Time to Burn It Down in Hell (in a Cell)!
Bray Wyatt forgives, but “he” never forgets! Will Seth Rollins be able to #SurviveAndPrevail against the waking nightmare that is The Fiend?
- Kickoff Show – Lacey Evans VS Natalya; Natalya wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- Tornado Tag: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan & Luke Harper; Reigns & Bryan win.
- Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali; Orton wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors; The Kabuki Warriors win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS The Viking Raiders & ???; The Viking Raiders & Braun Strowman win, by disqualification.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Street Profits Surprise: Carmella w/ R-Truth VS Tamina Snuka; Tamina wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- King Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable; Gable wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Crowd Cameo: Tamina Snuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt; Referee Stoppage, Rollins retains the WWE Universal Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, Booker T and Sam Roberts in recapping and predicting the action on the scariest night of WWE!
Bliss-Cross talk to the panel!
The Goddess and her crazy gal pal heard when we all did that Asuka and Kairi Sane are coming for the titles. Bliss isn’t sure why. Kairi just cosplays being a pirate. The fighting champions have beaten all the teams, and would just like to see a team earn a shot. Booker T disagrees, both Asuka and Kairi have resumes worthy of another try and get an upset. Alexa says those were individual accomplishments. For that matter, Alexa was the five-time (five-time etc) Women’s Champion in her own right. But what have Asuka and Kairi done as a team? Nikki says the champs proved everyone wrong, and that continues tonight. They’ll be undefeated against the Kabuki Warriors! Confident as can be, will Bliss-Cross hold onto the gold against #JoshiRoyalty?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla Braxton asks the nine-time Women’s Champion about her rematch with Bayley. Charlotte fell short at Clash of Champions, but that’s the past. Charlotte prefers to talk the Fox SmackDown debut and that tap out she got out of Bayley. Bayley’s tough girl act is just that: an act. But Charlotte IS the Queen of All Eras and she WILL be the TEN-TIME Women’s Champion. WOO~!
Lacey Evans VS Natalya!
The Sassy Southern Belle and the Queen of Harts are far from through with each other. Will Lacey end this with her Woman’s Right? Or will Natty finally dig her claws into Lacey and make her tap out?
The bell rings and the Golden 1 cheers for Natty as she ties up with Lacey. Natty headlocks and gets the takeover, but Lacey headscissors out with a grin. Natty pops out and now Lacey frowns. They circle again and Lacey kicks low. Lacey wrenches to a wristlock then brings Natty down for a cover, ONE. Natty gets up but Lacey is on the arm again. Lacey wrenches, wristlocks, but Natty rolls, spins, handsprings and arm-drags Lacey down! Fans cheer as Lacey backs off. Natty soaks it all up and Lacey grows annoyed. The two circle again and tie up. Natty waistlocks, drops down, trips Lacey and spanks her! Natty floats to a facelock but Lacey slips out to hammerlock, and spank back! Lacey pulls hair but the ref reprimands her. Natty moves around, Lacey facelocks to headlocks. Headlock takeover, but Natty rolls her to a cover. ONE, and Lacey holds on.
Fans rally for Natty and Natty elbows free. Natty shoves but Lacey runs her over! Fans boo as Lacey grins and soaks it all up. Lacey drags Natty up to whip into the corner. Lacey runs in but Natty dodges to lift, rebound, but Lacey counters with a takedown! Cover, TWO! Lacey claws at Natty’s face but Natty counters to an armbar! Lacey flails and rolls to get the ropebreak with her legs. Natty stomps Lacey as she lets up, then goes at her at the ropes! Lacey rolls Natty up, TWO! Natty trips Lacey, steps through, but Lacey scrambles! Lacey gets another ropebreak, and Natty lets up. Natty chases Lacey out of the ring but then dares her to “get your ass back in this ring!” Lacey cools off by commentary, but Natty comes running. Lacey kicks Natty and throws her into steel steps!
WWE goes picture in picture as Lacey drags Natty’s leg to the steps. Lacey stomps the shin on the steel! And again! The referee reprimands Lacey but she just smiles as she drags Natty up and into the ring. Lacey traps Natty’s face under the apron! She smothers Natty but lets up at the ref’s count. Lacey turns Natty around to kick at the bad leg. Lacey gets up on the apron as we return to single picture, and she chokes Natty on the ropes! The ref counts, Lacey lets up, to then slingshot elbow drop! Lacey drags Natty to a cover, TWO! Lacey grows further frustrated, but she goes after the bad leg with stomps and yanking. Natty clutches the knee as she gets to a corner, but Lacey stomps a mudhole. Lacey laces the leg on ropes to pull! Fans boo but Lacey runs in for the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey is annoyed but she drags Natty around to hook the bad leg. Lacey puts on her on Sassy STF, then adds an arm to it.
Fans rally for Natty as she endures being bent. Lacey dribbles Natty’s face off the mat! Then she smashes the knee! Natty clutches her leg and the ref backs Lacey off. Lacey dropkicks Natty while she’s down then covers, TWO! Lacey drags Natty around again, stomping and yanking the leg. Lacey clamps on with a chinbar and armlock but fans rally up. Natty gets up, fights out, but Lacey throws her down by her hair. Lacey grits her teeth as she drags Natty around by the leg. Lacey steps through, wanting to steal the Sharpshooter! But Natty SLAPS Lacey off her! Lacey flounders to ropes while Natty gets up. Lacey comes back to SLAP and CHOP, then snapmare to stomp the leg! Lacey wants to try again, but Natty uses her good leg to shove Lacey out of the ring!
Natty hurries to a corner for safety, but Lacey returns. Lacey runs in to stomp and club away! The ref backs Lacey off but Lacey comes back for another swing. Natty boots Lacey out of the air! Discus clothesline gets intercepted! Lacey drags Natty to a drop zone and goes to a corner. She climbs up, then jumps up, Sassiest Moonsault Ever! FLOPS! Natty hurries to get Lacey’s legs, step through, and turn over for the SHARPSHOOTER! Lacey taps, Natty wins!
Winner: Natalya, by submission
The Queen of Harts toughs it out as Lacey let her ego get the best of her. Lacey stands up and Natty gives HER a Woman’s Right hand! Maybe that’ll punctuate and end this rivalry.
Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.
The Beacon of Light is looking to recover from setbacks. It’s like one step forward, two steps back. “It is beyond frustrating.” Missed opportunities knock him down, but he won’t stay down. Next week, the WWE Draft helps him start fresh. But Randy Orton walks over to laugh. Momentum? Orton remembers a time when Ali had momentum. And he remembers stopping it flat. Ali does remember that, too. Forget next week. Let’s have a match TONIGHT! Orton thinks about it, and accepts the challenge. Will the Viper strike Ali down again? Or will Ali fly higher than ever before?
Backstage interview with Erick Rowan.
The rivalry between him and Roman Reigns has only intensified, but he isn’t done yet. The Lumberjack Match was a battle, but this is a war. Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan think they’re tough, but they’ll learn in the Tornado Tag Match, with no rules keeping them safe, everyone will finally respect Rowan and Luke Harper. The Big Dog and Lil’ Pup Dan “get put down for good.” Will the Yard be under new ownership tonight?
A villainous structure was born…
Designed to imprison, destined to torture. “A structure so evil, it alters the lives of all who enter.” And once again, it has returned. For more souls. For their destruction. The Architect promises to #SurviveAndPrevail, but he has to #LetHimIn. The Man and the Boss have business to settle, but the Cell might end it all. More than that, there are grudges, there is bad blood, and there is pain. “See you in Hell!”
Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks!
Why wait to settle scores? The second-ever Women’s Hell in a Cell match opens the show! The Boss and The Man have made history back and forth, but who takes the honor of winning the Red Brand’s belt inside the blood red cage of pain?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the Cell is lowered…
But Sasha attacks already! The Cell not even all the way down! She rams Becky off the sides, then they end up outside the Cell! Sasha snap suplexes Becky on the ramp! Sasha laughs as the referees reprimand her. The Cell finishes descending while Sasha throws Becky into barriers! The refs tell Sasha to take this back inside, but Sasha won’t let up! She keeps throwing Becky around, then finally leaves her behind. Fans are divided and dueling as The Boss brags and boasts. “Five time champion: me!” The referees check on Becky, and Sasha taunts her. But Becky kicks the door into Sasha! Then fires of forearms! They’re finally inside the Cell, but the ref needs the two to stop brawling for the bell to ring!
Becky puts Sasha in the ring, the referee checks on Sasha, and the door is finally locked shut. This match actually begins, and Becky snatches the chain off the door! She makes them a knuckle duster to punch away on Sasha’s body! And club on her back! Uppercut and dropkick and Sasha drops out of the ring! Sasha crawls around, wanting out. But Becky snatches her away and throws her into cell walls! Becky scrapes Sasha into the fencing as fans are thunderous! Becky puts the chain on the door herself now, and finally locks them in. Becky goes back to Sasha but Sasha kicks her in the leg! Sasha whips Becky into steel! Sasha fires off hands but Becky gives them back! Becky whips Sasha into steel steps! Sasha is writhing, but Becky fetches a TABLE from under the ring! Becky puts the table in the ring, then get a LADDER! Sasha attacks with a CHAIR SHOT! TLC now stands for Tables, Ladders and Cell!
Sasha sticks the ladder in a corner but Becky gets Sasha back with that chair! SMACK to the back! Becky throws Sasha into the ring and sets that table up in a corner. Becky sits the chair up while fans continue to duel. Sasha cradles Becky, TWO! School boy, TWO! Another try with a bridge, TWO! Becky swings into a backslide, TWO! Sasha wants the arm but Becky knees back. Becky bounces Sasha off the chair! And again! And again! Sasha’s arm ends up in the chair like Clash of Champions! But she roundhouses Becky away! And dropkicks the chair into Becky’s face! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her focus as she uses the chair to stand up. Fans want he table but Sasha swings the chair! Becky dodges, and catches Sasha into a Becksploder! Sasha bails out, but Becky wrecks her with a dropkick! Sasha bounces off the Cell, so Becky dropkicks again! And again! Fans are fired up as Becky throws Sasha into the ring. Sasha spins around to kick Becky back!
Sasha is on the apron and LEAPS! Meteora INTO the ladder! That was double-edged for Sasha, but that’s how much this title means! Then Sasha throws the ladder into Becky! The referee checks on Becky while Sasha soaks up the cheers and jeers. Sasha drags Becky up into the ring, covers, TWO!! Becky survives all that damage but Sasha won’t let up. Sasha drags Becky up to throw her back out. Sasha puts Becky’s arm inside the gap of door and frame, and just jams it over and over and over! Becky finally gets free but Sasha drags her up to throw the arm into the apron. Sasha puts Becky in, covers, TWO! Sasha is losing her cool, but she puts Becky’s arm through the chair! To SMASH it! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps on that arm, but Becky endures. Becky fights up and clubs Sasha, only for Sasha to wring her out!
Sasha has the chair again and sits it near a corner. Fans still duel as Sasha slams Becky’s arm on the chair. Sasha sits Becky in the chair, throws some forearms, but Becky keeps her from climbing. Sasha fires off forearms, then leaps, METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Sasha is losing her cool! Sasha goes out to fetch another chair from under the ring. And she sticks it in a wall? Sasha puts another chair in the ring and aims at Becky. Becky dodges to roll Sasha, TWO! Sasha has the chair but Becky kicks it into her! Sasha runs to the apron but Becky kicks her. Sasha ducks a kick to give a kick but Becky dropkicks her into the wall again! Both women are down, but the fans rally up. Becky sits up first and flounders. Sasha rises and returns tot he ring, but Becky is on her with uppercuts and kicks. Becky bounces Sasha off the post! Then leaps, misses, but still gets Sasha, for a Becksploder into steel wall!
Becky puts Sasha in, grabs the chair and sets it up upside-down. Sasha hits Becky with forearms but Becky gives them back! The Man and the Boss brawl, but Sasha kicks first. Sasha runs, but Becky drop toeholds her onto the chair! And then BULLDOGS her! Cover, TWO!? Sasha survives and Becky is beside herself. Sasha crawls to a corner but Becky runs in. Sasha puts her on the apron but Becky kicks back. Becky climbs up but Sasha trips her up with a kick of her own. Sasha fetches that chair, but Becky blocks it to give it back. Becky throws the chair, and missile dropkicks it into Sasha! Cover, TWO! Sasha survives and then escapes to the outside. Sasha finds something already while Becky calms herself down. Becky hobbles over to where Sasha went, but Sasha SMACKS her with a kendo stick! And smacks and smacks and smacks!
Sasha has two kendo sticks, and wedges them in a corner. Sasha moves the ladder aside to bring Becky up. Sasha bounces Becky off the side of the ladder, then throws her at the sticks! Becky blocks to throw Sasha into the sticks! Sasha is down, but Becky is finding more chairs. Becky sits the chair on the sticks, and then gets a third stick. With the chair firmly in the corner, Becky goes back to Sasha. But Sasha fires back on Becky! Becky throws forearms, shovels Sasha onto that seat, and then fires off more shots! Becky goes to the apron, takes aim at the corner, and LEAPS to dropkick Sasha off the chair!! The fans are losing their minds over that insane innovation! Becky gets up and drags Sasha back into the ring. Becky climbs up top as fans agree “This is Awesome!”
Becky leaps for a BIG leg drop, cover, TWO!! And Becky is almost in tears. But then she talks to herself, working out what to try next. Fans chant “Table! Table!” and Becky agrees. Becky gets that table up on its feet, but Sasha hits a Backstabber! Sasha drags Becky over to the corner and throws forearms. “I’m the Boss around here!” Sasha hoists Becky up and then makes sure the table is in the right spot. Sasha climbs up to join Becky, but Becky fights back! Becky slips down, Sasha holds on and fights back, and then adjusts. Sasha METEORAS Becky through the table!! Cover, TWO!?! No one can believe Becky lived! The referee clears the wreckage and Sasha returns to the ladder and hanging chair. Sasha doesn’t go for either of those, she has a new kendo stick! And she uses it in a Bank Statement crossface!!
Becky endures, turns purple, but wriggles her way under the bottom rope. There’s no ropebreak, but Becky keeps moving to get out of the ring entirely. They now tug o’ war for the stick, and Becky wins, to SMACK away on Sasha! Becky drags Sasha back around to whip, but Sasha reverses to send Becky into the hanging chair! Sasha’s method appears through the madness as she now puts Becky back in. Sasha brings chair after chair after chair with her! Fans are anticipating what plan the #Blueprint has, because it involves even more chairs! Some chairs even hit Becky as they’re tossed in. Sasha gives Becky a CON-CHAIR-TO! Repeatedly! Sasha gloats and soaks up all the noise. But she’s far from done. She climbs up, gloats more, but Becky throws chairs back at Sasha! Then climbs up top, SUPER BECKSPLODER, ONTO THE CHAIR PILE!! DISARM-HER!! Sasha pulls hair, grabs at chairs, but taps out! Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The Man and The Boss went to Hell and back! And the one to get out of it the champion is STILL the Lass Kicker! Will Sasha be able to come back for more? Or has Becky moved far beyond anything Sasha can comprehend?
Tornado Tag: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan & Luke Harper!
Dominance: doubted. Respect: absent. Violence: guaranteed. These four are let off the leashes known as tag ropes and can run absolutely wild! Will the Big Dog and “Lil’ Pup” stand up to the fangs of these rabid timber wolves? Or will their powers combined keep the Yard?
The bell rings and the brawl begins! Roman has Harper while Rowan has Bryan! Rowan stomps Bryan down then helps Harper with Roman. They put Roman in a corner and throw hands. Harper whips Rowan but Roman boots back! Roman throws Harper out, Rowan clotheslines Roman out. Rowan turns around to get a missile dropkick from Bryan! Bryan kips up and fans fire up as Bryan DIVES onto Harper! But Rowan gets Bryan with a scoop. Roman saves Rowan with a leaping SUPERMAN PUNCH! Harper clutches that leg but Bryan won’t let him be. Roman throws Rowan into barriers, but Harper throat chops Bryan! Harper CHOPS Bryan against the barriers while Roman puts Rowan in. Roman lifts but Rowan fights back. Rowan shoves and dropkicks Roman down! Yes, Rowan hit a dropkick! But Rowan misses the splash! Roman fireman’s carries to a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!
Harper and Bryan are still on the outside but fans fire up for Roman in a corner. Roman aims, lets out the battle cry, but runs into a Harper SUPERKICK! Harper covers, TWO!! Harper and Rowan say how close that was, but then Rowan drops an elbow. Cover, TWO! Harper drags Roman up and to a corner, to CHOP and uppercut. Rowan adds haymakers and CHOPS of his own. Harper mule kicks, but Bryan returns to attack! But that’s 2v1 and Bryan gets kicked down. Harper and Rowan stand on Bryan but Roman saves Bryan! Roman uppercuts and haymakers, but he gets mugged 2v1. Rowan grinds his foot into Roman’s head, then backs off. Roman bails out while Harper whips Bryan into barriers. Rowan comes around to body check Roman! The two then take the steel steps, and Harper brings Roman up, for Rowan to SMASH him in the face!
Roman falls but Rowan steps on him. Rowan leaves Roman for dead while Harper puts Bryan in the ring. The titans focus on Bryan in a corner, throwing big hands and grinding their boots in. Rowan whips Harper for Harper to body check Bryan. Harper feeds Bryan to Rowan’s big heel kick! Cover, TWO! Harper drags Bryan up and gives him to Rowan. Rowan Electric Chair lifts Bryan while Harper climbs. Roman revives to ROCK Harper! Bryan victory rolls, TWO! Rowan bodies Bryan then boots Roman! Rowan won’t let Bryan embarrass him, but then he gets caught! Bryan wants the LeBelle, and locks it in!! But Harper breaks it up, and drops elbows on Bryan! Harper stares almost blankly, but he puts Bryan in a corner. Harper seems to talk some trash before he feeds Bryan to Rowan’s scoop, and JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Rowan stomps Bryan in frustration, but he and Harper have an idea.
Fans boo as Harper and Rowan lift Bryan up again. Rowan full nelsons and lifts, but Bryan fights out! Bryan lands on his feet out of the back suplex, then baits Rowan into a post! Bryan fires haymakers on Harper but Harper knees low. Harper whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to keep moving. Bryan dodges, but runs into a Michinoku Driver! Roman returns to break the cover! Rowan returns to drag Roman out of the ring, but Roman gives him an uppercut! Roman uppercuts Harper, then runs to hit the leaping lariat! Roman fires off point-blank clotheslines in the corner! Roman gets all 10, runs, but Rowan dumps him out! Bryan dropkicks Rowan! Bryan drop toeholds Harper into buckles, to kick in the back! Bryan fires off Yes Kicks in the corner! Fans echo “YES! YES!” each time, then Bryan runs corner to corner, into another scoop! But Bryan slips out to dropkick the bad knee!
Fans fire up and so does Bryan! Now we get some real Yes Kicks! From all sides! Bryan aims, but the buzzsaw misses. Rowan trips and drags Bryan out hard! But Roman hist a Drive-By dropkick on Rowan! Harper DIVES! Harper hits the announce desk!! All four men are down as referees check on them. Somehow even Harper taking that header doesn’t stop him. But the fans are loving this as the titans clear off the desks! Rowan and Harper go from the German to the American to the Spanish desk, and then they even pull off LED apron pads! Bryan is their first victim, face first into the LED! Roman is next, Rowan scoop slamming him! Then he scoop slams Harper onto Roman! Rowan drags Bryan back over, and Harper dumps a desk hood on him. Rowan rips up the timekeeper’s area to have part of the barriers! Deja vu as Harper brings Roman up. Rowan runs in, and they RAM Roman into the front row!
Harper and Rowan scare just about everyone on commentary, and Rowan has a pencil…? Rowan breaks the pencil as if a metaphor for Bryan. Rowan puts Bryan on an announce desk and Harper is already there. They haul Bryan up, full nelson lift, but Bryan huricanranas Harper away! Roman SPEARS Rowan through a desk!! Both men are writhing in pain, Rowan’s arm and Roman’s knee! All four men are down again and fans are losing their minds. Harper and Bryan have made it into the ring, and Bryan runs corner to corner to dropkick! And again! And a third time! Harper wobbles but stays up, so Bryan hoists him up top. Bryan climbs up to join Harper, for a SUPER STEIN- NO! Harper blocks to a SUPER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!? Harper can’t believe Bryan survived! Harper gets up, paces about, and then drags Bryan up. Snap Dragon Suplex! Then a Half ‘n’ Half! And a third, but Bryan lands on his feet! Roman rises to SUPERMAN PUNCH! PLANET’S KNEE! SPEAR!! Cover, Roman and Bryan win!!
Winners: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan, Reigns pinning
Somehow, the Big Dog and the Goat survived! They took down the giants tonight, but does this end the war for respect?
Roman stands up, and Bryan manages to drag himself to his feet. The uneasy allies did do this together, so Bryan offers another handshake. Only to take it away. But then he offers a hug! Flashbacks to Team Hell No, and fans say, “YES! YES! YES!” Roman isn’t so sure, but fans boo his reluctance. Roman smirks, and hugs it out with Bryan! Will these two continue to team together as big changes continue to come to the WWE?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The Universal Champion has suffered mind games and malicious attacks, but how has he prepared for The Fiend? Rollins has been wondering for the last 48 hours. He’s done so much already, from slaying a King to a Beast to a Monster Among Men, but he has faced nothing like this… Fiend. What he will endure tonight will truly be the greatest test of his career to date. But Bray Wyatt can play all the games he wants. When the Cell lowers, the door locks and the bell rings, Rollins will have no choice but to fight, win, survive and #BurnItDown. At least, Rollins hopes so. Will Rollins end up abandoning all hope when he enters that steel structure?
Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali!
The Viper wants to once again break the Beacon of Light’s spirit and halt his momentum in the WWE. However, once bitten and twice shy doesn’t apply to the cardiac Cruiserweight once known as the Heart of 205 Live. Will the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling make Ali finally look before he leaps? Or will Ali take a leap of faith and finally get back on track?
The bell rings and Ali circles with Orton. They tie up and Orton wrenches Ali to a wristlock. Orton yanks on the arm, wrenches more, then grinds Ali down to the mat. Ali works his way up, rolls then handsprings to wrench Orton back. Ali has Orton on his knees now, but Orton gets up to pull hair. The ref reprimands and Orton lets up in the corner, to CHOP Ali! Ali grits his teeth but Orton brings Ali into another corner to bump off buckles. Orton throws a European Uppercut then another CHOP. Ali crawls away but Orton drags him up by his hair. Ali fights back with CHOPS of his own! And forearms! But Orton pokes Ali right in the eye! Orton whips Ali corner to corner but runs into a boot. Ali climbs up but Orton shoves him to the floor! Ali writhes while Orton paces in the ring.
Orton goes out to fetch Ali and kick him in those ribs. Orton suplexes Ali to gourd buster him on the desk! Ali coughs and gasps but Orton drags him up for a back suplex to the desk! Ali writhes more but Orton keeps the ring count fresh. Orton smirks as he lets the ring count get Ali this time. Ali crawls over at 7, stands at 8, and gets in at 9.5! Orton looms over Ali and drags Ali up to go after the legs. Orton stomps away on Ali’s stomach and chest! Ali endures a boot being dug into his sternum, but Orton lets up to throw Ali out again. Orton fetches Ali again, clearing off the announce desk for another back suplex! But Ali lands on his feet to dropkick Orton down! The ring count climbs past 5 but Orton hits Ali and whips him into the post! Orton gets back into the ring while Ali gasps and sputters. Orton goes back out to put Ali in, covers, TWO!
Orton keeps Ali close by pulling on his hair. Orton reels Ali into body scissors, and you can see the red mark the post has left on Ali. Orton holds onto an arm and chinbars Ali, too, but Ali still endures. Orton shifts to a chinlock with those scissors, but fans rally for Ali. Ali punches Orton’s leg and gets free of the scissors. But Orton holds tight on the chinlock, keeping Ali down. Orton clubs Ali’s bad ribs, but fans still rally. Ali fights his way up and fights back, but Orton clubs him down. Orton whips Ali to a corner, but Ali kicks back! Orton staggers, Ali uppercuts back! Ali fires off elbows and CHOPS, backing Orton down. But Orton knees low to those bad ribs! Orton whips Ali, but Ali flapjack dropkicks! Orton bails out of the ring but Ali builds speed, and Ali DIVES! He sends Orton over the desk!
Ali grins as he gets up and LEAPS over the desk to tackle Orton! Ali fires off forearms and then brings Orton back to the ring. Orton hits those bad ribs again, then puts Ali in first. Ali kicks Orton as he enters! Orton staggers up and Ali whips corner to corner. Orton reverses, Ali slides to stop and slip out. Ali roundhouses back, somersaults, facebuster! Cover, TWO! Orton still lives and Ali is growing frustrated. Ali fights through the pain to stand back up, and he brings Orton up to whip. Orton reverses again, spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Ali still lives and Orton is annoyed. Orton drags Ali up by his ear, then boots, but Ali blocks to heel kick back! Orton flounders down to a drop zone, and Ali hurries to go up top! Ali aims, 450 but he has to roll through as Orton dodges! Orton wants the RKO but is denied! Ali leaps, tornado DDT!
Orton is down again, Ali climbs back up fast! Ali aims, leaps, 450 Splash FLOPS as Orton dodges again! Orton grins as he hobbles over to Ali under the bottom rope. Orton drags Ali up through the ropes as fans cheer, and he gives Ali the draping DDT! Fans know what comes next and cheer as Orton hears the voices in his head! Orton waits for Ali to rise, and then comes up, RKO- Ali handstands!? Crucifix, TWO! Orton misses in the corner, Ali roundhouses back! Ali somersaults in, into an RKO!! Truly outta nowhere! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
The Viper strikes and wins, certainly helping his own chances for a championship shot. But even Orton nods a little bit of respect to Ali. Will Ali be able to snap back from this as the WWE Draft looms on the horizon?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors!
Asuka and Kairi Sane won against Fire & Desire, but that doesn’t seem like enough to The Goddess and her crazy best friend. Will the Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess show Bliss-Cross they’re more than worthy? Or does not even #JoshiRoyalty stand a chance against two best friends?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this surprise tag title match begins!
Kairi and Nikki start with the bell, and Kairi offers a handshake. She wants to show that there are no hard feeligns here. Nikki takes it, but Kairi uses that to whip her out of the way as Kairi goes after Alexa! Kairi then goes after Nikki with big haymakers from all sides! Nikki backs down, tag to Asuka! Kairi feeds Nikki to Asuka’s boot then throws Nikki down! Asuka toys with Nikki at the ropes, then hip attacks Alexa away! Sliding knee to Nikki! Cover, but positioning complicates things, ONE! Asuka is upset but she kicks Nikki around. The fans duel as Asuka whips Nikki in. Kairi gets her shot in but Nikki fires back! Nikki dodges to tag Alexa! The Goddess gives Asuka an STO! Knee drops, then Insult2Injury! Asuka gets up but Alexa SLAPS her! And then ROCKS her! Cover, TWO!
Alexa seethes as she drags Asuka over. Tag to Nikki and Alexa whips her in for a splash. Alexa runs in to SLAP Asuka again! Nikki snapmares Asuka to a cover, TWO! Nikki growls but Asuka fires off on her! Nikki blocks the back hand to jawbraeker! Tag to Alexa but Asuka sends Nikki out. Nikki traps Asuka in the apron skirt and Alexa wrecks with a dropkick! The friends high-five but Kairi runs in. ALexa ROCKS Kairi, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Alexa! And then throws Alexa into the barriers! Asuka mule kicks Alexa down, then puts her in the ring. Cover, TWO! Asuka tags Kairi and Kairi spins Alexa around, wrenching her hair…? Kairi uses the hair to pull Alexa back against the ropes! Kairi lets up to CHOP Alexa down! Kairi soaks up both good and bad vibes, but Alexa rolls her up! TWO and Kairi ax kicks Alexa down!
Kairi tags Asuka and the Kabuki Warriors mug Alexa with grinding boots. The ref counts and they let up, for Asuka to drag Alexa up and whip her to a corner. Asuka hits a corner hip attack, then is on Alexa at the ropes with a cobra twist! Asuka lets up at the count of 4, but Nikki protests. Asuka drags Alexa off the ropes and toys with her. Fans cheer for Nikki to get in, but Asuka keeps toying with Alexa. Alexa shoves Asuka but Asuka gets the leg for an Ankle Lock! Alexa endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak, only for a second! Asuka drags her away and grapevines! Fans rally as Asuka shifts to a Half Crab! Asuka shifts to a heel hook, but Alexa works her way around to headlock! But Asuka throws her down by her hair! Asuka tags Kairi, and they mug Alexa in the corner again. Kairi marches and bops Nikki before hitting a Sliding D! Cover, but Nikki protests! But Kairi protests back, because the Kabuki Warriors would’ve won! Kairi covers again, TWO!
Kairi drags Alexa up to tag Asuka. They mug Alexa more but Alexa fights back. Asuka swats Alexa down, then toys with her more. Alexa keeps fighting back, but that kick is caught into another Ankle Lock! Alexa rolls but Asuka holds on! Alexa tries again, and rolls to send Asuka into ropes! Both women are down but heading for their corner. Hot tags to Nikki and Kairi! And it’s Crazy Nikki Cross that rallies! Nikki fires up as Kairi goes to a corner. Nikki runs in for a big splash, to a bulldog! Nikki wrecks Asuka with a dropkick, then head up top. Kairi stands, Nikki leaps, Cross-Body! Cover, TWO!! Nikki won’t let up, she has Kairi with the fisherman, but Kairi slips out to Alabama lift. Kairi Alabama SLAMS Nikki into the drop zone! Fans fire up as Kairi prepares to weigh anchor! InSANE Elbow GETS BOOTS! Nikki drags Kairi up, puts her on the ropes, draping PURGE! But Asuka breaks the cover!
Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Alexa away! Asuka drags Kairi over and tags in to go after Nikki. Asuka kicks away on Nikki’s chest, then her ribs. And then her face! Asuka grins as he goes for the buzzsaw, but it gets caught! Nikki holds tight, but Asuka SLAPS her. Asuka runs, into a LARIAT! Nikki fires up again, beckons to Bliss, but Kairi is after her. Alexa leaps to cannonball! Down they both go, leaving Nikki alone with Asuka. Asuka SPITS GREEN MIST! ROUNDHOUSE!! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!!
Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
Tajiri would be proud! The Empress and the Princess take the titles for their own! Will the Joshi Royalty reign through the rest of 2019?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS The Viking Raiders & ???
AJ Styles and his Good Brothers, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, have been running roughshod over Raw ever since reuniting, but they’ve still got a long way to go before they’re truly running the show. Erik and Ivar have been bringing the raid right to the Club’s doorstep, but in order to fight in this 3v3, they’ve recruited… BRAUN! The Monster Among Men wants to make sure Styles, Gallows & Anderson #GetTheseHands, but will the trio of Warbeards be better than Phenomenal?
The teams sort out and Machine Gun Anderson starts against Ivar. They tie up and Anderson headlocks. Ivar powers out and has Anderson in a corner. Anderson runs out to headlock again, but Ivar uses his power again. Anderson holds tight but Ivar powers Anderson up to a fireman’s carry. Anderson slips out and waistlocks, but Ivar bucks him off. Ivar runs Anderson over! Fans roar with Ivar as he drags Anderson up and wrench. Ivar shoulders Anderson down then grinds on that arm. Anderson endures and works his way up, but Ivar wrenches and shoulders him down again. Ivar whips, Anderson reverses and dodges, to throat chop! Anderson tags in Gallows and Gallows whips Anderson in, only to get the seated senton! Gallows throws uppercuts on Ivar then whips him corner to corner. Ivar tumbles out to the apron to forearm back! He even rocks AJ Styles!
Ivar climbs, leaps over Gallows, roll to hot tag Erik! Erik fires off knees and a rolling elbow! Gallows whips but Erik goes up and over, to shotgun knee Gallows back! And then throw Gallows with an Exploder! Gallows bails out, Erik builds speed, but Anderson distracts the ref as Styles intercepts! The OC get away with that one as Erik tumbles out to the floor. Erik gets up and into the ring at the ref’s count of 3, but he gets a ROUNDHOUSE for it! Gallows drags Erik up and scoops for a Fall Away Slam! Erik flounders up and Gallows stomps and uppercuts him around. Gallows throws big body shots and more uppercuts, then tags in Styles. The United States Champion goes at Erik with Gallows help. They double whip but Erik throws Gallows out! Styles fires off on Erik, then hits Ivar! But Strowman catches Styles’ hand! Gallows trips and YAKUZA Kicks Strowman!
Erik swings on Styles but Styles ducks to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Styles stays between Erik and Ivar, then brings him over. Erik fights back but gets knees for it. Styles kicks Erik but Erik punches back. Styles drags Erik to the OC corner to CHOP. Tag to Anderson, and Anderson fires off EuroUppers. Erik fights back, but Styles is out of the way already. Anderson gives Erik a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson chinlocks Erik and grinds him down on the mat. Fans build to a rally and Ivar is chomping at the bit. Erik fights up, breaks free and ROCKS Anderson! Anderson backs away while Erik crawls, tag to Styles. Styles hits Ivar down! But runs into a back drop from Erik! Both men are down now, and Strowman is back! Strowman tags in!
Strowman runs Styles over, blasts Gallows off, then runs Styles over again! Strowman puts Styles in a corner for a headbutt, and corner to corner splash! Fans fire up with the Monster, and the Monster sees everyone is on the outside. Time to take a lap! Strowman runs around the way to run over Gallows! Then Anderson! Then Styles! Strowman puts Styles in, and Styles flounders about. Styles stands, Strowman runs in, but only gets post! Styles chop blocks a leg out! Strowman hobbles but Styles is on him, Calf Crusher!! Styles cranks back hard but Strowman endures long enough for Erik to WRECK Styles! Erik throws Anderson out but Gallows BOOTS! Ivar cartwheel LARIATS! Phenomenal Forearm for Ivar! Styles aims at Strowman in a corner, runs in, but gets buckles! Strowman scoops but Anderson attacks again! The OC aim at Strowman, YAKUZA KICK! The ref can’t restore order and calls for the bell!
Winners: Strowman & The Viking Raiders, by disqualification
The OC continue to stomp away, but the Raiders return! They go after the Good Brothers, sending Gallows out, and feeding Anderson to knees! Then they both DIVE to take out them both! Flying Viking Raiders wreck Gallows and Anderson, but Styles stalks Strowman. Styles drags Strowman up, but Strowman throws him into a corner! Styles boots back, forearms then springboards, but Strowman SWATS Styles out of the air! Strowman shows the power of that fist! Is Strowman ready to slug it out with Tyson Fury on Raw tomorrow night? Will he also find himself lined up for another United States Championship match after wrecking Styles?
The Street Profits are hyped!
Montez Ford says the Hell in a Cell has been a complete 360! Tell ’em, Dawkins. Dawkins, stop looking at your phone. Fam, he IS focused! WWE Draft is coming up, and that includes a showcase on Raw! Right, and the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury, will be around! Did Dawkins stutter? But even more than that, who is Dawkins’ top 5? Ford, right? Fam, Ford you ain’t even on Wikipedia! Wait, the FABULOUS Truth run in! They stumble into the Street Profits and someone rolls Carmella up! That person wins the 24/7 Championship!!
Winner: Tamina Snuka, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
The Daughter of Superfly is back!? And has the title! But Tyler Breeze appears. He eyes the belt but Tamina DECKS him! The Profits help Truth and Mella up, but what happened? Where’s the 7/11 24/7 European Championship go? Tamina took it! Which way did she go. That way. The profits point different directions. In that case, split up! Thanks for nothing, fam. #HitTheStairs. But will Carmella get that title back before the end of the night?
King Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable!
The Lone Wolf King should thank “Shorty” for his custom crown, cape and scepter. If Gable hadn’t lost his cool during the King of the Ring Coronation, Corbin would still be wearing the generic regalia. Will Corbin “thank” Gable with another defeat? Or will it be the king that feels lowly in this newest rematch?
The fans troll Corbin with the “S T D!” chant The Rock invented from Friday. Corbin is upset but Gable makes his entrance out so this match can begin.
Corbin takes a moment, however, to grab a mic. Corbin waits for the boos to settle down, and says he is also disappointed that he has to face Gable again. “Especially after the night I had on Friday Night SmackDown, when I put The Rock in his place!” The fans must respect the King of the Ring, as he is their glimmer of hope. Corbin understands they all have it tough. But just remember, “Gable always has it worse.” Corbin won’t belittle Gable, but Gable’s used to being little. But since Gable won’t be big enough to be taken seriously or man enough to beat King Corbin, “from the bottom of my heart,” Corbin hopes Gable’s career is like him: short. In seriousness, Corbin decrees that Gable’s new name IS “Shorty.” Fans still say Corbin is “S T D! S T D!” Corbin goes to the ring, puts his crown away, and we finally begin.
Gable runs right at Corbin with the rolling heel kick! Waistlock slam to a full mount and clubbing crossfaces! Gable holds on as Corbin stands, but Corbin throws Gable off! Gable kicks low then throws forearms. He has Corbin in a corner, and has the Ankle Lock! Corbin holds the ropes but can’t hold on, and Gable trips him up. Corbin rolls and shoves Gable off but Gable rebounds with a clothesline! Gable rains down rights but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin scoops but Gable slips to a sleeper hold! Corbin bumps Gable off buckles, then runs Gable corner to corner to ram him into the post! Gable slumps out of the ring and Corbin mockingly applauds as he fetches him. Corbin throws Gable into the post again! Corbin puts Gable in then in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and haymakers before he whips corner to corner hard! Gable bounces off buckles, Corbin covers, TWO!
Corbin keeps his cool as he throws Gable at ropes. Gable rebounds and Corbin throws forearms. Corbin punches Gable against ropes, but fans still call him an “S T D!” Gable shoulders in from the apron then slingshots, but into a right hand! Corbin dares the fans to say something but then just brushes them off. The ring count climbs and Corbin already says he’s won. Gable climbs up at 5 and in at 7, but Corbin stomps him down. Corbin wraps on a chinbar with half nelson, but fans rally up for Gable. Gable fights his way up, fights back, and breaks free! But Corbin shoves Gable, only for Gable to dodge. Corbin slides out, then in, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Corbin seethes as Gable survives. Corbin drags Gable up to club him back down. Corbin mockingly applauds again for “the little guy.” Gable does get up but Corbin is on him with another clubbing arm. Corbin has Gable in the corner, and he hoists Gable up top.
Fans rally for Gable but Corbin throws a swift right! And another! The ref reprimands Corbin but Corbin tells the ref to back off. Corbin climbs and has Gable, but Gable fights back! Gable forearms away then headbutts Corbin down! Gable hits a big missile dropkick! Both men are down but Gable drags himself to the corner. Corbin gets up but so does Gable. Corbin runs in, but Gable dodges to waistlock. Corbin standing switches and back suplexes, but Gable lands on his feet! Corbin runs in, Gable dodges again. Corbin slides out, slide in, but Gable dodges to leap, into a SPINEBUSTER! Matchbox cover, TWO! Fans taunt Corbin more but he’s too busy arguing with the ref. Corbin pops Gable up but Gable headscissors and basement dropkicks! Gable gets up, throws big forearms and elbows, and says “Think I’m too short?!” Gable fires more forearms and fans fire up with him!
Gable runs, but into a scoop! But he spins through, waistlocks, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and shocks Gable! Gable crawls to a corner, and fans are rallying up behind him. Gable runs corner to corner, rolling kick! He keeps going, another rolling kick! A third time, but Corbin POWERBOMBS Gable! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives and Corbin can’t believe it! Corbin is frustrated and out of breath. Corbin drags Gable up to the top rope again. But Gable gets him in the hanging armbar! The ref counts and Gable lets go at 4! To then drag Corbin to the corner, and swing a leg into the post! And again! Corbin writhes but Gable gets back in. Corbin back drops but Gable sunset flips, TWO! DEEP SIX OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Gable still lives and Corbin is too tired to be angry.
Corbin gets up first but fans rally behind Gable. Corbin throws big right hands, and mockingly applauds again. Fans boo and jeer Corbin as he looms over Gable. Gable drags himself up but gets punched back down. “Stay down!” Corbin drags Gable up to punch again but Gable counter punches! Corbin powers Gable to the apron but Gable shoulders in. Gable runs, slips out of End of Days to mule kick! Rolling neckbreaker! Gable’s up high, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! ANKLE LOCK! Corbin can’t reach ropes despite his longer limbs, but he does get under a rope. Gable grapevines to torture Corbin before letting go at 4. Corbin hobbles up but Gable comes around, into an APRON CHOKE SLAM! Corbin walks off to the timekeeper’s area, and grabs his dark scepter! The Lone Wolf King wants to crown Gable his own way. Gable dodges, the ref takes the scepter, Gable rolls Corbin up! Gable wins!!
Winner: “Shorty” Gable, by pinfall
Wait, that’s not really his name! Well, whatever, Gable got the better of the cocky king! Will Gable finally win some respect now?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair!
The Huggable One has gone bad under the influence of The Boss. However, The Boss failed to win the Raw Women’s Championship. Can Bayley keep some gold for herself? Or will The Queen become the TEN-TIME Women’s Champion?
Wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion, Tamina, runs out into the crowd! She looks around for any contenders that might try to get the jump on her. R-Truth comes by and the chase is on behind international commentary! Tamina uses Funaki as a shield! Truth says it’s time for kung-fu fighting! Tamina is confused, but Funaki looks to fight back? Truth doesn’t want none, so Tamina shoves Funaki into him! Tamina turns around, to get a FABULOUS Kick from Carmella! Carmella lets Truth cover? Truth does, and Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
TWENTY TIMES! TWENTY TIMES! And off goes the FABULOUS Truth, returning us to our regularly scheduled programming.
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this SmackDown Women’s Championship match begins.
Bayley and Charlotte circle and Charlotte rushes Bayley. Bayley dodges but they both smirk. Bayley boots but Charlotte dodges. Bayley comes back to get Charlotte the second time, but then Charlotte spins Bayley for a neckbreaker. Charlotte throws Bayley down by her hair, then pie faces her. Charlotte whips and CHOPS Bayley down! Charlotte slaps Bayley around then whips, to CHOP her down again. Fans “WOO” as Charlotte whips Bayley to a corner. Bayley goes up and crossbodies, but she flops as Charlotte dodges! Charlotte puts Bayley in a full Boston Crab! Bayley drags herself over to ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Charlotte lets up and Bayley bails out, only for Charlotte to grab her by her ponytail. Bayley rakes Charlotte’s eyes! And then clobbers Charlotte from behind! Bayley rains down rights then covers, ONE.
Bayley elbows Charlotte in the back, then throws forearms. Charlotte gets up but Byaley whips her to a corner. Bayley runs in and rams her shoulder in. Bayley rams her shoulder in more, then rolls to wacky waving run into Charlotte’s knee! Charlotte clotheslines Bayley down, then dares Bayley to get back up. Charlotte CHOPS away again! Bayley is reeling but Charlotte keeps chopping! And then Charlotte Exploder suplexes Bayley away! Charlotte kips up and the fans are dueling as she runs back at Bayley. Charlotte blocks boots and then puts Bayley’s leg on the ropes. Bayley dodges the knee drop but Charlotte decks her! Charlotte runs but Bayley slides and trips her up! Bayley drags Charlotte out to drop her on the floor! Bayley drags Charlotte around to throw the leg into the LED apron! And again! The ref counts and reprimands but Bayley backs off to bring Charlotte up into the ring.
Bayley gets in but Charlotte throws hands. Bayley sweeps the leg to stomp away on the leg. Cover, ONE, but Bayley stalks Charlotte tot he ropes. Bayley puts Charlotte in a corner to pull the leg against ropes. Bayley lets up to then turn Charlotte around and swing that leg into the post! Charlotte hobbles up but Bayley knocks her over to cover. ONE, but Bayley yanks on the bad leg. Bayley has a Half Crab on Charlotte. Charlotte endures as fans duel. Charlotte rolls around, gets Bayley for a cover, TWO! Bayley knees low and throws Charlotte to the apron, for the hotshot! Charlotte falls, Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley stalks Charlotte and is after the bad leg. Bayley “WOO” but Charlotte denies the Figure FOur steal! Roll up, TWO! Charlotte hobbles on her bad leg, and Bayley whips her at the corner. Charlotte tumbles out to boot back in! Bayley is down and Charlotte brings her over to the corner. Charlotte returns the favor and throws a leg into the post! And again!
The referee counts and Charlotte gets in at 5. Charlotte chop blocks the leg out! Then sweeps the leg! And again! Bayley hobbles around but Charlotte runs in, only to be sent into buckles. Charlotte hist a backbreaker to Natural Selection! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Bayley saves herself but Charlotte laughs it off. But Bayley kicks the bad leg! Bayley gets up but Charlotte tackles her to a corner! Charlotte drops the knee on Bayley’s knee! Charlotte climbs up now, and MOONSAULTS, onto knees! Charlotte slumps out of the ring, and Bayley kicks her away. Bayley hobbles after Charlotte, but runs into a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte laughs despite her bloody lip. Charlotte drags Bayley around and throws her bad leg into the LED board! The ref counts past 5 as fans duel hard as ever.
Charlotte puts Bayley in at 8 and goes after the leg! Figure Four, Cradle Counter! TWO, and Charlotte runs in, but Bayley blocks the boot! Bayley hangs the leg up, rolls Charlotte, but the ref sees her feet on the ropes! No count, and Bayley pleads with the ref. Charlotte BOOTS Bayley, trips her up, Figure Four! Figure EIGHT! Bayley taps, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Queen has her tenth reign! This was inevitable, but to think it happens here! With the WWE Draft coming, will Bayley be forced to give up on the Blue Brand’s belt? Bayley throws a tantrum, knocking the steel steps over! When a referee checks on her, she shoves him away. “Why does it always happen to me?!” Will Bayley be able to wipe away the tears to try again?
Backstage interview with Chad Gable.
Chad embraces being called “Shorty,” because you also have to call him a winner. Corbin says Gable wasn’t man enough to beat the king, but just go ask Corbin what it’s like to “come up short.” Gable’s win was his most important one yet. Corbin didn’t know when to quit, but he’s not smiling anymore, is he? Gable finally showed he is the bigger man. But then Corbin attacks from outta nowhere! Corbin is not a winner, but he is a big sore loser! He throws Gable down the hall! The king is a tyrant, will his iron fist crush Gable’s spirit?
WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt!
No one was sure what to make of the New Face of Fear’s newest form, and no one could understand what the Firefly Fun House was. Bray has already done a lot of physical and psychological damage, from WWE legends and icons to the Extraordinary Man, Finn Balor. But now he wants gold, and he’ll go after his “best friend,” Seth Rollins to do it. But Rollins promises to #SurviveAndPrevail, no matter what Bray throws at him. Will Rollins cling to both hope and title? Or will the nightmare never end?
The introductions are made and the Cell is already down. The belt is raised, and the end of this hellish night begins!
The fans duel as Rollins and Fiend fight under red light! Fiend throws Rollins off but Rollins comes back! Rollins runs but into a headbutt! Rollins bails out but The Fiend keeps his eyes on him. Rollins goes around the ring but The Fiend won’t leave him alone. Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” as Rollins finds a kendo stick! The Fiend backs off, Rollins gets in and SMACKS! But it does nothing! SMACK, but still nothing! The Fiend grabs the stick, then uppercuts Rollins. The Fiend runs into an elbow, Rollins hops up, ax handles get caught for an urenage! The Fiend goes after Rollins on the outside, throwing big uppercuts! Rollins staggers, but The Fiend throat chops him! Then throws him into the side of the Cell! Rollins crawls away but The Fiend chases him down to throw him into more Cell walls! The Fiend drags Rollins up to throat chop again, then squash him into the walls.
The Fiend waves hi to the Fireflies, then he whips Rollins across the way, into steel steps! The Fiend is upset with the camera man, he was kinda in the way. So he whips Rollins into steel steps on the other corner! The Fiend looks under the ring, but Rollins rams him with steel steps! And again! And again! Rollins has The Fiend down, the only person to do that ever! Rollins hurries to get something. He brings out a TABLE! Rollins puts the table in the ring, but The Fiend rises. So Rollins DIVES to ram him into the steel! Rollins keeps moving to DIVE again! Rollins throws the Fiend into steps, then goes back to the ring. Rollins quickly sets up the table, but The Fiend rises again. Fans are loving the table being there as Rollins runs again. Rollins DIVES, but into SISTER ABIGAIL into the steel! The Fiend roars and the fans cheer as he puts Rollins in.
The Fiend stalks Rollins as fans echo “YOWIE WOWIE!” The Fiend sees the table, and perhaps has a sinister idea. The Fiend has Rollins up but Rollins fights out! Rollins PELES The Fiend! Then SUPERKICKS! The Fiend is on the table, Rollins hurries up top, FROG SPLASH through the table!! But he bounces off of the cover! Rollins hurries over but The Fiend is rising again. The Fiend stands up tall and it scares Rollins. Rollins SUPERKICKS then runs, CURB STOMP! Byt The Fiend hops up?! SUPERKICK again, but no Curb Stomp! Sister Abigail again!! Cover, TWO!! The Fiend is furious and he hammers away on Rollins’ head! The Fiend stops, and considers something else. Like he did to Finn, NECK SNAP! The ref checks on Rollins but he’s alive. The Fiend laughs, then tells the ref to back off. The Fiend tosses Rollins out before he goes out to find something new to use.
From under the ring, The Fiend brings out… HIS MALLET!! The Fiend brings his bludgeoning buddy over and Rollins hurries to his feet. The Fiend uses the mallet to ram Rollins into the steel! He headbutts Rollins down, but Rollins is up to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! Rollins gets up again, Curb Stomp ON the mallet! The Fiend flounders into and Rollins aims from the corner. Rollins springboards, flying knee! The Fiend wobbles, so Rollins tries again! Springboard flying knee, but still the Fiend stands. SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and CURB STOMP! CURB STOMP! CURB STOMP!! This is starting to look like Rollins beating down Strowman, but The Fiend keeps rising! Rollins underhooks, PEDIGREE! ANOTHER CURB STMOP! Cover, ONE?! SUPERKICK! Rollins runs again, another Curb Stomp! Another Curb Stomp! Rollins spams everything he has, but The Fiend is still conscious! This must be the tenth Curb Stomp in one match! Rollins only stops because he’s tiring himself out.
The Fiend is still stirring, so Rollins goes to a dark place in his own mind. Rollins finds a chair and puts it in the ring. Rollins has the chair and looks at The Fiend as he’s down on the mat. Rollins is careful as he walks over, unsure if The Fiend is still moving. CHAIR SHOT TO THE HEAD! Cover, ONE?!? Rollins is freaking out as he hurries for more things. He gets a ladder! Rollins sticks the chair on The Fiend’s face, then brings the ladder up. Rollins uses the ladder in a CON-CHAIR-TO! Cover, TWO!?! Is The Fiend immortal?! Rollins panics and looks for something more. Rollins tosses in several kendo sticks, and brings in a toolbox. Rollins sets the ladder on The Fiend’s face now, sticks the chair inside it like a steel sandwich, and then has the toolbox. Rollins SWINGS the toolbox on the pile over and over! The tools go flying but Rollins still hammers The Fiend’s head! Then he wedges the box in where it can fit.
Rollins throws a chair in frustration, because he still isn’t sure if The Fiend is finished. But then Rollins sees something else under the ring. Rollins picks up, the SLEDGE HAMMER! Triple H’s personal favorite might be Rollins’ salvation. Rollins brings the sledge in but the ref wants him to consider what he’s actually doing. He might kill Bray Wyatt! Rollins understands what the ref is saying. Rollins rests against the ropes, but fans might be egging him on. Rollins SMASHES the pile!! The referee calls the match off!?
Referee Stoppage; Rollins retains the WWE Universal Championship
Fans are upset, this isn’t how they wanted the match to end! Not just that there is an end to a match with no disqualifications, but also that Rollins went too far. He may have ended Bray’s career! The referees and medics get the cage up and check on The Fiend. But Rollins shouts at Bray. Bray grabs Rollins by the jaw!! The Fiend still lives!! And he smothers Rollins with a Mandible Claw!! He drags Rollins up to throw him out! Rollins bounces off the stretcher, but Bray brings Rollins up for another Sister Abigail!! And now, he rips up floor mats to expose the concrete…! The Fiend drags Rollins over, drags him up, and hits yet another SISTER ABIGAIL!
Referees reprimand him, but The Fiend chases them all off. Then he chokes Rollins with another Mandible Claw! Rollins is spitting up blood!! The Fiend somehow survives what no man should have, but perhaps he is no longer a man? Will Rollins survive the damage done to him this night? Will Bray’s laughter that echoes out haunt him for the rest of his days?
Weird that a PPV ends up feeling a lot like that SmackDown Fox debut. The pacing on this was much better, but it basically had the same feel at the end. First, it should be noted WWE didn’t have much of a match card until literally the day of this PPV. We got a lot of matches out of nowhere, that were all rather good. Tonight’s Lacey VS Natty was probably their best, but it seems Vince isn’t through with this story as Raw gives us a Last Woman Standing between them. Depending on who wins, I’m thinking the WWE Draft helps get them to a show where they can get a title match. Especially if it’s Lacey, and there’s still the embargo on her having a Raw title match while Becky has it. Which is another thing, I’m actually surprised Becky still has the title. I was of course hoping a “Two Woman Power Trip” would begin with Bayley and Banks, but that would require a sweep from them. Sasha and Bayley both lose, despite both matches in a vacuum being pretty good stuff. This sounds like both USA and Fox networks wanted to have top champions, and I guess Sasha and Bayley aren’t enough for them.
In Becky’s case, that makes sense, she is incredibly over. But in Charlotte’s case, seems odd the historic tenth reign comes at this time, unless you account for the Draft being this Friday. Seems Fox doesn’t want to share a story with USA where their respective women’s champions also stay a team and have those tag titles. Speaking of the tag titles, good to see them be defended while the other titles take a break. Of course, those Raw and SmackDown Tag titles are a bit more predictable, in that the Draft will bring Revival over officially, and then just go from there. The Kabuki Warriors being borderline Heels was an interesting take, but we got a great match out of that. I loved that the green mist came into play! And now Asuka and Kairi are tag champs, as they should’ve been months ago. Let’s just hope WWE figures out what to do with the Women’s Tag Division before the Draft gets here. Hopefully they don’t just get rid of them because of network disagreements. Chances are we’ll hear about this decision on WWE Draft night on SmackDown.
That Tornado Tag was amazing! Roman, Bryan, Rowan and Harper all did great work to follow up that Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell. I was rather surprised it was made a Tornado Tag at all, but that was for the better, and it kept anyone from cheating to win. Bryan and Roman winning was also a surprise, and I’m surprised no one got injured. There were many parts in this I was worried for them all. But depending on how the Draft goes, this might have been all for a dream team moment of Roman and Bryan. At the same time, Fox could fit the bill for both stars and SmackDown has a new team to go for the tag titles or something. I did not see Strowman being the mystery partner for the Viking Raiders, but perhaps I should have. This was mostly to plug Strowman’s coming celebrity feud with Tyson Fury, but everyone still looked great in the match. Styles did great in selling the monster punch after, too, reminding us he can be just as funny as anyone. Corbin VS Gable was great, thankfully Gable wins, but sadly those “Shorty G” rumors looked to be true all along.
Orton VS Ali was a great surprise, and while it had an Orton style pace, it still has Ali style action. Orton of course wins because he’s still Orton. Though, Ali winning out of that handstand RKO counter would’ve been amazing. Again, the Draft will have a lot to say about what title Orton might try for, if any. I was also glad to see some 24/7 Championship shenanigans. Tamina can at least say she’s had a title now. But to think the Women’s Division only got a week with the belt. That seems like a shame, but it’s back on Truth and in the Men’s Division. That’s cool for Truth, he gets 20 reigns. But I fear with Fox being involved, they’ll insist on any other number of celebrity champions. They should’ve kept it on Carmella so they could still do that, but with a fresh take.
And now, I must talk about the red steel elephant in the room. It was odd to have red lighting everywhere, to the point where the Cell no longer needed to be red, this would’ve done it. But at the same time, I can see they were going for a horror movie feel. That also was apparent with the booking of the action. Bray was no selling a lot of things like he was Michael Myers from Halloween. That was fine, until we started infusing weird Brock Lesnar tier move spamming. Superkicks aside, Bray shouldn’t have survived the dozen or so Curb Stomps. What that means is, they shouldn’t have had Rollins use over a dozen Curb Stomps, especially if they were going to move to insane levels of weapon spots. This is where a lot of the confusion, frustration and disappointment comes in. Did Rollins need to go to this level? What was the grounds of the “disqualification”? Attempt at murder? I suppose that’s always a clause in a title match rule book, since WWE doesn’t do Death Matches.
Actually, last year’s HIAC main event ended in stupid controversy, with Lesnar’s interference ending Roman VS Strowman. Though, I suppose making The Fiend overpowered to take all the damage he did, then still rise up and attack Rollins was actually worse. Vince shouldn’t have tried to write a horror movie and make it a pro-wrestling match, he should’ve just booked a normal match. Fans would’ve still been upset if The Fiend lost, but I feel like going to this degree only made it worse. So as I said to start this segment, it ends like SmackDown on Fox did: a great lead up to a finish fans all hate, but apparently networks don’t.
My Score: 7.7/10