Hell in a Cell. Perhaps the most frightening gimmick match ever contested in wrestling. It's CERTAINLY one of the most dangerous (as many grapplers and referee Tim White will attest), one of the most historic (thanks to the likes of Mick Foley, the Undertaker, Triple H & Shawn Michaels) and truly one of the most violent.
Those attributes of this legendary gimmick have been diminished over the last few years, sadly. Ever since WWE turned PG, really. Despite a few, very MAJOR exceptions (Undertaker vs. Edge, D-X vs. Legacy & Undertaker vs. Triple H), Hell in a Cell these days is a shadow of what it used to be, due to content restrictions and being used as a selling point for the gimmick-themed pay-per-view of the same name, instead of the feud-ending climactic collision it was originally billed to be.
Since Hell in a Cell succeeded No Mercy as the annual October pay-per-view, quality has been overall average at best. It's the same with the 2010 offering, here. With a lot of great stuff going on at the time i.e. The Nexus, the Miz, Sheamus, Kane as World Heavyweight Champion, there's plenty of reason to check out this Hell in a Cell. It's just a shame that the quality's so disjointed throughout.
United States Championship Triple Threat Match (Submissions Count Anywhere)
Daniel Bryan (Champion) vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz
Now, Bryan is right in his element here, as you would imagine. And as ever, the excellent technician/submission specialist DELIVERS. But it's the CHALLENGERS who really impress me here. Morrison's spectacular, high-risk offense is on hand, but he also brings some absolutely credible submission moves to the fold, as does the Miz (his pre-match promo is awesome as usual!). Excellent technical displays, great arena-wide brawling and full-innovative use of the stipulation make this opener a diamond of a U.S. title match. High-marks all round! (8/10)
WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match
Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Sheamus
An odd pairing for Hell in a Cell, especially given that it's for the title! Again, it's impeded by WWE's policy to adhere to PG, with the cage itself not really coming into play. However, Orton & Sheamus do manage to put on a tough, bruising encounter with some wincing spots involving a steel chair and the steel steps. The Irishman solidifies his title contention status in worthy fashion. As for Orton, good work as always. (8/10)
Edge vs. Jack Swagger
In the twilight of his career, Edge was declaring `war against stupidity' for a short time before one last world-title run. If that angle sounded really stupid and contrived, then that's because it was. After an appearance from the brilliant Alberto Del Rio and the excellent Anonymous Raw General manager, we have this unscheduled, impromptu match. Really, the crowd had every right to be dead for this one, and despite a potential chemistry between Edge and Swagger, the match never changes into a higher gear. I expected better from these two, but when there's no heat or cause for excitement, no wonder it's a dud. (5/10)
John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
(If Cena wins, Nexus disbands. If Cena loses, he joins Nexus.)
One of the best storylines in 2010 was the NXT Season 1 rookies forming the renegade stable Nexus. It really got them all noticed as top-notch talent, especially Wade Barrett whose leadership and promo skills made him an excellent heel. Nexus targeting Cena made for some great television, and this match can be considered a high-point. This is a crisp, excellent bout with Wade proving he belongs in the ring with a main-eventer like John. Great length, great interference from Nexus & the WWE roster, plus a genuinely shocking finish make this bout a true gem. Shame the creative team really mucked up the opportunity that followed, but this is still great stuff. Match of the night. (9/10)
Unified WWE Divas Championship Match
Michelle McCool (Champion w/Layla) vs. Natalya
With the terrific heels LayCool in possession of the Divas' title, Hart-Dungeon graduate Natalya was finally gonna get her shot at glory. And like too many women's bouts in WWE, the result is so brief that it hinders the result. The finish is cheap too, but both ladies display some fine chemistry and decent action in the time allowed. Layla's great at ringside too, as is the aftermath. Just a shame it wasn't allowed to be more. (5/10)
World Heavyweight Championship Hell in a Cell Match
Kane (Champion) vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer)
Now THIS Hell in a Cell makes PERFECT booking sense. Aside from it being integral to the Undertaker's career and the beginning of whole Taker/Kane rivalry back in 1997, Hell in a Cell was the next logical step in this latest chapter of the legendary feud. And if this was the Attitude Era, then this could easily have been the colossal war it deserved to be. But due to PG restrictions and bad booking, all intensity and violence are sucked out. Kane and Taker do make the final result okay, with some decent action and a nice twist for the finale but this is several steps down from their excellent Night of Champions collision. Not what it should've been, and that's a real disappointment. (6/10)
Two special features here. One's the aftermath of a Randy Orton/Chris Jericho bout from Raw, and the other is a Home Exclusive Interview with John Cena. Both features are better than most you'd find on WWE PPV DVDs these days, which is rather pleasing.
End result? WWE Hell in a Cell 2010 is certainly a mixed bag, filled with some terrific contests (namely the U.S. Title opener, Orton/Sheamus and Barrett/Cena) and some disappointing offerings (Edge/Swagger & Undertaker/Kane). Not one to own, but one that you won't necessarily regret having either. Your choice.
on 17 January 2011
The second annual WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view proved to be one of the watchable events for 2010. It was a event that showed some great matches with a major shock of John Cena becoming a new member of the Nexus.
Both Hell in a Cell matches were good in their own little way, with the Randy Orton Sheamus Hell in a Cell match being the best one out of the two that were shown.
John Cena vs Wade Barrett was perhaps the best match of the night, with both superstars giving it their best, with the WWE universe so into the match, they were in for a shock. John Cena is now the new member of the Nexus, which leads to the Nexus remaining in the WWE.
Overall WWE Hell in a Cell 2010 was a worthy and watchable event, with some good matches to watch and will recommend the match between John Cena and Wade Barrett.