Caila has been a wrestling/WWE/WWF fan for as long as she can remember, growing up during the infamous Attitude Era and watching ever since
Hell in a Cell (2021)
Hell in a Cell 2021
If you're an avid WWE fan, Hell in a Cell is probably one of the most well known and infamous pay per views of the year for the brands. Also, if you're a fan, then you know that WWE has been slipping in ratings and the content they've been putting out has been less than as of late. So Hell in a Cell is a good way to revamp the moment usually. The show always consists of very good matches and epic moments from the past, like Undertaker throwing Mankind off the top of the cage. So, I always look forward to it! For this article, I will just be aiming my thoughts at the matches themselves and the storytelling behind it.
Bayley vs Bianca Bel-Air for the Smackdown Women's Championship
In the beginning of the pay per view, there was a package of a lady talking devilishly into a radio mic to hype the PPV up before it started the matches. Are the video packages getting worse over time as well? The woman said we knew who she was and maybe she was a creation from TV but I had never seen her before in my life.
I like how out of the way heel Bayley is now, in this match! She's come a long way from her Hugger persona who wouldn't harm a fly, using weapons and her surroundings very well like tying Bianca's hair to everything in and around the ring, and even biting her! These ladies really went at it. Very impressive match making Bianca look strong and Bayley to look like a good smart heel veteran in the ring! This match definitely deserved one of the highest praises of the night! Bianca retains her championship! This match leads to the question of who is going to take the championship off of her one day.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro (Filler)
During the break, Alexa Bliss did a promo about her upcoming match with Shayna Bazsler later that night. It really only made me miss The Fiend being a part of the shows. I don't understand how his gimmick got taken, placed upon her and she's more prevalent right now.
I do like how during this match, Seth has portrayed his anger and obsession with Cesaro. Their last match seemed to have more weight behind it. With an anti-climactic rollup small package finish from Seth to a match already lacking in emotional weight leads to the fan feeling like it was a boring match, although it has had its ups and downs and was a relatively good match in work quality.
Alexa Bliss vs Shayna Bazsler
I do like Alexa Bliss in this role of a female version of The Fiend! She fits it perfectly. I like the reinvention of herself! I wish her move set would be updated for this new role she's in as a creepy heel! This match had a lot going on. The camera cuts did have a good effect on this match with Alexa's "powers" being on display. Exploring her powers is a new element to bring to her and The Fiend's characters, if WWE does it the right way, this could be fun! Outside of this match, the constant camera cuts are excessive and take away from seeing the moves and the actions of the superstars, while some cuts show botches more than they should.
Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens (Filler)
I think these two have such good in ring chemistry that whenever WWE has nothing for either of them to do, they just end up in a match together as a failsafe. When 2 friends are in a match together that know one another very well, it shows. However, when they keep getting put into the same matches over and over again after a few months, it shows more lack of creativity on WWE's part, I feel. This match did nothing for storytelling at all and it didn't progress their characters any further. After all this time, I still do not understand Sami Zayn, his character, or the hype surrounding him. He's a good wrestler and worker but I just don't get it anymore.
Charlotte Flair vs Rhea Ripley for the RAW Women's Championship
While this match was decent, a disqualification for the win sucks because it does nothing for either character. By the end of the match, Rhea did not look strong, even as a heel. She looked like she was just barely scathing by in the ring with Charlotte, who has a bigger move set, is the face, so she can do a lot more than Rhea can in the ring by WWE standards. Rhea BARELY retained her championship and ended up making Charlotte look strong, yet heel-ish at the end of the day.
This match made me wish that Charlotte would be pushed to the back of the queue when it came to championships. I would love to see someone else in the championship picture as opposed to the same 3-4 women who are in it every few months, and who are always made to look like their dominance can't denied by the newer talent. Why put a championship on Rhea just to make her look weak as a heel, instead of making her look conniving and smart? It just did nothing for her to me and did more for Charlotte's drive than anything.
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley for the WWE CHampionship
By the promo for this match I was hoping it was the last one of the night. This match did not interest me at all outside of the two stipulations placed on it (Hell in a Cell match and the fact that if Drew lost, he could no longer challenge Bobby Lashley for the championship anymore). This made the match feel like it had more importance behind it the entire time. It took their brutality up a notch knowing why they were fighting and what they were fighting for. MVP was the real highlight of the match for me, honestly. He is an AMAZING manager and has really taken Bobby Lashley to heights he's never seen before in any of his other stints with the company or anywhere else really. I would've never seen this coming in a million years as a fan. Who knew that all he needed was a great manager to back him up like he was Paul Heyman to his Brock Lesnar to make him good?! The look on MVP's face when he got locked in the cage with Drew was hysterical! Bobby won the match, retained his championship and Drew can no longer challenge him for the WWE Championship. I do wonder where they'll go with his storyline from here now.
When I saw the promos that Roman Reigns already faced Rey Mysterio in a Hell in a Cell match on one of the weekly shows, I can't say that I wasn't happy. The PPV already felt long, boring and underwhelming. So I can't imagine that this match would have made it any better, however, I do feel like this was a mishap in this case because we only saw the cage twice that night and it should have been more since the entire PPV is called Hell in a Cell and that was a match people would have watched.
The Match Card for the Night
Bayley vs Bianca Bel-Air
Hell in a Cell/Smackdown Women's Championship
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro
Alexa Bliss vs Shayna Bazsler
Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens
Charlotte Flair vs Rhea Ripley
Rhea Ripley (DQ)
RAW Women's Championship
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Hell in a Cell match/WWE Championship
My Final Thoughts.....
Overall, I thought the PPV was slow and boring. Although there were good matches and good spots in the matches, it was not enough to save the pay per view as a whole to me. WWE really has to get better storylines for these people, learn to let characters build organically, and allow them all to shine one week or another. Constantly letting the same characters get over while declining the fanbase that another is growing is ridiculous and WWE needs to learn to capitalize on things while they have it in their grasp. Stipulated pay per views are always some of my favorites, and I will say it time and again that MOST of the matches on the card need to have the stipulation on them. A few of those matches should have been in a cell or could have been and made them even better. It might have even made the PPV better as a whole and made it seem more grandiose. WWE needs to do better.
WWE Hell in a Cell (2021)
This PPV was a Gem
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