Here are your results and a couple of highlights from tonight’s Hell in a Cell event out of Boston, Massachusetts.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Rusev (Hell in a Cell Match)
The cell is lowered and the PPV portion kicks off with Roman Reigns defending his United States championship against Rusev. The cell isn’t used as much as the weapons hidden under the ring during this match. We get some kendo stick action and even a spot where Rusev goes for The Accolade (for the second time) with a steel chain wrapped around the mouth of Reigns. One of our twitter followers called it the ‘Bulgarian Braces’.
The match went a little long, the longest of the night at nearly 25 minutes, ending with Reigns hitting the spear to knock Rusev off the steel steps inside of the ring.
Final Result: Roman Reigns defeats Rusev via pinfall to retain his United States Championship
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
Cute little match that saw Dana get the early offense by targeting the injured shoulder of Bayley. Bayley would turn things around and hit the Bayley to Belly for the win. Match went just over 6 minutes.
Final Result: Bayley defeats Dana Brooke via pinfall
Gallows and Anderson versus Enzo and Cass
Enzo and Cass absolutely slay it on the mic with some witty references involving anything and everything from Boston sports to Toy Story.
In the end, Gallows and Anderson get the much needed victory via the Magic Killer.
Final Result: Gallows and Anderson defeat Enzo and Cass via pinfall
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins (Hell in a Cell Match)
Love the pacing of this event with Rusev-Reigns kicking things off, Rollins-Owens in the middle and the girls at the end. Gives fans time to breathe in between the most important matches of the night and keeps the interest level on high throughout the full event. Saw a lot of folks on Twitter complaining about it but I saw a lot of folks complaining about a lot of things tonight that I thought went over well.
Owens targeted the back of Rollins (Seth had kinesio tape on it to play up the powerbomb on the outside of the ring last Monday) and also took full advantage of the cell throughout the match. Rollins powerbombing KO through not one, but two tables was probably the spot of the show.
Jericho eventually made his way into the cell after Owens sprayed the ref with a fire extinguisher to create the confusion. Rollins would put up a fight for a little bit but the numbers game would prove to be too much. Owens ends up pulling out the win by powerbombing Rollins into two steel chairs. Jericho would hit an extra codebreaker on a prone Rollins good measure before joining Owens at the top of the ramp to celebrate.
Final Results: Kevin Owens defeats Seth Rollins via pinfall to retain his Universal Championship
TJ Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick
The story heading into this one was that Kendrick wanted Perkins to give him the victory because of everything he did for him when he was coming up the ranks. Perkins wouldn’t do that, but he’d play into Kendrick’s trap by falling for him faking an injury. That’d lead to a headbutt from Kendrick followed by his Captains Hook finisher that would force the tap.
Final Result: Brian Kendrick defeats TJ Perkins via submission (Captains Hook) to become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
Kofi takes a break tonight to watch Xavier and Big E defend the titles against Cesaro and Sheamus. Cesaro had Xavier ready to tap inside of the ring with the sharpshooter locked in but the ref was focused on the action outside of the ring. Kofi got involved by attacking Sheamus and essentially saving the New Day’s title reign.
Final Results: Cesaro and Sheamus defeat The New Day via DQ
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
The WrestleMania level entrances from both women immediately highlights the historic importance of this match.
Before the cage was fully lowered, Charlotte gets Sasha outside and they end up brawling out into the audience. Once they get back outside of the cage, Charlotte powerbombs Sasha through the table and the medics are alerted. Banks crawls around the cage while Charlotte sings along to her demise inside of it. Banks is put on stretcher and a neck brace is put around her neck. Just when it appears that we are getting a title change due to forfeit – Banks pushes the refs and medics away and enters the ring. The match is underway.
Overall it was a great match that will catch some flack due to a couple of botched table spots. Both girls really put it all on the line but it was Charlotte who really shined through in this particular match. She showed just how much of a dominant force she is. Flair played the powerhouse and Banks played the comeback kid who we were to believe would pick up the win to retain her title. That wouldn’t be the case.
I’m not sure if this was the finished they planned, Charlotte rag dolled Banks onto a table twice before hitting Natural Selection and getting the pin, but it’s what we were given. I really feel like the match didn’t deliver like the girls would have wanted it to but it was a moment that will live on forever in time regardless. Everything can’t always go as planned and sometimes that just adds a little more realism (Sasha just doesn’t have enough weight to break these tables) of the match depending on the situation. This was one of those.
Charlotte now improves to 13-0 on PPV’s (12-0 in title matches) and begins her 3rd reign as Champion. She may just end up passing her Dad’s 16 at this pace.
Final Result: Charlotte Flair defeats Sasha Banks via pinfall to become the new WWE RAW Women’s Champion
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