Going Through Hell And Back.

After a short hiatus due to school and work, I’m baaaaaack!

A lot has happened in the last few weeks so let’s jump right in by talking about Hell In A Cell.

I thought that his event was leaps and bounds better than what we got to watch earlier in the month with Battleground. As a fan, I really appreciate that the WWE made such a conscious effort to make it up to their very loyal fans. Unlike some companies who shall remain nameless, they knew they screwed up and rectified the situation. There were some moments that I loved, some I liked, and some I thought were going to make me put my fist through the television set. That mix of emotions is what makes wrestling so exciting. Now let’s get to it…

I really did enjoy each match, even if it didn’t turn out how I wanted. The main event is a completely different story but we can discuss that at length later. First of all, the kick-off match was removed from the card due to an injury that Curtis Axel suffered, replaced by Sandow versus Kofi Kingston. I really like Kofi and Sandow. I think that they both did a fantastic job with whatever time they did have in the ring. Damien Sandow should have been going against Cody Rhodes in a race for the World Heavyweight Championship but they have other plans for Cody at the moment. Kofi needs something to put him back in the spotlight, he is talented and well received by the crowd, he just needs a situation where all of his talents can be truly appreciated.

The main card was kicked off in a strong way with the triple threat tag team match that featured the Rhodes brothers (Tag Champions), The Usos, and Shield members Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. I don’t have a bad thing to say about this match except that the wrong people won. The Usos had a number one contender spot that they were never allowed to actually use and they obviously have a HUGE following. That’s what I mean when I said before that I liked them even if they didn’t turn out how I would have liked them too. There was just such a great effort put forward by everyone that competed. I even enjoyed the Divas match, as boring as I usually find them.

The Hell In A Cell match with Punk going against both Ryback and Paul Heyman was also pretty decent. What kind of disappointed me was that Heyman never actually got into the cage, talk about being a little bitch. I thought it would have a lot more action in it and maybe one of them would get split open but all it really did was show what a superior athlete Punk is compared to Ryback. You would think that someone of his size would be more adept in this type of match but no. He did his mediocre performance as he always does and got squashed.

Another huge moment of the event was Kane. I actually jumped off of my couch and scared the daylights out of my dog. In addition to how awesome his return was, it gives more purpose to the Wyatt Family and adds another layer to the authority storyline. It is brilliant on all levels to have him return at Hell In A Cell, it almost brings a tear to your eye. Having him in the clutches of Triple H and Stephanie, especially with them going against the Big Show, will inevitably result in a clash of the titans.

Now on to the giant elephant in the room, the main event. I truly thought that Shawn Michaels would do the right thing and call this match fair but I should have known better than that. If you don’t already know, let me make my feelings towards this man known to you.

I do not fucking like Shawn Michaels. (Yes, the offensive language was needed and I do apologize.)

Why don’t I like one of the most highly regarded superstars in the history of sports entertainment? I truly think that the persona he has on tv is actually him. I respect the hell out of anyone who gets into that ring and risks their life just for my entertainment, those superstars do so much for me that I couldn’t begin to show my respect and love for them. However, I think that he is the exact egomaniac that he portrays on television a majority of the time. I’m surprised he didn’t start to cry or something. To me, he just showed he was a shitty person who has two different personalities. On Raw the following evening, we had to sit and listen to this guy justify his actions because he is BFF’s with Triple H. Umm…what?

I can’t remember a time that the opening segment made me so angry.

I don’t really know why I was surprised that he screwed Daniel Bryan over, he doesn’t exactly have a squeaky clean history when it comes to doing the right thing. Anyone remember Montreal? It isn’t just that, he just doesn’t really strike me as one to put people, other than his friends, over. I seriously just do not understand why you would want to do something to keep down anybody in the wrestling business. I’m obviously not a wrestler but if I were, I would want to make sure that the younger guys got every opportunity that they could to succeed. Not everyone in the wrestling business has what it takes to reach the very top but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be given the same chances. Everybody has potential but how do you know what they are capable of if you don’t at least let them try?

Following Hell In A Cell, we got treated to a Monday Night Raw that featured a few rematches and a lot of surprises. The biggest surprise of the night was Damien Sandow cashing in his Money In The Bank briefcase for his World Heavyweight Championship title shot. He went against SuperCena, who was victorious in his title match against Alberto Del Rio the night before. The match was spectacular. It was beautifully executed and Cena actually sold his injury quite well, although I’m sure that he was in real pain during the contest. What got me is that Sandow lost…HE LOST! In my humble opinion, he never should have gone against Cena for his title shot. It should have been Cody Rhodes, that feud had so much potential. Also, just because Cena blew his title shot doesn’t mean that the WWE needs to have other superstars do the same thing.

There’s four weeks left until the final pay-per-view of the big four (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, and Survivor Series). They need to keep up all of the momentum that they gained coming out of Hell In A Cell. They had dynamic matches, compelling rivalries, and introduced some new(ish) faces to both the squared circle and title fights. Summer Rae had her first match and wasn’t terrible and Big E got to tussle with Dean Ambrose.

They’re developing and expanding the talent pool even further, not having someone stomp all over a budding star just because they’re a Hall of Famer. Wrestlemania season is only two months away so if a superstar wants to secure his or her spot in the race to get on the card of the biggest event of the year, now is the time.

And hey, if I get to enjoy more Fandango on my screen, I’m okay with that!

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