What’s up everyone! KB Kronic back again with a review of WWE’s Hell in a Cell. This PPV was a SMACKDOWN Live exclusive. Now before I get into the meat and potatoes of this PPV I’d like to inform you that this PPV overall was almost a complete bust. Luckily the two Hell in a Cell matches, (Usos vs New Day Tag Title Match and Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon) save the show…. Barely… The rest of the show was subpar and I found myself struggling to keep my focus. But with that little tid bit out of the way, lets get to it!
Match 1: Usos vs New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) Hell in a Cell for the Tag Titles
These two teams ALWAYS give us incredible matches. Potentially the best Tag Team rivalry of this era. So when you toss these two teams in a twenty foot high cage made up of five hundred tons of steel, you know it’s gonna be awesome. Right out of the gate we have kendo sticks being brought in. While they didn’t see to much use in the opening they were spoiled for later use. The two teams traded back and forth showing off every ounce of athletic abbility they have with Xavier Woods once again being a shining star in the match. It’s when the cage and multiple weapons started to be used that we saw a drastic change in style and intensity in both teams. At one point one of the Usos was pinned in the corner of the cell with kendo sticks across him like prison bars as he watched Big E and Xavier destroy his brother. Later Xavier was handcuffed to the post and left hanging by his wrist while the Usos went to work on his ribs with kendo sticks, beating him like a “Government Mule!” as Good Ol’ JR would say. After a series of body splashes onto both Big E and Xavier, the double team splash from the top rope coupled with a chair would put the final nail in the coffin for The New Day. The Usos are now Five Time, Five Time, Five Time, Five Time, Five Time tag team champions. Nice little throwback to Booker T if you didn’t catch that.
Match 2: Randy Orton vs Rusev
I don’t know how many time’s I’m going to have to be upset about this fued…. All I’ll say is I think it should be Gable vs Rusev pushing for a single career and they find something else for Randy to do…
Match 3: Baron Corbin vs AJ Styles vs Tye Dillinger United States Championship match
I was worried when this became a triple threat for two reasons. First was I really wanted Corbin to walk out with the title and with the addition of Dillinger those chances were dropping fast. Second, I don’t want Tye to hold a title yet. Sure he has the pull of a planet to a moon on the WWE Universe but he’s a talent that I don’t want to see burnt out to fast. Also I don’t think his first title run should start with a three way fued, it makes it look like they put him in the spot just to give him air time. That’s lazy, WWE stop being lazy. All reservations aside, this match was incredible. The only reason it wasn’t 5/5 if because as awesome as it was, it didn’t live up to what I know these three are fully capable of. Sure that sound’s biased cause it is. Either way all three competitors went all in and destroyed one another. Deep Sixs, Tie Breakers, Phenomenal Fore Arms galore! But it was a well scouted kick followed by a vicious big boot that sealed the victory for Baron Corbin. After a Phenomenal Fore Arm to Tye Dillinger, Corbin snuck in and kicked AJ not once but twice, shoving him out of the ring and stealing the victory.
Match 4: Natalia vs Charlotte SMACKDOWN Live Women’s Championship Match
It was slow, it was predictable, and it was so hard to watch. The highlights were Charlotte nailing one of her signature moonsaults, which I love by the way. And when Natalia knew she was going to lose so she smashed Charlotte’s knee with a chair. I don’t know what’s going on in the womens division right now. Just when I think we are getting what we want, it turns out it wasn’t as good as we hoped… Meh
Match 5: Jinder Mahal vs Shunske Nakamura WWE Heavyweight Championship Match
I refuse to watch anymore of this fued. Jinder is a joke and Shunske being squashed after ALL of his achievements in the WORLD not just NXT is not cool. I understand storylines and all this and that to make things go round, but when you have a world class athlete losing to a roided up jobber, that doesn’t tell a story, that kills your brand and makes you a joke…. 1/5 because everyone showed up…
Match 6: Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler
Snooze fest. Zero excitment outside of the GLORIOUS entrance of Bobby Roode. Ziggler get a gimic or get out…
Match 7: Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahone Hell in a Cell Match
Personally i think this fully lived to the hype. Full on action from start to finish with Kevin Owens starting off the “cowardly” Heel and Shane throwing his MMA rabbit punches. Everything started outside the cage and eventually worked its way to the inside. Once inside the whole complection changed. Kevin Owens made good on his promise to make the cage his ally and destroy Shane with it, to make things more interesting he did this in front of Shanes kids while taunting them. After some back and forth and a Coast to Coast including a trash can. After this Shane decides it’s time to take the match out of the cage once again, after he gets the bolt cutters since the REF didn’t have a key for whatever reason…. Shane removes the chain keeping himself and KO locked inside then the action spills out. The two trade blows next to the comentary tables untill Shane is laid out and prone. KO begins to scale the cage to make his leap of faith. Once he reaches the top he hesitates to jump because he’s a sane human being. Then Shane who has now risen off the table begins his acent. Once up top both men battle it out with scoop slams, DDTs, and the works. I kid you not, everyone in my house was on the edge of their seat litterally as we waited for the roof of the cage to drop out. After what seemed like an eternity up top the two men began to climb down, though KO took a much quicker route when Shane kicked him off the side of the cage through a table… This is where things got messy… Shane could have pinned KO and won at this point, but he neded that one more ig pop from the crowd, one more big elbow off the top to let KO know he was finished… So Shane lays KO across the other anounce table and scales the cage again. Once up top he crosses his chest and leaps elbow first… While mid flight KO is pulled from the table and Shane lands all by his lonesome in a heap of splintered furniture. Then as the match continues and both men are laid out, the guardian angel that saved KO, Sami Zayne, drug KO over the top of Shane for the three count… Kevin Owens wins.. I loved everything about this and I don’t want the fued to be over yet. Let it stew, let it build some more depth, have KO and Sami Zayne destroy the McMahone family… Just do this right is all I ask.
So that’s it for the review. Like I said the two Cell matches saved it for me. So far the last part of the year has RAW outdoing SMACKDOWN Live in the PPV market, atleast in my eyes. We shall see if they can keep that momentum going into TLC later this month. Untill next time! Yall have a good one!