This years’ Hell in the Cell left me with mixed emotions. It started off iffy and finished strong with Undertaker and Brock Lesnar easily stealing the show.
It became clear that the gimmick of the hell in the cell is starting to run its course in the PG Era, with guys like Taker and Lesnar being able to bend the rules to give us a flashback of what the match use to mean.
While I don’t think they get rid of the PPV itself they might want to go from 2 Hell in the Cell matches to just one, and start selling the cell as an unforgiving match that will either make your or break you, instead of just another gimmick match.
WWE United States Title Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena: Botch
I was excited like everyone else as who the rumored opponent for Cena could be. With names like Samoa Joe, James Storm, Sami Zayn and even a returning Kurt Angle being rumored to be the man to challenge Cena the opportunities were endless.
When the music hit and Zeb Colter came out inside I was excited to think that we would get the reunion of Jack Swagger and Colter with the United States title, instead we got a very surprising return in the form of Alberto Del Rio.
Needless to say my face was painted with disappointment, I’ve never been a fan of Del Rio or his WWE character and now they are pairing him with Colter which only makes this seem more of a hodge podge. The match was flat and might have been the worst Cena has looked in years, not sure if he is just that burnt out or if he really didn’t want to put over Del Rio, whatever the case this was a terrible match to start the PPV.
Hell In a Cell: Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns: Hit
People seem to think that we are going to get a Hell in the Cell match as brutal as Undertaker vs Mankind during this current product and that’s just absurd. We will never see two guys put their bodies on the line like that again, and that’s a good thing for them and to be honest us to. Do we really need to see Reigns throw Wyatt off the top of the cell nearly killing him? This match was brutal and enjoyable with the stunt man mentality.
The feud between these two is officially over now…or at least that’s what we are being led to believe and while I think a last man standing match would have been a better blow off match for them this served its purpose. My only real complaint is when is Wyatt going to come out of a feud looking like the winner? Shouldn’t the face a fear actually bring fear to his opponents?
WWE Tag Team Title Match: The New Day vs The Dudley Boyz: Botch
This wasn’t even close to being the best match that these two teams have put on since the feud has started. The Dudleys had a pretty bad botch and the lack of Xavier Woods really hurt things.
I’m hoping that this isn’t it for the feud, doubt it will be since there is a lack of teams, but these two need to take this to the next level and get us something that steals the show…or least comes close. I’m going to assume that they will have a table match at Survivor Series for the tag titles so hopefully that will bring this thing to the next level.
WWE Divas Champion Charlotte vs Nikki Bella: Hit
I’ve been having a difficult time really locking into this feud, maybe part of me feels like this should be Sasha’s place not Charlotte’s or maybe its I’m just not a fan of these two, whatever the case maybe tonight’s match was pretty good.
There were some moments during the match that I wasn’t a fan of, most notable the fact that once again Nikki works over a body part on Charlotte, one in which she needs to lock in her finisher and she doesn’t struggle to lock it in.
Maybe it’s just me but she shouldn’t be able to do that bridge after getting her back worked over the entire match. Aside from the flaw this match was enjoyable and hopefully it’s at the point where they start to move on from it and on to a fresher matchup.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Kane: Hit
For some reason I was expecting a little more from this match, while it was slightly above average, it was still something that we would have gotten on Raw. This was the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match and it felt like it was the main event of Raw now a PPV match. This seems to be the major issue with Seth Rollins title run, everything feels average except for Rollins himself.
I know there is a point to him using the pedigree as the finisher, but I’m not a fan. It does nothing for me to further the slow burn between him and Triple H. I would rather see him etch his own legend then pick off pieces of Triple H’s, even if it’s to further a potential feud.
At least this was a clean victory…
Kevin Owens vs Ryback: Botch
I really really hope that this is the last Kevin Owens vs Ryback match we will ever have to see. Owens is one of the best overall talents on this roster and to waste him in a feud with Ryback is criminal. Ryback needs to go back to the seek and destroy mentality and not whatever this current gimmick has become.
Ryback looks like a guy that we shouldn’t be surprised to see just dismantling dudes left and right, instead we are shocked that he is still getting on PPV main cards. He slowly transforming into the Great Kahli.
Here is hoping that Owens next feud is something great and that Ryback can figure out where he made the wrong turn and we can get that guy we were all chanting feed me more along with.
Hell in a Cell: Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar:Hit
Well Holy Shit! You can take the previous two matches and throw them out the window because this match said it all. These two have always worked well with one another, but overall this might be my favorite match between the two.
They went above and beyond what I expect of them tonight, the blood was flowing with these two and nothing was off-limits.Brock Lesnar looked strong and Undertaker looked like he could go on for another year and when it was all said and done you were left fulfilled, something that doesn’t happen to often anymore after a main event match.
Afterwards we saw the Wyatt Family make their way out, attack Taker and carry him off into the sunset…and it would have been awesome if Wyatt won his match earlier in the night and actually looked like a threat.
The setup is still interesting, but I can see this fading in and out of interest if they don’t keep their foot on the pedal.