KB Kronic’s Hell in a Cell Review
It’s time for another WWE PPV review and this time it’s Hell in a Cell. This year we had three Hell in a Cell matches and 4 regular matches on the card. Given the recent issues I’ve had with the PPVs and just the WWE as a whole, I went into this PPV with zero expectations of it being even the slightest bit decent. Luckily I was wrong or maybe having zero expectations insured everything would be incredible? Either way I enjoyed I’d say 95% of the show. So with that part out of the way let’s get to the matches.
Match 1 : Roman Reigns vs Rusev (United States Championship Hell in a Cell match) 4/5
I just knew this match was going to be horrible. The feud between these two, from what I’ve seen is just meh. You can barely understand Rusev when he screams his promos and Roman just shouldn’t say words. While they’re both incredible athletes they never really bring an awe factor to their matches. As expected the match started with them punching one another over and over again. This went on for longer than I was willing to put up with but then something magical happened. These two actually introduced weapons into the match. Not just a chair or the steps, I’m talking a Kendo stick, a chain, as well as the stairs being used in interesting ways like being wedged on the top turnbuckle. At one point Rusev laid Roman over the lower set of stairs and locked in the Acolade by running the chain through Romans mouth and pulling back. I thought for sure this was going to be the end, but somehow Roman powered out and hit a huge samoan drop on the stairs. Shortly after, Roman would hit the spear and come out on top. Overall way better than I expected, and a great way to start the night.
Match 2: Baylee vs Dana Brooke 3/5
I love this feud. I feel like it’s something they wanted in NXT but didn’t have the right opportunity for various reasons. I won’t say that it’s rivalry of the year or anything just yet but it’s building both women for some great things later. There isn’t a whole lot to say about this match, it was the typical Dana power plays and heel moves against Baylee’s strangely good wrestling ability. For the most part it was back and forth and really hard hitting further proving the Women’s Division to be nothing to scoff at. Baylee ended up pulling out the win and hopefully sees either some title matches in the near future or maybe another feud with Nia jax.
Match 3: Enzo and Big Cass vs Gallows and Anderson 3/5
This match has the same feel the women’s match before it did; it’s a decent feud to build two teams up for title contention. While Enzo and Cass don’t need that Gallows and Anderson do? We’ve seen them start to get into that groove that leads them to so many titles in Japan. For the most part it was Enzo getting the snot kicked out of him in the opening part of the match. Eventually Big Cass was tagged in and everything did a 180. Big boots for Gallows and Anderson alike followed by an Empire Elbow on Gallows. Big Cass goes for the pin which is broken up by Anderson and as you can expect it all breaks down from there. All four men beating the snot out of one another till Gallows and Anderson can get Big Cass away from Enzo long enough to catch a clean victory with the Magic Killer. Like I said, it was an overall good match that hopefully builds these guys for something in the future.
Match 4: Seth Rollins vs Kevin Owens (Hell in a Cell match for the Universal Title) 5/5
Holy crap! This match was out of control and the amazing part is it’s tied for match of the night, but I’ll get to that later. I honestly can’t stand what the feud is built on between these two. Why is Rollins so upset at someone accomplishing what he’s accomplished in the exact same way. By that I mean getting assistance every step of the way. Now just to be clear that’s where my issues with this feud stop. Every match they’ve had has been an instant classic aside from the occasional Jericho appearance. These two used everything including the stairs, the cage, fire extinguishers, and even tables… Two tables crossed over one another to be exact. Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins continue to show just how awesome the new generation of wrestlers are. Now of course I had one issues with this match but it was such a small thing I’m willing to overlook it. At one point Kevin Owens shot the ref in the face with a fire extinguisher twice on accident apparently, another ref unlocked the cage to go check on the situations and Jericho ran in locking himself inside. Normally this would annoy me to no end but it didn’t really effect much in the match. If anything it increased the drama of it which is what run-ins are supposed to do. Rollins ends up focusing to much on Jericho and gets caught with a Pop Up Powerbomb and loses the match. Over all it was exciting and told a story which is all I ever ask from my PPVs.
Match 5: The Brian Kendrick vs T.J. Perkins (Crusierweight Championship) 4/5
This match only scored this high because it further cemented the feud between these two. Going into the match Kendrick wanted T.J to lay down for him for typical desperate heel reasons. When this didn’t happen the level of the match skyrocketed. You could tell without a doubt these two have not only been in the ring against one another before and that they had both honed their craft over the years. Technical holds, high flying, and just all out brawling were everywhere in this match. When I tell you this match could have been the shining moment of the division thus far I mean it. Now much like the other matches this one had something that upset me just a bit. Brian Kendrick went for Sliced Bread #2 but was countered and faked an injury. While the ref checked on Kendrick, T.J. went in to check. At this point Kendrick pulled T.J. in, hit him with a head-but, and sunk in The Captain’s Hook deep in the center of the ring and eventually tapped. Kendrick may have won the title in a typical heel like manor but it built the heat between the two and I feel like it can only get better from here.
Match 6: Shamus and Cesaro vs The New Day (Tag team Championship match) 3/5
This match was pretty good aside from the fact I don’t like Shamus and Cesaro as a team much less a team in the title hunt. This is another match I had low expectations for simply because I’m getting tired of The New Day and I don’t see anyone on the rise that should hold the belts just yet. I kinda like the dynamic that Shamus and Cesaro have but I still feel like they are better in singles, most notably Cesaro. Any ways back to the match! Everything went exactly how I expected for the most part. Cesaro and Shamus attempted to one up each other when they had control of the match and The New Day (Xzavier and Big E in this instance), were being the awesome team they are. Just as things were getting good and the match seemed to pick up some steam, Big E got hit by Shamus outside with Francesca 2 which the ref didn’t see. In response Kofi ducked a Brouh Kick and caught Shamus with Trouble in Paradise which the ref did see and called for the match to be ended. Shamus and Cesaro win by DQ but The new Day retain the titles. If this match didn’t have the action it did I would have rated it lower?
Match 7: Charlotte vs Sasha Banks (Hell in a Cell for the Women’s Title) 5/5
I did not expect the Women’s match to tie the Universal title match and I’m a fool for that. By this point in the game we should all know one thing, Sasha and Charlotte will deliver. It’s plain and simple. Before the match starts you have Charlotte being brought down by four guys carrying her on a throne like a Queen followed by Sasha coming out in an SUV being lead by an entourage of jacked up body guards as she raises out of the sunroof. They get in the ring and the announcements for the match is made then as the Cell drops Charlotte knocks Sasha out of the ring and almost gets her crushed by the dropping Cell. Both women end up outside the Cell as it touches down and Charlotte continues to beat the snot out of Sasha. As you can expect it wasn’t long before they started to climb the side of the Cell. Keep in mind at this point the match still hasn’t started. Sasha knocks Charlotte off the side of the cage and attempts I’m guessing a Hurricanrana but instead gets caught by Charlotte and Power Bombed through a table. Even though we’ve seen this segment so many times by now with different wrestlers I still love it. Sasha was being rolled out on a stretcher after the Power Bomb and Charlotte was about to be named Women’s Champion since Sasha could not compete. This lit a fire in Sasha and she rushed the ring so the match could officially start, (Like I said this segment has been done before.). As soon as the match starts these two start trading blows like Kevin Owens and Samie Zayne. I mean potentially the best brawl between women since the days of Lita, Trish, and Mickie James. Almost as soon as the brawl gets good, tables, chairs, and stairs are introduced and used. At one point Sasha is stuck under a table and gets locked in the Figure 8, instead of attempting to roll out of it she grabs a chair and destroys Charlotte’s midsection to break the hold. After a few more big exchanges with weapons and a failed attempt at a running Power Bomb by Sasha, Charlotte throws Sasha over the top of a table and catches her with natural Selection out of nowhere to regain her WWE Women’s title and improve her PPV win streak to 13-0.
This PPV was SO much better than I expected. Like I said out of the gate, I had zero expectations to avoid the disappointment the last two PPVs have bestowed upon me. Somehow all three Hell in a Cell matches were off the charts, combine this with the fact that we witnessed history not once, not twice, but three times in one night? Come on! Overall this PPV was potentially the best one since the Brand Split and honestly I hope to see more. Next we’ll have Survivor Series on November 20th. Three traditional Survivor Series matches in the Men’s, Women’s and Tag divisions and all of them are Smackdown vs Raw matches. I can’t wait to see how out of control the Tag match gets. As always thanks for reading and be sure to sign up for LakeCharles.com so you can tell me what you think about my article, even if you hate it. Until next time!