WWE Hell In A Cell 2017 Results & Thoughts
Last night’s PPV was thoroughly entertaining! That doesn’t mean there were a few odd booking decisions, but front to back, this is one show you should watch if you missed it and it was one of my favourite PPVs of the year! Here are the results and my thoughts on each match.
Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros. – Kick Off Show
This was a pretty average Smackdown TV match. It was really nothing to write home about but it was great hearing the announcers celebrate Benjamin’s return to PPV. As predicted, the faces got the win while The Hype Bros. kept playing up their dissension and miscommunication. I really hope they don’t split them up but make them go full heel and lose it on all the tag teams.
Winners: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
The New Day (Champs) vs. The Usos –
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match Inside Hell in a Cell
Sweet f’n asscrackers – what a violent match! I’ll give it to all participants in this match for putting it all on the line to entertain us. Almost every single spot looked like it seriously hurt and I hope both teams don’t have to wrestle on Smackdown so they can heal.
As much as I stated I’d love to see some blood back in these matches, this match totally showed how the Hell in the Cell matches can be downright brutal without having to use blood. The use of the kendo sticks was downright barbaric and some of the shots (protected and unprotected) looked absolutely sick.
I almost thought The New Day was going to get the win here after The Usos released Woods from the turnbuckle after they had him hanging there by handcuffs. Why would they do that? They had him trapped!
Watch this match because it was one of the best of the night and the easily the best of the series between these teams. They should officially end this feud now because there’s nowhere else these two teams can go after this.
Winners: The Usos
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
I don’t understand the rationale behind Randy Orton winning this. I really don’t. It doesn’t do anything for Orton because he has nothing left to prove and it hurts Rusev because he’s lost yet again. Thank goodness the match was even and they gave them over ten minutes to tell the story in the ring. In the end, though, I’m disappointed with the booking decision here. I loathe Randy Orton.
Winner: Randy Orton
AJ Styles (Champ) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger – United States Championship
I was surprised Tye Dillinger wasn’t announced as a participant in this match on Smackdown so hearing the announcement that he would be added into it on the Kick-Off Show didn’t phase me. With that announcement, though, you knew a title change was coming.
Having Dillinger as a part of the match gave him the rub that he could hang with the most established players on the roster while giving AJ Styles an out for losing the US Championship.
This was a surprisingly good match between all men and even the people sitting around watching the show with me all commented on how impressed they were with Dillinger and Corbin.
The ending where Styles had Dillinger in the perfect position to get the pin, only for Corbin to come in, throw out Styles, and pin Dillinger was a bit predictable but done well. Hell, the boot Corbin gave to Styles to get him out of the ring was done with such force, it must have hurt.
We have a rematch between Corbin and Styles now set for Smackdown. I think we’ll see Corbin winning again, perhaps due to Dillinger trying help Styles in some way but backfiring. I’m OK with Styles not having the US Championship because he needs to move on to fight for the WWE Championship. It’s only fitting with him getting the biggest pop of the night. Let’s also see how Corbin runs as a champ.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Natalya (Champ) vs. Charlotte – Smackdown Women’s Championship
I was pleased with this match and I have no issue wit how it ended. I thought it was great that Carmella didn’t even show her face during the match because it kept the “will she cash in/won’t she” discussion going throughout the match with my buds. I thought we were heading towards a cash-in because of all the work Natalya was doing to Charlotte’s leg/knee.
In the end, Natalya got disqualified by assaulting Charlotte outside the ring with a chair. Like I said, I’m OK with that because it keeps the feud going between two women who can actually deliver quality matches and they are building a story. I also really liked Natalya’s mean side popping up here, which is something you rarely see. In turn, this will really help the crowd get behind Charlotte in her face role. I like it!
Winner: Charlotte by DQ (no champion change)
Jinder Mahal (Champ) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – WWE Championship Match
You know something isn’t right when I can say that a match featuring Shinsuke Nakamura was actually the match I liked the least on the show. Yeah, the man who had brilliant matches with Samoa Joe and Finn Balor in NXT has not had a good match yet on Smackdown besides the match against John Cena.
I thought this was Mahal’s best match yet but the whole booking towards this match to be seriously lacking so the match didn’t mean as much as it could have. As well, I think the crowd doesn’t hate Mahal because he’s a heel, I think many just don’t care either way. I was surprised to hear “let’s go Jinder” chants.
Nakamura got pinned clean in the ring even with the Singh Brothers dismissed from ringside. How in the hell does WWE build Nakamura up from such a high profile loss? I understand WWE is going over to India and they want to have Mahal as champ there but wouldn’t it be better to have Mahal chase the championship over there? Are fans in India going to actually pop for Mahal knowing he’s actually Canadian? I have no clue but I think it’s really deflating the value of the WWE Championship.
Nakamuara is now a victim to WWE booking with a specific market in mind rather than the talent and effective storytelling which is a shame because you’d think he was going to be pushed to the moon and beyond after pinning Cena a few months ago.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
I mentioned in my prediction piece that WWE needed to have Ziggler come out with no entrance video or song and he did…kinda. Yes, WWE started with Ziggler’s graphics and theme but cut it off with an effect of a needle scraping across a record (but no record is being played so that was a weird choice). Ziggler then came out looking angry and focused on the task at hand.
The match was a decent match and I liked it more than the WWE Championship match. Roode needed the win here to establish himself and he got it through countering roll-ups by Ziggler with assistance from grabbing the tights. It was an odd way to end the match but it keeps the feud going for a bit. I’m good with that because I don’t think we’ve seen the best from these two yet and the immediate assault on Roode by Ziggler after the pin is indication that we’re getting more.
Winner: Bobby Roode
Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens – Hell in the Cell
I have to say I have to commend myself for indicating in my prediction piece that Zayn was going to come to the aid of Owens for some reason. I wrote it on Tuesday evening and published it on Wednesday. My hunch was correct because the main story coming out of this match is why did Zayn save Owens? I love it and I cannot wait for Smackdown to hear why Zayn’s explanation.
As for the match, this was an amazing Hell in a Cell match. Once again, we got a match that was brutal and suspenseful without blood. I was actually sick to my stomach during the whole time Owens and McMahon were on top of the cage because I swear they were looking to break through the one piece on top of the cell to purposely come crashing down. Props to the engineers of the cage because I have no idea how it withstood the force it took.
I know I’ve said I’m not a fan of the boss’s son taking a headlining spot on a PPV, but in retrospect, this has built Owens up as the biggest heel on both shows. Now with Zayn’s involvement, this feud has thrown both men into the spotlight they wouldn’t have had without involvement from the McMahons.
I also said to my buddies last night that perhaps the reason Shane gets involved with these types of matches is because he will volunteer to do what other wrestlers on the roster wouldn’t do. How many would actually take that suicidal dive off the top of the cage not only once, but twice in their careers? Much respect goes to him for putting his body on the line for the company.
I know I joked on Twitter about the match of the night being Shane vs. the lock when he was having difficulty cutting it, but I was just playing. I’m sure that was tough to do while being absolutely winded. The spot where the camera panned to McMahon’s kids laughing when their father was getting the crap beaten out of him really took away from the match for a split second because it broke kayfabe for the audience. There were some hilarious tweets about that as well.
All in all, this match delivered. We got insane spots, brutality, suspense, great storytelling, the right person going over in the end, and questions to be answered. How can you go wrong when a match delivers all of that? You can’t. This was a great match and awesome PPV. Hopefully Smackdown can capitalize on it after a lackluster month and a bit coming out of SummerSlam.
Winner: Kevin Owens