The first pay-per-view of WWE since the launch of its new television offerings, and the final one before the brand split will again be the actual brand split, WWE Hell in Cell looked like a fun show Sunday night in Sacramento, California. Although there were only four advertised matches a couple of hours before the performance, they were great, and the added fights were mostly enjoyable, even if some were not PPV caliber.  What will be remembered for coming out of Hell in a Cell is the finish to the main event of the all-around championship where Seth Rollins defends against "The Fiend" by Bray Viat. Not because of the name change or the quality of the match, but rather the mood of the fans before booking. The choices made by WWE ̵
while the main event was a rough one that did not completely take away from the stellar match of the Raw Woman Championship between Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, and many other enjoyable moments during the show, which lasted more than three hours. Still, the main event always matters, and it has left both fans and this viewer with a sour taste in our mouths.
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2019 Results WWE Hell in a Cell, classes
Natalia def. Lacey Evans with the Final Fall (Kickoff Show): The best match for their (too long) rivalry has received a good crowd response all along. After a good quarrel about 10 minutes, Evans Natalia bent down and ran to the top rope to try moonshine. However, Natalia rolled off the road and immediately blocked Evans in Sagittarius for a quick exit. In response to their previous match at Raw, this time Evans got the end of a big right hand after a duel. Class: C-
Raw Women Championship – Becky Lynch (c) Def. Sasha Banks via Title Preservation (Hell in the Camera): Before the cell was omitted, Banks attacked Lynch and pulled her to the ramp. The camera ended down with the women outside, but the door opened after Banks threw Lynch's head first into the structure. Lynch slammed the door open in the face of Banks and stole the leash, turning his fist and punching Banks several times before closing the door. Lynch introduced a table, a ladder and a steel chair, but Banks tried four quick fixation combinations to get out of the slant. With Lynch out of the ring, Banks punched her with a meteor into the ladder propped up in the corner of the camera. Banks then slammed Lynch's hand into the small gap created by the camera door and slapped it several times before sliding his hand into a chair and stepping on it, then sitting Lynch in a chair and hitting another meteor.
Lynch fought back by pushing a chair into Banks's gut and then clicking it from the apron ring into the camera. Then the champion slammed Banks's head into the ring post, slammed Bexplader into the wall of the camera and lowered his head for the first time into an open armchair, upside down. Lynch then struck a missile from the second rope when Banks was holding a chair, but when the contender rolled outside, she went out with a candy stick and carried Lynch with him. Banks propped both of the kendo sticks in the corner of the camera, and Lynch added one more by placing an open armchair on them. Then she lifted Banks, put her on a raised chair and hit a running case with an apron in the corner of the camera. Bank in the ring, the fall of the top rope from Banks once received only 2.5 points.
When Lynch went to set up a table in the ring, Banks caught her from behind the sideboard. After escaping an energy bomb into it, Banks struck Lynch with a meteor across the table for a 2.8 count. She grabbed the candy stick and applied a bank statement, but Lynch crossed the ring, grabbed the stick and destroyed Banks by the shoulders as she lay prone against the apron. However, Banks grabbed Lynch by the hair and threw his head first into the chair that was sticking out of the camera. She then tossed a dozen chairs that Lynch had used on the ring, hitting the top Becksploder rope in them. Then Lynch locked himself in Dis-Arm-Her, and Banks knocked, trying to grab Lynch's hair.
This was the type of top-level match we were dying to get from Lynch since she won the WrestleMania main event, and it's no wonder the Bank was her own. Wondering if the right person overcame after all – if Banks isn't going to beat Lynch, who really will be? – but this is the only somewhat negative opinion coming out of this matchbox. From start to finish, it was almost perfect, and both women, after all, looked like stars. Class: A +
Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan def. Eric Rowan and Luke Harper through pinball (Tornado match): The action began at a frantic pace with all four men at the same time. Soon, Brian was singled out and eaten by a series of double-team maneuvers when Raines paved the sidelines, taking steel steps to the face. Harper's suicide drove the board out, but Harper legally banged his head on the lower table and seemed to be in real pain. All three ad tables were cleared, and Raines was set against a bar on the sidelines when Rowan broke open another piece of barrier and drove it into Raines, which spilled out into the crowd. The duo tried to engage Brian through the bulletin board, but Brian confronted Hurricane Harper, and Raines appeared from nowhere to run through two tables and punch Rowan through third. After picking up a second power rope bomb from Harper, Brian escaped the third straight dragon-suplex, leaving a hole for Reigns to jump into the ring and strike Superman. Brian went with a running lap, and Raines hit the list for 1-2-3.
After the match, Brian reached out, but when Raines went to shake him, he reached out. Instead, Brian raised his arms asking for a hug, and the fans started chanting "Yes!" Raines turned away, but finally smiled and hugged Brian. Then they shook hands with no question. For a storyline that got controversy and a match they didn't expect too much, despite the combination of two fan favorites, these four really staged a duel that impressed fans. Good work on a Sunday, even if the excuse leaves much to be desired. Class: B +
Randy Orton def. Ali through pinball: This match was set up during a kick-coffee show when Orton told Ali that he was lucky and not well. The Orton veteran dominated most of the match over Ali's diminutive one before Ali slammed his ribs first into the ring post and actually combed his body over it. As soon as Ali finally gained some momentum, he tried, but missed 054. Orton escaped this, but Ali saved himself and Ali dodged the RKO attempt before striking a DDT tornado. Orton escaped the second 054, but this time Ali hit the canvas. Orton went with the exalted DDT and posed for the crowd, giving Ali time to recover. When Orton went after his RKO, Ali stopped hitting the mat, making a stand. Ali tried to pin Orton by the shoulders to catch him by surprise, but Orton kicked him out. Then Ali made an attempt to slip, but when he got up from the canvas, Orton caught him from nowhere by a pin. After the victory, Orton stared at the fallen Ali, nodding his head, approvingly pointing at the young man, then tapping his chest. Good work WWE worked out the reason for the match and paid all in one night. Class: B
Women's Tag Team Championship – Kabuki Warriors no. Alex Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) via pin to win titles: Cairi Sane and Asuka showed some attitude and worked as part of the fifth leg of the match. Asqua almost made Bliss knock on her ankle, and Sinee put a cross to her eyes as she thought about her apron business. The cross cleaned the house like a hot tag, but Sain stopped it with a Alabama clang. Cross used his knees to stop the Crazy Elbow, but Asuka broke up after Cross nailed it with a raised swinging neck. Asuka and Cross fought until Sine pulled Bliss out of the apron with the ring, distracting Cross and the referee. Asuka surprised Cross by spitting on the green fog before striking her face. Asuka's heel is Asuka's best, and the Warriors did a fantastic job of telling the story of their heel rotation throughout the match. Very entertaining for an unexpected match. Class: B
Vikings Raiders and Brown Stroumen OC for Disqualification: Luke Gallows pulled Stronman out of the apron and hit Siz Kiz when OC took control after the Raiders showed their weird athleticism early. Eric Eris was dropped back from the sky by Eric, giving Strouman the opportunity to clean the house before Stiles took his foot and locked it in a calf crusher. Everyone traded signature moves, and Styles brought out Ivar with a Phenomenal Forearm. However, the Good Brothers attacked Stroman two-on-one to prevent Stile from running, and the referee called the match. The Raiders hit a pair of top suicides to leave Stiles and Strouman alone in the ring, and the wounded Strouman countered the Phenomenal Forearm with his right right hand to his chin, this is clearly a message from Tyson Fury. Styles sold Stronman's kick all the way to his back as he couldn't keep his legs after the blow. There were good times here, including working on Styles sales, but DQ was unnecessary, given that there were four people who could have trouble. Class: C +
Championship 24/7 – Tamina Def. Carmella (c) via pinfall to win the title: While Street Profits advertised Raw, R-Truth and Carmella came across Montes Ford and turned Tamina turned Carmella from behind. Tyler Breeze suddenly appeared and stood face to face with Tamina, but she soaked him in the face and ran away. The 24/7 headline turned out to be interesting, but it would be nice if it were changed not just by deployment. How about a small action first?
Def. King Corbin through pinball: After dubbing his rival Shorty Gable, Corbin dominated early before the match. Following the German suplex, Gable tried to break away Corbin, but was hit by a force and struck a deep six. Gable was able to get back to him with a swinging neck and a moonshine, but Corbin turned the choker on the apron again. He then grabbed the scepter – the way he was last disqualified against Gable – but the one who tried, bent and rolled Corbin 1-2-3.
Ring announcer Greg Hamilton declared the winner as "Short Gable" on the microphone, and Gable celebrated wildly. For a long time, the rumored name change was annoying and unnecessary, and the crowd didn't even enter the match before the finish. Still, the two work well together. Later in the show, Gable was interviewed for a backstage and accepted Shorty's, saying that we finally saw that Gable was a bigger man. This resulted in Corbin brutally attacking him from behind, throwing him into a concrete wall, road housing and a couple of doors. The match was C, but behind the scenes the segment was fantastic. Class: B-
Championship 24/7 – R-Truth def. Tamina (c) through pinfall to win the title: Foreign speakers were introduced, and Tamina showed up near them, trying to get out of the dodge. However, R-Truth found her, and she pulled Funaki out of her desk to protect her. Carmella caught Tamina behind the superkick and ordered Truth to win the title. I mentioned this earlier about doing little more than collapsing.
SmackDown Women's Championship – Charlotte Fleur def. Bailey (c) through submission to win the title: Bailey got a pop for being from neighboring San Jose, but she was the whole heel match. It was another severe women's affliction, Bailey maintained aggression and Fleur was bleeding from her mouth early. Each woman at different points attacked the left leg of the other. Fleur hit the Natural Selection at Bailey's, but the champion was able to grab the bottom rope. Bailey's knees countered Fleur's moonshine, but Fleur hit a hit on the street to regain power. Bailey countered with a figure eight attempt, but Fleur knocked it out. Bailey then tried to roll Fleur and use the top rope for a lever, but the referee caught her.
This gave Fleur the opening to take down Bailey and lock her in figure eight to win the 10th women's championship. Fleur mocked Bailey after the match, causing Bailey to throw fitness and then break on the sidelines. "Why should this always happen to me ?!" she screamed before crying as the crowd chanted, "You knocked!" It was a wonderful work of character development for Bailey, though at this point another Fleur title reigns. The match was a good deal, but a nice overall main event given the limited card. Class: B +
Universal Championship – Seth Rollins (c) vs. "The Fiend" Brey Wyatt did not end in competition (Hell in the Chamber): The ring was filled with red light throughout the match. Rollins quickly grabbed the candy stick, but it did not affect Fienda, who devastated Rollins on the sidelines, tossing him into the chamber and steel. Three shots of steel steps finally grounded Fienda and gave Rollins time to grab the table. This pause allowed Finn to take his hands on Rollins, whom he hit with Sister Abigail in the camera. Rollins was able to hit the frog. on Fianda across the table, but he couldn't make money through a pinch attempt. Rollins then hit the Haircut, but Finn immediately jumped back. Finn caught Stupp's second attempt and hit Sister Abigail, but Rollins kicked in two, so Finn clung to Rollins's neck, leading him to a convulsion on the canvas.
d did not go for another attempt at fixing, instead grabbed a huge hammer from under the ring and drove Rollins into the camera. Rollins responded with three superpipes and a stroke on the hammer at the ring; Findh immediately got up, so Rollins hit him with a pair of flying knees from the top rope, followed by two superstars and three more strokes. The crowd started raging, but The Fiend rose and the crowd cheered. Rollins hit Rodovid and the sixth Stomp, but The Fiend pushed out to 1. Five more Stomps made it 11, and this time The Fiend didn't go up, but the distrustful Rollins didn't try to nail it. Instead, Rollins grabbed a chair and stood over the inclined Finn. Rollins hit him in the head with a chair, and Finn pushed him out again.
Rollins laid a chair over Fiend's face and pulled out a small ladder, driving her straight into the chair. Findh pushed for two, and Rollins stared at the referee, looking for more weapons. He pulled out a tool box, put a chair and ladder on Fienda's head, and swung five times at the pile of tools when the crowd started to play again. Then Rollins folded the tool box onto the pile and hung it by the shore before grabbing the sledgehammer. Returning to the ring, the referee tried to stop Rollins. "Think what you're doing! It's not who you are!" Rollins conceded for a second, then waved the sledgehammer, leading the referee to call the match without a winner on it.
The crowd exploded as Rollins shouted at Fienda. "You made me do it!" The crowd chanted, "Silly!" and then briefly "A-E-W" as the arbitrators and coaches ran to the ring side. Then Rollins stood over Finn to mock him, which awakened Finn. He immediately placed Rollins in "Mandible Claw" and threw him outside the ring, hitting Sister Abigail on the sidelines as fans chanted, "Restart the match!" Finn then pulled the cover around the ring and hit Sister Abigail on the concrete before putting the Champion in the Unseen Clip again. This time, blood flowed from Rollins's mouth. The crowd boomed and The Fiend was shown at the top of the ramp when the show ended.
So much to unpack here from the red light (he seemed to be working in the arena before the main event in Hell in a Cell took place for the second consecutive year). If The Fiend fails to take off afterwards, how can it ever be beaten? Why would you let Rollins be so dominant and get so much offense if you're not going to change the title knowing the fans want The Fiend to win. That was typically WWE didn't deliver, and fans had every right to be upset. Still, I didn't hate the match, and The Fiend ended up being dangerously high. Everything worked, and you move in the right direction until the endless dumbbells begin. Class: C +
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