SUN. UPDATE: Hell in a Cell tonight, Linda McMahon speech blunder, ESPN featuring GSP, wrestler tattoo makes news

By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON

Bryan Alvarez and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio covering tonight's show as well as taking e-mail questions that you can send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's Hell in a Cell show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We're also looking for reports on the weekend TNA shows in Poplar Bluff, MO and St. Louis.

WWE Hell in a Cell on Sunday from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA

Note that we have a subscribers-only audio preview recorded Saturday.

*C.M. Punk vs. Ryback for the WWE title in a Hell in a Cell match - This is interesting more because of how the match is laid out and what the result is than anything else.  Hell in a Cell has never had a true non-finish before, but you either end Punk's title reign (originally scheduled to last through January) or you end Ryback's winning streak. 

The finish has gone back and forth all week. It's interesting because the vast majority seem to think Punk should retain so the question becomes how you work the finish. The question is also how do you work a main event caliber match between these two with the confines of the cell, since the house show matches have been mostly lumberjack matches meaning smoke and mirrors, and kept short?

*Sheamus vs. Big Show for the World title - The promise is Dolph Ziggler cashes it in tonight.  If they are going in that direction, Show should win because they harped on how Show has two title reigns that lasted 45 seconds, plus Sheamus has a million wins over Ziggler and Ziggler never beat Sheamus for the title.

*Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio -
These two may be put in the position to carry, because both main events don't look like great matches on paper. Orton is at least guaranteed a solid match almost every time out.

*Kane & Daniel Bryan vs. Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes for WWE tag titles - Both teams are entertaining.  I could see a title switch here. Eventually Rhodes & Sandow should get the belts, but it doesn't have to be here.

*Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz for IC title -
It doesn't really matter who wins as much as these two are also in a position where a good match is needed stemming from the strong TV bout they had on Main Event.

*Eve Torres vs. Kaitlyn vs. Layla for the Divas title -
Torres and Layla have usually been good.

On paper, certainly not the best show of the year, but I suspect more work will be done on the booking of the top two matches than most shows. The pre-show at 7:30 p.m. on will feature a John Cena interview addressing the charges made by Vickie Guerrero.
Fuel tonight has Ultimate Fighter at 10 p.m. and a replay of the Bigfoot Silva vs. Travis Browne show at 11 p.m. Raw will be Monday night in Charlotte. Smackdown, Main event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday night in Fayetteville.

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Sunday's news update
--Best wishes to everyone on the East Coast today and over the next few days, as well as those in Hawaii.

--Not a lot of notes before tonight's Hell In A Cell show. A lot of talent few in today instead of yesterday so they could get one last day home. After TV this week, they head to Europe for two weeks and won't be back home until mid-November.
--Security was told to remove all signs for Bill Goldberg at tonight's show as they were afraid that they would encourage Goldberg chants since they're in Atlanta and Ryback is in the main event. 

--WWE must be praying for a San Francisco Giants win tonight.  While the PPV may be hurt a little with the combination of both football and the World Series, Raw will probably be hurt a lot worse if the Series goes to a fifth game tomorrow. The Giants are up 3-0.  Saturday night isn't much for ratings since game 3 only did 9 million estimated for the first two hours (which doesn't include the last several innings of the game).
--Linda McMahon no-showed yesterday's NAACP state convention in Waterbury, CT, where she was supposed to be speaking along with opponent Chris Murphy.  Todd Abajano of McMahon's campaign said that she accidentally skipped the event and that there was an NAACP event she was planning on attending on 11/. They didn't realize they had agreed for her to appear at two different NAACP events. McMahon was at another event at the time of the convention. 
--Happy Birthday today to Les Thatcher, who turned 72.  Best wishes.  Today is also the birthday of MVP (39), Christy Hemme (32) and Rocky Romero (30). (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--As of right now, plans for the finals of the Bellator welterweight tournament with Lyman Good vs. Andrey Koreshkov, who both won their fights on Friday night, will be on 11/30.
--ESPN's E:60 will be doing a story on Georges St-Pierre on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern.
--Not much in the way of interest here regarding Friday TV shows.  Lowest response I can remember across the board. Here are the recent poll results:
Excellent 10.0%
Good 40.0%
Average 30.0%
Fair 5.0%
Poor 15.0%
        73.7% of those responding didn't see the show
Excellent 11.5%
Good 15.4%
Average 15.4%
Fair 23.1%
Poor 34.6%
        70.1% of those responding didn't see the show
Excellent 11.5%
Good 39.3%
Average 26.2%
Fair 13.1%
Poor 9.8%
        45.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--If anyone has photos or videos of 80s wrestler Korsita Korchenko (the one who worked Mid South and feuded with Bill Watts), let me know. A TV show is doing a feature on him and could use any non-Mid South stuff since WWE owns Mid South footage nowadays.
--Mid Atlantic Memories convention will be 8/1 to 8/4 in Charlotte at the Hilton University Place Hotel.  This will be the 11th installment of what has been in the past one of the most well respected conventions of the year.    
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville before 33 fans:  Zack Hartnell b Josh Crow, Miss Rachel b Crazy Mary Dobson, Kerry Awful b Shawn Hoodrich, Big Time Sexy b Mad Man Pondo, Nick Iggy b Justin Grandberry, Damien Payne b Psycho Medic (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--SOR Class Wars from last night in Lafayette, IN before a reported 500 fans:  Mat Russo & Billy Roc b Chris Conway & Fabrice, Guy Lombardo b Ripper Thomas, Big Sue Jackson & Red Bentley & Tripp Cassidy b Heidi Lovelace & Dale Patricks & Trevor Court, Marc Houston b Buck Boulder, Rob Ramer b Joe Pittman, U-Gene b Shawn Cook.  Next show is 4/20 (thanks to Thomas Green)
--Lucha Xtreme from Fresno TV last night:  Brian Tannen b Fernando Cunha, J.R. Kratos b Mike Dillenger, Sheik Khan Abadi b Wiseguy in a tornado rules match, Mustafa Saed & Mike Rayne b Suburban Commandos-DQ (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Shimmer results from last night in Berwyn, IL:  Miss Natural b K.C. Spinelli, Yumi Ohka b Christina Von Eerie, Taylor Made & Allysin Kay b Shazza McKenzie & Veda Scott, Hiroyo Matsumoto b Sassy Stephie, Ryo Mizunami b Courtney Rush, Cheerleader Melissa b Rhia O'Reilly, Tomoka Nakagawa b Davina Rose, Kellie Skater b Leva Bates, Mercedes Martinez b MsChif, Ayako Hamada b Kalamity, Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews b LuFisto & Kana to keep tag titles, Saraya Knight b Athena to keep Shimmer title, Miss Natural b Veda Scott, Shazza McKenzie b Santana, Sassy Stephie b Su Yung, Courtney Rush b Taylor Made, Christina Von Eerie over Cherry Bomb, Kalamity and Ryo Mizunami, Rhia O'Reilly b Davina Rose, Hiroyo Matsumoto b Melanie Cruise, Athena b Tomoka Nakagawa, Kellie Skater b Yumi Ohka, Ayako Hamada b Kana, Cheerleader Melissa & MsChif & LuFisto & Allison Danger & Leva Bates b Saraya Knight & Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews & Mercedes Martinez & Lexie Fyfe in an elimination match (Melissa and MsChif were left on their team to win) (thanks to Martin Bentley)
--There is a story today on ABC News about a guy, Eric Hartsburg, who got a Mitt Romney logo tattooed on his face for $15,000, paid by someone who would only be identified as a Republican party Ebay user. He claimed to be a 30-year-old professional wrestler. Does anyone know anything about him? (thanks to Lou Pickney)
--NEO Wrestling on 11/3 in Niagara Falls, ONT at Fight Club Canada featuring Tiberious King vs. Cody Deaner, Tyson Dux vs. Pepper Parks and Shawn Spears vs. R.J. City.
--Squared Circle Live on 11/17 in Vaughan, ONT at the Sportsplex headlined by Josh Alexander vs. Michael Elgin plus Sonjay Dutt, Shawn Spears, Jake Crist and more.
--The Travel Channel show "Mysteries at the Museum" did a profile this week on Maurice Tillet (aka The French Angel), one of pro wrestling's biggest drawing cards in the early 40s. 
--Anarchy Wrestling from last night in Cornelia, GA before 175 fans for the annual Fight Night show, their big event of the year:  Anthony Henry & Najassism & Vandal  & Joey Rhymer b Andrew Pendleton III & Brandon Parker & C.B. Suave & Tommy Penirelli, Billy Back b Bo Newsome, Seth Delay b Bobby Moore, Stryknyn b Adrian Hawkins, Mikael Judas b Jacoby Boykins, Brody Chase b Shaun Tempers, Shadow Jackson & Nemesis b Slim J & Azreael in a barbed wire tag title match.  Next show is 11/10 with Judas vs. Jerry Palmer in a age match.  (thanks to Bill Behrens)

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