Becky Lynch is the new SmackDown Women’s
Champion! Brock Lesnar returned in the main
event! And can someone check on Dean Ambrose
and Drew McIntyre, please? I never saw them
get off the cage. Are they still up there?
I’m Oli Davis, press the thumbs up and vote
in the poll above my head to give your thoughts
on the show, where you can choose from: Best
of Both Worlds, Great Per View, Thumbs in
the Middle, Meh Per View and Worst of Both
Worlds. While I review WWE Hell In A Cell
2018… in about 4 minutes.
New Day pointed out they were defending the
tag team titles at their fourth consecutive
Hell in a Cell show. A momentous milestone…
perfect for the preshow.
Big E and Kofi Kingston won a frantic match,
with Aiden English as the standout – a slight
bit of confusion between him and Rusev leading
to the loss, meaning Kofi’s Trouble In Paradise
finish on English wasn’t just a move. It
was potentially foreshadowing.
The main show opened with a blood feud so
intense, even the Hell in a Cell cage was
red. Because that’s what this pay-per-view
concept needs: more gimmicks.
Apart from a few bits outside early on and
the finish, this match would have been perfectly
fine without the cage stipulation – the most
visceral spot being Randy Orton sliding a
screwdriver through Jeff Hardy’s ear piercing
and twisting the lobe. Allegedly.
Stacking up weapons like 13 year old me playing
SmackDown Just Bring It, the finish came when
Jeff used a ladder to hang from the ceiling
of the cage, for Randy to move and Jeff to
splash through a table. EMTs were called down
immediately – hinting the spot would be writing
the already injured in real life Jeff off
TV for a bit – but Randy still made the referee
count the pin.
Because Hell in a Cell matches are supposed
to end with a clear winner. Randy knows! So
why didn’t the main event?
Becky Lynch and Charlotte had a terrifically
neat match next, with both women working over
specific body parts for their trademark submissions.
Charlotte targeted Becky’s leg, while Lynch
went for Flair’s arm. It made for a great
story with fast-paced action back and forth
action – and one which Becky eventually rolled
up Charlotte to win!
And continuing the badassery, rather than
shake Charlotte’s hand, Becky only raised
the title and walked off. Well done, WWE – you
reluctantly listened to your audience.
The match of the night, however, was an amazing
tag bout between McInDolph and two thirds
of the Shield. Convincing near fall after
convincing near fall made for an incredibly
dramatic last five minutes – capped off by
a very innovative finish: Drew hitting a Claymore
on Seth as Rollins is midway through a Falcon
Arrow on Dolph, for Dolph to fall on him and
unconsciously make the cover.
AJ Styles and Samoa Joe had a decent bout,
but it suffered from being quite obviously
a filler match in a larger feud. But it benefitted
again from a cool finish – AJ rolling through
the Coquina Clutch to pin Joe, but also tapping
out just before the three count, which the
referee didn’t see. Hopefully this will
create an even more complex character for
Joe – because now he’s much more dangerous
than just being a psychopath. He’s a psychopath
Another pay-per-view, another month of getting
depressed over why Daniel Bryan is positioned
as a glorified midcarder. A mixed tag with
Bryan and Miz’s wives was never something
we wanted to see, and this match did nothing
to fix that. Maryse won with a cheeky roll-up,
and the feud must continue. Just hopefully
now without all the reality TV nonsense.
Ronda Rousey selling her rib injury from Raw,
Alicia F** and Mickie James interfering, Natalya
attacking the heels outside – Ronda vs Alexa
Bliss had a lot of smoke and mirrors, but
at least they were fun smoke and mirrors.
Ronda entering MEAN FACE MODE – far superior
to Brie Mode – never gets old, and the crowd
genuinely popped for Rousey locking in the
arm bar just before the finish. Isn’t it
nice when protected moves get over?
Oddly, Alexa and Rousey’s smoke machine
and hall of mirrors were left out for the
main event – which not only included the angry
Hell in a Cell structure, a Mick Foley special
guest referee and selection of various weapons
– but also everyone ever running out to interfere,
including guys not even with the company anymore!
It started with McInDolph trying to enter
the cage to help Braun after a Roman spear
(apparently the most devastating spear ever
hit, because it left both men down for 20
minutes), for Dean and Seth to chase them
up on top of the cell. McIntyre and Ambrose
were left fighting up there and no-one’s
seen them since, and Rollins and Dolph fought
on the cage wall, to fall through the commentary
desks at ringside.
And if all that wasn’t enough, we then got
the shock return of Brock Lesnar, Brock Lesnar’s
beard and Paul Heyman. Because that Universal
title is getting defended way too often, and
they’re here to put a stop to it.
And stop it they did. Rather clunkily so,
actually. After the admittedly awesome surprise
of Brock coming back, him ripping the cage
door from its hinges – PIVOT – and Heyman
pepper spraying Foley, Lesnar gave Braun and
Roman an F5 each (who were still down after
that one spear 20 minutes ago), and the match
was called off.
Yeah, a Hell in a Cell match ended in a DQ.
On the 20 year mark after Mick Foley famously
wouldn’t let the match be called off after
substantially more punishment. And just several
hours after Orton demanded the referee end
his match with a decision.
It was an unfortunately flat and frustrating
finish to what was otherwise a rather fun
pay-per-view, with the Becky title change,
excellent tag match, and the genuine shock
of Lesnar’s return. And with a rather restrained
eight match card, all the wrestling got a
decent amount of time. And for that reason,
I’m giving Hell in a Cell a low Great-Per-View.
What are the Top 10 Shawn Michaels return
dream matches?! Click the video onscreen now
to watch me and Luke count them down. And
become a WrestleTalk Pledgehammer on Patreon
to help make weekly NXT reviews happen. I’ve
been Oli Davis, and that was wrestling.