In the fallout of the US Presidential Election, it’s come out how close we came to an even more Broken United States of America. From Matt Hardy’s twitter:
“A government agency just contacted & informed me that I’ve received 1000s of votes for President of the USA. How flattering & delightful!”
Maybe Broken Matt could’ve actually deleted Hillary’s emails.
And just to remind you how closely linked WWE are with the President Elect, Linda McMahon, who was one of the Trump campaign’s biggest individual donors, tweeted a photo from Donald’s victory celebration saying…
What a night! Thrilled to congratulate my friend, President-Elect Donald Trump on a hard-fought campaign and victory. @realDonaldTrump
One finish that a McMahon wasn’t happy with, however, was the end to last month’s Hell in a Cell main event.
Sasha Banks and Charlotte didn’t just make history by being the first ever women to compete inside Hell in a Cell, they were also the first women’s match to main event a major WWE pay-per-view. But the result was received by a confused and depleted Boston crowd, when the hometown girl Sasha lost to Charlotte after a botched finishing sequence where a table wouldn’t break.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Vince McMahon blamed the finish not getting over on Banks. Sasha was supposed to go through the table and then get pinned with Charlotte’s Natural Selection finishing move, which would make it seem like a lot was needed to put Banks away, but because the table didn’t break, the pinfall felt lacklustre.
Apparently most other people backstage are on Sasha’s side, as they think the real fault was her losing in her hometown in the main event. Dave Meltzer notes that the table spot deserves some of the blame, too, as Banks doesn’t weigh enough to make it break easily.
There’s also the law of diminishing returns. The third Hell in a Cell match in a night, no matter what gender landmark it accomplishes, is going to mean less than the first two. It’s a law that also applies to WWE pay-per-views as a whole. We’ve had five in just over the last two months.
So it’s welcome news that Meltzer is also reporting with WWE Network subscription numbers going down in the third quarter, the company are planning less pay-per-view shows in 2017 than were originally planned. But maybe they’re just going to make up for it with show duration. It looks like the Royal Rumble will join this year’s Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series as a five-hour long event.
What do you think is to blame for the Hell in a Cell main event not getting over properly? Swear eternal vengeance against stubborn tables in the comments below.
Just as a quick update to two stories I reported on earlier this week – Finn Balor has said he will be at home celebrating Christmas with his family on December 18th, not attending Roadblock like the venue’s website advertises. And Hulk Hogan has denied that WWE have been in contact about a Wrestlemania appearance on Eric Bischoff’s podcast like his daughter teased to TMZ.
But then again, that’s what they both would say if they’re trying to throw us off the scent…