What we just see!!!
Hell in the cell is officially in the books.. hard hitting plenty of spots and suprised for the world to see.
I am Paul and I’m going to break this pay per view down
Smackdown Live tag team championships
The New Day (c) vs The Usos
The match that has been billed to end the long rivalry, one last time The New Day vs the Usos, what other way could this end other then inside the famous steel structure.
The new day enter the arena to the usual same pop and all three enter the cell and cut the promo before the match, great reaction for the powerhouse stable as normal. Yet again The New Day prove again they are superb on the mic and get the crowd pumped for this match. Extra nice touch wit big E bout to end with there classic “New day rocks” then went out on a serious note ending with the “New day apocalypses”
The usos enter the ring then we learn that it will be Big E and Xavier woods who will compete in this match.
Nicely start off with the stare down and let the crowd a chance to soak in this match, both teams not messing around and set the tone of the match from the start with kendo sticks chains and chairs.
New day start off with a small advantage to start with a lovely wheelbarrow fist drop with Xavier with the chain wrapped around the hand, didn’t take long at all to show how this match is going to play out. Big E attempts his signature spear off the apron and fails and crashes to the outside, quickly followed by a successful dropkick by Xavier to Jey Usos, not long then Jimmy joins in with a dive and both go crashing into cell and hitting the floor.
2nd attempt by Big E for the spear successful hits very hard against the cell wall! the cell wall buckles and visible damaged! this is only the first few minutes of the match the crowd is already showing there appreciation for these 4 men.
Now we see Woods play time, Big E hands him many weapons to take it to Jey Uso, 2 trombones, a cowbell and a gong as assault, Woods showing this fun and aggressive side we don’t usually see that often.
Woods calls for the up up down down only to be stopped by Jimmy with a flying chair to the face. These teams showing straight away there willing to put on the match of the night again!
A lot more fun with kendo sticks at the expense of big E, more heavy hitting spots keep coming, including a horrible hip attack to woods against the cell wall leaving him glazed eyed sitting in pain. The pacing of this match is going perfect, both teams dishing it out and taking it.
Next big spot as Big E groggy on the apron with one of the Usos and performing a side slam into a back stabber from woods on the outside of the ring, looks painful and both guys hitting hard!
New Day hit the up up down down to a broken up pin attempt (gives the impression we might see a lot of these in this match up)
Woods goes under the ring and reveals half a dozen kendo sticks, after hitting Jey Uso they trap him in the corner of the ring with the kendo sticks in a spot i cant recall seeing before, trapping him to leave the match in a 2 on 1 situation. Woods and E set up jimmy on the steps with Woods heading to the top rope and ascending to the steel ring post, however broken up by Jey uso escaping the kendo prison.
Next big spot coming up, as big E set up in a electric chair position with a Uso diving to the outside crashing into the cell wall, big E hitting very hard back of the head. This match is living up to all the hype original great spots and hard hitting action!
Double Uso splash with a kick out from Big E, both Usos stunned at this. Usos bring out to reveal handcuffs and handcuff E to the bottom rope and handcuff woods to the steel post hanging by the writs outside the ring. This spot of the match is painful to watch and much respect to Woods taking many open body shots from a kendo stick.
Big E broken free and gets pumped up and fights back and hits on the usos with a lifting slam to the side off the cell, then hitting it again but going through the other usos. Straps down from E is the end coming? Big ending hit but only a 2 count from the ref. bit of a botch super kick from jey uso but E taken out with many more that hit the spot, double splash again but E saved by woods.
Another 2 on 1 assault two woods who is handcuffed, he pumps up and fights back however the numbers game and more kendo assault falls to him. A chair placed on Woods and a double splash seals the fate and gets the 3 count
WINNERS THE USOS NEW SMACKDOWN TAGTEAM CHAMPIONS
This match lived up to the hype and a lot more, there was big spots a little fun and everything ran smoothly for this with only one tiny botched super kick but that was about it. These two teams showed again that tag team wrestling done right is amazing to watch and when you get chemistry like these teams do then magic happens.
Rusev vs Randy Orton
Rematch from summerslam next and Rusev trying to make another glorious Rusev day.
Both men get decent pops for this match and properly hoping for a longer match then the summerslam match.
usual feeling out process as Rusev showing off power early and blocking a early RKO attempt, nearly a repeat from summerslam lol.
Rusev goes on the attacking aggressive front straight away showing dominance, randy gets so offence in showing a lot of back and forward between the two superstars. Randy takes a bump into the barriacade and takes a falloway slam on the outside of the ring setting up rusevs continued offence on the viper.
Usual offence work from both men the crowd does stay with it but do seem a tiny bit tired after the last match.
Come back from Orton blocking punches and throwing them back to try build momentum, another blocked RKO into a vintage Orton power slam with a 2 count from the ref.
Big side kick side to the side of the head from Rusev with a 2 count, he calls for the accolade but Orton gets out the ring for a escape, Rusev keeps up the attack with a big super kick to the outside. 2nd rope splash from Rusev missed both men down.
Orton takes control with the leverage DDT, Ortons call for the RKO and out of no where rusev reveres into the accolade then OUT OF NOWHERE orton hits a brutal RKO For the 3 count
WINNER Randy Orton
This match delivered what i expected from these two workers, both tell a easy story of power and speed, they do work well together but parts of the match do seem not to go that smooth, very good showing for both but nothing really special and properly see these two go at it again very soon
UNITED STATES MATCH
AJ Styles (c) vs Tye Dillinger vs Baron Corbin
After Dillinger win over Corbin on smackdown live and a chat to Daniel Bryan this match is now a triple threat.
Aj showing again he is easily one of WWES over men with the crowd going wild during entrance
Early on Styles and Dillinger showing there willing to team up of Corbin and assault very early on the lone wolf, still great chants of “wheres your briefcase” still going on. Corbin gets knocked out of the ring leaving Dillinger and styles for a great few quick pin fall combinations both showing there great in ring skill.
Both guys going back and forward till Corbin drags styles out ring and takes to ring to attack Dillinger till he knocked out the ring, styles tries to take on Corbin but fails, showing great dominance from Corbin in this match. Styles showing great selling for Corbin being used as a rag doll making the lone wolf look even more powerful.
Stunning combination really showing the athleticnes of styles and Dillinger and the power of Corbin, however Corbin still in control dominating Dillinger. Also Styles gets a nasty bump into the barricade.
Dillinger gets on the offensive however selling the lower back as Corbin takes control again. These men so far showing a great work rate and doing a good job getting Corbin over as a power house. However this can slow the match right down a bit to much at times however not a lot but some points feel really dragged, when you got styles and Dillinger i was expecting more quick sequences.
Corbin gets a near fall on Dillinger and then takes focus to styles however he gets on the offensive and breaks out a lot of attack to take the big man down. A failed styles clash attempt to Corbin and Styles takes him out the ring leaving the two smaller men in the ring, Dillinger gets pumped with offence and gets the crowd right behind him with ten chants in the air.
Dillinger getting some close 3 falls on styles, styles attempts 2 clashes on Dillinger and fails both but counters into the calf crusher, Corbin drags Dillinger out the ring to save the match, followed up by a phenomenal forearm to Corbin to the outside, this is being shown to be anybody’s match at this moment.
Styles gets pushed into steel post on the outside with Dillinger and Corbin going back and forward in ring till Corbin hits deep 6 on him, Styles comes too and goes for the phenomenal forearm but caught and hit by a choke slam from Corbin.
Corbin left standing looking over the other two, who is this match going too? All three men hit offence really quick all hitting hard with the end result with Styles hitting pele kick on Dillinger landing on a knocked out Corbin for a 2 count, great sequence really smooth showing all men in great lights.
styles hits the springboard 450 splash on Corbin but broken up by Dillinger, who is now getting pumped up again for a 2nd wind offence on Styles.
Styles hits the forearm on Dillinger leaving him out cold in the ring however Corbin breaks up the pin attempt and kicks Styles out the ring for a stolen 3 count
WINNER- Baron Corbin New United states champion
This match wasn’t perfect but did its job really well, no one looked weak everyone hit offence great and got there stuff in, bit slow in places but no much to complain, Aj Styles yet again showing how good he is and passing on a lot of wisdom onto dillinger, bit odd putting the belt on Corbin as he has not been booked strong but this maybe what he needs to make him a powerful middle card player.
So far this ppv is showing very strong.
SMACKDOWN WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP
Natalyia (c) vs Charlotte Flair
These two have had a big history together in the WWE as they go into this match. Two top women for there division showing they can properly lead it from strength to strength.
Charlotte taking early advantage with early pin attempt showing she not missed a beat on the big stage. Bit of a miss step with a roll up attempt from Charlotte however saved by Nattie.
Nattie taking control work on Charlotte’s leg knee and leg, working it a lot obviously building up for the sharpshooter later on. Very slow paced working on it keeping nattie shown as a great technician in the ring.
Charlotte after getting worked on shows some sign of life in her looking like she going to work on the ankle, however very short lived as Nattie starts on it again with the slow beat down of Charlotte.
Sharpshooter attempt failed as Charlotte breaks away to try get some momentum on the champion, however the leg is being sold hard as Charlotte is hobbling around the ring during her attack.
Charlotte goes to the top rope maybe going for a moonsault is stopped and reversed into a massive power bomb from Nattie for a 2 count.
Nattie showing signs of frustration that lead to a sneaky pin attempt from Charlotte that shows a aggressive side from Nattie in her.
Charlotte gets advantage trys for a figure 4 but gets easily knocked out ring, Nattie follows and then pushes Charlotte into the ring steps with her knee getting hit and being sold really painful.
Nattie places Charlotte into the ring and slaps the sharpshooter for a good few mins, Charlotte reverses by throwing Nattie into the bottom turnbuckle to break out of it. Charlotte goes to the top rope again but Nattie has time to get out ring to stop this.
Nattie knocked down outside the ring as Charlotte hits a moonsault to Nattie to the outside of the ring but seems to have done more damage to her knee in the process.
After a bit off a scuffle Nattie swings a chair into the knee Of Charlotte for the DQ to retain the title.
WINNER BY DQ- Charlotte Flair
Yet again these two showing a sold outing and how good they can work together, a lot slower compared to there past matches, Nattie shown strong working the knee and Charlotte showing spirit through out, but yet again WWE having a non clean finish dose nothing for there woman’s champion, a clean win shows she is dominant and a worthy champion, defiantly not the last time we shall see these two on PPV.
Just in enough time for the fashion files segment to the joy of the crowd.
Yet again a very funny segment proving these two have so much to offer the company, this is not the end as this will continue with a new case on Smackdown Live
WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
JINDER MAHAL (C) With the Singh Brothers VS Shinusuke Nakamura
I have a lot off issues with this, firstly the match not being a hell in the cell match? its the brands top prize and not having it in the shows themed match doesn’t really sit with me, also this is not even the co main event of the night really shows how much WWE think about this and not really going to sell the idea of Jinder as the guy in WWE
Very slow feeling out process with both men trying to get advantage. No one really going on the offensive early on.
Nakamura taunting Jinder delivers some hard hitting knees to the champ.
Nakamura does this better then anybody else perfect blend of strong style and charisma.
Jinder takes cheap shot running Nakamura into the post and running into the barricade and now taking control beating down the king of strong style. Very basic beat down and holding him down.
Nakamura fights back with his hard hitting kicks puts Jinder on the back foot as he counties his normal offence of knees and elbows.
Singhs try get involved to get welcomed by the knees of the challenge but Jinder gains control again.
This match is following a similar pattern and story to there past matches, Jinder goes for the Khallas but reverses for a pin attempt for a close 2 count.
Nakmura goes for the kinsha but the Singhs distract and try help Jinder with the ref seeing what they are doing, after the 2nd attempt of this the ref ejects them to the back.
Nakamura hits the KINSHA!! however with the ref on the outside gives the champ gets enough time to tell where he is for a rope break. Jinder trys and fails to get through crowd, Jinder hits the Khallas after a failed Kinsha for the 3 fall and Jinder gets the win to retain the title
WINNER- JINDER MAHAL
This match was very similar to past matches, very slow and shows Jinders lack of move-set and Nakamuras limits on what he can do with his strong style, does nothing for either superstar, Jinder is still hated and seen as a weak champion and the form NXT powerhouse cant get the job done.
Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler
Bobby Roodes PPV debut now, gets welcomed by a loud crowed loving his glorious entrance. Dolph doing something really smart having his music stop and entering to no music or titan tron or fanfare at all to play along with his gimmick at the moment.
Ziggler quick out the gate trying to prove he is the best in ring performer in WWE, both men showing both very capable in the squared circle, just time for a quick taunt from the glorious one.
Ziggler tries get aggressive on roode but dose not take control as Roode takes back control easily. Everything Ziggler tries Roode has a answer for it at this part of the match.
Ziggler take cheap shot with pulling his throat against the top rope and takes control, a smattering of CM punk chants in 2017?? wow really still?? lol
Ziggler showing a great arrogance and straight forward controlled wrestling keeping control and not making any mistakes, nothing flash just stuff that works.
Ziggler hits a sleeper and Roode starts going down, the crowd literally dies at this moment with hardly any response or trying to get Roode back into the match. The momentum has been killed dead the crowd are not really playing into this match. Roode breaks out and starts fighting back.
Roode hitting his big moves like the blockbuster from the top rope, the crowd has no life in them at the moment and it effecting the feel off the match.
Roode goes for the glorious DDT but it gets reversed and Ziggler hits him with his snap DDT for a close 2 count. Failed zig zag back into a sleeper hold. Roode breacks out but gets hit into a fame asser.
Ziggler with a evil look starts tuning up the band waiting to hit sweet chin music but fails gets hit but a spine buster, Ziggler fails a zig zag and both try quick roll ups till Roode gets a handful of tights for the win.
WINNER- Bobby Roode
Straight after bell Ziggler hits him with a Zig Zag and leaves leaving this feud open to continue. This match never really got started, not sure if placed wrong on card but the crowd didn’t by this match, properly cause it was only booked a week ago and not enough time to build any story, defiantly a lot of talent there just need to bring it out in future and show off two of the best workers WWE have got at the moment.
MAIN EVENT HELL IN A CELL MATCH
SHANE MCMAHON VS KEVIN OWENS
This match has had me interested, mainly due fact Owens is a great heel and worker and no one ever knows what Shane will do, the promo in this match has been done really well and shows this build up great.
Match up starts up with Kevin Owens on the back foot, even trying to keep Shane out the cell till Shane can fight his way in.
The beginning of this match sets the tone, a lot of brawling done by Shane. Shane is doing some wrestling and showing he can go but not a lot of it.
Owens takes control early using cell a lot to punish Shane, even by his kids showing he should be the one they admire. A lot of back and forward brawl with Owens showing he is the ring master KO hit a cannon ball for a 2 count, he ascends to the top rope for a senton but Shane got the knees up hurting both off them.
Shane sets up for the shooting star press but misses and KO hits with the bullfrog splash for a 2 count. Owens getting very frustrated.
KO goes for a pop up power bomb but a great reversal into a arm bar by Shane, the two end up to the outside with the arm bar changed into a triangle choke, KO reverses and power bombs him onto the steps.
KO doing great taunt work shouting at Shane showing he knows this business so well. KO carries on the assault on the outside to when a table is revealed by Owens, the crowd loves this, It is set up by Owens propped up on a slope on the cell wall. Owens lays Shane up on it going for a senton from the apron, Shane moves and Owens goes CRASHING through the table! Shane gets a cover for a 2 count.
Shane takes half the broken table and starts swinging away at Owens. OOOO there is a trash can appearing, i believe we all know what is going to happen. COAST 2 COAST hit hard on Owens. 2 count with a rope break from Owens.
Shane looks up the heavens, i think we all know again whats going to happen, after a struggling attempt with some bolt cutters he opens the cell door and there free to go out off the cell.
Owens hits a big DDT on the ramp and takes control on the outside, he beats and drags Shane to the announce table, Owens jumps on the barricade and then looks up to the cell and climbs up to the top off the cell! he stands at the top and teases he going to drop down but hesitates and shows he is scared at the top, giving Shane time to get together and join Owen on the top of the cell.
The next few minutes i could not believe what i was watching, back body drops and suplexs and even a pop up power bomb on the top of the cell! how they didn’t fall throw is incredible, this is pure entertainment and easily some the best work WWE done in a long time. After a while of brawling both men start climbing down to from the roof (the crowd boos….. i couldn’t believe it myself but booing????) Both men hit each other till Shane gets advantage and Owens falls 10 feet from the cell into the announce table. That bump looked nasty.
This was not enough for Shane as he set up owens on the other annouce table and scaled the hell again to put the finishing touches to Owens.
He falls but someone helps Owens move?? ITS SAMI ZAYN?? Owens worst enemy helping him? I don’t care what anyone says no one saw that coming, even that he drags Owens over shane for the 3 count
Winner- Kevin Owens
This match did what it said on the tin, made Shane spots, Owens showing he can bump, but with a great twist of the ending with Sami, where do we go from here? so many questions to be answered by this match. Both men genuinely look like they been through hell.
OVERALL GRADE- B
This show was a breath of fresh air, the highs were incredible, the tag team match was the show stopper closely by the main event and the triple threat, the lows of the world title and maybe Ziggler and Roode as well not being received well however this show is a massive step in the right direction compared to other shows WWE have done.
Well done and thanks for reading