Hell in a Cell this Sunday was not worth the amount of money the WWE charged for this pay-per-view. Hell in a Cell might be considered the worst pay-per-view of the year, and with no big draw, the WWE dropped the ball with this one.
From the pre-show to the main event, Hell in a Cell failed to deliver a PPV-worthy show.
Did they really need to find a way to involve John Cena in the show? Why bother with just one Hell in a Cell match in a Hell in a Cell-themed PPV?
The WWE failed to deliver on a potentially big drawing event. Cena being out of the main event hurt the PPV, but that's no excuse for the rest of the show to be subpar.
Some of the matches turned out to be decent, like Big Show vs. Sheamus and Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars.
However, if the matches had been inside the cell, these wrestlers would have done so much more.
With weak matches and an even weaker main event, Hell in a Cell turned out to be a flop.
Losing the Meaning of Hell in a Cell
It makes sense for the WWE to try and profit off of the success of the Hell in a Cell match. Yes, making Hell in a Cell a pay-per-view event takes away the meaning of the cell match, but that's no reason for Hell in a Cell matches to be so poorly done.
Hell in a Cell matches used to be brutal and used to end feuds. While making the match an actual PPV might take away its meaning for ending feuds, there is no excuse in making these matches so lackluster and lacking any type of brutality.
The WWE might be in a PG era, but these latest Hell in a Cell matches have been pathetic.
CM Punk vs. Ryback was no different. It was a boring match with a bad ending. Punk climbed to the top of the cell at the end, but wrestlers used to do stunts like that all the time when Satan's Structure was in its early years.
Even if we accept the non-brutal Hell in a Cell PG era match, making it a PPV and having one actual Hell in a Cell match completely ruined Hell in a Cell.
Why focus on a Hell in a Cell theme and only make one of the matches actually take place in the cell?
At least if other matches had been inside the cell, the PPV could have been decent.
Instead, the WWE decided to fill a Hell in a Cell-themed pay-per-view with normal matches and one lackluster Hell in a Cell brawl.
There is nothing wrong with having good, regular matches on a pay-per-view. The problem with this Hell in a Cell, though, is that most of the matches ended up being average at best. Orton vs. Del Rio might have had a great finish, but the overall match itself was boring.
The pre-show wasn't even a match, and instead John Cena answered questions. Sure, the pre-show is a free part of the PPV, but does the WWE need to throw Cena into a PPV, regardless of his role? He could have answered questions on Monday night RAW, instead of wasting time at Hell in a Cell.
Kofi Kingston and the Miz put on a decent match, but was it really PPV quality? Especially since we already saw Kofi and the Miz battle on both RAW and main event?
Ryback vs. Punk wasn't main-event worthy, but did anyone expect it to steal the show? Having referee Brad Maddox get involved was a weak finish, and Ryback still ended up losing. More than likely, we will see something done to continue Ryback's undefeated streak...but where will he go now?
The matches were weak, and with an already lacking main event, Hell in a Cell failed to deliver a worthy PPV performance.
Hell in a Cell turned out to be a weak PPV, and with Survivor Series right around the corner, Hell in a Cell seemed pointless.
It was just an attempt for the WWE to earn more money before one of their bigger pay-per-views, but Hell in a Cell really failed to deliver. Weak matches and not fully taking advantage of the Hell in a Cell theme made this PPV not worth the money the WWE charged.
The WWE dropped the ball with Hell in a Cell.
Hopefully, Survivor Series in three weeks will deliver where Hell in a Cell failed.