Might as well have called this one “Everyone Retains!”
So I realize that this post is very, very late, but for the sake of posterity (and the value of having all 12 Aftermaths in the archive) we’re going to pretend that I’m right on schedule. Sounds good?
So, about Hell in a Cell. A solid B-effort that kept up the WWE’s growing tradition of crappy endings. Most of the match results were pretty well write-offs. Rusev keeps his streak going (however his U.S. Championship win over Sheamus a few days later shows some definite progress in the “making this whole thing relevant” category), AJ kept her title (one of my few misses but hey, I ain’t complainin’), Sheamus retains over The Miz (a big miss in my books, but dropping the belt to Rusev a few days later helps), The Dust Brothers retained their titles too, not like it matters because it’ll still be them versus the Usos until another tag-team is introduced to the division. Orton was sacrificed on the altar of John Cena, which is a real shame because well…. It’s John Cena and Orton is a way more interesting character and performer (his actions over the last two weeks have been really great overall). The Bellas wasted about 10 minutes of PPV time. And while I’m not too happy about the ending of the Hell in a Cell main event, I have to say that the match was a huge it. Ambrose bringing his “toolbox” to the ring, including the kendo stick holstered across his back, was a great ideas and harkens back to the hardcore legends of yesteryear. Ambrose is very quickly becoming the new Cactus Jack. His upcoming feud with Bray Wyatt should prove very interesting indeed (just think of the promos! It’s. So. Beautiful.)
On a closing note: Ziggler vs. Cesaro. What a match! Probably THE best singles match of the year. THAT is how you put on a show. Both guys looked great and got to show off. While Ziggler may have gotten his hand raised in the end (after a really well-done finish, I might add) Cesaro had plenty of opportunities to look like a real monster. Both guys worked together to make each other look like the best in the business.
So yeah, really not too much to comment on after this one. Pretty by the books really. Par for the course for a B-level PPV. I must say that I am looking forward to Survivor Series in two weeks, as the writing team seems to have really stepped up their game going into this one. See you all in a few weeks with my predictions.