It’s Hell in a Cell 2017 featuring two big Hell in a Cell matches that have lots of potential to deliver. New Day vs. Usos and Shane O’Mac vs. Kevin Owens, lets see how it goes.
Pre-show Match: Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. The Hype Bros
This is served as nice warm-up match with some good action to get the crowd going. Benjamin and Gable week by week continue to improve as a team whilst the Hype Bros continue their descent to their inevitable demise.
Winner: Benjamin & Gable (via Powerbomb/neckbreaker drop combo) ***
Match 1 – Tag Team Title Hell in a Cell Match: The Usos vs. New Day (c)
Well looks like we got ourselves a new best Cell match on a HIAC PPV. This was awesome, they kept the action constant and some of it was brutal, they go absolutely wild with Kendo sticks and give each other hell. Had the kind of intensity that works bets in these matches and it was highly enjoyable. Not just a great cell match but one of the best WWE matches of the year.
Winners: Usos (double splash onto chair) ****1/2
Match 2 – Rusev vs. Randy Orton
It was gonna be tough for these two to follow-up the previous, but they did really well and deliver a very good match. they kept a good pace and it remained very back and forth throughout. a little disappointed at Rusev losing and he seems to be going nowhere at the moment and this loss won’t help him much, other than that I really enjoyed this.
Winner: Orton (via RKO) ***1/2
Match 3 – US Title Match: Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger vs. AJ Styles (c)
Another really good match, very happy they made a triple threat in the end, as Dillinger deserves the spot. Match had a good number of fun spots and moments, Corbin does get some control at one point, which slows the match down some and does create a bit of dead air, but Dillinger and Styles were bumping like champs so no complaints here. Corbin steals the win and title off of Styles, which was such a slime ball move, that I actually dug, though I kinda wanted Styles to have a longer title run. Anyway very good effort from everyone especially Styles.
Winner: Corbin (via pinfall) ***1/2
Match 4 – Smackdown Women’s Title Match: Natalya (c) vs. Charlotte
Solid match-up that was very different to their previous encounters. The main focus of it was Natalya working on Charlotte’s leg, with Charlotte doing a tremendous job of selling it, ending with Natalya smashing her leg with chair making Charlotte win by DQ. Execution was flawed and crowd were a little unreceptive at times but I like what they went for and great performance from Charlotte.
Winner: Charlotte (via DQ) ***1/4
Match 5 – WWE Title Match: Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
This was fine, a little more consistent than their previous match but still very run-of the mill and a typical Jinder match. Of course Jinder ends up retaining, but I’m so tired of him being champ I really hoped he would lose it. Ah well.
Winner: Jinder (via The Khallas) **3/4
Match 6 – Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Decent match, nothing special. Think should have been placed earlier in the card perhaps. Gives Roode some good momentum whilst Ziggler continues to just exist in the ether.
Winner: Roode (via Glorious DDT) **3/4
Main Event – Hell in a Cell Match: Shane Mcmahon vs. Kevin Owens
As expected this was nuts and totally awesome. Both guys were definitely out to end each other and there was a fair amount of risky moments, including Shane diving off the cell and Owens taking a fall off the side of it, they even have nice little exchange on top of the Cell that felt very tense. I loved the ending too with Sami Zayn making a surprise appearance, helping pull Owens away from Shane’s elbow off the Cell and then moving him onto Shane to get the pinfall. Really intrigued to see the follow up to this and enjoyed the hell outta the match.
Winner: Owens (via pinfall) ****1/4
I really enjoyed this show overall, a few of the matches may not have been all that special but the HIAC matches delivered big time and I would probably put them in my top 10 HIAC matches of all time. Yes they were that good. Excited for the fallout of KO/Shane for sure.