Last night’s Hell in a Cell was pretty much how I predicted it would be, in regards to the 25% of matches being throw away’s. There was a strong start off and then it died down, came almost to a crawl then had an extremely long finish. If you look at all the winners it seemed like this pay per view was all about the villains, because there wasn’t a whole lot of face wins. Let’s take a look at the matches and see how I did.
Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros: I was wrong. I was really hoping they would write The Hype Bros story to be one of redemption, but it looks like they are continuing with having Ryder and Rawley blame each other and that can only mean break up. If anything, this will be a long break up that will begin Tuesday on Smackdown Live and end with a match between Ryder and Rawley. I could go either way with Gable and Benjamin, they won but there was nothing to spot light.
The New Day vs. The Usos: I was wrong. I may have been wrong on this one, but this was an amazing way to start off Hell in a Cell. Time and time again both of these teams have stepped up and outdone themselves, and in this match each team used everything available to them. What started off as a fun loving tag team of The New Day turned ugly as they went dark and brought out weapons I had’t used in a WWE ring in a long time. There was a lot of Kendo stick beating and you could see the welts starting to show up as the match went on. The Uso’s won, and this was a well deserved victory.
Randy Orton vs. Rusev: I was right. Did anyone else seeing this match going any other way? I wish they had put this match first as it was a momentum killer coming off of the tag team championship match that had just happened. In any case, Orton won.
AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger: I was wrong. The addition to Dillinger being in the match was a last minute thing, so I didn’t factor him into this match. Looking back it really didn’t matter anyway as the unthinkable happened and Baron Corbin won the United States Championship. My only thought is that they are going to have a new package with Styles fighting Dillinger and blaming him as the reason why Styles didn’t win. Baron Corbin will may continue the open challenge, but I suppose we’ll see Tuesday.
Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair: I was right. Well, I was half right. Natalya didn’t drop her title but only because she brought a chair in to the match and got disqualified. This seemed really cheap as if they had a plan and at the last minute changed it up and gave a crappy ending. I was really hoping for Carmella to make an appearance, but she didn’t cash in.
Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: I was wrong. This match seemed to be going in favor of Shinsuke towards the end, with all the signs pointing to him winning after the Singh Brothers were ejected. What could have been a great moment was turned into let down as Jinder Mahal won and kept his WWE Championship.
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler: I was right. I feel so bad for Bobby Roode as this was the bathroom and food break match, which is strictly because of Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler came out right off the bat pouting and cutting his own music as he walked to the ring looking like someone had crapped in his cereal bowl It was then a dragged out match that went way too long with Roode being the victor and Ziggler sulking back to the locker room. I feel like Ziggler is just performing the last few matches in his contract before he leaves to do whatever he has lined up for himself.
Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens: I was wrong. I was right about this being match of the night, which could have easily been taken by the opening match, and each wrestler put their all into bringing a very exciting match. What looked to a slow start quickly picked up with Owens going through a table and getting a coast to coast performed on him. I’m really glad they reinforced the cage after the infamous Undertaker and Mankind match, because there were so many times that Shane or Kevin could have fallen through on top. I’d say that them fighting at the top of the cell was probably one of the most nerve racking things, only because of flashbacks of Mankind falling through the top. This was also very reminiscent of the match The Undertaker and Shane had, because the same thing happened at the end. Shane dropped an elbow off the top of the cage and broke through an announce table, but this time it was because Sami Zayne helped Kevin Owens off. Due to this being a falls count anywhere match, Sami was able to push Kevin onto Shane and get the win.