Permit me to start out this preview of WWE Hell in a Cell 2021 by saying that there is no such thing as a practical use for the Hell in a Cell match in 2021 WWE.
With WWE trying to legislate the violence out of professional wrestling, this uber-violent, career-threatening match is now only a typical no-DQ/No Holds Barred/Excessive Guidelines match with a gaudy pink cage round it. Mix that with WWE operating at the very least two of those a 12 months since 2009, and also you’re left with an overused and fully nerfed stipulation match that does little to nothing for anybody yearly.
Inform me, what was your favourite half in regards to the John Cena/CM Punk/Alberto Del Rio Hell in a Cell match in 2011?
What in regards to the legendary Roman Reigns/Rusev Cell match in 2016?
Who may neglect the unforgettable Randy Orton/Jeff Hardy Cell match from 2018?
It’s to some extent the place I really feel unhealthy for the wrestlers in these matches as a result of in concept these are purported to be career-defining matches when in actuality they’re simply one other little bit of content material churned out for the content material farm that WWE has turn into.
This present shall be notable on the very least for it being the final pay-per-view within the Thunderdome, as Cash within the Financial institution shall be in entrance of a dwell crowd in Fort Price, TX. This may come as a aid to anybody sick of the cinematic points that WWE has gotten used to over the previous 12 months. Whereas some points of the Thunderdome Period seem like they are going to stay, just like the rampant crowd sweetening heard on last week’s TakeOver, hopefully, this may mark the top of most of them. Whereas some cinematic matches have had their share of reward, just like the Firefly Funhouse and the Boneyard match. The others, just like the Cash within the Financial institution ladder match at Titan Towers, to One Ultimate Beat, to every part else involving The Fiend have been been extensively panned because the embarrassing makes an attempt at “film making” that they have been. Hell, the Viking Raiders/Road Income…factor from final 12 months’s Backlash, which I assure you didn’t bear in mind occurring till now, was one of many worst issues I had ever seen on a wrestling present. Good riddance to unhealthy garbage.
One of many titular matches this 12 months sees WWE Champion Bobby Lashley defend his title in opposition to Drew McIntyre, for what’s marketed as McIntyre’s final probability on the title. This feud has gone on since February, and aside from a pointless Miz interruption, has been pretty easy. McIntyre had the title received final month at WrestleMania Backlash however had Lashley steal the quilt to retain. These guys have completed superb work as the highest feud on Uncooked, however it’s time to maneuver ahead with it. McIntyre has been an impressive high man, and he ought to get the win right here to lastly get a run with the title in entrance of followers.
The opposite Hell in a Cell match sees Rey Mysterio problem Roman Reigns for the Common Championship. There is no such thing as a want for this match to be contained in the cell, as these two weren’t even in one another’s orbits three weeks in the past. Roman laid in a beatdown on Dominik Mysterio, so Rey randomly challenged him to a title match within the Cell. This match is mostly a results of Roman Reigns operating via each babyface on the SmackDown roster with relative ease. He despatched Kevin Owens and Cesaro again to the midcard. He despatched Daniel Bryan and Edge out of the corporate. I see no cause for this to be any totally different. Count on shenanigans aplenty from Dominik and The Usos (who’re Roman Reigns’ cousins in the event you weren’t conscious). All I can hope is that we get a good match out of this entire factor.
(Author’s notice: After I completed scripting this preview yesterday, WWE introduced that this match could be occurring on tonight’s SmackDown as a substitute of the pay-per-view on Sunday. So, that leaves solely 4 matches for this present on Sunday. I dunno! No matter! Tune in on FOX!)
At press time, the opposite three introduced matches for this present are all ladies’s matches. The primary sees RAW Ladies’s Champion Rhea Ripley defend in opposition to Charlotte Aptitude. Ripley’s run on the primary roster has been tough, as her first feud noticed her win the title from Asuka in a collection of clunky matches. She’s gone on document saying that her confidence has been shot, and he or she’s shortly turn into simply one other girl on the roster. It doesn’t assist that WWE determined to advertise this title match by having them each lose beat-the-clock matches to Nikki Cross. Cross has been proven to be a specific thorn in Charlotte’s facet, even though Charlotte beats Cross like she’s owed cash each time they wrestle.
May this be a setup for Cross to get a title match in opposition to the winner on a Uncooked? Perhaps, however it does nothing for me since Cross isn’t offered as any type of menace to both of those ladies. So far as this match goes, it’s a ladies’s title match with Charlotte in it.
The secure wager is to select her and dwell with being fallacious.
The SmackDown Ladies’s Title match could have Bianca Belair defending in opposition to Bayley. This feud is about Bayley laughing at Bianca, and Bianca not liking it when Bayley laughs at her.
Look, I don’t know what else to say about it.
Bianca ought to win.
The ultimate introduced match is the continuation of probably the most embarrassing angles in professional wrestling.
Alexa Bliss, who just isn’t a baby regardless of carrying round a doll and taking part in on a swingset, will wrestle Shayna Baszler, who might or might not be possessed by the aforementioned doll Lilly. Alexa Bliss might not be paired with The Fiend, however she continues to be essentially the most disconcerting, creepy in a foul approach character on this firm’s historical past. She additionally continues the Fiend’s streak of doing the worst factor on any present that they’re on, so something greater than a whole embarrassment right here could be a minor miracle. It’s a disgrace that Shayna Baszler, who led NXT to their solely rankings win over AEW Dynamite with Rhea Ripley, has been weighed down with this muck. However the higher-ups on the primary roster have made it clear that they don’t view her in the identical approach the NXT brass did.
My expectation is for Bliss to do some magic bullshit and win. My hope is that Shayna Baszler chokes Bliss out and sends her to no matter ether the Fiend is in, the place they’ll keep for the remainder of eternity.