This event is the second annual Hell-in-a-Cell PPV presented by WWE. My overall impression of this event is that these are great matches, but they aren't great hell-in-a-cell matches. The quality of matches that weren't cell matches is fairly decent, however the event is marred by a series bad endings, many of which left the crowd in confusion. Despite that, however, I have alot of love for this event, and it remains one of the few decent WWE PPVs of 2010. (I do not not do star ratings. Ratings are all subjective. I will instead talk about the qualities that are or are not present in the match, and you yourself can decide if the match and show is appealing to you).
Match 1) Submissions Count Anywhere Match for the United States Championship.
Daniel Bryan vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz. A decent opener. This match went all over the arena (as one would expect with a "count anywhere" match). It gives the Ziggler/Bryan match from Bragging Rights a run for it's money for best opener of 2010. There was some pretty pretty original stuff, like a submission using the steel rails in the audience, and one great spot where Morrison jumps off the entrance stage. The balance of spots, athleticism, and technical wrestling is perfect here. The most important thing about this match is that it proved that in the PG era, you can still have exciting spots and intense wrestling, and originality. If this mentality had only carried over to the rest of the card, the cell matches in particular, we might have witness a PPV for the ages.
Match 2) Hell In a Cell. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus. As i said before, this was a great match, just not a great Cell match. The spots that they did with the steps look (and sounded) absolutely vicious. Good back-and-forth here. If this match didn't take place inside hell-in-a-cell, I would say this was the match of the night. However, having the cell match stipulation promises a certain KIND of match. We just didn't get that. And it took from the match a lot. I'm not saying that you have to throw someone off the cell to have a good hell in a cell match. and the HHH/Micheals match from 2004 proved that. But as a cell match, this came not where close to HHH/Micheals. However, even though this bout did not embody the atmosphere and presentation that would expect form a cell match, it did embody the atmposphere and presentation one would expect from a WWE title match. And i will say this, blow-for-blow this was one of the best title matches this year.
Match 3) Edge vs. Jack Swagger. Ok, so. They COULD have Del Rio come out and cut his promo. it would be an entertaining way to fill in time. and they COULD have an edge vs. swagger match. It's two very talented guys that would give the event a taste good wrestling on a gimmick ppv. but to have ONE segway into the OTHER...It was random, borring, and sloppy. The match itself, though, was average and i have no complaints. It was how we got to the match that i wasn't so happy with.
Match 4) John Cena vs. Wade Barrett. The stip here was that if cena lost, he'd join nexus, but if cena won, nexus would be disbanded. Good match from these two. LOVED it. Lots go back and forth. Lots of near falls. The biggest excitement of the night came half way through the match when Nexus came down the ramp, and then Big Show followed behind along with the rest of the locker room, and there was a decent brawl on the outside. Another spot i really liked was when they locked horns at the top turnbuckle. The match ends with two fans jumping in and attacking Cena. This card had some confusing endings for the live crowd, and this was one of them. BUT that's a good thing. I say it's a good thing b/c the confusion was intentional. The guys who attacked Cena turn out to be some rookies from NXT season 2. Not many fans watched season 2. So no one knew who jumped in the ring. And even for the fans who did watch season 2, the camera never truly showed Husky Harris's face. So unless you could recognize his body (and I'm sure many of us could) you were left in confusion and wonder. After the match, and this my only complaint, WWE really over-did the close ups on the disappointed faces. I did love john cena kidding the kid in the audiance after the match though. The commentator framed it perfectly when he said "it's as if he's kissing him goodbye".
Match 5) Michelle McCool vs. Natalia for the Diva's title. I was expect the same-ole same-ole diva-crap from these two. Boy was wrong. The trouble is, they only proved me wrong for about 2 minutes. But for those two munites, it was magical. They were holds, and conter-holds, and the kind of technical wrestling that you would never think a diva's match would showcase. Ok, sure, they'll never put an Angle/Benoit, but for a diva's match i was really surprised at this. And then this golden moment came crashing down when the match ended with, get this, a SHOE BEING THROWN INTO THE RING. yeah, points gained for originality. But, points LOST for interrupting a great exchange between the two divas. And really, they COULD have went on. There was time left in the show.
Match 6 (yeah there was only six matches) ) Kane vs. Undertaker. for the Heavyweight belt. Good brawl? yes, top notch. Good cell match? nahhhhh. Did this need to be a classic cell match? not really. but it needed to be a good one. And it's wasn't. These two men have put on some of the best big-man matches in the history of the WWE, and this match followed in that tradition of great big-man brawls. But...like the Orton/seamous match it just WASN'T hell in a cell. Oh, and the ending. The god-awful ending. a FLASHLIGHT in a BUCKET. and audience didn't even know what going on. And truthful, i can't say i knew was what going on either. A disappointing ending to a match that SHOULD have taken the kane/undertaker 12 year rivalry full circle (it began in the cell, it should have ended in one). This didn't need to be a cell classic, but it sure as hell needed to a lot better than what we got. As a Brawl this is phenomenal, though. Despite how disappointing it was, the fact that it was a great brawl from two men have been in the game for 20 plus years is what resonates with me when i think about this match.
Despite confusing endings and lackluster main event, this show was pretty solid. I would recomend it.