World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has made a last-minute change to its programming plans, calling off tonight’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with “popular” “reality” TV show Total Divas.
According to a press release issued this morning, WWE executives were unaware of the simultaneous scheduling until yesterday, at which point they decided to pull the plug on the pay-per-view.
“We aim to give the WWE Universe® what they want, and clearly they want to see if Natalya and TJ can work out their relationship problems,” reads the statement.
Although many wrestling fans were looking forward to the pay-per-view — particularly the steel cage showdown between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins — WWE insists fans will get more enjoyment out of watching an obviously staged segment in which Brie confronts John behind Nikki’s back.
Sources within WWE say that, due to the cancellation, the Ambrose-Rollins feud will likely be dropped entirely in order to free up more time on Raw for spin-off storylines from Total Divas.
According to one source, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is adamant that, by early 2015, all WWE programming will focus on the sibling rivalry between Nikki and Brie Bella.
Viewers can tune into Total Divas at 9pm on E! — or, if they’re looking for more cerebral and philosophical entertainment, they can watch this panda pleasure itself: