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WWE ‘Hell in a Cell’ 2017 Thoughts and Results

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WWE brought their infamous and unforgiving Hell in a Cell structure to the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit last night for what turned out to be one of the more entertaining and shocking PPV’s of the year thus far. Let’s take a look at how it all went down.

Pre-Show Match: Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable defeat The Hype Bros.

  • Benjamin and Gable continue to gel very well. Benjamin got a pretty decent pop for his first PPV match since 2010 considering the crowd was still filing in during this one. Perfect match for a pre-show, nothing really too significant to report here. There continues to be some trouble in paradise for The Hype Bros. which will lead to an eventual split that I’m not sure many people will care about.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship (Hell in a Cell Match): The Usos defeat The New Day (c)

  • Probably one of the best matches we’ve seen all year and definitely one of the best WWE matches I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing live. It had a little bit of everything; comedy, explosiveness and pure horror. Big E and Xavier locking Jey against the cage with a bunch of Kendo sticks and Xavier being cuffed around the steel post and beaten with Kendo sticks were two of the more ‘unique’ Cell spots on the show. These teams continue to trade the titles back and forth and absolutely no one should be complaining about it. We’re in the midst of one of the greatest tag team feud in modern WWE history. Continue to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.

Singles Match: Randy Orton defeats Rusev

  • Cute little match here. The Rusev Day thing from SmackDown Live was really over with the crowd. In the end, just like ‘Hogan must pose’, ‘Randy must RKO’ and the crowd still goes wild for it every single time.

Triple-Threat United States Championship Match: Baron Corbin defeats AJ Styles (c) & Tye Dillinger

  • Dillinger was a rightful late addition by SD Live GM Daniel Bryan here due to his victory over Corbin this past Tuesday night. Lots of “Where’s your briefcase?” chants from the Detroit crowd  directed at Corbin all match long. This was basically Corbin versus all with Dillinger and Styles doing minimal work against one another. Corbin got the pin in the end by taking advantage of Styles’ handiwork to claim his first career singles championship.

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte Flair defeats Natalya (c) via DQ

  • Charlotte did a great job selling her left knee throughout what was a good match with a goofy ending. Natalya got the DQ finish on the outside by blasting Flair with a chair. Good match for a Tuesday night, poor match for a PPV.

WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal (c) w/ The Singh Brothers vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

  • Full disclosure here. This was our potty break match. Let me repeat that — this was the match that we chose to leave our seats to go use the restroom and get refreshments before continuing to enjoy this event. And we weren’t the only ones. The WWE Championship match was the least anticipated match on the show and likely the worst wrestling match on the show. Along with Wyatt versus Orton, this has been the most embarrassing world title feud of the year. Not a good look. As bad is it was for Nakamura to lose clean to Jinder, it’s great for him to get out of this D.O.A. feud.

Singles Match: Bobby Roode defeats Dolph Ziggler

  • Roode gets the victory here in his PPV debut after a back and forth roll-up spot that ended with Roode grabbing Ziggler’s tights. Ziggler hit the Zig-Zag immediately after the bell. A very slow and plodding match that helped the fans who actually stuck around for the previous match get what they needed to get done before the big main event.

Hell in a Cell Falls Count Anywhere Main Event: Kevin Owens defeats Shane McMahon

  • Aside from spending way too much time praying for both men not to die, this was pure unadulterated fun. Shane did Shane things here nearly killing himself for the business. The end saw Sami Zayn pull a dead to rights Owens off the announce table when Shane flew off the top of the Cell. Zayn would then score the assist by putting Owens over McMahon to cover him for the three count. This was a much-needed shot in the arm not only for Zayn, who was wasting away on SD Live, but to Tuesday nights as a whole. Nobody saw this coming last night. Awesome ending to a PPV that beyond delivered with its two namesake matches. 

Dave has been covering Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts for various websites since 2010. He currently runs both FightBooth and FightBoothPW with the help of some lovely and talented people.

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