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Random Thoughts on WWE Hell in a Cell 2016

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The history-making Hell in a Cell pay per view is in the bag and it is now time for me to share my random thoughts on the event. As always, this is a spoiler-heavy post so look away now if you don’t want to know the results.

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WWE United States Championship – Hell in a Cell: Roman Reigns © def. Rusev via pinfall to retain the WWE United States Championship

Bayley def. Dana Brooke via pinfall

Gallows & Anderson def. Enzo & Big Cass via pinfall

WWE Universal Championship – Hell in a Cell: Kevin Owens © def. Seth Rollins via pinfall to retain the WWE Universal Championship

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Brian Kendrick def. TJ Perkins © via submission to become the NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion

WWE Tag Team Championship: Sheamus & Cesaro def. The New Day via disqualification

WWE Raw Women’s Championship – Hell in a Cell: Charlotte def. Sasha Banks © via pinfall to become the NEW WWE Raw Women’s Champion

 

**Random Thoughts**

 

The biggest selling point about this show was the Women’s Hell in a Cell match? Did it deliver? Yeah, but it had its issues. I think some of the moments they planned towards the finish did not go the way they wanted, but they managed to make it work as best they could. I’m guessing that those table spots were added so that they could break the table which would then lead to Charlotte getting the pin, but that didn’t happen. Perhaps it’s because someone as light as Banks isn’t made to break tables. They should have had Charlotte power bomb Sasha onto the table, hence why the Natural Selection finish just came out of nowhere. The best thing about the match was Banks selling the back injury the whole match, Charlotte targeted it the entire time and it played into the finish as well even though that table didn’t break. I don’t know if this was their best match. I liked some of their regular matches better. You’ve got to give them credit for doing something different, though. I have a lot of respect for what they did.

Regarding the main event, I’m sure I’m not the only one who was surprised by Charlotte winning. I don’t mind it because I think Charlotte is talented and is a proven champion. The issue I do have is that they’re playing hot potato with the title every month. Why change the title every month? Banks won it in July, Charlotte won it back in August, Banks won it on October 3 and now four weeks later it’s another title change. What’s the point? With other title reigns that are long we hear WWE put over how impressive the champions are, but in this case, it hurts both women. I can see the feud continuing. They’re going to be part of the Survivor Series elimination tag, so a rematch will take place at another event (first ever women’s TLC match, perhaps?) They might want to move on to Charlotte v Bayley soon.

Bayley had a predictable win over Dana Brooke. Brooke was in control for much of it and Bayley did a good job of firing back. Brooke’s offense is still poor, but at least in this match it was basic stuff working on the arm. I liked how Bayley was selling the arm injury, even during her own offense. I think this is the match where the seeds were planted for a future Charlotte v Bayley feud. Bayley could mention how she beat Charlotte’s sidekick and is now after the gold. The win makes sense going forward.

Great effort from Roman Reigns and Rusev to kick off tonight’s show. It was a long match that was very physical. I like how there were several moments where the match could end, yet they were able to keep going and hit some even bigger moves. Reigns winning doesn’t shock me. It was predictable. This is likely to end the feud. It’s just strange seeing Reigns going from main-eventing WrestleMania to opening a B-level pay per view.

Perkins and Kendrick was a good match but it wasn’t at the level of their other matches. They weren’t helped by the fact that they followed Rollins and Owens because the crowd barely reacted to any of it. I mean it was really quiet with hardly any reaction to anything, even the finish. It was a crafty win for the heel challenger, who played mind games to get the title from Perkins. It made Perkins look bad because most of us could see Kendrick outsmarting him and that’s what happened. While I’m a bit sad that Perkins lost the gold after less than two months, it’s okay because WWE should build up other challengers. Kendrick is a heel champion that can feud with the likes of Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, and others that WWE may want to elevate by putting the title on them.

Out of the two tag matches, I preferred the tag title match more. Give WWE credit for coming up with a creative finish that’s rare in the modern era. It accomplishes the goal of keeping the titles on New Day so they can get the tag team title reign record and sets up another match between these teams. It leaves me wanting more.

As for the other tag match, it was a standard tag with the predictable Enzo & Cass formula. It’s always Enzo getting worked on to build up for the hot tag to Cass. If they lose the match, it’s Enzo that takes the pin too. I’d love it if they changed it up occasionally, but that won’t happen because Vince has big plans for Big Cass and wants to keep him strong. I thought Gallows & Anderson would win because WWE needs to re-build them as a credible threat to the tag team division. They also need to be booked strong at Survivor Series as well. They will likely be the ones to take the titles off New Day in December or January. Enzo & Cass may win them at WrestleMania.

Finally, The Universal Championship bout was a ton of fun. Even with Jericho adding himself to the mix to make it feel like a handicap match more than a singles match. The idea was to make it a cheap win for Owens, which makes Rollins a sympathetic face that came close to winning so many times. Rollins was outstanding throughout the match with a mixture of high flying moves, some crazy bumps and that Powerbomb that sent Owens through the tables was awesome. Owens showed a lot of aggressiveness as the heel champion. I liked the ending of the match because Rollins already kicked out of a Popup Powerbomb during the match, so they needed to do something more creative to finish it off. That’s why they used the two chairs. Solid performance by these two guys (three if you want to include Jericho).

 

 

Overall Pay Per View Rating (out of 10): 7.5

Hell in a Cell will forever be remembered as a history-making night for women’s wrestling. I’d never imagined that a women’s match would ever headline a main roster pay per view. Will we ever see a female main event at WrestleMania? It’s looking more and more likely now. Rollins v Owens was the highlight of the night, but Banks v Charlotte was also a solid outing.

 

2016 PPV Rankings so far:

Money in the Bank – 8

Battleground – 8

Royal Rumble – 8

Hell in a Cell – 7.5

Backlash – 7.5

Payback – 7

Extreme Rules – 7

Clash of Champions – 7

WrestleMania 32 – 6.5

SummerSlam – 6

No Mercy -6

FastLane – 6

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