WWE Night of Champions signaled the end of World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus’s feud with Alberto Del Rio. The feud ending match was a traditional one-on-one contest where Sheamus’s Brogue Kick was banned—until right before the match started.
Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio had their best match to date at Night of Champions. They competed at SummerSlam. They competed (in the second match, mind you) at Money in the Bank. They were scheduled to face each other at No Way Out, but Del Rio suffered a concussion, and was replaced by Dolph Ziggler. Del Rio and Sheamus were joined by Randy Orton and Chris Jericho in a Fatal-Four-Way that should have main evented May’s Over The Limit pay-per-view.
While many online fans have expressed their desire to see this feud end, the pair has had two singles matches against each other, and one more is exactly what the WWE needed to do.
Spoiler Alert: Sheamus’s Real Hell in a Cell Opponent
Thanks to the results of Friday’s Smackdown (taped on Tuesday, September 25), we know that The Big Show will challenge Sheamus in Hell in a Cell for the World Heavyweight Championship. At this present time, there is no justification for their match to take place inside a cell outside of the fact that it’s October, and it’s time for the Hell in a Cell themed pay-per-view event.
The WWE still has eight combined editions of Raw and Smackdown (after Friday’s already spoiled edition) to build this feud. But that isn’t enough time to build a Hell in a Cell worthy match. Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio have months of build behind them—use it.
Hell in a Cell is a Feud Ending Match
Since its origin, Hell in a Cell has primarily been viewed as a feud ending match. Jim Ross has often termed it a “demonic device” on commentary, and wrestlers like Triple H and Mick Foley used the structure to cement their legacy.
Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus had a heated feud in the WWE. The feud involved stolen vehicles, arrests, lawsuits and banned finishers. In the modern day WWE, that is a heavy feud that deserves a proper resolution. Hell in a Cell is the place to do that.
Sheamus did in fact beat Alberto Del Rio—clean—at Night of Champions. How can you justify continuing the feud through Hell in a Cell? Simple. Have Del Rio attack Sheamus, and make Sheamus demand the match.
Put Sheamus in a position where he is willing to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Del Rio one more time in exchange for having him in a cell, alone. No Ricardo Rodriguez or David Otunga to get in the way, Sheamus gets the one-on-one match he desires.
Damaging the Legacy of Hell in a Cell
Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker. Triple H vs. Mick “Cactus Jack” Foley. Batista vs. Triple H. Edge vs. The Undertaker. CM Punk vs. John Cena. These are feuds and matches worthy of the cell.
If Sheamus and The Big Show collide again at November’s Survivor Series and/or December’s TLC, the WWE will hurt the legacy of Hell in a Cell—a match so brutal that it should be reserved for the deepest feuds needing a resolution.
Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio have that feud, and it deserves a proper resolution at Hell in a Cell.