Eric Ames takes you back to WWE Extreme Rules 2016, featuring AJ Styles one on one against Roman Reigns in an Extreme Rules Match!
Kickoff Show – In The Arena: The Dudley Boyz come down to the ring and talk about the glory days of ECW, getting the people to join in with a chant. Bubba turns on the crowd and claims that they’re a big part of the reason for ECW going under after they left. They speak about being eager to get out of New Jersey, but here comes Big Cass to the stage. Cass states that The Dudleys don’t get the table anymore because they ate it, along with all of it’s contents including cookies, pizza and more.
He thinks The Dudleys are wrong about the new era, saying that they will do tonight what The Dudleys did in bingo halls and ballrooms. Everyone knows that The Dudleys are full of it, but they’re also aware he’s 7 foot tall and you can’t teach that. Big Cass enters the ring and The Dudleys ambush him stepping inside, pummeling him to the mat, Bubba lines him up for a clothesline, Cass ducks and D-Von gets dropped instead. Cass with a big boot to Bubba, plants D-Von with the East River Crossing, then leaves, taking the mic and spelling out the word to describe them. “S-A-W-F-T!”
Kickoff Match – No Disqualification: Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
Both guys go eye-to-eye at the bell, Corbin pie-faces Ziggler, Dolph pushes him to the turnbuckles in the corner and scores with a dropkick for a quick 1 count. The Show Off staying on him with a splash in the corner, unleashes a barrage of rights, irish whip across is reversed and Dolph spills over the top to the floor. The Lone Wolf is in pursuit, Ziggler battles back to no avail, Baron grabs the arm through the corner and pulls him face-first into the post before rolling Dolph back in. Corbin in complete control, unloads with the heavy artillery in the corner, shoots him across and The Show Off hits the turnbuckles hard sternum-first.
Baron ties him up in the ropes, hammers Ziggler with big fists while talking trash, then basks in the boos of the people. He hooks Dolph’s arm and wrenches on the chin, Ziggler fights up and escapes after a jawbreaker, Baron charges in, but The Show Off uses the momentum to send him to the outside. Corbin quickly slides back inside, Dolph starts to build momentum with clotheslines, hits another splash in the corner and follows with the neckbreaker. He feigns going for a big elbow drop, The Lone Wolf rolls to the outside to avoid it, Ziggler reaches over the grab him and gets dropped on the top rope with a hot shot. Baron slides inside and Dolph pops back up with a dropkick, plants an elbow drop to the chest and gets a count of 2.
The Show Off gets a head of steam for the Famouser, The Lone Wolf blocks it and has him set for a powerbomb, Dolph rolling through with a sunset flip for a near fall. Both guys are up quick, Ziggler runs at Baron and gets caught with Deep Six, barely kicking out at 2 and both guys struggle to their feet. Corbin’s up first, lifts Dolph into position for a powerbomb, The Show Off with right hands, gets tossed backwards to the corner, lands on his feet on the 2nd rope and jumps off into a DDT. He plants Corbin with a Famouser that nearly finishes it, Dolph remaining aggressive with fists and headbutts, attempts a superkick, The Lone Wolf ducks it and uses a low blow to stop the onslaught, picks him up and hits End Of Days for the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin (End Of Days)
- EA’s Take: For the entirety of the match I was wondering why on Earth it was a no DQ match, as it didn’t come into play until the very end. Kind of weak if you ask me, but it’s certainly a different way to use the stipulation than we’ve ever seen before. This was only a solid Kickoff match for me.
Open: “Rules, they’re built to control us. Designed to keep us in line. Created to dictate what’s right and wrong. But, on this night, we do what we want. We make our own rules. This is our night. This is a war. On this night, we rise. We will come at them from all sides. A revolution unwilling to submit. Unhinged warriors of the rebellion. Make no mistake, they who take the most extreme measures, they will create a great change. Tonight, power shifts. Tonight, we raise our instruments of anarchy. Tonight, we are unbound by law. Tonight, we go…extreme.”
Match #1 – Tornado Tag Team Match: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
We’re not waiting for the bell and all 4 men meet in the aisle as Gallows & Anderson make their entrance, we head to the ring and the bell rings to start the match. The Usos with a double back elbow to Anderson, double elbow drop and a cover for 2. Anderson rolls outside, Gallows is left alone and The Usos trade-off forearm shots in the corner, double clothesline sends Gallows over the top rope and to the floor. We pair-off outside briefly, Anderson back body drops Jey into the crowd, Jimmy’s left alone and the double team is on, driving Jimmy into the barricade. Jey recovers, slides inside and then flies over the top rope with a crossbody plancha to take them both out, tosses Anderson in the ring, heads to the top rope and connects with a crossbody for a count of 2.
Gallows drives Jimmy into the post on the floor, Jey takes to the air with a suicide dive, Gallows catches him in the air, delivers a big right hand and elevates him onto his shoulders. Anderson steps out to the apron, they clock Jey with the Boot Of Doom, send him inside and cover for 1. Jey getting double teamed in the corner now, Gallows with a barrage of heavy fists, Anderson with a big boot, Gallows following with a splash and this time get a 2 count. They prevent Jimmy from getting inside, Gallows puts Jey on his shoulders, Anderson looks to go up top, but here comes Jimmy back to prevent it. Jey rolls off Gallows’ shoulders into a schoolboy, Jimmy helps bring him over with a dropkick from the top, another count of 2.
Anderson drags Jimmy outside and lays him out with a clothesline, Jey hits the ropes for an outside dive, Gallows trips him up and Anderson comes back inside, drilling Jey in the head with a running knee that gains 2. Anderson picks him up, sends Jey into a Gallows big boot, but still can’t get 3, Gallows picks him up for the Boot Of Doom, but Jimmy drags Anderson to the outside now. He slides back in and ducks under a Gallows clothesline, The Usos score with a double superkick, head upstairs to opposite turnbuckles, Anderson gets back to the apron and shoves Jey down to the floor. Jimmy hops down and goes after him on the apron as Gallows gains his footing, charges in and meets a back elbow, Jimmy coming off the top with a corkscrew senton, but misses.
He gets planted by the Gallows Pole, Jey’s back in and hits a Samoan drop to Gallows, now here comes Anderson to take him out with a spinebuster for a near fall. Everybody’s down in the squared circle now, Anderson stumbles up first, kicks Jey out of the ring and heads outside, talks some trash and then measures him, running into a superkick. Jey has him set and hits the running hip attack the barricade, turns around and Gallows is there to flatten him with a clothesline. He deposits Jey over the barricade into the fans, grabs the ring bell and heads into the ring, calling for Jimmy to get to his feet. Jimmy pulls himself up, turns immediately and hits a superkick, goes to the top turnbuckle for the Uso Splash, misses and lands abdomen-first on the ring bell. Gallows comes to, Anderson is back in and they plant him with the Magic Killer for the victory.
Winners: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (Anderson/Magic Killer)
- Off The Top: Some fast-paced action to hopefully set the tone for the rest of the night, big win for Gallows & Anderson too. They really had to go over here, I can only recall one win for them since arriving and that was their in-ring debut. I’m assuming the beating The Usos took in this match could come into play in the main event between Styles & Reigns, which is the match I’m REALLY interested to see what direction the company goes in.
Match #2 for the WWE United States Championship: Rusev w/Lana vs. WWE United States Champion Kalisto
Kalisto strikes first with leg kicks, Rusev picks him up for a slam, the champion slips out of it, ducks a roundhouse and goes back to leg kicks. The Bulgarian Brute pushes him away, catches him in the air trying a crossbody, tries a fallaway slam, but The King Of Flight lands on his feet. He hits the ropes and ducks under a right hand, Kalisto springs off the 2nd rope with a spiral crossbody and gets swatted in the air with a double axe handle. Rusev starts to dominate and stomps away at the champion, whips him sternum-first into the corner, following with a roundhouse kick to the jaw. The Bulgarian Brute drops a big elbow that only gets 1, shoots him to the ropes, Kalisto goes low with a kick, hits the ropes to pick up steam and gets blasted by a clothesline for a 2 count.
Rusev picks him up off the mat and grips him in a bearhug, then rides him down to the mat to take away the champion’s air. The Bulgarian Brute breaks it on his own accord, drives a knee to the spine, then puts him on his shoulders in a torture rack to keep the pressure on the back. The King Of Flight with knees to the head, slips down into a sleeper on the challenger’s back, Rusev reaches for the ropes, starts to fade and then simply jumps backwards to squash Kalisto. The Bulgarian Brute regroups, sends the champion into the corner, charges in and eats a boot, Kalisto coming off the 2nd rope and spiking the challenger with a DDT. The King Of Flight goes back to the leg kicks, tries a crossbody and again gets caught, The Bulgarian Brute looking for the fallaway slam, Kalisto lands on his feet once more, ducks a clothesline and scores with the springboard spiral crossbody.
He plants Rusev with the spikerana that nearly gets a 3 count, rolls to the apron, springboards in over the top of The Bulgarian Brute as he gets to his feet, then avoids him running in and sends him to the outside. The champion hits the ropes, slides to the outside with a hurricanrana, Rusev is sent flying into the steel steps, Kalisto rolls him back in, springs off the top rope with a frog splash and gains a near fall. The King Of Flight is thinking Salida Del Sol, Rusev pushes him away and ducks to the outside, Kalisto steps to the apron, springs to the top rope and flies with a moonsault to the floor. He tosses the challenger into the ring, climbs to the top, Rusev is up to grab him, then drops him down to the apron off the press slam.
The referee checks with the champion and tries to keep The Bulgarian Brute away, the official calling for the doctor at ringside. Rusev grabs Kalisto’s foot and drags him to the center of the ring for The Accolade, the official steps in between again, but isn’t able to keep the challenger away, The King Of Flight with no choice but to tap.
Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: Rusev (The Accolade)
- EA’s Take: This started out a wee bit sloppy and slow, but really got more exciting towards the conclusion. Nothing too out of the ordinary here, a pretty predictable way to go with the finish after the injury angle they ran last week on RAW. Nasty bump taken by Kalisto on the apron though. I’m glad that Rusev is the champion, I’ve been calling for Kalisto to drop the belt for a couple of months now, nothing he’s done with it was interesting aside from his initial feud with Del Rio that saw him gain the title.
Match #3 for the WWE Tag Team Championships: WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) w/Kofi Kingston vs. The Vaudevillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch)
Woods & Aiden will get the action started, Xavier accelerates into a clothesline right at the bell, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, Woods ducking multiple shots and scores with a headscissors takedown. He drill English in the chest with a double palm strike, runs at him in the corner, gets elevated to the apron, lands on his feet and hits Aiden with a forearm. Simon tries to get involved and eats a back elbow, English takes the opening to drop Xavier to the floor, tags out and Gotch drops down to deliver a running boot.
The Gentleman Brawler sends Woods inside, drops knees across the forehead for a quick 1, Aiden tags in and the challengers connect with Dukes Up for a count of 2. English drives a knee to the spine, drops one across the chest for another 1, then grounds Woods with a rear chinlock. Xavier works his way up, hits the ropes and gets dropped by a back elbow for 2, Gotch gets the tag and now grinds away with a front facelock. Woods again finds a standing position, fights out with fists, hits a discus punch, reaches for a tag, Simon grabs him for a back suplex, Xavier flipping out and connecting with an enzuigiri. Both guys crawl to tags, Big E tosses Aiden with overhead belly-to-belly suplexes, delivers one to Simon, then another for English. He hits the ropes for a massive splash, claps it out and gets surprised by back elbows, English charging in and gets elevated to the apron, but lands on his feet.
E hits the ropes to build a head of steam for the apron spear, English meets him with a knee lift to prevent it, steps back in and plants him with a front facelock driver, nearly getting a 3 count. Kofi with a slight distraction outside, Aiden turns around and Big E picks him onto his shoulder, Woods making a tag to go for the Midnight Hour, but here comes Simon to make the save. Everybody to the outside now, Gotch deposits E into the ring steps, Kingston gets taken out, they toss Woods inside, Gotch gets a tag for the Whirling Dervish, but Xavier barely kicks out at 2. The Gentleman Brawler can’t believe it, rushes at Woods in the corner and meets a boot to the chops, Aiden intervenes from the apron, attempts to suplex Xavier to the outside, but he stops it with a knee to the head.
Big E hits the ring, delivers a spear that sends himself and English flying to the floor, the official is distracted, Kofi climbs to the apron and clocks Simon with an enzuigiri, Woods follows with a shining wizard and the champs retain.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day (Woods/Shining Wizard)
- EA’s Take: Not as exciting as our opening tag contest, this one probably should have came first since it was just a normal tag match instead of one with a gimmick. As soon as I saw that Woods was in the match and not Kofi, I thought that signaled a title change. They often use Xavier as the “jobber” of the group and when the challengers hit the Whirling Dervish, I was pleasantly surprised by the kick-out. Woods is pretty underrated and unfortunately he likely always will be because of his size, so it was nice to see him pick-up a rare pinfall win.
Backstage: AJ Styles is walking through the hallway when Renee Young comes up with some questions. Styles thinks that he’s talked about Gallows & Anderson enough, vowing that no matter what he will walk out tonight as the champion. He walks away and enters The Club’s locker room.
Match #4 – Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz w/Maryse
The bell rings and Sami charges at Owens with a Helluva Kick, taking him out of the ring immediately. Cesaro follows with a charging uppercut to The Miz, now we’ve only got 2 guys in the ring. Sami with a deep arm drag, hits another and grabs an armbar, The Swiss Superman kips up, hits an arm drag of his own that sends Zayn to the apron and Cesaro kips up once more. The Underdog from the Underground keels him over with a shoulder to the midsection, flips over the top of him into the ring, hits the ropes, ducks a shot and scores with a headscissors takedown, following with a heel kick and Cesaro kicks out at 2.
Sami utilizing a front facelock now, The King Of Swing counters to a side headlock, gets pushed away to the ropes, Zayn attempts to leapfrog over and gets caught, Cesaro cracking him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. He shoots Sami to the ropes, The Underdog from the Underground uses the bottom rope to hop up and over, baits The Swiss Superman near the ropes and dumps him outside. Miz is back in and clocks Zayn from behind, Cesaro hangs him with a hotshot on the apron, the champion tries a follow-up back suplex, Sami lands on his feet and pushes him into The King Of Swing, both guys falling to the floor. The Underdog from the Underground hits the ropes and takes to the skies with a somersault plancha, rolls The A-Lister inside, hooks the leg and only gets 1. The champion begs off, pulls Sami face-first into the 2nd turnbuckle, then takes control and stomps away at him in the corner.
Miz runs in with a corner clothesline, climbs to the top rope, Zayn meets him with a forearm, climbs up for a superplex, but here comes Cesaro. He grabs Sami in position for a powerbomb, Owens finally gets involved, dumps Sami down to the mat, Miz is pushed to the floor and he drives Cesaro shoulder-first into the ring post. KO unleashes on Zayn with right hands, levels him with a short-arm clothesline, then buries a stiff kick into the spine. The Prize Fighter puts the bad mouth on his former friend as he continues the punishment, keeps Cesaro from entering the ring, hits the ropes and squashes Sami with a running senton for a near fall. He blasts Miz off the apron with a right hand, picks Zayn up and rams him into Cesaro on the apron, then lifts Sami onto his shoulders.
The Underdog from the Underground battles out of it, sets for a back suplex, KO staves it off, Zayn coming right back with punches, tries to climb the ropes for an arm drag and Owens crotches him instead. The Prize Fighter puts him in position and heads upstairs, the champion is back in the mix, meets KO for a superplex, but he gets dropped back down by a headbutt. Sami’s back up now and looks for a superplex of his own, Owens fights him away, Miz is back in it, teams up with Zayn for a double superplex, Cesaro’s in and he powerbombs everybody down to the mat. The Swiss Superman tries a cover on Miz & Sami for 2 counts as Owens rolls to the floor, The King Of Swing lifting Zayn with a delayed vertical suplex, Sami fights it off with knees, then plants him with a Blue Thunder Bomb.
The A-Lister with a kick to the face, covers Cesaro for 2, looks for one on Zayn and only gets another count of 2. The A-Lister sends Sami into the corner, charges in and runs into a back elbow, Zayn tries a boot, Miz catches his leg and hooks him for an exploder suplex. The Swiss Superman’s back up, grabs The A-Lister from behind and tosses them both, The Prize Fighter drags himself back inside and everybody’s struggling to their feet. The King Of Swing notices everyone pulling themselves up in the corners, goes into the Uppercut Train and all three of his opponents, floors the champion and calls for the Swing. KO grabs him from behind and delivers a german suplex, sees everyone seated in the corners and delivers a Cannonball to them all individually.
He wants to finish it and shoots Zayn to the ropes for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, Sami avoids it and lands on his feet, throws Owens with a half & half suplex, turns around and Cesaro clobbers him with the Very European Uppercut, Miz slides in from behind and scores with the Skull Crushing Finale, but only gets 2 off it.The champion is stunned that Cesaro kicked out, The A-Lister lifts him back up, slaps The Swiss Superman and then takes on in return. The King Of Swing ducks a left hand, springs off the middle rope with an uppercut, Cesaro takes him down and goes into the Swing, slaps on the Sharpshooter, Miz reaching for Maryse and pulls her in as Cesaro drags him back to the center of the ring. The official gets Maryse back out of the ring and doesn’t see Miz tapping, The Swiss Superman breaks the hold thinking it’s over, KO with a schoolboy from behind and he gets 2.
He attempts to dump Cesaro outside and gets dumped out himself, the champion looks to ambush The Swiss Superman from behind, gets taken down again for the Swing, but hangs onto the ropes to block it. Owens heads to the apron and then up top, delivers a frog splash to Miz, Cesaro picks KO up, scores with the Neutralizer and Sami just barely breaks it up at 2. The Underdog from the Underground picks Cesaro back up, The King Of Swing with an uppercut attempt, Zayn avoids it, hooks him in a backslide and gets a count of 2. He goes to the ropes now, Cesaro attempting a back body drop, Sami counters into a sunset flip bomb, but still can’t put it away. The Underdog from the Underground measures The King Of Swing for the Helluva Kick, Cesaro meets him with a big uppercut, Zayn comes right back with the exploder suplex in the corner, lines up for the Helluva Kick again, but Owens slides in and cuts him off with a superkick.
He plants Cesaro with the Pop-Up Powerbomb, hooks the leg, The A-Lister drags him out of the ring at a count of 2, tries to drive him into the barricade, but Owens sends him in instead. Maryse gets in The Prize Fighter’s face, Miz takes the opening, plants KO with the Skull Crushing Finale on the floor, quickly heads into the ring to cover Cesaro and only gets a near fall. The crowd rises to their feet with a standing ovation as everyone’s down, the champion lines Cesaro up in the corner, charges in and gets elevated out to the floor, Zayn running right in with the Helluva Kick, covers and now Owens pulls him outside to break it up. Sami loses his temper and does a number on The Prize Fighter, back inside The A-Lister covers and steals the 3 count.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: The Miz (Helluva Kick)
- EA’s Take: Incredible match, no better way to describe it than that. Absolutely a match of the year candidate, every competitor was completely on their A-Game tonight. The false finishes were perfectly placed and the drama continued to build, even after the big start of Sami scoring with a Helluva Kick at the bell. I’m a little surprised that Miz is retaining, but I can’t complain with whoever walked away with the title. He’s a damn good heel and it’s entirely possible that any number of these challengers will get another shot. I’d like for Owens to be moved up to the main event, he’s #1 in my personal power rankings, so I’d like for him to be elevated.
In The Arena: Our Kickoff panel of Renee Young, Booker T, Jerry Lawler & Corey Graves run down what we’ve seen so far tonight, then refer us to video of Big Cass’ run-in with The Dudley Boyz on the Kickoff show earlier in the evening, as well as Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin.
Match #5 – Asylum Match: Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose
Dean holds the center of the ring as Y2J circles him, Ambrose strikes first with right hands, drives Jericho head-first into the top turnbuckle, shoots him to the ropes and Jericho puts on the brakes, asking for the door to be opened. The Lunatic Fringe grabs him from behind and grinds his face into the cage, pulls him back in and drops Y2J with a short-arm clothesline, hits the ropes and Jericho comes back with a back elbow. He starts to climb up after a weapon, Ambrose is there to pull him back down, shoots him to the ropes for a crossbody and Dean unloads with fists. He deposits Jericho face-first into the cage multiple times, looks up at the selection of foreign objects and decides to go for the mop.
Jericho pulls him down and goes after it himself, Dean meets him on the top rope, Y2J gets his hands on the mop, Ambrose swipes it and pokes him in the ear with it to drop Jericho down. The Lunatic Fringe using the mop now to deliver a clothesline, cracks it over Y2J’s back, then uses it to hit a side russian leg sweep. He wipes it all over Jericho’s face before tossing it away, whips Jericho to the corner, charges in and takes a boot to the jaw, Y2J coming off the 2nd rope with a dropkick for a quick 1 count. Y2J gives Ambrose a receipt with a mop shot to the back, he points up at the barbed-wire wrapped 2×4, climbs up after it, Dean is able to stop him and scores with a back suplex off the top rope. Both guys stumble to their feet, start climbing up opposite sides after weapons, Jericho gets the barbed-wire 2×4 while Dean gets numchucks.
Y2J berates Ambrose, wondering what he’s going to do against the 2×4, The Lunatic Fringe shows off some moves with them, ducks a 2×4 shot and unloads with body shots. He shoots Y2J to the ropes, clotheslines him with the nunchucks, then ditches them. Irish whip to the corner and Jericho scales the corner looking to escape, Dean is able to grab him by the hair and pull him back up, Jericho with a poke to the eye, grabs the hanging kendo stick and smashes Ambrose over the back, dropping him all the way to the mat. Y2J drops down to the top turnbuckle and comes off with another kendo shot, then uses the nunchucks to the back for a count of 2. Jericho goes back up for a weapon and takes the leather strap down, hooks it on his wrist and starts to whip The Lunatic Fringe across the back, climbs to the 2nd rope, Ambrose is able to grab the other end of it and flip him down to the canvas.
Ambrose gains possession of the strap now and smacks Y2J across the back over and over, then unloads with a barrage of right hands. He attempts to launch Jericho into the cage, Y2J turns the tables, screams at the referee to open the door, but those aren’t the rules of the match. He starts to climb to go out over the top, Ambrose won’t go away and meets him on the top rope with right hands, crotches Y2J and then goes up after the fire extinguisher. Jericho tries to get the straightjacket, The Lunatic Fringe pulls both down, goes for a shot with the fire extinguisher, Y2J throws the jacket in his face to blind him, connects with an enzuigiri and gets a near fall. He rams Dean into the cage, springs off the 2nd rope with a dropkick, does some premature celebrating and then drives fists into Ambrose’s skull. He locks Dean in the straight jacket, Ambrose works to a vertical base, fights his way out of the straight jacket and starts to build momentum with chops and right hands.
He hits the ropes for multiple forearm shots, scores with another in the corner, looks to follow with a bulldog, gets pushed away to the ropes, but comes right back with a clothesline for a near fall. The Lunatic Fringe goes to the high rent district, Y2J finds his footing, Ambrose hops over the top of him, Jericho to the midsection with a kick and cracks him with a double underhook backbreaker, only getting a count of 2. He whips Dean to the corner and looks for the running bulldog off the rebound, Ambrose pushes him away to the opposite corner, charges in with another forearm and hits a bulldog of his own. Ambrose starts to climb upstairs, Jericho meets him with punches, Dean battles back to knock him back down, then climbs on top of the cage. He leaps off with an elbow drop to Jericho, drapes the arm over for a cover, Y2J barely kicking out at 2.
The Lunatic Fringe wants another weapon and goes up after the mop bucket, opens the lid and reveals a black bag, emptying it on the canvas to unveil hundreds of thumb tacks. Jericho looks shocked and tries to escape by climbing up, Ambrose is there to put him onto his shoulders, Y2J with a victory roll for a near fall. Dean picks him up for a slam on the tacks, Jericho slides out of it and sets for a powerbomb, The Lunatic Fringe blocking and looks for an Alabama slam. Jericho rolls through and hooks the legs for the Walls Of Jericho, Dean rolls him away, hits the rope to build a head of steam and gets pushed into the side of the cage, Y2J wanting to follow with the Lionsault, but Ambrose gets the knees up. He sets Jericho for Dirty Deeds on the tacks, Y2J with another counter into the Walls Of Jericho and this time locks it in.
The Lunatic Fringe crawls around and gets his hand on the kendo stick, uses it to break out of the hold by cracking Jericho in the back, then him charging into the corner with a kick to the jaw. Dean goes to the top to deliver a kendo stick shot, Jericho sprays him in the face with the fire extinguisher to avoid it, connects with a Codebreaker and Ambrose kicks out at 2. Y2J turns his attention to the barbed-wire 2×4, buries it into Dean’s abdomen, smashes him over the back and then back to the midsection. Jericho shooting his mouth off, calls for another Codebreaker, The Lunatic Fringe blocks it, then plants him down on the thumb tacks. Jericho writhes in pain, Ambrose spikes him with Dirty Deeds on the tacks, covers and gets the 1-2-3.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (Dirty Deeds)
- EA’s Take: These guys had a pretty tough act to follow and in all honestly, I found this to be a little boring up until the end. Obviously Ambrose’s elbow off the top of the cage was a highlight and Jericho being dumped on thumb tacks is a first for him as far as I know, but other than that there wasn’t much notable. Overall I’m calling the Asylum match a dud, some of it was brutal, but a lot of it felt really cheesy to me.
Match #6 – Submission Match for the WWE Women’s Championship: Natalya vs. WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte
Collar & elbow tie-up to get things going, both ladies jostle for position, Charlotte backs Natalya to the corner and they break. She charges back in, Nattie with multiple side headlock takedowns, the champion regrouping in the corner. They meet in the middle again, The Queen Of Harts with a double leg takedown, targets the knee and puts the bad mouth on Charlotte, the champion countering out into a chinlock. Natalya works to a vertical base, snapmares the champion over, Charlotte misses a wild right hand, Nattie with a modified atomic drop, steps over and hits a basement dropkick. She locks the champion in a surfboard, Charlotte rolls through to get out of it, Nattie with fists, sends her to the corner and the champion flips herself to the apron, landing on her feet. She hops back inside, the challenger meets her with Nattie By Nature, Charlotte rolls to the outside, but Natalya’s in pursuit.
Charlotte surprises her with knife-edge chops, The Queen Of Harts picks an arm, drives the champion into the post and they head back inside. Nattie really aggressive with rights in the corner, the official seperates them, Charlotte uses the opening to connect with a big boot to the chin, then starts to work over the knee. She’s thinking figure four, the challenger counters with a small package, switches to an armbreaker, Charlotte powering to her feet and plants Natalya with a sit-out powerbomb. The champion goes back to work on the left knee, slaps on a reverse figure four, Nattie claws her way to the bottom rope to force the break. Charlotte remains in control and stomps a hole in the challenger, snap suplex drives Natalya’s legs into the ropes and the champion lets out a “Woo!”. She looks to the corner and goes upstairs, hits a moonsault, then utilizes a single leg crab.
The Queen Of Harts is able to kick her away, throws Charlotte with a german suplex and locks in the Sharpshooter, but the champion gains the ropes. Nattie pulls her back to the middle of the ring, Ric Flair’s music hits and Natalya drops the hold, Dana Brooke making her way out dressed as The Nature Boy. Charlotte looks to take advantage of the distraction with the figure four, Natalya kicks her out of the ring, Dana hops to the apron and gets the challenger’s attention again. The champion hits the ring, clobbers Nattie from behind, locks on the Figure Eight and Natalya submits.
Winner and STILL WWE Women’s Champion: Charlotte (Figure Eight)
- After The Bell: Ric Flair makes his way down and gives Dana a high-five, then get in the ring and raise the champion’s arm up in victory.
- EA’s Take: This was sub-par to say the least and not a step in the right direction for the women’s division. The problem with placing the ladies so high up on the card is that they will often have to follow phenomenal matches, so it’s not entirely their fault. A submission match hardly constitutes being an “extreme rule” unless it’s booked as more of an I Quit Match with all the “plunder” as Dusty Rhodes would say. Interesting to have Dana Brooke get involved, but she was clearly struggling on her own after Emma’s injury. I feel like her call-up was too soon and it’s shown in her ring work, especially considering she was out with injury for so long.
Match #7 – Extreme Rules for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns
Lock-up to begin, Roman powers AJ into the corner, rushes in for a clothesline and Styles rolls out of the way. They circle back around into another tie-up, AJ with a waistlock, Reigns forcing him off with a back elbow. They meet again, The Phenomenal One tries to pick the leg, the champion blocking it, but AJ comes right back with a stiff forearm. The Big Dog goes back to the power and shoves Styles to the corner, AJ ducks a punch, turns the tables and fires off a barrage of his own, then kicks to the ribs. The champion catches his foot and tosses him away, unleashes with a multitude of clotheslines in the corner, misses a follow-up right and the challenger with more punches of his own.
He hits the ropes, Roman explodes up with a big high knee, AJ rolling to the outside to collect himself, grabs a chair at ringside, turns around and Reigns clocks him with a fist. He rolls Styles inside, grabs the chair and slides inside, looks to crack it over AJ’s back, but he rolls to the outside and attempts to drag Reigns with him. The Big Dog kicks him away to the barricade, Roman still wants to hit a chair shot, misses and hits the steps instead, jacking up his fingers in the process. The challenger takes the advantage and the battle wages towards the announce table, getting a head of steam and scoring with a clothesline. The Phenomenal One cleans the table off, another clothesline to the champion sends him over the barricade into the fans, Styles in pursuit as they fight through the crowd. Back-and-forth action as they work their way over to the Kickoff panel set, Roman muscles AJ into the air and tosses him onto the glass table.
Styles with a desperation kick, jumps off the table with a forearm, the two combatants continuing to trade shots as they work their way back to the timekeeper’s area at ringside. The challenger bounces Roman face-first into the ring post, takes the protective padding off the barricade and deposits the champion into it. He proceeds to expose the concrete floor at ringside, puts him in position for a Styles Clash, The Big Dog escapes and drops him with a big uppercut, then rams AJ’s head into the steps. The champion clears off the german announce table, lifts Styles up for a powerbomb, The Phenomenal One fights it off with heavy punches, sets for the Styles Clash on the table, but again Roman fights it off with another right hand. AJ spills over the barricade, hops back up and runs at the champion, Reigns with a back body drop and Styles is sent crashing through the original announce table.
The Big Dog tosses him into the ring for a count of 2, lifts The Phenomenal One up into a sit-out Razor’s Edge, Styles just barely kicking out at 2. The champion sets for the Superman Punch, Styles ducks it and takes him out at the knee, Roman writhing around in pain and grabbing at his leg. The challenger tries to pick him up and gets driven backwards into the corner, Reigns looks for a shoulder to the breadbasket, Styles gets a knee up and then delivers a snap suplex into the corner. The champion rolls out to the floor, The Phenomenal One steps to the apron, for a running knee, attempts to come off the apron with a hurricanrana, The Big Dog blocking it and whips the challenger into the LED board on the ring, then the barricade.
He powers Styles back up and tosses him through the spanish announce table with a powerbomb, waits for the challenger to get back to his feet, runs in for a Spear, AJ side-stepping it and Reigns goes through the barricade. The challenger rolls Roman into the ring, looks to spring in from the apron with a Phenomenal Forearm, Reigns pops to his feet and catches him with the Superman Punch, Styles spilling down to the floor. The champion rolls out on the other side, waits for AJ to get to his feet, jumps over the ring steps with a Spear and plants The Phenomenal One into the floor. They head back into the ring, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson run down to the squared circle, they connect with the Boot Of Doom on Roman, put Styles on top and the champion kicks out at 2. Gallows & Anderson grab a couple of chairs on the outside, The Usos sprint down to the ring, take them out with in-stereo superkicks, then drop the challenger with one.
Jimmy goes upstairs and squashes him with the Uso Splash, they put Reigns on top for the cover, Styles barely kicking out at 2. Gallows & Anderson take The Usos out on the floor, Anderson hits the ring and gets dropped by a Superman Punch, one for Gallows on the apron and the champion is in position for the Spear. The Phenomenal One meets him with a kick, connects with the Styles Clash, but only gets a near fall. The challenger goes for the chair now, sets for another Styles Clash, The Big Dog blocking it, flips him over, charges in for a Superman Punch, but is met by an enzuigiri. AJ plants him on the chair with a Styles Clash, Jey grabs his foot for a slight distraction, giving Roman just enough time to kick-out at 2. The Phenomenal One is incensed, grabs the chair and unloads on Reigns, The Usos hit the ring and get dealt a beating, Styles snapping and clearing them both out. He steps out to the apron and calls for the Phenomenal Forearm, springboards in, The Big Dog explodes up with a Spear in mid-air and gets the 3 count.
Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Roman Reigns (Spear)
- After The Bell: Seth Rollins comes in out of nowhere behind the champion, spikes him into the mat with a Pedigree, grabs the title and then holds it over his head as the show comes to a close.
- EA’s Take: Another awesome main event between both of these guys, I was actually impressed by Roman’s offense tonight, but to be fair, a lot of that had to do with Styles and hits talents. AJ was off the charts tonight in terms of the risks and nasty bumps he took tonight. He was banged up heading into this match, so I can only imagine how he’s going to feel tomorrow night. Also, the use of Gallows/Anderson and The Usos was perfect, not too much of them or too little. Huge pop for the return of Rollins as well, I’m more excited for RAW tomorrow than I have been for a number of weeks now just to see what they try to do with him, since he will be getting cheered over Roman.
EA’s Finisher: Although a couple of matches fell pretty flat to me, from top-to-bottom it was a pretty enjoyable card. Of course the return of Seth Rollins is huge news and will be a big shot in the arm for the roster, I’m pretty excited about the possible new match-ups we could see including him. I’m also looking forward to where The Club goes from here, will AJ get another shot perhaps in a triple threat match or does Rollins get a 1-1 title shot. The real standout tonight was the IC Title Fatal 4 Way, total show stealer and it was difficult for any match after to keep the crowd engaged until the main event. Rusev/Kalisto was predictable, but sometimes predictability can be okay and it’s not always smart booking to throw a curveball just for the sake of throwing a curveball. Biggest disappointment for me is a tie between the Asylum Match and Women’s Title Match. Seperate reasons why both were underwhelming for me, but the Fatal 4 Way before they went on didn’t help their case. Side note – lack of blood brings lack of realism on a night that’s supposed to be “extreme”.
Top Three To Watch
1 – Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn vs. The Miz
2 – Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles
3 – Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. The Usos
Chairshot Classics: WWE TLC (2015) featuring Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns
As we approach the 2020 edition of WWE TLC, we look back at one from the past featuring a very different Sheamus against a very different Roman Reigns!
As we approach the 2020 edition of WWE TLC, we look back at one from the past featuring a very different Sheamus against a very different Roman Reigns!
As we get closer to closing the book on 2018, we’re approaching WWE’s December pay-per-view TLC, so today we’re looking back at one from the past with TLC 2015! After cashing in Money In The Bank on Roman Reigns after a grueling tournament to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus must now face Reigns fair and square in a TLC Match! Let’s get into the action…
Kickoff Show Match: Sasha Banks w/Naomi & Tamina vs. Becky Lynch
Collar & elbow tie-up to kick things off, Sasha with a side headlock, Becky counters into one of her own, Banks attempts to roll her away, but Lynch hangs on. The Boss reverses an irish whip to the corner, charges in and scores with a monkey flip into a cover, celebrates a little early and Becky rolls her up for a quick 2. Banks tries to pick the leg, Becky counters and gains a side headlock, Sasha pushing her to the ropes and scoring with a shoulder knockdown for a count of 2. Back to the ropes they go, The Boss tries a leapfrog, Lynch hooks the leg and Banks faceplants into the canvas, The Lass Kicker looking for the Dis-Arm-Her, but Sasha squirms to the ropes to escape.
Lynch tries to slingshot The Boss to the mat, Sasha lands on her feet and connects with a big forearm, rushes in and gets caught in an armbar. She pushes Becky off to the ropes, follows in and Lynch with an armdrag, going right back to the armbar. Banks attempts to roll her away, Becky maintaining the hold, ducks a right hand and rolls Banks up for multiple 1 counts, then slaps the armbar back on. The Boss creates some separation with stiff forearms, sends Lynch to the corner and charges in, The Lass Kicker hopping up and over, controlling Sasha with another armbar. The Boss backs her into the corner using the hair, briefly breaks clean and tries to sneak in a forearm, Becky avoids it and connects with a springboard kick.
Naomi climbs to the apron and gets dropped back down for her troubles, Lynch turns back to The Boss and rushes in, Sasha side-steps and Becky hits the ring post shoulder-first. Banks planks her across the middle rope and drops down the double knees, taking control as we head to a break….The Boss chokes Lynch on the bottom rope when we come back, Tamina with a cheap shot behind the official’s back. The Lass Kicker tries to battle back with forearms, sends Sasha to the ropes for a clothesline, Banks counters into a tilt-a-whirl and cracks her with a backstabber. She rolls through, crosses Becky’s arms across her faces and wrenches back, grinding Lynch down to the canvas.
The Lass Kicker powers to her feet with Banks on her shoulders The Boss turns it into a victory roll for a near fall, Becky with a roll-up off the kick-out and she gets 2. She catches Banks rushing in with another roll-up for 2, drops The Boss face-first on the 2nd turnbuckle, then builds momentum with a flurry of clotheslines and a heel kick. She drops a leg, tries for another and Sasha avoids it, planting her with a cross-arm neckbreaker, covering numerous times and only getting 2 counts. The Boss slaps Lynch in the face, Becky comes back with a heavy shot, pushes Sasha to the ropes and throws her with a LassPlex, Banks grabbing the bottom rope at a count of 2.
Sasha kicks her way back to her feet, Becky takes her down with an armwhip, slaps on a cross armbreaker, The Boss tries to roll her way out and Lynch hangs on for the Dis-Arm-Her. Banks switches the momentum into a roll-up for 2, The Lass Kicker hangs onto the arm on the kick-out, going right back to the Dis-Arm-Her, Tamina getting to the apron to distract the referee, allowing Naomi to sneak in and kick Lynch in the face. The Boss takes the opening and scores with the backstabber, rolls through into the Bank Statement and Lynch is forced to tap.
Winner: Sasha Banks (Bank Statement)
- EA’s Take: Solid showing on our Kickoff match from both ladies, The Boss getting the big win in her hometown with help from the unity of Team B.A.D. Becky’s in an odd spot right now, seemingly playing the 3rd wheel between her former Team PCB members, Paige & Charlotte. With performances like this it will be very difficult to keep Becky & Sasha near the bottom tier of the Divas division for much longer, especially if the “We Want Sasha” chants continue.
Open: After Seth Rollins cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase at WrestleMania, Roman Reigns’ luck as it pertains to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has been less than stellar. He finally reached the mountaintop at Survivor Series, winning a tournament to gain the vacant title, only to have Sheamus cash in his Money In The Bank and steal the championship. Tonight, Roman looks for revenge with tables, ladders and chairs.
Match #1 – Triple Threat Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships: WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) w/Xavier Woods vs. Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
Xavier joins commentary for this match, the bell rings and the brawl is on, Jimmy & Sin Cara send Big E to the ropes, Jimmy drops down and Sin Cara scores with a dropkick. Jey, Kalisto & Kofi attempt to bring ladders in, Big E clears the ring, pushes back on Kalisto & Jey, then pulls Kingston’s ladder inside. New Day stand it up and start to climb, The Usos are there to meet them, toss Kofi outside and then pair-off with Big E & Sin Cara. Kingston & Kalisto climb up opposite sides of the apron, springboard into the ring and land on their feet on the ladder.
The Usos playing defense, everyone takes a turn climbing up with no success. Big E & Kofi get thrown outside, climbs to the 2nd rope on the apron and fly with synchronized moonsaults to New Day. The Usos grab the ladder in the ring, knock The Lucha Dragons off the apron with it, then throw it outside, New Day & Luchas catching it in the air. The Usos hit the ropes and take flight with crossbody planchas onto the ladder, taking all 4 of their opponents out. They head back in and set the ladder up under the titles, Kingston slides in, hops through the middle of the ladder for a dropkick, gets his feet caught and The Usos dump him over the top to the floor. Big E rolls in behind them, pushes the ladder into The Usos and sends Jimmy flying outside.
Kofi smashes him with a ladder as Big E stomps a hole into Jey in the corner, Kingston comes in and they sandwich him behind the ladder. Big E whips Kingston in for a basement dropkick, Jimmy rolls inside and gets caught, E tossing him onto the ladder with an overhead belly to belly suplex. The Dragons are back in the ring and clock Kingston with another ladder, attempt to smash Big E, but he powers them back to the corner. Kalisto climbs to the top, hops through the ladder and lands on Big E with a seated senton, Kofi gets to his feet and drills him with a superkick. Sin Cara goes to the 2nd rope with the ladder, Kingston scales up to meet him, gets knocked down and Sin Cara rides the ladder down into a splash on him.
He takes The Usos out on the outside with a baseball slide into a ladder, hits the ropes and jumps onto the ladder on the floor with a somersault senton on Jimmy & Jey. Kalisto spears Big E with a ladder back inside, sets it up over his prone body and starts the climb up, Big E benchpressing him up, but Sin Cara hops on it to bring it back down. E benchpresses it again with both Luchas on it, Sin Cara falls and gets hanged on the top rope, The Usos slide in and Kalisto jumps off with a crossbody. Jimmy & Jey catch him in the air, Jey plants him with a spinning side slam, then they drop Big E with a double superkick. The Usos prop him in the corner and sandwich him with a ladder, Kingston comes in for a save and gets leveled, Jimmy & Jey charging into the corner with a dropkick to the ladder.
Kofi comes to and elevates Jimmy to the outside, Jey pulls a smaller ladder into the ring, slams Kingston on it then heads up top. Kingston crotches him on the top turnbuckle, climbs up and gets sent back down, getting his foot caught in the ropes and hanging in the tree of woe. Jimmy passes a ladder to Jey and he hammers Kingston, holds it in front of Kofi and Jimmy charges in with the hip attack. The Usos are alone in the ring now, stand a ladder up, The Dragons are their to meet them and we get a staredown before everyone takes a shot at climbing. Sin Cara assists Kalisto into a senton on Jimmy, they place a ladder over his body and Sin Cara flips his partner into a 450 splash on top.
Lucha Dragons now holding the ring and starting to ascend the ladder, Kofi’s back in to lay them out with forearms, then planks another ladder between the ropes and the standing ladder. He attempts to drive Kalisto into it, Kalisto slides under, pushes the ladder into Kingston’s ribs, springs off of it with a hurricanrana and Kofi hits the ladder head-first, spilling to the floor. Kalisto heads up after the titles, The Usos hit the ring climbing up opposite sides, Sin Cara pulls Jimmy down to the canvas as Kalisto is sent down as well. Kalisto springs back up, climbs over Jey, hooks him for Salida Del Sol and they both go crashing through the planked ladder. Sin Cara climbs upstairs and follows with a somersault senton.
Kalisto & Jimmy drag themselves up the ladder and reach for the championships, Kalisto gets knocked down and Jimmy’s all alone. Big E hits the ring to make the save, pulling him down and pushing the ladder over, looks to toss Jimmy to the floor, but he turns tables and E is sent outside. Jimmy attempts a suicide dive and runs into a forearm, E grabs a ladder to bring into the ring and Jimmy hits with a baseball slide. He looks to the corner, scales to the top rope and jumps to the floor onto the ladder, squashing Big E with the Uso Splash. Kalisto stirs around in the squared circle and drags himself up the ladder, Woods leaves commentary, grabs the trombone and throws it into Kalisto’s back, Kingston quickly sliding in and flipping him off the ladder to the mat. Kofi climbs up, unhooks the titles and The New Day retains.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day
- EA’s Take: Wow, the tag division just spat on the rest of the roster and proclaimed “Follow that!” with this match. Amazing high-spots and some pretty innovative stuff here, Kalisto’s Salida Del Sol being the showstealer. This is going to be very difficult for anyone to measure up to the rest of the night and we’re just getting started. I think it’s a little odd that New Day retained, they’re starting to run out of babyface challengers at this point after running through everyone for the majority of 2015. Unless someone’s getting called up from NXT, they may end up having to turn themselves.
Match #2: Rusev w/Lana vs. Ryback
Rusev jumps Ryback right at the bell, clobbers him in the back and whips him to the ropes, The Big Guy hanging on and catching Rusev coming in with a back elbow. He sends The Bulgarian Brute to the outside after a shoulder tackle, follows him out and drives Rusev into the barricade before rolling him back in. The Big Guy heads up top and scores with a double axe handle, presses Rusev over his head, drops him face-first and follows with a splash for a count of 2. He rams The Bulgarian Brute back into the corner and fires away, climbs to the 2nd rope for right hands, Rusev powers him out and drops him on the ropes with a hot shot.
He takes control and chokes Ryback on the bottom rope, rams him head-first into the top turnbuckle and drives shoulders to the solarplexes, flattening The Big Guy with a short-arm clothesline. Rusev grabs the neck with a nervehold to ground Ryback, The Big Guy fights to a vertical base, gets clubbed in the back and The Bulgarian Brute hooks him for a vertical suplex. Ryback blocks and they trade suplex attempts back and forth, The Big Guy finally plants Rusev and starts to build a head of steam with multiple shoulder blocks. He squashes The Bulgarian Brute in the corner, Rusev reverses a whip across, charges in and runs into a boot, Ryback following up with a 2nd rope dropkick that gets a 2 count.
The Big Guy’s ready to finish it, picks Rusev up and gets driven into the corner, The Bulgarian Brute attempting a splash, but Ryback side-steps and goes to the top rope. He connects with a crossbody that gains a near fall, drops the straps and sets Rusev in his crosshairs for a Meat Hook. The Bulgarian Brute wisely rolls out of the ring and walks off with Lana at his side, Ryback giving chase up the aisle and brings him back by the hair. Rusev breaks the grip with a back elbow, he pushes The Big Guy and he falls back, running into Lana and sending her down. Ryback is distracted, turns around and gets clocked by a superkick, Lana springing to her feet and celebrating after deceiving The Big Guy.
The Bulgarian Brute rolls Ryback in the squared circle and covers for 2, calls for The Accolade, but The Big Guy blocks it, powering to his feet with Rusev on his shoulders for Shellshocked. Rusev slips out of it, scores with a roundhouse to the head, locks in The Accolade to a knocked out Ryback and the official calls for the bell.
Winner: Rusev (The Accolade)
- EA’s Take: Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that this was a bad match. It’s just that…who cares? The story was a little absurd heading into it and both of these guys have really fallen off the map in comparison to where they were at the height of their WWE runs thus far. Ryback is still missing something, it’s tough to put my finger on exactly what it is. It’s certainly not his ability, which you can also say about Rusev as well.
Backstage: Dean Ambrose warms up for his match when Roman Reigns comes in. He tells Dean he was just speaking to The Usos and it’s down to them tonight to hold it down for the family. Reigns is excited for tonight, describing how good it will feel to regain the WWE Title and put a hole in Sheamus’ head with a ladder. Win, lose or draw, tonight’s about making a statement. Ambrose says he had a different vision and that’s for both of them to be standing in the ring later as champions.
Match #3 – Chairs Match for the WWE United States Championship: WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
Ringside is littered with set-up chairs, both guys slide out to the floor after a chair at the bell, roll back in and the duel is on. They drop the chairs and Swagger hits a clothesline, the champion rolls to the outside, The Real American in pursuit and Del Rio tries to drive him into the post, only to get rammed into the steel instead. The challenger bounces Alberto’s head off a chair multiple times, back into the ring they go and The Real American looks for the Swagger Bomb, El Patron sticking a chair up and catches him in the throat. The champion scores with a clothesline that gets 1, sends Swagger sternum-first into the turnbuckles, then rams the chair to the ribs and smacks it over his back.
He props the chair flat between the ropes in the corner, the challenger firing away with right hands, Alberto reverses a whip into the chair, The Real American puts on the brakes to avoid it, but Del Rio makes him pay with a backstabber for a count of 2. El Patron hammers the challenger in the back with a chair, sets his sights on a superkick, but Swagger is able to throw the chair in his face to avoid it. He ducks a clothesline, hits the ropes for one of his own, follows with another, then connects with two more in the corners. The Real American wants the Swagger Bomb again, Del Rio gets the feet up, Swagger catches the foot and goes for the Patriot Lock, but the champion is able to kick him away. Swagger rushes right back in and is split with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall, tosses The Real American out to the floor, then throws a pile of chairs onto him.
He sends the challenger back in the squared circle and covers for 2, calls for the Cross Armbreaker, Swagger counters out and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post, follows with a roll-up and nearly gets the 3 count. The Real American pounds Del Rio’s back with a chair, wraps his ankle in it and slaps on the Patriot Lock, the champion crawling to grabs the apron, but there’s no breaks in this match. El Patron works his way out of the ring using the ring skirting, Swagger ducks his head out to grab the champion and takes a chair shot to the breadbasket. Alberto heads upstairs with a chair-in-hand, The Real American catches him coming down with a slam, finally hits the Swagger Bomb and Del Rio kicks at 2.
The challenger slides to the outside and sends a handful of chairs into the ring, pummels Alberto in the back again, then props him on the top turnbuckle and climbs up. The champion pushes him away, picks the arm and hangs over the ropes with the Cross Armbreaker, releasing the hold on his own accord. He heads back inside and unleashes a barrage of chair shots to the back in the corner, stacks the chairs up under Swagger, climbs up top and delivers tree of woe double stomp for the 1-2-3.
Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: Alberto Del Rio (Tree Of Woe Double Stomp)
- EA’s Take: Brutal, physical match between two of the better technicians in the company, showing they can also deliver a good brawl. The chairs were really used to perfection and were a real focal point of the match, which is what you’d expect from a chairs match. I get that Swagger & Del Rio have a history, so it only makes sense for The Real American to be one of the first challengers to Alberto’s title. I just don’t like that I’m supposed to take Swagger as a serious contender after months and months of being relegated to Superstars, most of the time on the losing end.
Chairshot Classics: 2015 WWE Hell In A Cell
With WWE Hell In A Cell 2020 looming, Eric takes a look back at the 2015 edition featuring The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar inside the Cell!
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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