Welcome to 9 Deuce’s preview of the 2017 Hell In A cell event. Let’s face it, the card looks good on paper, but when that happens, it rarely lives up to it’s potential. Joining me in my circle of negativity are Keri, Cece, and Teddy. We should get at least a match of the year candidate out of this event….we hope.
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- Kick off Show Match: American Beta defeated The less than Hype Bros.
Russ: For a Kickoff Show match this was really good. Shelton was surprisingly spry and doesn’t look like he has missed a step. The Hype Bros. also put on one of their best televised matches I’ve seen. I am surprised that The Hype Bros didn’t break up, but I guess we will get to see that on Smackdown. Or they may just drop the whole story, you know typical WWE shit. Rating: 4.5
Kent: I didn’t watch it because I was watching Prom Night from 1980, and I have too much to do, so I am passing on what sounds like a decent match.
- The Uso’s defeated The New Day and became your new Smackdown Tag Team Champions in a Hell in the Cell Match.
Russ: First of all the fact that this match didn’t close out the night is a real shame. Both teams deserved it, so let’s make this the curtain jerker. As for the match itself. We thought this might be the match of the night and as of this writing it certainly held up to that standard. This was a fantastic match for both teams. It was brutal, it was high flying, and it had some great innovation. The right team won and this is where this feud should end. Big E was fantastic tonight and I honestly have no idea why he hasn’t been given a singles opportunity. He is a star and tonight he really showed why.
Kent: This match lived up to my lofty expectations, which was to say it would be a match of the year candidate. Some may say that they overly relied on weapons but it is a Hell in a Cell match and you have a more hardcore match environment. They had a ton of creativity in this one. Big E doing the Urinagi right into Xavier catching Jimmy in a back cracker was compelling stuff. You had the corner spot of caging the Uso up. The handcuffs made an appearance, just as I had suggested should have been used in the build up. Everything that happened made a lot of sense to me, and you know that it’s a great match when it gets to a point where I have made up my mind that I will not be upset over who wins. Kudos to everybody involved. I a down year for match of the year candidates, this may end up in the top 5, unless you have a hard on for the Okada and Omega stuff, which I don’t think is good for the industry.
- Randy RKO’d Russev out of nowhere and into obscurity.
Russ: I really didn’t have much interest in this match other than I wanted to see how Aiden would be used and how good Russev would look in the ring. Well Aiden wasn’t used which I have no idea why he wasn’t! Big waste of an opportunity if you ask me. As for Russev, it was a pretty good showing for him. It wasn’t flashy, but I thought it was a good showing. Unfortunately the match was kind of blah. I think some of that has to do with being right after a fantastic match for the Tag Team Championship. Randy didn’t seem very inspired out there. Why does Russev take all of the losses for all of the older guys? He lost this month and he lost at SummerSlam to Cena. He has become a joke! He should be one of your top heels, instead I’m not sure if we should be taking him seriously anymore. Rating: 3.6 (and I might be being generous.)
Kent: Russev? Who’s writing this stuff? Anyway, I said during the last match that I felt bad for whoever had to follow up that match, and unfortunately, for these guys, they were chosen. This match was never going to be fast paced. So it was going to pale in comparison. This was a perfectly acceptable, and pretty expected match in reality. Right at the end, Rusev had that one counter to get the Accolade on, and I really thought that was well done. These guys could have used some kind of gimmick, like a strap match where you touch the four corners.
Rating: 3.7 It existed but nothing I ever need to see again. Missed opportunity to not use Aiden.
- Triple Threat match Where Baron defeated Tye Dillinger and AJ to become the new WWE United States Champion.
Russ: I am so glad that they decided to put Tye in this match! We talked about how it seemed odd that he would be left out of the match after the entire month or so leading up to the match he had something to do with the feud. As for the match itself, it was pretty darn good! All three guys put on a good show. Lots of great near falls and the match just felt smooth and looked good. Tye was a good fit in the match and was a great showing for him. AJ was AJ and he was of course phenomenal. Congratulations to Corbin on his first WWE Championship. Corbin ragdolled the hell out AJ and Tye which made him look like a beast. Sure Adding Tye to the match made it seem inevitable that Corbin would win, but I’m not against a Corbin win. Kent might end up with a raging clue all week. Rating: 6.4
Kent: Adding Tye made a lot of sense. Almost too much sense. Honestly, there was at least one moment where I was absolutely hoping that Tye won it. You all know that Baron is my boy and I have loved AJ for over a decade now, but Tye would have benefitted most by a win. I like Tye a lot and he could really use a big push to cement himself. Still, this match was well paced, told the story it needed to. Baron was talking trash to fans, which I love. It’s nice to see him with the belt that he should have had before winning MitB. Now he needs to stay hungry and prove to the world that he deserves this and more.
Rating: 7.1 I thought the pacing kept this must pay attention throughout most of it.
- Charlotte wins via DQ against Nattie, but Nattie is still your WWE Smackdown Woman’s Champion.
Russ: I did everything I could to pay attention to this match. The build up and everything else leading to the match was just awful, so this was a tough to keep an eye on. Overall, the match wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It wasn’t that good either, but I was surprised at how well these two jelled in the ring. I liked how this ended. Nattie knew she didn’t stand a chance in hell against Charlotte so getting the chair and intentionally getting DQed was a pretty smart move on her part. Unfortunately, this also means that this feud will continue. Sigh…
Kent: Didn’t watch it, don’t plan on it. Sorry, but I won’t do it. I played ESO and waited for Twan to give me the all clear.
- Jinder Mahal is still your WWE Champion after he beat, sort of cleanly, Shinsuke.
Russ: Oh boy talk about having difficulty paying attention. This was a really boring match. I knew it was going to be. I think everyone in the world knew it was going to be. I love Shinsuke, but this feud has done nothing for him. I’d rather he be in a match where nothing is on the line and fighting a great opponent, rather than waste him on these boring matches. It looks like Jinder is going to be champion for awhile longer, which sucks! The belt has become a joke. It was the third from last match! The Belt should be the most prominent thing in a PPV and it has become a worthless prop. Rating: 3.1
Kent: I’m at a point with Jinder where I am going to start treating him like Charlotte. I’m done with his boring ass matches. I am sick of this experiment. This isn’t heat. This is hate. I am bored to tears by this guy. Randy, AJ, Shinsuke are the names that he has faced and every fucking match sucked. The old saying is that if you can’t have a good match with AJ, HBK, or Benoit, then you are incapable of having a good match. Well there you go. So until further notice, I will not be watching Jinder matches.
- Bobby Roode def Dolph ZIggler
Russ: Alright, I’ll be honest I was hoping that Dolph would come out to a crazy awesome entrance and I was a little disappointed when he came out to absolutely nothing. However, as more time passed I started to think how awesome this entrance truly was. What a heel move that was. As for the match: it was ok. Bobby is not very flashy, but he is damn good in the ring. The match didn’t really showcase this, but I thought both guys did pretty good in the ring. They needed a little more time to flesh out the match. Still I like how Dolph attacked after the match. Usually means we will see these two at it again and that’s ok with me. Rating: 4.6
Kent: I enjoyed Dolph’s entrance, but I just wish they would go the other extreme. Dolph knows that and that is why this is working. He refuses to give us what we want, and I can’t fault him. He’s being a true heel. This match was not as good as my lofty expectations, but I was also riding a 2 match doldrum. I was also drinking heavily at this point. Good job WWE promoting alcoholism. I enjoyed the match, but not enough to see it again. I want to see more of these 2, so that is a plus.
Rating: 4.9 I didn’t dislike it, just no point in rewatching it
- Kevin Owens def Shane McMahon in a Falls Count Anywhere Hell in a Cell
Russ: Now this was a match that exceeded my expectations and I had high expectations for this one. Go ahead and read Kent’s review of the match because I’m really just going to mimic him for the most part. The story told in this match was fantastic. I thought the stuff done in the ring was sufficiently brutal and made a fun match. Then when they moved things outside the ring I like how they started to build for a big spot and instead gave us a nerve wrecking fight on top of the cell. The crowd was silent not because they were bored but because they were breathless watching that. Exceptional stuff and then we get the big spot and the interesting swerve with Sami. There go my hopes that he becomes a top face that faces KO at Mania for the WWE belt, though that was never going to be a reality this year anyway. I can’t wait to see why Sami pulled KO to safety. I actually want to watch Smackdown! Rating: 7.1 (still think the Tag Team was slightly better overall.)
Kent: This match absolutely delivered in a different way than a normal match would This was all about the story. The moves, at points looked good and brutal. Shane always gives his all and this is the character that KO excels at. Prior to the climb, it was a middle of the road Hell in a Cell at best. I loved KO’s indecisiveness of whether to do the big jump, but he couldn’t pull the trigger, and it just amp’d up the excitement. Then the battle on top of the cell was absolutely riveting and scary stuff. We all sat there and winced and worried if they would break the cell or if they would do a big fall. They did a 10 foot movie, but that wasn’t good enough for Shane. He went for the big move and Sami pulled KO off at the exact precise moment and it was a thing of beauty. This was showcasing the art of storytelling in wrestling, and they did an excellent job. This was the opposite of the Japanese stuff.
- Was this the best WWE PPV of 2017?
Russ: Yes. that isn’t saying much because this year has not produced many good PPV’s. Still this was above average even in a good year. We had two great HiaC matches. The United States Championship match was very good. Dolph/Bobby and Russev/Randy were adequate. Only two matches that truly made me hate this PPV. Being one right after the other didn’t help. Still I enjoyed watching this one and I’ll take that the way this year has been going. Overall Rating: 5.8 I’d watch certain matches over again, but their are definitely some one and dones too.
Kent: Yes, I think it has to be. It sounds like they had a solid kickoff show match, which is all you can really ask for. Yes, this had 2 matches that I loathed, but that is pretty much every PPV, but both of the matches took too long in my opinion. The Rusev/Randy and Dolph/Bobby matches felt about right as what you’d expect. The US championship match was exciting the whole way through as was both HIAC matches. I would say I spent over half of this PPV actually enjoying myself. I know, that’s odd to hear me say, right? Also, in honor of Keri, the Fashion Files returned!
- Worst match of the night?
Russ: Jinder vs Shinsuke, which is terrible to say because Shinsuke doesn’t deserve this.
Kent: Jinder vs Shinsuke because Shinsuke shouldn’t be in bad matches. I expect trash from Charlotte and I didn’t see it so I can’t confirm nor deny my guesses on that.
- Best match of the night?
Russ: Tag Team Championship match Uso’s vs New Day
Kent: The Uso’s vs New Day was easily the best match of the night despite some other very solid matches.
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