On Oct. 5, 1997, the WWE presented a pay-per-view event, titled Badd Blood. That event was headlined by the first-ever Hell in A Cell match between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker. It was a brutal and bloody affair. Within the past 19 years, there have been 33 Cell matches, with the most memorable one involving Mick Foley and the Undertaker on June 28, 1998, where Foley fell off the top of the cell onto the announcer’s table, to the astonishment of everyone. So, the bar was set pretty high that night in Pittsburgh. Only male wrestlers have been involved in this barbaric match, but that will change on Oct. 30, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. For the first time in the WWE, two women will look to settle their rivalry inside this ominous structure.
The Women’s title will be at stake as Sasha Banks looks to hold on to her championship against Charlotte. Whenever these two are in the ring competing, magic occurs. They had tremendous matches in NXT. When they were called up to the main roster in 2015, the magic just continued. In almost all of the matches, Sasha was a face (fan favourite) and Charlotte was a heel.
A big moment occurred on the July 25, 2016 edition of Raw as Charlotte defended her women’s championship against Sasha. This was a tremendous match, one in which Charlotte tapped out to Sasha’s finisher, the Banks Statement. The crowd in Pittsburgh went wild after the match. And everyone in the audience and those watching at home, could have seen how emotional Sasha got after she won the title. She proved, like her hero, the late Eddie Guerrero did, that it doesn’t matter how tall you are, if you have heart, and belief in yourself, you can achieve. Sadly, due to a legitimate back injury, she lost the championship back to Charlotte at Summerslam, to the disappointment of many fans. Since that event, fans have clamoured for Sasha to regain the title.
On the Oct. 3rd edition of Raw, from the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, Sasha and Charlotte battled for the title. This was the main event of Monday Night Raw. It was only the second time this ever happened in the history of the show. The first one, was Trish Stratus vs. Lita on December 6, 2004. It was a great moment, not only for the women involved, but for the other women on both the Raw and Smackdown brands. Sasha and Charlotte fought a tremendous match that had fans invested throughout. In the end, Sasha became a two-time women’s champion, much to the delight of the crowd and to the dismay of the former champion. But, fortunately, this rivalry is not over….yet.
In what may be the final chapter of this feud, these women are going to compete inside Hell in A Cell. Many are of the opinion that the WWE is taking a huge risk by putting their two premier female wrestlers in this type of match, especially Sasha, who is coming off a back injury. In my opinion, that thought process is incorrect. The women agreed to this match. They want to show that they deserve the same opportunity as their male counterparts.
The WWE should be commended for allowing this contest to transpire inside the Cell. My pick to win is Sasha Banks, because she just won the championship earlier this month, and there is no reason to take the belt off her so soon. Charlotte was champion for a long time, and her reign became stale. Let Sasha retain the title, and keep it until the end of the year, maybe even longer. Personally, I would love for Sasha to walk into Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando, as Women’s champion. Or maybe even win the title at that event.
Whatever the outcome is at Hell in A Cell, the match itself will be a special one for the women, and I know they will do what they can to steal the show. I will end with a quote from a Sasha Banks promo: “Be so good, they can’t ignore you.”