Posted: January 21, 2016 in random thoughts on film and stuff, Wrestling
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hellAnother month, another WWE PPV. With so many events it must be hard to craft a decent fight card that is both interesting and gripping while not just being the same old thing that we’ve seen time and time again.  With Hell in a Cell WWE shows it’s more brutal side alongside its Extreme Rules PPV from earlier in the year. This show generally has a few good matches and some of the PPV’s hold some of the very best matches in WWE history.

So where does 2015’s show stand?

First up we have a 6-man tag team match: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro and Neville vs Sheamus, King Barrett and Rusev. The match has some great talent involved from wrestlers like Neville who are always great fun to watch. We have this quick reasonably high-flying team vs a much more hard hitting team who are meant to be the ‘intimidating’ ones. It’s quite a fun match which starts well and follows through to an OK ending. the fight features some great moments but a lot of it we’ve seen before.  I’m not too keen on either Sheamus or Rusev so that didn’t help my enjoyment of the match but at the same time it didn’t detract too heavily. It’s a pretty solid match that does what you’d expect.

Next up: Alberto Del Rio vs John Cena for the WWE United States Championship. With Del Rio just back on the scene this match was quite a big deal for him. Even though Cena has his fair share of haters, he is still one of the biggest talents on the current roster. He’s a reliable fall back and is always a fairly good watch. This match is no exception. It’s pretty fun and they play off each other well. Again it isn’t anything that new and fresh but its ok. Its pretty predicable and plays out how one would expect but it’s still highly watchable.

Onto the first Hell in a Cell match of the night: Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt. Now this is more like it. After the feud that’s been going on for the past year, it all culminates here between 3 of WWE’s finest pieces of talent. As usual the two of them have a stunningly good chemistry and everything they do works. The match starts off with a bang and just gets more and more brutal as we progress. Both are great to watch and are endlessly captivating in their performances. They hold nothing back and they really look like they are taking some pretty powerful hits. This is as good as any of the matches the two of them have had over the last year and may even be one of my favourite. It really stands above your usual matches and shows what two great wrestlers can do given time and a steel cage.

After such an amazing match how can the PPV follow it? Well the answer is not very well. We have the obligatory tag team match which I held out a small amount of hope for: The New Day vs The Dudley Boyz.  Let me start by saying I hate the tag team of The New Day. I find them tiresome and just not fun to watch. On the other side of things I’ve grown up really liking the Dudley’s from their days in ECW, through WWF, TNA and back to WWE. I though that even if the match wasn’t great that the Dudley’s would bring in the entertainment. Alas I found the match boring and very tiresome. It was easily one of my least favourite matches of the night and just felt like it was there for the sake of filling a match slot. There are worse matches out there but this one really wasn’t for me.

The Divas are next up: Charlotte vs Nikki Bella. As with most Diva matches this match follows a fairly standard routine. It features some good moments and has a great ending but in all it is still lacking something that makes the Women’s matches in productions by TNA and ROH.  It’s a shame as there is talent here but there is far to much fake drama to actually fully enjoy the match.  It’s better then quite a few of the Diva PPV matches from recent events so I guess that’s something.

Kane vs Seth Rollins is the next matchup and one that I was really looking forward to. Rollins in recent events has been slightly tiresome as the character he’s created is just a big too fake, but at the same time he does put on a good show and up against Kane I expected a great battle.  What I got was merely an average fight. I really didn’t get much out of it. Maybe it was because the Reigns / Wyatt match from earlier in the night was so amazing that I just didn’t get all I could have from this match.  It’s worth a watch but as with some of the other matches this evening, just felt a bit flat.

After the slight disappointment of the previous match I actually quite enjoyed the next match: Kevin Owens vs Ryback. Both wrestlers are on good form and play off one another pretty well. I’ve grown to quite like Owens in recent times and even more so after watching more of his matches from his days on the Indie circuit. There are some ups and downs in the battle and overall it does what you’d expect and provides a good bit of entertainment.

Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker. After their recent feuds this was the match which would decide who was the best. It’s a match that’s been building for months and now finally we get to see the two square off again, this time in a Cell with no escape. The match starts off brilliantly and continues to build in momentum. the match is brutal and both men show their strength and power. It’s a stunning match that has moments of pure genius. This is easily one of the best matches of the year and is edge of your seat entertainment. Just when you think it can’t get better Lesnar throws something new into the equation. I loved this match so much.  The one fault of the match is the aftermath which leaves a pretty sour taste in the mouth.  But up until the very end it is what all of WWE should be.

All in all Hell in a Cell 2015 was a pretty good event. It’s a must watch for the 2 Hell in a Cell matches and the others simply pad out the runtime. I’m glad I sat through the mediocre matches just so I could get to what was one of the very best matches of the whole year. It’s well worth giving a shot.

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