Take a look at the 3 worst moments from WWE Hell in a Cell.
WWE Hell in a Cell is in the books, and, for better or worse, the night brought plenty of memorable moments.
Some high moments from the show included brutal spots from three Hell in a Cell matches. Reigns and Rusev opened with an absolute war, and Charlotte and Sasha closed out the card in similar fashion. But with all that great action, there were some extremely low lows coming out of the card as well.
For starters, three Hell in a Cell matches can get repetitive. What used to be a rare match underwent its 34th, 35th and 36th instances in three hours. And in between the Cell matches, there was a fair share of unremarkable filler that made it difficult to stay invested in the whole event. At times the show felt less like a pay-per-view and more like a regular episode of Raw.
Hell in a Cell’s woes began long before the pay-per-view went on the air.
Ever since the brand split, Raw has clearly been dragging behind SmackDown in terms of quality. Feuds haven’t had any creative circumstances, and often it feels that two wrestlers are being pitted against one another for the heck of it.
So when pay-per-views roll around, the entire shows suffers. Especially, the mid-card. Such was the case at Hell in a Cell, where several matches plainly felt like they didn’t matter.
For example—brilliant promo from Enzo & Cass aside—the tag match between the duo and Gallows & Anderson was a blip on the radar. Yet, the announce team was impelled to continually say the outcome of the match would have a big impact on the Raw tag team division.
It begged the question: How?
For weeks, the two teams jawed off because they inexplicably didn’t like one another, and all the sudden the match had championship implications? It was a tough pill to swallow. And no matter what WWE says, a match will only be substantial when it has actual substance behind it.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with Hell in a Cell’s mid-card. Now and then it was difficult to resist the urge to change the channel and watch something more meaningful.
For the record, the match between Roman Reigns and Rusev was decent. Considering the two men have feuded for months, the bout had some fresh spots and engaging near-falls.
But that ending was atrocious.
WWE has tried pushing Reigns several times with the overtone that Reigns can fight back from anything. And every time it results in a vocal backlash from the crowd, forcing the WWE to cool it on Reigns. Yet, endings like the one in Reigns versus Rusev continue to occur.
To set the stage, Rusev dominated the majority of the match. Using the Cell, the ring steps and a steel chain, Rusev kept Reigns on the ground. Culminating the assault, Rusev dragged Reigns onto the steps and locked in the Accolade—his second of the match—all the while leveraging the chain in the submission hold.
Rusev literally wedged the chain in Roman’s mouth and had Reigns passing out. But, miraculously, Roman somehow found his second wind. Reigns was able to fight out of the Accolade, and seconds later he hit the Spear for the win.
The crowd booed Reigns for the majority of the match, and rightfully so. If WWE keeps booking Reigns in this unstoppable light, dark days are ahead for the US Championship.
Perhaps the worst moment from Hell in a Cell was the one that never happened.
At the core of Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins’ feud is the fact that Triple H screwed over Rollins and gifted Owens the Universal Championship. Triple H disappeared thereafter, and a disgruntled Rollins redirected his rage at Owens as he awaited another confrontation with his former mentor.
Hell in a Cell seemed like the perfect place for Rollins and Triple H to cross paths again, but the night came and went without an appearance from the Game.
After heavy interference from Chris Jericho, Rollins lost to Owens again. Instead of Triple H showing up and clarifying his relationship with Owens, Owens pinned Rollins in extremely questionable fashion. Then, when the match was over, Jericho hit a Codebreaker on Rollins, making it seem that a Jericho/Rollins feud is next on the docket.
There’s nothing wrong with Jericho and Rollins feuding, per se. The two would probably put on some great matches. However, at this point, it’d be that much further of a digression from the unresolved Rollins and Triple H story.
It makes it seem like Triple H will never explain his actions, and the endless list of WWE’s dropped programs will continue to grow. Shoddy writing is an ongoing problem with the Raw brand, and unless they start tying up loose ends, Raw will keep suffering from moments similar to the three worst from Hell in a Cell.
With Hell in a Cell 2016 behind us, here’s hoping things get better for Raw as Survivor Series approaches