WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 Review
Shane McMahon once again defied the laws of gravity in his pulsating and brutal Hell in a Cell match with heated rival Kevin Owens. However, the deciding factor in the bout was not either man’s willingness to risk their own life and limb for victory, but the surprise inclusion of Sami Zayn who saved his former best friend from certain defeat by dragging Owens out of harm’s way as the Smackdown commissioner dove from the top of the structure before crashing through the announce table. Zayn then completed his shocking heel turn by dragging Owens on top of Shane for the three-count.
Some will argue that Owens needed a convincing win here, but the match was so good that it’s hard to complain. Both men literally gave absolutely everything in the name of entertainment. The story between the two that has played out in recent weeks has been tremendous and that helped the drama here.
Did both men go too far in some instances with the amount of danger they put themselves in? Perhaps, but they deserve huge respect for doing so. Owens’ willingness to take a massive bump off the structure was quite the sight. As for Shane, he is a maniac in the nicest sense. He will put his body through anything and jump off of anything without a moment’s hesitation.
This was an incredible way to end the PPV. Was it the best Hell in a Cell match? No, but it
has made my top five. It was that good. Credit to both men. I genuinely don’t know why fans
always moan when their favourite wrestler is paired with Shane when the results are always
so good. Shane is a better performer than anyone thinks he is and always manages to elevate his opponent. Don’t forget, he’s nearly 50 and has never actually trained to be a wrestler. That is quite incredible considering what he can do in the ring.
Sami Zayn turning heel is an odd move, but he certainly needed something to kick-start his
Smackdown career. His partnership with Owens moving forward should be a lot of fun, and it
will be interesting to hear Sami’s explanation. Let’s hope WWE doesn’t blow this because
this has the potential to be the story of the year
Elsewhere on the card, Bobby Roode defeated Dolph Ziggler in his main roster PPV debut
with a handful of tights. Is Roode about to turn heel? That would be the logical next step as
he is an awkward babyface. The match itself was fine, but hindered by Dolph’s character’s
unwillingness to put on a great performance to excite the fans who he believe has turned on
Jinder Mahal continued his abysmal title reign with yet another bore of a contest with Shinsuke Nakamura. If you’ve seen one Mahal bout you’ve seen them all. The man is incapable of putting on even a half decent match. Nakamura is now dead in the water. I don’t think anyone will want to see him in the title picture again anytime soon. As for Mahal, how he has remained champion for this long still baffles me. Whoever dethrones him will become an instant hero in my eyes.
Natalya managed to do the unthinkable and get a poor showing out of Charlotte. Why WWE keep putting their Smackdown titles on the most boring superstars is beyond me. It’s really dragging down the show, as shockingly low attendance figures show. The bout was fought at too slow of a pace, and the disqualification finish hindered it even further. Clearly Charlotte is the next champion, and WWE want to have her chase the gold, but they’ve chosen the wrong champion for her to do that against.
The impromptu triple threat match for the United States Championship was well-paced and
thoroughly enjoyable if not overly spectacular. Baron Corbin looked the best he’s done since
arriving in WWE. AJ Styles reminded fans of how phenomenal he really is after a few months of shoddy performances. Tye Dillinger’s inclusion was an added bonus and he really showed his quality here. Corbin winning the title was expected, and I’d like to see how he comes on as champion.
Randy Orton put away Rusev in a sleeper of a contest. This rivalry did nothing for either man, and I’m just glad it’s over. Orton hasn’t got out of second gear since his 2016 return. It looks as if WWE have decided Rusev is a mid carder and nothing more, which is a shame considering who they have chosen as WWE Champion.
The show opener saw The New Day and The Usos deliver a sensational Hell in a Cell battle.
It was filled with creative and emotional spots which took the fans on a rollercoaster ride.
How these two teams keep managing to top their previous bouts really is incredible. They
are outstanding, and truly the best tandems in WWE today. The New Day losing the titles
again diluted it slightly, but I don’t want to criticize anything about this because it was that
Overall, the two Hell in a Cell matches delivered. The rest of the card in between was pretty
average to say the least. The Usos and The New Day put on an outstanding contest that will
live long in the memory. Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon had a car crash of a Cell match,
in the best way. It really is one of the best Cell bouts I’ve ever witnessed. These two contests
were the selling point of the show, and no one had buyers remorse after purchasing it.
The rest of the card was filler. Jinder Mahal is incapable of entertaining. Sooner he drops the
title the better. Booby Roode’s WWE PPV debut was fine for what it was. And Rusev was not
helped by Orton refusing to change up his slow and methodical in-ring style.
The event was hindered by many of the matches on the card which had too slow of a pace
to them. Thankfully the two Cell matches were incredible, and sent the fans home happy.