It was announced a few weeks ago that Sasha Banks and Charlotte were set to make history at WWE Raw’s next PPV event, Hell in a Cell. On Sunday, Oct. 30, we will see the first ever Hell in a Cell match featuring female wrestlers.
There have been 33 Hell in a Cell matches in WWE history, with the three occurring this Sunday night in Boston bringing the total to 36 once the night comes to a close. There have been a few good ones, a few incredibly dire ones, some great ones and most, especially since there is at least one HIAC match every year, are regular wrestling matches with a monstrosity of a cage blocking the view of the action.
While the two men’s cell matches are likely to be good, the bar has been lowered so much that when neither turn out to be as brutal and career-changing as WWE hypes them to be, nobody will bat an eye.
The lackluster, uneventful, no longer exciting nature of the Hell in a Cell match is unimportant when it comes to the two young ladies who will be entering the structure on Sunday. Banks and Flair are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can see them either score big time or crash and burn. It will be very difficult for them to live up to the expectations that have been set.
This is the first (and possibly only, if the champion and her challenger don’t deliver) time that a pair of women will step inside Hell in a Cell. Mick Foley’s chilling words on Raw described the match as even more barbaric and demonic than even WWE promotes it to be. Sasha has acted strong and determined, while Charlotte has promised to annihilate “The Boss” to secure her third Women’s Championship reign.
If the match plays out like many recent iterations, it will be immediately deemed an ill-advised idea. Rumors claim that Vince McMahon has given serious consideration to putting the match on last and letting the women close the show. That means there will be two other matches inside the cage that have the chance to upstage them before they even lock horns. If Reigns vs. Rusev and Owens vs. Rollins display the brutality that is promised for this type of matchup, the women have to be more brutal, or at the very least just as brutal, as the men. The same applies if they go on first or in between the men’s matches (which is most likely), just on a slightly lower level.
The most recent Hell in a Cell match, Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker, was boring, meandering, and emotionless. If it wasn’t for Shane jumping off the top, nobody would bother talking about that match ever again. Neither woman will be jumping from or falling off of the top of the Cell. The same goes for any men’s match, but again, no expectations. Those contests will either be good or average, and it’s largely unimportant which one it turns out to be.
Having two women compete in the match has unearthed the beastly structure’s relevance.
That puts a gigantic onus on them to have the match of their lives. They can do it, but will they? It’s a toss-up. The onus falls also on Vince McMahon, who has to approve the kind of violence that will set this match apart. That is where the biggest challenge lies in 2016.