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Countdown to WWE Hell in a Cell
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




Thanks to our dear old friend "blue screen of death," my desktop, the PPV preview generation machine, has gone AWOL.

As such the format for Hell in a Cell is changing up, as my usual format is in limbo.

So let’s start off this preview simply by stating that I am in full agreement with anyone who has said that it’s way too soon for WWE to be putting on another PPV, but...

With Hell in a Cell, even in this day of PG wrestling, there’s something so intriguing about the action -- even in the innocence of the ban on blading, hardcore playtime continues and a hardway cut is entirely possible.

Here’s the reality of tonight’s PPV though -- we’re too soon removed from Night of Champions to really expect much to happen that’s too monumentous. Anyone thinking John Cena or Mark Henry will drop their respective Heavyweight belts need to understand that, despite the number of flips that happen in a year, WWE still has to build up the importance of the championships. Henry’s storyline right now is great and he really needs to hold the belt for a few more months; heck, I wouldn’t be shocked if WWE keeps the title on him until ‘Mania and we get the inevitable showdown with Undertaker, giving the Deadman the proper respect of going out as champ.

Cena, meanwhile, needs to hold onto his belt to start to regenerate the feud with Rock leading into their Survivor Series tag up. Remember, Cena wants the belt to be on the line on the greatest stage of them all.

The other matches, to me, don’t have much drama either. Beth Phoenix has to beat Kelly Kelly or lose all credibility, Sheamus is on his way to the moon so there’s no way he’s losing to Christian, the technico Sin Cara will inevitably beat the rudo Sin Cara... and that’s pretty much your card. We’ll probably get Vickie’s Boys vs. Air Boom as well, but other than that, we’ll probably get a couple angles set up leading into the Survivor Series (lawsuit crew vs. Triple H’s boys seems inevitable).

All-in-all, this one’s a toss-up -- if you are a Cell-a-holic, then the PPV is worth getting; but if you’re looking for good matches or for a major shocker, hold your cash for the next PPV.

See you Monday for Raw.



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