WWE Hell In A Cell 2017: Assessing The Potential Quality Of All 8 Matches

Ominous signs for the "ominous structure".


SmackDown has suffered a sharp fall from grace in 2017.

The worst thing about following WWE closely is that the company habitually welcomes pessimism by living down to its reputation. Pessimists thought that Enzo and Big Cass weren't long for the main roster world because Vince McMahon doesn't care for tag team wrestling, and he loves big men. The glass is half empty. Pessimists thought WWE would sacrifice the awesome momentum generated by Braun Strowman come No Mercy, purely to safeguard a mooted WrestleMania main event at risk of mass rejection. The glass is half empty. Pessimists thought WWE would botch Bayley on the main roster because a character like hers requires the sort of patient, long-term build incompatible with WWE's philosophy, which, outside of the elite talents, is a mess of often damaging short-term decisions. The glass is half empty.

Pessimists also hold the belief that Vince McMahon doesn't perceive SmackDown with the same importance as he does RAW. With the show suffering in comparison to the flagship in the wake of the Superstar Shake-Up, and subject to failed experiments in terms of writing (Road Dogg) and performance (Jinder Mahal) personnel, those pessimists were proven right. The glass is half empty; appropriately, the card has only half a chance of transcending WWE's disappointing pay-per-view record in 2017.

An even sharper, literal fall might not save Hell In A Cell on Sunday...


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