WWE backed themselves into a corner by having a two week window after the Night of Champions PPV, to build excitement for this Sunday’s Hell in the Cell. So when push comes to shove, the superstars and staff of WWE shove back. This week’s RAW delivered the best show possible on the ‘go home’ episode of RAW before Hell in the Cell in New Orleans.
The Pro Wrestling Examiner’s TOP 5 HELL IN A CELL MATCHES
- DEL RIO STANDING TALL IN THE CELL
Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk built tension earlier in the night at the commentary booth, so they rolled into the main event as a tease for this Sunday’s Triple Threat WWE Championship Match. The match had a tangible energy to it with the hot Kansas City crowd and the unexpected finish with Punk head kicking Del Rio. The real moment of the nigth was Del Rio standing over the WWE Champion John Cena and CM Punk after the match with the ominious Hell in a Cell cage and a dented steel chair in his hands. WWE made a match that was a seen as a transitional main event on a filler PPV, into something with worth and intrigue.
- THE CONSPIRACY CONTINUES
WWE brought the whole “conspiracy” angle with Triple H and half the roster to a new level. There was no finality to the whole story but new characters added to fray including a surprising turn for Harvard law graduate David Otunga rallying the baddies against Triple H. Otunga could be the modern day Clarence Mason of WWE if his new role is successful. There is a moderate sense of suspense with the whole story, but it does feel like a ‘wait and see’ story.
- MARC HENRY AT HIS BEST
For 15 years, March Henry has struggled to break into the main event scene of WWE and retain the momentum through injuries and lackluster fueds. This past few weeks have been a testament of Henry’s best work as an angry resentful World Champion whose power is unparalled in the WWE. Henry’s performance this week on RAW continued that role he is on, especially his jaw-jakking with fans at ringside. Bodyslamming the Great Khali is always amazing to watch, too.
- TRIPLE H TALKS A LOT
WWE Cheif Operating Officer Triple H may be a central figure of authority on WWE RAW, but it seems to be a tired idea to see him open the show every week. It was a fresh confrontation to see Triple H facing off with several superstars and handing out fines.
- Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly
WWE has oddly portrayed the Divas of Doom Natalya and Beth Pheonix as the underdogs in there three PPV outings against WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly and her gal pal Eve. This Sunday will see Pheonix take on Kelly for the Buttlerfly Belt for the third time in two months on PPV, so having Pheonix winning on RAW was a needed move. The Glamazon has to win the belt this Sunday to keep this new revived Divas feud fun to watch.
- WOO WOO WOO ZACK RYDER AND COMPANY TRUMP ZIGGLER AND FRIENDS
The Zack Pack was in the building when Zack Ryder clashed with United States Champion Dolph Ziggler. The match showed a real chemistry between the two, and following six-man tag with Air Boom , Jack Swagger, and a big return/swerve by the monsterous Mason Ryan was well done. The turn by Ryan on his first night back was out of of nowhere but the Woo Woo Wooo man winning for the second week in a row was a treat. Ryder’s rise in WWE has been one of the best stories in pro wrestling to follow this year, so let’s see if the Long Island Iced Z can get a US title shot.
- “ANAL BLEEDING” IS A TRENDING TOPIC
The ever annoying Michael Cole revealed that Jerry “the King” Lawler was injured by Marc Henry after an attack last week, and he was suffering from “anal bleeding”. The ‘wtf’ moment became a global trending topic on Twitter, which is a just a head scratcher. This Examiner is pleading with fans online to stop feeding the trolls like Cole with unnecessary attention like this.
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