storytelling and drama of this decade (and yes I know that it's only 2012), what can possibly top it ? This is the end of a story arc which began at WRESTLEMANIA 24 ! It's INSANE to have a story last that long in the modern WWE. From the entrances to the lowering of the cell, both of these men know they're going into a war.
I like how these two don't lock up, they just start firing away with strikes. That tells me that this isn't a traditional wrestling match. This match is absolutely brutal, as both men take beatings outside on the floor and off the cage. The match gets REALLY intense when a steel chair is incorporated in the match and Triple H begins to just get DESTROYED with it, as Undertaker is determined to avenge his moral loss from last years Mania. But, enough with the play-by-play, let's talk about the brutality. At the end of this match, Taker's back is so messed up from all the chairshots and stiff strikes that he looks like one big sliced up piece of meat. Triple H is slightly cut (not a blade job) which added another dimension to the match.
The bread and butter in this match, however is the storytelling. Shawn Michaels does an amazing job of being the mediator that tries to keep things clean, but can't do it because he is so emotionally invested. This was an absolute WAR, one of the biggest wars in WWE history, which also included a moment where I legitimately believed that the streak was over (SCM into the Pedigree). What can I say about this match that hasn't already been said ? It's the closest thing to a piece of drama that the WWE has produced in a VERY long time. While I might prefer the WM 27 encounter SLIGHTLY, this match had a perfect blend of story and brutality. A must watch for any wrestling fan, and the clear cut MOTN (and honestly, unless there's a ***** match this year, this isn't being topped all year)
That's all Twenty-Five. Look for my full rankings as well as some analysis soon