Hell in a Cell is upon us, and for many fans the WWE Championship match is the must-see contest of the card. Daniel Bryan will once again be facing Randy Orton for the vacant title belt in a bout that could very well be the biggest match of their rivalry so far.
And despite who wins or loses this match should be a great one. In fact, I believe it has to be.
From the moment that Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton clashed at SummerSlam, fans have been taken on one unbelievable ride. Every week Bryan enters the fray against not only Orton but Triple H and the corporate onslaught. And every week he is denied.
Just when fans think Daniel may overcome the odds and become WWE champion, the rug is pulled out from under him. He may be the fan favorite but he is not the company favorite. That distinction lies with Randy Orton.
Orton's rise back to the top of WWE came from out of nowhere. Even though he was Mr. Money in the Bank, the heat between he and John Cena led many of the WWE faithful to believe that the two would face off for the belt.
However, thanks to Cena's injury that match was not to be and instead we were left with Orton cashing in on a Daniel Bryan who had just received the Pedigree from Triple H.
In that moment, Randy was elevated back to WWE's main-event level, a spot that he has enjoyed many times in his career. Only this time, he was not the one being led along by Triple H, Undertaker or even Cena. This time he was the WWE veteran helping the new kid in the company.
It was a feud that seemed to be full of possibilities. Both men had very good chemistry and could put on a great match. The differences between them in terms of how Triple H viewed them was apparent and only added to the drama for fans.
Orton represented the establishment. He was the sellout who did take a handout to become WWE champion. Bryan was the underdog who worked his way up and was robbed when he was finally on the verge of becoming a major player in WWE. It was a good old fashioned case of right versus wrong.
Again, this rivalry was full of possibilities.
But then Night of Champions happened and suddenly everything changed. Bryan did become WWE champion but was stripped of the title the next night on Raw by Triple H. This was actually not a bad move, mostly because it fed into the notion that Bryan was being held down by Hunter's oppressive regime.
However, I for one was very surprised that Orton was not immediately crowned WWE champion once again. It would have been unbelievable heat for him with fans and would put a new energy back into his rivalry with Bryan.
Of course that did not happen, and instead much of the focus was placed on the heat between Bryan and Triple H. And when Big Show ruined the match at Battleground, the situation became even more confused.
Again, the issue for me is that Orton seemed to be a secondary character in the problems that were raging between Bryan and The Game.
But all of that will hopefully be pushed into the background at Hell in a Cell. On that night, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan will step into the Cell for the WWE Championship. When the bell rings, fans will only be concerned with the match itself, and for that reason it needs to be a great one.
Fans deserve to see the best match that money can buy. After a Night of Champions bout that was reversed the next night and a Battleground match that was a letdown for many, Hell in a Cell's contest must deliver.
And I believe it must deliver a decisive win. The Daniel Bryan storyline has been running for quite some time, and for me it must have a big payoff. A great Hell in a Cell match is by far the best way to make that happen.
For Randy Orton, it will be another main-event highlight for his already established WWE career. For Daniel Bryan, it will be the best chance he has at once and for all solidifying himself as a top WWE star. Both men must leave it all in the ring that night and it must be a great match not only for WWE but for the fans as well.