For better or for worse the monthly pay per view schedule trucks on in the worlds of sports and entertainment and with World Wrestling Entertainment producing upwards of 35 hours of original programming every month sometimes the quality gets a little thin. Available today on DVD is the October installment on the WWE’s PPV schedule as competitors lock themselves inside the devil’s playground. It’s time to step into the “Hell in the Cell”.
As the “Hell in the Cell” looms large, WWE Champion CM Punk is staring down the potential end of the most lengthy and impressive title run of this generation, as he stares down the undefeated monster Ryback who walks into the cell either looking at his very first lost in the WWE or the championship around his waist. The World Heavyweight Championship is also on the line as two of the most devastating moves in the WWE go head to head as Sheamus and Big Show square off in an epic clash of the titans. The aristocrat and the Apex Predator also go toe to toe as Alberto del Rio and Randy Orton lock horns to determine who is the more dominant. Team Hell No (Kane & Daniel Bryan) and Team Rhodes Scholars fight with the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line and The Miz and Kofi Kingston go to war in an Intercontinental Title Match.
I’ve got to admit that as a fan, this is the one PPV on the calendar that I have a legitimate problem with as it just feels incredibly pointless. Ever since its inception the Hell in the Cell structures sole purpose was to end feuds and feel like a big deal and important watershed match, much like its use at Wrestlemania 28 but for the past few years, it’s been simply used as a gimmick and has been subsequently diminished as an important mile stone in the history of sports entertainment. Granted that there were some good matches, in particular the WWE Championship match which was the only match to take place inside the Cell structure and the World Heavyweight Championship match but there is a certain bit of malaise that is beginning to set over the product on the whole as there is simply too many programming hours that need to be filled from month to month. If they continue to produce as many hours of cable television it may behoove them to cut a PPV or two from the schedule in order to be able to better focus on the storylines in their main shows which would allow for episodes of the Raw and Smackdown show to feel a little more special.
At the end of the day, there was nothing about this “Hell in the Cell” PPV for 2012 that felt remotely special and while the main events were solid, they could have had a little more impact on an episode of Raw or Smackdown rather than a gimmick PPV that will be quickly forgotten. These gifted performers do so much and push themselves to the brink that in order for the product to improve it might be time to ease up their collective schedules just a bit because the product and the fans are the ones that will suffer.
2 out of 5 stars.
“Hell in the Cell 2012” is now available for purchase at all major retailers like amazon.ca or HMV.
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