Living Up to the Hype: How the WWE has put insurmountable pressure on the Women’s Championship at Hell in a Cell

Hey guys. Did you know I’m a man? I know, I know, shocking.

Yes, I did start this post paraphrasing my friend and colleague, Gabby, who is very gracious to let me scratch my journalism itch on her wrestling blog. I started it the same way she started her post entitled Mick Foley’s RAW promo & benevolent sexism because it seems my friend has stirred up a little drama amongst some chatrooms (these still exist??) and I wanted to come to her aid and defend her h….. HAHAHAHAHAHA!! I can’t even finish writing that satiric sentence. I started this post the same way she started her’s because I’m a man and she’s a woman and we both share the same opinion about the Sasha/Charlotte/Mick promo Monday night.

per·cep·tion (pərˈsepSH(ə)n) noun:
A way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.
As Gabby stated in her post, Mick Foley the man is a proponent of women’s wrestling. However, Foley’s promo Monday night came off as condescending toward Sasha and Charlotte. Do I think Foley meant it as condescending? I don’t. This is where perception comes to play. An over-emoting Foley (I could go on about this, but that’s another post for another time) interrupting, coddling and yelling at the two Superstars gave the perception that Hell in a Cell is no place for women.
We’ve been given the perception the past few weeks that the only place for Roman Reigns and Rusev, as well as Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens, to settle their feuds is inside the cell. But when is comes to Sasha and Charlotte’s feud (which has been built up way better than the Universal and United States Championships by the way), it’s been “Are you SURE you want to settle this inside the cell? It can get brutal.” Intentional or not, the WWE has been giving these three matches (you know, the TRIPLE TRIPLE TRIPLE main event) a double standard. It could have been an easy fix.
Instead of Foley playing over-protective dad to Sasha and Charlotte, he could have built up their feud to where these women’s hatred, yet respect for one another can only be settled in a way that no women have ever settled their feuds before… Hell in a Cell!! Instead of Foley talking about how the cell made him a “shell of a man,” he could have talked about how the 1998 King of the Ring defined his career and made him the superstar he is today, and it will do the same thing to the women. Or, if he wanted to talk about the dangers of Hell in a Cell, then bring all nine competitors out for a TRIPLE CONTRACT SIGNING (see what I did there??) and give his speech to all of them.
Foley’s speech was heartfelt, but Sasha and Charlotte were not the only two superstars who needed to hear it. That is where the sexism lies, and if Gabby and I perceived it as sexism, then I guarantee there are many more in the WWE Universe who perceived it the same way. They just aren’t in wrestling chatrooms. (Seriously, are you accessing these through AOL 3.0 or 4.0? Using dial-up to pull up these articles to trash them must take FOREVER. That must be why you aren’t actually reading them.)
All of that brings me to my point in which this post is titled: Sasha and Charlotte now face insurmountable pressure at Hell in a Cell to perform. If their match doesn’t end with bodies bloodied or carried out on a stretcher (a work or not), will it be seen as a great match in the eyes of the WWE Universe? Whenever we talk about great matches in the Women’s Revolution era, we always start with Sasha vs. Bayley at NXT Takeover: New York. We all agreed it was match (not women’s match) of the decade. Then when we think it couldn’t get better, we get Sasha vs. Bayley in a 30 minute Ironwoman match. Instantly, we had a new match (not women’s match) of the decade. Both these matches were hyped by using their talent, not “Are you SURE you want to use cool moves that most women don’t use and actually wrestle for a championship? Are you SURE you want to settle this in an Iron(wo)man match?” Now, it’s all about “making history, danger, and shells of former selves.” This match should be hyped… hell it should be THE SOLE MAIN EVENT and last match of the pay-per-view, but it should not be attached to the stigma of “you’re women, so if you don’t do something absolutely crazy and maybe draw blood, then it’s not going to be as historic as we billed it to be.”
If you’ve made it this far down, here is where I link Foley’s promo to the unrealistic expectations of this match.
With all due respect, Sasha, you have no idea what’s in store for you! Because once that cell descends, once that monstrosity descends upon you, it is not just steel. It’s more than the sum of its parts. It’s a living, breathing entity but it’s got no soul, no heart and no conscious. And it will haunt for days. It will keep you awake at night. Trust me, trust me. Just when you think you’re over it for good, it will sneak up behind you. It will stop you dead in your tracks. It will make you cry like a child. It’s an intimidating fact that when you’re in that cell, you face not one opponent but two. You face your opponent and that demonic construction itself.
– Mick Foley
We all know Foley’s history with Hell in a Cell matches. He’s jumped off them, been choked slammed through them, broke bones, lost teeth, lost ears, and probably lost years of his life because of them. We the WWE Universe love him for it. We adore him for it. We respect him for it. Someone who puts his body on the line for our entertainment and enjoyment deserves all of this and more. But since he hammered all of this stuff on Sasha and Charlotte during their contract signing, what do we expect of the women? We’ve seen cell matches where no one fell off the cell or went through it and we called them subpar. The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon match at Wrestlemania XXXI was really not that good, but we call it one of the best because Shane-O-Mac dove off the cell for our enjoyment.
If Sasha isn’t thrown through the cell or Charlotte doesn’t flip herself off the top of the cell on to the announce table, will the match be any good? Can the women have a technical wrestling match inside the cell and it be good enough, or does Sasha have to rub Charlotte’s face against the cell and open her up a la 80s and 90s Ric Flair? According to the hype, the pressure seems to be all on to perform to Foley-esc expectations. We have excepted that Foley-esc expectations are unfair to Roman, Rusev, Seth and Kevin. Let’s also ignore the hype and realize it’s also unfair for Sasha and Charlotte.
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Bilbs’ Top 10 Lists for Tonight’s RAW

I thought I would write these lists while watching the October 24th edition of Monday Night RAW so you can read it with all of the intensity that I have while watching this episode. Here we go:

Bilbs’ Top 10 Reasons the Brock Lesnar Segment was needed on RAW

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Bilbs’ Top 10 Reasons an Over-Emoting Mick Foley Helped the Sasha/Charlotte Hell in a Cell Match

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So in conclusion, this episode of RAW SUCKED.

However, let’s end this on a positive note…

Bilbs’ Top 10 Reasons to watch Hell in a Cell this Sunday

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10. Charlotte/Sasha

I’m out.

The Bilbs Says: The WWE Universe Should Ignore Brock Lesnar

After SummerSlam, I was so mad at the outcome that I almost wrote this column right after. However, cooler heads prevailed and I decided to wait a couple of days, watch Raw and SmackDown Live, and then check my opinion on this topic.

My opinion has not changed: the WWE Universe needs to ignore Brock Lesnar.

Let me first start off my saying that I was (and still to an extent) a Lesnar fan. When he burst on the scene in 2002, he was “The Next Big Thing.”

He annihilated his opponents. He had actual wrestling moves. He became the youngest WWE Champion at that time at age 25 by defeating The Rock at SummerSlam. And who can forget the legendary match with Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania XIX where he attempted the shooting star press? (Even though he botched it, he has hit it successfully many times in the past.)

Soon after, Lesnar’s career started becoming stale. His two year on-air WWE career came to an end with a very lackluster match against Goldberg at Wrestlemania XX. It seemed Brock wanted out, and fans were not upset to see him leave.

Of course we all know the story after that. He tried out for the NFL and then went to New Japan before jumping into the Octagon where he became the UFC Heavyweight Champion.

I was still a fan of Lesnar’s when he was in the UFC. His mixed martial arts skills along with his extensive amateur wresting and WWE wrestling skills made him a dominate Heavyweight Champion. I felt awful for him when he had sit out and eventually retire from UFC due to severe diverticulitis.

When Lesnar returned to the WWE the night after Wrestlemania XXVIII, I, like most of you, was ecstatic to see The Beast return to the ring. Setting him up as a  Paul Heyman guy again and having Heyman, who could have you hoarding OxyClean in your house if he was the spokesperson, promoting him. It was set up to be a great comeback, except Lesnar never really came back. He was just there to collect the paycheck. The one-time NCAA Division I National Champion wrestler has seemed to have forgotten how to wrestle.

Does Lesnar have to attempt shooting star presses and submission holds for me to be a fan? Absolutely not. All he has to do is seem to actually care about what he is doing. If you have seen one Lesnar match in the past four years, you have seen them all: random punches, german suplexes, and an F-5 for the win. These subpar matches ended the streak that should have never been ended, dominated top superstars who should not be dominated, and gave Lesnar a WWE Championship that disappeared off television with him for months.

Then comes the comments on the Stone Cold Podcast where Dean Ambrose told Steve Austin that Lesnar is lazy and would not work with him to make their Wrestlemania match a hit. Critics and fans both agreed that the Ambrose-Lesnar match should have stolen the show, but way under-delivered. Then it came out that Chris Jericho was not pleased with with ending of the Lesnar-Orton match at SummerSlam and there was an altercation between the two in the Gorilla Position after the show.

The Lesnar-Orton match should have never been the main event of SummerSlam. After seeing Sasha Banks and Charlotte put on a clinic despite Banks’ back issues, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins showing everyone that they can put on a hell of a match for an ugly title, and AJ Styles and John Cena giving us another match-of-the-year candidate, we had to endure 15 minutes (if that) of punches, german suplexes, and Orton getting dominated in his return match. As much as I dislike Orton, he deserved a match with a clean finish, even if he lost. He did not deserve whatever you want to call that.

I do not even think he should have been allowed to wrestle at SummerSlam given his two failed drug tests from UFC. Roman Reigns (a Vince McMahon guy), Alberto Del Rio (a not really sure who actually likes him guy), and Eva Marie (a Vince McMahon girl) all have, or are currently serving 30-day suspensions for violating the WWE wellness policy, and Lesnar got to wrestle after failing two tests from the Nevada Gaming Commission. Surely WWE’s policy is not as strict as the NGC and the estrogen blocker Lesnar took that got him suspended from UFC is allowed in the WWE. If it is, then one of the two entities needs to reexamine their drug policy.

It’s after SummerSlam and Lesnar is now absent from the WWE yet again. He will show up sometime before another pay-per-view to fight Shane McMahon (what did we do to deserve this, God?), dominate him with punches and German suplexes, collect his paycheck and head back to the house until the Royal Rumble where lackluster Lesnar will start up again.

If Lesnar wants to go back to the UFC, then he needs to go. I’ll be glad to cheer him on as he fights to regain the UFC Heavyweight Championship. When he fought at UFC 200, the passion that we saw in his 2002 WWE-TV debut was there. That passion is definitely not in the WWE.

So to bring this full circle, we, the WWE Universe can put a stop the the poison of the company that is Brock Lesnar. How do we do that? By being silent. Don’t give him cheers. Don’t give him heat. Give Lesnar nothing. Do not wear a Lesnar t-shirt, do not make a Lesnar sign. Pretend Brock Lesnar does not exist. We all know Brock is going to Brock, and Vince is going to Vince, but we all know that Vince does react to two things, money and superstars not moving the needle in either direction. If we take these away, we force their hand. We had better do it quickly, because Lesnar’s contract is up after Wrestlemania XXXIII and Vince is eager to re-sign him. Let’s force their hand: either be passionate and give fans the courtesy of acting like you care, or go and do something you actually care about.

Gabby’s perspective: I love Brock. I really do. But at this point, he’s not doing anyone any favors but himself in WWE. His opponents emerge looking either weak (Orton) or stupid (Dean Ambrose) and he gets his money and leaves. It’s a toxic cycle that really and truly needs to end.

The Bilbs’ Conspiracy Theory: What if Taker Flips?

Just like many of you, I have read all the “what ifs” and the “theories” out there on the Internet about the Hell in a Cell match between Shane McMahon and the Undertaker. The debate is real: Would the Undertaker really lose to Shane? Surely Shane isn’t fighting! Cue John Cena!

I’ve read them all. However, there is a theory out there I haven’t read and so I’m going to throw it out there to fuel the fire…

With so much time until Wrestlemania, could the Undertaker possibly flip and join Shane’s side?

Think about it! It sets up so many things that the WWE Universe would like to see. Here is my scenario: It’s overtime on Monday Night Raw two weeks before Wrestlemania. Shane and Vince are verbally abusing each other in the ring. All of a sudden, the familiar “GONG” sounds and out comes the Undertaker. Vince starts grinning from ear to ear and directs Taker to attack Shane. The Undertaker, who we all know is not one to have orders barked at him, turns his attention to Vince and chokeslams him. Raw goes off the air with Shane and Undertaker shaking hands.

The following week on Raw leading up to Wrestlemania, Vince opens with his furious rant about how Shane and the Undertaker screwed him and how he will get his revenge at Wrestlemania by naming a new opponent for the Undertaker by the end of the evening. In order to punish the Undertaker, he will have to fight Braun Strowman (because Vince loves his big men) in the Raw main event.

During the last match on Raw, Undertaker is fighting Strowman when (surprise, surprise!) the Wyatt Family attacks Taker in the ring. To the delight of the crowd, we hear the music of the one, the only, JOHN CENA! Cena rushes to the ring to… attack the Undertaker! Bray Wyatt hits Taker with the Sister Abigail and then Cena picks him up and gives him an Attitude Adjustment. Vince comes out and tells the Undertaker to meet his new opponent at Wrestlemania, WWE Loyalist and the newest heel… John Cena!

Book it, Creative. You know you want to!

The Bilbs’ Top 10 (Plus one) Shane McMahon Moments

In case you missed Monday Night RAW (if you did, read Gabby’s RAW Recap), I have some GREAT news… SHANE O-MAC IS BACK! Some of you who are new to the world of wrestling may be wondering why this is a big deal. The eldest McMahon sibling left the squared circle in 2009 to start his own ventures only to return seven years later to be booked in a Hell in a Cell Match with The Undertaker for control of Monday Night RAW. We can debate wether this match truly is “best for business” or how creative will go around booking an actual “loser” for this match at a later time, but right now, let’s focus on the gloriousness that is Shane Brandon McMahon.

McMahon is a two-time title holder in the WWE. He won the European Championship from X-Pac on the February 15, 1999 edition of RAW is War and “successfully” defended defended it against X-Pac in a rematch at Wrestlemania XV. He then retired as the European Champion on the April 4, 1999 episode of Sunday Night Heat. McMahon also won the Hardcore Championship after pinning Steve Blackman at RAW is War on August 21, 2000 during the 24/7 era of the belt. Then Commissioner Mick Foley suspended the 24/7 rule while McMahon was champion so he could defend the title against Blackman six days later at SummerSlam. McMahon lost the title in a classic match that just shows how much sports entertainment runs through his blood.

Sure, McMahon is 46, but I have a feeling that unless something happens with creative and he chooses a proxy to represent him (paging the Doctor of Thuganomics), we should see flashes of the Shane O-Mac that we all know and love. He would not leave his day job unless he had something left in the tank.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Shane McMahon’s work, here are my top 10 highlights of Shane O-Mac’s career.

10. RAW is War/WCW Monday Nitro- March 26, 2001

Shane McMahon Purchases WCW

On March 26, 2001, Vincent Kennedy McMahon finally put the nail in the coffin on the Monday Night Wars when he purchased WCW… or so he thought. While he was in the ring gloating about how he beat Ted Turner on the RAW is War/WCW simulcast, The “No Chance in Hell” music hits, but no one comes out underneath the TitanTron in Cleveland, Ohio. Instead, Shane McMahon walks out of the Boardwalk Beach Resort and Club La Vela in Panama City, Florida, the site of the last WCW Monday Nitro, and into the middle of a WCW ring. The rest… well, it’s television gold.

9. Wrestlemania X7- April 1, 2001

Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon: Street Fight

Disclaimer: This is my favorite Shane McMahon match… ever. However, in order to set up the rest of the matches, I put this match at number 9 because many of the moves Shane uses in this match resurface in other matches. A little backstory… Vince McMahon was furious with then Commissioner Mick Foley over booking a six-man Hell in the Cell match for Armageddon 2000. However, Mick had the full support of Linda McMahon, the WWF CEO. Not liking the decisions his wife was making, Vince demanded a divorce from Linda. Shortly afterward, Linda was rushed to the hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown. To Vince’s delight, the WWF Board of Directors made Vince CEO. He fired Mick Foley and began a public affair with Trish Stratus while wheeling his comatose wife to the ring every week and making her watch. In the weeks leading up to Wrestlemania, power got to Vince’s head and he made Trish get down on her hands and knees and bark like a dog, strip down to her lingerie in the ring and, you know, other WWF Attitude Era schinangins. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley even got in on the action and helped her father reel havoc on Trish, Linda and the WWF. Shane, not pleased with the events that were unfolding in the WWF, challenged his father to a street fight at Wrestlemania. The Monday before Wrestlemania, Shane bought WCW out from under Vince and showed up in Panama City as Vince was telling Ted Turner to deliver the contract to Wrestlemania. Things got worse that night as Mick Foley reappeared and told Vince that Linda signed multiple contracts for him before her breakdown which included the opportunity for him to be the guest referee at a Wrestlemania match of his choosing. Of course he chose the Shane vs. Vince Street Fight. As for the match itself… watch the highlights and see why Shane O-Mac is an awesome human being.

8. SummerSlam- August 22, 1999

Shane McMahon vs. Test: Love Her or Leave Her Street Fight

With Vince and Shane reclaiming 100 percent ownership of the WWF from Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shane turned his sights on Test, who was dating Stephanie. Disappointed that Stephanie would date below the standards of the McMahon Family, Shane, along with the Mean Street Posse, reeked havoc on Test. It all culminated in a “Love Her or Leave Her Street Fight” at SummerSlam 1999. The stipulations of this match stated that if Shane won, Test would break up with Stephanie. However, if Test won, Shane would give the relationship his blessing. Shane and the Mean Street Posse left it all in the ring. Check out these magnificent highlights. (Apologies for the Creed remix. It’s the only highlight reel I could find. You may want to watch it on mute.)

7. No Way Out- February 15, 2009

Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton: No Holds Barred Match

The rivalry between the McMahon Family and Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, Jr.) was a solid storyline in 2009. Randy Orton punted Vince McMahon in the head and won the Royal Rumble. Shane tried to defend the McMahon Family honor by taking on Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred Match at No Way Out. The result did not go Shane’s way, but he did put on a match worthy to be in this list.

6. Unforgiven- September 17, 2006

Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon and Big Show vs. DX: Handicapped Hell in a Cell Match

In one of the many feuds between Vince McMahon and D-Generation X, Vince ordered DX to take on himself, Shane and the Big Show in the first handicapped Hell in a Cell Match. DX walked away with victory in one of the bloodiest Hell in a Cell matches in WWE history, but Shane had his super human moments.

5. Survivor Series- November 16, 2003

Shane McMahon vs. Kane: Ambulance Match

Shane McMahon and Kane had a feud that lasted for much of the second half of 2003. On June 23, Kane lost his mask after Triple H defeated him in a “Mask vs. Title Match” on Raw. After he was unmasked, Kane went on a rampage which included sitting Jim Ross on fire and Tombstone pile driving Linda McMahon. This made Shane furious and caused him take on Kane. They fought in a Last Man Standing Match at Unforgiven (more on that one later) and had a rematch at Survivor Series. The highlights are pretty amazing.

4. SummerSlam- August 27, 2000

Shane McMahon (c) vs. Steve Blackman: Hardcore Championship Match

As previously noted, Shane McMahon defeated Steve Blackman for the Hardcore Championship at RAW is War six days before SummerSlam. Mick Foley suspended the 24/7 rule which set up this match for wrestling’s biggest summer event. The hardcore match was your typical hardcore match until this moment, which I posted above. This is the match that I like to call “the match where Shane O-Mac decided to start jumping off things.”

3. Unforgiven- September 21, 2003

Shane McMahon vs. Kane: Last Man Standing Match

I set this feud up in number 5. This was actually the first match between Shane and Kane, and just like the first movie is usually better than the sequel, this match is better than the ambulance match. Why would you say that, Bilbs? It’s simple. Unlike the ambulance match, Shane O-Mac jumps off the set again in this match.

2. Backlash- April 29, 2001

Shane McMahon vs. Big Show: Last Man Standing Match

After Shane’s victory at Wrestlemania X7, the new WCW Chairman wanted to make a splash for his new company. He tried to lure the Big Show away from the WWF, but Vince convinced the seven foot giant to stay with him. In order to impress the boss, the Big Show chokeslammed Shane, which led to weekly attacks between the WWF superstar and the WCW chairman. This culminated into a Last Man Standing Match at Backlash. This is one of the few matches where Shane O-Mac came away with the W thanks to Test and this great jump off the TitanTron.

1. King of the Ring- June 24, 2001

Shane McMahon vs. Kurt Angle: Street Fight

The Monday after Judgement Day, Shane McMahon interrupted Kurt Angle’s medal ceremony to tease WCW’s return and mocked the Olympian. Angle retaliated by hitting the Angle Slam on Shane. The following Monday, Shane hit the Angle Slam on Kurt, causing the two to set up a street fight at King of the Ring.

This is what i like to call the “Shane O-Mac is a freak” match. All these previous matches prove that Shane will put his body on the line and do whatever it takes in the name of sports entertainment, but this match takes it to a whole new level. I could explain the match, but words will do it no justice. If you only watch one of these highlight videos, YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS ONE!

I encourage you to watch these matches in their entirety on the WWE Network. You will not be disappointed.

Bonus

Shane McMahon at the 2011 U.S. Open

This highlight has nothing to do with wrestling, but Shane McMahon hung out with Rory McIlory and his father during McIlory’s 2011 U.S. Open victory at Congressional. If that isn’t awesome, then who knows what awesome means.

Why We Need John Cena

When RAW came to the Barclay’s Center for the last show of 2015, I heard something that I haven’t heard on WWE TV in a while… a huge pop and not that much heat for John Cena. Why? That’s simple. He was missed. In a wrestling world where we are constantly wanting pushes for the up-and-coming superstars, one thing remains consistent… WE NEED JOHN CENA!

Calm down, Cena-Hater Nation. Yes, his booking got stale over time and it seemed that once creative hit a wall, it was “Hey, let’s just give Cena the belt!” I’ll admit that as a fan of his, I was getting tired of seeing the same thing every week. But here is why we need Cena: He makes the WWE relevant. He’s the Tiger Woods, Tom Brady and LeBron James of wrestling. Non-wrestling fans can’t tell you who Dean Ambrose is, but they all know John Cena. The memes, the wishes he grants children through Make-A-Wish, his roles in movies like Trainwreck and Sisters and his co-hosting duties on the Today Show make him relevant to the mainstream, and therefore, give credibility to the WWE.

While Superstars like Batista and The Rock went on to a mainstream career, the difference is that John Cena does all of this while competing on a weekly basis, not just on high-profile pay-per-views. Before shooting Guardians of the Galaxy, Batista’s storyline was that he quit Evolution and the WWE. We haven’t seen him since. The Rock would come back occasionally for WrestleMania or SummerSlam, but then he disappeared as well. He began disassociating himself with wrestling and billing himself as Dwayne Johnson. The Rock came back and had his championship reign, but the belt was never defended on basic cable. Cena did all of his mainstream responsibilities while being the United States Champion and defending the belt each week. People who normally do not watch wrestling would stop on USA when Cena fought because they knew who he was. Non-fans who know I watch wrestling would stop be the day after RAW and tell me they were flipping through channels and stopped to watch Cena. My own girlfriend hates wrestling, but loves John Cena. She’ll even give the “U CAN’T SEE ME” gesture when she wins at something.

Cena’s shoulder surgery and his possibility of missing WrestleMania is a huge blow to the WWE, just as it is when Tiger misses the Masters. Sure, the hardcore fans who watch every show will still watch, but the casual fan who just watches WrestleMania or the non-fan who attends a watch party because they want to see John Cena wrestle, may not tune in. When that happens, the new superstars miss their opportunity to show those people what they can do. We all know what Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins can do in the ring, but not having Cena at WrestleMania doesn’t give them a chance to show the mainstream audience. That is why, whether you like it or not, we need John Cena.