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Vipers, Dragons, and Cells…History Repeats Itself


You’re new WWE Champion is Randy Orton, after a hard-fought brutal Hell in A Cell match. Earlier in the Daniel Bryan delivered a nice underdog promo about grabbing the title in the city that essentially made him the star he is now. Miami made his phrase a Universe-wide chant, as they started the chant that has become his calling card. And while Bryan was essentially canonized in Miami the night after Wrestlemania 28, he will once again be remembered for years to come after the events of a night in Miami. That bit of history repeating itself was the start of a wider trend with the Main Event; the WWE let history repeat itself nicely in playing out this whole fiasco.

wwe titleBryan and Orton used the Cell better than I’ve seen anyone use it in recent memory, including the WM 28 match between Taker and Triple H, which also happens to be the last time we saw HBK in an officiating role in an HIAC. Both men were able to shine as they both displayed mean streaks that really brought home the brutal nature of this match. The announcers don’t have to do too much selling on Raw about how dangerous this match was, because it was clear based on how these two competitors battered each other. Chairs, stairs, fence panels, and more were all used to inflict damage on the opponent tonight with alarming creativity—the backbreaker to Bryan as he was wrapped around the ring post, Bryan’s suicide dive into the cell , Bryan wailing on Orton with that chair, etc. The intensity of this match clearly communicated the intensity of this feud, and that’s what should theoretically make a HIAC great. The competitive nature of the match also imbued the WWE Title with importance, as it conveyed what each man was willing to do to himself and his opponent to finally win the title that has long been vacant.

bannerThe finish made sense and was great in the sense of furthering the story. As we alluded to, there were certainly swerves in store. Triple H takes a jaw-shaking knee from Daniel Bryan which led to a superkick from HBK, who was trying to defend a friend. That superkick finally gave us a definitive champion—unless Vince returns and swerves things tomorrow night. Many had suspected that HBK would be central in the finish of the match, but no one knew for sure how they would have done it. They mixed in real life with a finish that HBK had been involved in years ago.  With the logic being that HBK was looking out for a friend, he’ll likely get a pass on the superkick. Once again, like in 1997 when Undertaker faced Bret Hart for the WWF Title at Summerslam with Michaels as the special referee, HBK makes a reluctant 3-count after he delivers a superkick that effectively decides the match. It’s no coincidence that the WWE used the finish for the match that led to the first Hell In A Cell to create the finish for last night’s Main Event. We all know Orton, Bryan, and Triple H aren’t done and this HBK twist makes you wonder where they’ll go with this.

The American Dragon and the WWE’s Viper gave us an intriguing perspective to look at their continuing feud and a great gimmick match last night to prevent their feud from growing stale or becoming too predictable. We had HBK refereeing a bitter HIAC match again, HBK costing the face the WWE/WWF title in an officiating role again, Triple H being involved in a high-profile HIAC match with HBK again, and Daniel Bryan becoming a star in Miami (by virtue of his stellar performance in his first HIAC) again. With this finish and many other factors concerning this match, the WWE went back to the past, allowing history to repeat to create the present. And they now have a world of interesting, fascinating questions to answer come Monday night.

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  • freek

    This bout was nothing like HHH and Taker. That was way better, way more storytelling, more hard bumps such as the spinebuster on the steel steps. The suicide dive against the cage has been done by Taker about 500 times, so why is it special if Daniel Bryan does it? Because he’s hyped?

    I hope ‘the one’ that saves WWE from the Corporation will be CM Punk or Dolph Ziggler and not Daniel Bryan. Personal opinion. :) I just don’t like Daniel Bryan on the mic.

  • Damian Starr

    How is it that you and Zach arnold watch the same match yet report on it like it was completely different scenarios?

    • Poppy’s Hammer

      Because they don’t have the same point of view on things? Everyone’s opinion will always be different when told to explain in detail.

      • Damian Starr

        One had nothing good to say what so ever and this one is praising it as someone who hasn’t actually watched the match yet this makes for very confusing journalism!

        • Poppy’s Hammer

          If you actually want a good review, Adrian’s is the one that is good to read. The guy actually does an unbiased review, looks at the positive’s and negatives.

          Zach never really has nothing good to say, he always looks at the faults of a company and never it’s positives, I don’t know much about Jonathan though, so can’t really provide an opinion on him just yet.

          If you want journalism from here at WNZ, Adrian’s is the one to read and Alex’s is another alright read too.

        • Jay Ess

          I don’t get the part about “praising the match as someone who hasn’t actually watched the match yet.” I directly mentioned a number of moves that occurred in the match, some of which you couldn’t describe unless you were watching it.

          • Damian Starr

            sorry my bad, should have been a full stop (period) there

    • Jay Ess

      The main point of the article was that the WWE borrowed a lot from past matches and angles to create last night’s match. Namely,
      -HBK costing someone a title (like he did in 1997 at summerslam)
      -HBK refereeing the HIAC that punctuates a bitter feud (like he did at WM28)
      -Daniel Bryan having a stellar night in Miami (like he did the night after WM28)

      It’s possible for a site to have writers who view a match differently. I’ll admit that I was satisfied by the HIAC but mainly for reasons that Zach highlighted: HIAC matches have been grossly watered down. Since the inception of the HIAC PPV concept, last night’s match was probably one of the more vicious matches they’ve held in the Cell.

      Maybe I was just happy that they actually used weapons and the Cell to inflict pain on each other for an extended period of time. Call me a victim of lowered expectations. Punk hitting ryback a bunch of times with a kendo stick doesn’t count when I mention using weapons for an extended period of time.

      The steel chair became a central object in that match last night for a while…after Daniel Bryan had gone to great lengths to try to rake Orton’s face across the so-called “unforgiving steel.” These two seemed like they actually wanted to destroy each other, which is part of the fun in putting two wrestlers in a HIAC match. They didn’t look like guys who just wanted to get through a gimmick match. But then again, if that passes for good, maybe the match has been gravely diluted.

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