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Chairshot Classics: WWE Hell In A Cell 2016

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Match #2: Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
Dana pats Bayley on the head and gets pushed away, ducks under a lock-up and gains a waistlock, standing switch from Bayley, Dana reaches the ropes, but doesn’t break clean. She slams Bayley down by the hair and starts toying with her, Bayley fires up and drives her face-first multiple times into the turnbuckles, delivers a dropkick to the back, lateral press and a count of 2. She picks Dana up and gets shoved to the corner, Dana charges in and meets a back elbow, Bayley to the 2nd rope and comes off with an arm drag. Dana pulls herself up in the opposite corner, Bayley rushes in for a splash, gets caught in the air, Dana drop her shoulder-first on the top turnbuckle, then buries stiff kicks to the abdomen.

She puts her back in the corner and wraps the arms up in the ropes, Dana goes into a handstand to choke her with the bottom of her boot, Bayley charges out, but gets flattened by a clothesline for a 2 count. Dana staying aggressive on the arm, uses the ropes to keep the pressure on, puts the boots to Bayley in the corner, then goes back to the injured shoulder. She drives knees into the joint, drives her knee into the lower back and pulls on the arm and leg, Bayley counters her way out, but Dana goes right back to the arm. She buries shoulders to the midsection in the corner, tries to go into a handstand and gets kicked away, Bayley comes off the 2nd rope with a basement dropkick, looks to pick Dana up and gets grabbed by the hair.

Dana shoots her to the corner and follows in, Bayley slips out to the apron, gets surprised by a forearm shot, Dana tries to send her into the ring post, Bayley blocks, but gets her arm dropped across the top rope. She looks to drag Bayley back inside, Bayley fights her off, drops Dana throat-first across the 2nd rope, steps inside and fires away with left hands. She starts to build momentum with double sledges, shoots Dana to the corner and runs in with a jumping back elbow, tosses her with a snap suplex, then delivers a basement clothesline. Bayley hops to the 2nd rope and connects with a back elbow, sets for the Bayley-To-Belly, Dana with a shot to the bad arm to escape, Bayley quickly goes for it again and hits the for pinfall.
Winner: Bayley (Bayley-To-Belly)

  • EA’s Take: Very predictable match. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but there was nothing really exciting about it either. RAW still has a long way to go in terms of maintaining interest in their Women’s Division if the title’s not involved. SmackDown Live has been so much better at keeping multiple women’s storylines interesting, where RAW’s lack of depth after injuries and suspensions has really hurt them. Bayley will no doubt be a top contender at some point, but this is a good spot for her for the time being. I’m in no rush to vault her into the championship picture.

Backstage: RAW General Manager Mick Foley & RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon are talking about tonight being only their second PPV and it’s been great. Stephanie is reminded of the next PPV Survivor Series, speaking about the 5-on-5 matches against SmackDown Live, as well as Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar. Chris Jericho walks in and tells Steph she should worry more about who will be on their teams at Survivor Series than Goldberg & Brock, Foley interrupting to get Y2J to get to the point. Jericho threatens to to put him on The List for interrupting, then goes back to Steph and believes her first choice for RAW’s team should be himself, then WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. Y2J wants to be co-captains with Owens, Mick informing Jericho that he should be thinking about his friend making it out tonight in one piece.

Match #3: Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Anderson & Enzo to kickoff the action, Anderson strikes quick with kicks and rights at the bell, shoots Amore to the ropes, Enzo explodes into a crossbody and hammers him with fists of his own. He shoots Anderson hard into the corner and tags out, Big Cass comes in and bludgeons him in the corner with the heavy artillery, Smacktalker Skywalker tags back in, Gallows steps inside and Cass launches Enzo into him. They do the same to Anderson in the corner, Gallows & Anderson roll to the outside, Big Cass presses Amore over his head, then drops him over the top into a crossbody.

He tosses Anderson in the ring, Karl looks to roll back outside, Enzo gives chase, Gallows makes a tag and drops to the floor, leveling Amore with a clothesline. Gallows throws Enzo in the squared circle and scores with uppercuts, locks Amore in the tree of woe and delivers a dropkick to the breadbasket. He plants Amore with a snap suplex for a count of 2, slaps on a rear chinlock to ground him, Smacktalker Skywalker, works to a vertical base, Gallows goes to the abdomen with a knee, then drops him face-first on the top turnbuckle. Anderson gets a tag and clocks Amore with a bicycle kick from the apron, hooks the leg for a 2 count, then props him on the top turnbuckle for a superplex. Enzo blocks and pushes him down to the mat, comes off the 2nd rope with a DDT, both guys crawling to their corners to tag out.

Cass comes in with a shoulder block to Gallows, splashes Anderson in the corner, drops Gallows with a back elbow, then gets clocked by a big boot. Big Cass tosses Anderson back in from the apron and unloads in the corner, Gallows gets involved and punched away, the seven footer with splashes to each of them in opposite corners. Anderson side-steps one, Cass stops himself from hitting the turnbuckles, tosses Anderson over the top, then drops him to the floor with a big boot. Gallows measures Cass for a boot of his own and misses, the seven footer with a body slam, delivers the Empire Elbow, then tosses him with a fallaway slam. Gallows rolls out to the apron, Big Cass charges in for a big boot, Gallows avoids it, Enzo making a blind tag as Gallows & Cass fight to the floor.

Anderson rolls into the ring and Amore comes off the top with a crossbody, Gallows slides in from behind, misses a big right hand and Enzo works him over the lefts and rights, then decks him with a fastball punch. He hits the ropes and ducks a clothesline, Gallows surprises him with a big boot, Anderson tags in for the Magic Killer and the 1-2-3.
Winners: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (Anderson/Magic Killer)

  • EA’s Take: This felt like simply a longer RAW match to me. Much like the Women’s Division, RAW has work to do in order to keep multiple Tag Team storylines interesting. Gallows & Anderson have lost so much steam after being defeated in multiple title shots against New Day. While it’s nice that they can get a big win against Enzo & Cass (who are basically teflon), I wonder if Gallows & Anderson will ever be able to build the buzz they had when they first arrived. Right now, it doesn’t look likely.

Match #4 – Hell In A Cell for the WWE Universal Championship: WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
The bell rings and Owens immediately rolls outside, goes under the ring to look for a weapon, Rollins delivers a dropkick through the ropes, fires away with right hands and sends the champion into the cage. He scores with stinging chops and reintroduces KO to the cell, The Prize Fighter rolls inside to try and get away, Seth slides in and hits more punches. Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, the challenger ducks a couple of shots, plants Owens with a sling blade, hooks the leg and gets an early 2 count. The Architect sends him back to the ropes for a knee to the midsection, snapmares KO over, hits the ropes for a running kick and starts to stomp away.

The Prize Fighter battles back with kicks and chops of his own, whips Rollins to the corner and follows in, Seth catches him with a back elbow, comes off the 2nd rope with a blockbuster and gets another 2 count. He heads outside and pulls a table out from under the ring, sets it up at ringside, KO spots it and tries to retreat out the other side. The Architect cuts him off and hits rights and lefts to the breadbasket, irish whip across is reversed, Seth goes hard into the turnbuckles, the champion follows with a running senton to the back, then another. He chokes the challenger in the corner with the bottom of his boot, pulls Seth outside to deposit him into the cell, rips off the therapeutic tape on Rollins’ back, The Architect fighting back, but gets driven back into the cage. The Prize Fighter rams Seth spine-first into the ring post, tosses him into the squared circle for a 1 count, then goes back to the lumbar region with kicks for another count of 2.

KO puts him in the corner and starts talking trash, The Architect fires off fists, Owens goes back to the abdomen with a knee, launches him through the ropes and Rollins hits the cage face-first. He rolls out and grinds the bottom of his boot in Seth’s face, rams him head-first into the cell multiple times, sends him into the ring and clobbers him with a corner clothesline. KO measures for another, connects with the Cannonball, The Architect spills to the outside and KO lines him up for another Cannonball, squashing the challenger into the cell. The Prize Fighter throws Seth back in the ring and calls for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, Rollins lands on his feet to counter, connects with a superkick, hooks him for the Pedigree, but it’s countered by a back body drop.

The Architect lands on his feet to counter it, drills the champion with another superkick, KO comes right back with one of his own, Rollins explodes up with an enzuigiri, but Owens rebounds off the ropes with a clothesline. The Prize Fighter rolls outside for a breather and reaches under the ring, pulls out another table and slides it into the ring, then notices the other one already set-up at ringside. He props one table angled over the other using the ring apron, climbs back inside and grabs Rollins on the apron, Seth surprises him with a high knee, delivers a vertical suplex on the apron and both guys fall to the floor. The Architect rolls inside, builds a head of steam and flies outside with a suicide dive, quickly slides in for another, then rolls the champion back in.

Seth heads upstairs and the champion rolls to the floor to get away, pulls out a fire extinguisher from under the ring, catches Rollins with a shot to the midsection, then accidentally shoots it off in the referee’s face. He throws The Architect into the squared circle, another official helps the referee out of the cage, Chris Jericho comes running down and then locks himself inside the cage with the second referee. Y2J climbs up to the apron, Rollins knocks him off into the cell, turns around, Owens plants him with a package powerbomb, covers and gains a near fall. The Prize Fighter looks to go to the high rent district, The Architect pops up and meets him there for a superplex, KO counters and puts him on his shoulders, Seth slips down to the apron and clocks him with an enzuigiri.

He springboards in with a high knee, pulls the champion up for a Pedigree, Jericho tries to intervene and comes off the top, gets surprised by a kick and Rollins looks to Pedigree him. The Prize Fighter stops it with a superkick, positions for a powerbomb through the tables, the challenger avoids it, scores with an enzuigiri, then picks Owens up and powerbombs him through both tables. The Architect rolls the champion back in and goes upstairs, connects with afrog splash, hooks the leg, but Jericho pulls the referee out of the ring before a 3 count. Rollins realizes what happened and goes outside drills Y2J with kicks and fists, drives him head-first into the steel steps, then dumps him on the broken table. Jericho tries to crawl away and gets thrown into the cage, the challenger picks him up for a powerbomb, driving him back into the cell.

He climbs back into the ring, KO catches him with a superkick, sends him to the ropes for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Seth just barely kicks out at 2. The Prize Fighter is stunned, unleashes a bevy of punches and headbutts, Y2J pulls a chair out from under the ring and rolls in, hammers the challenger with fists and Owens pummels Rollins with chair shots to the back. Y2J heads out to get another chair, Seth sneaks in a kick to KO’s knee, gets ahold of the chair and goes to work on Owens and Jericho, the champion avoids a shot and spikes him on the chair with a DDT. He sits the chairs back-to-back, drives The Architect through them with a powerbomb, goes into a cover and wins it.
Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Kevin Owens (Powerbomb)

  • After The Bell: Jericho & Owens go to leave, Y2J decides he’s not finished, rolls back inside and leaves Seth laying with a Codebreaker.
  • EA’s Take: Just as I had suspected/expected, this Cell match was a step-up in terms of entertainment compared to Reigns/Rusev. Brutal bump by Owens through both tables and I commend both guys for the risks they took in this one. No shocker at all to me that Jericho found a way to get involved, if you didn’t see that coming then you must be new to the product. I still think that the tension between those two will continue to mount and they’ll split to feud with each other before Jericho eventually takes anothe hiatus. The only question is, what do you do with Seth Rollins until then? Perhaps he stays intertwined with these two to keep driving a wedge in their friendship.


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