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Submissions Count Anywhere Match: United States Champion Daniel Bryan vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz - For those who didn't see the previous time they did this match (DX vs. Legacy at Breaking Point '09), it's the same as a falls count anywhere match except you can only win by submission. Bryan showed himself to be the submission expert early by working work both Miz & Morrison's legs & later performing a "cattle mutaliation" on Miz. Morrison showed himself to have a few tricks under his sleep with performing Tajiri's old "Tarantula" move on Miz, executing a corkscrew sleep on both Miz & Bryan, and even using Charlie Hass' old "Hass Of Pain" submission hold. The fight spilled out of the ring with Miz taking advantage of his surroundings like attempting a dragon sleeper using a railing for leverage, using a stage box on Bryan, and delievering the Skull Crushing Finale on the concrete floor. Morrison showcased his "parcor" style offense such as being able to climb the stage & perform a dive off the stage before doing into Dean Malenko's playbook with the Texas Cloverleaf. Miz's associate Alex Riley did appear to save him at one point before being disposed off & taking a cameraman out with him before Daniel Bryan was able to do get the victory to make his biggest critic in Michael Cole finally admit "Daniel Bryan is the real deal." This was the best match of the night for me.
Hell In A Cell Match: WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Sheamus - With their previous matches (Royal Rumble & SummerSlam) not having a clear winner due to disqualifications, this final encounter would happen in the Cell. The match got taken to the outside early with Orton being able to avoid Sheamus' attempt into using steel steps then ramming his back into the cell twice & using the steps on Sheamus himself before Orton ended up feeling the cell himself with Sheamus delievering a shoulderblock that knocked him off the apron into the cell. Sheamus targeted Orton's ribs including dropping him on the steel steps right on his ribs & even countering an attempted RKO with a knee into the ribs. Orton was able to recover with powerslaming Sheamus onto the steel steps & executing the hanging DDT from the apron onto the floor while Sheamus again focused on Orton's ribs using a chair & hitting Orton twice with the Crow Kick. Sheamus attempted a High Cross on the steps but Orton was able to counter with an RKO on the steel steps to finally prove he was the better man in what was definately the best match in their series.
Edge vs. Jack Swagger - We got a special bonus match here thanks to the computer we know as the "RAW General Manager." Swagger was in control early by working over Edge's midsection & being able to later counter the spear into a gutwrench powerbomb. Edge played the babyface here & not only busted Swagger's lip at one point but also did a baseball slide to the outside that accidently took out the cameraman. Eventhough the crowd was mostly dead for this one, it was a solid match.
John Cena vs. Wade Barrett - Either Nexus will disband or Cena will be forced to join the group but an extra stipulation was added in that if the Nexus touched Cena, Barrett would lose. Cena out grappled Barrett early before Nexus came down to the ring against the orders of Barrett who was clearly upset that they were there. As both men traded control, Nexus surrounded the ring before both RAW & SmackDown athletes chased them away keeping the match one on one. The crowd was split as they had dueling chants for both men when trading punches while Barrett was able to keep countering Cena's attempts at the Attitude Adjustment & even kicking out of it when Cena finally hit the move while Cena also kicked out of Barrett's Wasteland. Cena was in control when two mystery men (later revealed to be former NXT2 rookies Michael McGillicutty & Husky Harris) caused the distraction long enough for the result that had a bunch of the audience shocked & speechless.
Unified Divas Champion Michelle McCool vs. Natayla - This was pretty short & sweet with Natayla dominating & Layla constantly trying to get involved before finally saving the belt with a disqualification. The only thing noteworthy here was the unique way McCool was able to counter the sharpshooter with a heel hook but past that, this was only here to continue the feud.
Hell In A Cell Match: World Champion Kane vs. Undertaker - Taker came to the ring with the his recently reunited manager in Paul Bearer who stayed outside the cell. Both men started to brawl outside of the cell before getting into the cell with the ringside steps & a chair getting involved used such as Kane using both to work over Taker's leg while also dropkicking it & attacking it more to counter Taker's Old School. Taker gained control & was able to apply the Hell's Gate before Kane was able to escape the hold by exiting the ring but Taker didn't stop there with giving Kane both a chokeslam & powerbomb out of the corner at various points. Kane was able to tombstone Taker but unlike Night Of Champions, Taker had the energy to kick out which fustrated Kane causing him to knockout the referee. With the cell being opened for the referee to be taken out, Paul Bearer entered the cell only for Kane to stalk him into the ring where Taker regained the advantage & looked ready to put the finishing touches...before Paul Bearer was the deciding factor in Kane once again get another victory over Undertaker (in a way that came off very weak).
In the end, this really came off as an average PPV there was one match that I felt stole the show (U.S. Title match) while the top matches on the card were really good (both Hell In A Cell matches along with Cena/Barrett) but with others (Edge/Swagger) that was nothing special or a complete waste of time (Divas) but overall, it's a good PPV.
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Triple Threat U.S. Championship Submissions Count Anywhere match:
Daniel Bryan (c) vs John Morrison vs The Miz
Great match and great effort. These guys put their bodies on the line. Crazy. Bryan and the Miz was going to be good again, but putting in Morrison was a great idea.
They did everything to sell the match taking out it outside, to the fans, then using the stage as a weapon. Morrison getting tossed of the stage, or Morrison spring boarding of the ramp to give Bryan a devastating kick. Lmao I can't remember the last time somebody pulled off a wrestling move on the aisle. Solid opener.
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus - First Hell in the Cell match. You know this be a classic. This has been a great feud with Randy and Sheamus. Sheamus what you can say about the guy, he's very good, and there's no surprise why the Wwe wanted to push despite some concerns from internet wrestling community. I think this guy's great and can work with anybody. On to the match, it was as violent as you expect it to be. They did everything as
well to sell this match. I knew Randy would win, but Sheamus came very close. A couple of memorable moments Randy's scoop slam on Sheamus on steel steps and Sheamus giving a suplex on the steel. Randy retains. Great match.
John Cena vs. Wade Barrett -Great match this Wade Barrett has everything the look, the talent, style. He is Nxt winner for a reason. He and Cena work well. Big story with the match with stipulation that Nexus is barred from ringside and if Cena wins, the Nexus is gone but if he loses, he joins Nexus. Good match worked well. Both guys made themselves look strong here.
Cena got to his big starts but then Wade took control and started
to dominate thanks a temporary distraction from Nexus. John battled back but eventually Barrett won. This could be a potential great story with Cena finally turning heel by the end of the year.
Undertaker vs. Kane -Highlights include Kane giving Undertaker powerbomb of the ropes. Undertaker going for the tombstone
only for Kane to reverse and a rarity, Undertaker kicking out of the tombstone. Hilarious spots like Kane hitting referee out of anger. A pretty good match by both legends who are close too retiring.
Edge vs. Swagger- Good for what it was. Edge has been kind of underused this year after getting his push to Wrestlemania. The trade to Smackdown should help the creative and booking team in bettering their efforts to use him more effectively. The whole deal with him arguing with anonymous Raw gm was just too stupid.
Michelle Mccool vs. Natalya-Pretty much a dud but didn't take up too much time on ppv.
Overall a good ppv.
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The 3 way submission match for the U.S title & the Wade Barrett-John Cena match were the showstealers of HIAC. The 2 HIAC matches were boring as heck. The Edge-Jack Swagger match despite lack of build-up,was still a pretty good bout. The Unified Divas Championship match was dumb,sloppy & ruined by a DQ ending. The Biggest surprise of the show was John Cena losing thus Joining The Nexus. The PPV is not great but pretty good. I give HIAC 2010 a 5 out of 10.
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This was a decent show from WWE that had an unfortunately horrible main event. As a whole, the wrestling on this show was very solid. Nothing blow away or particularly memorable, but still pretty good. The main event absolutely killed this show, and really left me with a poor taste in my mouth. Matches are rated out of 5 stars (*****).
1. U.S. Title Submissions Count Anywhere Triple Threat Match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. John Morrison vs. the Miz
Aside from the absolutely absurd stipulation, and the fact that Morrison did not need to be added to this match at all, this was a very good opener. They brawled all over the place, and they used some nice submission moves. Crowd was very into this match as well. At one point, morrison jumped off the stage onto Bryan and Miz, which was insane. Finish came after Alex Riley interfered and took out Morrison, and then Bryan put Miz and the Lebell lock and made him submit. In my opinion, this was the best match of the night. ***1/4
2. WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match
Randy Orton (c) vs. Sheamus
Very odd placement for this match. This was a good match as well, the only problem I had was that it felt like a normal pro wrestling match that just happened to be taking place inside a cell. That's WWE PG for ya. Psychology was good as Orton worked over Sheamus' arm. They based a lot of this match around the ring steps, and the finish came after Orton hit an RKO onto Sheamus onto the steps for the win. Good match, but it felt like it went a bit too long and didn't really need to be a Hell in a Cell match. ***
Alberto Del Rio then came out and tlaked about how great he was. Edge interrupted him, and continued his gimmick of trying to put an end to all things stupid. It's too bad he couldn't put an end to this segment. Jack Swagger then came out and beat up Edge because Edge had beat up his mascot on Smackdown, and the Raw G.M. computer made an impromtu match between the two
3. Edge vs. Jack Swagger
I enjoyed the ring work in this match, but the crowd was COMPLETELY dead. I mean, no noise at all, for anything. Swagger controlled most of the match, and then Edge pretty much hit a spear out of nowhere for the pin. Like I said there was some good stuff here and the match was solid but the crowd killed it. **1/2
4. Wade Barrett vs. John Cena (If Cena wins, Nexus disbands, if Cena loses, he joins Nexus)
Surprisingly good match. Nexus came out early on and stood at ringside, but eventually a bunch of WWE guys ran out and beat them up and made them leave. They had a very back and forth match, and both guys used some impressive moves that I've never seen before. Cena even hit a dropkick and a gutwrench suplex. Is it sad that this is a big deal? Anyway, there were a lot of near falls at the end, and both guys kicked out of each other's finishers. Barrett won after a "fan" jumped into the ring, which distracted the ref and Cena long enough for another "fan" to hit Cena with a pipe, and Barrett got the pin. Crowd was pretty shocked, hopefully this will make for some interesting TV and a possible Cena heel turn. ***
5. WWE Unified Divas' Championship Match
Michelle McCool (c) vs. Natayla
As far as WWE women's matches go, this was better than most. The finish was freaking awful, however, when Layla got McCool dq'd by throwing her shoe in the ring as McCool was about to tap to the sharpshooter. *3/4
6. World Heavyweight Championship Hell in a Cell Match
Kane (c) vs. Undertaker
This was an absolutely shockingly poor main event. Taker looked like he could barely move, and Kane was...well, Kane was Kane. Match went on FOREVER, as Kane worked Undertaker over with HOLDS. Kane was bleeding hard way from the top of his head. Thank god they didn't come out and fix him up. Match lasted almost 30 minutes, most of it amidst a horrifying amount of silence. The only time the crowd made any noise whatsoever was when the two were slugging each other, and they did the BOO YAY chants. It more came off like the crowd was just trying to entertain themselves. Kane took out a ref, and several refs had to come in and help him out. Instead of using this as an excuse to leave the Cell and do something interesting, Paul Bearer just came inside, and the other refs left and closed the door. Kane stalked Bearer around the ring, which looked awful because Bearer could barely move and Kane just had to slowly follow behind him. Taker hit a chokeslam on Kane, and then he posed and his blue entrance light filled the arena accompanied by lightning noises. I am not making this up. Paul Bearer then distracted Taker by opening the urn and shining its light in Takers eyes. Well, Undertaker did bury him in cement, I guess its only fair. He then handed the urn to Kane, who hit Undertaker, and then hit a chokeslam for the win. The crowd was not happy with any of this, and the whole thing just looked ungodly bad. Match was unspeakably terrible. 1/2*
This was not an awful show, but it was just another very average WWE show in a streak of seemingly endless average shows. Main event was atrocious, but the rest of the show was solid enough that this gets a 3 star rating. I do not recommend purchasing this. WWE needs to start making some pretty radical changes.
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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.