WWE showed a sense of urgency promoting Hell in a Cell since it is a week and a half away.
They did a great job in setting up the key matches for the ppv of John Cena vs Wade Barrett and Randy Orton vs Sheamus for the WWE Championship in a Hell in a Cell match.
In the main event, it was supposed to be Cena vs Barrett, but the Nexus leader instead had the other Nexus members face Cena in a Gauntlet match with the stipulation that if Cena won, he would face Barrett after.
Cena defeated Heath Slater, David Otunga, and Michael Tarver before battling Justin Gabriel and winning by disqualification due to Nexus' interference.
Barrett challenged Cena to a match at Hell in a Cell with the stipulation that if Cena lost, he would be forced to join the Nexus. However, Cena proposed that if Barrett lost, Nexus would disband.
I hope WWE creative does there job, that is think "creatively", and realize the possibilities of Cena joining the Nexus. It could lead to a Cena heel turn, which everyone has been clamoring for, and the turn could rejuvenate not just his career, but WWE as "must watch tv" again. But i'm afraid that Cena will win and Nexus will be done after HIAC.
Orton came out to a decent pop as the new WWE Champion. As soon as he hit the ring, he was interrupted by Sheamus.
Orton's facial expressions and mannerisms are off the chart and reminiscent of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Orton deceived Sheamus by tossing him the belt and then giving him an RKO in the process.
The Viper said that he wasn't honorable man and he would RKO his grandmother to keep the WWE Championship. I like Orton's role as a babyface who will do whatever it takes to win no matter who he has to hurt in the process.
Other thoughts on Monday's show:
The Miz was fantastic in his role getting back his heat after losing the United States Championship to Daniel Bryan at Night of Champions.
Earlier, Bryan lost a good match to Edge after interference by Miz and Alex Riley. The mystery GM chimed in to reverse the decision and gave the victory to Bryan. Miz and Riley delivered a vicious beatdown to Bryan, which the crowd absoulutely booed Miz on. The beatdown on Bryan makes him a sympethetic figure that the fans will get behind to give Miz the ultimate comeuppance that he deserves. When they eventually meet for the U.S. Championship again, the crowd will be behind Bryan in a huge way.
I liked that WWE is getting Bryan over as the "anti-superstar." When I heard "Return of the Valkyries" as his new entrance music, I laughed out loud. At least it was 10 times better than the generic metal music he was coming out with before.
I loved Cole's admiration for the Miz by having him sign his copy of WWE Magazine and calling him "champ" throughout the night. Earlier in the night, Cole ragged hard on The Hart Dynasty while they were doing commentary during the tag team match between Drew McIntyre and "Dashing" Cody Rhodes vs Santino Marella and Vladamir Kozlov. Cole asked THD if they went back to the hotel to listen to Celine Dion while coping about their championship loss.
I have to say that Michael Cole has eclipsed Jim Ross not as a play by play man, but the most entertaining announcer in the wrestling business today.
The Rhodes-McIntyre/Kozlov-Marella match was decent that established the champs as viable.
The Edge backstage segment with Zack Ryder was hilarious as Ryder hasn't gotten the hint that Edge never liked him and was using him during their time on Smackdown.
Chris Jericho duped the world once again by showing up on Raw to face John Morrisson. It was reported on wrestling websites that NOC was Jericho's last night with the company. He put over Morrison once again in an excellent match. I like the company getting behind Morrison by highlighting his parkour training regimen. In 3 months, Morrison will be the number three babyface behind Cena and Orton.
Layla and Melina had a decent match. I'm sick of the whole Laycool as C0-Divas Champions. I can't wait til their inevitable breakup
It seems Ted Dibiase and Maryse are headed to a love triangle storyline. I gurantee that we won't be hearing the gravely voice of Val Venis in a PG WWE.