Hell in a Cell: The Art of Timing
by, 10-28-2013 at 01:42 PM (3319 Views)
This blog contains HiaC SPOILERS.
It's been awhile since my last blog entry. It has less to do with a lack of material (I have around a dozen ideas I'd like to cover) and more of a lack of motivation. But after watching last nights Hell in a Cell ppv, I figured, "eh, why not." So here we go.
Before I really get into it, I'd like to mention that I paid to watch the show last night. I know I didn't need to (there are numerous streaming options) but my mindset has always been that I have no problem putting money down for a card that I feel is worth the price of admission. Yesterdays card was, on paper, worth the investment. But then there came the problem of execution....
So let's talk timing. For those who don't know, the #1 rule of comedy is....
Timing is also, let's say, a top 3 rule of wrestling. Timing is the build, the anticipation, the pay off. Timing is what gets you out of your seat when the improbable happens. Timing is the little shake in your hands when you think "oh my god, it's going to happen!" Timing is Hogan over Andre. Timing is Warrior over Hogan. Timing is that first stunner to Vince. Timing is HHH tapping to the cross face. Timing is what makes a big moment feel even bigger.
Timing, however, is not....
1) Punk winning the title at MitB 2011, leaving the company (kayfabe), and coming back 8 days later.
2) Punk losing to Taker, taking his ball and going home, and coming back 2 months later to fight Jericho.
3) Cena having a "bad year" (IE: a year where he didn't hold a heavyweight title) and beating the Rock at Mania in order to get his win back.
4) Cena dropping the WWE title to Bryan, leaving for just over two months, and winning the World title in his first match back.
5) Daniel Bryan, the feel good story of 2013, losing a HiaC match to Orton after 1 super-kick (no main eventer, probably in the history of time, has been pinned after 1 super-kick).
These are examples of timing done very, very poorly.
Before I go on, let me say that I love wrestling. I really do. And compared to a number of my friends who like wrestling, I'm not all that hard to please. If the journey is good enough, I'll be fine if the destination is a little lacking. Like I don't mind that Orton won the title. I get it from a business standpoint. There are a number of strong baby faces at the moment (Punk, Cena, Bryan, Big Show, Mark Henry when he comes back, Christian can fill a void if need be) and only 2 strong heels not named HHH (Orton, Del Rio). Your number 3 heel in the company is the shield.... as a unit.
So Orton wins. Fine. But the entire storyline is built around that Daniel Bryan feel good moment. You've now taken away that moment four straight ppvs. And every time you take it away, it doesn't build anticipation for the eventual moment in the sun. It actually does the opposite because these losses and non finishes in no way build Bryan up. He's now been pinned after one pedigree and one super-kick. And we're now expected to believe in him as a potential main event star?
Let's look at other instances of timing from last nights ppv. Ryback losing clean to Punk.... Another not so great idea. It's not that Ryback should have won so much as this match should have never happened. Or, that is to say, it should have played out differently. What's the storyline leading into this match? Manager and evil villain, Heyman, holds a pin fall win over former protégée and good guy, Punk. Wouldn't it make sense for Punk to get his hands on Heyman and get that pin fall back? Instead you have Ryback, probably the #4 heel in your company, take the clean pin fall loss. And, for the record, no one should go on top of the hell in a cell unless they are getting thrown off/through it. Because anything besides those two outcomes will end in disappointment.
Ok. Last, and probably least, Kane. I think from a timing standpoint, Kane's return was actually fine. After all, he's expected to continue his pre-injury-angle feud. But.... I don't know. Bray Wyatt hasn't done anything since Kane left. He's just been semi-feuding with the Miz and Kofi. Nothing that makes you crave Bray getting his comeuppance.
Alright, I think that's it for now. To end on a positive note, everyone should watch the three-way tag title match. It was great.
Thank you for Reading. Feel free to leave praise, constructive feedback, or troll. If you're going to troll though, please have some style.
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