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Not quite vindicated from Battleground
on January 26, 2014
The following things definitely kept WWE’s Hell in a Cell from reaching five stars (guess you can already tell what I won’t be giving it). But I will give it a 3.5 out of 5 (although closer to 3)
1. A few of the matches in Hell in a Cell were better suited for the pre-show. One was the mixed tag match of Khali/Natalya vs. Fandango/Summer Rae. The other match was Epico and Primo…I mean, Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans.
2. The IC championship match being delegated to the pre-show. (Hey, wait, there wasn’t even an IC championship match this time around!) Somehow, Curtis Axel blew out both of his hips in the tag team match on the Monday prior to the PPV. It was described as a “freak accident” and would not be able to defend his title against Big E. Langston. There’s no word as to how long Axel will be out of commission. I wonder if the 30 Day rule will actually be utilized, which is the title must be vacated if the title holder cannot defend it. On the bright side, Big E. was able to fight Dean Ambrose for the U.S. Championship, which was actually on the PPV.
3. Last time, Sandow said he couldn’t cash in his briefcase because he got injured. What was his excuse this time? I just wish the man would stop talking about cashing in and just cash in. At this point, I just want him to surprise us.
4. Same old Cena
Confession One: I would have liked to have seen Cena away a little while longer. I know originally, WWE said Royal Rumble, but I wouldn’t have been too mad if he didn’t pop up until Survivor Series.
Confession Two: I have never been a big fan of Del Rio and even less of a fan of him being champion.
To be honest with you, the outcome of this match was very predictable. “No matter how valiantly Del Rio fought, Super Cena would rise to the occasion and seize victory.”
5. Paul Heyman wasn’t actually in the Hell in a Cell match. He ended up on top of the cell. I am happy that CM Punk got some level of revenge when the match was over, yet it would have been nice for Heyman to have gotten beaten up in the cell. As entertaining as it has been to see the CM Punk/Heyman feud, it is starting to get a bit old. I would like to see Punk get involved in a new feud, although I am sure Cryback (I mean Ryback) wants to get vindication for his defeat.
6. A predictable ending to the main event.
I find it very ironic the WWE Universe voted Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. I’m not saying I don’t love Shawn. He’s one of my favorite wrestlers.
However, if we go by Shawn Michaels’ track record as a referee, he leans towards the side of controversy.
I hoped that Shawn would rebel against the Authority and get some type of justice for Daniel Bryan. Yet, Shawn is Triple H’s friend.
It would have been nice to have seen Big Show actually show up, despite the restraining order. He made such an impact in some of Bryan’s other matches.
Things that kept the PPV from scoring a 1 or a 2:
1. The excitement of the very first match, the Tag Team Match. I think WWE made a wonderful decision in keeping the titles on The Rhodes Brothers. It’s been a very long time since the Tag Team division has been this exciting, and the match never got boring.
2. The return of Kane: the one who attacked everybody.
3. When Punk finally got his hands on Paul Heyman.
4. The aggressiveness of Daniel Bryan in the main event match.
I don’t think that WWE has done enough (yet) to vindicate itself from the debacle of Battleground. I will sit back and see what happens with Survivor Series.