19th Jan2015

‘WWE: Hell in a Cell 2014′ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

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I remember when the Hell in a Cell match truly shocked fans, when Mick Foley risked his body to make the match memorable and something truly special. Now with WWE: Hell in a Cell 2014 the pay-per-view features minimal use of the cage and for the most point is one of the lesser events of the year.

Looking at the fights lined up in WWE: Hell in a Cell 2014 things aren’t as bad as expected. With Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro putting on a very good Two Out of Three Falls match for the Intercontinental Championship my hopes were raised that this Could be a good event. Matches like Sheamus vs. The Miz and The Usos vs Goldust and Stardust continue this trend of quality matches. disappointingly Paige v A.J.Lee isn’t one of their best fights, and enough said about the Bellas fight the best really.

Big Show vs. Rusev was a fight that felt like it had main event hype, and to be fair it was an entertaining fight that furthered the dominance of Rusev and Lana. The real focus was on the Hell in a Cell matches though, even though I’m sure by now most WWE fans would sigh at John Cena vs. Randy Orton in a Number One Contender Match yet again. That’s right, there is no fight for the belt held by Brock Lesnar in on this pay-per-view, which is something not surprising in 2014.

The Cena vs. Randy Orton battle, though we have seen it many times before was interesting and plenty of weapons were brought into the cage to liven it up. The problem with this though is we have seen it all before, way too many times. For fans of the two this was a better quality match than some and in this event was used well to liven the audience up. It may seem strange that Cena was placed in the middle of the card, but it isn’t strange for the Hell in a Cell matches to be spaced out, especially with the chaos planned for the main event between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

Ambrose and Rollins have the power to put on a true classic, and from the start this is what the match promised. There are many spots during the match which got the audience into the story the two wrestlers were telling, and even a fall off the side of the cage. It is fair to say that the two wrestlers were giving it their all and risking some level of injury in the match, it’s just a shame that interference was written in the match and the feeling that drama was more important than the actual violence was a shame. I can’t really complain about the end of the match though as it was well thought out and led to one of the better feuds that ended 2014.

WWE: Hell in a Cell 2014is entertaining to a point but as an event it was weakened by a focus on story lines (the drama) and less on the matches themselves. With unneeded interventions, over dramatic “loser becomes an assistant” matches and a lack of Brock Lesnar the event was held back, though it did feature some classic moments that will be put to good use in highlight reels, probably for years to come. One for completest and people who missed this event (and don’t want to rely on the WWE Network to watch old pay-per-views) Hell in a Cell 2014 isn’t the worst event of last year, but it is far from the best too.

***½  3.5/5

WWE: Hell in a Cell 2014 is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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