WWE Hell in a Cell: Should The Fiend Capture the Universal Championship?
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Fresh off a week of season premieres for WWE programming, the company now turn their attention to their annual Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event featuring important titles matches that may determine who stays and goes from their respective brands on this week’s draft, which takes place on Friday Night SmackDown and the following Monday on Raw.
One of the matches that has fans buzzing about is the Universal Championship match between champion Seth Rollins and challenger “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. For weeks, The Fiend has tormented Rollins and showed up during his matches to attack him and looks to finish the job tonight by capturing the Universal Championship for the first time in his career.
Although The Fiend is arguably the most popular character on weekly WWE TV at the moment, there are some who may be on the fence about him winning the championship so soon because he’s only had one match and Rollins is coming off back to back PPV wins over Brock Lesnar, who he pinned clean to win the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, and Braun Strowman.
On the other hand, Rollins defeating The Fiend may have a negative effect on progressing with future storylines because The Fiend is such a popular character and a loss so soon may kill the momentum he’s built thus far.
During this week’s ‘On The Mat’ wrestling show, former WWE referee and co-host of Sportsnet’s Aftermath Jimmy Korderas joined Joe Peisich and I to talk about all things pro wrestling including tonight’s Hell in a Cell event. Korderas alluded to the fact that company may’ve booked themselves in a corner because they built up both stars up strongly and it looks like they’re going to have to book a finish that protects both leading into the draft.
Being in the arena at SummerSlam in Toronto allowed me to experience Bray Wyatt’s first entrance and match as The Fiend and just showed how popular he has become under this new persona. The entire crowd were chanting and invested in his character which is what you want in your world champion.
I feel that The Fiend should get the win tonight because of the reception to his character and that a loss would be a lot more damaging to him than it would to Rollins. Having The Fiend’s appearances more sporadic and the Firefly Funhouse weekly would keep both the character and Universal Championship fresh while he takes on the next challenger.
With Brock Lesnar likely moving to SmackDown following his WWE Championship win on Friday night, it looks as though the winner of this match will be the face of Raw and relied on to carry the main event scene and whoever comes up short, could find themselves moving up the ranks on SmackDown.
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