Based on the in-ring action alone, Raw’s first brand-exclusive PPV Clash of Champions was a success.
The wrestlers performed to the best of their abilities, but it was ultimately the ill-fated booking decisions from WWE that let the fans down. With many baffling booking decisions (especially Cesaro and Sheamus finishing their Best of Seven Series with a draw), fans were left unsatisfied with the results of certain bouts.
As Hell in a Cell is almost upon us this Sunday, let’s hope Raw have learnt from their past booking mistakes. Sure, the match quality is sure to be spectacular this Sunday, but it must coincide with smart decisions. For Sunday’s show to be considered a success, here are 7 Booking decisions that should be taken at WWE Hell in a Cell
#7 The three Hell in a Cell matches should be spread out on the card
Instead of booking one or even two Hell in a Cell bouts for this year’s PPV, WWE decided to go all out and book three Hell in a Cell matches for the Universal, Women’s and United States Championship rivalries respectively.
Whether it is overkill is yet to be seen, but a smart decision to avoid the overkill of the stipulation would be to spread each match throughout the show.
Placing the three Hell in a Cell matches as the opening, middle and closing bouts of the night, with regular matchups placed in-between, would keep fans’ attention more than back-to-back HIAC bouts would.
Although booking three Hell in a Cell matches was always going to lead to overkill for the HIAC stipulation, the smartest decision WWE could make would be to spread the matches throughout the card, as it is all that can be done at this point.