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Random Thoughts on WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

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Last night, WWE presented their annual Hell in a Cell pay per view event and here are my random thoughts on the show. As always, this post contains spoilers so if you haven’t seen the show look away now:
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WWE United States Championship: Alberto Del Rio def. John Cena © via pinfall to become the new United States champion.
Hell in a Cell match: Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt via pinfall
WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) © def. The Dudley Boys via pinfall to retain the tag titles.
WWE Divas Championship: Charlotte © def. Nikki Bella via submission to retain the Divas championship
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins © def. Kane via pinfall to retain the WWE World Heavyweight title
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens © def. Ryback via pinfall to retain the Intercontinental title
Hell in a Cell: Brock Lesnar def. The Undertaker via pinfall

**Random Thoughts**

The show ended on a cliff hanger with The Wyatt Family attacked Undertaker and carried him out of the arena. I was expecting Reigns and Ambrose to make the save but the ‘what next’ aspect makes it all the more intriguing. They can always save that for another day. What it does do is set the stage for Survivor Series. They’ve been hyping the show as ’25 years of The Undertaker’ so I expected the main event to be a traditional Survivor Series tag match with the entire Wyatt Family taking on Undertaker, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Kane, or maybe Sting.

Out of the two Hell in a Cell matches I preferred Brock vs. Undertaker. It was a worthy battle with the right guy getting the victory. The liked the ending with Brock exposing the wooden boards which make up the ring. It’s different to what we’re used to seeing. Reigns and Bray was the physical encounter they assured it would be. The use of weapons was entertaining enough. Reigns winning should end the rivalry for the time being, not sure who’ll be feud with next.

I never expected Alberto Del Rio to be the one to answer Cena’s open challenge. There was always questions regarding his status with Lucha Underground, but here he is back in the WWE. He left under controversial circumstances so it’s nice to see him get a second chance. I’ve always rated him as a worker.

Another thing, John Cena losing clean in under ten minutes on the opening match of a PPV? That’s even rarer!

Great effort by Charlotte and Nikki Bella. So refreshing having no members of Team PCB or Team Bella at ringside who can take the focus away from the match (Don’t have to put up with Brie continuously shrieking, “come on, Nikki”)I liked the Alabama Slam by Nikki against the ring apron. It’s something that Kevin Owens does, but seeing a woman doing something similar is unique. The only negative I can give is that Charlotte didn’t sell the knee injury enough.

I’m glad Rollins got the win cleanly because it’s the right thing to do. Just hope they make him look stronger on TV. Hopefully this end the feud as it’s been pretty silly for the most part. I also hope Kane isn’t in the title picture again. I respect Kane for all he’s done in his career, but he’s knocking on 50 and doesn’t have exciting matches anymore.

I have no idea what’s next for Ryback. I feel confident in saying that he’ll always stay in the upper midcard bracket and never break it into the main events. You can tell from the crowd reaction that Ryback isn’t getting big reactions anymore. You could argue that Los Angeles has a hardcore fan base, but that’s been the case in other states too. It must be frustrating for WWE who had high hopes for Ryback to be the next John Cena but it just hasn’t worked out (turning him heel so early was the wrong decision). Whiles Ryback’s star is fading, Kevin Owens’ future is shining bright. He’s a great Intercontinental Champ, but he needs a new challenger. Sami Zayn is still out for a couple of months, keep the title on Owens until he returns and give them a WrestleMania moment.

I’m fine with New Day retaining the tag titles in a cheap way. I love them guys. I hope they hold onto the titles for a year or more because they are the best team in the WWE and are even better when they are holding the titles.

Overall show rating (out of 10): 8
I’m rating Hell in a Cell as the second best pay per view of the year behind WrestleMania 31. They exceeded my expectations and WWE deserves a ton of credit for that. Del Rio’s return was a surprise and the ending leaves us with looking forward to Survivor Series.

2015 Pay Per View Rankings
WrestleMania 31 – 9.5
Hell in a Cell – 8
Elimination Chamber – 8
Battleground – 7.5
SummerSlam – 7
Payback – 7
Money in the Bank – 6.5
Night of Champions – 6
Extreme Rules – 5
FastLane – 4.5
Royal Rumble – 4

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