Thursday, 6 October 2011

Hell in a Cell Review

Night of Champions, whilst a decent event, managed to piss off a substantial portion of the internet wrestling community with some of the results, especially John Cena’s title victory. Will Hell in a Cell be in that vein? Let’s take a look.
At the beginning of the PPV, you see The Miz and R-Truth, having bought tickets, taking their seats. John Laurinatis thought otherwise and, with a security team, had them escorted from the premises. You will get to see the Awesome Truth return later on.

The opening match was Sheamus vs Christian which was a surprise as I didn’t think that it would open the PPV. It was a good match with both Sheamus and Christian blocking each other moves. Christian hit the spear twice but it wasn’t enough. Sheamus gets the win after hitting a brogue kick.
Predictions: 0 for 1

Sin Cara vs Falso Cara was next and the match, unfortunately, had the annoying yellow light on during it. The crowd didn’t seem to get into it with some of them chanting “boring”. Sin Cara managed to get out of an attempted powerbomb and rolled up Falso Cara giving Sin Cara the victory.
Predictions: 1 for 2

The Tag Team Championship was on the line Air Boom defended their titles against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. Lots of back and forth action between the two teams and it was a good match. Eventually, Air Boom get the win thanks to Evan Bourne reversing a powerbomb from the top turnbuckle by Swagger into a huracanrana for the pin.
Predictions: N/A

Next up was the first Hell in a Cell match as Randy Orton challenged Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Championship.  A little bit and forth throughout the match with Mark Henry retaining the title after kicking out of a RKO and then stopping a punt and hitting a World’s Strongest Slam. Afterwards, Henry hit another World’s Strongest Slam and attempted to induct Orton into the “Hall of Pain”. However, Orton moved out of the way and attacked Henry with a chair. However, Henry managed to get away.
Predictions: 2 for 3

Cody Rhodes comes out and announces that he’s replacing the Intercontinental Championship belt. However, instead of debuting a new design, we get the return of the belt that was used throughout the 80’s and 90’s. I love that design of the belt as it was the belt that they had when I first started watching wrestling. So many Hall of Famers have had that belt at some point such as Mr Perfect, Bret Hart, Roddy Piper, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. I liked the oval shaped one but the original one looks so much better so well done to WWE for that decision.

Then John Laurinatis comes out and announces that Rhodes has to defend the title against John “parkour” Morrison. Er...ok. Why? It doesn’t make sense as Morrison is a RAW superstar and I don’t see why he deserved a title shot. Anyway, the match between the two was really good. Cody Rhodes gets the victory after countering a Flash Kick by Morrison into a roll up.
Predictions: N/A

After the match, the Awesome Truth had managed to sneak in and beat up Air Boom. Triple H gets the security to throw them out again and is not happy with Laurinatis for not calling the police on Miz and Truth. Triple H, it’s obvious that Laurinatis is fucking you around, get him sorted.

Beth Phoenix is going for third time lucky as she challenged Kelly Kelly for the Divas Championship. This was a decent match although it had a weird ending. Beth had Kelly in a submission move and then lets go. Natalya hits Kelly with a microphone and Beth hits a glam slam, making her the new Divas Champion. I’m not happy that the strongest woman in the division couldn’t beat Kelly cleanly and had to resort to cheating. You know what, fuck it. Well done Beth Phoenix on winning the match.
Predictions: 3 for 4

The main event was for the WWE Championship in the first ever triple threat Hell in a Cell match between champion John Cena, CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio. This was a decent match and a highlight of it was Punk standing on the steps about to attack Cena when Del Rio pushed him off into the cage. The ending had Ricardo Rodriguez managing to get the key to the cell door from the referee outside, go in and attack Cena with a steel pipe. Cena hits the AA on Rodriguez sending him out of the cell. Del Rio takes advantage and hits Cena out of the cell then locks the door, keeping Cena out. It’s now between Del Rio and Punk. Del Rio hits Punk with the steel pipe and pins him for the victory. It was a really good match. However, I was a bit pissed off with the ending as once again, due to the fact that he wasn’t pinned to lose the title, Cena didn’t lose cleanly. Anyway, congratulations to Alberto Del Rio on regaining the WWE title.
Predictions: 3 for 5

But the event is not over yet. The cell is lifted to allow Cena back in and then the Miz and R-Truth return yet again, the cell goes back down and they destroy everyone. I recommend that Triple H demands a refund for the event security because they haven’t been doing a good job. The whole roster comes out and tries to get into the cell, and eventually the cops get in and arrest The Miz and Truth, yet they don’t arrest Triple H after he attacks them whilst handcuffed. I thought that it would have been funny if they all had to spend the night in a cell.

Overall, it was an ok event. Some of the matches were good and entertaining and some were ok. I liked the ending with The Miz and R-Truth destroying everyone in the cell. However, I don’t get Del Rio winning back the WWE title from Cena. He should have held the belt at Night of Champions and it means that, since Punk announced that he was planning on leaving the company with the WWE title, we have had 7 title changes since then. It feels that Cena’s 12th title reign was pointless with it being only 2 weeks. The worst bit is that we will probably have Cena, again, challenging for the title at Vengeance. I really hope not but I can see it happening.

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