WWE Hell In A Cell is officially in the books, and it definitely surpassed all my expectations. The event was perfectly paced, and unlike so many other WWE shows, it didn’t run too long. There was hardly any filler, and each match perfectly told the story it was supposed to tell. While it was far from perfect, Hell In A Cell was a solid show from WWE.
The choice to start the night off with the Raw Women’s Championship match was a good one, as the ladies set the tone early. Asuka, Becky, and Bianca tore the house down, and by the end of the match, Bianca Belair stood tall, retaining her title. There are so many different directions WWE can go from here, but if I had to guess, I’d imagine we haven’t seen the last of Big Time Becks in the title scene.
Bobby Lashley vs Omos and MVP felt like a match that’s been done to death, but it somehow manages to stay fresh. Lashley came out to an amazing babyface pop in front of a hot Chicago crowd and looked every bit of the “Almighty” moniker he’s been using lately. Dominating for most of the match, Lashley never looked like he was in danger of losing the match despite taking some pretty gnarly bumps. There was an awesome moment after the match where Lashley, obviously caught up in the moment from the crowd showing him so much love, grabbed a replica title from a fan and hoisted it above his head. The crowd erupted even more resulting in both an awesome visual, and a reminder that he did unfairly lose his title without ever getting to challenge for it again. Either way, Lashley is over and continues to look massively impressive.
AJ Styles, FInn Balor, and Liv Morgan came up short against The Judgement Day, and I can only hope this feud is over and done with. Many people, myself included, thought we’d end up seeing either AJ or Finn turn on their team and join Edge’s faction, but instead, we got a mixed 6 person tag match that was just ok. AJ and Finn could probably be used better here, and The Judgement Day needs to feel like a bigger deal than they are.
Madcap Moss and Happy Corbin squared off…
Kevin Owens picked up the victory over Ezekiel, and Theory retained his United States Championship against Mustafa Ali. Both matches were good, and while I thought Ali and Theory were going to have an insanely awesome match, it turned out Ezekiel and KO had the better bout.
There was no match with bigger hype surrounding it than the main event. Cody Rhodes would square off against Seth “Freakin” Rollins inside a Hell In A Cell in the third and final match from their trilogy. Hours before the show started though, heavy rumors began to circulate that Cody Rhodes had suffered a bad injury, one that kept him off a house show card the night before, and one that could jeopardize his and Rollins match. At bell time, we all got to see the extent of Cody’s injury, a completely torn pectoral muscle, that should have probably kept him from wrestling, but instead added to the stakes of the match. Cody’s chest was three different shades of purple, and when he pulled off his ring jacket, the crowd audibly gasped at the gruesome-looking injury. Cody would go on to pick up the win in what should be a career-defining moment for him, and easily the best match of the night for WWE.
We’ll get to see the fallout from Hell In A Cell tonight during Monday Night Raw. Cody Rhodes is slated to address the WWE Universe, while Liv Morgan, Doudrop, Rhea Ripley, and Alexa Bliss will square off in a Fatal Four Way to determine a new Number 1 contender for Raw Women’s Title. The Miz will drop his “premiere episode” of MizTV, and the Judgement Day will also make an appearance.