Looking to get the second Raw-brand pay-per-view (PPV) of the “new era” off to a hot start, General Manager Mick Foley called on his cruiserweights.
Seems like a good idea, right? Athletic guys capable of popping the crowd with impressive feats of wrestling skill. On Monday nights, it hasn’t quite been working out.
Would the Hell in a Cell Kickoff match between Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak & Tony Nese and Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado & Sin Cara turn the tide?
It certainly had the talent to do just that, and the Boston crowd seemed to be into the action early. Sin Cara held forth for his team, delivering backbreakers to everyone on the opposing team. A momentary distraction allowed the heels to get some momentum, and Nese delivered an impressive sight when he deadlifted Dorado and threw him onto his teammates on the floor:
Of course, that took us to a commercial, even on the WWE Network. Though things were cooled off a bit by that, and a rest hold on Lince from Gulak which filled the time, business picked up with a hot tag to Cedric. A big spot where Alexander and all three babyfaces flew to the outside and drove their rivals into the barricade was the beginning of the kind of chaos fans expect from the Cruisers.
The action came to a close when Ced caught Drew on his second try for the Lombar Check finisher.
Mission accomplished on a fun match to start the show. Now where do they go from here?
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