Eric Ames takes you back to Wembley Stadium for WWF SummerSlam featuring Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith in front of over 80,000 fans!
Open: Fans outside the stadium were torn between their choice in tonight’s WWF Title match, Ultimate Warrior and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. A massive crowd littered the streets in anticipation of the first pay-per-view from England.
In The Arena: The royal horns sound off to a packed house inside Wembley Stadium, kicking off this major happening. Our commentary team runs down some of the bouts in tonight’s card before we go to the ring.
Match #1: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) w/Paul Ellering & Rocco
The Road Warriors make their way to the ring on motorcycles to a huge ovation. Hawk & MDM to get us started, Hawk gets the LOD chants going, they lock-up and DiBiase fires away with knife-edge chops. He drives Hawk’s head into the top turnbuckle, Hawk reverses a whip to the ropes for a big right hand, The MDM puts the brakes on and escapes under the bottom rope, taking a walk around ringside. He exchanges words with Hawk, Animal drops down from the apron, clobbers MDM from behind and tosses him back inside.
The MDM with some choice words for Animal now, turns around and Hawk delivers a clothesline, sending DiBiase flipping backwards over the top to the floor. Animal levels him outside with a clothesline of his own, rolls The MDM back in and he quickly squirms to his corner to tag out. Hawk reciprocates the tag, IRS with a shot to the ribs off the tie-up, hammers Animal’s head into the top turnbuckle, Animal reverses the whip across and Schyster hits the turnbuckles hard. Animal grabs him by the tie and plants him after a military press for 1, Hawk tags and comes in off the top with a shot to the arm.
He armwhips Schyster to the canvas, grabs an armbar, IRS goes to the eyes, shoots Hawk into the ropes and slaps on a sleeper hold. He brings Hawk down to the mat, the official checks the arm, Hawk keeps it up on the third try and backs IRS into the corner to break the hold. He whips Schyster across, charges in and scores with a clothesline, ascends to the top rope for another clothesline, but IRS ducks it. Hawk spills to the outside, Schyster baits Animal into the ring to hold the referee, DiBiase drops down to the floor and delivers a slam to Hawk.
He bashes Hawk’s head off the ring apron, sends him back inside and switches out with Schyster without a tag. IRS tags back in anyways, snapmares Hawk over and drops multiple elbows for a count of 2. DiBiase back in, re-introduces Hawk’s head into the top turnbuckle, quick tags back out and Schyster grounds him with a rear chinlock. Animal tries to come in to lend a hand, the official steps in and it allows MDM and IRS to switch out, The MDM maintaining the rear chinlock. It happens again and Schyster comes in to lock in the hold, DiBiase with a legal tag this time, drops a knee across the neck and gains a 2 count.
He attempts to ram Hawk back into the turnbuckle, it’s blocked, IRS getting a tag and preventing Hawk from reaching the corner. He whips Hawk to the ropes for a back elbow, Hawk ducks it and they collide, both guys hitting the mat. The MDM gets a tag, baits Animal back into the ring as Hawk reaches the corner, IRS steps in and chokes Hawk behind the ref’s back. DiBiase hooks Hawk for a vertical suplex, Hawk blocks it and looks to power his way to his corner, finally makes the tag, but Schyster hits the ring to distract the official and he doesn’t see it.
He forces Animal back to the apron as Money Inc. double teams Hawk in their corner, Schyster shoots him into the ropes and both guys score with a clothesline, doubling down. They both crawl to tags, Animal whips DiBiase into the ropes for a shoulder tackle, IRS hits the ring and is laid out by a dropkick, Animal turning back to MDM and pummeling him in the corner. Schyster clobbers him from behind, Money Inc. sends him to the ropes for a double clothesline, Animal avoids it and flattens them both with his own.
All 4 guys i the ring now, Animal sends IRS to the outside after an atomic drop, Hawk sends The MDM to the corner, then shoots Animal in after him with a clothesline. They call for the finish, Animal elevates DiBiase for the Doomsday Device, Schyster slides in from behind and takes him out at the knees to prevent it. Hawk clears IRS out to the apron with a top rope fist, Animal shoots MDM into his partner to knock Schyster down, plants DiBiase with a powerslam and gets the 1-2-3.
Winners: The Legion Of Doom (Animal/Powerslam)
EA’s Take: Good opening contest that really got the crowd excited for the show, I don’t think LOD was ever as over at any time as they were here. Money Inc. had really established themselves as the top heel team in the company and would continue to hold that distinction, while the future for LOD would be put into serious jeopardy following this match. It’s no secret that Hawk was a frequent partyer and would go AWOL after the event with The Berzerker, rumor being that he was out hanging with the London chapter of the Hell’s Angels. Hawk was not happy with Paul Ellering’s ventriloquist act that had been added to the team when Rocco was introduced as their “mascot”. Animal would stick around to finish the team’s booking obligations with the newly repackaged Crush, but would suffer a back injury that would force him to leave the company shortly after. The relationship with Hawk & Animal would become strained and Hawk would head to Japan to add Kensuke Sasaki to the LOD. The originals wouldn’t be seen together again until early 1996, when they’d reunite in WCW.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is in the interview area with Ric Flair, a disgruntled man. The Nature Boy says he’s not the only one disgruntled about him not having a shot at the WWF Title tonight. Okerlund wonders why Flair’s in his wrestling gear, but Nature Boy claims he’s always ready for any kind of action. Gene questions Flair about who’s corner Mr. Perfect will be in tonight, but Ric doesn’t give him an answer. Sean Mooney is in the locker room with Virgil just moments before his match. Virgil warns Nailz that he saw what happened to Big Boss Man, but he’s been trained on the streets and he is too legit to quit.
Match #2: Nailz vs. Virgil
Nailz grabs Virgil by the throat right at the bell, backs him into the corner and chokes away. Virgil switches out after a succession of right hands, Nailz reverses a whip across, Virgil rebounds out with a clothesline that staggers the big man. He scores with a dropkick to stagger him again, Nailz goes right back to the throat and chokes him some more in the corner. He rips at Virgil’s eyes, whips him to the ropes for a clothesline, Virgil ducks it, Nailz tries a back body drop on the other side, Virgil countering into a sunset flip. Nailz blocks it, Virgil switches his momentum to a schoolboy, but barely gets 1.
Nailz goes right back to choking Virgil on the canvas, throws him over the top to the floor, crawls out from behind and drives Virgil’s head into the ring apron. Nailz sends him back inside, Virgil fires up with lefts and rights that back him Nailz to the corner, the big man reverses a whip across and charges in, but meets double boots to the chin. Virgil rushes out and gets leveled by a clothesline, Nailz shoots him into the ropes, slaps on The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and puts Virgil to sleep.
Winner: Nailz (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly)
After The Bell: Nailz grabs Boss Man’s nightstick, drives the butt of it into his ribs and then chokes the life out of Virgil on the mat, kicking him out of the ring.
EA’s Take: Ugly, ugly stuff. Virgil is no ring general, but Nailz is more like nails on a chalkboard when it comes to in-ring ability. For one reason or another, he’s being built up to a match with Boss Man after ambushing him back in May and stealing the nightstick. Virgil would become the first ‘name’ that Nailz would defeat en route to this encounter.
Backstage: Lord Alfred Hayes is knocking on Macho Man’s door, investigating the whereabouts of Mr. Perfect. He can’t confirm that Perfect is inside with Savage, but he can confirm that the door is locked. Over in the interview area is ‘Mean’ Gene alongside ‘Sensational’ Sherri. Gene remembers how this drama between Shawn Michaels & Rick Martel began, video is played of Michaels attacking Bret Hart during Martel’s IC Title match, causing a disqualification. The Model would return the favor during one of Shawn’s matches, Martel making eyes at Sherri with her doing so in-kind. The Sensational One would later come down during one of The Model’s matches to observe closer. Sherri talks about getting what she wanted with her proposing the stipulation that neither man hit each other in the face. As far as where she stands, she’ll be right by her man.
Match #3: ‘The Model’ Rick Martel vs. Shawn Michaels w/’Sensational’ Sherri
Collar & elbow tie-up to start, The Model with a side headlock, Michaels tries to push him to the ropes, but is unsuccessful. Shawn is finally able to shove Martel away, leapfrogs over, ducks down, leapfrogs again and drops for a monkey flip, but The Model cartwheels out of the way and does some jumping jacks. They lock-up again and Michaels gains a side headlock, Martel pushes him to the ropes, Shawn missing multiple clotheslines, slides between The Model’s legs and scores with a dropkick.
Shawn turns to have some words with Sherri, The Model clobbers him from behind, puts Michaels in the corner and delivers knees to the abdoment. Michaels reverses a whip across, Martel hops to the 2nd rope and springs off the a crossbody, Shawn ducks it, then arm whips The Model to the mat, maintaining a wristlock. Martel works to his feet, Shawn pulls him back down by the hair, angering The Model and he feigns a right hand to the face. Michaels pulls him back to the canvas, Martel kips up, pulls Michaels down and Shawn kips up in turn, faking his own punch to the mouth.
The Model sends him to the ropes by the hair, leapfrogs over, drops down, then uses Shawn’s momentum to toss him over the top to the floor. The Sensational One checks on her man, Martel heads out and taps Sherri on the shoulder, pulling her into a hug that she seemingly enjoys. He turns his attention to Shawn and rolls him back inside, slides in and shoots him to the ropes for a back body drop. He sends Michaels back to the ropes for a clothesline, Shawn ducks it and gets a roll-up with a handful of tights, the official seeing it so he doesn’t count.
Martel switches the momentum with a handful of tights, the ref still sees it and doesn’t make a count, eventually they roll to the ropes and break. Shawn drops a double axe across the back, buries a superkick to the chest and covers for a count of 2, then hammers away at the midsection with lefts in the corner. The Model reverses a whip across, charges in and runs into a boot to the chin, Michaels putting his feet on the ropes with the cover right in front of the referee, getting no count. He argues with the official, Martel grabs a roll-up from behind for a near fall, Shawn gets in his face and they start shoving each other.
Michaels slaps The Model in the face, Sherri gets to the apron yelling at them both, Martel slaps Shawn back and they both rear back for punches, but The Sensational One faints on the apron. Both guys look confused, Shawn goes to check on her and she drops to the floor. Martel comes out and pushes Michaels away, starts giving Sherri CPR, Shawn gets back up in his face and drills him with a right hand. They exchange fists going back up the aisle, Sherri pokes her head up to see what’s going on as the referee’s count reaches 10.
Winner: Double Count-Out
After The Bell: Sherri fixes her hair and plays dead again, officials are out to break Michaels & Martel up, Shawn finally marching back to the ring and carries her up the aisle. The Model comes back down and hammers Michaels with a right hand, picks Sherri back up and and starts carrying her, but here comes Shawn from behind. He starts to carry her off, Martel comes back down with a bucket of water, dumps it over Sherri’s head and “revives” her, leaving her alone out in the arena.
EA’s Take: Interesting dynamic with the heel/heel matchup, we haven’t seen much of this in the year’s prior. Both guys were seeking Sherri’s affection with this being the blow-off to the rivalry. The Model would resume his previous feud with Tatanka, never seeming to wind up on the winning end. Things between Sherri & Shawn would get worse from here when Michaels’ former tag partner Marty Jannetty would return. Jannetty would attack Shawn prior to a match, taking a swing with Michaels’ trademark mirror. Shawn would pull Sherri in front of him to absorb the blow, not returning to television until January 1993 while Michaels would set his sights on the company’s top prize.
Backstage: Sean Mooney is standing by in the locker room with The Nasty Boys & Jimmy Hart. Sags wonders if we saw the mascara running off Sherri’s face, Knobbs questioning why she didn’t melt like the Wicked Witch. Sags talks about the tag title situation not being a laughing matter however, claiming they deserve a shot after defeating Macho Man & Ultimate Warrior. Knobbs can’t believe they don’t get an opportunity and asks Jimmy why, he stutters and brings up Money Inc. before simply easing their minds.
Match #4 for the WWF Tag Team Chamionships: The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake) w/The Genius vs. WWF Tag Team Champions The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)
The Beverlys jump the champions and the bell rings, unload on The Disasters in opposite corners and attempt to shoot them into one another, Earthquake reverses and Typhoon levels Blake with a clothesline. Earthquake flattens Beau with one of his own, the champs squash the challengers with their body weight and order is restored, Typhoon staying in with Blake. He scores with a big elbow, slams Blake and looks for an elbow drop, Blake rolling out of the way and trying a slam of him own.
He gets the big man up in the air, can’t hold the weight and Typhoon falls on top for a count of 2, all 4 guys in the ring again, Quake dumps Beau to the outside, Typhoon splashes Blake in the corner, holds him up and Earthquake charges in for another. Beau distracts Typhoon from the outside, Blake escapes and Quake splashes his own partner. The official works Earthquake back to the apron, The Beverlys take the opening for a double team, Blake elevating Beau into a splash for a 2 count, switching out without a tag.
Blake tags back in, comes off the 2nd rope with a diving headbutt, drops a leg and covers for another 2 before bringing his brother back in. Blake planks Typhoon and Beau drops a seated senton to the lower back, buries kicks to the midsection and chokes him on the ropes. Blake does the same from the apron, switches out behind the referee’s back, Beau comes off the top with a double axe off the tag, then hammers away with heavy rights. Blake chokes Typhoon with the tag rope as the official is distracted, tags in and delivers a 2nd rope double axe, drops a headbutt and covers for 2.
He slaps on a front facelock, Typhoon powers to his feet and starts moving towards his corner, makes the tag, but Beau with a distraction from the apron and the official doesn’t see it. He forces Quake back to the apron, The Beverlys take the opening for more double teaming, Beau switching out again with no tag and driving another double axe from the top. He uses the bottom rope to choke Typhoon, tags out, The Beverlys drive him spine-first into the turnbuckles multiple times, Typhoon rebounds out with a double clothesline on the third try, then crawls towards his corner.
Blake is there to meet him, tries an irish whip to the ropes, Typhoon reverses, Blake attempting a crossbody and gets caught in the air. Beau scales to the top rope and Earthquake looks to come in and help, holding the ref’s attention as Beau hits a missile dropkick to aid his brother. Blake lands on top of Typhoon for a near fall, fires away with rights and kicks, hits the ropes and gets caught by the hair and face-planted into the canvas. He drags himself towards his corner, Beau drops off the apron and comes around ringside, distracting Quake to get him off the apron. The referee goes out to step in between them, back in the ring The Genius tosses Blake his clipboard, clobbering Typhoon in the back with it and making a cover.
The official is still distracted on the outside Beau, Earthquake slides into the ring and drops an elbow to Blake, breaking up the pin attempt. Order is restored and we get tags on both sides, Quake pummels Beau with clubbing shots, hip tosses him across the ring, then plants him with a belly to belly suplex. Earthquake driving shoulders to the ribs in the corner, Blake steps in from behind looking to double team, The Beverlys shoot Quake to the ropes and he knocks them both down with a double shoulder block.
Typhoon steps in and disposes of Blake to the outside, whips Earthquake into a corner splash on Beau, Quake hits a powerslam and calls for the finish. He hits the ropes, Blake steps to the apron and gets knocked back down, Quake scores with the Earthquake Splash and The Disasters retain.
Winners and STILL WWF Tag Team Champions: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake/Earthquake Splash)
After The Bell: The Genius hops to the apron and argues with the official, Earthquake gets ahold of him, pulls him into the ring and the champions press him over their heads, dropping him down to the floor.
EA’s Take: Pretty standard tag team affair here, Typhoon usually was the one taking the beat downs while Quake always got the hot tags in their matches as babyfaces. After unsuccessfully going for the championships at WrestleMania, The Disasters finally defeated Money Inc. for the straps in July and focused on new competition. That came in the form of The Beverly Brothers who had been pushed pretty hard initially, but were losing steam fast and would be mainly used to put over other teams heading into the new year. The Disasters would slowly be phased out after dropping the championships back to Money Inc. in October. Although they would remain a team into the new year, Survivor Series would be their final PPV match as a duo.
Backstage: The Bushwhackers are with Gene Okerlund in the interview area. Butch talks about how much fun they’re having in London and wonders whose corner Mr. Perfect will be in tonight. Gene heard a rumor that The Bushwhackers were invited to a royal dinner at Buckingham Palace, Butch stating they will be served their favorite royal meal and after they may even get to sit on the throne. Lord Alfred Hayes is outside Ultimate Warrior’s dressing room, he believes Perfect is inside and decides not to knock on the door like he did with Savage. He cracks the door open, but someone immediately slams it shut.
Match #5: Repo Man vs. Crush
The bell rings and Repo Man attacks from behind, it has no affect whatsoever, Crush grabs him by the neck and drops him to the mat after a military press. Repo heads to the outside to regroup, Crush follows and flattens him with a shoulder block, rolls him back inside and scores with kicks and fists to the breadbasket. He sends Repo to the ropes, misses a clothesline, Repo Man attempts a crossbody and gets caught in the air, Crush planks him across the top in the corner and hammers away with shots to the back.
Irish whips to the ropes, Crush cracks him with a backbreaker, Repo stops the onslaught by going to the eyes, plants Crush with a back suplex and shoots a look to the crowd. Crush is right back to his feet, Repo Man turns around into a belly to belly suplex, gets split with another backbreaker and Crush goes to the top for a knee drop, but misses. Repo Man with shots to the back that have no affect, sticks a thumb to the eyes, Crush reverses a whip to the ropes for a back body drop, Repo countering with a faceplant for a 2 count. Repo is sent to the outside on the kick-out, climbs back up to the apron and then upstairs, gets caught in mid-air and planted with a powerslam. Crush calls for the finish, applies the Kona Crush and Repo submits.
Winner: Crush (Kona Crush)
EA’s Take: Complete and total squash match here between two former tag team partners, although it was never mentioned on television. After the split of Demolition in 1991, Smash would be repackaged as Repo Man while Crush went back to work for Pacific Northwest Wrestling until May of 1992, re-debuting on WWF television. Crush was now a fan-favorite, the company using his hometown of Hawaii as a big part of the new gimmick becoming more of a surfer-type character. There was never any rivalry here between the two former partners and Crush would move on to “clown” around in a rivalry with a WWF newcomer.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is in the interview area as we are just moments away from the WWF Championship match, finding out exactly whose corner Mr. Perfect would be in. Okerlund directs us to video of how this bad blood started with Ric Flair & Mr. Perfect getting involved. The Nature Boy would plant the seeds in each man’s heads, telling them that Mr. Perfect would be in the other’s corner. Tensions would boil over between the champion and challenger during a tag team match against The Nasty Boys. Flair & Perfect would again join the party, joining The Nasty Boys in a 4 on 2 beating of Savage & The Warrior.
Match #6 for the WWF Championship: Ultimate Warrior vs. WWF Champion ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage
They meet in the center of the ring and exchange words, Savage extending for a handshake and Warrior accepting, both main maintaining their grip, the pushing and shoving starts and we’re underway. Collar & elbow tie-up to begin, the jostle for position, Macho Man backs the challenger to the ropes and they break clean. They tie-up again, Warrior overpowers the champion and pushes him to the mat, Savage strikes first with a knee to the midsection, then lays The Warrior out with a clothesline. He scores with another to the back of the head, covers for a quick 1, then climbs up top for a double axe handle, The Ultimate One burying a fist to the ribs.
He splits the champion with an atomic drop, hits an inverted version, then levels Savage with a clothesline for a count of 2. The Warrior hits the ropes, knocks Macho down with multiple shoulder blocks, looks to drop an elbow, the champion rolling out of the way and unleashes a flurry of right hands for a 2 count. Macho Man grounds the challenger with a rear chinlock, Warrior works to his feet and escapes after a jawbreaker, then drives Savage’s face into the mat with a faceplant. He shoots Macho to the corner, unloads with heavy punches, whipping across hard into the turnbuckles and stomping away.
The Ultimate One flattens him with a short-arm clothesline for 2, Savage uses the tights to pull The Warrior face-first into the top turnbuckle, measures him and delivers a clothesline, sending the challenger over the top to the floor. The champion heads out and rolls him back in for a 2 count, ascends the turbuckles and scores with a double axe handle, but it has no affect on Warrior. Savage goes back up, hits another double axe handle for a near fall, then goes back to the well again, this time getting caught in the air and cracked by a backbreaker, Warrior getting a near fall of his own. The Ultimate One shoots Macho hard into the turnbuckles multiple times, slapping on a bearhug, then letting go and covering for another 2. He plants Savage with a side slam, gains another 2 count, attempts a slam and Macho counters into a small package that almost gets 3.
The Warrior whips the champion to the ropes for a back body drop, Savage has it scouted, counters with a swinging neckbreaker and again gains 2. He drops the challenger’s neck over the top rope with a hot shot, still only gets a count of 2, sets for a vertical suplex, but his back gives out. The Warrior targets the injury, clubbing away at the lower back, connects with a vertical suplex and the champion kicks out at 2. Macho pulls himself up using the ropes, The Ultimate One rushes in to clothesline him to the outside, Savage ducks it and Warrior spills to the floor. The champion takes to the air with a double axe handle to the back, drives Warrior’s head into the steel steps, then the ring post and sends him back inside, covering for a near fall.
Ric Flair & Mr. Perfect make their way down to ringside, Savage attempts a piledriver back in the ring, Warrior tries to back body drop him over, but Macho hangs on for a sunset flip, getting another 2 count. The challenger drops Savage with a clothesline right after for 2, slams the champion, hits the ropes for the big splash, but Macho gets the knees up. The champion covers for a count of 2, Warrior reverses a whip to the ropes, misses a clothesline, both guys go for one and connect, doubling down. The challenger crawls to a cover for a near fall, Macho covers after the kick-out for one of his own, hits the ropes and Perfect trips him from the outside. Savage has words with The Perfect One, The Warrior takes advantage with a big right hand, elevates the champion in the air with a choke and drops him.
He goes to whip Macho into the corner, doubles back to the opposite corner and the referee gets taken down, The Ultimate One slams Savage to the mat, then heads upstairs for a double axe handle, making a cover, but the official gets there late, only counting to 2. The Warrior argues with the ref, Savage drives a knee into his back, knocking the official all the way to the outside. He spikes the challenger with a piledriver, goes outside to revive the referee, Perfect slides in to pick The Warrior up, then holds him for Flair to deliver a shot with a pair of knucks. The champion finally gets back in with the ref, slams The Ultimate One and scales the corner, connecting with the Top Rope Elbow Drop.
The champion hooks the leg, the referee with a slow count and Warrior barely kicks out at 2. The challenger starts to find some adrenaline, absorbing blows as Flair grabs a chair on the outside. The Warrior explodes back with right hands and multiple clotheslines, hits the ropes for a shoulder tackle, presses Savage over his head and hits the ropes for the splash. Perfect reaches in to trip him and misses, the official is distracted, Flair clocks Warrior in the back with the chair on the other side, Macho comes to and realizes something happened.
He looks to Flair & Perfect on the outside, The Perfect One grabs Savage by the leg, the official heads outside to have words with him and the champion climbs to the top rope, changing his mind and jumping outside at Flair. The Nature Boy catches Macho in the knee with the chair on the way down, the referee gets back inside and makes the count to 10.
Winner: Ultimate Warrior (Count-Out)
After The Bell: Perfect & Flair jump Savage on the outside right after the bell rings, Nature Boy slapping on the Figure Four while Mr. Perfect unloads with punches. Flair grabs the chair again, Warrior makes his way around ringside, rips it out of his hands and chases The Nature Boy off to the dressing room before making his way back. He grabs the championship, climbs back in the ring, picks Savage up and gives him the title, raising his hand in the air.
EA’s Take: Very exciting main event that was completely different from their Career Ending Match at WrestleMania just a year prior. This time the pace was a lot slower and they went longer, numerous near falls with both guys looking strong. The dynamic of adding Flair & Perfect between them to build the tension was done beautifully and most people anticipated that either Savage or Warrior was going to turn on the other. It’s a little strange to not have Nature Boy in a match at this large event, but he still played a big part. Just two short weeks later, Macho would lose the title to Flair on Prime Time Wrestling after help from a “bad guy” newcomer. Savage & Warrior would form a tag team called “The Ultimate Maniacs”, but it would be short-lived as The Warrior would be released from the company after it was discovered he was experimenting with a new performance enhancer called Human Growth Hormone. The company was already under fire in the media for allegations of steroid use, Vince McMahon feeling like he couldn’t take the chance eventhough not much was known about HGH at the time.
Backstage: Gene Okerlund catches up with Ric Flair & Mr. Perfect, The Perfect One stating that there was a deal in place, a deal between himself and The Nature Boy. Plan B is in full effect, Flair shouting that he should have been the man with a title shot tonight, promising Savage that the championship is coming back to him.
Match #7: Kamala w/Harvey Wippleman & Kim Chee vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer
The Deadman makes his way to the squared circle riding on the back of a hearse, the custom-made coffin for Kamala in the back of it. Kamala looks to attack from behind after the bell, Undertaker feels the presence and turns to fire off right hands, backs The Ugandan Giant to the corner and chokes away. Kamala reverses a whip across, charges in for a splash, The Deadman side-steps it, grabs the wrist and climbs the corner, walking across the top rope to deliver a clubbing blow to the back.
Kim Chee hops to the apron to create a distraction, it doesn’t work and Taker goes back to the well, scaling the corner to walk the rope again, Wippleman gets to the apron this time, Kamala taking the opening to pull Undertaker down to the canvas. He clotheslines The Deadman over the top, Taker lands on his feet outside and grabs Wippleman & Kim Chee by their necks, Kamala coming out behind him and delivering double axe handles and knife-edge chops.
He rams Taker ito the steel steps, rolls him back inside and scores with more chops, irish whip to the ropes, Undertaker ducks a clothesline and then plants The Ugandan Giant with a Chokeslam. He shoots Kamala back in for a flying clothesline, powers him up for a Tombstone, Kim Chee hits the ring and hammers The Undertaker in the breadbasket with his safari helmet, forcing the official to call for the bell.
Winner: The Undertaker (Disqualification)
After The Bell: The Deadman grabs Kim Chee by the neck and sends him outside with a right hand, The Ugandan Giant shoves Taker into the corner and squashes him with his body weight, then slams him to the mat and hits a splash. He climbs to the 2nd rope, connects with Air Africa, then ascends to the top and hits it again. Kim Chee directs Kamala to go back up, The Undertaker sits up and The Ugandan Giant is petrified, quickly exiting with his handlers.
EA’s Take: Not a whole lot to see here, this is where the formula of pitting Undertaker against “monsters” really started. From the summer of 1992 through 1993, The Deadman would embark in feuds with Harvey Wippleman’s behemoth charges like The Ugandan Giant. Taking on these massive opponents had become the best way to make it seem Undertaker may actually have some competition. Kamala & Taker would continue to face-off heading into the fall, duking it out at Survivor Series in the first-ever Coffin Match.
Backstage: Sean Mooney is standing in the locker room with The British Bulldog. Davey Boy talks about the pressure of facing his brother-in-law Bret Hart tonight for the Intercontinental Championship. It’s taken him 2 long years to reach this opportunity and although he’s related to the champion, when the bell rings it is all about the title. Stepping in front of 80,000 of his home countrymen is a dream and he plans to send them home happy. ‘Mean’ Gene is with the champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart in the interview area. Bret states that he’s proved he can work well under pressure, Bulldog’s comments about not knowing him in the ring irritate him, The Hitman telling him to remember back to when he introduced Davey Boy to his sister in the first place. Hart claims Bulldog wouldn’t be where he is if it weren’t for him, Davey Boy wanted the big fight and now he’s got it.
In The Arena: A bagpipe band plays “Scotland, The Brave” on an elevated stage. ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper comes out to join them, picks up a set of bagpipes and wails away. After the music we go to Sean Mooney in the crowd with Bret Hart’s sister and British Bulldog’s wife, Diana Hart. She knows Bret & Davey have always been competitive and although that may have helped them reach the success they’ve found, she’s afraid they will destroy one another tonight. Diana isn’t concerned about who will win the championship, stating the bond within her family is the most valuable to her.
Match #8 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: The British Bulldog w/Lennox Lewis vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
The Hitman with his customaty routine of giving away his shades to a young fan in the front row, heads back inside, champion and challenger go face-to-face and Bulldog shoves his brother-in-law. Collar & elbow tie-up, Davey Boy pushes Hitman away with his power, they lock-up again and the challenger grabs a side headlock. Bret pushes him off to the ropes, ducks down and leapfrogs over, The Bulldog scores with a big shoulder and Hitman is sent all the way to the outside. Back in the squared circle now, the champion with a side headlock takedown off the tie-up, Bulldog with a headscissor to escape, but gets caught in the side headlock again and taken to the mat.
The challenger works to his feet, pushes Bret off to the ropes, elevates him for a military press, The Hitman slips out and uses a quick roll-up for 2, then grabs a small package for another quick 2 count, immediately bringing Bulldog back down with the side headlock. Davey Boy counters out to a hammerlock, Bret gaining his footing to break the hold with a back elbow, then utilizes a wristlock. He wrenches away at the shoulder joint, The Bulldog flips his way out of it, grounding the champion with an armbar.
The Hitman finds his footing and sends Davey Boy to the ropes, leapfrogs over, tries again and gets caught in the air, the challenger taking him down with a double leg and catapults Bret into the top turnbuckle. He goes back to the armbar, lifts Hitman up and then in the air to apply more pressure, Bret sending him back to the ropes and Bulldog surprises him with a crucifix for a near fall. The challenger stays on the shoulder with the armbar, Hart tries to slam his way out of it, but Davey Boy maintains his grip. The champion gets to a vertical base again, shoots Bulldog off to the ropes, drops down and buries a knee to the midsection. The Hitman takes control now, drops a leg and then uses a rear chinlock to wear the challenger down.
Davey Boy battles his way up with elbows, hits the ropes and runs into a big back elbow, Bret splits him with an inverted atomic drop, irish whip to the ropes, The Bulldog attempts another crucifix, but the champion blocks it and drives him into the canvas for 2. He goes back to the rear chinlock, Bulldog powers his way up, sends Bret to the ropes, Hitman with a shoulder knockdown, heads back into the ropes, Davey Boy leapfrogs over, then tosses Hart with a monkey flip. He sends the champion hard into the corner, shoots him back across, charges in and runs into a double boots, Hitman following with a bulldog before heading up top.
The challenger has it scouted, slams The Hitman off the top, climbs upstairs for a diving headbutt, but Bret rolls out of the way. He attempts a slam, The Bulldog slides out behind and pushes Hart towards the ropes, Hitman ducks down and Davey Boy’s momentum sends him spilling to the outside. The champion slingshots out to the floor with a crossbody, rams the challenger’s lower back into the ring post, then rolls him back in. The Hitman with a hard irish whip into the turnbuckles, plants Davey with a side russian leg sweep and covers for a count of 2, Bret unloading a series of uppercuts and a dropkick after.
Hart sends his brother-in-law to the ropes for a back body drop that gets another 2 count, slaps the rear chinlock back on, switching to a snap suplex as the challenger works his way up, Bulldog kicking out at 2. Bret attempts another uppercut, Davey Boy counters into a backslide for a quick near fall, Hart immediately stopping the momentum with a backbreaker, then drops an elbow from the 2nd rope, still unable to put him away. The champion seems to be getting frustrated, slams The Bulldog to the canvas by the hair, snapmares him over and goes back to the well with a rear chinlock. The challenger fights up to his feet, they exchange right hands, Hitman ducks a shot and locks on a sleeper hold, taking Davey Boy back down to the mat.
The Bulldog crawls to the bottom rope to force the break, Hitman doesn’t break clean, whips his brother-in-law to the ropes and slaps the sleeper hold back on, grinding him back to the canvas again. The official checks the challenger’s arm, Davey Boy pulls it together on the third attempt, powers up with Bret on his back, driving him backwards into the turnbuckles, but Hart hangs onto the sleeper. The Bulldog rams him into the buckles again, they exchange fists, Davey Boy reverses a whip to the ropes, lifts The Hitman up with a military press and drops him in the ropes. The challenger whips Bret to the corner and flattens him with a clothesline off the rebound, scores with two more clotheslines and covers for a count of 2.
He presses the champion over his head and slams him for another 2, hits a delayed vertical suplex, but still can’t get the pinfall. He shoots Hitman sternum-first into the turnbuckles for another near fall, calls for the finish, plants the champion with the Running Powerslam, but Bret still kicks out at 2. He pulls himself to his feet using the ropes, Davey Boy pushes him out to the apron, tries to suplex Hart back inside, but The Hitman slips behind him, scoring with a bridged German Suplex for a near fall. Bret looks for a vertical suplex, Davey blocks it, props his brother-in-law on the top turnbuckle, connects with a superplex, but somehow Hitman still kicks out at 2.
Hart reverses a whip to the ropes, ducks a clothesline, both guys are thinking the same thing going for another clothesline, both connecting and doubling down. The Hitman wisely grabs Bulldog’s legs, crosses them and applies the Sharpshooter from the canvas, the challenger scratching and clawing his way to the bottom rope to cause the break. They’re both back up now, Davey reverses a whip to the ropes for a back body drop, Hitman counters with a sunset flip, The Bulldog blocks it, drops down on top, hooks both legs and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: The British Bulldog (Sunset Flip Counter)
After The Bell: The new champion offers a hand to his brother-in-law, Hitman doesn’t accept it and starts to walk away, but instead turns back and accepts, congratulating Bulldog. He raises Davey Boy’s hand in victory, Bret’s sister and Bulldog’s wife, Diana, hops in the ring and embraces them both, then raises both of their arms in the air as the fireworks go off surrounding and above the ring.
EA’s Take: Incredible main event match between two excellent in-ring workers, it really makes the decision to not have the WWF Title be the final match make a lot more sense. It’s hard to argue against this being the best SummerSlam match in the event’s history, I’d certainly rank it as one of the best matches of all-time and The Hitman has been on record to say it’s his favorite. Also, this is only the 2nd ever main event that pitted a babyface against a babyface, the other being Hogan/Warrior at Mania VI. Having the Intercontinental Championship in the main event is a first for the company, it’s status never being any higher. The entire success of this event and it’s record breaking crowd was on the hard work and popularity of The Bulldog and although this would seem to be his launching pad to the top level, it would turn out to do so for Bret. The Hitman really proved over the course of his singles run that he could carry the ball if it was given to him, this contest merely cementing that fact. Hart would lose the IC Title, but he would quickly put the WWF Championship in his crosshairs, winning the winged-eagle strap from Ric Flair in October, then defending it against a man who his career will forever be linked to, Shawn Michaels. Unfortunately for Davey Boy, this is the highest his stock will ever be. Like Ultimate Warrior, Bulldog had been dabbling in Human Growth Hormone. He would drop the IC Title to the aforementioned Michaels on November 8th and be released shortly after, making his way to WCW in early 1993.
EA’s Finisher: From top to bottom this was a pretty entertaining event, it felt more like a WrestleMania than a SummerSlam and will historically go down as one of the best pay-per-views in company history, despite having a couple squash matches. You can see the promise in the younger talent such as Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. However, when you continually lose big names (no matter the circumstances) like Ultimate Warrior, Legion Of Doom and British Bulldog, it’s bound to hurt the product and the transition. Tonight’s shining moment was clearly Bulldog/Hitman, but Savage/Warrior also never gets the credit for being as good as it was. Most people recall their Career Ending Match from WrestleMania VII the year prior, but this one was done much differently and although the ending was inconclusive, the bout did not disappoint. This is definitely worth the watch for those alone and when you add in the atmosphere of what seemed like a soccer match, it all plays out well visually.
Top Three To Watch
1 – Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog
2 – Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage
3 – Rick Martel vs. Shawn Michaels
Chairshot Classics: WWE TLC (2015) featuring Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns
As we approach the 2020 edition of WWE TLC, we look back at one from the past featuring a very different Sheamus against a very different Roman Reigns!
As we get closer to closing the book on 2018, we’re approaching WWE’s December pay-per-view TLC, so today we’re looking back at one from the past with TLC 2015! After cashing in Money In The Bank on Roman Reigns after a grueling tournament to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus must now face Reigns fair and square in a TLC Match! Let’s get into the action…
Kickoff Show Match: Sasha Banks w/Naomi & Tamina vs. Becky Lynch
Collar & elbow tie-up to kick things off, Sasha with a side headlock, Becky counters into one of her own, Banks attempts to roll her away, but Lynch hangs on. The Boss reverses an irish whip to the corner, charges in and scores with a monkey flip into a cover, celebrates a little early and Becky rolls her up for a quick 2. Banks tries to pick the leg, Becky counters and gains a side headlock, Sasha pushing her to the ropes and scoring with a shoulder knockdown for a count of 2. Back to the ropes they go, The Boss tries a leapfrog, Lynch hooks the leg and Banks faceplants into the canvas, The Lass Kicker looking for the Dis-Arm-Her, but Sasha squirms to the ropes to escape.
Lynch tries to slingshot The Boss to the mat, Sasha lands on her feet and connects with a big forearm, rushes in and gets caught in an armbar. She pushes Becky off to the ropes, follows in and Lynch with an armdrag, going right back to the armbar. Banks attempts to roll her away, Becky maintaining the hold, ducks a right hand and rolls Banks up for multiple 1 counts, then slaps the armbar back on. The Boss creates some separation with stiff forearms, sends Lynch to the corner and charges in, The Lass Kicker hopping up and over, controlling Sasha with another armbar. The Boss backs her into the corner using the hair, briefly breaks clean and tries to sneak in a forearm, Becky avoids it and connects with a springboard kick.
Naomi climbs to the apron and gets dropped back down for her troubles, Lynch turns back to The Boss and rushes in, Sasha side-steps and Becky hits the ring post shoulder-first. Banks planks her across the middle rope and drops down the double knees, taking control as we head to a break….The Boss chokes Lynch on the bottom rope when we come back, Tamina with a cheap shot behind the official’s back. The Lass Kicker tries to battle back with forearms, sends Sasha to the ropes for a clothesline, Banks counters into a tilt-a-whirl and cracks her with a backstabber. She rolls through, crosses Becky’s arms across her faces and wrenches back, grinding Lynch down to the canvas.
The Lass Kicker powers to her feet with Banks on her shoulders The Boss turns it into a victory roll for a near fall, Becky with a roll-up off the kick-out and she gets 2. She catches Banks rushing in with another roll-up for 2, drops The Boss face-first on the 2nd turnbuckle, then builds momentum with a flurry of clotheslines and a heel kick. She drops a leg, tries for another and Sasha avoids it, planting her with a cross-arm neckbreaker, covering numerous times and only getting 2 counts. The Boss slaps Lynch in the face, Becky comes back with a heavy shot, pushes Sasha to the ropes and throws her with a LassPlex, Banks grabbing the bottom rope at a count of 2.
Sasha kicks her way back to her feet, Becky takes her down with an armwhip, slaps on a cross armbreaker, The Boss tries to roll her way out and Lynch hangs on for the Dis-Arm-Her. Banks switches the momentum into a roll-up for 2, The Lass Kicker hangs onto the arm on the kick-out, going right back to the Dis-Arm-Her, Tamina getting to the apron to distract the referee, allowing Naomi to sneak in and kick Lynch in the face. The Boss takes the opening and scores with the backstabber, rolls through into the Bank Statement and Lynch is forced to tap.
Winner: Sasha Banks (Bank Statement)
- EA’s Take: Solid showing on our Kickoff match from both ladies, The Boss getting the big win in her hometown with help from the unity of Team B.A.D. Becky’s in an odd spot right now, seemingly playing the 3rd wheel between her former Team PCB members, Paige & Charlotte. With performances like this it will be very difficult to keep Becky & Sasha near the bottom tier of the Divas division for much longer, especially if the “We Want Sasha” chants continue.
Open: After Seth Rollins cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase at WrestleMania, Roman Reigns’ luck as it pertains to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has been less than stellar. He finally reached the mountaintop at Survivor Series, winning a tournament to gain the vacant title, only to have Sheamus cash in his Money In The Bank and steal the championship. Tonight, Roman looks for revenge with tables, ladders and chairs.
Match #1 – Triple Threat Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships: WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) w/Xavier Woods vs. Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
Xavier joins commentary for this match, the bell rings and the brawl is on, Jimmy & Sin Cara send Big E to the ropes, Jimmy drops down and Sin Cara scores with a dropkick. Jey, Kalisto & Kofi attempt to bring ladders in, Big E clears the ring, pushes back on Kalisto & Jey, then pulls Kingston’s ladder inside. New Day stand it up and start to climb, The Usos are there to meet them, toss Kofi outside and then pair-off with Big E & Sin Cara. Kingston & Kalisto climb up opposite sides of the apron, springboard into the ring and land on their feet on the ladder.
The Usos playing defense, everyone takes a turn climbing up with no success. Big E & Kofi get thrown outside, climbs to the 2nd rope on the apron and fly with synchronized moonsaults to New Day. The Usos grab the ladder in the ring, knock The Lucha Dragons off the apron with it, then throw it outside, New Day & Luchas catching it in the air. The Usos hit the ropes and take flight with crossbody planchas onto the ladder, taking all 4 of their opponents out. They head back in and set the ladder up under the titles, Kingston slides in, hops through the middle of the ladder for a dropkick, gets his feet caught and The Usos dump him over the top to the floor. Big E rolls in behind them, pushes the ladder into The Usos and sends Jimmy flying outside.
Kofi smashes him with a ladder as Big E stomps a hole into Jey in the corner, Kingston comes in and they sandwich him behind the ladder. Big E whips Kingston in for a basement dropkick, Jimmy rolls inside and gets caught, E tossing him onto the ladder with an overhead belly to belly suplex. The Dragons are back in the ring and clock Kingston with another ladder, attempt to smash Big E, but he powers them back to the corner. Kalisto climbs to the top, hops through the ladder and lands on Big E with a seated senton, Kofi gets to his feet and drills him with a superkick. Sin Cara goes to the 2nd rope with the ladder, Kingston scales up to meet him, gets knocked down and Sin Cara rides the ladder down into a splash on him.
He takes The Usos out on the outside with a baseball slide into a ladder, hits the ropes and jumps onto the ladder on the floor with a somersault senton on Jimmy & Jey. Kalisto spears Big E with a ladder back inside, sets it up over his prone body and starts the climb up, Big E benchpressing him up, but Sin Cara hops on it to bring it back down. E benchpresses it again with both Luchas on it, Sin Cara falls and gets hanged on the top rope, The Usos slide in and Kalisto jumps off with a crossbody. Jimmy & Jey catch him in the air, Jey plants him with a spinning side slam, then they drop Big E with a double superkick. The Usos prop him in the corner and sandwich him with a ladder, Kingston comes in for a save and gets leveled, Jimmy & Jey charging into the corner with a dropkick to the ladder.
Kofi comes to and elevates Jimmy to the outside, Jey pulls a smaller ladder into the ring, slams Kingston on it then heads up top. Kingston crotches him on the top turnbuckle, climbs up and gets sent back down, getting his foot caught in the ropes and hanging in the tree of woe. Jimmy passes a ladder to Jey and he hammers Kingston, holds it in front of Kofi and Jimmy charges in with the hip attack. The Usos are alone in the ring now, stand a ladder up, The Dragons are their to meet them and we get a staredown before everyone takes a shot at climbing. Sin Cara assists Kalisto into a senton on Jimmy, they place a ladder over his body and Sin Cara flips his partner into a 450 splash on top.
Lucha Dragons now holding the ring and starting to ascend the ladder, Kofi’s back in to lay them out with forearms, then planks another ladder between the ropes and the standing ladder. He attempts to drive Kalisto into it, Kalisto slides under, pushes the ladder into Kingston’s ribs, springs off of it with a hurricanrana and Kofi hits the ladder head-first, spilling to the floor. Kalisto heads up after the titles, The Usos hit the ring climbing up opposite sides, Sin Cara pulls Jimmy down to the canvas as Kalisto is sent down as well. Kalisto springs back up, climbs over Jey, hooks him for Salida Del Sol and they both go crashing through the planked ladder. Sin Cara climbs upstairs and follows with a somersault senton.
Kalisto & Jimmy drag themselves up the ladder and reach for the championships, Kalisto gets knocked down and Jimmy’s all alone. Big E hits the ring to make the save, pulling him down and pushing the ladder over, looks to toss Jimmy to the floor, but he turns tables and E is sent outside. Jimmy attempts a suicide dive and runs into a forearm, E grabs a ladder to bring into the ring and Jimmy hits with a baseball slide. He looks to the corner, scales to the top rope and jumps to the floor onto the ladder, squashing Big E with the Uso Splash. Kalisto stirs around in the squared circle and drags himself up the ladder, Woods leaves commentary, grabs the trombone and throws it into Kalisto’s back, Kingston quickly sliding in and flipping him off the ladder to the mat. Kofi climbs up, unhooks the titles and The New Day retains.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day
- EA’s Take: Wow, the tag division just spat on the rest of the roster and proclaimed “Follow that!” with this match. Amazing high-spots and some pretty innovative stuff here, Kalisto’s Salida Del Sol being the showstealer. This is going to be very difficult for anyone to measure up to the rest of the night and we’re just getting started. I think it’s a little odd that New Day retained, they’re starting to run out of babyface challengers at this point after running through everyone for the majority of 2015. Unless someone’s getting called up from NXT, they may end up having to turn themselves.
Match #2: Rusev w/Lana vs. Ryback
Rusev jumps Ryback right at the bell, clobbers him in the back and whips him to the ropes, The Big Guy hanging on and catching Rusev coming in with a back elbow. He sends The Bulgarian Brute to the outside after a shoulder tackle, follows him out and drives Rusev into the barricade before rolling him back in. The Big Guy heads up top and scores with a double axe handle, presses Rusev over his head, drops him face-first and follows with a splash for a count of 2. He rams The Bulgarian Brute back into the corner and fires away, climbs to the 2nd rope for right hands, Rusev powers him out and drops him on the ropes with a hot shot.
He takes control and chokes Ryback on the bottom rope, rams him head-first into the top turnbuckle and drives shoulders to the solarplexes, flattening The Big Guy with a short-arm clothesline. Rusev grabs the neck with a nervehold to ground Ryback, The Big Guy fights to a vertical base, gets clubbed in the back and The Bulgarian Brute hooks him for a vertical suplex. Ryback blocks and they trade suplex attempts back and forth, The Big Guy finally plants Rusev and starts to build a head of steam with multiple shoulder blocks. He squashes The Bulgarian Brute in the corner, Rusev reverses a whip across, charges in and runs into a boot, Ryback following up with a 2nd rope dropkick that gets a 2 count.
The Big Guy’s ready to finish it, picks Rusev up and gets driven into the corner, The Bulgarian Brute attempting a splash, but Ryback side-steps and goes to the top rope. He connects with a crossbody that gains a near fall, drops the straps and sets Rusev in his crosshairs for a Meat Hook. The Bulgarian Brute wisely rolls out of the ring and walks off with Lana at his side, Ryback giving chase up the aisle and brings him back by the hair. Rusev breaks the grip with a back elbow, he pushes The Big Guy and he falls back, running into Lana and sending her down. Ryback is distracted, turns around and gets clocked by a superkick, Lana springing to her feet and celebrating after deceiving The Big Guy.
The Bulgarian Brute rolls Ryback in the squared circle and covers for 2, calls for The Accolade, but The Big Guy blocks it, powering to his feet with Rusev on his shoulders for Shellshocked. Rusev slips out of it, scores with a roundhouse to the head, locks in The Accolade to a knocked out Ryback and the official calls for the bell.
Winner: Rusev (The Accolade)
- EA’s Take: Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that this was a bad match. It’s just that…who cares? The story was a little absurd heading into it and both of these guys have really fallen off the map in comparison to where they were at the height of their WWE runs thus far. Ryback is still missing something, it’s tough to put my finger on exactly what it is. It’s certainly not his ability, which you can also say about Rusev as well.
Backstage: Dean Ambrose warms up for his match when Roman Reigns comes in. He tells Dean he was just speaking to The Usos and it’s down to them tonight to hold it down for the family. Reigns is excited for tonight, describing how good it will feel to regain the WWE Title and put a hole in Sheamus’ head with a ladder. Win, lose or draw, tonight’s about making a statement. Ambrose says he had a different vision and that’s for both of them to be standing in the ring later as champions.
Match #3 – Chairs Match for the WWE United States Championship: WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
Ringside is littered with set-up chairs, both guys slide out to the floor after a chair at the bell, roll back in and the duel is on. They drop the chairs and Swagger hits a clothesline, the champion rolls to the outside, The Real American in pursuit and Del Rio tries to drive him into the post, only to get rammed into the steel instead. The challenger bounces Alberto’s head off a chair multiple times, back into the ring they go and The Real American looks for the Swagger Bomb, El Patron sticking a chair up and catches him in the throat. The champion scores with a clothesline that gets 1, sends Swagger sternum-first into the turnbuckles, then rams the chair to the ribs and smacks it over his back.
He props the chair flat between the ropes in the corner, the challenger firing away with right hands, Alberto reverses a whip into the chair, The Real American puts on the brakes to avoid it, but Del Rio makes him pay with a backstabber for a count of 2. El Patron hammers the challenger in the back with a chair, sets his sights on a superkick, but Swagger is able to throw the chair in his face to avoid it. He ducks a clothesline, hits the ropes for one of his own, follows with another, then connects with two more in the corners. The Real American wants the Swagger Bomb again, Del Rio gets the feet up, Swagger catches the foot and goes for the Patriot Lock, but the champion is able to kick him away. Swagger rushes right back in and is split with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall, tosses The Real American out to the floor, then throws a pile of chairs onto him.
He sends the challenger back in the squared circle and covers for 2, calls for the Cross Armbreaker, Swagger counters out and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post, follows with a roll-up and nearly gets the 3 count. The Real American pounds Del Rio’s back with a chair, wraps his ankle in it and slaps on the Patriot Lock, the champion crawling to grabs the apron, but there’s no breaks in this match. El Patron works his way out of the ring using the ring skirting, Swagger ducks his head out to grab the champion and takes a chair shot to the breadbasket. Alberto heads upstairs with a chair-in-hand, The Real American catches him coming down with a slam, finally hits the Swagger Bomb and Del Rio kicks at 2.
The challenger slides to the outside and sends a handful of chairs into the ring, pummels Alberto in the back again, then props him on the top turnbuckle and climbs up. The champion pushes him away, picks the arm and hangs over the ropes with the Cross Armbreaker, releasing the hold on his own accord. He heads back inside and unleashes a barrage of chair shots to the back in the corner, stacks the chairs up under Swagger, climbs up top and delivers tree of woe double stomp for the 1-2-3.
Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: Alberto Del Rio (Tree Of Woe Double Stomp)
- EA’s Take: Brutal, physical match between two of the better technicians in the company, showing they can also deliver a good brawl. The chairs were really used to perfection and were a real focal point of the match, which is what you’d expect from a chairs match. I get that Swagger & Del Rio have a history, so it only makes sense for The Real American to be one of the first challengers to Alberto’s title. I just don’t like that I’m supposed to take Swagger as a serious contender after months and months of being relegated to Superstars, most of the time on the losing end.
Chairshot Classics: 2015 WWE Hell In A Cell
With WWE Hell In A Cell 2020 looming, Eric takes a look back at the 2015 edition featuring The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar inside the Cell!
Before you get to Sasha vs Bayley, Roman vs Jey and Drew vs Randy, check out the happenings of the 2015 version of WWE Hell In A Cell, emanating from the Staples Center in Los Angeles!
Kickoff Show Match: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville vs. Rusev, King Barrett & ‘Mr. Money In The Bank’ Sheamus
Stardust & The Ascension are sitting at ringside again with a “Stardust Section” sign. The Man That Gravity Forgot & The Celtic Warrior to kick things off, collar & elbow, Sheamus powers Neville into the corner and goes to the midsection. He whips him into the ropes, Neville slides through the legs and scores with a flurry of kicks, misses a dropkick, then slips out of a slam attempt for an enzuigiri. Cesaro gets the tag, slams Sheamus, goes to all fours and Neville jumps off his back into a corkscrew splash on Mr. MITB that gets 2 for The Swiss Superman. He quick tags back out to Neville, Sheamus sends him hard into the corner and brings in Barrett.
The King fires away a headbutt, quick tags out to Rusev and The Bulgarian Brute pummels The Man That Gravity Forgot. The Celtic Warrior off the tag with more heavy shots, Neville tries to battle back, but Sheamus catches him for a suplex. The Man That Gravity Forgot counters and lands on his feet, gets the tag to Ziggler and he comes in on fire, dropping Mr. MITB with a jumping clothesline. The Show Off splashes Sheamys in the corner, drops him with a neckbreaker and plants an elbow drop to the chest. Dolph knocks Rusev & Barrett off the apron, goes for a Fameasser, The Celtic Warrior catches him into a powerbomb, but Ziggler with a reversal back into the Fameasser for a near fall. Barrett slides in and distracts the ref, Rusev coming in from behind and decapitates Dolph with a superkick, Mr. MITB slides over into a cover and Ziggler kicks out at 2 as we go to break…
The King controls The Show Off with a rear chinlock when we come back, Dolph tries to gain his footing and gets slammed to the canvas by the hair. Barrett maintains control, posting his knee to Ziggler’s spine and wrenching back on the arms. The Show Off powers to a vertical base, gets sent into the corner, tries to hop over a charging Barrett and takes a kick to the midsection for 2. Sheamus off the tag with stiff right hands, The Bulgarian Brute takes a turn and stomps away at Ziggler in the corner. He eggs The Show Off on to make a tag, but unloads with clubbing blows when Dolph reaches out. Rusev scores with a kick to the back for a count of 2, The Celtic Warrior re-enters the match and plants Ziggler with a release vertical suplex before going to a rear chinlock.
Dolph battles to his feet and spikes Sheamus with a jumping DDT, Rusev gets a tag and barely prevents Ziggler from making it to his corner. He props The Show Off up in the corner, runs to the other side to build a head of steam and goes to splash Dolph, but misses and hits the ring post. Barrett gets a tag as Cesaro enters, he drops Sheamus off the apron with a big boot, then unleashes a series of running uppercuts to the King, going from corner to corner. The Swiss Superman levels Barrett with a running big boot, the King reverses a whip into the ropes and Cesaro flips himself out to the apron, lifting a boot to Barrett’s face. The King Of Swing jumps onto Sheamus from the apron with a somersault senton, runs around ringside and unloads an uppercut to Rusev, then back around to deliver one to Mr. MITB.
Cesaro heads to the top rope, connects with a crossbody back in the ring to Barrett, but only gets a 2 count. The Swiss Superman calls for the Cesaro Swing, Rusev slides in to stop it and takes a back body drop. Neville hits the ring, Cesaro tells him to hit the ropes and sends The Man That Gravity Forgot to the outside onto Sheamus & Rusev. Barrett sets for the Bullhammer behind Cesaro, Dolph slides in and hits a superkick, Cesaro puts him in the swing and Neville tags to finish the King with the Red Arrow.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville (Neville/Red Arrow)
- EA’s Take: GREAT opening contest here, the babyfaces get the win, but Cesaro looks like a million bucks coming out of this. I would have preferred to see the heels win with help from either Stardust at ringside or Tyler Breeze, generally I prefer to advance a story when it comes to who wins matches. Certainly one of the better kickoff show matches I can remember seeing though.
Open: “Hell comes in many forms.” Tonight, Seth Rollins looks to hang on to his WWE World Heavyweight Title, while Kane looks to keep his job as Director Of Operations. After a controversial finish at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar & The Undertaker walk into Hell In A Cell seeking revenge in the final chapter of their rivalry. “It all ends…in hell.”
In The Arena: WWE United States Champion John Cena heads to the squared circle to a chorus of boos. The champ says he had a long winded speech, but it sounds like everyone’s ready to get down to business. The US Open Challenge starts….now. Zeb Colter comes out on a motorized scooter, talking about how some people like Cena and some people don’t. He calls Cena a divider and it’s time for people from all different countries and backgrounds to come together. More importantly, it’s time for John to lose the US Title to this man…
Match #1 for the WWE United States Championship: WWE United States Champion John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio w/Zeb Colter
Collar & elbow tie-up to start, Cena goes to a side headlock, Del Rio pushes him into the ropes and John scores with a shoulder knockdown. They lock-up again, Alberto grabs a side headlock this time, Cena pushes him into the ropes, leapfrogs over and Del Rio with a kick to the leg that forces John to regroup outside. Loud dueling Cena chants as John goes to the striking game, firing away with right hands in the corner, whips Del Rio across, charges in and Alberto side-steps, going into an armdrag and holding an armbar. Alberto goes back to a leg kick, Cena crawls to the 2nd rope, Del Rio attempts a running senton and misses, spilling to the outside. The champ rolls Alberto back inside, charges at him and Del Rio splits him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a count of 2.
El Patron heads upstairs, connects with an overhead chop and gains another 2 count before utilizing a rear chinlock. The champion powers to his feet, Del Rio with a kick to the breadbasket and an attempted suplex, Cena blocks and hits one of his own. John climbs to the top, the challenger quickly scales the corner and scores with an enzuigiri, dropping the champion to the canvas for another near fall. Del Rio climbs to the top once more and again hits an overhead chop for a count of 2, then calls for the Cross Armbreaker.
Cena explodes to his feet, flattening Alberto with a clothesline. They exchange right hands, Cena hits his shoulder tackles, plants Alberto with a spinning back suplex and hits the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. He sets for the AA, Del Rio slips out and cracks Cena with a backstabber, follows with a superkick and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: Alberto Del Rio (Superkick)
- EA’s Take: What a surprise return, it takes a lot for me to not see something coming and I was stunned, eventhough I knew there had been talks between Del Rio and WWE about coming back. I’m a little shocked at the way that it happened also though, as I feel like the execution was not as it should have been. Cena has had incredible US Title matches during his reign and successfully defended it, but this match didn’t quite live up to any of those. Great coup for WWE either way, hopefully they can keep the title relevant as Cena is slated to step away until the end of December.
Backstage: The Authority is watching with enjoyment at the start of the show, Seth Rollins comes in and agrees with them. However, Rollins has some thoughts about tonight when Kane interrupts. He tries to apologize, but Seth isn’t buying it and they bicker back and forth. Hunter stops them and says this is a private meeting, Kane’s attendane isn’t required. Kane wishes Seth luck, telling him he’s going to need it.
Match #2 is Hell In A Cell: Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns
Roman strikes first with a kick to the gut and right hands, drives Wyatt into the top turnbuckle and continues to fire away. Bray takes it right back to Reigns, shoots him into the ropes and The Big Dog explodes with a jumping clothesline, then tosses Wyatt with multiple pumphandle throws. He goes for a Samoan Drop, Bray battles out, but eats a big right hand, crawling to the ropes. Roman to the outside, looks for the Drive-By, Wyatt avoids it, but Reigns comes right back with another right hand, this time hitting the Drive-By. The Big Dog introduces Bray to the cage, sends him into the steps, then rolls him into the ring.
The New Face Of Fear rolls back to the outside, goes to Reigns’ eyes, then pulls out a kendo stick and goes to work, taking control of the match and swinging away at Roman’s back. Wyatt tries to send The Big Dog into the corner, Reigns fights back briefly, but Bray goes to the lower back with the kendo stick again. He clotheslines Roman to the outside using the cane, heads out after him and tosses him into the cage. The Eater Of Worlds finds a chair under the ring, goes to swing at Reigns, changes his mind and instead sits down, whacking Roman with the kendo stick and begging him to fight back. Bray props the chair and cane in the fencing, Reigns with a quick burst of energy, but Wyatt drives him into the cane, splitting it in two.
The Big Dog with another adrenaline rush, hammers Bray with fists and sends him into the chair, then back into the cage. He finds 2 kendo sticks and stalks Wyatt before combining them and unloading to Bray’s chest. Roman seeks out a table and slides it in the ring, then pulls out another and sets it up on the floor. Wyatt throws the other table out of the ring, Reigns notices and connects with another Drive-By, setting the other table up on the opposite side of the ring. Reigns pulls himself to the apron, avoids a charging Bray and hits a series of kicks, goes to suplex Wyatt through the table, but gets put through it himself with a one-arm slam.
The Eater Of Worlds rolls Roman in and covers for a count of 2, squashes him with a running senton for another 2. Wyatt dumps Roman to the outside, rushes at him and squashes him into the side of the cell. He pins Roman’s head up against the ring post, gains some speed and squashes him again. The New Face Of Fear pulls another table out and slides it in the ring, places Reigns in the corner and drives a knee to the head before setting the table up. Bray props The Big Dog on the top turnbuckle, hooks him for a superplex, Reigns blocks, drops down and powerbombs Wyatt through the table for a near fall. Both guys struggle to their feet, Roman unleashes a flurry of clotheslines in the corner, hits the ropes and Bray catches him for Sister Abigail.
Reigns counters into a schoolboy for a count of 2, then comes right back with a Superman Punch, Wyatt kicking out at 2. The New Face Of Fear rolls out to the apron, Roman goes out to meet him, hitting a Spear off the apron to the floor and going through a table. The Big Dog drags Wyatt into the ring, crawls to a cover and still can’t get a 3 count. Roman sets up for a Spear, Bray gets his boot up and plants him with Sister Abigail, but he can’t get the 3 either. The Eater Of Worlds goes to the 2 kendo sticks, delivers a shot to the midsection and hooks them up in the turnbuckles like javelins. Bray goes to drive Reigns into it and he blocks, connecting with kendo stick shots, sends Wyatt into the cane instead, then follows with a Spear to get the win.
Winner: Roman Reigns (Spear)
- EA’s Take: Excellent brawl here with a couple of nice spots. Reigns finally seemingly gains revenge on Bray which makes me wonder if he’ll turn his attention back to the WWE Title. I can’t find much to complain about with the match, however the “No Color Policy” always seems to put a bit of a damper on these kinds of matches. Cage matches are supposed to be brutal, bloody brawls and these kind of matches make me miss those days.
Match #3 for the WWE Tag Team Championships: WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von)
Prior to the match, Kofi thanks the WWE Universe for all their support towards Xavier Woods. Big E calls today a sad day, almost as sad because the broken trombone is all they have of Woods. They promise to play the drums with D-Von’s head and Bubba’s belly. Kingston & D-Von kick off the action, Big E provides a distraction and Kofi takes quick control. He sends D-Von into the ropes, D-Von with a jumping back elbow, follows with a diving headbutt and covers for a count of 2. Bubba tags in, The Dudleys with a double shoulder knockdown and double elbow drop for 2, Bubba whips Kofi to the corner and he scales to the top, but gets caught and slammed to the canvas.
New Day collects themselves on the outside, Big E tries to give Kofi another distraction to no avail, Bubba shooting him into the corner for a splash. D-Von back in, The Dudleys go for a double team move and botch it terribly. D-Von whips Kofi into the ropes, ducks his head and eats a kick, Big E tagging in and leveling D-Von with a clothesline. New Day with frequent tags in their corner, taking turns stomping away at D-Von, Big E eventually whipping Kofi into a corner dropkick. Kingston chokes D-Von on the 2nd rope, spikes him with a DDT and covers for a 2 count before going to a wristlock. D-Von battles to his feet, Kofi hits him with a jawbreaker, then drags him to the corner and brings Big E in for a splash that gets a count of 2.
Kingston back in, they set D-Von up for a Wazzup Headbutt, but D-Von kicks Kofi away and crawls to a tag. Bubba with clotheslines to Kingston, elevates him with a back body drop, then scores with lefts and rights to Big E. The Dudleys connect with the Wazzup Headbutt, Bubba is about to call for the tables, but Kofi springboards in the ring, taking them out with a dropkick. He slides out and grabs the trombone, tosses it to Bubba and drops to the mat as if Bubba nailed him with it The ref argues with Bubba and goes to call for the bell, but decides against it because he didn’t see it.
Bubba snaps the trombone in half over his knee, D-Von tags and they plant Kingston with a combination back suplex/neckbreaker for a near fall. Bubba tags back in, they call for 3D, Big E slides in and drills Bubba with the trombone behind the ref’s back, then disposes of D-Von. Kingston scores with Trouble In Paradise to Bubba, makes the cover and retains.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day (Kofi/Trouble In Paradise)
- EA’s Take: Maybe it’s just me, but the shine of The Dudley Boyz’s return seems to be wearing off already. I’m not sure what move they were going for during the match, but they botched it horribly and couldn’t cover for it. I still believe that The Dudleys will get their 10th title run, but the time just isn’t right. There are not enough heel teams to justify taking the titles off New Day, not to mention the fact that New Day are arguably the hottest heels in the company.
Match #4 for the WWE Divas Championship – Everyone Banned From Ringside: Nikki Bella vs. WWE Divas Champion Charlotte
They lock-up to start, Charlotte backs Nikki into the ropes, the ref forces a clean break and they tie-up again, this time Charlotte backing Nikki into the corner. Nikki doesn’t break clean, charges out of the corner with a clothesline, Charlotte ducks it and scores with a modified neckbreaker. She puts the challenger in the corner, climbs to the 2nd rope and reigns down right hands, Nikki tries to counter to a powerbomb, but the champion reverses with a hurricanrana. Charlotte with more right hands, hits the ropes and the challenger fires a stiff forearm that sends the champion to the outside.
Nikki gives chase, tosses Charlotte out into the crowd, the champion looks to bring the fight back at her and gets caught, Nikki jumping off the barricade with a kick. She drives Charlotte spine-first into the ring post, tosses her into the barricade, then rolls her in the ring for a count of 2. Nikki sticks the point of the knee into the back and pulls back on the champion’s neck, drags her to her feet and hits a snap suplex for another 2 count. The challenger goes for a slingshot suplex, Charlotte lands on her feet, delivers a plate of patented Flair chops, Nikki ducks one and goes to a backslide for a near fall, then turning it into a modified facebuster, but still can’t get 3.
Nikki uses a single leg crab to punish the champion, breaking it on her own accord. She catapults Charlotte off the ropes down on the knees, covers for 2 and then sends the champion into the corner. Charlotte flips around, explodes out and levels the challenger with a big boot for a near fall. The champion tries a suplex, but her back gives out and Nikki keeps control, continuing to pummel the lower back. The champion ducks a right hand, turns around into a spinebuster and Nikki gets another count of 2 before trash talking Charlotte and slapping her in the face. Charlotte comes back with chops, the ref has to seperate them and Nikki takes advantage, looking for a springboard kick and missing, hurting her knee in the process.
The champion takes the opening planting Nikki and then climbing to the top for a moonsault. Nikki sees it coming climbs up with her for a german suplex and Charlotte lands on her feet, splitting the challenger with a spear. She locks in the Figure Eight, but can’t bridge due to her injured back, Nikki crawling to the ropes to force the break. Charlotte charges Nikki and gets dumped to the floor, the challenger following her outside and scoring with an Albama Slam on the apron. She rolls Charlotte back inside, attempts the Rack Attack and the champ counters, locking in the Figure Eight and Nikki’s forced to tap.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Charlotte (Figure Eight)
- After The Bell: Paige & Becky Lynch hit the ring to celebrate with Charlotte, raising her hand in victory.
- EA’s Take: Finally a good Divas match for the main roster. Not anything on par with what Sasha Banks & Bayley have been doing down in NXT, but I really enjoyed this one. The Divas Division has been begging for a 1 on 1 match like this and while it won’t change things overnight, WWE keeps making steps in the right direction. Too bad they couldn’t have taken those steps at the beginning of the ‘Divas Revolution’.
Backstage: Sitting in the locker room is Roman Reigns when Dean Ambrose comes in offering congratulations on finishing things with Bray Wyatt. Dean talks about them knowing what’s next, but Reigns wants to talk about that tomorrow. Ambrose agrees because tonight they’ll celebrate.
Match #5 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship – If Kane Loses, He’s No Longer Director Of Operations: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Kane
The champion has some harsh words for the challenger at the bell, pushes him and ducks a right hand, delivering a series of his own. He shoots Kane into the ropes, ducks his head and The Devil’s Favorite Demon spikes him with a DDT, following with a low dropkick. He knocks the champion to the floor with a right hand, goes out after him and drives him head-first into the announce table. The challenger clears the spanish announce table, Rollins tries to scurry away into the ring, hits the ropes for a suicide dive and gets caught, then planted on the floor. Kane rolls him back inside, whips Seth into the ropes and hits with a flapjack.
The Director Of Operations heads to the top, The Architect sees it and drops Kane to the apron, then hangs him on the top rope, dropping Kane to the floor. Seth flies to the outside with a somersault plancha, places The Devil’s Favorite Demon on the apron and drives elbows to the throat. Back in the ring, Seth scores with a sling blade that only gets a 1 count, chokes The Big Red Machine on the 2nd rope, then plants him with a neckbreaker that barely gets 2. The champion goes to a rear chinlock, Kane attempts to battle up and Rollins with a kick to the chest. He scales the top turnbuckle, jumps down and meets a big right hand, but side-steps a big boot in the corner.
Seth splashes him and stomps away, runs to the other side to build momentum and scores with a running forearm. The Architect goes to the well again and gets leveled with a clothesline, but again avoids a charging Kane in the corner. Seth climbs up top, Kane catches him with a right hand and then connects with a superplex. The Big Red Machine hits multiple corner clotheslines, attempts a tilt-a-whirl slam, Rollins lands on his feet, hits the ropes and runs into a big boot that gives Kane a 2 count. The Devil’s Favorite Demon goes to the top again, the champion runs up the turnbuckle to meet him, gets pushed off and Kane scores with a top rope clothesline. He grabs Seth for a Chokeslam, Rollins slips out and hits an enzuigiri, tries to follow with the Pedigree, the challenger powers out and plants the champion with a Chokeslam, but only gets 2.
He calls for the Tombstone, The Architect slips out and retreats to the outside, Kane in pursuit to drive the champion spine-first into the apron. Kane drops Rollins back-first on the announce table, clears it off and tosses Seth over it. He drags Rollins up, Seth slides out and powerbombs the challenger on the spanish announce table, but it doesn’t break. Rollins rolls in the ring and the ref starts his count, Kane making it back in at a count of 8. The Architect goes for another Pedigree, gets tossed to the apron, Seth scores with an enzuigiri, then comes off the top with a flying knee.
The champion goes back up and connects with another flying knee, then lands two superkicks to finally drop the challenger. Seth goes up once more and hits a frog splash, but still can’t put The Devil’s Favorite Demon away. The champion can’t believe it and seemingly has a conversation with himself, goes back over to The Big Red Machine and he gets Seth by the throat. Rollins delivers a kick to the breadbasket, drives Kane into the canvas with a Pedigree and picks up the 1-2-3.
Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Seth Rollins (Pedigree)
- EA’s Take: I’m not certain that I’d call this match good or not. I wouldn’t say it was bad, but it went exactly the way I figured it would go. There was never any doubt in my mind that Seth wouldn’t retain, so this didn’t do a whole lot for me. I am glad however that they allowed Rollins to win clean. They’ve done a good job of weening Seth off of the tainted wins which will serve his character well (not to mention whoever finally beats him) in the long run.
Match #6 for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Ryback vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens
The bell rings and The Big Guy goes right at the champion, Owens trying to retreat to the outside, then back in and catching Ryback with boots. KO hits the ropes and runs into a big shoulder, the challenger powers Owens into the corner and drives shoulders to the midsection, lifting him and tossing KO with a back body drop. The Big Guy goes for a military press, the champion slips out, attempts a suplex and Ryback counters into one of his own. He charges KO in the corner, Owens side-steps and Ryback goes shoulder-first into the ring post. The champion looks to take control, Ryback uses his power again and plants Owens with a powerslam, KO rolling to the apron and getting blasted to the floor with a clothesline.
Ryback tosses Owens back inside, puts him in the corner and reigns down rights from the 2nd rope. The champion escapes out, crotches the challenger on the 2nd turnbuckle, following with a running senton for a 2 count. Owens sets his sights on a Cannonball, The Big Guy pops to his feet and catches him in a spinebuster, then puts Owens in his crosshairs for the Meat Hook. KO ducks it, but can’t avoid Ryback’s powerbomb and the challenger gains a near fall before climbing to the top. Owens has it scouted, dropping the challenger to the apron and then connecting with a superkick, spilling Ryback to the floor.
The Big Guy makes it back in the ring at the ref’s count of 9, charges into the ring and gets dropped throat-first across the 2nd rope, KO grabbing him in a schoolboy for a near fall. He sends the challenger into the ropes for a Pop-Up Powerbomb, Ryback counters with a Meat Hook, then lifts him for Shellshocked. KO grabs the ropes to get out of it, goes out to the apron and rakes the eyes, following with the Pop-Up Powerbomb to finish it.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Kevin Owens (Pop-Up Powerbomb)
- EA’s Take: It’s officially time for both of these guys to move on. I’ll be honest, I completely forgot this match was even on the card and it appears as if most everyone else did too. It shows how much the company really cares about this feud, as they’re given the spot between the WWE Title match and the main event. Generally, this spot on the card is the one that gets time taken away from it or cut completely. This rivalry has done nothing for either of these guys.
Match #7 is Hell In A Cell: Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman vs. The Undertaker
They meet face to face in the ring, Taker giving Lesnar the throat-cut sign and the bell rings. Lesnar uses his quickness to duck right hands, looks for a german right off the bat, but Taker hangs onto the ropes. The Beast goes to the midsection, drives shoulders into the breadbasket in the corner, The Deadman reverses a whip across and follows in with a clothesline. The Conqueror buries a knee to the ribs, hooks The Phenom for a german suplex again and Taker sends him flying to the outside. Undertaker follows, delivering right hands, Lesnar countering a whip into the cage and he elevates Taker for an F5. The Demon Of Death Valley slips out of it, pushes Brock face-first into the ring post and he’s been busted open.
The Phenom uses the cell to his advantage, driving Lesnar face-first into the cage, then pulls a chair out and heads back inside. The Beast is there to meet him, planting Taker into the mat with a double leg, getting his hands on the chair and smashing it into The Deadman’s back. Brock falls into the corner and the ringside doctor comes in to check on Brock’s cut, cleans him up a little bit and Lesnar takes the chair again, smashing it into Undertaker on the floor. The Conqueror tosses Taker into the cage again, attempts a suplex on the floor and The Phenom blocks, delivering one of his own. The American Badass has been cut now, rolls Lesnar inside, props the chair under his throat and slams down on it, covering Brock for a count of 2.
Undertaker hammers away at Lesnar’s cut, shoots him into the corner, Brock rebounds out and ducks a right hand, snapping off a german suplex. The Beast scores with a couple more, elevates Taker and connects with an F5, but The Deadman kicks out at 2. The ringside doctor comes in the ring again to check on both guys, Lesnar tosses the doctor aside and plants The Phenom with another F5, but still can’t get 3. The Conqueror goes out to grab the steel stairs, tosses them in the squared circle and clobbers The Deadman for a near fall. He takes the steps again, attempts to slam them on Taker’s leg, but he’s able to roll out of the way. The Beast goes for it again, Taker kicks him away and the stairs land on Lesnar’s head, cutting him open again.
The Deadman locks in Hell’s Gate, Brock fires off lefts and rights and pounds Taker into the mat to break the hold. Lesnar notices a rop in the ring mat, tears it open and exposes the boards underneath, allowing The Phenom time to get to his feet, grab Brock and plant him with a Chokeslam on the wood. Taker powers Brock up, spikes him with a Tombstone, covers and The Conqueror kicks out at 2. The Deadman calls for another Tombstone, Brock goes with a low blow, delivers an F5 on the exposed boards and finally ends it.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (F5)
- After The Bell: Lesnar gets help getting to the back from Heyman, leaving Undertaker in the ring alone. It takes a couple of attempts for him to be able to sit-up, but he finally does to a loud “Thank You Taker” chant. Undertaker makes it to his feet, but the lights go out and The Wyatt Family makes their way to the ring. They surround the ring, step-up to the apron and go on the attack with Bray watching. Strowman, Harper & Rowan hold The Deadman up for Bray and he continues the beatdown, mocking The Phenom in the process. They carry Taker out of the arena as the show comes to an end.
- EA’s Take: What an absolute war and rightfully so, the end to this rivalry needed to be done justice and this match provided it. I’m left wondering about the “No Color Policy” I spoke about earlier, as both men get busted open here. I completely understand why they do it, but nobody can sit there and tell me with a straight-face that it didn’t add to the drama of this match. This was one of the few times where the match lived up to all of the hype and now we have another classic Lesnar/Taker Hell In A Cell match to go back and watch on the WWE Network.
EA’s Finisher: This PPV is one of those “in-betweeners” for me, there were some decent matches and some nice moments, but it was not the greatest thing WWE has ever produced either. The return of Alberto Del Rio was a great surprise and choice to hold the US Title while Cena’s away, as long as WWE can capitalize on Del Rio’s return. Both HIAC matches delivered to me, especially Taker/Brock as it was an absolute war, the likes of which we don’t see enough of at this point in time. The Divas stepped up to the plate tonight finally as well, but the other 3 title matches were nothing to write home about. Owens/Ryback was completely forgettable, the tag match was basic at best and the WWE Title match went exactly how I pictured it would.
Top Three To Watch
1 – Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker
2 – Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
3 – Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte
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