WWE Hell in a Cell took place last Sunday at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. How did the event go? Let's take a look.
The Pre-Show didn't feature a match but we had John Cena coming out to speak to Michael Cole about the allegations surrounding AJ's resignation from her position as RAW General Manager. At least, that was the plan. Cena instead just went on answering questions about the Ryback/Punk match and challenging The Rock to another match. Good to see that Cena cares about AJ. Oh wait... Anyway, Vickie Guerrero comes out and...I've lost interest.
The show starts with Alberto Del Rio taking on Randy Orton. The action goes to the outside almost immediately and Del Rio gets creamed with a clothesline. Del Rio starts to focus on Orton's left shoulder and arm. Del Rio hit a couple of armbreakers. Orton tries a powerslam but Del Rio sees it coming and hits the Cross Armbreaker. However, Orton managed to get to the ropes. Later on, Ricardo "Virgil" Rodriguez pulled Orton's shoulder onto the ring post, giving Del Rio the opportunity to apply the Cross Armbreaker. Orton gets out of it by turning it into a pin. Del Rio has to let go of the move to avoid being pinned and he tries to do a inziguri. However, Orton ducks and hits the RKO to get the win. It was a decent match to start the PPV, although there was a minor botch near the end.
Winner: Randy Orton Predictions: 1 for 1
After Josh "Bad Timing" Mathews interviews RAW Managing Supervisor (?) Vickie Guerrero, we get Paul Heyman trying to cancel the match between CM Punk and Ryback. Vickie understandably denies his request. We get to see Heyman keep on trying to cancel the match during the show.
Next we get the Tag Team Championships match with Team
Winners: Team Rhodes Scholars Predictions: 1 for 2
(Team Hell No keeps the Tag Team Championships)
The next match was for the Intercontinental Championship as The Miz challenges Kofi Kingston. We get to see The Miz keep Kofi grounded. Kofi increases the pace of the match and hits the SOS but Miz kicks out. Miz injuries Kofi's left knee and then exposes it in order to keep on injuring it. Miz applies a single leg Boston crab but Kofi turns it into an inside cradle. Miz tries for the Skull Crushing Finale but is thrown out of the ring. Miz immediately goes back in and gets hit with the Trouble in Paradise to give Kofi the win. As a big fan of The Miz, I enjoyed the match and it would be good to see a rematch between the two.
Winner: Kofi Kingston Predictions: 2 for 3
Winner: Antonio Cesario Predictions: N/A
We get another tag team match between Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara and The Prime Time Players (#Millions of Dollars!) Young and O’Neill dominate Mysterio before Cara is tagged in and hits O’Neill with a crossbody for a 2 count. O’Neill hits Cara with several backbreakers and he and Young dominate Cara for a while. Young attempts a clothesline but misses and this gives Cara the opportunity to tag in Mysterio. Cara recovers enough to keep O’Neill while Mysterio gets the win with a 619 and a splash. It was a decent match and it’s good to hear that Sin Cara is ok after landing on his head selling a move.
Winners: Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio Predictions: N/A
The next match was for the World Heavyweight Championship as The Big Show challenges Sheamus. Show dominates in the early going, throwing Sheamus out of the ring a few times. Sheamus tries to fight back but he gets hit with a superkick. Show applies a bearhug then later on a Vader Bomb. Sheamus counters a chokeslam into a DDT for a 2 count then Show hits a chokeslam to get another 2 count. The action goes to the outside and Sheamus sends Show into the ringpost and this gives him the chance to get the momentum. Sheamus manages to lift Show up to hit the White Noise, which gets a 2 count. Sheamus tries for the Brogue Kick but gets hit with the WMD that only gets a 2 count. Sheamus manages to hit the Brogue Kick but he only gets a 2 count. Sheamus tries again with the Brogue Kick but Show steps to the side and hits Sheamus with the WMD to get the win and Show is the new World Heavyweight Champion AND it lasts more than 45 seconds as Ziggler decides not to cash it in. I enjoyed the match but I didn’t think that Show would win as I was expecting a Sheamus/Ziggler feud in the near future. Despite that, I’d like to see where they go from here.
Winner: The Big Show Predictions: 2 for 4
After a Ron Simmons “Damn!” moment involving Zack Ryder, Santino Marella (in drag, don’t ask), Teddy Long and Eve Torres; we see CM Punk try one last time to get his match cancelled by speaking to Vince McMahon. Vince instead gives Punk a pep-talk and tells him to go out and show why he’s the “Best in the World”
The penultimate match is for the Divas Championship as Eve defends her title against Layla and Kaitlyn. Eve gets teamed up by the challengers before Eve starts to focus on Kaitlyn’s injured leg and does an impressive springboard crossbody. Layla and Kaitlyn brawl for a while and Kaitlyn hits a powerslam. Eve hits Kaitlyn with a senton, rolls her out of the way and pins Layla to win the match. The match was decent enough and I know some people might dismiss it. However, this match was second last on the card, had a actual story going into it and was a triple threat. I can’t remember the last time that I saw a triple threat Divas match on PPV.
Winner: Eve Predictions: 3 for 5
After Josh “Bad Timing” Mathews interviews new World Heavyweight Championship The Big Show, we get the only match in the Hell in a Cell as CM Punk defends his WWE Championship against Ryback. Straight away, Punk gets out of the ring and is trying to leave the cell. Heyman distracts Ryback, giving Punk the opportunity to spray a fire extinguisher at Ryback. Punk hits a springboard clothesline and a couple of elbows from the top rope. The action goes back to the outside and Punk hits a neckbreaker then hits Ryback with a chair. The action goes back to the ring and Punk connects with his running knee/bulldog combo. Punk then hits the Macho Man elbow drop then grabs a kendo stick and uses it on Ryback. Ryback starts the fight back with a few power moves and has Punk in position for the Shell Shock. However, the referee Brad Maddox, who has been the subject of some debatable calls over the last few weeks, hits Ryback with a low blow and Punk pins him to get the win. After the match, Punk and Maddox try to leave the cell, Ryback recovers and basically fucks up Maddox. Punk gets out of the cell and decides that climbing the cell would be a good way to escape. Ryback goes after him and hits Punk with the Shell Shock on top of the cell to end the show. It was a good match but WWE put themselves into a corner with this match. I couldn’t see Ryback winning so this might be the best way for the match to go. The main problem that I have is the referee. I find it hard to believe that the WWE would assign a WWE Championship to a referee who is the subject of a lot of questionable referring decisions. That’s wrestling logic for you.
Winner: CM Punk Predictions: 4 for 6
I thought that the event wasn’t bad. There were some good matches, especially the World Heavyweight Championship and it will be interesting to see what direction the WWE go with the Big Show, Punk and Ryback, and the Divas.
What soured it a little for me was the crowd which were really quiet sometimes and the ending of the Tag Team Championship match. Kane and Daniel Bryan are probably the best thing in the WWE right now, helping to make the Tag Team division fun to watch. I get where they were going with it, emphasising the fact that they could implode at any time. However, I didn’t think they needed it and it looked dumb.