Posted by Mike McCarthy
Coming off a horrendous show in the Battleground PPV it seems like WWE is heading into Hell in a Cell with the most momentum they’ve had since SummerSlam. This seems to be confusing some people because Battleground was one of the worst shows of the year, yet WWE is set to have a huge show at the end of the month. There’s many factors as to why this is, the emergence of Cody Rhodes & Goldust, the returns of Shawn Michaels and John Cena, and Big Show’s storyline reaching it’s climax. What a lot of people are also forgetting is that Chris Jericho’s is due back soon as one week from now it will have been 90 days since Jericho took off from WWE (Jericho works in 90 day incriments). Also the returns of both Christian and Rey Mysterio are looming. It’s starting to look like the thin main event scene is reloading.
As of right now there are three matches on the card. The first one is the main event, Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan in Hell in a Cell for the WWE Championship w/ Guest Referee Shawn Michaels. Hopefully this match will live up to the hype, I think WWE realizes that they can’t deliver a screwy finish three PPV’s in-a-row. This match has lots of potential considering that all of Bryan’s in-ring work has been outstanding lately and Randy Orton has had multiple great Hell in a Cell matches. The only question about this match is how much involvement will HBK have and at his age it may not be a lot. When he was the referee for Triple H vs. Undertaker he didn’t take any bumps. The last time he got physical was at Wrestlemania and he almost broke his nose. Likely the only involvement he will have is if he hits SCM once or twice, but any involvement from Michaels at all is a special occasion. This main event definitely has the potential to make up for WWE Battleground, as long as we don’t get another bad finish. With John Cena returning both Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton are going to be trying to prove that they can stay in the top of the card with Cena back. I think it’s fair to expect to see both Orton and Bryan bring their A-Game.
The 2nd match is for the World Heavyweight Championship and is also the return of John Cena. Cena will take on the champion Alberto Del Rio in what will most likely be his last match as World Heavyweight Champion. No disrespect to Del Rio but it’s pretty obvious that Cena is gonna take this one. Come Hell in a Cell Del Rio will be 4th in combind World Heavyweight Championship reigns in the WWE. Even with that impressive stat I don’t see how Cena comes back just to go under to Del Rio. However, when Cena returns it’s probably going to be the only time he doesn’t get a mixed reaction from the crowd which means it will be the perfect opportunity for Damien Sandow to cash in his Money In The Bank contract. It’s definitely worth noting that Vince McMahon tends to avoid the obvious so this may not actually happen, but I still think that Sandow’s cashing in at Hell in a Cell. A program between Sandow and Cena would be a fresh, new program that a lot of people have been craving. Putting them in a program together would be perfect for elevating Sandow to a main event level. Adding Cena to the WHC scene is something WWE needs badly, it’s more than obvious that the World Heavyweight title has dropped below the WWE title and become the 2nd title. Having Cena challenge for it and possibly winning it will definitely restore it to the prestige it had back when Kane & Undertaker were battling over it in 2010. The two faced each other in a No Holds Barred match, a Hell in a Cell match and a Buried Alive match. These are stipulations that haven’t been used on a WHC match for a while now, I’m not saying that we need more stipulation matches for the title but just that the title matches need to be put under the spotlight more. Now we all know that Cena loves the spotlight and WWE loves having him in the spotlight, so come Hell in a Cell it seems like we’ll be back to having two Major titles instead of having the WWE title above WHC.
The last announced match is a rematch from last years HIAC; CM Punk vs. Ryback. Some people aren’t excited about this match and some people just aren’t excited about Ryback being pushed at all. With Ryback you can only get so much out of him for a match and WWE knows that, but he has huge muscles, a great look and WWE is going to push him on that fact alone. The only thing that Ryback needs to do is to NOT SCREW UP, and this is something that he actually struggles with doing even though it really isn’t a lot to ask. There are plenty of WWE Superstars that would love to be in the situation that Ryback has where they don’t have to do anything extraordinary to stand out. WWE is an entetainment company not a wrestling company and Ryback has a look that they can market so as long as he doesn’t seriously hurt somebody then he’ll be pushed. It is unfortunate that Punk is being wasted on Ryback because his best attribute is his in-ring work and this program with Ryback & Paul Heyman is focusing more on his mic work. Don’t get me wrong, Punk is great on the mic it’s just that he’s one of the best technical wrestlers of all time and he’s very limited as to what he can do against Ryback. What I DO like about this match is that the program between Punk and Heyman is so intense and realistic then you throw Ryback in the mix and he’s picking up a lot of the negative reactions that Heyman gets every time he goes out to the ring. If Ryback is gonna get over as a heel than he needs to be with Heyman, he’s one of the best managers of all time and the only thing worse than Ryback’s in-ring is his mic work. Hopefully this one will have a stipulation thrown into the mix instead of another singles match.
Though those are all of the matches in the lineup right now there’s still a lot of strong points in the WWE right now, for example; The Rhodes Family, Big Show and The Wyatt Family. You can continue this article in Part 2 located at http://www.wwenews.net/wwe-doing-everything-right-heading-into-hiac-pt-2/
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