As of right now, according to wwe.com, we have four days, 11 hours, 22 minutes and 20 seconds until the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. And as it currently stands, there are only four scheduled matches—all of which have the potential to be great.
Both Christian and Sheamus can put on a great match, while Mark Henry and Randy Orton can—with the help of a certain satanic structure—give us one of the most intense and brutal Hell in a Cell matches in history.
And finally, Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix also has the potential to be a very good match.
But it's the WWE Championship match in four days that has really caught my attention. John Cena vs. CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio inside a steel cage for the "top prize in sports entertainment."
This match has the potential to be a classic for various reasons, and regardless of how you feel about any of the three individuals on a personal level, you have to admit that they should put on a great match.
First off, all three superstars have three completely different styles. In fact, the only thing they have in common is a submission-finishing maneuver (Cena's STF, Punk's Anaconda Vise and Del Rio's Cross Arm-Breaker).
Even then, Cena does not use the STF too much, and Punk rarely uses his Anaconda Vise (I believe the last time it was used was at SummerSlam).
Inside the gates of hell this Sunday, we will have a high-flier/striker in CM Punk, a heavy, "strong man" brawler in John Cena, and a submission expert/grappler in Alberto Del Rio.
The best thing about the three styles is that they all have an ability to balance out the opposing styles.
Del Rio can slow down Punk with his grapples, and use his submissions and arm-damaging moves to take Cena's strength out of the equation.
Punk's quick kicks and speed can keep both Del Rio and Cena at a distance so that neither can use their strengths.
And Cena can power out of Del Rio's submission attempts or catch Punk mid-air when he attempts a high-flying attack.
This gives a sense of variety to a match that is already considered unpredictable.
Another great thing about this Sunday's WWE title match is the storytelling behind it:
It all started with Punk's famous shoot (which you can watch on YouTube just in case you have yet to see it). Afterwards, Punk was to face Cena at Money in the Bank for the WWE Championship. Punk won, and left Chicago with the title.
Rey Mysterio would win a tournament to find out who would be the new WWE Champion, but Cena would take the title shortly afterwards. Punk came back and had a match with Cena at SummerSlam, which he won in order to become the Undisputed WWE Champion.
At SummerSlam, Punk would be attacked by Kevin Nash, and then would have his title taken by Money in the Bank winner Alberto Del Rio. Punk would go on to feud with Triple H and Kevin Nash while Cena went after Del Rio's title.
At Night of Champions, Cena would capture his record-breaking 10th WWE title.
Now, we are less than a week from Hell in a Cell and the COO of the WWE—Triple H—has declared that Punk will get the title shot he deserves (as he does have a rematch clause against Del Rio) at Hell in a Cell.
Each one of these men has a claim to the title (Cena being champion, Del Rio having his rematch clause against Cena, and Punk never getting his rematch against Del Rio).
Another thing to remember is that there are no friends going into this match: Cena and Del Rio hate each other, Cena and Punk are rivals, and Punk (despite his claims) can't be too happy that his title reign was cut short by Del Rio.
The cage itself can also provide us with some added entertainment as Hell in a Cell matches have consistently been suspenseful and action-packed matches.
Here, the writers at wwe.com have written a very good piece that describes how Del Rio has a distinct advantage going into the PPV. The article has some very good points including Cena and Punk's loss records inside cells (both have a 0-1 record).
Overall, John Cena, CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio have been given all the tools to have a spectacular match. All three have the charisma and skill to become a champion, and they've been given the perfect setting,
All three also have had critically-acclaimed matches (with Punk and Cena's two encounters each garnering 5 stars), and are each former WWE Champions.
All of these elements mixed together can come together to become one of the greatest Hell in a Hell matches, and one of the greatest matches ever.