Hell in a Cell 2013 gives WWE the chance to emerge from the valley of two disappointing pay-per-views and to soaring upward.
Feuds come to a close while new ones begin on Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. ET. The pre-show kicks off half an hour earlier, featuring a match for the Intercontinental Championship.
Fans in the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. will be howling in support of Daniel Bryan, John Cena and CM Punk. The vacant WWE Championship will be decided inside the Hell in a Cell structure, as will the latest chapter of Punk and Paul Heyman's feud.
The brand new tag team champs face two sets of challengers, a Total Divas cast member looks to earn gold and a man expected to be out of action until January will return.
Stone Temple Pilots provides the event's official theme song, "Out of Time," while Shawn Michaels provides the refereeing for the main event.
Live Stream Info
Fans can stream the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view legally on any number of devices.
One can watch the fifth annual Hell in a Cell event through Google Play, the Amazon app store or similar programs. Alternatively, check it out on a Samsung Smart TV, via a gaming console on XBOX Live or PlayStation Network or on a mobile device through the WWE App.
The show is around $45 regardless of which method one chooses. A cheaper method is to head to a "blast area" like Buffalo Wild Wings and share the experience with a larger group of folks.
Heyman mocking his rookie status led Big E. Langston to become a babyface. The move quickly pays dividends as he gets a shot at Curtis Axel for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
After I become the Intercontinental Champion at #HellInACell, I vow to travel the world as an ambassador for peace & skin-tight singlets.— Big E Langston (@BigELangston) October 22, 2013
Langston has the opportunity to win his first title in WWE but has to go through Axel with Heyman and possibly Ryback lurking on the outside. Depending on how long this goes, it could be one of the better bouts on the pay-per-view despite its placement.
WWE has used a panel format similar to NFL pregame shows for the last few pay-per-views, so expect Superstars not on the card such as Dolph Ziggler, The Miz or Damien Sandow to play analyst for the night.
- Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans
- The Shield vs. The Usos vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust (Tag Team Championship)
- Brie Bella vs. AJ Lee (Divas Championship)
The issues between the recently immigrated bullfighters, Los Matadores and the xenophobic crew known as The Real Americans lead to a tag team clash that is likely going to be used for comic-relief purposes. Including a little person in a bull costume and an old man who carries a bullwhip to the mix will make it hard for this to be anything but that.
Look for Antonio Cesaro to knock some heads back with his European uppercut and induce vertigo with his Cesaro Swing.
The newly crowned tag champs, Goldust and Cody Rhodes, must defend their titles in a Triple Threat tag match.
Dean Ambrose at ringside will be one of the wild cards, as will Triple H, who has not tried to hide his favoritism for The Shield. This should be one of the most exciting bouts thanks to the speed and athleticism of the wrestlers involved and the animosity between these rivals.
Brie earned a rematch for the Divas title by pinning AJ on SmackDown.
She will have her sister, Nikki, in her corner as she looks to become champion on the same night that her fiance can become WWE champ. Tamina Snuka will be in AJ's corner, offering intimidation and underhanded assistance.
- John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship)
- CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman and Ryback (Hell in a Cell)
- Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship match in Hell in a Cell)
Cena comes back after undergoing elbow surgery just two months ago. Del Rio will look to exploit that vulnerable body part with his cross armbreaker. Cena's return to the ring will be a selling point for many fans who may watch him become world champ once again.
One has to imagine that Sandow cashing in on an injured Cena or a drained Del Rio is a strong possibility as well.
The Heyman and Punk saga has resulted in lacerations and gashes, betrayal and ambushes. Now there is theoretically nowhere for the weaselly Heyman to hide or run once the Hell in a Cell doors close. Ryback looks to protect his advocate with brute strength as Punk must use elusiveness and the weapons waiting under the ring to knock out "The Big Guy."
The main event is the third time, fourth if you count the cash in at SummerSlam, that Orton and Bryan have battled to end a pay-per-view.
With this one occurring inside the Hell in a Cell and Bryan's trainer and Triple H's longtime friend, Michaels officiating, this is sure to be a different match. Michaels has guaranteed that one man will walk way with the vacant WWE Championship.
Will it be the oft-thwarted Bryan or the merciless Orton?
After two down shows, WWE has a lineup that appears to be a major rebound. Cena's comeback, Hell in a Cell violence and a number of title matches make for a promising show that is strong enough to combat viewer fatigue caused by a part of the WWE calender heavy with pay-per-views.