Views From The Turnbuckle: Hell In A Cell Preview; A Step Above
An interesting note is that Cena has yet to appear on WWE TV, and his first live appearance will presumably be at HIAC. This is very strange, especially because Cena is way ahead of schedule for his return to the ring. The question then must be asked: What if Cena doesn't even show up for his match Sunday? Cena has tweeted numerous times about his match, so we know it is not a trick that Vickie Guerrero is playing on ADR, so what the hell is going on here?
I really cannot even hypothesize what could happen between Cena and ADR. It is possible they have a straight match and Cena wins, or that they have a match and ADR retains. Cena's music could play, except he never comes out. Cena could work the match, but injure his arm more and go back out on the shelf for a few more months. Cena could win, but his arm is so ravaged that Damien Sandow cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase and wins the WHC. The amount of possibilities that could happen make the WHC scene more exciting than it has been in a very, very long time.
At Battleground, the only match that really stuck out was the tag team match between The Shield and the Rhodes family. The match had a lot of flair and drama, with the Rhodes family taking the match. They built swimmingly on that match, with the Rhodes family taking the tag titles off of The Shield, making it a title match at HIAC.
The Uso's for whatever reason, are also involved in the match because they won a #1 contenders match a while back. This means that there will be a triple threat tag team match for the titles at HIAC. It has been awhile since we saw the tag titles on the line in a triple threat match, and those matches are usually fast paced and full of near-falls. The Shield and the Rhodes family are always good, and the Uso's have made big improvements in the ring recently, so this should be a good one. I think the Rhodes family retains, as the WWE continues to try and build on their strong momentum.
In a late addition to the card, Curtis Axel will defend his often-forgotten Intercontinental Title against the freshly turned Big E Langston. A lot of people are high on Langston as a face, and so far he has been pretty good. Langston is obviously immensely strong and can move around the ring very, very well for a bulky guy. His charisma was on display in NXT, so if he can tap into that as a face in the WWE, he can go a long way on the big stage.
The way I see it, it is pretty hard to be a worse IC Champion then Curtis Axel has been. Realistically, the WWE has nothing to lose and everything to gain in taking the title off of Axel, so they might as well give it to Langston. If the booking for Big E is consistently good, I doubt that they will regret the decision.
The Divas match should be pretty rudimentary, as AJ Lee will once again take on Brie Bella. AJ, as talented as she is, really, really needs to find an opponent that can push her to the next level, because Brie Bella is not that individual, and I don't know if any of the women the WWE currently have on the main roster can do that. AJ wins again in another match that seems very redundant.
Compared to Battleground, I think HIAC has had a very good build. Usually I am only really interested in one or two matches on a card, but I can honestly say that the WWE, WHC and Tag matches have me really optimistic about HIAC. Even the IC title match has some juice in it because I'm a big fan of Langston. Hopefully, the WWE will get back to where they were at Summerslam and not where they have been over the last two months.
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