Hell in a Cell (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that took place on October 3, 2010 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. It was the second annual Hell in a Cell event. … see full wiki
I was never crazy about this event that features WWE's Ultimate feud settler Hell in A Cell. The two feuds that took place in this match type where not that hot for it. On top of that, the PG rating takes away another dynamic of this match gimmick. The two matches that took place really could have gotten the same desired effect in a No Holds Barred Match. Personally, I think it's already time to do away with this event before it becomes a complete joke.
Hell in a Cell for those who do not know, is a match that takes place inside of a steel cage. Unlike the cage matches of old, the superstars cannot escape the cages to gain a victory, since the door is locked with a padlock and chain. Thus, making pin fall and submission the only methods of winning the match. The event continued some interesting feuds in the form of Randy Orton vs. Sheamus, Undertaker vs. Kane, and John Cena's feud with the Nexus. This was the best event of 2010 up to this point.
Submissions Count Anywhere Triple Threat Match for the United States Championship
1- Daniel Bryan (Champion) vs. Miz vs. John Morrison
I really didn't see the point on why Morrison was included in this match at first. As the match went on, my only guess was that creative thought Miz was very limited in this environment. If that was the case, then I believe it. Morrison turned out being a great addition by pulling out several submissions of his own. The match was pretty good in the ring, and it eventually went outside to the stands and ended up on the ramp way.
The match turned hardcore as Morrison ate some floor when Miz hit him with his finisher, plus there was a bit of weapon use. The match had a sick high flying moment that I doubt anyone expected to see. The three mixed up very well and I think the match ended right on time. This is among the best on the card. 4/5
Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship
2- Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Sheamus
Unlike several others, I enjoyed their matches at Royal Rumble 2010 and Summerslam 2010. I also liked how this match was built up, since both of their previous one on one encounters ended with no clear winner. But I still didn't think this feud was personal enough for Hell in a Cell.
Even though the cage came into play a little with some very hard whips into it, and there were various hardcore moments, like the steel steps coming into play. This would have made a better No Holds Barred Match. The action was very good and both men beat each other up pretty well. If this match did anything right, just like back in 09, it showed how dangerous Randy could be in this environment. Now although the ending was very predictable, it was still effective and this was a good blow over match. 4/5
3- Edge vs. Jack Swagger
During his crusade to rid the world of all things stupid, Edge interrupted an inring segment by Alberto Del Rio. This soon turned into a match between himself and Swagger. Now, this match had absolutely no build up at all and it was last minute. But Swagger's reasoning for attacking Edge made sense, and for me, the match worked off of that alone. Swagger put to work his amateur wrestling background, and these two worked a good match. It had a retro feel to it that reminded me of the bouts between Edge and Kurt Angle. There were a good amount of high spots like a belly to belly suplex from the top rope, and just overall good wrestling. My only gripe would be the out of nowhere ending that seemed to be in too much of a hurry. 3.5/5
4- John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
Stipulation - If John Cena wins then the Nexus must disband. If Barrett wins then Cena will have to join the Nexus. As an added bonus, should any member of the Nexus interfere in the match. Then Cena will automatically win.
This surprised me in some ways. First of all, we saw Cena pull out technical wrestling and offense you don't normally see. The last time he got technical, it was in an absolutely, laughably bad match with the Miz at The Bash 09. So could this be some type of improvement, or a freak occurrence? Looking at his matches today I would have to assume the latter. Anyway...
...These two have some good chemistry. The match carried on and they delivered some good entertainment. Eventually, Nexus would come to ringside, but they were jumped and beaten up by the rest of the WWE locker room. Although it was seen that before, at Summerslam 09 to be exact. The ending was still completely unexpected and it added a shining light to the Nexus angle. Match of the night for the stand out ending. 4/5
Unified Divas Championship Match
5- Michelle McCool (Champion) vs. Natalya Niedhart
The heel tactics were in full swing here, and the match was mainly meant to put over the storyline. It was disappointing a little, since these two could very well had bene the best in the women's division, and I was expecting a lot more. They wrestled a good match at first with some nice offense on Natalya's part. The DQ ending really didn't hurt the match in my view, because it was made very clear that Laycool were going to be very tough to take down. This was the right event for something like this, and the match was put on at the right time to cool the crowd down for the main event. 3/5
Hell in a Cell Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
6- Kane (Champion) vs. Undertaker
I really got into this feud but just as the previous cell match. I didn't think their feud was really called for this. They used the cage for a little while and Kane would soon begin working on Taker's leg, which would set up at least one good counter. The match wasn't much different from their previous bout at Night of Champions, as they brawled for the better part of this match. There were a few good spots like Kane taking a Last Ride, and there were some high impact choke slams as well.
The match was indeed very physical and Kane suffered a bad cut on the top of his head. Had doctors ran down and interfered in this cage match to treat his cut, I would have stopped watching WWE forever, I'm not kidding. Things would become more interesting when Kane snapped and thrashed a ref. This set up the very predictable ending. I really didn't think that ending worked well, because it felt more like creative digging in the crates once again to recreate Summerslam 96. I saw that ending a mile away. 3.5/5
In closing, the first two matches were very good and Cena vs. Barrett was good also. The main event was lacking because it was one of those seen that before moments, and it really didn't have the same impact like it did 14 years ago. Still, this is an event that is worth a rental or even a purchase.