Tonight the WWE unleashes their second-annual “Hell in the Cell” Pay Per View, hoping to build upon the 283,000 Pay Per View buys for the same PPV in 2009.
It’s rather interesting how so much has changed from last year’s event. Last year the Undertaker was featured on the Hell in the Cell poster. This year the Undertaker is featured on the Hell in the Cell poster.
Last year, both the Undertaker and Randy Orton fought in matches for World Titles. This year, both The Undertaker and Randy Orton will be fighting in matches for World Titles. Wouldn’t it be great if both of them were defending the title they both won the year before? Wouldn’t it? Oh…
This year there was a two-week buildup to the Pay Per View, giving loyal fans a chance to spend close to, or over $100 on two WWE Pay Per Views in a month. Isn’t that great?
Something that has been improved upon is quality over quantity — instead of the 7 matches from last year’s event, only 5 matches have been announced as of Sunday morning.
Let’s do the match rundown:
1. WWE Divas Championship
Champion Michelle McCool (with Laya, as LayCool) vs Natalya aka Nattie Neidhart — Nattie (forgive me if that’s easier to spell than Natalya) won a Diva’s Battle Royale on RAW this past week, earning a shot at the Diva’s championship.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Michelle McCool, drawing out the storyline of the eventual LayCool breakup over the Divas Title. Eventually NXT Season Two winner Kaval can get involved, presumably with Layla. You know, because what else can a guy like him do on a wrestling show like Smackdown?
WHO WILL WIN: Nattie Neidhart, as WWE writers will jump the gun with the breakup angle. Wait… you’re saying maybe they’ll surprise me and not ruin the angle? Well played, sir.
2. WWE United States Championship match — Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere inside Hell in the C… wait, it’s not in Hell in the Cell? Well, hell.
Champion Daniel Bryan vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz — Hey look, it’s Morrison and Miz in a match against each other again. Seeing as The Miz is 233-0 vs Morrison, it’s pretty clear that Morrison won’t be a factor in this match, unless the beard steps up. With the way the WWE is pushing Bryan, you can write your own joke.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Daniel Bryan. The guy loses all the time on TV where everybody (well…) is watching, but he manages to win only on PPV. He needs a big win, and hopefully this will be match of the night. Neither Miz nor Morrison have submission holds that are over, so we’re going to either see something interesting, or a bunch of poorly-applied figure fours.
WHO WILL WIN: Daniel Bryan. However, don’t be surprised if they try to pull one over on us. As mentioned previously, Bryan hasn’t done anything to show that he should be US Champion. Sure he can make guys tap when he gets the LeBell Lock, but one big move and he gets pinned. That’s how he’s seen in the eyes of many fans.
3. John Cena vs Wade Barrett — If Barrett wins, John Cena must join Nexus. But if Cena wins, or Nexus gets involved, Nexus must disband and spiral into obscurity.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Wade Barrett to continue the Nexus storyline and make John Cena interesting again.