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Eric Ames took a look back at WWE Survivor Series 1991 for Chairshot Classics, featuring the controversial Undertaker-Hulk Hogan showdown!

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WWE Survivor Series 1991 The Undertaker Hulk Hogan

Eric Ames took a look back at WWE Survivor Series 1991 for Chairshot Classics, featuring the controversial Undertaker-Hulk Hogan showdown!

We’re getting closer to WWE’s annual November tradition–the Survivor Series, so today we’re taking a look back at another previous event! WWF Champion Hulk Hogan faces arguably his toughest challenge yet in the seemingly indestructible Undertaker. Not to mention Ric Flair has been goading the Hulkster, so the champion certainly has a lot to worry about. Can Hulkamania overcome once again?

Open: Gorilla Monsoon welcomes us to the Joe Louis Arena for tonight’s highly anticipated event, then directs us to video of Jake Roberts’ horrifying actions against Randy Savage from this past weekend’s episode of Superstars. The Snake would tie-up Macho in the ropes, leaving him powerless to defend himself. Jake would unveil his king cobra and allow it to gnaw on Savage’s arm. EMT’s would rush to Macho Man’s aid, pulling him out of the ring as the venom would coarsed through his veins. WWF President Jack Tunney would disallow Savage from competing at Survivor Series due to doctor’s orders, subsequently barring Jake from bringing a snake to the ring anymore and finally reinstating Macho Man. Their confrontation has now been moved a week later and will take place at This Tuesday In Texas.

Match #1 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase, The Mountie, The Warlord & Ric Flair w/’Sensational’ Sherri, ‘Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart, Harvey Wippleman & Mr. Perfecct vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, Virgil, The British Bulldog & ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper
The MDM & Hot Rod will start the action, Flair comes in and delivers a cheap shot to Piper’s back, giving DiBiase the advantage, he sends Roddy to the ropes for a clothesline, Piper ducks and hits one of his own. He crotches DiBiase on the top rope, Sherri looks to pull MDM to the outside, but Piper instead drags them both into the ring, corners Sherri and catches DiBiase coming up from behind with a right hand.

The Sensational One hops onto Piper’s back, Roddy gets out of it and plants a smooch on her to send her to the outside. Hot Rod unloads on The MDM with a series of lefts and rights, grabs a wristlock, switches to a hammerlock and tags out. The Bulldog drives knees to the arm, brings in Virgil and he does more of the same before bringing Bret in. The Hitman drops a leg and maintains the hammerlock, Piper re-enters and his tam with more frequent tags to work over the arm. Bret utilizes an armbar, MDM backs him into the corner and doesn’t break clean, Hitman reversing a whip across, charges in for a knee and DiBiase avoids it.

He hooks the champion for a figure four, Hitman kicks him away, monkey flips MDM over and grabs him in multiple pinning predicaments for counts of 2. He takes The MDM back down with an armdrag and hooks the armbar, DiBiase gains his footing, pushes Bret off to the ropes and is knocked down by a shoulder. Hitman back to the ropes, MDM with a hiptoss and he’s finally able to tag out, Flair stepping in and immediately missing an elbow drop. The Hitman scores with an inverted atomic drop, Bulldog with a tag and he catapults The Real World’s Champion into the top turnbuckle.

Flair fires back with chops, Davey Boy reverses a whip to the ropes and elevates Flair with a press slam, then gives the people what they want and brings in Hot Rod. Piper & Flair exchange shots in the corner, Roddy is a house of fire and Flair is sent to the outside after a flurry of rights and lefts. Piper is in pursuit, drives Flair’s head into the steel steps, rolls him inside and Warlord quickly tags in to stop the momentum. He calls for a test of strength, Piper tags Bulldog and he hits the ropes, merely staggering Warlord with a couple of shoulders. He hits the ropes again and takes him off his feet with a dropkick, shoots Warlord into the corner, charges in and meets a boot to the face.

The Mountie enters and scores with a jumping back elbow out of the ropes, Bulldog is close to his corner and makes a tag, Mountie seeking refuge on the outside as The Hitman steps in. DiBiase takes the ring, collar & elbow lock-up, Bret backs MDM into the corner and doesn’t break clean, burying fists to the midsection. He cracks The MDM with a backbreaker, drops an elbow from the 2nd rope and gains a count of 2, goes to a side headlock, gets pushed to the ropes and collides heads with DiBiase, both guys doubling down. The Mountie & Bulldog gets tags, Bulldog with a clothesline out of the ropes, sends Mountie back in for a back elbow, then again for a press slam. Flair comes in from behind and baits Piper & Virgil into the ring, serves a plate of chops to Bulldog and they have no affect.

DiBiase comes in to help Flair sends Bulldog into the corner, they look for a double clothesline, but The Bulldog ducks it and hits them with one of his own. He finally gets his hands on The Mountie, plants him with a running powerslam and covers, everybody enters the ring and it stops the count, Flair takes advantage and comes off the top with a shot to the back of the head, allowing Mountie to turn Bulldog over and gain a 3 count. The British Bulldog has been eliminated. Piper wastes little time in jumping Flair, DiBiase steps in and Hot Rod battles in the wrong corner, but the numbers catch up to him.

The Real World’s Champion snapmares him over, drops a knee, taunts Virgil and then misses another knee. Roddy uses Flair’s own hold against him, slapping on the figure four, Mountie enters and baits Virgil into the ring, the referee is distracted and DiBiase comes in to break the hold before tagging in. He cracks Roddy’s leg with a kneebreaker, utilizes a spinning toe hold, Piper counters into a small package and gets a near fall. The Mountie with a tag now, locks on a boston crab, Hot Rod crawls his way to a tag and Virgil comes in, sending Mountie to the corner and leveling him with a clothesline off the rebound.

The Mountie looks for a tag but none of his partners want in, Virgil shoots him to the ropes for a back elbow and now Flair takes a tag. He exchanges shots with Virgil and comes up on the short end, Virgil with a series of shots, but gets caught with a kick in the corner. He reverses a whip across, flips Flair with a back body drop, The Real World’s Champion begs off and backs away, tagging The MDM. DiBiase looks to ram Virgil into the top turnbuckle, it’s blocked and MDM meets the turnbuckle numerous times. Virgil whips him to the ropes, DiBiase reverses, plants Virgil with a powerslam and brings in The Warlord.

He clobbers away at Virgil’s spine and tosses him to the outside, Flair drops down to punish Virgil behind the official’s back, The Hitman coming around ringside to help Virgil back in. The Warlord with more heavy shots, puts Virgil in the Full Nelson, everyone steps in which allows Bret to drive a shot to the back of Warlord’s head from the top, Piper covers without making a tag and gets the evens up the odds. The Warlord has been eliminated. The MDM is arguing with the referee, Roddy with a roll-up from behind and he nearly gets 3.

MDM goes to the eyes, sends Piper to the ropes and drops him with a back elbow, then looks to follow with a vertical suplex. Hot Rod blocks it and hits one of his own, tag to Virgil and he shoots DiBiase in for a couple clotheslines. Again The MDM goes to the eyes to gain an edge, whips Virgil in for a clothesline of his own, Virgil avoids it and slaps on the Million Dollar Dream. DiBiase drives Virgil into the top turnbuckle to escape it, The Real World’s Champion re-enters, slams Virgil with a back suplex and brings The Mountie in to keep the pressure on. He shoots Virgil to the ropes and scores with a dropkick, tag to DiBiase and he drops an elbow from the 2nd rope.

He plants Virgil with a gutwrench suplex, Flair back in and they score with a double clothesline out of the ropes, Flair covering with his feet on the ropes, but only getting 2. The MDM tags in and flattens Virgil with a clothesline, sends him back to the ropes for a back body drop, Virgil has it scouted and connects with a swinging neckbreaker. Piper & Flair receive tags, The Real World’s Champion fires away with little affeect, Hot Rod going to the eyes and pounding Flair in the corner. Flair powers out for an inverted atomic drop, it has no affect on Hot Rod and he introduces Flair’s face to the top turnbuckle multiple times.

Everybody enters the ring now as the referee can no longer maintain order, Flair scales the top rope and is caught by Roddy who slams him to the canvas, he shoots Flair to the corner and The Real World’s Champion flips up and over, falling to the outside. The official has finally had enough and calls for the bell as the brawl continues. Everyone gets disqualified except for Flair.
Winner & Sole Survivor: Ric Flair

  • After The Bell: The melee continues with Roddy, Bret & Virgil clearing the ring.
  • EA’s Take: Great start and I’d argue this is the best traditional Survivor Series match there’s ever been until this point. Of course the big story here is the WWF PPV debut of Ric Flair, the franchise of the NWA/WCW for so many years. Flair had finally had enough of the antics at WCW, mainly the new head of the company Jim Herd. After nearly coming a year earlier, Flair signed with the WWF in August, quickly becoming the company’s top heel. He arrived with WCW’s World Title belt as he was the champion at the time and literally owned the championship after putting down a $25,000 deposit (Flair claims that to this day he was never reimbursed). Calling himself ‘The Real World’s Champion’ (the WWF would black-out the title on televised broadcasts), Flair originally was paired with Bobby Heenan. After a short time of living on the road with Flair, Heenan couldn’t handle the lifestyle and was swapped to his on-air ‘financial consultant’ with Mr. Perfect taking managerial duties. Flair would waste little time in calling out the company’s top talent, issuing challenges left and right to Roddy Piper & Hulk Hogan.

In The Arena: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund introduces the newly reinstated ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. Gene discusses Savage’s reinstatement and the brutal attack he suffered at the hands of Jake Roberts. Macho talks about the poison affecting his vision and hearing, however he could hear Elizabeth’s screams. There may be no more reptiles allowed at ringside, but Roberts has been the real snake all along. Savage promises to be all over Jake at This Tuesday In Texas, Okerlund inquires about Elizabeth, but Macho tells him to ask her in person. Elizabeth makes her way out, giving thanks to any and everyone that helped to get Randy reinstated, predicting a victory for him.

Match #2 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Colonel Mustafa, The Berzerker, Skinner & Hercules w/General Adnan & Mr. Fuji vs. ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich, ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana, ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan & Sgt. Slaughter
Skinner & Santana will get things going, they tie-up and jockey for position, Skinner backs Tito into the corner and slaps him in the face. El Matador returns the favor, scores with a clothesline and grabs a side headlock, taking Skinner to the canvas. Skinner pushes Tito off to the ropes to break it, gets knocked down by a shoulder, Santana back to the ropes and he connects with a Flying Forearm that sends Skinner out to the floor.

He collects himself and climbs back in, Santana back to the side headlock, gets pushed off again and ducks a couple of shots, attempts a crossbody and Skinner avoids it to take control. Berzerker gets the tag, comes off the 2nd rope for a double stomp and misses, El Matador rolling over to tag Von Erich. The Tornado fires away with rights, Berzerker powers him into the corner, shoots him into the ropes and misses a clothesline, then a dropkick attempt. Von Erich with shots to Berzerker’s partners, gets caught in the corner and Hercules tags in.

Tornado quickly rolls away and brings Hacksaw in, Herc with a side headlock off the lock-up, gets pushed into the ropes and they collide shoulders, neither man hitting the mat. They trade right hands, Duggan gets the advantage, Hercules reverses a whip to the ropes, Hacksaw ducking a right hand and Berzerker grabs the hair, placing Duggan in his corner and doing a number on him. The Berzerker takes the ring, whips Hacksaw in for a back elbow and tags right out, Mustafa dropping Duggan with a turnbuckle shot and going to a side headlock. Hacksaw to a veritcal base, escapes and hits the ropes, but runs into a shot to the throat for a count of 2.

He introduces Duggan to the top turnbuckle again, Hacksaw battles back in the corner, climbing to the 2nd rope for a flurry of right hands, the ref stepping in to create a break and Mustafa takes the opening for another 2 count. He hooks Hacksaw for a vertical suplex, Duggan blocks and hits a delayed version, finally reaching Slaughter. Sarge blocks right hands and splits Mustafa with an atomic drop, lays him out with a clothesline and picks up the 1-2-3. Colonel Mustafa has been eliminated.

The Berzerker hops right in and Slaughter meets him with heavy shots, Berzerker reversing a whip into the corner and scoring with big right hands. He shoots Sarge back across, sternum-first into the turnbuckles, then to the ropes and plants a big boot to the jaw for a near fall. The Mighty One tags in and maintains the advantage, drives Slaughter into the top turnbuckle for another 2 count, Berzerker tagging back in. He sends Sarge to the ropes again, misses a right hand, Slaughter crotches him on the top rope, hits the ropes and goes to the knees before tagging out.

Duggan walks into a right hand, Berzerker shoots him to the ropes for a back body drop, Hacksaw sees it coming and scores with a kick, then clotheslines him over the top to the floor. The Berzerker quickly rushes back in, Duggan flips him over the top on the other side and drops his partners on the apron. Slaughter drops down and tosses Berzerker back in, The Berzerker goes to the breadbasket of Hacksaw, shoots him into the corner, Duggan making a tag on the way in and getting squashed by a running shoulder. The Texas Tornado scores with right hands, delivers a Tornado Punch and turns his attention to Herc & Skinner on the apron.

Berzerker uses his size advantage to hold Von Erich in the wrong corner, Herc re-enters, sends Tornado to the ropes for a back body drop, Von Erich avoids one, then another and gets the tag to El Matador. Tito shoots Hercules in and buries a fist in the abdomen, hits the ropes and connects with El Paso Del Muerte for the 3 count. Hercules has been eliminated. Skinner takes the ring and ambushes Santana after the fall, chokes El Matador on the canvas and rams his head into the top turnbuckle. He chokes Tito on the middle rope, tags out and Berzerker hammers Santana in his corner, shoots him to the ropes and flattens him with a clothesline.

Skinner back in with a slam, taunts The Tornado on the apron and pays for it, Tito with shots the ribs. Skinner elevates El Matador for an atomic drop, Slaughter makes a blind tag, Skinner pushes Tito to the ropes for a roll-up, but El Matador hangs on and pushes him away, Sarge grabbing a roll-up and gaining the pinfall. Skinner has been eliminated. The Berzerker is left to fend for himself, attacking Slaughter after the 3 count and sending him to the ropes for a dropkick.

Sarge hangs on to avoid it, introduces Berzerker’s head into an exposed turnbuckle over and over, then sends him across and tags in Hacksaw. Slaughter shoots The Berzerker at Duggan, Hacksaw goes to the 3 Point Stance and levels him to pickup the victory.
Winners & Sole Survivors: ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich, ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana, ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan & Sgt. Slaughter

  • EA’s Take: Really sloppy compared to our first match, but given the participants it’s no surprise. A lot of the lower level talent in this one with a couple of fresh and re-debuting faces mixed in. After years spent between the AWA & WCCW, The Berzerker would arrive in the WWF as ‘The Viking’ before changing his name, an eccentric character that seemed to have very little control of his barbaric behavior. Skinner is another new character given to an old face, as many will remember Steve Keirn for his time in the NWA as a member of The Fabulous Ones. He would also arrive in the WWF in 1990, portraying a dirty alligator handler who chewed tobacco in the ring, often spitting it on his opponents. For Tito Santana, he would take a brief hiatus from the company in 1991 before returning with his ‘El Matador’ gimmick, which was that of a bullfighter.

In The Arena: ‘Mean’ Gene is ready to conduct another interview, this time with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts. Jake insists that we should trust him, saying what happened to Randy Savage was an accident and he was unaware that the king cobra hadn’t been devenomized. The Snake believes that Okerlund is trying to cast him as the original sinner, but the finger should be pointed at the fans who voted to have Macho reinstated. Roberts finds it hard to believe that nobody realized after 6 years that he’s the snake people need to worry about. He warns Elizabeth that if she shows up in Texas, there will be no prince there to wake her up with kiss, as it will be the end of the beginning.

Video: Two weeks ago, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan was a guest on Paul Bearer’s Funeral Parlor when Ric Flair would walk out, getting in the champion’s face. The Hulkster would retort, but The Undertaker would pop out of a casket behind the champion, attacking him with the urn. Piper & Savage would leave the broadcast position to make the save, Undertaker grabbing Hogan’s chain from around his neck as some sort of symbol.

Match #3 for the WWF Championship: The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer vs. WWF Champion Hulk Hogan
Hogan is fired up coming down to the ring, tipping over the casket reserved for him. The bell rings and we’re underway, collar & elbow tie-up and Taker powers the champion into the corner, charges in and Hulk side-steps it. They circle and lock-up again, Hulkster with a side headlock, Undertaker pushes him off to the ropes, misses a right hand, but scores with a shoulder knockdown to send Hogan to the outside. The champion regroups and cautiously re-enters the ring, Taker gets him by the throat and chokes Hulk in the corner, then rips at his nose.

The challenger uses the top rope to continue to choke Hogan, Paul Bearer does more of the same behind the ref’s back, The Undertaker following with a slam. He hits the ropes for an elbow drop, Hulkster rolls out of the way and scores with right hands, shoots the challenger to the ropes and hits a clothesline that merely staggers him. The champion attempts a slam and Taker blocks it, Hulk sends him back to the ropes and hits an elbow to the forehead, still unable to take him off his feet. Hogan introduces Undertaker’s head to the turnbuckles, clotheslines him over the top and the challenger lands on his feet, pulling Hogan out under the bottom rope and connecting with a shot to the throat.

He drives Hulkster into the steel steps, Bearer provides a distraction, allowing Taker to choke the champion with an electrical cord. They had back in the squared circle and Undertaker continues to choke the air out of Hulk’s lungs, Bearer again gets involved behind the official’s back. The challenger locks a claw hold on the Hulkster’s face, grinds him down to the mat and gains multiple 2 counts, the official finally checks Hogan’s arm and the champion gets a boost of adrenaline, battling to his feet. He hits the ropes multiple times for shoulder tackles, can’t get the challenger down, Hogan goes back to the well again and runs into a flying clothesline, Undertaker following with a Tombstone, but the Hulkster jumps right back to his feet.

The champion with heavy right hands, finally drops Taker to a knee and calls for a slam. Ric Flair makes his way down to ringside as Hogan slams Undertaker, Paul Bearer gets Hogan’s attention and the champion pulls him up to the apron, then notices Flair on the outside and rolls out to drop him. The Hulkster slides back in the ring, sends Undertaker to the ropes for a big boot, hits the ropes for the leg drop, but Bearer grabs his foot. The referee works to get Paul off the apron, Hulk turns around and takes a shot to the throat, Taker lifts him for another Tombstone as Flair places a chair in the ring.

The challenger spikes Hulk on the chair behind the ref’s back, Flair disposes of it, Taker with the cover and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Champion: The Undertaker (Tombstone)

  • After The Bell: WWF officials come down to the ring to check on the lifeless Hogan, helping him to his feet after being dropped on the chair. Some of the younger fans in the crowd are in tears as Hulk is helped to the back.
  • EA’s Take: A really slow-paced contest dominated by Undertaker, the now-former champion providing all the energy. Taker’s moveset was pretty limited to a lot of chokes at this point, the pacing being slow only due to the nature of the gimmick. Either way, The Undertaker is a made man from this point on, becoming the youngest WWF Champion in history at this point. Ultimate Warrior’s departure forced the feud between him and Taker to be dropped, which one could argue is the best thing that happened for Undertaker’s career. The Hulkster wouldn’t wait long to cash in on his rematch, as the two would meet again for the title just 6 days later at This Tuesday In Texas.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is in the interview area, shocked that Undertaker is the new champion. Okerlund calls ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper in for his thoughts, Hot Rod talking about anything happening in the WWF. He calls for WWF President Jack Tunney to do something about it, warning Flair & Undertaker that he can hear the bells and they are calling. Sean Mooney is in the locker room with Ric Flair & Mr. Perfect, Perfect speaking about the end of Hulkamania. Flair wonders what we thought would happen when he arrived in the WWF, saying he warned Hulk that his reign would be short-lived. After all these years of people believing in Hogan, but now that’s all over. No more Hollywood, no more limousines, no more little kids running wild. We go back to Gene Okerlund, breaking the news that Jack Tunney and Hulk Hogan are having a meeting as we speak. Gene brings in The Natural Disasters & Irwin R. Schyster alongside Jimmy Hart. Earthquake says the only shock tonight will be what they do to the Legion Of Doom & Big Boss Man. Jimmy thinks this match should have been 4 on 3, it wasn’t any of their fault that Randy Savage got bitten. Back to Sean Mooney who is with their opponents, The Legion Of Doom speaking about Jack Tunney’s decision to make it 3 on 3, Big Boss Man states he’s not afraid of all the big talk. One way or another, they will all serve hard time. We go to Gene again who’s with WWF President Jack Tunney, Tunney claiming the referee’s decision is final, but there will be a rematch at This Tuesday In Texas where he will be ringside to make sure there’s a fair outcome.

Match #4 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake) & The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) w/The Genius & ‘Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) & The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)
Butch will begin with Knobbs, Butch with right hands off the tie-up, rakes the eyes, Knobbs battling back, gets a whip to the ropes reversed and takes a knee to the ribs. Luke gets the tag and The Bushwhackers lay out Knobbs with a double clothesline, Sags comes in and is driven to the mat, then driven into his partner. The Bushwhackers dispose of The Nasty Boys with double clotheslines, The Beverlys hit the ring and all 4 men brawl.

The Bushwhackers send them colliding into each other, score with a Battering Ram to each Beverly and clear the ring, The Nasty Boys pull themselves to the apron and The Rockers send them back down with double dropkicks. Order is restored, Shawn & Blake taking the ring now, Blake forces Michaels into the corner and doesn’t break clean. Shawn reverses a whip across, charges in and meets a back elbow to the mouth, irish whip to the ropes, Blake ducks his head for a back body drop and Michaels counters with a swinging neckbreaker.

He can’t capitalize and is split with an inverted atomic drop, Blake follows with a backbreaker and tags out. Knobbs comes in looking for an elbow drop, Shawn rolls out of the way, hits the ropes and connects with a high knee before tagging. Luke is in delivering shots to Knobbs in the corner, Knobbs reverses a whip across and charges in for a splash, but Luke side-steps it. Sags distracts Luke from the apron, Knobbs climbs to the 2nd rope and hits a flying clothesline, hooks the leg and Luke’s night is over. Luke has been eliminated.

Michaels steps right in, sends Knobbs in for a back body drop, Knobbs sees it coming and drops a double axe, then brings in Sags. He plants Shawn with a vertical suplex, buries shoulders to the midsection in the corner, whips Michaels across and rushes in for a back elbow. Shawn hops out of the way to the apron, springs to the top turnbuckle and scores with a crossbody for a count of 2, quickly catches Sags in an armdrag and tagging out. Jannetty comes in with a splash to the arm, locks on an armbar Sags gains a vertical base, gets an irish whip reversed and knocks Marty down with a shoulder.

Back to the ropes, Jannetty with an armdrag and he goes right back to the armbar, Sags using the hair to force Marty in the wrong corner and brings Beau into the match. Beau scores with a neck snap, shoots Marty in for a back body drop, Jannetty lands on his feet and connects with a superkick for a near fall. He hooks an armbar, Beau backs him to the corner to break the hold, but is taken back down with a drop toe hold, then grounded by a front facelock. Beau powers his way up, props Marty on the top turnbuckle, the referee steps in to create a break, Jannetty hops over Beau and bumps into the referee, allowing Beau to attack from behind.

He sends Marty hard into the corner, plants him with a gutwrench suplex and gets a 2 count. He utilizes a side headlock, Jannetty tries to push him off to the ropes, Beau reverses and both guys collide heads and hit the mat. Blake & Butch get tags, Butch unloads with rights and lefts, turns Blake inside-out with a clothesline, Beau hits the ring and is flattened by one of his own. Sags gets the referee’s attention from the apron, the numbers catch up to Butch and The Beverlys send him to the ropes, scoring with the Shaker Heights Spike for the 1-2-3. Butch has been eliminated.

Jannetty hops right in and unloads with punches, sends Beau to the ropes for a back elbow, then into the corner for a monkey flip. He follows with a hurricanrana for a near fall, Marty grabs a front facelock, Beau pushes him off to the ropes, catches a kick attempt, but gets clocked by an enzuigiri. He rolls to his corner to make a tag, Blake rushes right into an armdrag, Michaels makes a tag and uses a wristlock, Blake breaking it with a headbutt. He chokes Shawn on the middle rope, Knobbs intervenes behind the official’s back, Beau with a tag and he leapfrogs Blake into a seated senton on Michaels’ lower back for a count of 2.

Shawn is tossed to the outside, Beau holds the ref’s attention and Knobbs drops down, driving Shawn spine-first into the ring apron. Beau drags him back in by the hair, shoots him in for a back elbow, then drops another on the lower back before sending Michaels hard into the corner. He plants Shawn with a side slam off the rebound, whips Shawn back in for another, Michaels flips over to his feet, hooks a backslide and sneaks in the pinfall. Beau Beverly has been eliminated. Blake ambushes Shawn after the fall, drives him spine-first into the top turnbuckle and plants him with a running powerslam for a 2 count.

Knobbs tags in and sends Michaels in for a back body drop, Shawn counters with a sunset flip and gains his own 2 count, Sags getting a quick tag to prevent Michaels from reaching his corner. He pushes Shawn to the ropes and tosses him over the top, Michaels lands on his feet on the apron, dropkicks Sags from behind and sends him to the outside. He heads to the apron and flies to the floor with a clothesline, Knobbs comes around to help and eats a superkick for his troubles, Shawn rolling Sags back in and scaling the corner. He comes off the top and catches a right hand to the face, Blake tags back in and hits the ropes for a leg drop, hits Michaels with a hot shot and whips him in for a back body drop.

Michaels has it scouted, delivers a kick and finally crawls to a tag as Knobbs enters, Marty coming in with a flurry of fists to all his opponents. He shoots Knobbs to the ropes for a jumping back elbow, snapmares him over and gets a count of 2, Knobbs going to the eyes and bringing Blake back in, Blake getting caught in an armdrag as he enters. Blake pushes Marty to the ropes, Jannetty rolls through, grabs a waistlock and pushes Blake to the ropes for a roll-up, Blake hangs on and Marty rolls through again, hooking Blake for a near fall. Blake squirms away and tags Knobbs, he whips Jannetty hard into the corner plants him with a front slam and merely gets 1 before bringing Sags in.

Sags scores with a pumphandle slam, follows with a back suplex and tags out. Knobbs comes off the 2nd rope for a splash, Marty gets the knees up and makes the tag, Shawn coming in to send Knobbs to the ropes, it’s reversed, but Michaels is right back with a clothesline. All 5 guys are in the ring now, The Rockers sandwich Blake with Knobbs & Sags, Marty lifts Sags for a slam, Shawn is hit in the face accidentally by Sags’ feet, Knobbs grabs a roll-up and Michaels is finished. Shawn Michaels has been eliminated. Michaels loses his cool and berates Jannetty before exiting, Marty looks to apologize, but Shawn pushes him away before finally accepting his apology.

Knobbs ambushes Marty from behind with the numbers in his favor, shoots Jannetty to the corner and charges in, running into a boot to the face. He follows with a bulldog off the 2nd rope and covers, Sags breaks the count at 2 and throws Jannetty to the floor. Blake tags in and drags Marty back inside, whips him to the ropes and plants him with a powerslam, pulling Jannetty up during the count to dish out more punishment. Knobbs comes back in and utilizes a wristlock, Marty springs on the ropes to counter out, slides between the legs and out to the floor, dragging Knobbs with him. Sags looks to intervene and is met with a superkick, Jannetty heads up top and takes out both Nasty Boys on the outside with a crossbody before climbing to the apron.

He slides between Blake’s legs and back into the ring, into the ropes they go and Marty connects with a facebuster, The Nasty Boys entering from behind for a double clothesline to no avail. Blake has the official occupied as Jannetty gets a small package on Sags, Knobbs switches the momentum, the ref turning around to make the 3 count.
Winners & Sole Survivors: The Nasty Boys & Blake Beverly

  • EA’s Take: This felt painstakingly long to me, the best spots of the match coming near the end with The Rockers’ high flying. Our newcomers The Beverly Brothers are Wayne Bloom (Beau) & Mike Enos (Blake), formerly known as The Destruction Crew in the AWA and The Minnesota Wrecking Crew 2 in the NWA. After the AWA closed it’s doors down in 1990, the duo would work for New Japan before arriving in the WWF in May of 91, taking on the gimmick of two spoiled, rich, bleach blonde brothers and receiving a fair push in the tag team ranks. The Bushwhackers remain at the lower end of the tag team spectrum, while The Nasty Boys were headed in that direction after losing the tag titles at SummerSlam. The Rockers had a lot of friction between the two backstage, even breaking down into a real-life brawl in which Jannetty put a beating on Michaels (Marty was nearly arrested, but Randy Savage convinced the cops it was part of a storyline). This would be their final PPV match as a team as the split was put into motion on television, with the infamous turn airing in early January of 1992 which saw Shawn superkick Marty on Brutus Beefcake’s show ‘The Barber Shop’, bloodying him by sending him face-first through a glass window. The two were set to feud, however Marty would be fired shortly after the segment aired.

Match #5 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) & Irwin R. Schyster w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. Big Boss Man & WWF Tag Team Champions The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal)
Boss Man kicks off our main event with IRS, Boss Man backing Schyster into the corner off the lock-up, IRS doesn’t break clean and sends him to the ropes. Big Boss Man slides to the outside, trips up IRS and goes to climb up, but sees Schyster rolling away and changes him mind. He whips Schyster hard into the turnbuckles, tries again and it’s reversed, Boss Man takes to the outside once more and is back in on the other side for a clothesline.

IRS ducks it, charges into the corner and runs into a boot to the face, then gets dropped by an uppercut before making a tag. Earthquake takes the ring and wants a piece of Animal, Boss Man obliges and makes the tag. Animal applies a side headlock, Quake pushes him off to the ropes and they collide shoulders, neither man budging. Animal goes back to the ropes, ducks a back elbow and goes for a crossbody, Earthquake catches him in the air and cracks him with a backbreaker, but misses a follow-up splash. Animal scores with a dropkick, Quake reversing a whip to the ropes, misses a right hand and turns around into a shoulder tackle, Animal gaining a near fall.

IRS re-enters and gets caught in a wristlock, Hawk comes in off the top with a club to the arm and utilizes a hammerlock. Schyster gains the rope to force a break, Hawk reverses a whip in and buries a boot to the midsection, Typhoon making a blind tag on the way through. Hawk presses IRS over his head, throws him at Typhoon and the big man catches him, but Hawk follows with a dropkick to take him down and get a 2 count. He sends Typhoon into his corner and distracts the referee as Animal & Boss Man put a beating on, Hawk unloads with heavy rights in the corner and Typhoon drops like a bad habit.

He crawls over and tags out, Earthquake comes in and locks up, Hawk with a side headlock and Quake carries him to his corner, IRS making the tag and grabbing a side headlock of his own. Hawk powers out with a back suplex, drops a fist and brings Boss Man in for stiff right hands. He hangs Schyster on the middle rope, jumps on his back with a seated senton, then stands on IRS’ tie to prevent him from escaping to the outside. Earthquake makes his way around ringside to bait the LOD, the official turns his back and Typhoon slides in Schyster’s briefcase, IRS clobbering Big Boss Man, disposing of the evidence and covering for the pinfall. Big Boss Man has been eliminated.

Typhoon ambushes Animal as LOD helps Boss Man out of the ring, Hawk is livid and has the ref distracted while The Natural Disasters work him over, Earthquake claiming he was tagged and plants Animal with a belly to belly suplex. He tags out and IRS comes in off the top with a right hand, drops a leg to the lower abdomen and baits Hawk into the ring for more double teaming in the corner. Typhoon back in, sends Animal to the ropes and squeezes him in a bearhug, backs Animal into the corner, shoots him across and charges into a boot. Hawk gets the tag and unleashes a flurry of fists, whips Typhoon to the ropes for a flying shoulder tackle, Schyster steps in and distracts Hawk, also drawing Animal into the ring.

The official works to get Animal back to the corner, Quake hands IRS the briefcase, Typhoon holds Hawk, but Hawk avoids it and Typhoon gets clocked, Hawk immediately taking advantage to get the elimination. Typhoon has been eliminated. Earthquake checks on his partner and points the finger at Schyster. They exchange words and Quake threatens to deck him, but instead grabs his partner and helps him to the dressing room, leaving IRS to fend for himself. Earthquake has been eliminated.

Hawk quickly goes after Schyster in the corner, hits a dropkick and shoots him to the ropes for a powerslam. He whips IRS back to the corner, rushes in and IRS side-steps out, Hawk going shoulder-first into the ring post and getting dumped outside. Schyster rams Hawk into the ring steps, rolls him in the squared circle and sends him to the ropes for a back elbow. He grounds Hawk with a side headlock, Hawk finds his footing, gets sent back to the ropes and they collide in a botched spot. IRS attempts a vertical suplex, Hawk blocks it and hits one of his own, falls backwards into a tag and Animal hits the ring, shooting Schyster to the ropes for a shoulder tackle.

Animal sends him back in for a powerslam, Hawk steps in and the champions connect with a double clothesline, Schyster, rolling outside and he’s had enough. Big Boss Man comes back out through the curtain with his nightstick to force IRS back to the ring, Animal suplexes him in from the apron, Hawk follows with a clothesline from upstairs, Animal makes the cover and they survive.
Winners & Sole Survivors: The Legion Of Doom

  • EA’s Take: Nothing too spectacular here, the placement of this match being a little odd to me. LOD is super-over, but with Savage & Roberts no longer involved this didn’t feel like a main event to me. Nothing bad about the match, but nothing too exciting either. Boss Man’s “last laugh” on IRS was a little bittersweet as it wasn’t even his own doing, but LOD’s. The Natural Disasters seemed to tease a face turn here, but that would have to wait as they’d continue to chase LOD for tag team gold heading into 1992.

Backstage: In the locker room is Sean Mooney who just left Hulk Hogan’s dressing room, Hulkster claiming he’ll take back the title Tuesday In Texas, but doesn’t want to be on camera as his actions in the ring will do the talking. Gene Okerlund has finally located The Undertaker & Paul Bearer down in the depths of the arena. Paul says that nothing is immortal, not even Hulkamania as we all witnessed it die tonight. Most of the time services are performed immediately, but they will put that on hold until Tuesday. Taker states that they warned us what was in store for Hogan and he wants to give Gene a glimpse at what’s in store for Hulkamania. Undertaker cracks open a casket and says the burial will be this Tuesday.

EA’s Finisher: This is arguably the best Survivor Series to date in my opinion, the action was a lot cleaner than years past. The 4 on 4 format works and adding in a singles title match really breaks up the repetitiveness of the format. I’d have preferred the title match be the main event though, I have always been a proponent of the championship holding that spot for every PPV, it’s supposed to be the most coveted prize and should be treated as such. It seemed as if the WWF was more focused on promoting the This Tuesday In Texas special to end the night, giving us an LOD babyface victory to finish out the action. The company’s transition to younger talent is becoming more evident, despite the fact that some of the younger fans were afraid of Undertaker, he actually received a fair amount of cheers as well. The people were beginning to yearn for something different and in due time, for better or for worse, that change was inevitable.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Flair’s Team vs. Piper’s Team
2 – Hulk Hogan vs. The Undertaker
3 – LOD’s Team vs. Natural Disasters’ Team


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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!

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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 TakeSolid 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 TakeWow, 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 TakeNow 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 TakeBrutal, 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.


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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!

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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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