WWE Hell in a Cell 2011 Results: 5 Things We Learned from Sunday's Pay-Per-View
It's been more than 15 hours since Hell in a Cell ended, and I still really have no idea what I witnessed. There are way more questions than answers going into tonight's Raw Supershow, and it'll be very interesting to see exactly what the WWE has in store for us after the chaos we all saw Sunday.
I'm sure HHH will be punished for losing his head, Awesome Truth will probably be back to say a few words about their heinous actions, and we'll probably find out who lowered the cell before HHH and Laurinaitis could get in.
I'm going with Vincent McMahon.
However, even with all that transpired, there also were plenty of things that we found out last night. There are definitely some big things brewing in the WWE's current landscape.
Here are five of the biggest revelations from Hell in a Cell.
The Intercontinental Title Is Back, and Cody Rhodes Is the Man
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First off—mad props to Cody Rhodes for bringing back the old school Intercontinental title. He may have a few screws loose, but the man's got style.
Rhodes reintroducing the classic IC belt was easily one of my favorite moments of the night. It single-handedly reinvigorated the entire mid-card and will hopefully lead to the IC Title returning to its former glory.
There was actually a time when people cared about who the champ was, and holding the belt was the first and biggest step to becoming a future champion in the WWE.
Recently though, it has become nothing more than filler, with almost no direction and tons of disappointing reigns. Cody Rhodes is officially the dawn of a new era in the IC division.
The return of the classic belt also solidified Cody Rhodes as a legitimate champion, something that the WWE hasn't had in some time. He stated he will hold it with honor, and defend it whenever and wherever just like legends of the past.
It was a great feeling to watch someone finally breathe life back into this belt, and then watching Rhodes go on and defeat John Morrisson, clean, in a surprise title defense?
Awesome, and further proof that his reign is no fluke.
And then, as if that wasn't enough, WWE.com released this exclusive interview to officially declare the belt's long-awaited return to glory.
Cody Rhodes, you are the man.
Mark Henry Is Officially Unstoppable
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If Rhodes' IC resuscitation was my favorite moment of the night, Mark Henry's clean win over Randy Orton was easily the most shocking.
If it wasn't already official, it is now. The Artist Formerly Known As Sexual Chocolate is for real, and I don't see anyone stopping him for quite some time.
There's just no way the WWE would build up Henry like this if they didn't plan on giving him a very historic championship run.
I mean, two clean wins against MegaOrton? That's absolutely ridiculous considering that The Viper is arguably the biggest star in the entire company. Nobody beats Orton, especially clean.
Sure, Orton was the one who walked out of Hell in a Cell with the upper hand, but Henry is still the one holding the title, and he continues to convert doubters every single week.
He's certainly come a long way from his Kool-Aid Man days.
Hopefully, I'm right about this and the WWE doesn't screw this up in some way. I love watching Mark Henry induct more people into his hall of pain every single week. He's on the roll of a lifetime, and with the way things have been going, he's going to continue rolling through everyone who comes face-to-face with him.
Christian's Time in the Main Event Scene Is Finished
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The first half of 2011 played out like a long-awaited dream for Christian. After finally winning his first World Heavyweight Championship, he ended up in one of the hottest (and longest) feuds of the year with Randy Orton, winning the WHC one more time in the process for good measure.
However, after his loss to Sheamus at Hell in a Cell, it may be safe to assume that Christian's time at the top of SmackDown is coming to an end.
There's no doubt he'll still play a major role on a weekly basis on the blue brand, but don't expect him to get the title back anytime soon.
Both wrestlers in last night's match will now go in two separate directions.
Christian will probably go on to sue HHH after hinting at it on SmackDown, potentially leading to further anarchy in an already unstable company. On the other hand, Sheamus will continue to seek his first World Heavyweight Championship reign, and it may happen sooner than later.
Christian's first half of 2011 was arguably the best time of his entire career, but after Sunday it might be a long time before his fans see him back in the title hunt.
John Cena's WWE Title Reign Was Pointless
I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was a little confused after John Cena won back his WWE title at Night of Champions two weeks ago. After last night, though, I am completely and utterly baffled.
Why, in the name of all that is holy, did the WWE give Cena the title for only two weeks? There wasn't any other option? If they really wanted to get Alberto Del Rio over and draw heat, they would have had him keep the belt, and then win the exact same match in the same exact way at Hell in a Cell.
But taking the belt off him for 14 days just to give it back to him? Very poor booking in my opinion.
John Cena is no doubt the heart and soul of the WWE, but giving him a two-week reign benefits absolutely nobody, and if the WWE is truly serious about making Del Rio a star, they'll keep the belt on him at least until Survivor Series.
Somebody Else Is Pulling the Strings on Monday Nights
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As if this storyline on Raw wasn't already completely out of control, now we have even more questions that need to be answered.
I really can't keep up with all this without my head spinning.
Wherever the WWE decides to go with this, it was clear last night there might be someone else behind it all. At first, John Laurinaitis seemed like a pretty obvious option, but after last night's events, once again nothing is certain and everything's back to square one.
So who lowered the cell before HHH and Funkman could get in? I have no idea.
Was someone behind the Awesome Truth attack? Damned if I know.
My guess is it was Vince McMahon, but at this point I could say Koko B. Ware and be just as confident.
Hopefully, we find out a few things on Monday Night Raw.
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