Sunday, 14 December 2014

WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 Review

WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 took place on Sunday 26th October at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Without the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar on the show, how will the show fare? Let's take a look.

The first match is a 2-out-of-3 falls match with Cesaro challenging Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship. There was one instance where they are trading near falls then Cesaro hits the giant swing. Cesaro covers but Ziggler reverses it to get the first pinfall. There was a great spot where Ziggler has Cesaro in a standing kimura; Cesaro manages to hold him and climb up the turnbuckle and hit a superplex. Ziggler gets a 2 count after a Fameasser. In the end, Ziggler gets the second fall after countering a Neutraliser to hit an armbreaker, then a superkick then a Zig Zag. I really enjoyed this match and I hope to see more matches between the two.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Predictions: 0 for 1

The next match is Nikki Bella facing Brie Bella. The loser must become the winner's personal assistant for 30 days. After driving Brie's face into her knee, Nikki focuses on the hair. Later on, Brie does a really bad suicide dive and then a missile dropkick. Nikki hits the rack attack for 2 and Brie apllies a Yes Lock but Nikki gets to the ropes. In the end, Nikki hits a brutal forearm then the rack attack to get the win. The match wasn't great but it had a couple of decent spots.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Predictions: 0 for 2

The Tag Team Championships are on the line as The Usos challenge Gold and Stardust. The Dusts work over Jimmy and he does get some respite after sending Goldust over the top rope and gets the hot tag to Jey. Jey dominates Goldust before he gets hit with an AA Spinebuster. The Usos superkick the Dusts at the same time and Jimmy attempts a Samoan drop on Goldust. However, Stardust stops that with a kick to the back of the knee. This gives Goldust the opportunity to hit the Final Cut to get the win. It was a decent match but I feel that they have done better matches together.
Winners: Gold and Stardust
Predictions: 1 for 3

We now, surprisingly, get our first Hell in a Cell match as John Cena and Randy Orton face each other for the chance to become the No 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Orton is dominant for the first part of the match with the help of a steel chair. Cena makes a comeback but it's quickly cut off by Orton. Later on, Cena attempts another comeback but a shoulder block is countered into a RKO for 2. Orton gets another 2 count after throwing Cena through a table. Orton almost wins it after countering an AA into a RKO. However, Cena eventually gets the win after an AA from the top rope through a table. This was a decent match and the question is, when will we get Cena vs Lesnar III? I don't think it will be anytime soon
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 2 for 4

We now get Hollywood Miz challenging Sheamus for the United States Championship. Miz tries to get his stunt double Damien Mizdow to assist but that doesn't go well. The match goes back and forth before a distraction by Mizdow gives Miz the chance to hit the Skull Crushing Finale for 2. However, it was not enough as Sheamus hits a brogue kick as Miz jumps off the top rope to get the win. Afterwards, Sheamus does the YMCA with a knocked out Miz with Mizdow copying every move then Miz gets another brogue kick. This was another decent match and I can't wait to see more of Mizdow and Miz.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 3 for 5

Next we get Big Show taking on Rusev. Show takes it to Rusev straight away. However, that doesn't last long as Rusev starts to focus his attack on his left leg. Show makes a comeback before Mark Henry comes out and Show hits a chokeslam for a very near fall. Rusev hits 3 superkicks then applies the Accolade to make Show give up. The match wasn't anything special but it was enjoyable.
Winner: Rusev
Predictions: 4 for 6

Next is the Divas Championship match as Paige (with Alicia Foxx) challenges AJ Lee.  We get some chain wrestling to start with. Alicia tries to interfere and fails but it gives Paige the chance ot get the advantage, attacking AJ with knees and stomps. Paige tries the RamPaige but it's countered by AJ. The end comes when Paige tries to suplex AJ from the barrier but AJ pulls her off. Alicia manages to get Paige back in the ring before the ten count and AJ suddenly applies the black widow to get the submission. It was another good match between the two but I thought that the ending came a little bit too quickly for me.
Winner: AJ Lee
Predictions: 5 for 7

The main event is a Hell in a Cell match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Ambrose comes out first and, after throwing some chairs into the ring, climbs to the top of the cell. Rollins comes out and demands that his minions Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury go up and get Ambrose. Ambrose destroys them with a kendo stick then Rollins climbs up and they brawl on top of the cell. They eventually end up crashing through the announce table from half way up the side of the cell. After some medical attention, Ambrose gets Rollins off the gurney and throws him into the cell. The match then officially starts and Ambrose proceeds to destroy Rollins. Rollins manages to get some respite after a back suplex onto a pile of chairs. It didn't last long as Ambrose elbow drops Rollins through a table. Rollins then gets some help thanks to Corporate Kane and a fire extinguisher and he powerbombs Ambrose through a table followed by a curb stomp for 2. Ambrose makes a comeback and tries to curb stomp Rollins through some cinder blocks when the arena goes black and we hear some chanting. We get a lantern in the middle of the ring and some smoke signalling the return of Bray Wyatt. He attacks Ambrose and this gives Rollins the opportunity to cautiously pin Ambrose and get the win. Afterwards, Wyatt hits a Sister Abigail on Ambrose.

I really enjoyed this match. I'm torn over this was better then their match at SummerSlam as they both told amazing stories. It's a shame that the feud had to end but I hope that it returns next year over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 6 for 8

I quite enjoyed Hell in a Cell. There were some good  matches and I really enjoyed the main event. I just find it weird that Brock Lesnar wasn't there. I do find it weird that WWE would give their World Heavyweight Championship to a part time wrestler. However, this event does show that you don't need their Champion to be involved. I hope that it doesn't stay that way.

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