WWE Hell in a Cell 2013: Stars Who Will Deliver Show-Stealing Performances
This Sunday from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, World Wrestling Entertainment will present its Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
With five championships on the line and two high profile Hell in a Cell matches announced for the show, there should be something for every fan to invest themselves in.
As is the case with any major pay-per-view production, there are several Superstars poised to deliver show-stealing performances this weekend.
Could it be Daniel Bryan, who will compete for the WWE Championship for the fourth consecutive show? How about Ryback, who needs an above-average performance to justify his new-found push?
The answer is neither.
There are ten Superstars, however, who should rise to the occasion and deliver performances worthy of stealing the show out from underneath their fellow competitors.
Who are they?
Let's find out.
Over the last two years, CM Punk has become World Wrestling Entertainment's most reliable pay-per-view performer. His matches with John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan and The Big Show were outstanding while matches against Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker in 2013 were instant classics.
His past two pay-per-view appearances, however, have been somewhat mediocre.
Punk's Night of Champions Handicap Elimination match against Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman was largely story driven. It accomplished what it set out to do, which is further the angle and give fans a taste of Punk getting his hands on Heyman, only to yank it away from them with a spear by Ryback and a win for the former ECW owner.
Finding an excuse for the match between Punk and Ryback at Battleground is much more difficult. The Superstars failed to show any real chemistry with one another and the crowd in Buffalo struggled to express interest in the bout until late, when Punk made his babyface comeback.
The streak of disappointing matches should end at two as Punk takes on Ryback and Heyman inside the unforgiven confines of Hell in a Cell.
In what should be the conclusion of the conflict between Punk and Heyman, expect the man affectionately referred to as the Best In The World to live up to his moniker, overcome the nagging injuries that have plagued him all year and deliver a fitting end to the months-long angle.
Alberto Del Rio and John Cena
Arguably the Wrestler of the Year for 2013, Alberto Del Rio has offered the most consistently great in-ring content this year. He has engaged several different Superstars, with several different sizes and styles, in rivalries and has delivered exceptional matches with every one of them.
The introduction of a more aggression style has added to Del Rio's ring work exponentially.
Even more worrisome than his lack of promo skills was the fact that there was a decided lack of passion during Del Rio's matches. His new-found aggression has solved that problem and has enhanced his personality as one of the more ruthless competitors in the company.
His cross arm breaker finisher will lend itself well to his World Heavyweight Championship match against the returning John Cena, who is coming off of a triceps tear that required surgery.
Cena, despite what his critics may argue, is one of the best workers in the industry and delivered a five-star classic against Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam this past August. While he may need to shake off some ring rust, he understands how much his return and the subsequent match against Del Rio is to the overall success of the show.
If any one match is most likely not to disappoint fans and critics at Hell in a Cell, it is the World Heavyweight title bout.
Randy Orton is still working to regain his footing as a heel after serving three years as one of the top babyfaces in sports-entertainment. While he is still eliciting fairly strong babyface reactions during his matches, especially following his signature maneuvers, he is beginning to reintroduce elements to his performances that helped him excel as a villain earlier in his career.
With that said, it is clear from his first two WWE Championship matches against Daniel Bryan that Orton has not delivered his greatest performance thus far in the angle. He has been solid but when the matches are over, the fans tend to focus more on Bryan's outstanding performances than anything Orton did in the match.
That will change come Sunday night, when Orton steps foot inside the steel structure he is more than familiar with for what should be the final match between the two for the vacant WWE Championship.
The cell allows Orton to reach deep down inside his bag of tricks and revisit his ruthless, aggressive and violent roots and add those elements to his performance.
The increased intensity and the added violence factor should help the match feel different from the two that came before it.
Bryan will be his typically great self. If Sunday's WWE title match excels in areas that the previous two did not, it will be because of Orton's performance.
The Tag Teams
Some of the best matches of 2013 have featured The Shield. The Usos have rapidly developed into one of the more exciting young tag team in recent history. Cody Rhodes and Goldust have ridden a wave of excellent booking and strong fan reactions to the tag titles and the hottest periods of their individual careers.
All three teams are as good now as they have ever been and anything less than a Match of the Night candidate would absolutely be a disappointment.
Expect a fast-paced match full of exciting near-falls and some high-flying spots from the twin brother Usos. All six Superstars will attempt to steal the spotlight from the main event talent as they do battle for the WWE Tag Team Championships, which have seen a noticeable bump in importance throughout most of 2013.
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