WWE's next pay-per-view, Vengeance, is already less than three weeks away, and WWE's fall classic, Survivor Series, looms large in just seven weeks.
It's going to be a crazy autumn in the WWE Universe.
Sunday's Hell in a Cell event was surprisingly entertaining and featured a number of unusual circumstances surrounding the main event WWE Championship. We also saw a new Divas Champion crowned and a new championship belt unveiled.
Hell in a Cell Provides a Nice Segue to Survivor Series Season
Minus the Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara snoozefest—as my friend said during the match, you can't edit out the "boring" chants like you can on SmackDown—Sunday night's Hell in a Cell event was pretty solid from top to bottom.
We finally saw Sheamus build some momentum, we saw the long-overdue Divas Championship change, the tag team division was paid a service by a strong effort from Air Boom and the Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger duo and Mark Henry continued his monster heel run with another clean win over Randy Orton.
(When was the last time we saw Orton lose clean on consecutive pay-per-views? It feels like forever.)
The best effort of the night came in the main event, when Alberto Del Rio shockingly regained the WWE Championship after locking John Cena out of the Cell and bludgeoning CM Punk with a steel pipe.
Afterwards, the twist of the night came when The Miz and R-Truth came out of the crowd to pummel the three combatants after lowering the cell back to the ground.
It was great to see the lines blurred once again. Faces and heels alike poured out of the back to try to open the door to the Cell to aide their fellow superstars. Triple H went bat crazy in screaming at John Laurinaitis and jumping the handcuffed Miz and Truth.
Although we'll likely see the game of WWE Championship hot potato continue in three weeks at Vengeance, the foundation for a monumental Survivor Series was laid Sunday night.
Survivor Series May Surpass WrestleMania XXVII as the Biggest Event of 2011
When The Miz and R-Truth jumped the guardrail and attacked CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio and John Cena following Sunday night's main event, I couldn't help but wonder what the attack was building to.
After I came home to my nightly dirt-sheet perusal, I found out.
According to Wrestlezone.com, the current plan for Survivor Series is to make the main event, featuring John Cena and The Rock teaming for the first, and last, time ever, into an even bigger spectacle.
Cena and Rock are set to spearhead a pro-WWE team in a Traditional Survivor Series Match against an anti-WWE team, rumored to be led by The Miz and R-Truth.
Triple H is said to be very likely for the pro-WWE side, while Kevin Nash is a good bet for the anti-WWE team.
This is where it gets interesting.
Vince McMahon is reportedly set on adding another massive name to the mix—either The Undertaker or "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
If Austin were to join Rock, Cena and Triple H, the final member of the pro-WWE would be none other than CM Punk, who could be starting the build to his own massive clash at WrestleMania XXVIII, with Austin.
The report says Austin is definitely a long shot, and The Undertaker, who is expected to return in the near future, is the more likely candidate for the team.
However, let's just dream for a moment. Yes, Austin isn't the wrestler he used to be. His knees and various other injuries won't allow it, but a team of The Rock, Cena, Austin, CM Punk,and Triple H would be must-see TV. No matter whom the other two members of the anti-WWE team might be, the main event at Survivor Series could be can't-miss action.
It may sound strange, but the build to WrestleMania XXVII may start before we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner.
John Cena is No Longer the Merchandise Champ
When the Internet Wrestling Community clamored for a John Cena heel turn, one of the loudest arguments against the turn was Cena's massive contribution to the WWE's pocketbook, via merchandise sales.
This past week, that argument was quieted.
For the first time in half a decade, John Cena is not No. 1 in WWE merchandise sales. The champ was knocked off his perch by the Best in the World, CM Punk.
Punk's merchandise is said to be one of the WWE's hottest commodities, both at live events and online.
The question remains: Will Punk remain atop the merchandise heap? If so, it may be proof enough to Vince McMahon that Cena doesn't need to be a face forever.
A guy can dream, can't he?