WWE Hell In A Cell 2020
Running Time: 178 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: December 7 2020
(Thanks to Fetch Publicity for arranging this review.)
Due to current restrictions, WWE Hell In A Cell 2020 couldn’t have taken place had WWE not moved to the ThunderDome. After all, the Hell In A Cell structure couldn’t have fitted inside the comparatively-miniature Performance Center. Thankfully, the move to Orlando, Florida’s Amway Arena in August allowed HIAC 2020 to take place, and us to review the show back on DVD.
The opener is pretty dramatic to say the least. Roman Reigns and Jey Uso have massively exceeded expectations with their feud, and this reached a new height inside HIAC. Storytelling has always been a crucial part of wrestling, but rarely to the extent in this contest. Indeed, while the action is exciting, the drama is on another level. The upshot is that Reigns’ victory makes you truly despise the man while having full sympathy for Jey, making this a must-see match, with its context being totally unbelievable one year prior.
Elias vs. Jeff Hardy can’t compete with that, acting as a mere filler outing ahead of further television scraps between the two. Otis vs. The Miz serves a greater purpose due to the Money In The Bank briefcase being at stake. That being said, I’m still nonplussed about Otis having his big opportunity takenb away from him through no fault of his own. And while Miz as Mr. MITB might seem like a more credible option, why not give John Morrison the case, since we’ve seen Miz with MITB already?
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks inside HIAC seemed like a battle years in the making. And they managed to more or less live up to the hype (as much as they could without fans physically in attendance, at least). Banks finally ending Bayley’s record-breaking reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion makes this a landmark moment for the women’s division, though I hope we get another chapter in 2021 once fans are back. Bobby Lashley vs. Slapjack, meanwhile, is a match I had forgotten about until I rewatched this card, and I remembered it even less after it was over.
The main event saw Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton wage war inside the monster cage. Both men grafted to deliver a quality outing, though it did feel somewhat like recycled territory. Even the biggest bump – Drew sailing off the side of the Cell – felt like a bit of desperation. Nevertheless, this is still good stuff, and Orton triumphing brings an end to Drew’s lengthy first reign as WWE Champion. However, the impact of Orton’s win is taken away when you consider that Drew regained the belt weeks later.
On the whole, WWE Hell In A Cell 2020 is worth another look on DVD. Yes, the lack of fans hurts things, but the three Cell matches themselves are all strong. In terms of consistency, it’s one of the better HIAC PPV events to date, and it blows away the rubbish endings of HIAC 2018 and 2019. So, while it’d have seemed better in different circumstances, I’d definitely recommend watching the three titular matches in DVD form.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10 – Okay