Let’s go back a few weeks. The original Hell in a Cell announcement had John Cena and Dean Ambrose competing against one another to see who would face Seth Rollins in a Hell in a Cell match. Then it was added that the Cena-Ambrose loser would face Randy Orton. That’s not a great way to make fans care about the match with Orton. The Greek god of wrestling also thought having a wrestler perform twice in one night, with the second match being a Hell in a Cell match, wasn’t a good idea.
A positive turn came when Cena and Ambrose battled in a contract-on-a-pole match on RAW, with the winner facing Rollins at Hell in a Cell. Ambrose won, leaving Cena to battle Orton for the 300th time.
This past week, however, elevated the intrigue and excitement level surrounding the Cena-Orton match. The winner of the match gets a title shot at WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
Cena, after being demolished by Lesnar at SummerSlam (and losing the title), feels as if Rollins cost him a victory in his rematch with Lesnar at Night of Champions. Orton has never received a rematch after losing the WWE World Championship to Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30 in a triple threat match in which Orton wasn’t pinned.
Additional intrigue has been created by the rivalry between Orton and Rollins, both of whom are affiliated with The Authority (Triple H and Stephanie McMahon). Orton resented having to put out Rollins’ fires. Rollins and Orton then engaged in a battle of one-upmanship, with each trying to outdo the other. Finally, Rollins curb-stomped Orton this past Monday on RAW after Rollins, Orton and Kane defeated Cena and Ambrose in a street fight.
Will Rollins try to get involved in the Cena-Orton Hell in a Cell match? If so, which one would he attack?
Another piece of intrigue surrounds which Hell in a Cell match will close the show. The storyline progression is obviously different depending on the order of the show.
These Hell in a Cell matches could go either way. Achilles Heel sees Orton and Ambrose earning victories, although he wouldn’t be shocked if Orton and Rollins both win. In a future Orton-Lesnar match, Rollins will either try to cash in On Orton immediately after he wins the title or, if Lesnar retains the title, pin Lesnar after a post-match Orton RKO.
The undercard is also pretty good. If given enough time, the 2-out-of-3-falls Intercontinental Championship match between Dolph Ziggler and challenger Cesaro could be tremendous. Sheamus defends the United States Championship against The Miz, Goldust and Stardust defend the tag team titles against the Usos; A.J. Lee defends the Divas Championship against Paige; Big Show battles Rusev; and Nikki Bella battles twin sister Brie Bella, with the loser becoming the winner’s personal assistant . Don’t be surprised if either the U.S. or Intercontinental championship changes hands.
Now that the top two matches appear much more attractive, Hell in a Cell should be a terrific show.
HOUSE OF HARDCORE GETS BETTER: Tommy Dreamer’s House of Harcore VII, which is going head-to-head with a loaded card in Rahway, N.J., on Nov. 15, just got even better. Drew Galloway, known as Drew McIntyre in WWE, has accepted Austin Aries’ open challenge.
The rest of the card, which will take place at the 2300 Arena (formerly the ECW Arena) includes The Hardys (Jeff and Matt) vs. The Young Bucks, the Wolves’ (TNA tag team champions Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) vs. Harry Smith and Lance Archer, and Tommy Dreamer vs. Ethan Carter III in an Old School Extreme Rules. CHIKARA fans should be thrilled to see Eddie Kingston battle Jigsaw.
DARK MATTER: Achilles Heel couldn’t help but notice how dark the arena looked during Impact Wrestling on Wresting. Perhaps the turnout in Bethlehem wasn’t quite what was expected, so they made the background dark so people wouldn’t see numerous empty seats.
JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS: The NBA season starts next week. In unrelated news, so does the Sixers season.
RUMBLE IN PHILLY: Don’t forget that tickets for the Royal Rumble, which takes place at Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 25, go on sale to the public on Sat., Nov. 1.
FAREWELL TO OX: Ox Baker, one of the best villains during the territory days, died recently after a long illness. Achilles Heel wishes Baker’s family and friends peace in this time of mourning.