I’ll be honest. After watching WWE No Mercy, I was left less than satisfied. The match between John Cena and Roman Reigns bothered me the most followed by a disappointing Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman match. It has left me no longer interested in what’s going on with the RAW brand.
However, there is still some optimism for myself with the Smackdown brand. First off, it’s only a two hour program and is often times an easier watch. Secondly, and most importantly, the show seems to focus more on building angles and having a better payoff. That’s in large part of WWE Smackdown writer, Road Dogg
The most intriguing match on the pay per view has to be the match between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens. Owens really sparked my interest after he delivered a devastating headbutt to Vince McMahon on a recent episode of Smackdown. I’m not the only person who is intrigued by the match and pay per view as some sports sites are making some bold, and interesting predictions for the event
Hell In A Cell will feature two matches inside the structure. Neither one of them are for the WWE Championship involving Shinsuke Nakamura and WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. Instead, we will see the previously mentioned match between Shane McMaho and Kevin Owens along with the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships involving the Usos challenging the New Day at the event.
Other matches on the card feature Dolph Ziggler battling Bobby Roode because Ziggler feels like he doesn’t get enough credit for his talent and fans focus only on entrances. Personally, I’ve never been a huge Ziggler fan and his act has been stale for many, many months. He may be a guy who would benefit greatly going the route that current ROH World Champion Cody Rhodes ventured into.
Fellow Smackdown wrestler Rusev will be competing at Hell In A Cell where he’ll battle Randy Orton. The whole angle has been based primarily on two guys beating each other very quickly in recent months. Orton defeated Rusev within seconds at SummerSlam and Rusev got an equally as quick victory on a recent edition of Smackdown. I never said all the angles on Smackdown were great. However, there’s no denying that Smackdown does have some good talent.
WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defends against Baron Corbin in a match that I’m not all that intrigued by, largely because of Corbin. According to some sports sites, consider Corbin to be the favorite to win the match. If that’s the case, I’m hopeful that Styles gets out of the US Championship picture and finds himself competing the WWE Heavyweight Championship. Could you imagine a Nakamure vs. Styles match for the Smackdown Championship at WrestleMania? That could either be epic, or an epic disappointment considering their classic in NJPW.
Also, lets not forget about the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship as Natayla will be defending against Charlotte Flair at the event. It’s been advertised in November that these two will meet again in a steel cage match at the Starrcade house show in Carolina, so no matter what happens here, this feud must continue!
There’s many questions to be answered as we lead into Hell In A Cell. Will Shane McMahon do something crazy in his quest to get revenge on Kevin Owens? Who will win the first ever Hell In A Cell match for the Tag Team Championships? Can talent outshine an entrance?
All those questions will be answered at WWE Hell In A Cell. I’ll be watching, out of habit at this point. But, the Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon match has some actual storytelling and I’m interested to see how that plays out. A man fighting for the honor of his family will likely do something crazy and that makes for an intriguing match.
What are your thoughts on the Smackdown pay per view event? Are you intrigued or are you passing on it?
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