Two-out-of-three Falls for the Intercontinental Championship
Cesaro vs. Dolph Ziggler (c)
Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro are two of the best workers that WWE has to offer, but on Sunday night they are facing their most daunting opponents - awful booking and meaningless championships.
The Road to Hell in a Cell
WWE's idea of spicing up the mid-card scene is to haphazardly swap the same pieces around and hope for the best. That was evident this summer in the form of mid-card championships being swapped around. Dolph Ziggler and The Miz combined to have four separate Intercontinental Championship reigns since July 20th. AJ and Paige were swapping the Divas Championship around for much of the summer too.
But now WWE has decided to get really crazy by - get this - swapping contenders for mid-card championships! At last month's PPV, Cesaro was challenging for the US Championship while The Miz was challenging for the IC Championship. Then a week later on Raw they just instantaneously swapped places in those championship feuds. Exciting, huh?
The frustrating reality of the situation is that WWE hasn't crafted much of a story between Ziggler and Cesaro. Ziggler and Cesaro will probably have a great match because they are among the most talented performers that WWE has on the roster. But it's a match that you have already seen on television several times over the last five weeks, and so the lack of an interesting story makes it feel rather mundane.
It also doesn't help that Dolph Ziggler has lost in nearly every non-title match that he has competed in during this stretch. There is simply nothing prestigious about holding this championship. And Cesaro's fate has actually been worse. He has transitioned from being The King Of Swing to The King Of Losing Championship Matches. Cesaro has challenged for a championship on seven different occasions since June 1st and he has lost in every single one of those matches.
Ziggler and Cesaro swapped victories on Raw and Smackdown this week, and so WWE is trying to make this PPV match feel different by adding a 2 out of 3 falls stipulation. But Ziggler and Cesaro aren't suddenly going to get 20 minutes of match time on PPV, so don't get your hopes up about having three falls with actual substance. The first two falls will probably be swapped very quickly (just like everything else in the mid-card) before Ziggler and Cesaro have their typical high quality match in the third fall.
What's at Stake?
The Intercontinental Championship is on the line here at Hell In A Cell, but that part really doesn't matter. Cesaro and Ziggler will instead have to use this opportunity to try (yet again) to show the decision makers at WWE that they deserve a better spot than this.
It's a shame that poor short-term and long-term booking has damaged the potential for what this match could deliver. There is still a very real chance that this match steals the show because of how great Cesaro and Ziggler are in the ring, but the bottom line is that this fight should be a bigger deal than it actually is. This match is such an afterthought that it wasn't even officially placed on the PPV until the go-home episode of Smackdown, which is about as late as it gets.
So will Ziggler and Cesaro be able to overcome these obstacles and put on the match of the night at Hell In A Cell? Find out by tuning in to Hell In A Cell and keeping it here at Cageside Seats!