WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 DVD review

HIAC1Truly living up to his mantra of Never Give Up, John Cena shocked the world once again by returning from a tricep tear in just a couple of months. He walked away after his loss to Daniel Bryan at Summerslam in August, and then Vickie Guerrero announced him as appearing at Hell in a Cell in October. WWE never really got the chance to adapt to a Cena-less environment so we’ll never know if anyone could have stepped up to the plate, but Cena’s return certainly gave Hell in a Cell an extra edge.

Cena was lucky enough to walk right into a title match vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. Not bad for a guy just back from injury! The other title match was a lot more personal as Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan looked to finally settle their feud over the vacant WWE Championship – this time with Mr Wrestlemania himself HBK Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. Would he side with his best friend HHH or his protege Daniel Bryan? Only time would tell.

Another feud looked to be settled as CM Punk finally got his hands on Paul Heyman in a handicap Hell in a Cell match vs. the Walrus and his client Ryback. The Rhodes brothers continued their feud with The Shield with some added Usos for the Team Championships, while Dean Ambrose faced a big threat to his US title reign in Big E. Langston. AJ Lee once again faced Brie Bella for the Divas Title, and The Miz was crazy enough to call out the Wyatt family. All in all, Hell in a Cell was a pretty stacked card from top to bottom, but most eyes were firmly on the outcome of the main event.

DVD Extra: Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show Match

Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow

Much like Battleground’s Ziggler/Sandow kickoff match, here we have two more than capable men without any real direction in their careers. Kingston switches between Intercontinental and United States title feuds like nobody’s business, and Sandow hasn’t recovered from losing when he cashed in the Money in the Bank contract. A decent enough match but no surprise it isn’t on the main PPV card.

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Tag Team Championship – Rhodes & Goldust vs. Reigns/Rollins vs. The Usos

While nothing was going to live up to the exceptional performance all four men gave at Battleground, the feud between the Rhodes brothers and the Shield has produced many quality matches. Adding The Usos in the mix certainly didn’t hurt as the guys have been on fire for months now, and all the talent just gel so well once they’re in between the ropes. A great way to start the main PPV card and definitely not the last time they work together.

The Miz Calls Out the Wyatt Family

As a face, The Miz is far from AWESOME, and in all honesty crowds would be quite happy if he got beaten up by the Wyatts or whoever else on a weekly basis. The Miz is simply an unlikeable personality and suits the ‘heel’ role a lot better, so the sooner he goes back to that the better. Either that or he can focus on his ‘media’ appearances and perhaps move on from his in-ring career. Hard to believe he was ever champion. The Wyatts have bigger and better things to be doing.


The Great Khali & Natalya vs. Fandango & Summer Rae

The true definition of filler, but you can’t complain about Summer Rae being on screen. She definitely deserves a break out opportunity and more focus put on her. Surprisingly Fandango is still a thing, and credit to the man behind him for making that gimmick work. I wonder what the next Fandagoing will be after Wrestlemania XXX? Anyway this is a typical mixed tag from all those involved, perfectly harmless but pointless. You’re better off just Googling pics of Summer Rae.

US Championship Match – Dean Ambrose vs. Big E. Langston

Both men should, if things go right, have bright futures in the company. Ambrose is an exceptional talent on the mic, and if you’ve seen his indie work then you know he’s completely crazy. Langston has natural athleticism and is one of the strongest guys on the roster. This match is really just a taste of what the future of the WWE may well hold. If so, it’s in safe hands.

Hell in a Cell Match – CM Punk vs. Ryback & Paul Heyman

This is the perfect way to use the Cell – to end a feud and capture that vitriol and hatred that two men have for each other. In this case the Punk and Heyman feud could not be more personal, and while Ryback stands in his way, nothing will stop Punk from getting his hands on Heyman eventually. This is thankfully the feud ender that the entire audience was hoping for, and there’s nothing more entertaining than watching Paul Heyman get his comeuppance.


Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans

It is nice to see that the WWE tag team division is as solid as ever, and with HHH in charge it seems like they are looking towards having traditional tag teams and building the importance of the championships. Los Matadores may be saddled with a gimmick that won’t really go anywhere, but both they and The Real Americans are cohesive units with double team moves that you would expect from the best. The Real Americans especially have stepped up and become one of the better teams in the company, and Zeb Colter is the perfect mouthpiece for them. Cesaro is still waiting for that breakout moment and it’ll be interesting to see what 2014 brings for him. Another solid effort from all men involved.

World Heavyweight Championship Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena

Certainly not the first time both men have wrestled by a long shot, but luckily they can be relied on to put on a solid effort inside the ring, albeit a slightly uninspired one this time round. Unlike the storyline heavy WWE Championship main event, this match was simply thrown together at the last minute and is more focused on the superhuman return of Cena. Del Rio’s title run was fairly forgettable and did no favours for the prestige of what many perceive to be the secondary title, and so throwing Cena into the mix is a decent attempt at making it seem more important. A fair effort from both men but more of a starting point than anything.

Divas Championship Match – AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella

As enjoyable as AJ Lee is as the Divas champion, both on the mic and in the ring, it’s a struggle to see her PPV matches because of the lack of depth in the Divas division. None of the Total Divas have really made any noticeable improvement in recent times, and actually the best women’s wrestling is on NXT these days. Hopefully in 2014 some of the NXT divas will get called up to the main roster and AJ Lee will have better opponents to work with. It would also be nice to see names like Trish Stratus and Lita back for Wrestlemania season. Lee and Bella put on a typical Divas match but you can see why many would want a toilet break here.

Hell in a Cell Match for the Vacant WWE Championship – Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

This is the one match that everyone should tune in for. Everything that happened from Summerslam onwards was building to this moment. Throw in the intrigue of Shawn Michaels as special referee, and you’ve got a classic WWE main event match – storyline heavy, with two men capable of putting on a thoroughly entertaining contest. Orton plays the cocky and dangerous heel to perfection, while Bryan is the plucky hero that never gives up. The deck is stacked against him, although HBK may well be on his side – unless he decides to side with his best friend HHH. This is a match that could go either way and delivers as you would expect – brutality, violence and a few twists along the way.


Hell in a Cell 2013 is another decent offering from WWE, due to the usual suspects that upped their game in 2013 – Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and The Shield. These men not only work hard and play their roles well, but also force those in the ring with them to up their game too. Credit also has to go to Goldust who is in the prime of his career, and can certainly teach the young guys a thing or two about how to tell a good story in the ring. The Cell gimmick might be overdone slightly, as with other ones during the year, but at least here it is used for strong feud enders and memorable moments.

DVD Extras

CM Punk Reflects on Hell in a Cell

Exclusive 1st Interview with John Cena since Returning From Injury

Blu Ray Exclusives

Monday Night RAW 14th October 2013 

Shawn Michaels Promises a New WWE Champion at Hell in a Cell

No Disqualification Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust

SmackDown 18th October 2013

CM Punk vs. Big E. Langston

Monday Night Raw 21st October 2013   

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton Contract Signing

SmackDown 25th October 2013

Michael Cole Interviews Triple H

Hell in a Cell 2013  is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from HERE.

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