While most of the spotlight might be given to bigger stars like John Cena and Dean Ambrose, expect several overlooked and marginalized stars to still make a significant impact at WWE’s upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on October 26.
The Miz vs. Sheamus bout for the United States Championship comes to mind. Despite their considerable talents, both The Miz and Sheamus have been consigned to the midcard scene for the last few years.
The company clearly recognizes that they both have a modicum of value—Sheamus is the U.S. champion, and Miz is the star of the upcoming WWE Studios’ action film The Marine 4: Moving Target—but seems reluctant to return them to the main event scene.
Ideally, the two will produce a thrilling match at Hell in a Cell, reminding the bookers that they’re both perfectly capable of filling up a spot in the main event if need be.
Of course, Damien Sandow (or “Mizdow”) might be the real one to watch in the bout. Sandow has shone brightly in his role as Miz’s friend and sidekick over the past few months.
It’s not an exaggeration to say the man has more comedic skill than most of the roster put together. He’s tremendous and probably deserves better than to be relegated to a supporting role, frankly.
Expect him to get involved in the title bout at some point, too. One possibility is that his interference could backfire and cost his boss the belt. This would then lead to a Sandow face turn—the fans are itching to cheer him anyway.
In other notes on the card: While it’s not yet official that Cesaro will be challenging Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship at Hell in a Cell, it feels inevitable if you’ve been watching the two clash on WWE television over the past few weeks. The Swiss star even issued a challenge for a match on Main Event.
Provided Ziggler and Cesaro are given enough time, it’s easy to see them churning out a classic—and maybe even stealing the show entirely. They are two of the best wrestlers on the roster, even if WWE doesn’t book them like that very often.
It's a credit to both men that they always make the effort even when faced with mediocre and nonsensical booking. Ziggler will likely bump all over the place while Cesaro busts out one superbly crafted technical move after another.
It might be worth checking out the show for this bout alone.
With clash between Randy Orton and John Cena for a headline match—this feels like their 7,467th singles bout—it would be easy for wrestling fans to dismiss Hell in a Cell as “just another pay-per-view.” But honestly, it does have several compelling matches and should give the more underappreciated guys in the company a real chance to show off what they can do.