Welcome to the Hell in a Cell PPV and my personal review. We had a pair of championship matches that took place last month at the Clash of Champions. We had Roman Reigns defending his Universal Championship against his cousin, Jey Uso. In the other championship rematch, Drew McIntyre put up the WWE title against Randy Orton. The SmackDown Women’s Championship was defended as Bayley battled her former best friend in Sasha Banks. Jeff Hardy battled the returning Elias after he came back to attack Hardy. In a battle for the Money in the Bank briefcase, Miz took on Otis. Let’s see how the Hell in a Cell PPV turned out.
We kicked things off with the Universal Championship match between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso. Of course, this was also an I Quit match inside the Hell in a Cell confides. As we know, this match was one of the highlights of the Clash of Champions PPV last month. Roman Reigns reiterated that there will be consequences for Uso in this match. For me, I’ve been a wrestling fan for over 30 years and storytelling and ring psychology is what got me hooked. This feud and match drew you in and wanted to see what happens next all the time. Reigns and Uso beat the hell out of each other throughout the match. Towards the end, Reigns laid waste to Uso, which saw Jimmy Uso hit the ring pleading with Reigns. Reigns was about the drop the steels steps on Jey, but Jimmy stopped him.
After Jimmy started talking to Reigns, he started to get emotional and saying he was sorry. Jimmy put his hand out for Reigns to shake it and Reigns eventually did. Reigns ended up choking out of Jimmy while Jey grabbed on to him and said he QUIT! As Jimmy and Jey held onto each other in the ring, Reigns took the title and walked up the aisle. As he was walking up the aisle, Sika and Afa appeared and put the flowers over the head of Reigns. Great storytelling and way to end the match with an appearance by the Wild Samoans. Winner and Still Universal Champ: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: 4.5/5- I’m not a spot guy or anything like that but ring psychology and storytelling is my thing. This was as good as it gets and I’m skeptical to see what happens next.
We had Jeff Hardy battling Elias, who recently returned after a four month hiatus. Elias made his return to Raw and attacked Jeff Hardy from behind with the guitar. During the feud with Sheamus, Jeff Hardy ran into Elias and that’s why he attacked Hardy when he returned. Elias had a mini concert before the music of Jeff Hardy hit. They battled back and forth in the ring and on the outside. As Hardy was about to hit a move from the top of the ring post, Elias rolled outside. Elias grabbed the guitar, but Hardy was able to get it from him and hit Elias with it. Winner by DQ: Elias
Match Rating: 2.5/5
This was for the Money in the Bank briefcase Otis won a few months back. The Miz took Otis to court on Friday and JBL determined they would face each other for the briefcase. These guys have been going at each other for months now. Miz used his influence to get Otis’s girlfriend Mandy Rose traded to Raw. Otis started the match in control of the Miz, but John Morrison got involved. Miz took control and Morrison tried to get involved again, but the referee caught him. The referee tossed Morrison and Otis went on the offense gaining control of the match. While the referee had her back turned, Tucker nailed Otis with the briefcase and Miz looked shocked. Miz made the cover and he’s now Mr. Money in the Bank. Winner: Miz
Match Rating: 3/5
Bobby Lashley vs. Slapjack of Retribution
Earlier in the evening, Mustafa Ai issued a challenge to the Hurt Business for a match later in the night. Bobby Lashley accepted and put up his United States Championship against whoever. Lashley dominated the match from the beginning. Slapjack began mustering some offense, but Lashley took back over. Retribution hit the ring and jumped Lashley until the Hurt Business hit the ring to run them off. Winner by DQ: Bobby Lashley
Match Rating: 2.5/5- This served its purpose to further the feud between the Hurt Business and Retribution
In this Hell in a Cell match we had Bayley defending her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks. As we all know, these two were best of friends and won the Women’s tag titles twice together. After losing the rematch for the Women’s tag titles, Bayley attacked Sasha Banks. The weeks leading up, they have been attacking each other and Banks finally got Bayley to sign the contract this Friday. I’ll say this, inside the cage Sasha is as good as it gets. Banks take the craziest bumps and they just beat the hell out of each other. This match was crazy as we saw the athletic ability from Sasha who done a Superman impersonation on the cage. In the end, Sasha mounted some offense, but Bayley countered. Banks locked in the Banks Statement with a chair for a minute until Bayley finally tapped. Winner and New SmackDown Women’s Champ: Sasha Banks
Match Rating: 4.25/5- Incredible Match between these two as expected.
We had the main event as Drew McIntyre defended his WWE Championship against Randy Orton. These two have been battling for months now. They have injured each other and continued to battle throughout everything. Orton attacked McIntyre from behind to begin the match on the outside. They fought for a while inside the cell and used weapons in the process. After a while, they took the fight on the outside again and even on top of the cage. After fighting on top of the cage, they fought while going down the side of the cage. Orton knocked McIntyre down 10 feet from the cage onto the announce table. After fighting inside Hell in a Cell, McIntyre went for the Claymore while injured, but missed. Orton hit the RKO to become the 14-time World Champion. Winner and New WWE Champ: Randy Orton
Match Rating: 4/5- Great match and great ending to the Hell in a Cell PPV.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10- This was an excellent PPV with all 3 Hell in a Cell matches delivering. Below are my top 3 matches from the Hell in a Cell PPV.
- Roman Reigns© vs. Jey Uso
- Bayley© vs. Sasha Banks
- Drew McIntyre© vs. Randy Orton
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