Harrison's Analysis: A Look Back at the Hell in a Cell 2009 Pay-Per-View
Hello everyone, Andre Harrison here.
I'd just like to thank everyone in the wrestling community here for all their support, as I've now been promoted to a WWE Featured Columnist. Hopefully, I can continue to produce enjoyable content for you all in the near future.
Anyway, next Sunday (Fast isn't it?), is the WWE's Hell in a Cell 2010 Pay-Per-View. In tribute to said occasion, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and take a look back at last year's Hell in a Cell 2009 Pay-Per-View, featuring three Hell in a Cell matches.
Maybe it'll give us an insight as to what to expect from this year's event.
So, let Harrison give you a Harrison's Analysis of the inaugural Hell in a Cell 2009 PPV!
CM Punk vs. The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship)
After CM Punk beat Jeff Hardy at his own game at Summerslam, The Undertaker returned. At Breaking Point a month later, CM Punk, Teddy Long and referee Scott Armstrong decided to repeat the Montral Screwjob of 1997 (for the 117th time), so Punk retained.
Taker kidnaps Teddy for a fortnight, and comes back to call this match.
Taker was being more of a big man than usual in this match, throwing Punk around like a bear. Punk had a gameplan to try and slip of finishers, like the Tombstone, and be sneaky, by doing things like drop-kicking the Steel Steps into Taker's knee, and chair shots to the head (sigh).
That's thrown out, though when Punk gets hit with a Last Ride for a nice near fall. Punk, in desperation, goes for a running chair shot, but gets big-booted, choke-slammed and Tombstone.
Taker wins the title at...10:24?!
And therein lies the problem with this match.
There wasn't anything wrong with it per se, but it felt like watching a HIAC match with the fast-forward button pushed. It had all the elements there, the form and the flow, but only lasted half as long.
I still say to this day that they deserved double the time. Good for what it was, but not much more.
John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship match)
Apparently, Ziggler was meant to win the belt at Summerslam, but Rey was getting suspended for 30 days, and didn't want to drop it to Ziggler.
Not a bad, though, as Morrison won the Championship in one of the best TV Matches you'll ever see. Morrison feuds with Dolph because Morrison calls him "Mr Ziggles"...Yeah...
The crowd is disturbingly quiet.
Maybe it's Ziggler's leopard print attire.
Morrison went for Starship Pain around 5:45, but Ziggler moved. Dolph took control of the offense for the next couple minutes.
The fans slowly got into the match, and were excited by some of the late near-falls. At 12:00, Morrison went for a running knee, but Dolph avoided it and hit a jaw-jacker.
Ziggler hit a great suplex into a bridge for another near-fall.
Dolph hit a Rocker Dropper for a good near-fall. Dolph went for his finisher, but Morrison held onto the ropes and followed up with a running knee.
Morrison came right back with Starship Pain to retain at 15:40.
For the record, the crowd was quiet because chain wrestling isn't very exciting to watch, but it was a refreshing change because it's just not done in the WWE anymore.
Great technical match from these two. Just a real shame it was heatless, as the innovation was great.
I really enjoyed it.
Mickie James vs. Alicia Fox (WWE Divas Championship match)
Not much, really.
Alicia Fox gets a couple of wins on the bounce and earns a title shot. Yah...I wish I had a better joke as well.
Cole and Lawler on commentary.
A fan held up a sign in the crowd that read, "Where's my ECW Title match?" Awesome.
The announcers spent the opening minute talking about how brash, arrogant, and negative Fox is. Right...there were some boring calls as the women traded offense at 4:00.
Alicia hit a great Northern Lights Suplex for a near-fall. However, seconds later, Mickie hit the DDT that dropped Fox awkwardly on her head and leg to retain at 5:20.
Alicia and Mickie win Harrison's Great Khali recognition award for putting on a much better match than they had any right to.
The work was solid, apart from the end where Alicia damn near broke her leg...from a DDT. Don't ask me how, it just did.
Awkwardness aside, a decent female match.
Chris Jericho and The Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio and Batista (Unified Tag Team Championship match)
Batista was teasing a mystery tag-team partner for the PPV as Jerishow's next opponents.
About half an hour before, he chooses (surprise, surprise) a returning Rey Mysterio. I'd never have guessed...
Jericho tagged in Big Show. Mysterio teased tagging Batista, but decided to take it himself, which drew a nice ovation from the crowd.
Show basically manhandled Rey for a little bit. Later, Rey made the hot tag to Batista, who hit a flurry of offense on both heels and scored a nice near-fall on Jericho.
However, Jericho came back with the Codebreaker, and tagged in Show at 10:00. The heels worked over Batista for a bit, and then he made a hot tag to Rey at 11:45.
Rey hit some flashy offense on Show and avoided his counter attempts. Rey hit a DDT on Show.
He roughed up both opponents and sent Jericho to ringside. Show caught Jericho on the floor, but Batista speared Show and took out both heels.
Rey hit the 619 on Show, and went for a springboard move to follow up, but Show nailed him with the knockout punch in mid-air and then got the pin to retain at 13:41.
Very good tag-team match, and probably Jerishow's best as a tag team.
Very good storytelling, and I had forgotten what great chemistry Rey had with The Big Show. Everyone played their roles very well, and the result was arguably the match of the night.
John Cena vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match for WWE Championship)
John Cena was screwed at Summerslam, so he got his rematch at Breaking Point a month later, forcing Randy Orton to quit.
Orton cashed in his rematch clause, and here we are.
Crowd definitely favored Orton, and in general were vocal here, with chants like "RKO" and "We Want Blood" as the match went on. Cena hit the "You Can't See Me" spot and received 80 percent boos.
Orton blocked the Attitude Adjustment and came back with a DDT for a near-fall. Orton struck the viper pose.
He went for the RKO, but Cena fought him off and hit the Attitude Adjustment for a strong near-fall.
At 12:20, Orton hit the Electric Chair. Cole was quick to point out that he hit the move inside Hell in a Cell.
You know, because that makes the move more punishing for some reason.
At 15:00, Orton brought a chair inside the ring and slammed it on the back of Cena's neck. Orton tried to drop a knee on Cena, who moved.
Orton's knee slammed into the chair. Cena locked in the STF.
Orton reached the ropes, but anything goes, and Cena didn't have to break the hold.
Cena gave up the hold anyway and tried to drag Orton back inside the ring. Orton turned and kicked Cena into the referee.
Cena locked in the STF again. Orton tapped, but the referee was out and couldn't call for the bell.
Cena gave up the hold again and dragged the referee back inside the ring. Cena turned and walked into the RKO for a great near-fall.
Orton showed frustration again.
Orton tied Cena in the ropes and then locked a chokehold around his neck. Orton released the hold.
The referee freed Cena, who fell to the mat. Orton hit the Skull Punt to Cena's head and scored the pin to win the title at 21:23.
This didn't really feel like a Hell in a Cell Match, but the action was solid and these two always have great chemistry with one another.
The set pieces were good, but there wasn't much of a story though. Who would have thought that three weeks later these two did completely the opposite in an Ironman match? (Which I'll review soon)
Drew McIntyre vs. R-Truth
This was only weeks into Drew's second coming on Smackdown...As you can probably figure, to get him momentum, R-Truth was the sacrificial lamb.
Ross and Grisham put over the story that Vince McMahon personally signed McIntyre. Truth hit some flashy offense early, but that wasn't enough to wake up the crowd, which didn't care about this one.
The boring chants grew louder at 3:00. After some back and forth action, MyIntrye hit a double-arm DDT that appeared to pull Truth's head into his own chest and then got the win at 4:20.
Can someone please tell me why this was on PPV?
Truth getting squashed is not a reason to watch a PPV, as good as it sounds. A classic sample of a TV match that had no right to be shown when people are paying money to see it.
Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger vs. The Miz (Triple Threat match for US Championship)
Kofi Kingston had cleanly beaten The Miz at Breaking Point a month before, but had earned another shot on RAW a week later, only for Swagger to stick his nose in as well.
Triple Threat, here we come.
Lots of action, with all three men in the ring rather than the usual spot with one wrestler selling an injury at ringside. The fans liked Kofi, but not enough to get behind him, unless he worked for it by playing to them.
There was a great spot with Swagger going for a gut-wrench suplex on Miz only to take a big kick to the face from Kingston. Miz followed up with his finisher on Kofi, but Swagger helped break it up. At 7:45, Swagger hit the Gutwrench Powerbomb on Miz.
However, Kofi nailed Swagger with Trouble in Paradise and then covered Miz for the three count at 7:54.
I liked it. This wasn't your classic WWE style Triple Threat were one person was out for minutes on end selling big moves.
The only problem was that the crowd just wasn't into it, which was a shame as the action was solid for an eight-minute match.
D-Generation-X vs. The Legacy (Hell in a Cell match)
D-X comes back due to Trips becoming overwhelmed over Legacy. They beat them at Summerslam, but lose at the Submissions Count Anywhere rematch at Breaking Point.
This is the big rubber match blowoff for the feud.
Legacy attack DX during their entrance, Cross Rhodes Trips on the floor, and then lock him outside the cell, effectively making it a 2-on-1 handicap match against Shawn.
Great moment as Shawn realizes what's going on.
They bust out the old Midnight Express high/low move. Shawn kicks out of that, so they go to work on Shawn's knee.
HHH staggers toward the Cell, but he can only act as moral support. Shawn manages to survive long enough to hit Dibiase with Sweet Chin Music.
Cody makes the save and absolutely LEVELS him with a chair shot.
Dibiase taunts HHH as Cody powerbombs Shawn into the cage. HHH tries to pry his way in as Dibiase now powerbombs Shawn into the cage. Finally, he just gives up and goes to the back as Lawler questions whether he's abandoning Shawn or not.
Sick would-be finisher sees Cody hold a chair against Shawn's head and Dibiase drop-kick it into him. Legacy decides to put Shawn in the ring post figure-four/Million Dollar Dream instead of pinning him.
Now, Hunter returns with a pair of bolt-cutters and cuts the chain. Big pop for that.
And since the two members of Legacy are no match for HHH, he dominates them both and Pedigrees Dibiase on the floor. They lock Rhodes in the Cell alone with them and Pillmanize his neck.
That sets up Sweet Chin (and Sledgehammer) Music at 24:13.
Match of the night.
There was some excellent storytelling again here from all four guys. Legacy had a plan, and they stuck to it almost perfectly, and Triple H on the outside, looking in at Shawn was great storytelling.
Triple H was also great in turning the tables and locking DiBiase outside, only for Cody to take some BRUTAL shots at the end. Overall, a great match.
Harrison's Overall Thoughts on the Pay-Per-View
If I were to rate this on the wrestling alone, this would be an eight out of 10 for sure. Six Matches were three Stars or better, of which four were 3.5 or better.
However, the concept just doesn't come off well when the product is PG. It intentionally holds back the brutality, which there was a serious lack of throughout the night.
The cells hardly added anything, and the McIntyre-Truth match was pointless.
When you add three Hell in a Cell matches to a card, you expect a bit more, and this didn't quite deliver. But they did book all three matches differently, so I have to give them credit for that.
It's not a recommended buy, but it's a still a pretty good PPV on the whole. If you buy it, you probably won't regret it.
Do you remember last year's Hell in a Cell? What did you think of it?
Let me know below. I'd love to hear what you think. This has been Andre Harrison, and that was your Analysis. Thank you very much for reading, and Sayonara!
Pros: DX/Legacy, Cena/Orton, Morrison/Ziggler, Jerishow/Mysterio and Batista
Cons: McIntyre/Truth, James/Fox, Lack of Brutality on a PG Product
Harrison's WWE Hell in a Cell 2009 Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (Very Good)
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