Best Hell in a Cell Match Ever? When Batista and Triple H Went Into a Bloody War to Settle Their Beef at Vengeance 2005

Published 05/03/2021, 9:04 AM EDT


Batista has come a long way to Hollywood, but despite that, there are some epic matches from his wrestling past that also remind us of the good old days. He fought several epic battles against the likes of The Undertaker, John Cena, Triple H, and more! But it was that one Hell in a Cell match with Triple H that solidified ‘The Animal’ as a legitimate top star in WWE.

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Looking back at Triple H and Batista’s epic battle

Batista made his WWE debut as the muscle for Reverend Devon. However, that gimmick didn’t get him anywhere. He burst onto the scene when he debuted as part of Evolution. Dave Batista climbed up the ranks and did the muscle work for the faction. However, he always had the look and ability to be a star on his own.

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WWE Wrestler Batista during his World Heaveyweight WWE Championship match against the Undertaker at WrestleMania 23 at Detroit’s Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on April 1, 2007. (Photo by Leon Halip/WireImage)

Batista won the 2005 Royal Rumble and challenged Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21. To everyone’s delight, he defeated HHH at the ‘Show of Shows,’ but the feud between the two wasn’t over.

‘The Game’ tried to regain his title at BackLash the following month, but failed.

It seemed like Batista was ready to move on to a new challenger. But Triple H wasn’t letting go.

The ‘King of Kings,’ along with Ric Flair’s help, brutally attacked Batista after his match against Edge on Raw. He then challenged Batista to a Hell in a Cell match at Vengeance, a match Triple H had never lost.

Triple H and Batista (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)

‘The Animal’ gives ‘The Game’ his first blemish

Batista accepted the challenge and the two behemoths met inside the unforgiving Hell in a Cell structure in the main event of Vengeance 2005. This was the final match of the trilogy and they really impressed everyone, from fans to even critics!

Everything from Steel chair wrapped in barbed wires to choking with chains and whatnot – both men brought all levels of physicality in the match.

In the closing moments of the match, Batista hit HHH with his own sledgehammer. He then hit a spinebuster on the steel steps and followed it up with the Batista Bomb to pick up the win!

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Batista and Hunter fought for almost 30 minutes inside the hellacious Hell in a Cell structure. This epic match marked the end of an epic feud between two legends of the business.

This match not only meant ‘The Animal’ retained his title, but he also became the first man to defeat Triple H inside Hell in a Cell.

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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