The WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view occurred final night time in San Antonio. It was a excellent present in phrases of in ring motion, however a few of the reserving selections have left WWE followers perplexed about what WWE is doing by bringing again Brock Lesnar in the course of the Common Title match.
The Kickoff Present match noticed The New Day beat Rusev Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Workforce Titles in about 9 minutes.
Listed here are the outcomes of the seven matches that befell over three hours and 40 minutes.
- Randy Orton defeated Jeff Hardy in a Hell in a Cell match
- Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Aptitude to develop into the Smackdown Ladies’s Champion
- Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler defeated Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to retain the Uncooked Tag Staff Titles
- AJ Types defeated Samoa Joe in controversial style to retain the WWE Championship
- The Miz and Maryse defeated Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella
- Ronda Rousey defeated Alexa Bliss to retain the Uncooked Ladies’s Championship
- Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman ended in a No Contest in a Hell in a Cell match as a consequence of Brock Lesnar attacking each males
There was just one title change. I assumed it might be Joe over Types, nevertheless it was Lynch over Aptitude and that’s superb with me. Listed here are ten takeaways from the present.
10. The pink Hell in a Cell construction was an pointless change
The Hell in a Cell match debuted in 1997 and WWE had accomplished 38 Hell in a Cell matches going into this present. On Saturday, they launched a video on Youtube displaying that the brand new Hell in a Cell construction is purple.
I didn’t prefer it primarily as a result of I felt like the unique construction with the silver colour appears extra genuine. It simply seems extra painful. Because the graphics in the constructing additionally featured pink due to the Hell in a Cell emblem, that meant there was method an excessive amount of pink on the display at occasions, in order that was an excessive amount of for me at occasions.
There’s no particular cause for why the cell is purple, however there was some hypothesis that WWE’s higher-ups like Vince McMahon thought the previous silver cell was outdated. They figured that a new colour may make it really feel brisker. I don’t know if that report is true, however it is perhaps.
9. Seven matches is the correct quantity for a WWE pay-per-view occasion
I assumed the lineup was good going into Hell in a Cell as a result of when you’ve got seven matches which might be set to go about three hours and 30 minutes. then that provides the wrestlers a probability to have superior matches. When NXT has Takeover occasions, they do 5 matches in 2 hours and 30 minutes, so seven matches in three:30 is identical means.
Whereas it sucks that gifted individuals like Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, The Usos, Sasha Banks, and Bayley, amongst others, weren’t on the present, I feel the format of Hell in a Cell was a lot higher than SummerSlam, which was ten matches over 4 hours. Additionally they had three Kickoff Present matches at SummerSlam that helped to kill the gang a bit.
I hope that each one WWE PPV occasions going ahead have simply seven matches as an alternative of ten, however I assume that the “big four” exhibits (WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and Survivor Collection) could have extra matches than the opposite exhibits. My level is that slightly than holding too many matches to get extra individuals on the present, it’s higher to have fewer matches and produce a higher present. Is sensible, proper?
eight. Jeff Hardy’s massive transfer ended up costing him the match towards Randy Orton, as anticipated
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— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) September 16, 2018
This was one of many extra predictable matches on the cardboard. In my predictions article, I wrote that Hardy was in all probability going to lose after performing some massive spot and that’s precisely what occurred. What we didn’t know was what spot would Hardy try. He ended up going for one thing distinctive that ended the match.
Give Hardy and Orton a lot of credit score for working a bodily matchup with a lot of weapons, including chairs, tables, ladders, and even a screwdriver. Sure, a screwdriver. Orton grabbed a screwdriver and yanked on the ear gap that Hardy has on his left earlobe. It appeared brutal as Orton twisted on it, whereas some followers in the gang gasped once they noticed it. In actuality, Hardy doubtless felt no ache from it, however the visible appears dangerous.
The match went about 25 minutes, and the end featured Hardy establishing a big spot with a huge ladder with Orton on the desk beneath it. Hardy climbed the ladder, then went even greater and held onto prime of the cell. Hardy swung his legs whereas he was up there, Orton moved, and Hardy went crashing via the desk. It was a tough bump for Hardy, nevertheless it was what most of us thought it will occur. The ref needed to cease the match there, however Orton made him rely the pin. Hardy was taken away on a stretcher, in order that’s the top of the feud for now.
Orton posted the pic above on Instagram, which exhibits that he was minimize up after Hell in a Cell too.
7. Becky Lynch ended the brief Smackdown Title reign of Charlotte Aptitude in among the best ladies’s matches in WWE this yr
I actually appreciated the Charlotte Aptitude title protection towards Becky Lynch. It doesn’t shock me that I appreciated the match since they’re superior wrestlers and greatest pals, so you realize they have been going to bust their asses to assist make the opposite one look good. I assumed it was up there with Charlotte vs. Asuka at WrestleMania as the most effective ladies’s matches in WWE this yr, including NXT.
That they had a very aggressive match with Lynch engaged on the left arm of Charlotte all through the match, since Lynch has the Disarmer armbar submission finisher. Charlotte bought all of it match lengthy, stored coming again for extra, and almost received the win a few occasions. Charlotte wasn’t capable of slap on her Determine Eight submission, which was a story of the match as a result of Lynch was relentless in her assault. When Charlotte hit a Spear, Lynch rolled via and coated Aptitude to win. It was a type of shut finishes that was accomplished to point out how even they have been.
When Lynch gained, the followers cheered. Lynch has been booked as a heel, however she hasn’t been booed regardless of her low cost actions. After the match, when Charlotte needed a handshake, Lynch refused and walked away together with her title. These actions have been heelish by Lynch, however the followers didn’t boo her. I’m not that wrapped up in heel or face distinctions – I simply need good matches, and that’s what we received right here.
I picked Charlotte to retain as a result of I assumed WWE would hold the title on her a little bit longer since she gained it only one month earlier at SummerSlam. Nevertheless, WWE might e-book this feud just like Charlotte and Sasha Banks two years in the past once they did title modifications each month for about 5 months. There will definitely be extra Becky vs. Charlotte matches, doubtless at Evolution in late October and at Tremendous Present-Down in early October, and I’m all for it as a result of they’ve nice matches collectively and the extra they work with one another, the higher the matches are in all probability going to be.
6. The Uncooked Tag Group Title match was among the best tag group matches in WWE this yr
SOMEWAY…@HEELZiggler & @DMcIntyreWWE are STILL your #RAW #TagTeamChampions! #HIAC pic.twitter.com/uvSDeHnozY
— WWE (@WWE) September 17, 2018
I beloved the Uncooked Tag Group Title match with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre defeating Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. They received over 20 minutes, informed an unimaginable story throughout a match full of a lot of motion, and in the top, the savvy teamwork of Ziggler and McIntyre noticed them retain their Uncooked Tag Group Titles.
I’m not going to recap the entire thing, however the end was sensible. They made it appear to be McIntyre was the authorized man in the match. Nevertheless, it was actually Ziggler. Rollins was going after Ziggler with a superplex after which he tried for a Falcon Arrow slam just for McIntyre to return into the ring with a Claymore Kick. Ambrose was out on the ground throughout all of this.
Please take a look at this match in case you are a wrestling fan, particularly when you benefit from the in-ring motion greater than every little thing else. It was excellent. Like I famous above, it is likely one of the greatest tag workforce matches in WWE this yr, or actually any sort of match. All 4 males have been on level. Whenever you recover from 20 minutes and 4 excellent veteran wrestlers that know what they’re doing, the outcomes could be particular. This isn’t the top of the feud by any means, so I’m excited to see what else is coming from these guys.
5. One other controversial end to an AJ Types WWE Title match feels repetitive
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— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) September 17, 2018
I don’t know what it’s, however WWE appears so caught up in reserving controversial endings to AJ Types matches this yr. His feud with Shinsuke Nakamura produced a number of matches with out a good ending. Even should you return to SummerSlam final month, that they had a match the place Samoa Joe beat AJ Types by disqualification. It ought to have led to a stipulation match and even a Hell in a Cell contest, however as an alternative it led to a…common match. Why? It’s like WWE forgot the basic wrestling reserving of a DQ resulting in a gimmick match.
The match was fairly good, nevertheless it didn’t really feel particular at any time. I might have appreciated to see some extra plausible nearfalls and perhaps Types trying some submissions. It simply felt like two thirds of an epic match with out the robust ending sequence.
The top of the match noticed Joe placed on a Coquina Clutch submission, however Types turned it into a pinfall try for him, and gained by pin. Nevertheless, the replay confirmed that Types tapped out in the submission to offer Joe the win, however the ref was on the opposite aspect and he by no means noticed it. Joe was later proven speaking to Paige, who gave him a WWE Title rematch in Australia (already introduced weeks in the past) with no disqualifications and no countouts for the match. In different phrases, it’s like a Road Struggle or a Hardcore Match the place something goes.
After a controversial end, @RealPaigeWWE agreed to offer @SamoaJoe his rematch towards @AJStylesOrg at #WWESSD… #HIAC pic.twitter.com/PCdSJ5f5TA
— WWE (@WWE) September 17, 2018
If the aim is to go away me wanting extra then I feel they did that as a result of I’m a fan of each AJ and Joe, however I additionally assume the end probably pissed off some followers. Joe has a professional gripe right here, and it virtually makes him likable regardless that he’s the dirtbag heel in the storyline.
four. The combined tag group match led to Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella getting outsmarted by The Miz and Maryse once more
ALL IS RIGHT in the world of @mikethemiz & @MaryseMizanin because the #MizAndMrs decide up the WIN at #HIAC over @WWEDanielBryan & Brie @BellaTwins! pic.twitter.com/3FYyFi3kTt
— WWE (@WWE) September 17, 2018
The end to The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan match at SummerSlam noticed Miz get the win as a result of Maryse gave him brass knuckles to knock out Bryan and win the match. I figured that in this combined tag group match, Bryan and Brie would cease the dishonest and discover a method to win the match. Nope. It was one other win for the dangerous guys, who have been Miz and Maryse in this case. I can see them doing this match once more on Smackdown this week or the week after with Bryan and Brie getting the win.
One spot that basically caught out for me was when Bryan was battling Miz on the highest rope. After Bryan knocked Miz down, he jumped off the highest and went for a flying headbutt. Miz moved, so Bryan missed the transfer. That’s a spot that I might hope that Bryan stops doing due to his concussion historical past. Clearly, I don’t want to inform Bryan how you can wrestle, however all I’m saying is that sort of transfer actually doesn’t have to occur in Bryan matches. There’s no cause to take pointless head bumps like that ever once more in case you’re Daniel Bryan.
The match was high quality. It was a primary combined tag workforce match with Bryan and Miz carrying it. Maryse barely did something aside from act cowardly the entire match, but she was capable of beat Brie with a sloppy wanting rollup.
Bryan and Miz are set to face off in a #1 Contender’s match for the WWE Title at Tremendous Present-Down in Australia on October 6. I don’t know who will win, however I hope it’s Bryan. It additionally is determined by if it’s AJ or Joe because the champion.
three. Ronda Rousey gained probably the most predictable match of the night time to retain her Uncooked Ladies’s Title
Probably the most predictable end result of the night time was Ronda Rousey efficiently defending her Uncooked Ladies’s Title towards Alexa Bliss. In my predictions for the present, I wrote that it’s in all probability going about ten minutes versus the 4 minutes they received at SummerSlam. The rationale for that’s as a result of Rousey was promoting the rib damage, so Bliss labored over the ribs.
I proceed to be impressed by Rousey. The best way she bought the rib damage was fairly good. When Rousey made the predictable comeback, her offense seemed clean. I assumed it was a little tacky when Rousey made the indignant faces throughout her “hulking up” spot the place she made the comeback, however aside from that, it was principally fairly good to me. Rousey gained with the armbar as typical and the match went about 12 minutes.
What harm the match is that there was no level the place anyone thought Bliss may win. I feel they need to have arrange one or two shut nearfalls for Bliss to make it seem like Rousey may lose, however clearly, WWE all the time needs Rousey to be robust in her matches.
The rumor is that Rousey will face Nikki Bella on the ladies’s Evolution PPV on October 28. We might see WWE set that up tonight on Uncooked. It has been teased a bit thus far, so it’s simply a matter of how WWE needs to make it official. I feel it will be good if Nikki gained a match to earn the title shot somewhat than simply being given the title shot.
2. The ending of Roman Reigns’ Hell in a Cell match with Braun Strowman was disappointing
The CARNAGE continues…#HIAC #UniversalChampionship @WWERomanReigns pic.twitter.com/9CQnWp2dpR
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) September 17, 2018
The primary occasion was Roman Reigns defending the Common Title towards Braun Strowman inside Hell in a Cell. This was a type of matches the place it was apparent going in that WWE had no curiosity in reserving both man to lose, so how might they get out of it? Brock Lesnar. I don’t assume many people noticed that coming.
The match was fairly good for about 15 minutes as they have been constructing to huge spots, however then the motion got here to a screeching halt. They did a large spot the place Reigns hit a Spear into a desk that was propped up towards the ropes. Reigns and Strowman have been out on the mat, so McIntyre and Ziggler tried to intrude, however Rollins and Ambrose stopped them. These 4 guys ended up brawling on the highest of the cell. Rollins chased Ziggler to the aspect of the cell, resulting in Rollins and Ziggler bumping off the cell about ten ft excessive via the desk.
Throughout this complete sequence with Rollins, Ambrose, McIntyre, and Ziggler, all we noticed from Reigns and Strowman was the 2 of them laying on the mat as in the event that they have been unable to maneuver for about *six minutes*. They did nothing throughout your complete time as a result of the digital camera wasn’t on them. I assumed it was ridiculous.
There is just one phrase for this #UniversalChampionship Match… CHAOS. #HIAC pic.twitter.com/A9j1oWmeve
— WWE (@WWE) September 17, 2018
That’s when Brock Lesnar (with a beard) confirmed as much as assault each males. The gang reacted to Lesnar in a massive means they usually gave him a celebrity pop. Most individuals believed Lesnar was achieved with WWE at SummerSlam and was specializing in his UFC struggle with Daniel Cormier early subsequent yr. That UFC battle continues to be occurring, however Lesnar is again for extra. Lesnar was not marketed for Hell in a Cell, however PWInsider reported on Lesnar being there earlier in the day.
Lesnar kicked open the Hell in a Cell door. My guess is the lock wasn’t actually locked, nevertheless it seemed prefer it was. Lesnar destroyed Reigns and Strowman by choosing up items of damaged wooden tables and smashing them over the backs of the 2 males. In the meantime, particular referee Mick Foley was not that particular as a result of he was taken out by Paul Heyman, who sprayed one thing in his eyes. Lesnar hit the F5 on each Reigns and Strowman. Each guys have been out, so one other ref referred to as for the bell.
Reigns vs. Strowman was formally a No Contest after about 25 minutes, which was actually about 15 minutes of motion and a last ten minutes that included each males laying on the mat and getting beat up by Lesnar. I assumed it was a lame ending. I perceive that WWE didn’t need to have Reigns or Strowman lose, however why ebook the match in the primary place? They might have executed one thing else. Hell in a Cell is meant to be a match with no guidelines and all weapons are authorized, so by ending it that approach, you’re principally spitting the principles again in our face. It simply doesn’t come off as a nice concept.
After the present was over, followers have been upset that they paid a lot of cash to witness that ending, in order that they repeatedly chanted “this is bullshit”. That wasn’t proven on the printed as a result of WWE reduce away proper after the end with none replays. The humorous factor is that they have been chanting “Suplex City” in help of Lesnar proper earlier than that, however I feel once they realized the present was over, they have been pissed off.
It’s comprehensible that followers have been upset. A whole lot of followers on-line are mad too. It’s as if individuals anticipate a WWE PPV to finish with a decisive end slightly than a No Contest ending. I get that too, however I feel massive image it is sensible due to what WWE has arising. That doesn’t imply I favored it or that I might have executed it. I feel they might have had Strowman lose in low cost trend, which might nonetheless arrange a rematch. As an alternative, they went with the draw. No one is ever going to love these sorts of endings. Does it make you extra excited for Uncooked or make you groan about Lesnar being again? I feel the WWE followers may have a combined response to it and that’s why I’m not a fan of ending the present the best way they did.
1. Brock Lesnar’s return will result in at the least yet one more match in…Saudi Arabia? Sure, actually!
The story on Lesnar’s return is that WWE goes to run one other occasion in Saudi Arabia (this time in Riyadh, final time was in Jeddah) on November 2, based on Wrestling Observer. It hasn’t been introduced but, however that’s the plan for the male wrestlers on the roster. The ladies almost definitely gained’t be there, identical to for the Biggest Royal Rumble occasion in April. It’s coming six days after the Ladies’s Evolution PPV on October 28.
Whereas it’s not recognized what the WWE Common Championship match may be at that present, I anticipate it to be Reigns vs. Strowman vs. Lesnar for the Common Championship. Lesnar will probably be paid a lot of cash to work the present, in order that’s why he’s possible prepared to do it. I might assume the storyline rationalization is that Lesnar was granted a rematch by Baron Corbin, the appearing GM, after GM Kurt Angle stated that Lesnar doesn’t get a rematch. Strowman could be a a part of it as a result of he received screwed over by Lesnar. They will do the triple menace with Reigns pinning Lesnar to put in writing out Lesnar till every time he exhibits up once more.
The Beast opened the door to hell, However he forgot he simply let a MONSTER out. We’re FAR from completed with this….I’m not completed with you!!!
— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) September 17, 2018
The top recreation is sensible and searching again on the means the present completed, I can see why WWE would need to convey again Lesnar. He’s a huge identify that allowed them to guide a screwy end. I feel that ending harm the present a lot after three hours of principally nice motion previous to the primary occasion.
I loved Hell in a Cell primarily for the work in the ring, and the Tag Group Title match with McIntyre/Ziggler vs. Rollins/Ambrose was the most effective matches of the yr. I favored the Lynch/Aptitude match a lot too, and every little thing else was strong. The reserving of the primary occasion isn’t one thing I’ll keep in mind fondly, however at the least I perceive why WWE selected to go that route.
The month of October may have two main WWE PPV occasions with the Australian Tremendous Present-Down happening on Saturday, October 6 and the all-women’s Evolution occasion on October 28. Search for all WWE programming to give attention to constructing to these exhibits over the subsequent few weeks. I ought to be again later in the week for an additional WWE associated column. Thanks for studying.