Sunday, October 30, 2016

Retire the Hell in a Cell PPV this year


By Kevin Hunsperger
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If you've been keeping up with the blogs and podcasts here from My 1-2-3 Cents you've heard Chad and I both talk about the overuse of the Hell in a Cell matchup with the specialty pay per view. The 2016 show will feature three HIAC matches, plus the one from WrestleMania 32. 

At one time HIAC was a special match that fans anticipated. Now it's an expectation and no only do fans expect at least a couple of these matches in October each year, they also expect to be wowed each time the Superstars step into the cage. Don't get me wrong, I like the Hell in a Cell match. I was in the crowd at the very first one in 1997. 

But it's just not so special anymore. I have no doubt at this year's show all six competitors, including Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks (the first women to compete in the structure), will do an amazing job. I'm not sold that all three rivalries need to be settled in HIAC. I just hope no one gets hurt trying to one-up the other as the show goes on.

Chamber of Horrors
Courtesy: WWE
Here's what I'd like to see in October 2017: the return of Halloween Havoc (I blogged about it earlier this month). Include two HIAC matches there. One would be a "serious" match and one with more of a campy feel with the Chamber of Horrors theme. That match from Havoc '91 featured several "instruments of torture" the wrestlers used on one another during the battle. It was hokey as hell but lots of fun. 

Halloween Havoc 2017 can feature other ghosts and ghouls like the previous events did. Maybe Gangrel can return for a spot match. Kevin Throne, Ariel and the return of The Creatures (two masked wrestlers) could all be a part of the show. Just no Monster Truck matches. 

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