I hate the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view.
I just had to get that off my chest. It's been my least favorite pay-per-view since it debuted in 2009. The Hell in a Cell match used to mean something. After it started in 1997, there were only 16 matches in the Cell until this pay-per-view started. Almost every match involved intense rivlaries, and almost every match was of an extremely high quality.
That all changed in 2009. When WWE decided to have more themed pay-per-views, whether it was TLC or Night of Champions or Money In The Bank, they decided the Hell in a Cell needed its own pay-per-view. In the 12 years after the debut of the Cell, there were 16 matches. In the five years since, there have been 11 televised Hell in a Cell matches, with 10 of them pay-per-view. And, quite frankly, many of them haven't been good. CM Punk versus Undertaker in 2009 was incredibly mediocre, and there hadn't even really been a feud between the two. Sheamus and Randy Orton, even though they ended up putting...Read more
— Arguably the biggest news of the week was the WWE's announcement that it has clarified its stance on domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault in its "wellness" policy. Specifically, "WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated.
"WWE’s ability to fine, suspend or terminate a WWE talent will not be, however, limited or compromised in any manner in the event incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct is presented to WWE. Section 9.13(a) of the WWE booking contract, commonly known as the 'morals clause', provides WWE with broad discretion and authority to act under such circumstances."...Read more
While last week's episode of Raw focused on the in-ring work to progress storylines, this week focused on promos to build the two Hell in a Cell matches at Sunday night's pay-per-view.
Right off the bat on Monday, the WWE used what little time they had trying to make the crowd care about the upcoming match between John Cena and Randy Orton. This is the 10th time these two have squared off in one-on-one competition on pay-per-view since 2007, so WWE had to give it a little extra something, and only had a week to truly build it.
The first thing they did was have Triple H come out and make the match a No. 1 contender's match. This at least gives the match a reason to be wrestled. It also led to another wrinkle that happened during their segment later on in the night. As the two went back and forth on the mic while in the ring, Paul Heyman came out and made his way down to the ring. This was the first time Heyman has been seen since Night of Champions.
While the segment was a bit of a dud...Read more
This is going to be the start of a weekly look at some of the wrestling news stories that have come out in recent days. It could include any sort of news or rumors from the wrestling world and what my take is on those stories. I will avoid writing about outright spoilers, however. If there’s a grey-area, I’ll be sure to let you guys know at the beginning in case you don’t want to read it.
** The first bit of news is that WWE officially announced the locations for two 2015 pay-per-views. The Royal Rumble will be held in Philadelphia, at the Wells Fargo center. This had been rumored for quite a while, since late spring. The bigger news to come from that announcement is that the main event will be the Royal Rumble, which will include 40 wrestlers. This is only the second time that it’s had that many, with 2011 being the other. This is likely being done so they can include more of the NXT roster.
** WWE also announced is that SummerSlam will be held at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford,...Read more
The main events for Hell in a Cell were set on Monday night, as Dean Ambrose beat John Cena to earn the right to face Seth Rollins at the pay-per-view.
At the beginning of Raw, The Authority teamed up Cena and Ambrose to face The Usos and Gold and Stardust in a triple-threat tag match. Cena and Ambrose won what was a very entertaining match (a theme that would continue the entire night) by pinning the Dusts. After the match, the Authority decided that it wasn't worth it to wait until Hell in a Cell to determine who would face Rollins, and they should have their match (which was announced as a contract on a pole match on Smackdown) later in the night.
In the meantime, Randy Orton went to the Authority, saying that he was better than Rollins, and that he wanted to face whoever didn't face Rollins in what would be, in his mind, the real main event of the pay-per-view. Cena and Ambrose faced off at the end of Raw, and after they fought for a few minutes, Rollins, Orton and Kane, who were...Read more
After 18 months, The Rock made his return to Raw on Monday night, surprising the Brooklyn crowd and confronting Rusev.
Rusev and Lana came out Monday night to give a standard promo from them, running down the Big Show for ripping the Russian flag last week. That actually had become a big deal in reality, as the WWE felt they needed to apologize for that segment. After running down Americans and the crowd, Rusev took the mic and called out Big Show. Big Show didn't come out, and he called him a coward, and started posing to the crowd. It seemed like the segment would in, but then The Rock's music played to one of the biggest crowd reactions I've seen on RAW in quite some time.
The Rock pulled out his old playbook, talking about where he went around New York City, calling Lana a few names, and even telling Rusev that it doesn't matter what he thought. He did, however, put Rusev over somewhat, saying how dangerous he was in the ring. He then attacked Rusev, knocking him out of the ring...Read more