Aside from the lunatic who thought Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins was the second-worst Hell in a Cell (HIAC) match in the history of professional wrestling, I think the general consensus coming out of last Sunday night's (Oct. 26, 2014) pay-per-view (PPV) event was that both men delivered.
Site General Geno Mrosko awarded the headlining affair an "A-" while grading the overall event a "B-".
At first, I was a bit surprised there weren't more headlines regarding what went down at HIAC. I'm not sure if people are taking into consideration what it means to share a major WWE PPV not just with John Cena and Randy Orton, but a WWE PPV that pits one against the other inside the steel cage.
And then have them not headline the show.
These days, that's a pretty remarkable feat, one that is usually reserved for stars of competing merit. You could probably name them on one hand and to save you the trouble of searching, I'll go ahead and tell you that of all the WWE PPV events since the Royal Rumble, only one has not featured John Cena or Randy Orton in the main event.
That was Extreme Rules, when Daniel Bryan put his strap on the line against Kane.
The other eight were ruled by the rulers, but that changed at HIAC when two men -- neither of them titleholders -- were asked to justify the decision to give them top billing. For my money, they did, and delivered everything you would ask for in a Cell match.
What is more astounding is that both Ambrose and Rollins have been on the main roster for less than two years. Heck, they've been competing as singles wrestlers for less than six months. Again, let's take into consideration what we know about the WWE machine and how the brain trust thinks.
Not that I expect a rapid changing of the guard, but this is still very encouraging.
More so because no one is jumping up and down over the fact that it happened. Not because it wasn't a big deal (it was), but rather because it felt normal. And being called normal may sound like a strange way to heap praise, but everything ran smoothly last Sunday night.
It looked, and more importantly felt, like a match that belonged as the main event of a major WWE PPV.
You don't necessarily talk about the things that work, because you expect them to work. I suppose if we all woke up Monday morning and wiped our brows, then it might have been an indication that we weren't really sure if Ambrose and Rollins were up to the task, or if they could deliver on high expectations.
We didn't, because they did, and the product is better for it.