While AJ Styles will face Samoa Joe at Hell in a Cell, there has been no word as to whether or not it will take place within the confines of the cell. It’s a match many people would want to see, no doubt about it. Few feuds are as personal and as vicious as this one. It’s almost surprising that it hasn’t been announced as a cell match yet.
As with any and all scenarios, there are potential pros and cons. If the two TNA legends were to face each other behind bars, what would these pros and cons be?
pro: it makes the cell a big deal
Last year at Hell in a Cell, the two matches we got at least had enough meat to them that they warranted a cell match. Kevin Owens nearly murdered Mr. McMahon. Shane was going to avenge his father. Boom, bloodlust. Meanwhile, the Usos and the New Day were locked in a bitter rivalry that spanned several months. The Cell would be their final battleground.
The year before that, not so much. Of the three Cell matches that took place, it could be argued that none of them really needed it. Roman Reigns and Rusev just didn’t like each other. Seth Rollins was being a whining baby, and his beef wasn’t even really with Kevin Owens in the first place; his main enemy was Triple H. And then Sasha Banks and Charlotte were all too happy to be fighting within the “Satanic Structure of Doom.” It was weird.
If AJ Styles and Samoa Joe were to be placed within the cell, it would make it seem like a big deal, and vice versa. These two men have been locked in a rivalry so personal, so bitter, and so hateful that they need to settle their differences in a place where no one can run. AJ Styles and Samoa Joe will both go to hell, and only one man will walk out. There’s a special kind of gravity to that.