In recent months, this column has given passing marks to most WWE PPVs and Raw episodes. But Sunday’s Hell in a Cell was so mind-numbingly bad that there’s no way to give it anything other than a cyanide tablet to put it out of its misery.
It was an ominous sign that more than half the card was announced the day of the show, but we’ve seen WWE turn out a really good event when we were least expecting it, so this writer kept an open mind. The PPV proper started out really strongly with two solid bouts, including an enjoyable HIAC to open the show.
And then things went off the rails.
Nothing was patently terrible – save for King Corbin’s stilted, juvenile promo – until the main event. If you enjoy non-finishes after crappy action, then the WWE Universal Championship match is for you. It was indefensibly bad, enough to kill off the entire show and render this one of – if not the clear worst – PPVs in recent WWE history.
Super Showdown was really bad, but there were a couple circumstances out of the company’s control. This was just horrid booking and execution.
But let’s take a look at the good and the bad here and evaluate it all. Let’s get to it…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.