OSR: WWE Hell In A Cell 2011 Review

As a regular feature on this website, myself and Lucas are giving each other wrestling pay per views to watch; and thanks to the WWE Network all of this is easy (except for when your internet router dies…). Today thought I’d choose the Hell in a Cell as it is now only one week till the 2015 edition of this event. But what year am I to choose, I let the year be decided by my mother and she opted for 2011. So, going a little bit more old school instead of going on the WWE Network, I dug out the DVD itself – so here I go with my review of Hell in a Cell 2011…

The show opens with an average video package attempting to hype the build for tonight, and the action is to be called by Michael Cole, Booker T and Good Old JR Jim Ross. My recollection of the WWE at this time is quite vague so this could be an interesting. We’re now off to the opening match:

Christian vs Sheamus

From what I can gather, Christian is suppose to be the heel in this match which suits me because it is a role he excels in but also of note…Sheamus has “normalish” hair but the build up to this feud was through Sheamus costing Christian the World Heavyweight Championship. The action starts of strong with a lot of back and forth action, but what I have noticed is the aggression displayed by Christian which I actually quite like. Various comeback attempts by Sheamus are attempted, but are repeatedly thwarted by Christian. This isn’t a bad match at all, I’m not usually a Sheamus fan but I am enjoying this match it is very easy watching and certainly a quick fix watch if your bored. Sheamus wins after moving out of the way of a spear, causing Christian to hit the turnbuckle allowing Sheamus to hit the Brogue Kick for the pinfall. Very enjoyable match.

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

Sin Cara vs Sin Cara

So, the purpose of this match is to establish the real Sin Cara…but even the announcers can’t decide which one is which. Surprisingly, the start off to this match is very slow which is somewhat disappointing and not what I would come to expect but they do demonstrate some impressive moves but the audience really aren’t into this match. The pace of the match does pick up somewhat which begins to garner some crowd interest. So, Sin Cara 2 as the announcers are calling him is the one in black…right but just displayed one of the worst drop kicks I have seen with him missing the original Sin Cara but at least a foot. To be honest, I am very disappointed in this match, and for the style goes on far to long – I have lost interest. The original Sin Cara won (I think) following a sunset powerbomb (again, I think) for the pinfall victory. Disappointed, and sadly I couldn’t care who had won that match.

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE Tag Team Championship – Air Boom vs Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler

Air Boom, right – thankfully I don’t remember that name because I have quickly formulated an opinion on it, it awful but I have high hopes for this match and think it should be a good contest. The action is very solid and back and forth with lots of tags and in and out by both teams which seems to keep it fresh but also some nice double team moves by Air Boom. The action is very solid, but it lacks something which really disappoints me…I would have expected significantly more from these men in this match. The action towards the end of the match is more towards the style I’d expect from these men but it makes me think what could be achieved with Swagger and Ziggler should they have the right opponent. Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston pick up the win following a pinfall on Swagger…the disgruntled look on the face of Vickie Guerrero is hilarious.

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

World Heavyweight Championship – Hell in a Cell – Mark Henry vs Randy Orton

I have a vague recollection of this feud, but also remember it as Lucas remarked to me not long ago about how impressive Mark Henry was at this time. The video package for this match is actually very good, and demonstrates Henry as an unstoppable force. I do like the character being portrayed by Henry at this time, it is very different but suits his style and physique to a tee. Orton is displaying a lot of aggression towards Henry which I like and makes it a very different match from their battle at Night of Champions. On a downside, this match seems pointless to be held within the Cell, given its style could have being easily contested within a normal rules contest. It looked like Orton was going to pickup the win, Henry countered his momentum after gaining the pinfall on Orton…the most notable moment of this match was in the aftermath strangely. Really disappointing, considering the compelling nature of their previous encounter.

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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