WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 Review


The Usos defeated the New Day (c) to become the New WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions

Anytime these guys are in the ring, they put on a show. They were able to do this again as they opened up the show and put on another great match in what will go down as one of the best rivalries of 2017. There were some crazy spots in this match where we saw moves by tag teams that we haven’t seen before. Great job all around by both teams and a crazy ending as both of the Usos hit a splash on Xavier Woods while Woods had a steel chair on this chest to become the five-time Tag Team champions.

Bobby Roode defeated Dolph Ziggler

This match result was going to be predictable considering that this is Bobby Roode’s first WWE PPV match. Ziggler helped put over Shinsuke in his first PPV match and he did the same here with Roode. I do not think this rivalry is over yet though because Ziggler attacked Roode after the match so we will see where this goes from here. Overall, decent match but when it is predictable, it takes away the suspense in the match.

Baron Corbin defeated AJ Styles (c) and Tye Dillinger to become the New United States Champion

The rumors of Baron Corbin getting buried by the WWE creative team seem to be false now that Corbin is United States champion. This match was alright as nothing too crazy happened during it considering it was a triple threat match. Corbin took advantage as Styles hit the phenomenal forearm on Dillinger to win the match but then Corbin threw Styles out the ring to get the pinfall. The result makes sense and hopefully Styles can now get involved back into the WWE championship picture.

Charlotte Flair defeated Natalya (c) by DQ for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship

Natalya took the easy way out as she got herself disqualified to retain her championship against Charlotte. This match was OK throughout as Natalya really worked the knee of Charlotte as she tried to overcome and make a comeback. The result makes sense because as momentum was in Charlotte’s favor, Natalya attacked Charlotte with a steel chair. This is another rivalry where it looks like it isn’t over yet.

Randy Orton defeated Rusev

Anytime it looks like Rusev is getting momentum to get better involved in the main event picture, he always loses. This was the case this time again as Orton beat him with an RKO. This was a good match though as these two put on good counters against each other. It’ll be interesting to see where these two go from here as Orton isn’t going to be involved in the WWE Championship picture anytime soon and Rusev is still trying to figure out where he stands on Smackdown.

Jinder Mahal was able to retain his WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell….making his title reign now last over five months

Jinder Mahal (c) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship

What makes a great heel is when he somehow still finds a way to win even when the odds are against them. Another thing about being a great heel is being able to get actual heel heat. This got shown in this match as Mahal was still able to win even after the Singh Brothers got ejected as he hit his finisher after Nakamura missed his finishing maneuver. This match was alright throughout but considering that this is the WWE Championship, we do need to see better though. Now, we do get to see who is next for Jinder as he has now gotten through Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Kevin Owens defeated Shane McMahon

This definitely was match of the night and it was very intense throughout. The Falls Count Anywhere stipulation did come into play as the finishing fall was on the outside of the cell so it is nice that WWE decided to actually use this. It was very tense throughout the match as you were legitimately concerned that somebody was going to get seriously hurt. Most of this was because these two decided to fight on top of the Hell in a Cell and were slamming each other on top of it and scaring the fans that somebody might go through it. But, that wasn’t the case but Shane McMahon did have the spot of the night as he jumped off the top the cell through the announcers table. The swerve of the night was that Sami Zayn helped Kevin Owens and pulled him off the table at the last second and then threw Kevin Owens on top of McMahon to get the pinball. A Sami Zayn heel turn was definitely something nobody saw coming and it also leads an interesting story to be told as we see where this goes from here.

Overall, this event wasn’t really anything too crazy and was just an average PPV. Some of the match outcomes were predictable such as the Roode vs. Ziggler and the WWE championship match. But, other times there were moments that were unpredictable such as the Usos defeating the New Day as well as Sami Zayn helping Kevin Owens defeat Shane McMahon. All around, this event was decent and it does make me look forward to see what the future holds for Smackdown.