WWE Hell in a Cell Results: Awesome Truth Invades WWE and 10 Things We Learned
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Hell in a Cell is now over and what an event it was. Even though the cell matches weren't as great as they used to be, we still witnessed some good matches and a solid pay-per-view overall.
The next PPV, Vengeance, is only three weeks away, and we've only just had another two weeks ago. This makes three PPVs in five weeks.
I'm sure many people aren't fans of this but that's another story for another day. We've witnessed the same thing for the last two years.
As usual, I'll break down several things we learned from the event last night.
(All photos are courtesy of WWE.com)
1. Sheamus Is Ready for a World Heavyweight Championship Match
I know it might be a long shot, especially as Randy Orton may get another rematch, but Sheamus has succeeded in making a big impact since his face turn and his impressive run could well be leading him into a World Title match.
This seems especially likely after he beat the former World Champion, Christian, last night.
It was a fun match to kick off the show. Both superstars put on a great performance making it a close and competitive match. Christian had more than one close pinfall attempt. In the end, Sheamus nailed Captain Charisma with a Brogue kick to the jaw and covered him for the win.
Sheamus's face turn originally started against Mark Henry who was still developing his new unstoppable gimmick. Even though he wasn't able to beat him, the Celtic Warrior looked impressive against Henry.
Now that Sheamus has successfully solidified himself as a face, he might find himself facing the World's Strongest Man again. But this time it will be more interesting as the World Title will be on the line.
As for Christian, he might keep asking for another one more match. Will he get it? I'm not sure about it.
2. The Sin Cara vs Sin Cara Match Didn't Live Up to the Hype
I'm not saying it was a horrible match, but several factors made it disappointing.
Maybe people were expecting a lot from both superstars since they can work and communicate together in the ring. Maybe they expected to see a bout similar to the matches in Mexico, or at least something similar to the old and classic cruiserweight matches.
Instead we witnessed some botches during the match, and it was slower than expected at certain moments. Again, I'm not saying it was bad as there was pleant of decent back-and-forth action and counters, in addition to several cool spots.
But I'm sure we expected something better than this. The time limit might have affected the match. Who knows?
However, the most annoying part of the match was the crowd. Sin Cara has been over with the fans ever since he made his debut. But last night the people in the arena were almost silent during most parts of the match, and even a "boring" chant broke out. This killed it for me.
In the end, the blue and original Sin Cara was able to win after a countering a roll-up and hitting a powerbomb.
Anyway, this seems to be a personal and old feud, as the fake Sin Care mentioned on SmackDown last week how the real Sin Cara stole his "Mistico" identity in Mexico. Maybe the fans were confused as the feud went on and this made them lose interest in the match.
This rivalry doesn't seem to be over yet. WWE are trying to push it further on their website. Let's hope we get better matches in arenas that have more vital crowds.
3. Air Boom Are Steadily Rising as a Team
I used the word steadily because WWE showed us in the past how easy it is for them to screw and destroy a tag-team. I definitely like Air Boom's work (but not their name) and I'm really glad they're building them as a solid team.
However, I don't want to be disappointed later, so that's why I'm being reluctant and skeptical about considering them a legitimate team.
Until now, they're putting in a good performance in all their matches and they are becoming more successful week after week.
Their match against Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler (two former world champions) last night was great and, probably, one of the better matches of the PPV.
Evan Bourne was able to counter a powerbomb attempt by Swagger into a hurricanrana for the win.
Ziggler and Swagger looked good as a team but I doubt they'll stay together for long.
We still need more teams to challenge Air Boom in the future, so I hope WWE keep building their tag-team division like they're doing now.
It was nice to see two consecutive great tag-team PPV matches, so let's see if they'll keep it up.
4. Mark Henry Solidified Himself as a Dominant Champion
If we forget about the post-match attack by Randy Orton for a while, we can definitely say that Mark Henry has solidified himself as a dominant champion, and we can now call him the World's Strongest Man without question.
Gone are the Sexual Chocolate and Mae Young "hand birth" storylines. Gone are the short and random face and heel runs, in addition to the short title reigns. This is certainly Henry's best period in his career and I'm happy for him.
This was another good match with several fierce spots. Of course the usage of the cell wasn't as brutal as it used to be in the past, but it served the purpose of the match.
After delivering his series of moves, the Viper was able to hit the RKO but Henry kicked out at two.
Next, Orton went for the punt but Henry got up quickly and caught him with the World's Strongest Slam for the win.
Henry looked strong last night, however some people regarded the post-match attack by Orton as sign of weakness on Henry's side—I disagree.
I mean come on! Henry dominated him and beat him twice. What else do you want?
I don't think the attack was horrible. Orton was hitting Henry with the chair from behind and he wasn't able to stand up and turn around, so the best thing to do was run away.
5. Randy Orton Might Get Another Rematch
Randy Orton used his rematch clause and lost. Usually when this happens both superstars move on to new storylines. But it's not always a fixed rule in WWE, especially during some long feuds.
After the match, Mark Henry hit Orton with another slam. Next, he got a chair and wrapped it around the Viper's leg and prepared himself to attack him as he's done other superstars.
However, Orton moved away before Henry hit the splash. After this, Orton got the chair and unloaded several chair shots on the World's Strongest Man. He chased him to the back and kept hitting him until Henry blocked one attack and escaped.
Looking at what happened after the match, I guess Orton might ask for a rematch. Or maybe he was just frustrated about his loss and that's it.
But if Christian got himself more than one match, why wouldn't Orton get it? I won't even be surprised if we see a triple threat or maybe a fatal four way match.
6. Cody Rhodes Turned Classic
As soon as I saw Cody Rhodes coming in, I had a smile on my face. However, I was worried that he would just come in and run his mouth about Randy Orton's attack and Triple H's conspiracy. And given that the segment occurred after Orton's match, I wasn't too fond.
However, Rhodes had completely different things to discuss. As he soon as he came in with his baggers, he insulted the New Orleans fans and put the Intercontinental Title in one of the brown bags.
Next, he shocked the WWE Universe when he pulled out the classic title belt as the crowd cheered. He acknowledged that this title was held by legends like Bret Hart, Ricky Steamboat, Stone Cold and Randy Savage, but he promised that he'll be better than them all.
I guess many people are fans of things that bring nostalgic feelings to them. It was definitely a nice moment.
John Laurinaitis came in next and told Cody that HHH ordered him to defend the title against none other than John Morrison. Rhodes wasn't even ready and had to wrestle in his slacks.
The match was good, and Cody rolled Morrison up for the win after the latter missed a springboard kick.
I guess the Intercontinental Championship has gained prestige again. I admit that the current belt wasn't bad and I did like it, but it's still nice to look at the classic strap again.
As for Morrison, I wonder if he's moving to SmackDown.
WWE posted an interview with Cody Rhodes after his match where he said that guys like Santino Marella, Ezekiel Jackson and Chyna tarnished the prestige of the Intercontinental Title.
You can watch it here.
7. Beth Phoenix Has Finally Ended Her Bad Luck
When this rivalry began, many people were waiting for the match to occur at SummerSlam and thought that it was only a matter of time before Kelly Kelly dropped the Divas Title to Beth Phoenix.
However, Kelly shocked the crowd and retained her title proving that WWE regards her as a hot commodity.
Beth got another match at Night of Champions and, once again, she came up short against the Barbie Diva, even though she was in her hometown. This just further proved that Kelly has become WWE's new golden girl.
As we headed into Hell in a Cell, many people were wondering who might win, especially after what they saw in the last two events. Furthermore, Kelly and Eve embarrassed Beth and Natalya on Raw more than once, which made us wonder if Kelly will ever lose.
But this time the Divas of Doom came in fully concentrated and destroyed the barbie dolls. After a little help from Natalya, who took Eve out, Beth crushed Kelly with the Glam Slam and covered her for the win.
Now we'll have to see what's next for the Divas. I'm sure Kelly will get her rematch, but I still want to see what roles Natalya and Eve will play.
Several past and current Divas congratulated Beth on Twitter after the match.
8. Destiny Smiled Again
Just when we thought that destiny has finally failed Alberto Del Rio, it smiled again. Once again the Mexican Aristocrat fulfilled his destiny and regained the WWE Title, thus becoming a two-time world champion.
Just when it seemed that Del Rio's career was going downhill, he prevailed. Well, I wasn't one of the people who thought this, but his case was mind-boggling for sure.
Anyway, Cena's title reign lasted for two weeks only, and I must say that his latest reigns are getting ridiculous.
The match was great and, arguably, the best match of the night. All three superstars have great chemistry together and they didn't disappoint.
Several weapons were introduced during the bout, and there was more than one close pinfall attempt. CM Punk even performed a Macho Man style diving elbow drop as a tribute to Randy Savage.
The interesting part came when Cena locked the STF on Del Rio. Ricardo Rodriguez took the keys from the referee and opened the cell door. Unfortunately for him, Cena directly attacked him and dropped him with the Attitude Adjustment on the floor.
Alberto made use of this moment and attacked Cena with a pipe. Next, he locked the cell door making sure that John couldn't come in,
Moments later, Cena got on his feet and realized that he was stuck outside. He tried to get in but he couldn't (Where's Kane when you need him?).
Del Rio taunted Cena before going into the ring and walking into a GTS attempt by Punk. But Alberto nailed the Straight Edge Superstar with steel pipe twice and covered him for the win.
Whether you like it or not, Del Rio's win this time was definitely better than his first title win. And the heel tactics he used were interesting.
I'm not sure if Alberto will have a longer reign this time. But for now, nothing will stop him. Not even Stone Cold's critical thoughts.
But I hope he does listen to him and add "more pieces to the puzzle."
9. Awesome Truth Made Their Presence Felt and Sent a Brutal Message to HHH
Awesome Truth made more than one appearance last night. The supposedly fired partners tried their best to make their presence felt.
First, they were kicked out of the arena after they tried to join the crowd as fans. Next, they were spotted backstage attacking Air Boom.
However, their best appearance came at the end of the PPV. As soon as the main event ended, Miz and R-Truth stormed the ring as the cell was lowered again.
Awesome Truth brutally attacked all the three superstars in the ring in addition to the officials. Triple H tried to get in and ordered John Laurinaitis to open the cell.
Cops entered the ring as Miz and Truth surrendered and were taken away. HHH attacked them on their way out and things got chaotic as the show ended.
Awesome Truth were awesome last night and they really sent a brutal message to WWE. That was a great ending.
10. WWE Is Full of Conspiracy
Who would have known that R-Truth's claims would become popular?
For several months we've been hearing numerous superstars complaining about being victims of conspiracy.
Awesome Truth have been claiming this for weeks.
Other superstars like Christian, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger were vocal about it last week. David Otunga even offered his help considering he's a lawyer.
While those superstars are complaining about Triple H leading a conspiracy against them, it seems that the COO himself is being a victim of another conspiracy. This conspiracy might be led by none other than the VP of talent relations, John Laurinaitis.
I guess it has been obvious for a while, even though John is still trying to look innocent. But if we review the events that occurred in the past few months we can easily reach this conclusion.
Kevin Nash appeared out of nowhere at SummerSlam. It was revealed later that he sent the text message to himself before he got fired. But during this time, John stayed around him and kept him near the ring in order to make CM Punk's life miserable. He even fooled HHH one night.
Later, he tried to have HHH lose at Night of Champions and he even brought Nash (even though he was fired) back and made him interfere. On the following night, he tried to fire Punk.
He's currently hanging out with the superstars claiming to be victims of conspiracy.
Even last night, he was blamed more than once by Triple H for lack of proper security. And we shouldn't forget how he booked a match behind the COO's back. I even believe he has something to do with what happened in the end.
Punk and Triple H did agree two weeks ago that somebody is trying to use them to his/her advantage.
So what do you think? Who are the real victims of conspiracy? Is it Triple H and CM Punk? Who is behind it? John Laurinaitis? Is he alone? Is there somebody else? Could it be Stephanie McMahon?
What about Awesome Truth? What about the other superstars who are helped by Otunga? Are they victims or parts of conspiracy?
John Cena: Will he get a rematch? When? What about CM Punk? Will he get another match?
Christian: Will he ask for one more match and get it?
John Morrison: His future is still obscure but it was nice to see him get an Intercontinental Title shot. Will he move to SmackDown? Is he still punished for his actions at WrestleMania and his incident with Melina?
David Otunga: He offered his help to CM Punk last night but Punk refused. What will his role be in the future especially after several superstars agreed to receive help from him.
Eve and Natalya: Will they be part of the Divas Title later?