Match 1: SmackDown World Tag Team Championship Hell In A Cell Match – New Day(Xavier Woods & Big E) vs. The Usos
New Day comes to the ring first and Big E let’s us know that, “it all ends tonight” meaning the rivalry between New Day and the Usos. And a little after that The Usos make their way to the ring. No doubt both teams appear more ready than ever before. These two teams are ready to tear each other apart!
This one is now under way and New Day takes control of the match. But after a 2 count though Big E goes for a diving spear to take out both Usos outside the ring but misses and goes face first into the cell! The Usos do a little damage but then are nailed with a diving spear between the ropes from Big E and the 3 of them smash into the cell wall again!
And now the weapons come out in the match! Woods uses the trombone but is hit in the face with a chair thrown by Jimmy and then Big E gets nailed by a superkick! The Usos go for the pin but they only gets a 2 count before the kick out. Jey gets a couple of Ken-do sticks and the Usos begin to beat Big E with them! The crowd now begins to chant for tables.
Now the Usos begin to beat Woods with the Ken-do sticks and worse than they did Big E! They beat down Woods and force Kofi to watch on helplessly from outside the cell. The Usos now go back in the ring to do the same to Big E, but he has other plans. Big E starts to make a come back but another superkick halts him. But then Big E throws one of the Usos out of the ring as Woods slides under him and gets his knees up making for a one of a kind back breaker never seen before!
Then New Day nails a “Midnight Special” and they go for the pin! 1, 2, and the pin is broken up! Bad idea it seems as now Big E throws Jey to the ground outside the ring. Woods gets a bundle of at least six Ken-do sticks and heads over to the downed Uso. Big E holds Jey as Woods starts to wedge the Ken-do sticks in the corner of the cell in a way that traps Jey behind the sticks! Now Jey is trapped in a almost body sized cell made of metal and Ken-do sticks!
New Day now begins to beat Jimmy as Jey is trapped! As New Day continue their assault they miss Jey breaking free. Jey takes out both Woods and Big E and now the Usos start to take control of the match. The Usos end up nailing Big E with a “Double Uso Splash” and they go for the pin. Big E kicks out after a 2 count though. And now the Usos decide to go with the penitentiary theme of this match as they fetch two sets of handcuffs!
Now that they have the handcuffs they start to use them. They handcuff Big E to the ropes and then turn their attention to Woods. They handcuff Woods and use the corner post to hold the arms up of Woods. After rendering Woods completely defenseless, the Usos unload on Woods with the Ken-do sticks! They beat his ribs until he literally begs them to stop. And the whole time Kofi can only watch from outside the cell.
But then somehow Big E escapes the handcuffs and he begins to get New Day back into the match. But not long after the Usos decided to end the match once and for all. They lay a chair across Big E and nail him with a “Double Uce”! Then 1, 2, 3, and the Usos have won! The winners and new WWE SmackDown Champions are Jimmy and Jey, the Usos by pin fall via “Double Uce”.
Interview – A.J. Styles
Then we go backstage to see A.J. Styles being interviewed. Styles says he is fine with turning his title match into a triple treat match with Tye Dillinger and Baron Corbin! Then Styles makes a lame quote to let you know that he is aware that Tom Petty passed away. He says he “won’t back down”.
Match 2: Randy Orton vs. Rusev
Rusev takes control early but Randy stops Rusev’s momentum when he nearly nails him with a “R.K.O.”! But then Rusev again begins to take control of the match. But Orton battles back and he begins to stomp Rusev. Rusev though escapes a draping DDT from Orton and then again begins to take control of the match. Rusev tries a few pin falls but can’t seal the deal.
Then after a little more action, Orton sets up for the R.K.O. again. Rusev counters and goes for his finisher but then the “Viper” nails him with the R.K.O. out of no where! The winner via pin fall by way of R.K.O. is Randy Orton. Oh and happy Rusev Day!
Match 3: WWE United States Championship Triple Threat Match – A.J. Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger
From the start it appears that Tye and Styles are going to team up on Corbin. The two beat Corbin down but problems arise with their team work as the two battle for who is going to pin Corbin. Eventually Tye gets caught off guard and is nailed by a drop kick from Styles! But then Corbin surprises Styles as he pulls him out of the ring. But then after a scuffle with Tye, Corbin is surprised by Styles now!
After some more back and fourth action between the three, it is coming down between Styles and Tye. Tye goes for his signature “Tye Breaker” but Styles reverses and lands a “Phenomenal Forearm”! But then out of no where Corbin comes back in and throws Styles to the side and he goes for the pin! Corbin gets the 1, 2, 3 count and starts to celebrate. The winner via pin fall by way of “Phenomenal Forearm” and new WWE United States Champion, Baron Corbin.
Match 4: WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match – Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair
This match is a battle from the very beginning! These two superstars start really going after one another. It’s back and forth to start but then Charlotte starts to get the upper hand. Just as it looks like Charlotte is going to pull off the win, Natalya remembers the “champion’s advantage”. Natalya nails Flair with a steel chair and is disqualified from the match.
In the end Charlotte gets the win but not the title. Natalya stays the champ, for now at least. But still there are questions still on our minds. Will Charlotte get the title back, will the first ever Women’s Money In The Bank finally be cashed in, and what’s next for Natalya? The winner via DQ Charlotte Flair. And then after the match Natalya beats the knee of Flair with the steel chair, this isn’t over for sure!
For some reason the “Fashion Files” are back. During which Breezdango makes fun of Ascension just to find they had been in poor disguises right next to them. Ascension walks away shortly after in a very sad manner. A knock at the door that at first is mistaken to be Ascension asking to be friends again but it isn’t! Instead it’s a box and when they open it, it glows. They then know they have a new case on SmackDown, and again it is to be continued….. for some strange reason.
Match 5: WWE Championship Match – Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
I’ll just be real honest on this match. This match is exactly probably what you think it was now having seen ever other Jinder match. Shinsuke starts to win it but then the Singh Brothers interfere. Finally the ref throws out the Singh Brothers and as he does so, Shinsuke gets distracted by the happening. After a brief scuffle outside the ring, Shinsuke brings the two back into the ring. As he turns to hit his signature move, Mahal nails him with his instead. Again the winner and still champion via pin fall by way of “Khallas”, Jinder Mahal. This was the typical Jinder match, I was disappointed.
Match 6: Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode
This match was weird to me. I thought it was a bad booking move to have this match as the Co-Main Event especially after just had the WWE Championship match! This match didn’t do much for Roode and did less for us fans. This match wasn’t anything special at all and could’ve served as a main event on NXT or an opening match for SmackDown. Dolph pretty well owned this match from the start but loss it towards the end. Roode goes for his signature but instead the two engage in the trading of roll up pins assisted by a hand full of tights each time. Ultimately the winner via pin fall by way of (dirty) roll up pin, Bobby Roode. He pays for it though as he gets nailed by Dolph’s “Zigzag” as Ziggler leaves the ring.
Main Event: Hell In A Cell Falls Count Anywhere Match – Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
This match started as a battle between the two! The old Shane O’Mac showed up at times in this one it seemed. Shane nailed all of his signature moves to include a vintage “Coast To Coast”! The two started to go at it before the could even lock the cell closed! Shane looks like he is out for blood, and Kevin wants to send Shane to Hell!
After some intense action, Shane breaks the lock and the action spills out of the cell. Owens now gets the upper hand and leaves Shane motionless on the announce table and then climbs the cell to the the top. He thinks about jumping off but he just couldn’t force himself to do it. So Shane comes up to him and the two begin to battle it out on top of the cell! As they try to climb down the cell, Shane throws K.O. off the cell and through the table!
Shane thinks about the pin but instead he pulls Owens on top of the other announce table. Shane then climbs the cell and sets up for the ultimate all or nothing elbow drop from the top of the cell! Shane falls from the top of the cell elbow first and awaits the impact. But just as Shane begins to fall, a ring side assistant drops his hood (for some reason) and then pulls Owens off the table just before Shane’s body explodes through the table!
The ring side assistant is actually Sami Zayn who appears to be in shock of what he has done. He then pushes the medics out of the way and pulls K.O. over the top of Shane. Then he forces the ref to count, and the ref does for the easy 1, 2, 3 win. The winner via pin fall by way of assistance, Kevin Owens.
Walker’s Words of Wisdom
I hate to be so harsh about this one, but I have to be. This was a great event but booked terribly! They had the first ever Tag Team Hell In A Cell match for the SmackDown tag titles with the greatest rivaled tag teams since the Hardy’z and the Dudley’s days, and they open with that? Why not move this to the Co-Main Event and move the Roode vs. Ziggler match to the opening match? The night seemed to drain it’s energy until the Main Event and having the Roode vs. Ziggler match when they did did not help at all.
The Usos and New Day stole the show I think. I don’t understand why they booked four title matches but didn’t have one as the Main Event or Co-Main Event. I think they matches should’ve gone as follows:
1. Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler
2. Randy Orton vs. Rusev
3.WWE United States Championship Triple Threat Match – A.J. Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger
4. WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship – Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair
5. WWE Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jinder Mahal
6. Co-Main Event – Hell In A Cell Falls Count Anywhere Match – Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
7. Main Event – Hell In A Cell WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match – New Day(Woods & Big E) vs. The Usos
And that’s how I would’ve booked the night. I think had they gone that way they would’ve had more success with keeping the crowd and us viewers into it and excited all night. All that said it was a great event but just not booked very well in my opinion. I would say to watch the first and last match for sure because they are the Hell In A Cell matches and worth it for sure. The first match(New Day vs. Usos) is the best match of the night for sure. I would say to watch all the matches but to skip the Roode vs. Ziggler match and the WWE Championship match(Mahal vs. Nakamura) for sure. The rest of the matches beside those two are good at least and worth watching for one reason or another. Also, I would save all the “Fashion Files” stuff for SmackDown. It just doesn’t need to be at pay-per-views in my opinion.
Ultimately I would give this about a 5 out of 10. And that’s because they booked it wrong, they made a WWE Championship match boring, and they had a match that had no real meaning beyond a rivalry match as the Main Event. I think they could’ve done much better than what they did and that’s why I rate it the way I did. Honestly I think that Raw the night after was a better show than most if not all of Hell In A Cell. Great matches mostly, just not booked well. Definitely one to watch most of for sure though.