First off, this PPV was, in my opinion, a little underwhelming. They changed the cell to red, which made it damn near impossible to see through it when the camera was outside the ring, and the matches inside of it, were a B- at best. But let’s not jump ahead, we’ll start with the Pre-Card.
New Day (c) vs Rusev Day
This match was extremely boring. Why would Vince put the New Day against some low tier tag team such as Rusev Day? The New Day and the Usos had the best Hell in a Cell Match in 2017, so why not rerun it or at least let the Bar compete in it? Sure, Rusev is one of the most popular entertainers right now, and his Rusev Day ploy is widely loved, but then they put on a 10-minute match and lose via pinfall? Makes no sense whatsoever. Grade: C-.
Hell in a Cell: Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton
I’ll be honest, behind Braun and Roman this was my most anticipated matchup and it was mediocre. Hardy hit the offensive early, with attempting to hit a suplex on Orton in between an upside-down ladder, but Orton countered and threw Hardy into it. This got my blood pumping, this is what I wanted. Then Orton got angry, smashed Hardy with a chair, then with a belt, and even put his head between a chair and stomped on it repeatedly. Then it got eerie; they did the one thing possible to turn me off this match. Orton took a screwdriver and put it through Hardy’s gauge on his ear. He twisted it and I was turned away. I hate this gimmick, especially from Orton who was my favorite wrestler until the whole Jinder debacle. I attached a video of this at the end. Hardy countered, beat Orton with a belt which drew blood. He then countered an RKO with a Twist of Fate and hit Orton with a Swanton Bomb, which led to a 2 count. He then set a table and placed a smaller ladder next to a larger one. He landed another Swanton and Orton was on the table, helpless. Hardy then did what everyone kind of expected, he climbed on top of the taller ladder, grabbed the cell and began swinging from it and he jumped. Not surprising, Orton moved, Hardy took a horrible spot and smashed through the table. This was unreal. Hardy looked hurt, which WWE said later he suffered abdominal pain and internal bleeding. Orton, much to the dismay of the ref and the crowd, covered Hardy for the 3-count and it was over. I see this spot that Hardy took as a way for him to step away, maybe for good. His brother just retired, he’s getting old, so I would not be shocked. So, thank you Jeff Hardy. Grade: B-.
Smackdown Women’s Championship
Charlotte Flair (c) vs Becky Lynch
This match had a ton of build and I was really excited for it. I hated it. Charlotte is a natural, selling everything. She has had my favorite match of the year against Asuka, hell, Charlotte even made Carmella look good. Becky is usually good, but I was underwhelmed big time. Everything just seemed rushed and it did not look good to me. Becky won, which I expected, and then she continued her heel turn afterwards by refusing to shake Charlotte’s hand. Grade: C.
Raw Tag Team Championship
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre
Easily the match of the night, which has become the PPV expectation for any Seth Rollins match. He delivered big time, yet again. Rollins and Ziggler started it, which Rollins took early advantage, then McIntyre called out Ambrose and the two “enforcers” went at it. These two work so well together. The back and forth, the spots, everything they do looks so natural. Ziggler tags back in and so does Rollins and they explodes. Rollins was working Ziggler and Ziggler tagged in McIntyre and it became clear that their plan was to tire Rollins and not allow Ambrose to enter again, which in a way, worked. At least for a while. Rollins tagged Dean at one point, but the ref was distracted so he didn’t see it. A blockbuster then cleared the way for Rollins to tag Ambrose. Ambrose then proceeded to beat the shit out of McIntyre and Ziggler but couldn’t get the count. Rollins then tried his suicidal, which was caught by Ziggler and McIntyre so Ambrose did it and finished the maneuver. Rollin’s landed a Falcon’s Arrow on Ziggler and Ziggler rolled out of the count at 2.9999 seconds. Rollins then lines up the Curb Stomp but it’s avoided. It continues back and forth until the Shield tries a double superplex which failed then a few blind tags were made so Rollins and Ziggler were the legal wrestlers. McIntyre knocked out Dean and then hit a Claymore on Rollins as he was lifting Ziggler which knocks then both out, Ziggler had a hand over Rollins, got the count and retained the titles. McIntyre then carried Ziggler out of the arena. This isjust the beginning of many fights between the two, and I am so excited for it. Grade: A.
AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe
To be honest, this sucked. Samoa Joe sucks, this AJ Styles is so boring to watch. I had no interest in this. There was a ton of action, and we have to watch it again because it ended in controversy with Styles retaining on a rollup even though Joe claims Styles tapped out to the Coquina Clutch (which he did) so Joe ran like a baby to Paige and it looks like we’re getting a No DQ match between the two, probably in Australia. I still won’t care. AJ Styles has not had a good feud since John Cena and the 2017 Royal Rumble. I just hate this feud and the whole Samoa Joe calling out AJ’s wife and kid. I have no interest. Let’s just fast forward this to AJ losing to the Miz and then we get The Miz vs Daniel Bryan at Mania. Grade: D.
But he did tap out?
Mix Tag Team Match
Bri Bella and Daniel Bryan vs The Miz and Maryse
To be honest, I was excited for this match only because it was another chance to see the Miz vs Daniel Bryan. I knew Bri and Maryse wouldn’t do much due to Maryse having a kid recently, and that held true. Miz and Bryan essentially had a replicated SummerSlam match with a few actions from Bri beating up the Miz. It was okay, it was a silly match and a silly ending with Bri attempting to roll up Maryse but she flipped it and the Miz and Maryse won via pinfall. This keeps the rivalry alive between Miz and Bryan, as they fight again in Australia. So, in typical WWE fashion, they’ll ruin a good feud that everyone wanted to see. Grade: C.
Raw Women’s Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs Alexa Bliss
This match was a lot better than I anticipated. Alexa brought out Mickie James and Alicia Fox out with her, while Rousey brought Natalya. It could’ve been over very soon when Rousey attempted an early armbar, but James pulled Alexa away, countering the move. Alexa actually put up a really good fight, considering being killed at SummerSlam. She attacked Rousey’s injured ribs a ton, attempted a dive which Rousey caught and caused Alexa to take out her team ringside. Alexa kept going at the ribs and Rousey attempted to reverse it but failed the first time and then counter a superplex and Alexa hit a dropkick. Alexa then wrapped Rousey around the ring, further injuring the ribs. Bliss started taunted Rousey and damn she should not have. Rousey went full ‘roid rage and landing tons of combinations on Alexa, making her weak and eventually led to anarmbar for Rousey as she retained the championship. A much better fight than the Smackdown, which shocked me. Grade: A-.
Raw Universal Championship
Roman Reigns (c) vs Braun Strowman
Special Referee: Mick Foley
This was a huge clusterfuck. The match was subpar at best. Braun chose his cash in at a PPV but set it up weeks in advance, so he had a healthy, prepared Reigns which made no sense. It was your typical Braun is so big and strong match followed by a few holy shit how is Roman alive and landing Superman punches. Honestly, Braun won this match twice but Mick Foley claims he didn’t get Reigns for the full 3 seconds. After the second “2.9” count, Braun sets up a table and Roman spears him through it (very predictable) then all hell breaks loose. For some reason McIntyre and Ziggler come storming down trying to get into the Cell, which of course is followed by Rollins and Ambrose right behind them. They fight forever and for some reason climb to the top of the cell and fight up there (which was awesome, I’ll admit that). Ambrose brings a stick and beats the shit out of Ziggler and McIntyre grabs it, which causes Ambrose and him to fight continuously. Then Rollins and Ziggler climb down, hit each off the Cell and they take out the announcer tables. Then out of nowhere, Brock Lesnar decides to show up. He kicks in the Hell in the Cell door and explodes in there, knocking out both Reigns and Strowman causing the match to end in a no contest. This match was crazy, because of the run-ins. I, for one, am pumped about the future Shield vs Braun/Ziggler/McIntyre matches and storyline. But what the hell is Brock doing? Hopefully we’ll get some answers on Raw tonight. Grade: C+ (would’ve been a D without the Run-ins).
Overall Score: C+/B-. The PPV was not bad, I may be more critical than most. I just hate the current Smackdown title situations, I feel as if they are misusing everyone. Why wouldn’t the Bar or the Usos face the New Day? It would’ve been the match of the night. Becky and Charlotte was boring, and AJ needs to lose the title. They butchered the whole Nakaura feud and they’re ruining Samoa Joe as well. Hopefully things change, see you for the WWE Super Show-Down October 6th.