Hell in a Cell Results and Reaction
This show as a whole was great. With that being said, there was one portion that wasn’t great at all, it also happened to be the most important portion of the show. Despite only having 4 matches advertised 2 hours before the show, it really wasn’t bad. There weren’t many shocks, but despite having a great overall show, fans were extremely disappointed with this PPV. To be fair, Clash of Champions wasn’t a long time ago and Crown Jewel is coming back in a few weeks, so I think it was just bad timing for the PPV than anything else. I think for what it was, it was a solid show and here is my match-to-match breakdown of the show.
- Women’s Singles Match
Natalya over Lacey Evans
For what this match was, it was solid. Having Natalya to go over here was a good choice, because it appears that their feud is continuing. I predicted that Evans would win, but she looked decent in this match. It looks like they are getting more and more comfortable working together and having Lacey work with someone with experience like Natalya is only helping her. The only thing that I really had a problem with was when Lacey was tapping before Natalya locked in the submission hold. Other than that, Lacey looked really strong, without picking up a win and that is perfectly fine for here at the moment.
- Women’s Hell in a Cell Match: RAW Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch (C) over Sasha Banks *MATCH OF THE NIGHT*
This was literally the only option to kick off the show and it was the highlight of the show. These two ladies put on an absolute show. The looked like they were in an actual fight and it made it that more impressive. Sasha tapped out, but it didn’t make her look weak. She simply withstood all she could and threw in the towel against the WWE’s biggest star. Not only do I think this is Match of the Night, but it honestly could be Match of the Year. I really can’t think of anything that would’ve made the match any better than it was. The properly utilized weapons and the spot where Becky drop kicked Sasha sitting on the wedged chair on the cell wall was creativity at its finest. One has to think this is the end of this feud, but I honestly want more out of these two. I thought the leaving shot of Sasha crying and worn out was absolute money. I’ve never been a big Sasha Banks fan, but she is one of the best wrestlers in the women’s division and she should be in title contention for quite a while.
- Men’s Tornado Tag Match
Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan over Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
I didn’t know that this was going to be a Tornado Tag match until they brought out everyone. This was a great stipulation that you just don’t see a lot anymore. This was a brutal match, but in a good way. I totally expected Roman and Bryan to pick up the win here and I expected for them to do everything in their power to make the opposition look good and they did. I personally thought Luke Harper was the MVP of the match. The biggest question after the match was if Daniel Bryan was going to turn on Roman. He teased it, but it didn’t happen and I’m glad. I think the best Daniel Bryan is face Daniel Bryan and it should be interesting to see him back on that journey. I don’t know what is next for these guys, but it looks like this feud is over.
- Men’s Singles Match
Randy Orton over Ali
This match wasn’t advertised and it was announced less than an hour before the match started. There was nothing at stake here, but pride. Orton getting the win here doesn’t help him, but Ali putting on another great performance with someone like Orton help him tremendously. Ali certainly took a beating, but he just couldn’t overcome it. This may lead to a continuation of a possible feud and if they play their cards right, they could make Ali into a star. This was a match that came out of nowhere and the finish was fitting. An RKO Out of Nowhere.
- Women’s Tag Team Match: Women’s Tag Team Championship
Kabuki Warriors over Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (C)
This was the perfect time for Bliss and Cross to drop the titles and it is great to finally see Asuka and Kairi Sane getting a little bit of the spotlight again. The finish of this match was phenomenal. Asuka brought out the green mist and it was totally unexpected. This match didn’t have any build, but it was clear that it didn’t need a big build. The biggest question leaving this match however, is are the Kabuki Warriors heels? Throughout the match they appeared to be the bad guys. We should keep an eye out for that, but I’m glad to see them as champions.
- 6-Man Tag Team Match
The Viking Raiders and Braun Strowman over The OC; DQ
A DQ was the best ending to this match, because both teams are championship contending teams and could possibly be hurt by a loss. Although I didn’t write Strowman down in my predictions article, he was the first person that popped in my head as a potential mystery partner. The best part of the match was after the DQ was called and Strowman knocked out AJ Styles. Styles stumbling up the ramp was entertainment at its finest.it looks like this was just a spot for Strowman to get some momentum going into the potential feud with boxing star, Tyson Fury and it was successful.
- Men’s Singles Match
Chad Gable over King Corbin
I thought this match would’ve benefitted from having a special stipulation added to it, but it was clear that it wasn’t necessary. These two put on another great match and although I expected Corbin to win, Gable winning wasn’t really a shock. I hope this gives Gable a legitimate push and hopefully we could possibly see him competing for titles in the near future, because he is too talented to be enhancement talent. Corbin taking a loss here doesn’t hurt him, but I wouldn’t make a habit of it.
- Women’s Singles Match: SmackDown Women’s Championship
Charlotte Flair over Bayley (C)
This seemed like too much of a sure thing going into the PPV. I didn’t think Bayley’s reign had much left and Charlotte winning her makes total sense. It appears that Charlotte will be staying on SmackDown and I don’t think there could be a better women’s superstar to build their women’s division around. With that being said, the match was not that great. It wasn’t bad, but just not a memorable one. After the match, Bayley was crying and threw a little fit. I guess it is supposed to sort of mock what they were rumored to be doing after WrestleMania 35, but personally, Bayley working as a heel doesn’t do a thing for me. She isn’t believable at all, but as a face, she is great. I guess we’ll have to give her a legitimate shot as a heel, but I just don’t see it working out. Charlotte Flair become the first 10-time Women’s champion in WWE history and it looks like she is going to get pretty close to her dad’s title record in no time.
- Men’s Hell in a Cell Match: Universal Championship
Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins; No Contest, Referee Stoppage
I know I’m not alone here, but how does a Hell in a Cell match end in a no contest in the main event two years in a row? It is rather lame, but as far as the future goes, I’ll probably get crucified for saying this, but it was the right call. Did I like the finish? Absolutely not. It was one of the worst conclusions of a PPV that I have ever seen. A lot of people hated the red lighting, but I actually liked it. It gave it a more sinister feel to it. My reaction to this match is simple, it was overdone. They thought too hard on this conclusion and it ended up blowing up in their face. I totally understand why now isn’t the time to put the belt on Wyatt, but the crowd wasn’t going to accept anything less than a victory or a scenario that left them content. At the moment, Wyatt is a part-time character and having both major belts on part-time talent doesn’t make sense currently. On paper, if you explained what happened in this match rather than actually watching the match, it makes perfect sense, but seeing The Fiend get hit with a flurry of super kicks and curb stomps and getting attacked by a large variety of weaponry and kicking out at one multiple times doesn’t leave the fans wanting a referee stoppage. They even simulated chair shots to the head and even a sledgehammer shot to the head. Despite the crappy ending, The Fiend still looked strong and attacked Rollins just as he was going to get carted out of the ring. This will probably be remembered as a dud of a main event by fans and forgotten by the WWE. I can’t recall the last time I’ve heard fans this displeased with a main event PPV match and it is really a shame to see.