WWE Hell in a Cell Hits and Misses 9.16.18 w/ The Chairman
Hell in a Cell returned once again in 2018 with a new look. The cell was sporting a red color which was met to mixed reviews. Tonight two Hell in a Cell matches took place so check out the hits and misses for Hell in a Cell.
HIT: Becky Lynch Overcomes Her Nemesis
Becky Lynch challenged Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship. Many folks I seen predicted Becky, I however was thinking Charlotte would win keeping Becky chasing. The match was solid where both women demonstrated why they’re two of the top women wrestlers in WWE. Becky tried to wear down Charlotte’s arm knowing how bad she wanted Charlotte to tap out to her Disarmer. Turned out Becky didn’t need her submission though to get the job done. Charlotte went for her usual spear and Becky somehow countered the move and turned it into a three count. Becky became the new champion and after the match walked away from Charlotte after a brief staredown in the ring. Charlotte will look to regain the title at Super Showdown in three weeks and hopefully we don’t see the title playing hot potato like it did during the Charlotte Sasha Banks feud a few years ago and Becky Lynch can go onto having a long deserving reign as champion.
MISS: Mixed Tag Disaster
Miz and Daniel Bryan had an organic and natural rivalry. It was a match years in the making and we finally got it at Summerslam. Miz won, but not without controversy of course. Sure enough the E had to keep things going and now the wives got tossed in. Maryse and Brie Bella. Their involvement in the match was atrocious including the finish where Maryse pinned Brie. Many would say this was the worst match of the night. Hopefully going forward they stick to Miz and Daniel Bryan and leave the wives out of the ring. And just so we’re clear, I’m not slamming women’s wrestling by any means. I’ll watch Becky vs Charlotte all day long because they’re talented superstars and can tell a story. Maryse and Brie however are the opposite of that and are more known for reality television and were relevant in the butterfly title era where talent was super scarce compared to now.
HIT: Raw Tag Team Resurrection
In what was once considered a dead division, we may have easily seen the best Raw Tag Team Championship match of 2018 tonight. We’ve gone from comedy acts such as Deletor of Worlds and the B Team holding the top prize on Raw’s Tag Team Division that had very little depth to Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre and a Shield reunion of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. While this division is still lacking the depth compared to Smackdown Live’s tag team division, they’re making baby steps in the right direction. All four of these men put on a great match tonight and there were several moments where it could’ve went either way. Ziggler hit Rollins with a devastating Zig Zag that I thought was enough to end it, but Rollins kicked out. Rollins sure enough delivered several of his signature moves to keep the flow of the match going. The Shield brothers however just didn’t have enough tonight to take down the champs. McIntyre took out Ambrose on the outside then ran inside the ring and delivered the Claymore to Rollins as he was lifting Ziggler that allowed Ziggler to get an easy pin. In my opinion this was the match of the night.
MISS: Another AJ Styles Championship Controversy
I feel like we’re getting the same old story with AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe that we had with Shinsuke Nakamura during the spring and early part of the summer. Series of championship matches ending with controversy to keep the feud going. Tonight’s match was solid, but the ending pretty much left a less than desired taste in my mouth. Samoa Joe had the Coquina Clutch locked on AJ Styles, but Styles ended up having Joe pinned for the three count. Anyone remember the Kairi Sane Shayna Baszler finish at all by the way? Styles of course was seen tapping just as the referee counted three. Samoa Joe blew up backstage and Paige decided to give Joe another chance in three weeks at Super Showdown. More than likely Styles will retain again and Samoa Joe will end up getting the United States Championship as a consolation prize then disappear off television just like Shinsuke Nakamura.
HIT: Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton Get Violent
It wasn’t the ideal Hell in a Cell match when it was announced, but these two made the best out of it. The storytelling was fantastic and neither man held back. Ladders and chairs were used over the course of the match. Both superstars suffered injuries. Randy Orton took things one step further by taking a screwdriver from under the ring and sliding it inside Jeff Hardy’s earlobe and then twisting it. Definitely wasn’t easy to watch! Hardy eventually made his heroic comeback and placed Orton on the table. Hardy then went for him home run by climbing a ladder and then dangled from the top of the cell ceiling. Hardy was swinging from the top and was planning something big, but as he came down, Orton moved off the table and Hardy crashed thru. The ref immediately wanted EMT’s and the cell raised. Orton however wanted to score his pinfall. The ref hesitated at first, but finally gave in to Orton’s demand. I’m only going to assume Hardy is going to be off television to recover from injuries now while Orton stalks some new prey.
MISS: The Beast Tosses Out the Main Event
Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman destroyed each other inside Hell in a Cell for the Universal Championship. Mick Foley was the special guest referee. When Roman and Braun were down for the count, the respective sidekicks showed up. Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose all headed to the ringside area and brawled it out for several minutes. All four men went to the top of the cell and fought. Dean and Drew took each other down and for some reason were down for a lengthy amount of time that made no sense. Ziggler and Rollins of course battled on the way down from the cell and eventually went thru the tables at ringside. As this happened, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman crashed the main event. Heyman maced Foley while Lesnar took the door off and F5’ed Strowman and Reigns. Another ref made his way to the ring and tossed the match out. Last time I checked a Hell in a Cell match is no disqualification? Shouldn’t we had a definite winner? Mick Foley was thrown off Hell in a Cell and still finished his match, you’re telling me a few F5’s would be enough to eliminate Reigns and Strowman. Just when we all thought it was safe that Lesnar was gone, he ends up coming back. The main event definitely left a sour taste in alot of fans mouth after what was considered a decent pay per view for WWE. However there are alot of questions that’ll make us tune into Raw tomorrow to find out what’s going to happen next.
New Day def Rusev Day to retain Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship (preshow)
Randy Orton def Jeff Hardy (Hell in a Cell Match)
Becky Lynch def Charlotte Flair to win Smackdown Live Women’s Championship
Ziggler & McIntyre def Rollins & Ambrose to retain Raw Tag Team Championship
AJ Styles def Samoa Joe to retain WWE Championship
The Miz and Maryse def Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella
Ronda Rousey def Alexa Bliss to retain Raw Women’s Championship
Reigns vs Strowman ruled no contest (WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match)
That does it for me! Follow me on twitter @ChairmanSV for my latest live tweets and thanks for reading.