Later this month at Hell in a Cell, several WWE performers—up and down the card—will find themselves under heavy scrutiny by management, fans and critics.
The pressure is them to perform well in Miami and churn out a great match on the card. After all, Hell in a Cell is arguably one of the most important “B” show of the year. It needs to do well, particularly after the disappointment of Battleground.
So, looking at it in terms of status and their importance on the show, here are the top five performers who will have to have their working boots on come October 27.
Following on from Ryback’s abysmal bout with CM Punk at Battleground—a match in which his limitations were made abundantly clear to everyone—the pressure must be on the former Nexus star to perform better in the ring when the two face off again at Hell in a Cell.
If you can’t have a good match with CM Punk, who can you have a good match with?
And he has to know that another bad performance against the former WWE champion may well damage his new-found momentum.
We don’t know for sure yet what Big Show will be doing at the event, but it will surely be something substantial.
The star has been hugely pushed as a sympathetic babyface on WWE television in recent times as The Corporation angle heats up.
Hopefully at Hell in a Cell, he justifies the amount of faith placed in him by management and delivers a good performance in whatever it is he does—whether it’s taking on Triple H, which seems the most likely option, or something else entirely.
Del Rio’s long mediocre World Heavyweight Championship hasn’t done him—or the belt—any favors whatsoever.
Has any World champion ever come off as so ineffectual?
However, the star has the chance to decisively turn things around at Hell in a Cell when he takes on John Cena in his comeback bout. This is Del Rio’s most high-profile match in months. A good performance could redeem him in the eyes of management had the fans.
But if he churns out yet another flat performance? Well, that would probably send his stock in the company plummeting even more.
Falling ratings and John Cena’s upcoming return have called into question Bryan’s current status as the WWE’s No. 1 babyface.
Sure, Bryan gets rousing reactions from the fans every time he appears on Raw or SmackDown, but other than that, it’s difficult to call the last two months a success for him. For all of Bryan’s talent, he doesn’t seem to have taken off as the company’s next big mega-star.
Hell in a Cell is, therefore, a tough test for the former ROH star. A strong, resounding victory over Randy Orton will help his credibility. It will also position him for a showdown with Cena somewhere down the line.
John Cena's return has come as a huge shock to virtually everyone in the industry—he wasn’t expected to return from his triceps surgery for several more months. As CageSideSeats notes, he has reportedly been cleared for in-ring action by WWE doctors, but it still feels far too soon for the star to come back from what as a very serious injury.
Will Cena be able to overcome his recent issues churn out a good match against Alberto Del Rio? Or will his physical limitations be made clear?