Night of Champions is not even a week old but as expected the attention is now turning to the Hell in a Cell event next month, more specifically Brock Lesnar and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship situation.
The Night of Champions main event ended in a disqualification victory for John Cena, which meant The Beast Incarnate walked out of Tennessee with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship still around his waist; even if some fans were still annoyed that a part time talent was hogging the gold.
The following night on Raw fans were not only excited to see The Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose back in action. But all eyes were on the stage waiting for either Paul Heyman or Brock Lesnar to make an appearance, but neither man was anywhere to be seen.
By now we know a late change of script resulted in a Paul Heyman segment being scrapped from the final version; so there was no build-up towards a Hell in a Cell bout, or any fallout from the previous night at Night of Champions.
As expected, fans are still frustrated at the fact that the champion or the belt was nowhere to be seen, which is reflected upon by the fact that this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw was the lowest rated of 2014 so far.
Obviously the fact that Heyman and Lesnar weren’t there had an impact, so Lesnar will be expected to be making more appearances to keep the ratings high. More importantly, fans will fully expect Lesnar to defend his title at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
Lesnar can miss Hell in a Cell
But a Lesnar no-show wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen, the WWE can probably still run a successful pay-per-view without the championship actually being defended on the night.
Fans are always complaining about the fact that championships change hands too often, which is why we see a number of superstars with championship wins in double figures, more recently we saw The Miz capture the lose the Intercontinental Championship within 24 hours, an unnecessary title change.
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The reason titles change hands too often is because the title is on the line too often. If the championship is on the line every month then we know the likelihood is the champion will retain, if the gold is defended one every other pay-per-view; fans won’t ultimately believe the champion will walk out with the gold.
The Hell in a Cell has grown to become an underwhelming stipulation, you won’t see somebody being thrown off the top of the cell in the manner of Mick Foley or Rikishi, quite often the action stays inside of the ring; there’s no real use of the cell which is always built up as a hellacious stipulation where careers are never the same after the match.
There is a way to make this match more interesting, and to hold value to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the same time. The main event shouldn’t be a one on one match if the gold is not on the line. I believe a #1 contender’s match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship would be a perfect way to make Brock Lesnar look incredibly dominant, it shows what superstars are ready to go through to get a shot at him. It also adds value to the Hell in a Cell stipulation, with four, five or even six superstars involved you can guarantee this match could spill to the outside.
There are already stars in place ready to jump on to that level. John Cena, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are already four superstars who could compete in a fatal 4 way. Bray Wyatt has been missing for a while, whilst Kane could also make his presence felt.
There are a number of possibilities to work around Lesnar’s potential absence, right now I don’t think the fans need to worry too much about Lesnar missing Hell in a Cell, and especially if creative have nothing for a feud at this moment in time.
WWE fans – what do you think? Should Brock Lesnar defend the championship at Hell in a Cell? If so, who should he go up against? Let us know in the comments section below.