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For a match that was marred with controversy, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins still turned out quite a wild match that had all the necessary pieces for a classic rivalry match. The crowd was on fire and ready for this storyline – that at the time had been booked to perfection – to come to its fitting conclusion inside the hallowed Hell in a Cell. How fitting, then, that they would start on the top, with J&J Security attempting to be the buffer between the two. But a kendo stick and a tenacious Dean Ambrose tear apart the cannon fodder and beelines for Seth, whom throughout the whole match is showing the evolution of his heel persona into the excellence it is today. In this moment, we are treated to a rarity in the post-2000 WWE universe – a table bump off the side of the cell. Though the bump could have been orchestrated a bit better, it still manages to be fresh in it’s execution by having both men go through a table, and the spot sends the crowd into a frenzy. Once everything finally makes it way to the ring with the bell rung, the heart of the match is revealed. Ambrose comes off as the vengeance-fueled maman that he’s meant to be without being hindered by the PG environment. In fact, he and Rollins manipulate the PG rules to create a similar violent atmosphere to that of the Attitude Era without the senseless blading and unprotected chairshots. The passion from the crowd and the performers bleeds through the screen as they blaze through their spots and work desperately to put each other down.
This all comes to an emotional high when Dean pulls out the cinder blocks that heated this feud to the boiling point and lines up Seth for a Curb Stomp to finish it. From here, the fans are robbed of a true finish as Bray Wyatt interferes to kickstart a whole other feud. There are differing opinions on the finish, the storyline it spawned, and whether it was worth trading for a conclusive finish to one of the best angles of 2014. However, while the finish keeps it from the upper echelons of this list, it does not change the quality that preceded it, earning this on-its-way-to-a-classic match a spot in the first place.