Many wrestling fans have gotten used to WWE pay-per-view endings failing to deliver, but Hell in a Cell's conclusion was absolutely perfect from a storyline perspective, particularly in the way it portrayed COO Triple H.
It has been alluded to by many, including executive vice president of talent relations John Laurinaitis over the past couple weeks, that Triple H was beginning to lose a grip on the company. That was only confirmed on Sunday night.
Following the triple threat Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship won by Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and R-Truth—who were previously "fired"—entered the ring as the cell rose. They began to assault Del Rio, John Cena, CM Punk, Ricardo Rodriguez and referees, using lead pipes that were utilized by Del Rio to win the match.
The cell mysteriously lowered again as Triple H and a number of superstars, police officers, security personnel and referees stormed toward the ring. Miz and Truth continued to wreak havoc until somebody finally ran out with bolt cutters, causing them to surrender to the police.
As they were escorted down the ramp, Triple H attacked both of them as most of the WWE talent looked on. Triple H pushed Laurinaitis to the floor in the process.
Jim Ross' commentary only served to enhance the scene as his over-the-top, old-school calling of the action made the invasion seem both legitimate and important.
It was becoming quite apparent that Laurinaitis was planning an overthrow of Triple H to that point, and that notion was furthered last night on RAW when the Superstars, Divas, referees and other personnel gave Triple H a vote of no confidence, at which point Laurinaitis shook his head in disgust.
Do you think that Hell in a Cell's ending will lead directly to a removal of power for Triple H?
This would seem to lead to Triple H's demise as COO, and perhaps the installation of Laurinaitis in that position. Despite the fact that Laurinaitis ejected Miz and Truth from the building earlier in the night, he is clearly in cahoots with them and orchestrated the attack to disgrace Triple H as COO.
I also believe that there is a strong possibility that Laurinaitis is working under orders from Vince McMahon. When Triple H delivered the news a few months ago to Vince that he was being removed from power, he said that the board of directors gave him a vote of "no confidence."
McMahon (with Laurinaitis as his puppet) removing Triple H from power in the same way he was removed would certainly create an excellent sense of irony, and it would make perfect sense from a storyline perspective.
Things were obviously beginning to get a bit out of hand prior to Sunday with Miz, Truth and Kevin Nash running in during Triple H's match with CM Punk at Night of Champions, but Hell in a Cell's ending, along with what occurred at the end of RAW would seem to be the deathblow to Triple H.
Triple H won't go down without a fight, and it will likely conclude with a winner-takes-all match at Survivor Series, but Hell in a Cell was a harbinger of things to come for the lame-duck COO.