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WWE Hell in a Cell 2015: General Thoughts Leading up to the PPV

WWE is doing the right thing at Hell in a Cell when John Cena issues his final United States Open Challenge before he takes time off until the end of the year. The premise behind Cena’s title reign has been to make the belt, which has become “The People’s Championship,” the most important in WWE. To have the company’s top draw wear the red, white and blue on a weekly basis, it has opened the door for many WWE superstars to come from the back and try to unseat The Champ.

So far, we all know the only one who has been able to do that since SummerSlam has been Seth Rollins, thanks in part to Jon Stewart. That however could change Sunday night at the pay-per-view event. The question now becomes who can unseat Cena, and furthermore, how will the loss affect him once he comes back from his hiatus?

Maybe more importantly, who will be the one to do the honors? Beating Cena isn’t just an event, it has become an epic moment in the promotion. When Kevin Owens beat Cena in their first encounter, it shocked the wrestling world and set the current Intercontinental Champion on a course for greatness. He lost the war, but that did not stop the former NXT champion from remaining a top draw as a fresh face in an otherwise flaccid company.

Can the same be said if another newcomer does the same thing, and if that were to occur, why wouldn’t WWE creative out the strap on Owens to begin with? Those kinds of questions may never be answered, but fans and writers like myself may always wonder what was the mindset behind keeping a the title off Owens in the first place.

STARS COME OUT AT NIGHT

WWE pulled out the big guns on Monday night, bringing back key veterans to help promote Hell in a Cell and to gear up for upcoming ticket sales for WrestleMania 32. Everything is bigger in Dallas and Triple H and company had no problems bringing in The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Mark Henry – all Texas natives – to help do the bidding. Add Brock Lesnar and Ric Flair and the reunion of The Shield, and you got one big happy party.

Sort of.

The show looked more like a window dressing of sorts, oversold and overplayed in an attempt to sell a show that is solid from top to bottom, but has not been promoted like it should. There is plenty to be excited about, as well as plenty to be disappointed at.

Hopefully, the show delivers. There has been a long enough lapse in time to make sure there has been plenty of hype.

The problem with bringing back the past to help sell the present, in my opinion, is we see how really good the performers were back in the day. The mic work is better, the sales pitch is crisper and the wrestlers understand the craft put into making the promotion work. Shawn Michaels has no problem selling a show like it’s selling peanuts to an elephant. Even Ric Flair, talking about Dallas and his memories of the Von Erich’s was spot on. And to top everything off Stone Cold Steve Austin selling not only Undertaker and the upcoming match with Brock Lesnar, but his podcast with The Beast Incarnate immediately after the show.

Spot on perfection.

I hope the current and future stars on the roster watched and learned a thing or to. There will never be an ensemble of talent in the Attitude Era as there was back then.

There never will be again, period.

ROMAN REIGNS THE MASTER PSYCHOLOGIST

Ric Flair was on the show to promote his “main man” Roman Reigns. Sorry, Naitch, but it just doesn’t work. And the psychological angle the former Shield member might have worked with a more charismatic wrestler, but Reigns’ demeanor won’t allow that to happen.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the premise, I thought the idea was worth a shot, but unless Reigns shows a reign of terror and turns heel, he will never get over as the new champion of WWE. And the way the company is promoting Dean Ambrose as a face the company needs, there is no chance of him turning heel, which might help Reigns get over as a sympathetic face champion.

Bad booking, bad story writing, if you ask me.

Ambrose is as close to Roddy Piper and Brian Pillman as the company has had in a long time. He should be the heel champion Triple H, Vince McMahon and creative pushes after the new the TLC pay-per-view.

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