A Brief Word on Hell in A Cell

In case you missed it, this past Sunday WWE ran their annual (hold this thought) Hell In a Cell show, which is themed around the Hell in a Cell match; for those of you who don’t watch wrestling, imagine a stell cage match, except the cage itself is larger and has a closed-off roof. Historically, these matches are booked to serve as the blowoff (a wrestling term for the final, storyline concluding match) of a major feud, and are billed as no-holds-barred, no-disqualification matches. These matches promise violence, and a decisive finish.

With this in mind, you can perhaps imagine the shock, bewilderment, and disappointment us observers of wrestling felt when the main event from this Sunday of Seth Rollins vs. The Fiend Bray Wyatt ended in an apparent disqualification. The fans at the arena were pissed; here is a link to the relevant broadcast footage. I don’t watch the show myself, but when I read about the results of the show Monday morning, this struck me as a new low point for WWE’s booking. I consider myself pretty inured to colossally stupid things happening on the main roster shows, but holy shit.

But I’m not here today to drag on the finish to a match that everyone on the wrestling internet has been dragging on for the past 36 hours. I’m simply here to point out that when take a gimmick match that was originally designed to be a grudge match that happened organically as part of a heated storyline into an annual October PPV that features multiple such matches whether they make sense in the context of the feud or not, something this stupid was bound to happen eventually. Having an annual Hell In a Cell PPV was always a terrible idea on its face, and just because it took a decade (the first such event was held in 2009) for something this pants-on-head moronic to happen at one of these events doesn’t mean having them at all was a good idea at any point. 2009 me feels vindicated. End communication.

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