WWE Results: Hell in a Cell 2017
I can't say that the night didn't end mostly how I expected, there were some twists, but WWE mostly played Hell in a Cell by the books.
Here we go
Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs The Hype Bros.
I wasn't able to catch all of the kickoff show, but I did see most of this match and I have to wonder who's story were they trying to progress here? Gables and Benjamin, despite picking up the win, do not work as a tag team, and they need to be split up. The Hype Bros have been on the cusp of either both turning heel, or turning on each other, and I don't feel like they did anything to really address that. Either way, the match was subpar and didn't "kick" things off as it should have.
Winnes: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin (Brundan and Double AA)
The New Day (c) vs The Usos (Hell in a Cell Smackdown Tag Team Championship match)
Did anyone not think this would be match of the night? I can't think of another match last night that even came close to how good this one was, and pretty much everyone expecting it to be. These boys delivered in a big way, and I could happily watch these teams going at it for the rest of the year. Big E is suicidal, Xavier took his beating like a champ, but I'm disappointed that Kofi wasn't the one in the match, and both of the Usos were damn near flawless. This match was a perfect example of how to do a Cell match with out doing anything over the top, although the kendo stick prison was hilarious, or having to exit the Cell. My only issue with this match is the placing of it. They should always start with a good match, but the match of the night starting the PPV means it's all downhill from here.
Winners: The Usos (Brundan)
Randy Orton vs Rusev
The thing I'm most upset about this match is that they put the bathroom break so early in the night. Orton won, and hopefully they can now put this crap to rest.
Winner: Randy Orton (all)
AJ Styles (c) vs Baron Corbin vs Tye Dillinger (Triple Threat United States Championship match)
Brundan called it as soon as Tye was added to the match (which I thought they should have made official all along). It was a good way to get the belt off of AJ without him having to eat a pin, Tye had a good showing on a PPV that he otherwise would have been left off of (again) and Baron can now begin cooling down the heat he's garnered over the summer. The match was well paced, and had some nice spots, but I wanted something more from it. Either way, new US Champ, Baron Corbin. just sounds dirty.
Winner: Baron Corbin (Pink)
Natalya (c) vs Charlotte (Smackdown Women's Championship match)
Three title matches, and three new champs. Charlotte 'defends' her family pride? I don't like that this whole feud is only about the family that came before, and nothing about the women involved. But what's really surprising is no sign of Mrs Money in the Bank Carmella. Overall match was ok, I give it a B-.
Winner: Charlotte (Brundan, Double A, Pink)
Jinder Mahal (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Championship match)
Goodbye Nakamura, our time together was brief but memorable. You deserved better than we were able to give you. See you back in NJPW. Fuck you WWE.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (Rybo Slice)
Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler
Man, I thought this match was going to be sooooo much better. It wasn't BAD, but it should have been an amazing match. Both of these guys can go in the ring, and I feel like they showed hints of that, but never got to fully explore their abilities because WWE put this match in the buffer zone between Mahal retaining and the 2nd Hell in a Cell match. I get that Roode needed to win his PPV debut, but now Ziggler has zero credibility or ground to stand on.
Winner: Bobby Roode (Brundan, Pink, Rybo Slice)
Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens (Falls Count Anywhere Hell in a Cell)
... Are we done? Can Shane go back to Commissioning or General Managing or whatever the hell he is-ing? I'm glad he's back, I really am, but it shouldn't be at the expense of an actual wrestler on the roster. I mean imagine how incredible a Cell match between Owens and Sami Zayn would have been instead? I will give them credit, this match was far better than I was expecting it to be, but if they weren't going to break the Cell in anyway, why was it the last match?
Winner: Brock Lesnar (Double A)
A fleeting championship for Pink, Brundan has reclaimed the title, but only momentarily. TLC is right around the corner, and I promise a new champ (me). Congrats to Brundan, I guess.