With WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 coming to a close and Monday Night Raw just around the corner, there are several lessons learned and questions answered that we can take away from this pay-per-view as the WWE moves forward.
Did Kofi Kingston get a push in the right direction?
What lessons can we take away from the title matches that were on the card?
The biggest draw to this PPV could have been to see how the Ryback vs. CM Punk match ended.
Did the ending work?
Or did it fall short of expectations?
Raw will answer even more questions from Hell in a Cell, but until then here are several questions answered and lessons learned from Hell in a Cell.
How many pay-per-views has Alberto Del Rio lost a match in this year?
The WWE keeps throwing this wrestler on its PPV cards but constantly has him lose. At this point, how are fans supposed to take Del Rio seriously?
He failed to win the World Heavyweight Championship, regardless of how many chances he had. Now, in a regular match against Randy Orton, Del Rio has once again failed. How much longer will the WWE add him to the card, only to have him lose?
Sure, he might manage to get the upper hand on SmackDown or Raw, but it's becoming way too predictable to determine who ends up winning whenever Del Rio is in a match.
Even with Ricardo Rodriguez playing a role in Del Rio's matches, the end result is always the same.
It's time for the WWE to either start throwing a couple matches Del Rio's way, or move on and try to bring up a new heel.
At Hell in a Cell, one of the first lessons that became clear was Alberto Del Rio will never live up to his hype, and the WWE does nothing to help him get over as a heel by having him lose on the main stage.
One of the better lessons learned from Hell in a Cell is that the team of Daniel Bryan and Kane will continue to reign as tag team champions.
This team has played a huge role in making the WWE tag team division relevant again. Entering Hell in a Cell though, there was a chance Team Hell No might drop the belts to the team of Rhodes Scholars.
Kane ended up getting himself disqualified, and Team Hell No remained champions. While some people might have wanted Bryan and Kane to finally work together to beat Rhodes and Sandow, things went the way they usually do with Team Hell No.
And that's a good thing.
The dysfunction between Kane and Bryan is a good thing, and it plays a big role in why so many people enjoy this tag team. Not only are they funny, but both are great wrestlers and have proved it constantly.
Team Hell No will continue to hold the tag team belts, and the longer they hold them, the better. As long as Kane and Bryan work together, the tag team division will only improve.
Hopefully the feud between Team Rhodes Scholars and Team Hell No will continue as the WWE gets ready for Survivor Series.
The feud between The Miz and Kofi Kingston has turned out to be a good one. They put on a solid match at Hell in a Cell, and hopefully these two will continue feuding long into the year.
With Kofi's win, is it safe to assume he will continue to get pushed? The WWE could have used any other opponent in place of The Miz, but Kofi has delivered when placed into matches with the awesome one.
Wasn't the Miz supposed to get a push when he came back, only to win the intercontinental title? Now it seems like Kingston is the one getting the push.
Kingston retaining the title is a big benefit for him. It shows he isn't a flash in the pan, and hopefully he will be able to defend his title in the future with equal success.
The WWE needs to take some time now, in building around Miz and Kingston. With a big PPV like Survivor Series around the corner, if the WWE builds this feud right, it might have another draw for the PPV on its hands.
Kingston's win proves he is continuing to get pushed. How long it lasts, however, is another question.
Hell in a Cell overall had a pretty weak card.
Two unannounced matches thrown on a pay-per-view doesn’t make it any better. The Cesaro-Gabriel match was lackluster and was just like a normal Raw/SmackDown match.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a match against the Prime Time Players also didn't do anything to increase the value of this PPV.
It's always fun to see Sin Cara and Mysterio fly around the ring, but again, their match like the Cesaro-Gabriel match was one that could have been on Raw or SmackDown.
Unannounced matches have no build up and really add nothing to the PPV. Why the WWE bothers to throw in the surprise matches makes no sense either.
Are they supposed to increase the drawing rate of a PPV? How would they, if people don't know that they're on the card?
They end up being time fillers instead, and with no hype or buildup, these matches are really nothing special and don't make a PPV any better.
One of the two matches that was thrown on the Hell in a Cell card in the last minute was Antonio Cesaro vs. Justin Gabriel.
Unfortunately, the match was lackluster. Cesaro is turning out to be a decent United States champion, but when will he get real competition?
The intercontinental title has a solid feud with Kingston and The Miz.
So why does the U.S. title still suffer? Don't get me wrong, Justin Gabriel is a solid wrestler, but where was the build? Sure, Gabriel won a couple of matches against Cesaro, but did he ever seem like a real contender for the U.S. title?
With weak buildup and an even weaker match, it looks like Cesaro still won't get any real competition for his U.S. title.
What makes it even worse is how Cesaro vs. Gabriel wasn't even announced as a match. Clearly, this wasn't supposed to steal the show.
Still, the WWE needs to get a real rival for Cesaro, and with Survivor Series around the corner, now would be the time to start.
Sheamus had a solid run as the World Heavyweight champion. After Hell in a Cell, though, the Big Show is the one sitting on top.
Big Show's win is well deserved, and makes him seem like a real threat in the WWE.
Winning the title, though, was not the only thing that made Show look like a champion. Being able to kick out of the Brogue Kick and everything Sheamus threw at him made Big Show seem like an unstoppable monster.
Sheamus got hit with two WMDs—the last one finally knocking out the Great White—and it elevated Big Show to the champion level.
With all the talk of Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money in the Bank contract, it was almost expected for Dolph to try and make some type of move at the end of the match.
Instead, Ziggler failed to back up his rambling and the Big Show walked out with his belt. This time, he held onto it for longer than 45 seconds.
It's the Big Show's time to reign as the World Heavyweight champion. Sheamus and Show put on a pretty good match, which was much more interesting than any of Sheamus-Del Rio fights before Hell in a Cell.
While it is Big Show's time to shine as the champ, hopefully Sheamus and Show can keep their feud going as the WWE moves into Survivor Series.
The ending to the CM Punk vs. Ryback match was odd. Will it count as an official loss for Ryback? Or should we expect Vince to get involved on Monday night and do something to make Ryback’s record clean again?
Referee Brad Maddox getting involved in the match is something most people probably didn't expect to happen.
This match ended up opening new storylines, especially with the ref getting involved. Will Cena and A.J. branch off into their own story with Vickie Guerrero? Will Punk and Ryback continue? What will happen to Brad Maddox?
Will Punk and Cena eventually clash again?
The match itself wasn't really good. Punk managed to climb the cell at the end, which was something not seen in a while.
Ryback standing at the end was a decent way to finish the match, but if Ryback was just a replacement, what was the point of putting him over Punk in the end?
He was a replacement, and now that Cena has recovered, what will happen to Ryback?
Hell in a Cell finally answered the question of how the Punk vs. Ryback match would end. It also opened up a bunch of other questions that we will have to wait for Raw to find out.
WWE has clearly ruined the meaning behind the Hell in a Cell match. There was almost no point in creating a pay-per-view based on this legendary type of match.
This year's Hell in a Cell PPV proved just that.
Why bother calling it Hell in a Cell, when only one match is actually going to take place inside a cell? Why not just rename the PPV, and use the Hell in a Cell match to end feuds?
With Cena being out, Punk vs. Ryback could have been a regular match if this PPV didn't need to focus around the main event being inside the cell. Instead of the odd ending we saw, Punk could have easily gotten himself disqualified and Ryback would continue his undefeated streak.
Some of the matches on the card had the potential to be decent cell matches. Instead, every match was a normal brawl besides the main event. Ryback was a replacement, and it showed in his match with Punk.
Hell in a Cell should be ditched and replaced with another PPV. If the WWE insists on keeping the Hell in a Cell PPV, matches around titles should be thrown into the cell—not just the WWE Championship match.
WWE has clearly ruined the Hell in a Cell match concept, and it showed this Sunday.