WWE DVD Review: Hell in a Cell 2011
By Phil Allely
To many Hell in a Cell is a trip back to the good old days of the WWE when the blood flowed freely and the violence levels were ramped up to 11. The iconic image when you mention HIAC matches is that of Mick Foley being thrown off and through the cage by The Undertaker. Today though the new PG rated WWE still present this style of match, now though it is generally blood free and the violence seems toned down.
The 2011 even was an exciting one on many levels, it offered up the first Triple Threat encounter in the bout between WWE Champion John Cena and challengers CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio. This was a fun outing for all concerned and one where the champ didn’t even have to be pinned to lose his gold.
The second HIAC encounter was one of epic proportions, not necessarily for all of the right reasons, but it did highlight just how skilful Randy Orton is. Here the Viper pulled a wonderful match from the sometimes lumbering World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry.
Elsewhere on this reasonably paced card was a well laid out scrap between Christian and Ireland’s own Sheamus. Both men gelled well in this one.
Sin Cara Blue and Sin Cara Black fought in what proved to be a poor match-up, but did highlight the reason why the WWE hired the Mexican stars in the first place.
The WWE Tag Team Title match between Champs Air Boom and Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger had its moments.
Cody Rhodes once again showed how fast he’s improving in his Intercontinental title meeting with John Morrison.
And Kelly Kelly battled Beth Phoenix over the Divas Championship.
Hell in a Cell 2011 is available now on DVD and Blu-ray, from www.silvervision.co.uk and all good retailers.
RRP £17.99 (DVD), £19.99 (Blu-ray), Running time 2hrs 46mins (DVD), 4hrs 5mins (Blu-ray)