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Hell in a cell

So here we are again, the latest raw only PPV has happened and it broke new ground. There were 3 matches inside the cell, one of which was a women’s match – for the first time ever! Not only that but they closed out the PPV too – another first. 

I was a little worried before the vent that 3 HIAC matches were too much, but those involved managed to take things in significantly enough different directions for it not to be a big issue.

Roman Reigns vs Rusev 

I personally felt that clash of champions would have been the perfect end to this feud, so felt it had gone perhaps a month too long. That said I did enjoy the match, I felt these big guys brutalised each other in a way befitting the cell and despite not enjoying the match as much as I did their last one I did think it was a great start to the PPV.

Bayley vs Dana

This match was quite enjoyable. I have liked Bayley for a while and I am certainly warmingto Dana who is really growing into her heel persona. The match told a great story and the injured shoulder angle was ped really well. the one think lacking I think is the finish – I’ve never really seen the belly to belly (or bayley to belly) as a killer finisher, especially when Rhyno is currently using a much more impressive version of the move as a traditional move.

Enzo and Cass vs Gallows and Anderson

This match was great. I’m really into both these tag teams at the moment. I think they are both putting on awesome matches and building awesome characters. this match was good but I felt it was a lot shorter than it should have been. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for these two teams.
Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins – Universal Championship 

The seconday HIAC match of the evening. these two are rightly in the title picture, being two of the best wrestlers and two of the best talkers Raw has. This match buit on the feud well and told a great story. I thought it was an extremely clever way to get Y2J involved in the match and I thought there were some brilliantly innovative spots.

Kendrick vs Perkins – Cruiserweight Championship 

This was another enjoyable match. Both these cruiserweights are excellent in ring performers and the match build the story between them well and built on Kendrick’s heel persona well too. I do think I’ve seen these two have a better match before though.

New Day vs Sheamus and Cesaro

I’ve been enjoying this storyline and I enjoyed this match. It seems to have left the door open for the feud to continue, which I’m happy about.

It seems strange  that they built this match up by having it on raw, but in the end that didn’t really affect the final outcome. I look forward to seeing whee this goes.

Sasha vs Charlotte – Women’s Championship 

This was the history making match, and for me it was the match of the night. Right from the start they took us in a direction not often seen in HIAC matches and they came up with innovative uses for the cell and for other artifacts to be used as weapons. a great match, although probably not the best Sasha vs Charlotte match I’ve seen this year. I felt it worked the injury angle well and told a great story. I did think the end was perhaps a little weak, maybe a kick out and another big move would have been better.

All in all a decent events some great matches but many that weren’t as good as previous matches between the am competitors so perhaps not as good ‘s it could have been. 

Clash of Champions

​So, it’s the first Raw only pay per view of the new era. When I first heard WWE had trademarked the name ahead of the brand split I had hoped it would be a combined event, with the raw champions taking on their smackdown counterparts  (it’s not too late to make this happen next year Vincent! ) but alas, it wasn’t to be. Here are my thoughts on the event:

Pre Show Nia vs Alicia – decent match to warm up the crowd. Enough from Alicia to make it worth while while allowing Niz to still be a dominant force.
Tag titles: great match, but I wish it could have gone longer. New day are superb as a team these days and Gallows and Anderson are starting to show us why they were so dominant and highly regarded in NJPW. Finish was well worked to allow the feud to continue.

Cruiserweight title – phenomenal match. Really showcased what cruiserweight wrestling is about these days – so much more than high flying choreography which many write it off as. Perkins is one of the world’s best. Nice post match segment to establish a feud and a cruiserweight heel.

Sheamus vs Cesaro – awesome match to end an awesome series. The stock of both these guys must have gone up massively over the course of this series. I’d go as far as to say that it has been Sheamus’s best work in WWE. Each match has been brilliant and this one took it up a notch. Seeing guts this size hit 619s and coming of the top rope to the outside is mad. They really sold the tired end to a series angle, so we’ll that I’m wondering if the couple of “botched” moves may have been done on purpose to add to the angle. A no contest draw seems a fitting end to the series, but I’m intrigued as to what that means for the storyline.

Y2J vs Sami Zayn – another incredible match. It was always going to be! Sami is one of the best around at the minute and Jericho is one of the best ever. Great match. As this wasn’t really a big feud or storyline the winner probably doesn’t have a massive bearing on anything, although I’ll look forward to seeing if there is any further fallout on raw. I would have preferred Sami to go over, but the match was great.

Halfway through the event and it’s already the best main roster show for ages!

Women’s title – superb triple threat from 3 amazing wrestlers. Told a great story and really showcased to the world how good women’s wrestling is at the moment. I did think the finish could have been better though. I’d like to see where they go next.

US Title – what does it say about Americans that a guy can interrupt a wedding celebration, smash the bride through the cake and repeatedly attack the groom yet still be considered the face because the other guy is foreign? The match itself wasn’t bad. It was the weakest on the card but it was still a solid performance from both wrestlers and was a good way to recover from the women’s title and get ready for the universal championship. More of the crowd seem to be warming to reigns and the crowd battles are intresting to listen to. These two have certainly given the title some meaning.

Main Event, great match between two awesome superstars. Built on the rivalry and added to the ongoing story. I would have liked a clean finish, but get that this finish may be better long term. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here (hell in a cell I presume?!).

All in all, a superb event, I’d go as far as to say it’s my favourite WWE main roster event of the year. So good that it’s hard to pick a match of the night, I think I’ll go for Cesaro vs Sheamus but it could have easily been one of 4 others. Here’s hoping it’s a standard they can continue.
What did you think of the event? What was your match of the night?