Hell in a Cell could also be a “B” pay-per-view — which means, not Royal Rumble, WrestleMania or SummerSlam — nevertheless it was one of the crucial notable WWE occasions in months. Lots of that’s because of the principle occasion, the place Randy Orton pinned Drew McIntyre to win the WWE Championship.
It isn’t simply that, although. The Miz beat Otis in a head-scratcher of a match to win the Cash within the Financial institution championship, which implies we might see an tried money in by The Miz someday quickly. And later, Sasha Banks beat Bayley in a fantastic Hell in a Cell bout to win the SmackDown Ladies’s Championship.
We now look forward to Survivor Collection. Happening on Nov. 22, it will be a celebration of the Undertaker’s 30 years in WWE.
Randy Orton turns into 15x World Champion
Randy Orton pinned Drew McIntyre clear, with an RKO, to turn out to be WWE Champion within the present’s predominant occasion.
The match began quizzically, with Orton, dressed as a cameraman, ambushing McIntyre as McIntyre was coming into the Cell. McIntyre fought Orton off, and the match started. After some respectable motion, Orton minimize open the chain that had locked the Cell and tried to retreat. This ended with each Orton and McIntyre on high of the Cell.
After some brawling, the 2 started to descend by climbing down the aspect. Orton battered McIntyre, who fell from the Cell by an announcer’s desk. From right here, the match slowed right down to a crawl — however in a great way. The drama from right here on out was wonderful.
McIntyre did a incredible job of promoting. Orton dragged him again into the ring and setup the RKO. McIntyre countered with a rollup try, just like the one he used to beat Orton at SummerSlam. He then hit a Claymore on Orton, who rolled outdoors the ring. McIntyre then threw Orton again into the ring and setup a Claymore. He missed, Orton hit an RKO and have become a 15 time world champion.
Rating: 3.75 stars. The primary half of the match was common, the second half excellent.
Bobby Lashley beats Slapjack
This impromptu bout between Bobby Lashley and Retribution’s Slapjack was for the US Championship. After a fast, nothing match, Lashley submitted Slapjack with the Harm Lock. After the match, Mustafa Ali got here to the ring with the remainder of Retribution. Lashley single-handedly fought them off, after which the Harm Enterprise hit the ring. Retribution fled.
Ranking: 1 star. RIP Retribution.
Sasha Banks beats Bayley
After a prolonged Hell in a Cell match, Sasha Banks turned SmackDown Ladies’s Champion after she made Bayley faucet out.
This was a protracted, back-and-forth match. It was flawed bout, feeling disjointed at occasions, however finally an excellent one. Banks is totally superior, with inventive offense all through and likewise some excellent promoting. She hit Bayley with quite a few inventive Meteoras all through — operating up a desk, off the ringside into the cage, and so forth — and finally gained with a Banks Assertion augmented with a chair round Bayley’s neck.
Bayley did properly on her half, too. I’ve usually discovered her offense unconvincing, and that was a problem at factors right here. However she was excellent when it counted, particularly in the direction of the top because the depth constructed to the top. It is exhausting doing a 20 minute-plus Cell match in entrance of a digital crowd, and these performers each did nice.
Ranking: four stars. Imperfect, however distinctive.
The Miz pins Otis to win Cash within the Financial institution briefcase
The Miz pinned Otis after Tucker betrayed his Heavy Equipment tag-team associate. Otis smashed Otis within the head with the briefcase when the ref wasn’t wanting, with the Miz pinning Otis instantly after.
The match main as much as this second was subaverage. Miz offense is usually weak, and that is made extra evident while you’re anticipated to take it severely in opposition to a a lot bigger opponent. John Morrison, Miz’ tag associate, intervened at numerous factors, and was ejected moments earlier than Tucker’s betrayal.
It was a shocker when Otis gained the briefcase, much more so as soon as Roman Reigns turned champion. It is exhausting to think about a protracted program between Reigns and Otis, slightly simpler to see Reigns defeat a difficult Miz.
The truth that Miz gained this match makes the cutesy construct, which was principally a comedy skit that includes JBL as adjudicating a spat between Miz and Otis, all of the extra galling.
Ranking: 2 stars.
Jeff Hardy vs. Elias ends with DQ
A SmackDown-quality match with a SmackDown-quality ending.
After an OK match, Hardy hit a Twist of Destiny on Elias. He went for a Swanton Bomb however Elias rolled out of the ring and tried to assault Hardy along with his guitar. Hardy blocked him, took the guitar and smashed it over Elias’ again, resulting in an unceremonious DQ.
Ranking: 1.5 stars. Simply there.
Roman Reigns makes Jey Uso say ‘I Stop’
Hell in a Cell opened with Roman Reigns versus Jey Uso, an I Stop match inside a Cell cage. After a protracted, dramatic bout, Reigns made Jey say “I Stop” when Reigns locked a guillotine onto Jey’s twin brother Jimmy.
This match was similar to their confrontation at Conflict of Champions. It began with incredible back-and-forth motion (totally different from their Conflict match, which was virtually all Reigns), after which slowed down for the ultimate stretch. Reigns had speared Jey 3 times and locked on a guillotine, after which Jey was largely immobile. When Jey refused to give up, Reigns hit a Driveby dropkick onto the metal steps, which smashed into Jey’s head.
Reigns took the metal steps and laid them atop Jey, telling him to give up. When Jey, who was principally useless, refused, Jimmy bumped into the cage (defeating the aim of getting a cage) and begged him to cease. Reigns acted contrite, and shook Jimmy’s hand — earlier than locking on a guillotine, resulting in Jey quitting to save lots of Jimmy.
The dynamic motion that the primary two-thirds of the bout consisted of was wonderful. Reigns is a fierce heel, and Jey’s offence as an underdog babyface is incredible. The dramatic highpoint got here when Jey introduced out a strap and started choking Reigns, who started to go out. Finally, it could be Reigns’ guillotine choke moments later that ended Jey.
After the match, Afa and Sika, Reigns’ dad and uncle, topped him the Tribal Chief.
Ranking: 3.5 stars. Superb. The storyline was virtually equivalent in idea and execution as final month’s match, making it much less efficient. The final third, the place Jey was useless and Reigns was making an attempt to eek an “I Stop” out of him, additionally might have been trimmed by a couple of minutes. However the motion continuing it was wonderful.
Kickoff Present Outcomes
R-Fact defended his 24/7 Championship on the Kickoff Present, taking up challenger Drew Gulak. Fact pinned Gulak in a brief match to retain his title.