Cena has the WHC will certainly increase the interest in the title. ADR was not really setting the world on fire, and Cena, love him or hate him, does create an interest in that title that normally would not be there. You can be damn sure that the WHC will see A LOT more television time on both Smackdown and Raw as well. The negative side is that instead of creating new stars to main event Smackdown, the same old faces are in that slot. Dolph Ziggler or RVD couldn't have won the title, but John Cena can? A questionable move on their behalf.
I really did not care for this match for a variety of reasons. First, the match was very lame for a Hell in a Cell contest. Mostly, we saw the same stuff that we would get in a standard street fight. Kendo shots, chair shots and a table spot. Ryback pushing Punk into the steel just was not that entertaining to me.
Secondly, I thought that the finish and the aftermath was pretty basic. Punk beat up Heyman and hit the GTS on the roof of the cell and that was it. Was all that build-up, all the damage that Heyman did to Punk, worth that spot on the top of the cell. I don't think it was, and personally, I am just excited that this feud appears to be finally over.
The Rhodes Family vs The Shield vs The Usos- **** (4 stars)
An excellent way to kick of the PPV. The crowd was really interested in this match, which is a testament to the effort the WWE has put into revitalizing its tag team division. The triple threat idea led to a lot of fast action in the ring, and there were a lot of cool moments that took place in and outside of the ring.
I would like to point out the strides the Uso brothers have made since their debut. Originally they were a tad sloppy and were pretty boring performers. Now they get a decent reaction with their "Us-OOOO" bit and their in-ring work has improved a lot (that elevated Samoan Drop was sublime).
When it comes to getting a PPV started and getting a crowd going, you have to have a match that fans are invested in. The WWE tends to rely on the WHC to be that match, but with the continued development of the tag team division, I think they have a new go-to match to kick off PPVs.
Dean Ambrose vs Big E Langston- ** (2 stars)
A little bit of a disappointment for me. I have been a big fan of Langston, but you could obviously tell that this match was thrown together at the last minute because of Axel's injury. The match was void of a lot of excitement, except for the brilliant selling of Dean Ambrose. They kept both guys strong, so hopefully we will see more from them down the road.
AJ Lee vs Brie Bella-*3/4 (1.75 Stars)
Typical divas match that is becoming extremely predictable of AJ's title reign. Brie appeared surprisingly competent in the ring, and this was actually one of the better wrestled women's matches that you are going to see in the WWE. The issue is the very confusing heel/face roles between AJ and the Bella Twins. The admittedly sloppy turn of the Bella's has led the crowd to not really be invested in them as faces.
You know how the tag match was perfect way to start the show? This is the opposite of that. After a good match and a big return that got the crowd excited, the WWE rolls an unnecessary match that basically dares the fans to go get a snack or use the restroom.
As a whole, I think that Hell in a Cell was a big step up for the WWE compared to Night of Champions and Battleground. Instead of staying the course and keeping the same tired feuds, the WWE had the gumption to make some decisions and switch some things around, which is always nice to see.
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