|Date: October 6, 2019
|Venue: Golden 1 Center |City: Sacramento, California
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A video package kicks us off with a creepy childs voice narrating a VT mostly focusing on the Hell In A Cell matches themselves.
Vic Joseph welcomes us to Hell In A Cell, he’s joined by Jerry “The King” Lawler and Dio Madden.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks – Hell In A Cell match for the Raw Women’s Championship
Background: At Clash of Champions, the Raw Women’s Championship match between defending champion Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks ended in a disqualification win for Banks; thus Lynch retained as titles do not change hands via disqualification unless stipulated. Following the match, Lynch and Banks brawled throughout the arena. The following night on Raw, Banks challenged Lynch to a rematch at Hell in a Cell which Lynch accepted with the added stipulation that the match will be contested in a Hell in a Cell match.
Previous PPV matches: This is a second PPV match between these two girls, Sasha Banks won the first by disqualification.
Hell In A Cell PPV Record: Becky Lynch is 1-0, Sasha Banks is 0-1.
Match: Sasha attacks Becky as the cell is being lowered and kicks her out of the ring before suplexing her onto the ramp. Lynch soon takes the advantage, using a chain and then kicks Sasha into the ring steps. It’s a big red cell tonight. It’s not long before Sasha goes to town with a chair for a few near falls. It’s a back and forth match with both girls getting plenty of offence in. Banks hiys a couple of kneeteora’s, one into a ladder and the other off a chair. Becky hits a Van Daminator but Sasha is stood there holding the chair way too long. Becky sets up some kendo sticks in the corner of the cage and sits a chair on top of them before seating Sasha on the chair and hitting a running dropkick. Unique. Banks hits a knessteora through the table and Becky kicks out at 2. Sasha rthrows a pile of chairs into the ring but Banks ends up hitting a Bex-ploder off the top and into the chairs. Lynch locks on the disarm-her and Sasha taps out!
Result: Becky Lynch retains the Raw Women’s Championship by submission.
Review: This was a really great match to kick things off. Loads of weapons, loads of fun. Becky wins the match and continues her hot streak. Two of the most talented girls in the company putting on a show tonight. Who will be up next for Lynch?
There’s a video package next for Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. It’s mostly focused around Rowan.
Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper – Tornado Tag Team match
Background: Prior to Clash of Champions, Erick Rowan attacked Roman Reigns backstage and lied to Daniel Bryan about it, resulting in him and Bryan splitting as a tag team. Rowan then defeated Reigns in a No Disqualification match at Clash of Champions thanks to the returning Luke Harper, reforming their tag team On the following SmackDown, Rowan explained that he began to target Reigns to scare him and to show that Reigns was not the dominant figure he was presumed to be. Rowan also claimed that he had been overlooked, underappreciated, and disrespected and that he was not Bryan’s equal, but better than him. Bryan later stated that regardless if he was a face or a heel, he never used to lie, and he thought of Rowan as his friend. Bryan was interrupted by Rowan and attacked by Harper. Reigns came out to Bryan’s aid, only for Rowan and Harper to dominate Bryan and Reigns. The following week, Rowan defeated Bryan; following the match, Harper and Rowan attacked Bryan. Reigns again came to Bryan’s aid, where they eventually overcame Rowan and Harper. Bryan and Reigns then challenged Rowan and Harper to a tag team match at Hell in a Cell which was made official.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time match between these two teams.
Hell In A Cell PPV Record: Roman Reigns is 2-1-1, Daniel Bryan is 2-2, Rowan and Harper wrestle at this event for the first time.
Match: The bell rings and all four men get into it. Reigns tries to end it early with a spear to Rowan but Harper makes the save. Harper and Rowan hit Reigns with chops which always seems pointless considering Roman’s chest protector. Daniel Bryan spends a lot of time outside of the ring which allows Harper and Rowan to double team Roman Reigns. Bryan locks the LeBell lock on Rowan but Harper makes the save for his partner. Reigns starts a comeback until Rowan low-bridges him. Daniel Bryan then picks up the pace against Luke Harper. Harper hits a suicide dive on Reigns and Harper looks to have got the worst of it, smashing his face off the corner of the announce desk. Rowan breaks off some barricade and smashes it into Roman Reigns. Harper looks to powerbomb Daniel Bryan through the announce desk but Bryan counters with a hurricanrana and Roman Reigns then spears Rowan through the German announce table. Reigns sells a knee injury there, might have been a nasty landing for him. Bryan has some serious welts on his body as Harper hits him with powerbombs and suplexes. Reigns hits a superman punch on Harper, Bryan follows it up with a running knee and Reigns hits a spear for the three!
Result: Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns wins by pinfall.
Review: This was another really good match. The tornado stipulation really helped as it was chaos from the outset. Reigns and Bryan pick up the win putting a stop to the push of Rowan and Harper. All four men come out of the match looking great though. Probably the end of this rivalry for now.
After the match Daniel Bryan offers his hand, Reigns goes into the shake it but Bryan pulls away! Bryan then encourages a hug and the two men embrace.
Charly Caruso is backstage with Seth Rollins who says that tonight he will have no choice but to burn it down.
Ali vs. Randy Orton
Background: On the pre-show, Randy Orton and Ali had a confrontation which lead to Ali challenging Orton to a match. It was Randy that injured Ali earlier in the year, meaning that Ali missed his opportunity to take part in the Eliminartion Chamber match for the WWE Championship.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Hell In A Cell PPV Record: Randy Orton is 6-2, Mustafa Ali wrestles on this show for the first ever time.
Match: The two men try to set a different pace to the match in the early going with Ali looking to start quick whilst Randy slows things down. Orton dominates for the early part of the match and tosses Ali out of the ring off the top rope. Orton suplexes Ali onto the announce desk and then side suplexes him onto it. There’s some classic Orton offence with submissions and stomps but Ali eventually picks up the pace and hits a dropkick and a suicide dive. Orton avoids a 450 splash and Ali counters an RKO before hitting a tornado DDT. Orton avoids the 450 again and really takes his time to get back on the offence. Randy hits a hangmans DDT and then looks for an RKO but Ali counters with a weird handstand. Ali then looks to hit a rolling facebuster but Orton counters with an RKO for the three.
Result: Randy Orton wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a little slow for my liking. I’m a big fan of Ali and he’s great to watch but this match was Ortons pace. It’s a win for Orton tonight in what was a forgettable match.
We’re shown some footage from the Hell In A Cell kick-off show with Natalya beating Lacey Evans. There’s a rematch on Raw tomorrow night with a Last Woman Standing stipulation.
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) vs. The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) – Women’s Tag Team Championship match
Background: The day of the event, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross were scheduled to defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship against The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane). Bliss and Cross last eliminated The Kabuki Warriors in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match to win the titles back in August.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match involving these two tag teams.
Hell In A Cell PPV Record: Alexa Bliss is 0-1, the other three girls make their Hell In A Cell PPV debut tonight.
Match: Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross starts the match and it’s advantage to the challengers in the early going. Bliss tags in and takes control against Asuka. The fight goes to the outside where Asuka lays into Bliss. It’s a back and forth match for the most part. Asuka is explosive in the way she wrestles. Asuka applies ankle locks to Bliss who won’t tap out. It’s Alexa that’s taken the most offence in this one but she finally makes the hot tag to Nikki Cross. Cross picks up the pace and takes down both challengers. Sane hits an Alabama slam on Nikki and heads up top for the elbow drop but Nikki gets her knees up and then hits a spinning neckbreaker but Asuka breaks up the pinfall that follows. Bliss fights off Sane on the outside but Asuka spits green mist in the face of Nikki and kicks her in the face for the three!
Result: The Kabuki Wairriors win the women’s tag team championships by pinfall.
Review: This was a good tag team match between these four girls. I loved the ending with the mist to the face of Cross. New women’s tag team champions tonight and I like this team of Asuka and Sane. They’re both excellent in the ring and have loads of charisma. It’ll be interesting to see if this is the end of the Bliss/Cross team.
We’re shown some footage from the debut of Smackdown on Fox. It wa sa show with The Rock, Tyson Fury, Brock Lesnar beating Kofi Kingston in 8 seconds for the WWE Championship and Cain Velasquez coming out to run off Lesnar.
The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) & Braun Strowman vs. The OC (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) – 6 man tag team match
Background: On the September 16 episode of Raw, The O.C. (United States Champion AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson) defeated Cedric Alexander and The Viking Raiders (Ivar and Erik) in a six-man tag team match. Following the match, The O.C. attacked Alexander and The Viking Raiders. The following week, The Viking Raiders defeated Gallows and Anderson in a tag team match. On October 6, a match featuring The Viking Raiders and a partner of their choosing against all three members of The O.C. was scheduled for Hell in a Cell.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time 6 man tag team match between these six men.
Hell In A Cell PPV Record: AJ Styles is 1-1, Gallows & Anderson are 1-0, Braun Strowman only wrestled to a no contest in his previous match at this event and The Viking Raiders wrestle at this event for the first time.
Match: Karl Anderson and Ivar start the match with Ivar dominating using his strength. The OC soon take control, making quick tags and keeping Erik away from his corner. Erik finally makes a hot tag to Braun Strowman who picksup the pace. He runs around the ring and takes out all three opponents with shoulder charges. AJ avoids a shoulder charge in the ring and locks on a calf crusher but Erik breaks it up. Strowman looks for a running powerslam on Styles but Anderson stops it with a chop block. Gallows and Anderson then beat down Braun until the referee calls for the bell! After the match Strowman lays out AJ Styles.
Result: The Viking Raiders and Braun Strowman win by disqualification.
Review: This match was ok. It didn’t have a PPV feel, instead it felt like a match you’d see on Raw. I like the potential feud between AJ Styles and Braun Strowman whilst Gallows and Anderson continue their rivalry with The Viking Raiders.
The Street Profits are backstage hyping up Raw tomorrow night. R-Truth are Carmella then run into shot bring chased by Tamina who pins Carmella for the title! Tyler Breeze shows up but Tamina lays him out.
There’s a video package next for King Corbin and Chad Gable.
Chad Gable vs. King Corbin
Background: In the King of the Ring final on the September 16 episode of Raw, Baron Corbin defeated Chad Gable to win the tournament, subsequently changing his ring name to King Corbin. The following night on SmackDown after Corbin insulted Gable, Gable attacked Corbin. A rematch between the two on the September 23 Raw ended in a disqualification after Corbin attacked Gable with his scepter. Another rematch was scheduled for Hell in a Cell.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Hell In A Cell PPV Record: Corbin is 1-0, Chad Gable makes his debut at this event tonight.
Match: King Corbin cuts a promo before the match on Gable, mostly making short jokes and dubs him Shorty Gable. Gable hits a running yakuza kick as the bell rings and then lays in some right hands. Gable applies an ankle lock which Corbin kicks out of. Corbin runs Gable into the ringpost hard. This allows Corbin to dominate for a while whilst Corey Graves refers to Gable as “Shorty Gable”. Gable fires up but gets caught with a powerbomb. Chad hits a moonsault for a near fall. Corbin goes outside and grabs his sceptor but Gable ducks the swing, the referee grabs it out of Corbins hand and Gable rolls up Corbin for the three!
Result: Chad Gable wins by pinfall.
Review: I wasn’t into this and nor were the crowd. It went longer than it needed to. I like Gable and I’d love to see him in mat classics against the likes of Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles but this didn’t really click. I guess this feud may continue.
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte – Smackdown Women’s Championship match
Background: At Clash of Champions, Bayley controversially defeated Charlotte Flair by slamming her head into an exposed turnbuckle to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Their feud would continue on subsequent episodes of Raw and SmackDown, also involving Sasha Banks and Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. On SmackDown’s 20th Anniversary on October 4, Flair and Lynch defeated Bayley and Banks where Flair forced Bayley to submit to the Figure Eight Leg Lock. Due to this win, Flair earned herself a rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Hell in a Cell.
Previous PPV matches: This is the fifth PPV match between these two girls, Bayley has won 3 of the previous 4 and Charlotte the other.
Hell In A Cell PPV Record: Charlotte is 3-1, Bayley is 1-0.
Match: As Bayley is making her entrance Tamina is in the crowd and gets chased by R-Truth. Tamina hides behind Funaki but walks into a kick from Carmella. Truth pins Tamina and wins the 24/7 title. The match finally begins and Charlotte starts well, applying a Boston crab. Bayley gets back into the match with a poke in the eye. Bayley keeps control for a while, appling a single crab which Charlotte rolls out of. Bayley looks to apply a figure four but Charlotte kicks her away. Both girls are working the leg of the other. Bayley nearly gets a three count but the referee noticed Bayley’s feet on the ropes. Charlotte locks on the figure eight and Bayley taps out!
Result: Charlotte wins the Smackdown Women’s Championship by submission.
Review: This was a good match. The psychology was very good. I didn’t expect Charlotte to win to be honest, I’m intruiged by this Bayley heel turn. It feels like a heel turn anyway. Charlotte wins though like she often does on PPV. A good match between these two but not one that stood out. Nothing wrong with it though.
After the match Bayley has a fit, tipping over the ring steps. Could she be going crazy?
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Chad Gable who says it’s fine to call him short. Tonight it was Corbin who came up short. Gable walks off and King Corbin attacks him from nowhere. Pretty brutal attack too. Corbin leaves Gable laying.
There’s a video package next for Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt – Hell In A Cell match for the Universal Championship
Background: Amid speculation that Bray Wyatt would challenge for the Universal Championship at Hell in a Cell, Wyatt seemingly confirmed the rumors in a Firefly Fun House segment on the September 2 episode of Raw. Following Seth Rollins’ successful title defense at Clash of Champions, Wyatt appeared as his sinister alternate persona The Fiend and attacked Rollins with a Sister Abigail and the Mandible Claw. The following night on Raw, Rollins addressed The Fiend’s attack and announced that he would be defending the Universal Championship against The Fiend in a Hell in a Cell match at the event.
Previous PPV matches: These two men have only wrestled one singles match on PPV before and Bray Wyatt won that match.
Hell In A Cell PPV Record: Seth Rollins is 2-3, Bray Wyatt is 0-1.
Match: Weirdly the lights are off for this match with just red lights on the ring. Wyatt no-sells some kendo stick shots and then hits a big urunage. Wyatt domiantes for a while but Rollins hits a stomp out of nowhere and Bray stands right back up. The Fiend hits Sister Abigail and Rollins kicks out at 2. Wyatt pulls out a giant mallet and forces Wyatt into the cell with it. Seth kicks him away and hits a stomp onto the mallet. Rollins hits three more stomps in the ring to boo’s from the crowd but The Fiend gets back up. Rollins hits a pedigree and another stomp and Wyatt kicks out at 1! Rollins hits five more stomps and hits a big chair shot to the face but again Wyatt kicks out at 1. Rollins puts a chair over the face of The Fiend but the wide shot gives away that the chair has slipped off so when Rollins smashes the ladder into the chair, we all know it’s slipped off. Rollins gets a two count. Rollins lays the chair and ladder on top of Wyatt and then beats him in the face with a tool box multiple times. Seth adds the tool box to the pile and then pulls out a sledgehammer from under the ring and swings it into the pile of steel on top of Wyatt. The referee then calls for the bell. What the hell is that finish. After the match Wyatt gets up and hits Sister Abigail to Seth on the concrete floor and then applies the mandible claw.
Result: No contest.
Review: The first 5 to 10 minutes was fine but the rest of the match was pretty bad. The finish was awful. It’ll go to another match but it has to be better than this. It was such a weird main event. Seth just trying to keep The Fiend down as he no-sells. I don’t know.
This show was ok. There were some decent matches and some not so decent matches. The opener between Sasha and Becky delivered again, it followed their match at Clash Of Champions which was great. Becky won this one cleanly which makes you think that this rivalry is over. Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns defeated Rowan and Harper in another really good match. Randy Orton beat Ali in a pretty poor match. I think this was just a styles clash as both men are capable of much better. The Kabuki Warriors defeated Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a decent match. It’s nice to see these titles actually being defended and I do like Asuka and Kairi winning the belts but it does feel a bit soon for Alexa and Nikki to lose them.
The Viking Raiders and Braun Strowman beat The O.C. in a match that didn’t really have a PPV feel. It felt like a Raw match. And I think the wrong team won. Unless this is going in the direction of Strowman and Styles. I’d have preferred to have seen Styles, Gallows and Anderson win. Chad Gable beat King Corbin in a bit of a meh match. Charlotte beat Bayley in a decent enough match to win the Smackdown Women’s Championship. This was a decent match but it feels like we’re backto square one with Charlotte winning the title. I’d like to see Bayley full on heel turn now. Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt then fough to a no-contest. The crowd weren’t a big fan of this and to be honest, it really wasn’t a very good match. But I’m sure it’ll lead to another. Overall, a pretty poor PPV despite there being a couple of very good matches.
Overall Rating: 54.06/100 (ranked 293rd out of 380)
Match Of The Night: Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
Worst Match Of The Night: Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
Surprise Of The Night: Chad Gable beats King Corbin
Worst Booking Of The Night: The O.C. losing
Superstar Of The Night: Becky Lynch
Hell In A Cell 2019 Will Be Rememberd For: The awful match between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt