Older wrestling fans remember Hell in a Cell fondly. It used to be the cage that saw the debut of Kane, that Mick Foley threw himself off (and through) all the time, and of course The Undertaker made iconic. Now, as we arrive at WWE’s Hell in a Cell 2015 it is just another name for a pay-per-view.
The start of the event saw John Cena versus the returning Alberto Del Rio in a United States Championship match. A welcome return for the controversial wrestler, they put on a solid match and reminded us just what a good wrestler Alberto could be. Moving on to the next match we had a match that actually used the Hell in a Cell gimmick. Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt did battle in the cage with a whole variety of weapons, that may have been slow but was also entertaining.
Moving on to the Tag Team Championship match between The New Day and The Dudley Boyz, the match was entertaining enough but did miss that extra spark of Xavier Woods and his vocal abilities. It’s good to see the Dudley Boyz back, now we just need a few more of the older teams to liven things up once again.
In a surprise the Diva Championship match between Charlotte and Nikki Bella actually turned out to be one of the more entertaining matches of the night. The two wrestlers put on a good fight, but as the Diva division continued its “Revolution” it was clear who the winner would be. It was a good closure to the Bella vs. Charlotte feud at least.
Maybe it was the lack of respect they were giving to the Seth Rollins vs. Kane match that made them place the match here, or it was just a case of bad booking. This match felt a little flat, especially with the way they had built Kane up to be the “monster” once again. If anything, it ended up being an average match that was caught up with a bad storyline that couldn’t let Kane live up to his true role.
While I like Kevin Owens a lot, the fact that his Intercontinental Championship match against Ryback here is a bit of a mystery. The match lacked the spark of some of the other Owens fights, and was obviously put here to act as a buffer between the Championship match and the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, and it felt that way.
To the main event, the Hell in a Cell was down and The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar did battle. What may be surprising with this one was the amount of blood in this match. What may have been unexpected though was the way the “Doctor” ran in every five minutes to clean the blood from the wrestler’s eyes. As Good Ol’ J.R would say, this was a slobber knocker and entertaining enough to make everybody happy no matter who came out on top. Easily the match of the night, this was two old school brawlers giving it their all.
WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 wasn’t a contender for the best PPV of 2015, but it was also not the worst. Entertaining with a few above average fights, it’s not the WWE at its best but still better than what you’ll see weekly on Raw these days.
Hell in a Cell 2015 is available on DVD and Blu-ray now. The Blu-ray includes over 70 minutes of extras on top of the PPV.