Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!
Something wicked this way comes as WWE once again goes inside Hell in a Cell! Bayley and Sasha Banks will settle a grudge, Drew McIntyre once again battles The Viper, and if Roman Reigns makes Jey, the Usos MUST fall in line, or be disowned!
- Kickoff Show – WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Drew Gulak; Truth wins and retains the title.
- WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell I Quit Match: Roman Reigns VS Jey Uso; Roman wins and retains the title, the Usos must “fall in line” behind him.
- Jeff Hardy VS Elias; Elias wins, by disqualification.
- Money in the Bank Contract Ownership: Otis VS The Miz w/ John Morrison; Miz wins and becomes the new Mr. Money in the Bank.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Bayley VS Sasha Banks; Sasha wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Slapjack; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- WWE World Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton; Orton wins and becomes the new WWE World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show!
Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Pete Rosenberg AND Jeff Jarrett to discuss, analyze and predict all of the action going down in this very scary PPV!
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
Ahead of the Universal Championship HIAC I Quit match, there is a lot of talk about consequences. Can Heyman tell us the consequences for Roman should Jey win? Heyman wants Kayla to do herself a favor and take the “hype” out of her voice. If Jey is man enough to make Roman quit, which he’s not, then Roman quits his claim of being champion, of being a main eventer, of being the top star ever in WWE, as head of the table, family and the destined Tribal Chief. But when, and Heyman emphasizes when, Roman makes Jey say, “I Quit,” inside the cell, Jey is an indentured servant who will do Roman’s bidding when and how Roman tells him, commands him to do so. “Those are the consequences that will occur tonight when Jey Uso says I Quit at the hands and the dominance of the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion and your Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns.”
Backstage interview with Jeff Hardy.
Does he care to comment on Elias still thinking he was behind the hit & run? Hardy says he’s made a lot of mistakes and battled his demons for years. He is proud of what he’s done and owned up to every mistake he’s made. So of course he didn’t hit Elias with the car! They cleared him of that months ago. Elias is just pointing fingers at the wrong man. Hopefully they do find the real culprit. But if Elias wants to swing guitars at Hardy, Hardy will swing back. The only universal truth Elias needs to see tonight is that there is a Twist of Fate in his future.
R-Truth joins the panel.
Jarrett says hey to Lil’ Jimmy and Truth is excited to see Road Dogg! Where’s Truth? He’s here! Are you sick? Check the temp. But someone help Truth. Sam! Sup, Sam! No, this is Pete. Charly asks what Truth is doing here. Truth points out they told him he has a match to defend his 24/7 487 7-11 I-95 South European Television Championship for the kickoff show, but clearly Raw Talk is here and it’s got a full panel! Did he miss something? No, this IS the HIAC Kickoff. And you do have a match. And Booker’s Kofi Kingston. No, Truth knows who Booker is, Book! He’s sitting with Larry the King Live! But he does have a match with Drew Gulak, in a few moments. See with your eyes, not with your hands. Shouldn’t Truth go prepare? Yes, he will. Off he goes. This is the fourth kickoff show he’s crashed. They should try and guess when, not if.
Elias joins the panel.
Pete plugs the album while the others cheer. How is he feeling/ Looking great, feeling great. He has Hardy right where he wants him, in the ring. And then tomorrow, the album drops. Elias heard them talking and says, on top of Hardy ruining the concert last week, he tried to run Elias over back in May! No that’s crap and you know it. Booker asks when Elias is bringing the tour to Houston? When everyone starts touring again. Jarrett knows Hardy, he knows some redhead did it. Elias can’t believe this attitude. King says if you don’t like how people drive, stay off the sidewalk. But also, King heard Elias’ album has less dropped, more escaped. Hah, real funny. Pete says there’s a lot of jealousy because there are many wrestlers who tried to be musicians and they were frauds. No offense, Jarrett.
Elias says he was inspired by Jarrett. Because he’s everything Jarrett wasn’t. Elias gives Jarrett a special song right now. “Jeff I see your mug up on a ThunderDome screen. I know you’re gonna dress like Elias for Halloween. What’s with guys named Jeff? Jarrett and Hardy. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think ‘Jeff’ was Spanish for… Junky.” Elias heads off, Booker thought that was great.
The Miz and John Morrison join the panel via video chat.
Charly Caruso brings up how the case flipped in their favor when JBL was given a briefcase. What was in the case? A “key piece of evidence.” Heavy Machinery was playing checkers, Miz & Morrison play Chutes & Ladders. And it’s super easy to win that, if you know the way. But this is what’s wrong with the legal system. Otis won fair and square! What company does Pete work for? The WWE? Yes. Then do you see Otis being the face of the WWE in the media and around the world?! DO you care about your jobs?! Miz is thinking about the company! He isn’t looking at the MITB briefcase as a prop, but as something important! Miz will make sure to beat Otis, cash in and BE WWE World or Universal Champion! Then everyone will be on notice! Because if you hold the top title, he’s after you!
Otis isn’t championship material, but Miz is! MC M I Z will save the WWE! Booker does believe in finders keepers, losers weepers, so he’s with Miz. Miz wants to emphasize that people don’t understand being world champion, but Miz does and Booker does. Yes, Booker does understand and respect that. The others here may not, but this SIX-TIME world champion, TWO-TIME Hall of Famer, does.
Kickoff Show – WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Drew Gulak!
The FORTY-TWO TIME 24/7 Champion is hoping to still hold onto his baby tonight. But will the Philly Stretcher use his submission skills to rip the title from Truth’s grasp?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and this championship match kicks off the night!
Truth high fives Lil’ Jimmy but he tells Jimmy to be careful of Gulak. Gulak calls Jimmy over, gives him a high five, too, then another. Then a secret handshake, too! And he sits on Gulak’s knee? Truth is upset, but then he’s ANGRY when Gulak KICKS Lil’ Jimmy! Truth goes after Gulak with fury! Truth whips, hip tosses and covers, ONE! Gulak gets to a corner, Truth fires off haymakers then throws haymaker sin the corner! And he brings Gulak to bump off buckles. Truth climbs up, rains down punches, but Gulak pushes him away. Gulak CLOBBERS Truth with a clothesline! Gulak has the leg, kicks and stomps it, then steps through for a standing toehold! Truth endures, keeps his shoulders up, but Gulak drops back to tweak the leg! Gulak stands up again, Truth endures more, but Gulak drops again!
Truth uses his free leg to kick Gulak away, but Gulak brings him around for a headlock. Truth powers out, jumps over the somersault but Gulak sunset flips! TWO, Gulak drop toeholds and has the leg again. Truth crawls, Gulak chinbars but Truth keeps fighting! Ropebreak! Gulak lets go, looms over Truth and brings him up as fans rally. Gulak uses a chinbar stretch! Truth endures, flips up and over Gulak to throw haymakers! Truth dodges, and rallies with Cena shoulders! And the Spin-Out Bomb! Fans cheer as Truth says “You Can’t See Me!” Truth hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle! Gulak flounders around into the fireman’s carry! Gulak fights out to shove, but Truth hits the LIE DETECTOR! Cover, TWO! Truth keeps going but misses the scissor kick!
Gulak headbutts and whips to corner clothesline! Gulak stomps away but lets up at 4. Truth skins the cat to the top rope?! Gulak is up top fast, Truth resists the suplex and throws body shots to get under! Truth drags Gulak out in an Electric Chair but Gulak punches to a sunset flip! Truth slips out, jackknife, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)
But that just means the chase is on! Lucha House Party run out but Akira Tozawa follows! Tozawa pulls Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik away, but they keep him from giving chase, too! Truth joins the panel real quick but has to run again! Gulak is last to come by, and he tells Truth, “your childhood hero, John Cena, SUCKS!” Does Gulak really think that?
Retribution is backstage.
Mustafa Ali asks the others if they know what the greatest thrill in life is. “It’s watching someone make a bad decision.” The past few months, Ali has watched everyone plot against each other and make bad decisions. But they planned while he laughed as he shut down the Hurt Business, “a group of greedy men,” who are an evil corporation like the WWE! There is unfinished business with the Hurt Business. So tonight, Ali presents a proposal. One of theirs VS one of Hurt Business. MVP can make the call on who will FALL before Retribution! That’s MVP’s bad decision to make.
SHUCKY DUCKY QUACK QUACK! The I Quit Hell in a Cell OPENS the night!?!? This could turn the entire world upside-down if Booker’s prediction of JEY winning comes true!
The ThunderDome is now, the HELLSCAPE of WWE!
The ominous structure of steel and fear has returned again. So consider this your warning! There will be consequences when blood fights blood. There will be nowhere to run when grudges reach never before seen levels. There will be hell to pay as legacy takes on legacy! Welcome to Hell in a Cell.
WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell I Quit Match: Roman Reigns VS Jey Uso!
What could have easily been the main event is OPENING the show! Roman insists that without him at the top of both the WWE and at the head of the table, the Anoa’i Dynasty will crumble. If Jey somehow wins, Roman insists it will bring about the ruin of their family’s legacy. But if Jey loses, he MUST acknowledge Roman as Tribal Chief. If Jey can’t, then he AND Jimmy, and their wives, and their children, and their children’s children, will be OUT of the Anoa’i family forever!! Is Jey willing to risk it all to be THE champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this blood-boiling battle of blood goes through hell!
Jey and Roman stare down, and Roman says, “I told you it didn’t have to be this way.” Jey says Roman’s the one who is changing. Roman says he changed because he has to, to keep the family where it is. So then which is it? For the title or for the family? “Now we gotta get it!” They tie up, go around, Jey headlocks but Roman powers out and runs him over! Roman paces, brings Jey up and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Jey gets up, Roman paces as he says, “I told you.” Snap suplex! Roman paces more, not even really looking at Jey until Jey gets up. Roman brings Jey around to bump him off a buckle hard! Roman seethes as he corner clotheslines Jey down! Jey rolls, Roman stalks him, but Jey gets up and gets to a corner. Roman runs in again with another clothesline!
Jey falls to the floor but Roman just looms over him. Jey gets up and Roman tells him to just give it up. Roman goes in but gets boots! Jey throws a kick, it’s blocked but he comes back with the Dragon Whip! Mule kick! Pop, lock ‘n’ UPPERCUT! Roman is sent out of the ring, Jey builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Roman hits steel wall! Jey puts Roman in to clothesline him out again, and then DIVE again! Another hit into steel! It’s a bit double-edged this time but Jey gets up first. Jey brings Roman up to throw him into steel! “You about to get this work, too!” Jey throws Roman into more steel! The ref checks on Roman but he’s okay to continue. Jey says they “ain’t never quit sh*t,” but that’s gonna change today! Jey puts Roman in, follows after and has Roman in a corner. “UCE! OH!” Jey runs, but into the SPEAR!! Roman takes Jey down and catches his breath while Jey writhes.
Roman says he knows the one Spear won’t be enough. But he says Jey will wish he never even started this. Roman stomps Jey down! Jey checks his teeth while Roman shakes out the arm. Roman goes out of the ring and checks under it, and he grabs a chair. Jey runs and baseball slides Roman into steel! Jey runs again, DIVES, but into the forearm! Roman gets in, runs and SPEARS Jey again!! Roman tells Jey to just give it up but Jey refuses! Roman grows frustrated but he looms over Jey. “I don’t wanna have to do this!” Jey’s making Roman out to be the bad guy here. Jey sits up, Roman sighs and paces. “I will end you. I will end you!” Jey gets up, so Roman goes again, but into a KICK! Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey goes up top, leaps, USO SPLASH! Roman gasps and sputters but he refuses to give up. So Jey climbs up again! Jey leaps, USO SPLASH AGAIN!
Roman flounders, sputters, but manages to say, “Head of the table never quits.” Jey goes out, checks under the ring, and finds a LEATHER STRAP! Jey brings the strap into the ring, though struggling to walk on his own. Jey stands up, and LASHES Roman on the back! And AGAIN! Jey promises to “whoop the dogs*it” out of Roman! Roman sits up, Jey LASHES him again! Roman gets up to SPEAR!! Jey is back down and says he’s struggling to breathe, but that doesn’t mean he quits. Roman gets up, walks over and takes the strap from Jey. Roman can’t believe Jey would resort to this, but now it’s Jey’s turn with the LASH! “I do the whipping around here!!” ANOTHER LASH! Roman’s weirdly nostalgic over this as he LASHES Jey again! And again! Jey gets angry now but his body’s stinging. Roman puts the strap around Jey’s wrist, now it’s like a strap match!
And Roman says Jey will respect him, and he LASHES Jey right in the GROIN!! Jey writhes and flounders but also seethes, and yet Roman grins! Roman reels Jey in with the strap, Jey grabs ropes to resist, but then lets go to FOREARM Roman! Roman throws a forearm back! Jey forearms, Roman hits back with an elbow! Jey gets up again, and SUPERKICKS! Roman wobbles, leans on the ropes, the strap messes up the Superman Punch! Jey pounces on Roman to use the strap in a straitjacket stretch and then some!! Roman refuses to give up, but he might not even be able to breathe with the strap around his neck! Roman is fading! But an I Quit match is only won verbally! Roman revives, Jey is right on him!! Jey keeps pulling tight but again Roman fades out before ever saying anything! Jey is free of the strap himself, but the ref is checking on Roman.
Roman gasps back to consciousness but he’s refusing to give up! Jey is too tired to be frustrated, but he does go grab the chair Roman brought in. Jey uses the chair to stand up, and then aims at Roman. Roman slowly rises, Jey swings, into the SUPERMAN PUNCH! Jey wobbles into Roman’s GUILLOTINE! With body scissors!! Jey flails, but not even tapping out will stop this! Roman vows he’ll break Jey if he doesn’t quit! Jey is fading! Heyman even says Jey should just quit! Jey doesn’t say anything so Roman lets him go. Roman is beside himself as Jey refuses to say it! Roman says Jey should just say the words. Jey sits up as Roman tries to tell him that he needs to quit, or this is only going to get worse. Jey stays quiet as he slowly turns over. Roman wants Jey to say it, and they can all go home. Heyman says this is bad but Roman tells Heyman to shut up. Jey needs to learn to respect Roman.
Roman drags Jey by an arm, gets the chair, tosses the chair out, and then Roman drags Jey onto the apron. Jey is still in a daze as he grabs at Roman. Roman backs up, for the DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! That was a headshot into the post!! Roman tells Jey just to say it, but Jey refuses! Can he even say anything? Does he even know he’s still in the cell? Roman rains down haymakers on the “selfish” Jey, and even grinds him into the post! Roman gest the steel steps!?! Roman puts the steps very, very close to Jey’s body, and wedges him in between them and the post. Roman goes back to the corner, runs and FULL METAL DRIVE-BY!! The steps fall off the apron and the ref checks on Jey. Roman says this is over, just say it and they can all go home. But again, is Jey in any shape to say anything?
Roman says this has to continue. Jey knew what he was getting into. The ref says he’s going to call it, but then Roman grabs the ref! Roman tells the ref this match doesn’t end without the words. The ref say sJey is out, but Roman says the ref is out! He THROWS the ref out of the ring and into steel wall! The outside ref gets in to check on his coworker, and Roman drags Jey from the corner! Other referees and WWE officials get in the ring! Adam Pearce tries to reason with Roman, and Roman goes to leave. Roman says everyone is on Jey’s side. Roman closes the cell door and tosses the steel steps into the ring! The officials tell Roman to stop this already, but he’s not stopping at all! Roman chases them all off, circling around Jey. Roman grabs the steps, picks them up and has them press Jey down!
Roman tells Jey that Roman’s been better than Jey since they were kids. They’re grown men and Jey is STILL testing Roman! Roman is THE Tribal Chief! All Jey had to do was acknowledge him! And now he’s making Roman do what he doesn’t want to do! But that’s how serious it is at the top! There’s no going back! Jey needs to understand what the Tribal Chief is! Roman brings the steps back up, raises them high over head, but Jimmy gets in! Jey shields his brother and tells Roman to just stop! This is worse than Clash of Champions! This is JEY, for crying out loud! Whatever Roman is going through, they can fix this as a family! They don’t have to do it like this! This is JOSH FATU, not Jey Uso! Look at him! Look at them, Joe! Whatever he’s going through, he knows they’ve got his back. But this? This ain’t right.
Roman breaks down as he says, “I don’t even know who I am. I’m sorry.” Jimmy says that it’s fine. They’re family! They still love each other. Roman nods, and takes Jimmy’s hand. To then DRAG HIM INTO THE GUILLOTINE!! Jey flails, grabs for Jey, and Jey starts to wake up. Jey realizes what’s going on to his own twin and he grabs at Roman! “I QUIT! OKAY!? I QUIT!!” Jey quits, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief must be out of his mind, because he’s not even emotional at all now!! Was it all an act!? Roman may have lied, but no one understands who this man holding the title is anymore. Afa and Sika await Roman as he exits the cell. Roman walks up to his father and his uncle, the elders of the family, and celebrates with them as he is truly crowned Tribal Chief. Roman is truly head of the table. Will Roman hold this, and the title, over his cousins for the rest of their lives?
Jeff Hardy VS Elias!
The Drifter walks out to introduce himself and ask the question, Who Wants to Walk With Elias? Four months ago, “that degenerate” Jeff Hardy tried to end Elias’ career with a hit and run. But those events inspired Elias’ new album, The Universal Truth. So Elias has a song for Hardy first. Please silence cell phones, hold applause and most importantly, shut your mouths! “Jeff Hardy and Elias! We’re in the ThunderDome! Worst part of it, I gotta look at y’all in your filthy homes! Jeff Hardy and Elias, yes you’re gonna lose. But don’t worry, Jeff, you can always fall back on the booze. Jeff Hardy and Elias, what’s the difference between you and I? WWE is Walk with Elias, Jeff Hardy equals DUI.” But Hardy cuts Elias off to shut him up, and this rockstar grudge match begins!
The bell rings and Elias ties up with Hardy. They go to a corner, Elias turns Hardy around and pushes out of the break. Hardy comes back, they go around again but end up on ropes. The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 3. Elias comes back, knees low and throws forearms! Elias brings Hardy up to CHOP him, then has him on the ropes. Elias whips, Hardy dodges and ducks to atomic drop, snapmare and neck snapper! Cover, TWO! Hardy clubs Elias down, stomps him, then drags him up. Hardy wrenches, clubs the arm, wrenches again and hammerlocks. Hardy clubs Elias, Elias gets around and hammerlocks to snapmare and wrap on a chinlock! But Hardy slips out the back! Hardy has the hammerlock, cranks on the arm, but Elias fights his way up.
Hardy cranks on the arm more, they go around and Elias throws Hardy off and out of the ring! Elias catches his breath while Hardy slowly gets up. Elias goes out and throws Hardy into barriers! Hardy throws Elias into barriers in return! Hardy puts Elias in but Elias bails out, so Hardy wrecks him with a dropkick! Hardy goes out and leaps off steps, but into barriers as Elias dodges! The ring count climbs to 5 before Hardy gets up, and it’s at 9 just as Hardy gets in! Elias stomps Hardy then drags him around by his hair. The ref reprimands but Elias forearms Hardy down. Elias throws body shots and fast hands on Hardy but Hardy ends up in the corner. Elias keeps going, the ref reprimands and counts, Elias lets off to come back and stomp Hardy down! Elias drags Hardy up, whips him to ropes then runs him over! Cover, TWO!
Elias grows frustrated as he looms over Hardy. Elias drags Hardy up to wrap on a chinlock and he squeezes tight this time. Fans clap for Hardy as he fights up, throws body shots, and is free. Elias throws a fist, blocks a kick but Hardy spins to mule kick Elias down! Hardy rallies the fans as he gets to his feet. Elias runs in but Hardy throws counter punches! Hardy throws more haymakers, whips Elias but Elias reverses, only for Hardy to run Elias over! Atomic drop to leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and splash, cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his focus as he watches Elias rise. Hardy kicks but no Twist as Elias shoves Hardy away! Elias Electric Chair lifts, spins Hardy around to POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Hardy survives and Elias is shocked! Elias and Hardy slowly rise in opposite corners.
Elias runs in but Hardy elbows him away! Hardy boots then climbs up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps focused and gets Elias with the TWIST OF FATE! Off comes the shirt and Hardy goes back up top! Elias gets to the apron but Hardy just adjusts course, so Elias flails and gets to the floor! Hardy still doesn’t see the problem as he hops down. Hardy hurries after Elias and stops him from using the guitar! HARDY uses the GUITAR!!
Winner: Elias, by disqualification
Hardy doesn’t really care about losing, because he got to get Elias back for that “smash hit.” Hardy even stomps what’s left of the guitar to make sure the message sinks in. Will Elias accept the win and move on? Or will there be a sequel to this rough collaboration?
Backstage interview with Heavy Machinery.
Tucker is with Otis again as Otis prepares for his match, as ruled on in “Law & Otis.” Otis says mama always told him, if you got it, flaunt it! Otis has it, Miz wants it, so Otis is gonna rub that in Miz’s face! Otis had to sit in that hot court room in that itchy suit just for this! Otis is REAL angry, is he going to make sure Miz feels ever ounce of that anger?
Money in the Bank Contract Ownership: Otis w/ Tucker VS The Miz w/ John Morrison!
Mr. Dozer in the Bank is the victim of the Hollywood A-Lister abusing the WWE legal system! From a frivolous lawsuit with trumped up charges to literally bribing “The Honorable” JBL to rule in his favor! But just because Miz won the case in court doesn’t mean he’ll win the briefcase in the ring! Will Otis get payback on The Miz for everything that’s happened between them? Or will Miz once again be Mr. MITB and have another chance at rising to the top?
Otis has a new entrance just for himself! The #BlueCollarSolid working man is ready to go to work! The introductions are made, the briefcase is raised, and this legally allowed assault and battery begins!
Otis and Miz tie up and Otis powers Miz right to the corner! Otis fires off haymakers from all sides! The ref counts, Otis TOSSES Miz away! Miz gets to a corner, Otis runs in and RAMS him! Miz gasps and sputters but Otis scoop slams him! Cover, TWO! Otis stays fired up as he drags Miz up. Miz jawbreakers back but swings into a back suplex! Miz lands on his feet to get the full nelson! Otis breaks free, throws Miz out but Miz slides under to sunset flip! Otis stays up to STAND on Miz! The ref counts, Otis drops down on Miz! Miz crawls away, Otis stalks Miz but Miz throws body shots. Those don’t work on Otis! Miz throws Otis out of the ring, builds speed and dropkicks but misses! Otis CLOBBERS Miz! Otis drags Miz up to bounce him off the desk, then bump him off the desk again!
Otis puts Miz in, Morrison gets on the apron but gets away as Otis swipes at him. Miz kicks the legs out to basement DDT Otis down! Cover, TWO! Otis gets to ropes but Miz is on him to choke him! The ref counts, Miz stops at 4 but Morrison gets a cheap shot in! Tucker is angry but Miz gives Otis It Kicks in the corner! Miz goes corner to corner to hit the A-List Lariat! Miz goes up top, leaps, and ax handles Otis down! Cover, TWO! Miz seethes, stalks Otis to ropes but Otis hits back! Miz gets around to a sleeper! Otis flails but fades! Miz leans on Otis but Otis gets a second wind! Otis gets up, throws Miz off, but Miz BOOTS Otis right down! Morrison says that was money! Miz seethes as he looms over Otis. Miz sits Otis up for haymakers and It Kicks! Otis just powers up!
Miz kicks but Otis blocks! Miz kicks again but Otis powers up! Miz CHOPS, Otis starts thrusting! Otis throws haymakers and runs Miz over! And again! Otis is feeling it as he runs and BLASTS Miz off his feet! Otis rips his shirt off then whips Miz to FLAPJACK him! Fans fire up with Otis as Otis runs into the corner for a splash! Miz flops down and Otis pumps it up! Otis goes ocrner to corner with the CATERPILLAR, but Morrison drags Miz to safety! Otis pursues and throws Miz into barriers! Otis chases Morrison away and goes back to Miz. Otis puts Miz in, Miz BOOTS him again! Otis is in a corner now, Miz runs in but into an elbow! Miz distracts the ref, Morrison has the briefcase! Tucker points it out, the ref catches Morrison red handed! Morrison is EJECTED!
Miz is all alone, Otis rolls Miz up, TWO!! Miz runs into a DISCUS!! Cover, TWO!? Miz survives but Otis is right on him! Miz grabs the apron skirt, kicks Otis away and while the ref is busy with the skirt, TUCKER hits Otis with the briefcase?!? WHY!?! Tucker how could you?!? Miz covers Otis, and WINS!!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall; (NEW Mr. Money in the Bank)
Heavy Machinery was no more because of the WWE Draft, but this is TRULY the ending of the blue collar solid friendship! And now, Miz has his choice of championship opportunity! Will Miz be watching McIntyre VS Orton very closely tonight?
Miz and Morrison celebrate backstage!
NEW Mr. MITB! Kayla comes by to congratulate Miz as he finally succeeded, but it seems at the cost of destroying Otis’ life. Miz say she did what was necessary for the WWE to thrive. Morrison says this is the biggest win of the night because the contract has meaning. Miz has been here 15 years, he has made others better, and has been ratings gold! He will not squander this opportunity! This is NOT a prop! This is a golden opportunity! And to the WWE Champion or Universal Champoin, you are now on notice! Miz has cashed in before, and he’ll do it again! Otis took it for granted, and took Tucker for granted. Tucker comes by and says this isn’t about Miz.
But then why did he betray Otis?! “We were supposed to be a team. But I was the workhorse! I carried the load!” Tucker did everything for Otis and for the team! Tucker treated Otis like a brother, but for what? So that he was always the afterthought? Tucky, tag Otis in! Give Otis the spotlight! But Otis can’t function without Tucker! Who gave Otis confidence to ask Mandy out? TUCKER. Who had Otis’ back all this time? TUCKER. But Otis can’t tie his own boots without Tucker! But Otis comes in and BLASTS Miz down and then brawls with Tucker! Tucker runs away and referees hurry to keep this from getting out of hand! With Tucker and Otis on separate brands, will these feelings go unresolved?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Bayley VS Sasha Banks!
The (unofficially named) Golden Role Models were the best of friends and the greatest of combinations in the WWE in a long, long time! But all because they lost the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, Bayley decided to betray Banks first! Now that they’re back to enemies, all of this animosity will burn bright inside the cell! Who walks out forged by the fire as THE greatest women’s champion ever? And who is left behind to pick up the pieces?
Bayley makes sure to bring her favorite chair, and has even painted “1-0” on it, to reference their record against each other for this title. There’s also an X on the other side to mark the spot she hit Sasha with several times already. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this friendship gone to hell now goes through hell!
Sasha DROPKICKS the chair out just before the cell finishes lowering! And then she throws Bayley down! Sasha dares Bayley to go get the one thing that helps her win. Bayley hurries out but Sasha intercepts with forearms! Sasha DECKS Bayley, stomps her then rains down rights! Bayley grabs the leg but Sasha throws down more fists! Bayley scrambles, Sasha stomps and knees Bayley into buckles! Sasha runs in, Bayley puts her up top and spins, only for Sasha to boot her away. Sasha runs and tilt-o-whirls to a takedown, into the BANK STATEMENT! Bayley flails, reaches, BITES and gets free! Bayley goes out, Sasha runs, but Bayley ducks to RAM Sasha into steel! Bayley RAMS Sasha in again! Sasha grits her teeth while Bayley goes looking under the ring.
Bayley brings out a kendo stick! Bayley swings, misses, but keeps swinging! Sasha keeps dodging, blocks the stick then takes it to shove it out of the cell through one of the gaps! Bayley hurries to get more kendo sticks but has to elbow Sasha away! Bayley swings but Sasha blocks it again! Sasha brings Bayley to KNEE her down! Sasha throws the kendo stick into the ring, then brings out a TABLE! Sasha sets it up in what little space there is between ring and cell. Bayley sucker punches Sasha down and clubs her down! Bayley sees the table, deconstructs it while stomping Sasha. Bayley wants to prop the table up but Sasha grabs the other end! Sasha RAMS Bayley into the steel! And again! And again! The table rams into Bayley at the same time, and now Bayley is stuck. Sasha runs up the table to METEORA against steel! Sasha puts Bayley in, goes up top and leaps, METEORA AGAIN! Cover, TWO!!
Bayley survives and Sasha can’t believe it! Sasha goes back out and brings in chairs of her own. Sasha taunts Bayley but Bayley gets around to roll her up, TWO! Bayley scrambles up, puts Sasha on the apron and trips her up! Sasha hits apron on the way down and even lands on the table. Bayley grabs a chair, talks over to Sasha stuck on the table, and SWINGS, only to hit table! Sasha gets under the table to kick it up into Bayley’s face! Then she goes up the apron to METEORA Bayley into the cell again! It was a rough landing for both but Sasha is up first. Sasha puts Bayley in, Bayley tries to run away but Sasha is after her through the ropes. Bayley hotshots Sasha down! Sasha crawls to the apron now, Bayley brings her up to throw her at the steel!
Sasha clings to it like a cat, Bayley jumps at her but Sasha jumps back! Sasha jumps over Bayley, Bayley throws Sasha at the apron but Sasha Tiger Feints to huricanrana Bayley into steel! Sasha gets up and hobbles back to her table. Bayley stands, Sasha runs and shotgun dropkicks Bayley into steel steps! Bayley looks out as Sasha drags her around. Sasha brings out more kendo sticks! Sasha uses the gaps in the steps and gaps in the steel to make some kendo stick bridges. Sasha drags Bayley over but Bayley fights back with fury! Bayley turns things around, Sasha resists and gets to the apron! Sasha kicks Bayley down, runs in but Bayley uses a drop toehold to send Sasha into stick sand steps!! Sasha’s neck is of concern and Bayley makes sure commentary gives her credit for it.
Bayley says Sasha had a good idea, though. Bayley puts the kendo sticks in through the many gaps of steps and cell, and then CATAPULT GUILLOTINES Sasha into them!! Bayley drags Sasha up and into the ring, covers, TWO!! Sasha still lives and Bayley is furious! Bayley drags Sasha back up to club her on the back, and stomp her, too! Bayley puts on a chinlock and pulls Sasha back. Bayley stomps Sasha, has chairs, and then brings Sasha up and turns her, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bayley grows frustrated as she stalks Sasha to the apron. “Boss of the Cell, huh? Boss my ass!” Bayley drags Sasha up but Sasha grabs ropes to resist the suplex! Sasha flips, and POWERBOMBS Bayley into the steel! Bayley is down again and Sasha puts her in! Cover, TWO!!
Sasha sits a chair up, and just like on Friday, puts Bayley through it! But Bayley fights out and trips Sasha, Sasha smacks her face off the chair! Bayley gets the other chair, wedges it into a corner, then stalks behind Sasha. Bayley brings Sasha up, whips her but Sasha slides under! Sasha knees back, climbs up, and uses DEADLY NIGHTSHADE to send Bayley into the chair! Sasha runs, Bayley dodges but Sasha avoids chair. Sasha hurries after Bayley but Bayley SUNSET BOMBS Sasha into the chair!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sasha survives but Bayley isn’t even dismayed. Bayley drags Sasha around, goes up top, and MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is furious but the count is fair. Bayley drags Sasha up, hooks the arm but Sasha slips out to BACKSTABBER, to BANK STATEMENT!
Bayley flails, reaches, moves around, gets the ropes but there are no ropebreaks! Bayley keeps going, traps Sasha in the apron skirt and clubs away! Bayley SMACKS Sasha off the ring frame!! Sasha is stuck upside-down, and Bayley SMACKS her on the back over and over with the kendo stick! Sasha slumps out of the skirt and Bayley grimaces as she goes looking for more. Bayley brings out DUCT TAPE! Bayley struggles with the tape, saying she’s all sweaty. Can the ref do this for her? The ref refuses to help her do whatever she’s planning. Bayley uses tape to combine kendo sticks into one extra big stick! And she puts those through steel fence and ring frame! It isn’t really working out but she just puts more tape around it. Well, that still isn’t working so Bayley leaves that where it is.
Sasha uses the FIRE EXTINGUISHER!! Bayley gets a face full of the smoke!! Bayley flounders about, wants water for her eyes, but she finds her favorite chair first! Sasha grabs it from her first! Bayley begs for mercy since she can’t see but Sasha just hammers away on her instead! “SCREW YOU!” Sasha throws Bayley into steel, then more steel! Bayley even pinballs off the post! “You’re nothing without me, Bayley! NOTHING!” Sasha SLAPS Bayley, and whips her into steel again! Bayley is down in the corner of the cell, Sasha runs and METEORAS again! And then knees and knees and knees away! Sasha puts Bayley back in, then goes searching for more things. Sasha grabs another kendo stick, stalks behind Bayley, and SMACKS away!
Sasha shouts Bayley isn’t a nobody, and she won’t be a champion! She is NOT better than Sasha! Sasha SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS then just throws the stick away in anger! Bayley is down, Sasha is emotional and watches her from a corner. Bayley crawls for her favorite chair, but Sasha stomps Bayley down first! Sasha goes to a corner and up top, for the FROG SPLASH, ONTO THE CHAIR!! Bayley used the chair as a shield!! It was still double-edged because Bayley was underneath the chair, too. Both women are down but stirring. Bayley rolls away, Sasha grabs her foot but can’t keep her inside. Sasha pursues, drags Bayley up but Bayley hits the PLANTER! Bayley puts Sasha in, covers, TWO!?!? Sasha survives and Bayley furiously hammers away!
Bayley drags Sasha up, throws her back out, then goes looking for things under the table. Bayley finds a LADDER?! Bayley puts that ladder in the ring, also gets a chair, and then another chair. Bayley makes the ladder a bridge between both chairs, then intercepts Sasha as she gets back in! Sasha gets up but Bayley clubs her down. Bayley and Sasha brawl, Sasha runs, but Bayley flapjacks her off the ladder bridge! Bayley puts Sasha on the ladder, then goes looking for more. Bayley has spray paint?! And she sprays an X to mark the spot. Bayley has her favorite chair, X for X! Bayley leaps, FULL METAL ELBOW, but onto ladder as Sasha moves! Sasha uses the ladder to leap up, METEORA! Sasha steals BAYLEY2BELLY onto the LADDER! Cover, TWO!?!? Bayley survives her own move, boosted by the metal of ladder and chairs!
Sasha is at a loss for words, but she clears space now. Sasha tries to backstab but Bayley throws her off and KNEES her! BAYLEY2BELLY FROM BAYLEY! Cover, TWO?!?!? Now Sasha survives as Bayley uses her move herself! Bayley is laughing in disbelief as she pushes Sasha around. And she has her favorite chair again. To SMACK Sasha on the back! And again! Bayley stalks Sasha as Sasha flounders. “Get up, Boss.” Bayley brings Sasha in, uses the chair, but no Bayley2Belly as Sasha arm-drags! FULL METAL BANK STATEMENT!!! Sasha even stomps at the chair to add onto the vice! BAYLEY TAPS, SASHA WINS!!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)
GRAND SLAM BOSS TIME!! But Sasha doesn’t stop until she’s satisfied! These two went through hell, and it is Sasha who comes out the other side! But she doesn’t take the belt right away, as she stares at Bayley, barely stirring after what happened. Sasha finally stands, takes the belt, and stands over Bayley with it! Sasha ended Bayley’s reign, will it take even more than hell to stop her now?
Backstage interview with The Hurt Business.
Charly was looking for them, and judging from how he’s suited up, Bobby Lashley must’ve been chosen to step up to Retribution’s challenge. MVP says it isn’t stepping up. No one understands how the Hurt Business works. Lashley is the CEO of the Hurt Business, the lead predator in this pride of lions. And just like the warrior kings of old, he does not order others but leads them into battle. Then who do they want him to face from Retribution? That guy in the lame mask. Oh, wait, that’s all of them. Shelton Benjamin was thinking of Slapjack. Yeah, that’s who it’ll be. Slapjack VS Lashley.
And MVP directs this right to Ali: “We are not greed businessmen, but we are in fact businessmen. Professionals of the highest order. And yes, we are driven by profit, but also by our intense passion for inflicting pain.” MVP sees the challenge and raises it: let this be 1v1, no corner men and no back-up. And to raise the stakes more, this is going to be for the United States championship! And Lashley isn’t waiting for a response, he’ll see whoever wants it, out in the ring.
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Slapjack!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is so confident he can beat the Retribution member formerly known as Shane Thorne, he’s even putting up the prize! But is the Hurt Business wrong to think there’s a weak link in Mustafa Ali’s personal army?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this stacked deck against Slapjack begins!
Slapjack throws his shirt at Lashley and fires off! Lashley throws Slapjack, stomps and hammers away in the corner but lets off only a moment to grind forearms and run in to RAM into Slapjack! Lashley drags Slapjack up to throw into the corner, throw more hands and even elbows! The ref counts, Lashley lets off but then comes back for more. Lashley whips corner to corner, Slapjack tumbles up and down the buckles! Lashley pushes Slapjack around, hauls him up and stalling suplexes before the slam! Lashley looms over Slapjack, puts him back in a corner and fires off more haymakers! Lashley pulls on the ski mask, the ref counts but Lashley lets up at 4. Slapjack gets around, Lashley tilt-o-whirls him but Slapjack slips off to shove Lashley into buckles!
Slapjack fires off on Lashley now but the ref backs him off. Slapjack goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Cover, but they’re in the ropes! Slapjack keep son Lashley with forearm sand clubbing fists. Slapjack chinbars and goes to cobra clutch, but Lashley powers up and out to throw Slapjack away. Slapjack boots back, runs and TORNADO DDT’S! Cover, TWO!! Lashley lives and Slapjack can’t believe it! Slapjack rains down rights and gets in Lashley’s face. Slapjack hurries up top, Lashley gets him first for a TOSS! And then clobbers him over and over! Lashley OVERHEAD belly2belly suplexes Slapjack! Lashley snarls, runs at Slapjack but Slapjack dodges, only to come back for the ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER! Lashley stalks Slapjack, full nelson, HURT LOCK!! Slapjack taps, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE United States Champion)
But then the rest of Retribution pounces! T-Bar and Mace attack with Ali shouting orders! Then he says, “Lights out!” Mace and T-Bar bring Lashley up but he fights out with big haymakers! The Hurt Business reinforces Lashley and Ali puts on the brakes! Retribution regroups and retreats, but this is far from over! What will it take to establish unquestionable dominance over on the red brand?
WWE World Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton!
The Scottish Psychopath is entering his first ever, but The Viper is a veteran of this match. Will McIntyre continue to define his own legacy against the Legend Killer? Or will Orton solidify his by leaving McIntyre behind in hell?
But as McIntyre makes his entrance, ORTON reveals he’s in disguise! But McIntyre is ready, too, as he throws counter punches! McIntyre bumps Orton off barriers, and says he knew all along Orton had a plan! McIntyre rips the jacket off Orton to CHOP him! Orton stops himself from being thrown into steel and gets away! McIntyre pursues, Orton kicks back! Orton bumps McIntyre off steel and then clears off the announce desk! Orton drags McIntyre up and over, back suplexes but McIntyre blocks! McIntyre punches Orton down and brings Orton up to bump him off the desk hood! McIntyre brings Orton around the way to punch him and bump him off steel. Orton hits back and hurries away, but McIntyre pursues again. McIntyre kicks and clubs Orton, then puts him in the cell! McIntyre slams the door closed, and this match finally begins! “Now you belong to me!”
Orton and McIntyre stare down and McIntyre dares Orton to do something. They approach, Orton kicks low and they start brawling with haymakers! Orton kicks and clubs, McIntyre hits back with haymakers! McIntyre kicks Orton, clubs him and CHOPS him, then throws a headlock punch! Orton staggers but kicks back, but McIntyre denies the RKO! McIntyre clotheslines Orton out and Orton tumbles into steel! McIntyre goes out, drags Orton up and RAMS him into steel! McIntyre stands Orton up again to pick him up and RAM him in even harder! “Tell me how it feels!” McIntyre grinds Orton’s face into the steel! Orton clutches his ear as McIntyre lets up. McIntyre drags Orton back up and into the ring to cover, TWO! Orton rolls away, McIntyre pursues and they’re on the outside again.
McIntyre bumps Orton off steel, then scoops him to RAM him, and RAM him, and RAM him! McIntyre even POSTS Orton! Orton ends up in the corner of the cell and McIntyre smirks. McIntyre goes around and starts searching for something. McIntyre brings out a chair and brings it back. Orton gets up, but McIntyre JABS him and SMACKS him with the chair! Orton crawls around the way, McIntyre pursues and brings Orton up. McIntyre Russian Leg Sweeps Orton into the steel! McIntyre pulls the steel steps apart and aims at Orton. Orton stands, McIntyre RAMS him with the steps! Orton leans against the apron but McIntyre shoves him down. “You wanted this! You chose this match!” McIntyre goes back to the steps, aims at Orton again, and THROWS them! Orton gets clear, and the steps bounce off steel!
Orton gets in the ring for safety but McIntyre aims from a corner. McIntyre wants Orton to count down with him. “Three! Two! One!” But Orton SMACKS the leg with the chair! And then SMACKS McIntyre on the back! Orton digs the chair into McIntyre’s jaw! McIntyre’s jaw was fractured by Orton’s punt kicks, and now Orton wants to break the jaw again! McIntyre refuses to give up so Orton lets off to cover, ONE! Orton is beside himself as he finally sheds the rest of his disguise. McIntyre rolls away, Orton stalks over and grabs the legs, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE McIntyre into ropes! McIntyre falls out of the ring, gasps and sputters for air, but Orton brings McIntyre to the base of the steps. Orton stands over McIntyre and STOMPS! McIntyre is in a daze after that, but Orton keeps on him!
Orton grinds McIntyre’s face into the steel fencing! Orton chuckles as he tortures McIntyre! And then Orton uses his jacket to blind McIntyre while digging him into the steel! Orton taunts McIntyre, “Do you want me to tell you what I see?” Orton says he sees a giant Scotsman getting his ass kicked! Orton lets off and McIntyre flounders back to the steps. McIntyre hits back with body shots but Orton headbutts him! Orton brings McIntyre around to whip into the other steel steps! Orton brings the base steps and stands them up the tall way. Orton goes back to McIntyre, brings him up and tries to bounce him off steps, but McIntyre fights back! McIntyre headbutts Orton, bumps him off steps, then shoves him into the steel wall! Orton thumbs McIntyre’s eye!
McIntyre is furious, Orton whips him into the BIG steps! McIntyre tumbles down with the steps while Orton goes looking for something. Orton brings out a TABLE! McIntyre flounders about as Orton stands the table up in a corner of the cell. Orton goes after McIntyre in the ring, but McIntyre throws body shots! McIntyre backs Orton down, punches him more, and CHOPS! McIntyre whips, Orton reverses and hits the back2backbreaker! Cover, ONE?! Orton is shocked by that! That had to be at least two, but no, it was one. Orton is frustrated but fans start to rally up. McIntyre rises, Orton brings McIntyre up by his beard, but McIntyre throws haymakers! Orton European Uppercuts, McIntyre throws more haymakers! McIntyre has Orton in a corner but Orton kicks low then whips corner to corner. McIntyre comes back with a clothesline!
McIntyre rallies, whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Orton gets to ropes, McIntyre runs at him again, and gets ANOTHER OVERHEAD SUPLEX! McIntyre is glaring at Orton and demands he stand. Orton slowly rises, McIntyre kicks and underhooks, but no Future Shock! Orton swings, but into a neckbreaker! McIntyre kips up! McIntyre is fire dup and fans are excited, too! Orton stirs, McIntyre watches him rise, fireman’s carry! Orton fights out of that, bails out of the ring, but McIntyre pursues! Orton kicks low, bumps McIntyre off apron and steel wall. Orton runs at McIntyre, but into another OVERHEAD SUPLEX, and through the table!! Both men are down, fans rally up and some agree, “This is Awesome!”
McIntyre gets Orton up, telling him he’s going to keep his promise of hurting him! McIntyre puts Orton in but Orton kicks the ropes! And again! Orton hits McIntyre in his claymore, then hits the DRAPING DDT! Cover, ONE?!? McIntyre shocks Orton again! Orton goes out and brings out bolt cutters! McIntyre used the cutters to get inside on Raw, but Orton is going to use them to get out tonight! Orton breaks the chain, opens the door, and walks outside. But there’s no count outs, and McIntyre pursues! McIntyre CLOBBERS Orton at the ramp, brings him back and bumps him off barriers! And more barriers! Orton flounders away but McIntyre pursues again! McIntyre brings Orton back, Orton turns things around and McIntyre is sent into the door!
McIntyre falls, Orton snarls, and then Orton gets an idea. We’ve seen superstars do this in the past, and Orton is doing it now! Orton is climbing the cell! And all the way up! McIntyre is surprised Orton is literally wanting to take this to a new level, but he accepts the challenge! McIntyre begins the climb! They’re 20 feet up, right in the heart of the ThunderDome! But Orton had something planned! There’s a big red pipe Orton has in his hand! McIntyre is wary as he approaches, ducks the pipe and trips Orton up to rain down fists! McIntyre stands up, roars, but Orton hits McIntyre in the leg with the pipe! Orton crawls back to the edge, tries to figure out how to climb down and begins the descent. But McIntyre won’t let him get away! McIntyre manages to climb down, but Orton hits McIntyre as he can.
They both make it halfway down and McIntyre hits back! Orton bumps McIntyre off the frame! And again! McIntyre wobbles but he clubs back! Orton CLUBS McIntyre’s hand off the cell, McIntyre falls THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Orton takes his time climbing back down while McIntyre stirs in the wreckage. McIntyre spits up some blood! But he’s still moving, so Orton slithers over. Orton stands over McIntyre, drags him around, and McIntyre sputters and gasps as he tries to get to his feet. McIntyre crawls, Orton stalks him, a little confused as to how and why McIntyre is still going. They somehow make it back to the cell door, and Orton hauls McIntyre up. McIntyre scrambles around the way but Orton puts him in the ring.
Orton takes his time following and revels in McIntyre writhing and shuddering. Orton hears the voices in his head, and they all want McIntyre to get back up. McIntyre somehow rises, Orton leaps, but into a backslide!! TWO!! McIntyre manages to run to CLAYMORE!?! But Orton gets sent out of the ring! McIntyre goes out, despite the pain in his ribs, to fetch Orton. McIntyre drags Orton up, despite Orton being dead weight. McIntyre gets Orton inside, hobbles to a corner, and still wants Orton to stand! Anger overtakes the pain in McIntyre’s body, and Orton rises, to drop under the Claymore! RKO!!! Cover, ORTON WINS!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)
For the FOURTEENTH TIME, Orton has the title of titles! McIntyre tried, but not even he could withstand everything he went through at Orton’s hands. Orton grins as he walks away with the belt. McIntyre gets up, but a little too late. Will McIntyre ever get back to that title? Will McIntyre ever get that title back?
Wow, that was a wild HIAC! We got a few surprises, and some were good but some were not so good. Well firstly, there were somethings not quite PPV quality. Hardy VS Elias was fine and all but it ended with a disqualification very quickly, so obviously this is going to be continuing. I figured this feud is far from over, but they could’ve done a much better job setting it up. And the same goes for the Hurt Business VS Retribution representative match. Obviously with the Hurt Business given the option, they were going to choose Shane “Slapjack” Thorne, considerably the smallest and doofiest member.
But if Ali and the others were going to be ready to pounce, they probably should’ve just done it without worrying about the title match. At the same time, WWE continues to write Ali and Retribution like weaklings. How are they supposed to be a threat if it isn’t equal between them and Hurt Business? And if Ali is WWE’s hacker, why didn’t he hack to use the cell? I would’ve loved something like that to really sell us on Survivor Series giving us an old school, story-based 4v4. But oh well, this is still Vince’s show. The 24/7 Championship match in the kickoff was alright. Truth winning with a mix of Cena’s moves and his was alright, but I feel like they could’ve done something having Truth lose and then have to find Gulak before the others do. Maybe Truth holds onto the belt long enough so that Survivor Series gets superstars from all three brands in on the chase.
Then, the main show OPENING with the I Quit match was incredible! I honestly feel like that could’ve gone on at the end and HIAC would’ve had an amazing close. I felt Jimmy being used against Jey like that was going to happen, but not with the set-up of evil actor Roman suckering them both in. Everyone has to admit that Roman is doing the best work he’s ever done, and probably the best character work anyone’s doing in WWE right now. We could even argue on the merits of Roman doing the best character work in American wrestling today, and that’d mean comparing Tribal Chief Roman to anything in AEW, Impact, ROH and anything else you can name.
I’m not sure who to feel worse for: Otis in kayfabe or Otis IRL. Otis was red hot just a few months ago, which is why he was made Mr. MITB. But then things stalled out, should’ve been a bit more obvious to WWE but because it’s Vince, pff so much for that. But with Roman as Universal Champion, and then the world title still in question, it didn’t look like it was Otis’ time anymore. I can understand WWE changing their mind now, but it still doesn’t look or feel that great.
Tucky turning on Otis one way or another is par for the course with WWE changing the tag divisions across both Raw and SmackDown, men’s and women’s. But Otis having nothing, is he going to demand a trade to Raw? It’d make sense, but it also seems like they could’ve just let Otis retain the briefcase and then Tucky betrays Otis by making him think he even has a chance cashing in on Orton or McIntyre. That way Tucker gets back at EVERYONE, both Miz and Otis.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship match was incredible! Great innovation, the animosity helped bring back all the story, but it’s great for Sasha to win. Bayley already passed the 365+ mark, she has her WWE Chronicle special now, and because surely, they’re still friends IRL, Bayley wanted Sasha to finally have the Grand Slam, too. Plus, literally on Friday, 10/30/20, The Mandalorian’s second season drops on Disney+ and Sasha is in that, so it’s a way to advertise and hype that up with a star of the show being a champion. Plus, Sasha being champion freshens up the division, so matches of Sasha VS Bianca, Sasha VS Natalya, Sasha VS Carmella would all be great to have.
And the world title HIAC match was itself a great closer. Orton’s sneak attack and McIntyre brawling with him before the bell were great, everything in the match was great, but they sure didn’t spend as much time up top as I would’ve thought. It seemed really just to set up McIntyre taking that fall off the side, a slight offshoot of the time Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley did it. But it was also a great way to plausibly get through the incredible toughness McIntyre has shown since WrestleMania. Orton wins because of it, but also because of that admittedly creative dodge of the Claymore. With Miz “putting the champions on notice,” I was hoping he and Morrison would jump Orton and cash in, but guess not. Now we have Heels as the top two champions and Mr. MITB, who would in reality be the one to cash in on them. But those complications are for later. Tonight was one hell of a PPV.
My Score: 9/10