It’s hard to really judge whether Hell in a Cell was a good show, because history is going to focus on the fact that it was the first WWE PPV headlined by women, and the first female Hell in a Cell match in the bargain, meaning that the details of what actually happened will become indistinct. In a way, whether or not the PPV was worth watching is secondary to its historical importance, but while the steps taken at this show were both laudable and necessary for the evolution of the business, for the wrestling fan who watched it happen, it’s equally important that they were entertained while it happened. So, did Hell in a Cell succeed at being more than just a moment in history? Well, we had some thoughts about the show that we’d like to share.
10. Cruisers Being Cruisers
We said in our predictions for this show that we would probably really like the Cruiserweight six-man tag if they just let them go out and do the things that only they can do, and while the reins weren’t completely off, the match delivered fast-paced, frenetic action that served the purpose of warming up the crowd. It likely helped that Cedric Alexander’s been great at using his energetic performances to connect with the audience, and as mediocre as his WWE career has been, Sin Cara is still a recognizable and generally appreciated character who’s now being allowed to work with people more his size, but the end result was a decently hot pre-show opener. We have to give special mention to Alexander for clearly being particularly amped-up, with his Lumbar Check match-ender being especially energetic, and really showing off what an impressive finisher it can be when you have people capable of taking it and bouncing six feet in the air afterwards.