The lineup for the next WWE pay-per-view “Hell in a Cell” is looking like one of the best of the year. According to PWS on Oct. 8, that might be a way for the WWE to try to win fans back over after the last two PPVs.
At “Summerslam,” Daniel Bryan won the WWE Championship but Triple H turned on him and Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to become the new champion. That was a decent storyline move. However, the next month, Bryan won the belt back at “Night of Champions” only to have Triple H reverse the decision the next night on “WWE Monday Night Raw.”
Fans called their local cable companies and demanded a refund for the main even being a swerve that was reversed the next night on free TV. In an almost unprecedented move, despite the WWE defending their product, the refunds were issued.
This led to the next month where “Battleground” saw the main event not even have a finish, as Big Show came in and knocked out everyone to end the show. It was a cliffhanger ending to a $40 event that led to a resolution on free TV the next night. The fans in the arena started chanting “refund” after the show ended.
Now, with that happening two months in a row, WWE rumors have the company worried that fans will stop buying the pay-per-events altogether, since the real decisions are coming on free TV. To combat this, they have cleared John Cena to return three months early for a world title opportunity. They have also brought in Shawn Michaels to referee the Hell in a Cell match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton and have promised a clear winner.
It is time to see if the WWE is serious about making the fans happy this time around.