The Hell in a Cell pay-per-view was SmackDown's last major stop before Survivor Series, with four title matches and two contests held inside of the cage. Especially after WWE basically announced that he'd be the champion when they go to India in December. Would we get some pleasant surprises from some areas of the under card?
What about the other matches? Considering who's involved in this year's marquee battle, it'll probably be closer to the former.
The first match of the night came on the kick-off show when Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin faced The Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder) in tag team action. That led to the fight taking place at the top of the structure.
The Usos are now five-time tag team champions but this is their third run with the blue brand titles.
Kevin Owens' lengthy United States title feud with AJ Styles led to a lot of frustrations for the husky former champ and some of his arguments were legitimate. As paramedics attended to McMahon, Zayn placed Owens on top of him for the three count and the victory.
Somehow, McMahon was able to turn his fortunes around and trap his opponent in a triangle choke that Owens, in desperation, was able to escape by tossing McMahon into the steel stairs lying just outside the ring. Shane then climbed up back to the top of the Hell in a Cell to deliver an elbow drop.
We learned years ago that Shane McMahon is not afraid of heights. And the two scaled the cell. Owens tossed him into the cell, but McMahon got up quickly and jumped off the barricade to hit a clothesline.
Neither man is known for their tact inside the ring, and the table-smashes, top-cell powerbombs and huge punches electrified the crowd. Owens would accept the match before proceeding to attack Vince and bust him open. I guess as signature moves goes, this one is pretty special, let's hope if he was hurt he makes a quick recovery and if he wasn't that he gets an Oscar nomination for best actor. Interference by the Singh brothers and a knee injury to Nakamura saw the modern-day-Maharaja pick up yet another win. It's getting REALLY tiresome, guys.
-Randy Orton beat Rusev yet again. Jinder Mahal remained the undispute king of WWE as he retained his title against Shinsuke Nakamura. It would create sympathy for her and additional heat for Carmella.
The WWE women's division has evolved in the past couple of months. Sorry Natalya, but the quality of this one falls on you a lot more than Charlotte. Of course, Carmella is still lurking about with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Also, Baron Corbin ended up winning the US Championship, but will he face Styles in a rematch at the big PPV? The Lone Wolf took advantage of some bedlam in the ring at the end of the match, as Tye Dillinger was pinned thanks to a Phenomenal Forearm finding its mark and Styles being evicted from the ring. Is that too much to ask? Wrestling can be freaky but fall of wild twists and turns. Feuding with Bobby Roode continues the narrative Ziggler left off when he was the welcoming committee for Shinsuke Nakamura, but at this point, I need SmackDown to give Roode a little struggle. Both Roode and Ziggler have something to prove.
We're supposed to get a new installment of the Fashion Files, so hey, maybe we'll see Breezango wrestle someone!.Maybe.