Tremendous Tirades 10.27.13: WWE Hell in a Cell 2013
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.27.2013
We have a new WWE Champion…
As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 – Mark Henry is Not Scheduled To Be On The Show But I Am Not Going To Be The One To Tell Him That
Rey Mysterio is part of the Spanish announce team tonight.
The Miz wasn't medically cleared to perform, but called out the Wyatt Family. Maybe if Miz sold the fact that he was kidnapped and beaten a bit more than using his constipated face I could actually care about this. Bray distracted Miz with a promo on the tron, which led to Rowan and Harper attacking him. The Miz got his ass beat; Kane returned to make the save and cleared out Harper and Rowan. And then, because no one likes Miz, Kane chokeslammed him and the crowd loved it.
Fandango and Summer Rae vs. Khali and Natalya: And now, time for some delicious filler. Summer Rae got the win after sending Natalya to the middle rope hotshot style, and getting a roll up. The crowd was into the match way more than I thought they would be, especially for Natalya slapping Fandango in the face and also slapping Summer's ass. Natalya and Summer worked fine together in their short interactions, but it was a real chore when Khali and Fandango were in there. Five or so minutes of filler, moving on. Match Rating: *
The show started off so well with the tag title match, but I feel as if the momentum has been lost.
Hell in a Cell Handicap Match: CM Punk vs. Ryback & Paul Heyman : Heyman cut a promo pre-match, as a cherry picker rode him to the cage and then went into the arena sky to place him on top of the cage. Great promo as usual by Heyman, who stayed on top of the cage while Punk and Ryback battled in the cage. Commentary made me weep for the future asking, "Has anyone started the Hell in a Cell match on the top?" Punk won clean with the GTS after a top rope elbow drop onto Ryback who was on a table. He then stuck the kendo stick in his tights and climbed the cage and beat the hell out of Heyman. He then delivered the GTS and that was that. The end result was the right one as it was the culmination of what they had been building to. The match was a bit over 13-minutes, and felt like a basic TV match inside the cage, with some added plunder. It honestly felt longer than it was, which isn't a good thing. It was a match that I never really got into, with a post match angle to seemingly blow things off between Punk and Heyman. Match Rating: **¼
The Real Americans w/Zeb Colter vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito: The one thing I like about the match is that Cesaro works well with high flyers, which could really help this overall in terms of quality. At one point Cesaro did the big swing on one of the Matadores for roughly 30 rotations. Miscommunication between the Real Americans cost them the match in the end. Zeb was left in the ring, and got knocked to the floor by Torito. He then did a plancha onto Swagger after Cesaro was sent back to the floor. The finish came off as anticlimactic, and the match was just there, feeling like a your basic, acceptable TV match. Again, the PPV has really gone down hill following the opening tag title bout. Match Rating: **
The Prime Time Players play video games backstage. MR. BOB BACKLUND APPEARED and did the Millions of dollars dance. THIS HAPPENED!
Hunter and Shawn talked backstage.
Video for Orton vs. Bryan.
WWE C.O.O. came to the ring with the WWE Title. He shook hands with Orton, but Bryan refused the gesture.
Hell in a Cell Match For The Vacant WWE Title (With Shawn Michaels as Referee): Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan: of note, all of the betting favorites have won so far on the show. Orton is the betting favorite here, so we'll see how that goes. I only mention it because the "WWE PPV betting" has been a story for a while now. Bryan was running wild early, and started to hit a series of suicide dives, but missed the last one and speared himself into the cage. After Orton was in control for a while, Bryan made the comeback and then beat down Orton with repeated chair shots. He then tossed about 10 chairs into the ring. Orton used an eye poke and chair shots to take back control. Orton then piled the chairs center ring and hit a superplex on Bryan for a near fall. Hunter then made his way back out to the ring and was not a happy panda. Asshole chants from the crowd, as he bitched at Shawn about counting slow. Orton had a cover as they argued, and then Orton, Hunter and Shawn argued. Shawn then told Hunter to let him do his job and the action continued. Hunter distracted Shawn and we got a ref bump when Bryan shoved Orton into Shawn, which led to Hunter having the cage opened for the trainer to check on Shawn. Bryan hit the big knee and KOd Orton, but there was no ref. Hunter entered, tossed Bryan aside, and checked on Shawn. Bryan then KOd Hunter, leading to Shawn superkicking him. Orton covered and Shawn reluctantly counted the pin. Once again I felt that the match was going rather well, but that the booking of the finish took away from the work. Match Rating: ***½
A depressed Shawn Michaels walked away as Orton celebrated with the title.
Trainers attended to Bryan as Orton and Hunter then celebrated.
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The show kicked off with Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. The Uso Brothers for the tag team titles, and for me, it peaked there. We had some filler and a bunch of matches that were "just there," and while not actively bad, it didn't exactly make me feel good about paying for the event. Cena's return came off well, the crowd was into it and the won the title to tell the comeback story and hopefully add some life to the world title, which it really needs.
The main event was good, but not great, as the booking of the finish once again overshadowed it. We finally got a winner and new WWE Champion, but I feel that many will come away unsatisfied. All I have heard for months now is, "it will be ok, because Bryan will go over in the end and get his revenge." Well, that didn't happen. We got another screwy PPV finish in a line of them, and the booking continues to hurt the matches instead of helping. Sure they may have a bigger story in line, but at the same time, it also comes across as "we showed you, how dare you support Bryan." The thing is, he was hot, and unless they have something spectacular to follow this up, I am not sure that they can keep that going, because the people may feel that they shouldn't believe because if they do, it will just be taken away once again.
As for the show as a whole, you had one great match and two good matches and then a ton of what came off as filler. Not so good in the eyes of this paying customer. But that's just my opinion.
Show Rating: 5.0
As a reminder, I will be going by the 411 scale…
0 - 0.9: Torture 1 - 1.9: Extremely Horrendous 2 - 2.9: Very Bad 3 - 3.9: Bad 4 - 4.9: Poor 5 - 5.9: Not So Good 6 - 6.9: Average 7 - 7.9: Good 8 - 8.9:Very Good 9 - 9.9: Amazing 10: Virtually Perfect
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