Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Hell in a Cell XX
Randy Orton vs Sheamus
Before I get into the actual match itself with what positive qualities and what negative qualities it has, just look at those two names. Do these two REALLY have a feud so heated that in needs to be in the cell ? That's my biggest criticism with these gimmick PPVs, the stipulation of the match doesn't match up to the feud very well. Blood we can do without, as you can have brutality without blood, but the Hell in a Cell in used to tell a deeper, more intense story, and can you REALLY do that with these two at this point in the feud ? If you rate this as a streetfight I believe it's *** 3/4 easily, as it has some good wrestling, some shades of brutality, sparring but creative use of weapons, some fantastic near falls, and last but certainly not least, good psychology. The first 10 minutes we get some good wrestling exchanges between these two, but we don't go outside and deal with the cell at all, so why even have the cell there in the first place ? It's only used a few times, as even the steel steps are used more as a weapon than the cell (Striker even brings this issue up on commentary). When we move into straight up FIGHT mode where all wrestling is thrown out the window, these two take the steps and do some very creative things with them, and I applaud them for that.
This isn't a steel steps match however, this is a HELL IN A CELL MATCH. I know that this isn't a issue for alot of people, but i feel that it's a detriment to the storytelling, which is the most crucial part of a match. The psychology in this one is rather great, as Sheamus has some dissecting offense to Orton's ribs, and all of Sheamus's offense/counters after Orton's midsection injury is actually TARGETED towards his midsection, and Orton sells it pretty damn good. After hitting a belly-to-belly side suplex Orton looks more hurt then Sheamus, which is the right idea considering his injury. We have two very excellent nearfalls where Orton kicks out of the Brogue kick, and a few moments where Orton could have won that kept this match very exciting to watch. It's a great match, don't get me wrong on that, it's just a bad CELL match, and that's the point. For a cell match, I'd give this **, but everything else in it is so crisp and smooth that I feel I have to make an exception this time.
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