By Jack Brady
Rewind twelve years. December 10th, 2000. Armageddon. There took place one of most entertaining Hell in a Cell’s of all time, the first (and thus far only) six-man Hell in a Cell match. It pitted WWF Champion Kurt Angle against The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Rikishi and Triple H.
There it was seen, one of the most hellacious matches in WWF/E history. We saw every man bleed. We saw Austin go through a car window, Rikishi get chokeslammed off the top of the Cell and Triple H get slingshotted into a car. It was half an hour of pure entertainment and unforgettable spots and at the end of the day we saw Kurt Angle retain his title.
In saying that, it should never happen again.
The WWF in 2000 was jam-packed full of wrestling stars. This match was a way that the world could see all of them pitted against one another at the one time. A time before the Elimination Chamber was introduced. Each of these men will be hall of famers of the company at some point in time. Steve Austin is already so.
This feat of a six-men Hell in a Cell should never occur again let alone be suggested to be the answer to the upcoming Hell in a Cell PPV that will be taking place on October 28th. With John Cena seemingly out with an elbow injury past the upcoming PPV, there are rumours going around that they the company will counteract his absence with the second-ever six-man Hell in a Cell.
With the way that this past week’s RAW went down, this suggested match would more than likely see WWE Champion CM Punk take on Kofi Kingston, The Miz, R-Truth, Ryback and Alberto Del Rio.
It doesn’t even compare to the match that took place in 2000. The disparity between those in 2000 and those in today’s WWE is immense. Between Kurt Angle and co. they have won thirty-eight world championships and eighty championships overall in the company.
Fast-forward to the suggested 2012 version and only Punk, Miz and Del Rio have won world championships, only a mere eight times between them. Overall, these six current wrestlers have won only thirty-one belts. To even suggest these men try and replicate what those six legends of wrestling produced in 2000 is ridiculous. I mean, Ryback hasn’t even won a title in the company yet.
If the WWE were to reintroduce the six-man Hell in a Cell later next month, it would well and truly tarnish what Angle, Austin, Rikishi, Rock, Taker and H did in 2000. It was one of the greatest matches in WWF/E history due to its innovative originality.
It shouldn’t happen ever again.