In just under two weeks, WWE will bring its Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) to the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sun., Oct. 28, 2012. We're in the midst of the usual October lull, what with summer in the rear view mirror and the big shows like Survivor Series and Royal Rumble just around the corner.
And it shows when you look at this match card and line up. Quite frankly, it's a tough sell for WWE.
- CM Punk vs. Ryback Hell in a Cell match for the WWE championship
Being over in front of a live crowd isn't the same as being over at the box office. Ryback incites a few chants and is generally impressive when running through jobbers but what happens when it's time to have a legitimate match with a major title on the line? This feels like the kind of match where Ryback beats the shit out of Punk for 15 minutes, with Punk slipping in a bit of offense every now and again, before the inevitable run-in from whoever will cause a non-finish.
- Sheamus vs. Big Show Hell in a Cell match for the world heavyweight championship
Sheamus is fine, Big Show is fine, this match is not fine. The problem isn't how the two will work together or what they'll be able to do with what they're given but the fact that no one cares who wins. That's the entire point of having a match. Apathy is the enemy and they're losing this fight.
-- Team Hell No vs. Winners of Tag Team Title Tournament for the tag team championships
The Rhodes Scholars are probably going to be the opposite team and I wouldn't be surprised if WWE put the belts on them. But I also wouldn't be surprised if WWE didn't because there's still mileage left out of Daniel Bryan and Kane as a tag team. Either way, this should be fun.
- Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio
This is the ultimate hard sell because Orton hasn't been appearing on television as much as usual and Del Rio's short appearances in squash matches on Raw has left those who don't watch Smackdown wanting. It's not a great feud and doesn't have any real feeling attached to it. Again, that's a death knell.
This show, perhaps more than any other this year, looks like one to skip. Unless you Cagesiders disagree with me and if that's the case, tell me why.