It’s been a minute since the WWE Championship main evented a pay-per-view.
Drew McIntyre found out when you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes.
He and Bobby Lashley had a physical match and honestly it ended up being my favorite match of the night. And I did not expect that.
McIntyre brought the physicality early and introduced the steps into the match. Some tables and chairs later, McIntyre was going to hit Lashley, but Lashley turned him around and sent him into the referee. So McIntyre did the Claymore and called for a new referee, but he wasn’t the only man who entered the Cell.
MVP grabbed the referee right as he would count the victory for McIntyre, and later, he would end up being the man to end Drew’s dream.
Tables were harmed in the making of this match, and the final spot saw McIntyre going for one more Claymore, but MVP grabbed his legs and Lashley rolled him up to win.
Now, Drew will probably be irate about this tomorrow, but it was all legal. So he has to be done with the title picture for now. He should have known the Cell wouldn’t stop any interference.
But let’s remember that this is the company that gave The Miz the Money in the Bank briefcase after he wrestled in a match that John Morrison cashed in on. I try to forget that stupid shit but I can’t get Will Smith to flash it out of my brain.
If Drew is truly done, who is the next challenger? Maybe Kofi Kingston again since there’s like... no top faces on Raw. Would be fine with me since they’re setting something up with him and MVP.
Let’s get to the rest of the show. For a full rundown of Hell in a Cell, check out the live blog by Claire Elizabeth!
Bye bye, Bayley
It’s clear that Bianca Belair is an athlete and such an incredible one.
Bayley was the one who tried introducing weapons into the match, and kept it up throughout. I loved the spot where Belair used her hair to combat the chair and Bayley got rocked by it.
Of course Belair paid for that because her hair ended up tied onto the ropes again, but Bayley couldn’t capitalize on it.
All of a sudden Bayley turned into a vampire and bit Belair (on the arm... but still!) A beautiful moment of... actual continuity and Bayley took out kendo sticks tied together to make sure they didn’t screw her up in her last match with Sasha Banks last year.
She also turned face by telling Michael Cole to shut up and not explain it because everyone watches her. Thank you, Bayley.
Well, Bayley got put through them after taking too long, and then Belair hit her with the chair. Bayley got back at her by tying her hair to the chair. I love how she’s still able to get herself out of it relatively quickly.
AND THEN SHE TIED HER OWN HAIR TO BAYLEY’S WRIST! That was a wonderful spot.
Bayley wanted out like a coward and I thought that it was going to be over, but then Bayley introduced the ladder and it went on. However it gave us that awesome KOD on the ladder for the win.
This was quite a great start to the show. I had a feeling that this would be the main event since Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio were on SmackDown. Then I remembered that the Lashley/McIntyre match had stakes. Stakes I didn’t care about at all but stakes nonetheless.
If Sasha isn’t back yet, I guess Carmella could be the next challenger for Bianca? Or Bayley just gets another shot because... yeah.
Another Hell in a Cell DQ
I’m conflicted about this.
I was on a little bit of a delay tonight, and I happened to find out about the finish before I even started the match.
I tried to go into it with a positive mindset given the players here, and I loved Charlotte Flair grabbing the title and toying around with Rhea Ripley. Charlotte trash talked Rhea the whole time and brought out the best in Rhea for this. Flair did Natural Selection and used her legs for leverage and the referee saw it.
Flair did a double moonsault for a near fall. Ripley did a nice superplex off the top rope. Flair then did the Figure Eight and Ripley got to the ropes.
And then that spot. It almost looked like Ripley didn’t even intend to hit Flair with the table cover. She wasn’t phased by it or celebrating it. The referee had to tell her she was disqualified and the match was over and she kept beating Flair up.
But after she made it look intention by saying to Charlotte she did what Charlotte would have done. I don’t know how I feel about this yet. Disqualifications suck and I hate them most of the time. I don’t think this one really made sense though since the table is used so many times in matches and people don’t typically get disqualified from it.
Seth Rollins defeated Cesaro
Seth Freakin’ Rollins is such a jerk.
Man couldn’t even let Cesaro get in the ring before blindsiding him. He didn’t get much momentum though because Cesaro was right on him. Rollins played dirty and poked Cesaro in the eye and dragged his head across the rope. Don’t know how much that would hurt. Cesaro showed all his strength and took a scary dive out of the ring off of Rollins’ legs. At one point Cesaro kicked Rollins’ glove out of the ring and Pat McAfee, bless him, said it was kicked like a PISS MISSILE out of the ThunderDome. God I hope Vince doesn’t get rid of you, Pat. Or make you conform to his shitty commentary tropes.
Anyway, Seth won and that was... fine? I don’t know I’m a little upset Cesaro didn’t win. All of this “getting wins back” stuff gets tiring after a while. And because it’s now 1-1, it would appear that this is continuing to Money in the Bank.
Sami Zayn defeated Kevin Owens
Owens and Zayn started off the way that Owens and Zayn typically does.
They will forever bring the fight forever energy and I’ll always appreciate that. Owens brought the hurt and flung Zayn at the turnbuckle and he bounced off and flipped around. Loved that spot. Owens was still selling the Nigerian Nail from Friday like a good sport. Zayn took advantage of it throughout the match and wore Owens down. At one point it looked like Owens legitimately hurt his left shoulder. That didn’t stop him from doing an insane Swanton off the apron to the floor. It also didn’t stop him from doing Stunner and Zayn just got in at 9.9. Zayn hung up the bad arm on the rope and did the Helluva kick to win.
Alexa Bliss defeated Shayna Baszler
When they didn’t even address or ask Shayna what happened after the lights went out in that room, I knew this wasn’t going to be as fun as it could have been. Immediately Reginald get involved and Shayna knocked Bliss down. Bliss had this smile on the whole time, and then she started crawling like that girl from The Ring. Baszler did a submission but because Bliss is double jointed, it didn’t affect her at all. Baszler started staring at Bliss and looked like she was in a trance for a moment, but then broke it up. And then Bliss possessed Nia and had her slap Reginald. Best part of all of this thank you Alexa.
Bliss won with a Twisted Bliss. K.
What were your thoughts, Cagesiders?