With Hell in a Cell following Night of Champions, the WWE had to step up their game. They delivered a great show and one that improved as the night got later. It’s been almost a week, so here are some post-show thoughts.
For weeks, there was speculation on who would answer John Cena’s U.S. Open Challenge. There were lots of creditable names, but nobody mentioned Alberto Del Rio. The WWE kept that secret intact and fans were shocked. The Hell in a Cell match used to be a place where epic feuds would be settled. When the WWE made it a regular pay per view, the quality of matches took a hit. Not this year, as both cell matches stole the show. For once, the pre-show had an interesting match instead of a filler that I could watch on Main Event. Since it took place on the hour-long pre-show, the WWE should have invested more time in the match. I’d rather see a match than watch the panel talk for an hour. Kane has always been there for the WWE as a monster, but his matches are always subpar. I was dreading this angle with Seth Rollins, but it came across as a well-executed match. Kane was dominant but, like always, Rollins found a way to keep the belt for another month. Kevin Owens vs. Ryback wasn’t a great match at Night of Champions, but at least they got decent time to try and sell their performances. They were only given 5 minutes this past Sunday and there’s no way they could put anything of value together in that time-frame. The two never stood a chance to deliver a compelling storyline in the ring.