Despite WWE’s attempts to distract fans by promoting a “Triple Main Event”, the question of which match will go on last at this Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) is a hot topic. A report from the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but recommended) will probably only turn up the heat on the discussion, even if it’s just about the least surprising thing ever.
According to Dave Meltzer and his sources, Vince McMahon is the main voice in opposition to Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair’s Hell in a Cell match for the Women’s title ending the show. While a final decision hasn’t been made, the report describes the possibility of the ladies closing the PPV as “not likely to happen”.
The Creative team is said to pushing hard for the Boss & the Queen’s bout to get the traditional main event slot on the card, believing it will be instrumental to getting women’s wrestling over, and cementing Banks & Flair as top stars. Triple H is backing the writers & bookers, but the Chairman’s heels are dug in.
Though it sounds unlikely Sasha & Charlotte will be the last match in Boston on Oct. 30 - and as of Tuesday, they were not planned for that spot - Meltzer notes how McMahon often changes his mind, so nothing is final until the show.
There are valid arguments on both sides. The pro-main event camp believes it to be a progressive move, and thinks the PPV being based in Sasha’s home town provides added incentive to do it. A valid counter-argument has been raised that a major milestone like the first WWE women’s main event should be the focus of a major company-wide marketing effort, not some Mick Foley social media posts and an online fan crusade.
We’ll find out on Sunday. In the meantime, the most damning part of the Observer’s report is this quote about Vince from one of Meltzer’s sources backstage:
What everyone needs to understand is that there's no one who understands the outside less than the man who makes all the decisions. We just have to find a respectful way to change his mind.