What Happens Now As WWE Moves Toward Survivor Series?
With every pay-per-view that fails (like Battleground), we all hope and pray for some spectacular like Money in the Bank or Summer Slam that pleasantly surprised us all and lived up to expectations.
How can you underscore the importance of John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and CM Punk all in the same show, which is also in Miami, a hot bed for the WWE and its programming? You would swear The Rock would be in attendance, but instead of the “Great One,” we got Kane as the bidder for the Wyatt Family.
Oh, what a rush!
And we ended up with Shawn Michaels “kicking” the WWE Title to Randy Orton.
Did Hell in a Cell do that for wrestling fans, the IWC and possibly the WWE Universe? In terms of being better its predecessor it had nowhere else to go but up. The pop from this writer is clear: this was a solid if not spectacular event which should make Survivor Series a highly entertaining event in November.
Oh, the cheers of the holiday season are getting bigger by the moment. Here are a few things I learned tonight from the pay-per-view event.
The Rhodes Brothers being the tag team champions is a good thing
Cody and Dustin not only beat The Usos, they took down The Shield. This has the makings of a pretty good rivalry. But in all fairness, I would rather see a foursome than six in the ring. The Rhodes’ title reign will probably run until Survivor Series before they drip the belts. While The Shield is still a dominant tag team, I would love to see the Usos have the straps for a while.
CM Punk’s win was good, but it could have been better
While Punk was able to beat both Ryback and Paul Heyman, you have to wonder what happens now? I honestly thought we would see Brock Lesnar again or someone else come to Heyman’s rescue.
Maybe the thought of someone else joining Heyman’s brood excited me too much. It was a solid match that had its moments. Now, we get to see what happens on Monday night and moving forward with this feud. Where is the ending point? If there another feud in Punk’s future that makes sense? Maybe Kane?
John Cena’s win is good for everyone concerned
The “comeback” is complete. John Cena has the World Title. It makes sense to prop up the “Blue Brand” and makes even more sense to see if someone like a Wade Barrett comes out of nowhere to challenge him or maybe a “heel” Sheamus upon his return. Right now, SmackDown is nothing more than the red-headed stepchild of the WWE.
It isn’t that Alberto Del Rio isn’t a great performer in the ring – it is more about the fact he is stale and does not deliver on the mic like Cena and no one can top Cena’s energy.
Chaos and confusion are a good thing
With everything that happened in the ring with the WWE Title Match, Monday night now becomes “must see” television.
Shawn Michaels gives Sweet Chin Music to Daniel Bryan? Are you serious? Did he do it on purpose? Did he defend his best friend? Did he jump to the dark side? All this and more. What was a crazy atmosphere from Monday night just got a whole lot more complicated.
Orton is the champion. Bryan is without the belt. Michaels may be seen as the villain and Triple H is laughing all the way.
On Monday night, there will be “Hell” to pay.
Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan to win the WWE championship in a Hell in a Cell match
Damien Sandow defeated Kofi Kingston
Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) and The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) in a Triple Threat tag team match to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
Fandango and Summer Rae defeated The Great Khali and Natalya
Big E Langston defeated Dean Ambrose by countout in a match for the WWE United States Championship
CM Punk defeated Ryback and Paul Heyman in a Handicap Hell in a Cell match
Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando) (with El Torito) defeated The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) (with Zeb Colter)
John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio to win the World Heavyweight Championship
AJ Lee (with Tamina Snuka) defeated Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella) by submission to retain the WWE Divas Championship
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