It is time for the superstars of WWE to take on Hell in a Cell. Tonight features three championship matches.
PRESHOW: Natalya defeated Mandy Rose via Submission (Sharp Shooter)
It looks like after Monday night the feud between these women and their tag team partners will continue. Rose looked to get one over on Nattie to put her tag team in a good position for a possible championship opportunity, but failed in her quest.
We began the show with a video showing us how we got to this point in all the rivalries we will see tonight. Then we get into the action: The Smackdown Women’s Championship!!
Bianca Belair defeated Bayley via Pinfall (KOD on a ladder) to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
If you want to start a PPV off right hand it over to the women. Bayley and Bianca really brought the fight. Brutality was at its finest. Belair was quick to gain the upper hand. Chairs then came into play.
Bayley also tried to used Belair’s braid against her. She tied the braid to one of the ring ropes. Then she tied Belair’s braid to a steel chair. Neither of these options worked out for Bayley though. Bayley may have thought she had one over on the champion. Bayley had a lot of good ideas, especially being the only competitor with experience in Hell in a Cell, but they just did not pan out.
These two women put it all on the line. From just using the Hell in a Cell to using other weapons, they went all out. Belair decided to use her braid to her advantage, just as Bayley was trying to do. When Belair’s braid was tied up she found ways to trip up Bayley and gain back the advantage. In the end Belair hit a KOD to Bayley on top of a ladder that was brought into the match.
After a little commercial due to the Peacock Network, Bianca Belair was interviewed backstage after her win. She did say she was thrilled to retain her championship, but she would never forgive Bayley for kicking her ass in Hell in a Cell.
Seth Rollins defeated Cesaro via Pinfall (Rollup)
Rollins versus Cesaro? You knew this was gonna be a good one! Rollins and Cesaro are two of the best wrestlers the WWE has to offer and they showed that tonight.
The action did begin before the bell with Rollins taking advantage as an architect would. Although Rollins tried to take control, Cesaro did gain an advantage once the bell finally rang. It was a brilliant and hard hitting match. Cesaro was just as amazing as we have always seen him.
Of course Rollins was able to block Cesaro’s moves and counters, but it was entertaining to watch and try to predict. Cesaro did catch Rollins in The Swing, but some how (in a way I feel like it was a blink and a miss type thing) Rollins caught Cesaro in a roll up! (If I heard right, apparently Rollins got revenge!)
Shayna Baszler rolled up to Gorilla Position. She didn’t want to hear about Lily (duh she’s crazy)! Baszler is ready to end whatever this is. Nia Jax and Reginald were also at the interview. Reginald did try to give Baszler a kiss on the hand, but wow did that not work out in his favor. Instead Baszler actually slapped him. I wish I had something good to say about this moment, but it is what it is?
Alexa Bliss defeated Shayna Baszler via Pinfall
We had a bit of a stare down. Of course though, Reginald tried to be a distraction and it sort of helped but not by much. Eventually though Bliss attempted to stare down Reginald! Remember he Bliss tried to “control” Reginald and this match was no different.
This match was weird, but that should have been expected. Lily didn’t show up, but the after match of her presence was felt. Bliss somehow “controlled” Nia Jax! Jax actually slapped Reginald! Getting control of Jax definitely helped, but not in Baszler’s favor obviously.
Sami Zayn defeated Kevin Owens via Pinfall (Helluva Kick)
Fight forever. This is one feud that I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing. KO and Zayn are content fighting each other until the end of time. Zayn did catch KO on the ropes a few times which did hinder his breathing.
Really though this was a classic KO and Zayn match. KO might have lost, but it was a classic match. Zayn wound up bloody from the mouth, but that didn’t stop him from carrying on. Lots of action in this one, but KO lost after a bit of neglect.
Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley via DQ
Championship time! Flair could not let the match begin fairly though. Flair actually attempted to grab the championship from the referee and throw it at Ripley to gain an advantage. That did not work well. Truly this should have been a match under Hell in a Cell rules.
Bobby Lashley defeated Drew McIntyre via Pinfall (Rollup) [Courtesy of CBS Sports]
Lashley immediately dove from the ring to try and pull something from under the ring but McIntyre followed, driving Lashley’s face into the Cell before slamming him into the wall. Lashley fired back, using the ring steps but McIntyre lifted him for a suplex and launched him into the Cell wall before grabbing the ring steps and twice ramming them into Lashley’s head. The two big men continued to attack each other outside the ring, with Lashley suffering a cut on his arm. As McIntyre set up a table, MVP slid his cane through the Cell, allowing Lashley to get the upper hand once again. After being rammed into the cage and the ring post several times by Lashley, McIntyre came back with his own version of Sheamus’ White Noise on the ring steps.
McIntyre continued his dominant stretch before grabbing several chairs and throwing them into the ring, delivering a face-first slam to Lashley onto one of them. Lashley nearly locked in the Hurt Lock, but McIntyre countered and hit a sit-out powerbomb for a two count. Lashley fought back, using the ring steps to ram McIntyre into the Cell wall over and over before MVP helped trap McIntyre in the corner by sliding a kendo stick through the chain link. Lashley brought McIntyre back into the ring and set up a chair before driving McIntyre into it with a pair of flatliners. Lashley hit McIntyre with a kendo stick several times until McIntyre trapped it with his arm and used a chair before being shoved into the referee, who was knocked out of the ring.
With the referee down, McIntyre hit a Future Shock DDT but no one was there to make the count. McIntyre demanded a new referee enter the Cell before laying Lashley out with a Claymore. With the Cell door open, MVP pulled the ref from the ring to make the save. MVP then found himself locked inside the Cell and on the receiving end of a McIntyre attack, ending in a Claymore. McIntyre was distracted enough to allow Lashley to lock in the Hurt Lock outside the ring but McIntyre launched himself backwards through a table to break the hold. Back in the ring, McIntyre lined up another Claymore after using a steel chair to attack Lashley but Lashley was able to duck out of the way and send McIntyre through a table at ringside with a chokeslam. McIntyre countered a spear from Lashley and hit another Future Shock and went for a Claymore only to have MVP grab his leg to set up Lashley for a roll-up to steal the win.