Hell In A Cell 2016 Results


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Hell in a Cell Match for the RAW Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks (C) to win the title

Charlotte regained the RAW Women’s Championship for the third time after rag dolling Sasha Banks onto a table (it didn’t break) before hitting Natural Selection. Because there was no big stunt before the pin, it came off as an abrupt and flat ending to an otherwise good Hell in a Cell match. The match started out with an homage to the Undertaker/Mankind Hell in a Cell match with Banks getting seemingly removed and stretchered out of the match after Flair attacked her before the bell, ultimately driving her through an announce table with a power bomb. Like Foley, Sasha rolled off the stretcher and the match was on. While the action was good, several big moments didn’t go as planned. In one spot, Charlotte fell from the apron onto a table that collapsed but didn’t break and near the finish Sasha was thrown onto the table twice with the table staying intact both times. The ending didn’t feel like a blow-off but my hope is they let these two move on to other rivalries for the near future.

RAW Tag Team Championship: Cesaro & Sheamus defeated The New Day (C) via disqualification

A clever finish to keep the story between the two teams alive, and perhaps the tensions will play into the 10 on 10 inter-brand Survivor Series tag team match. As Cesaro had Xavier Woods locked in the Sharpshooter, Sheamus was brawling with Big E on the outside, hitting him with Francesca II.  Unfortunately (or fortunately for the New Day’s championships), the referee didn’t see that strike but saw Kofi Kingston (seconding Woods and Big E tonight) hitting Sheamus with Trouble in Paradise seconds before Woods tapped to the sharpshooter.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Brian Kendrick defeated TJ Perkins (C) with the Captain’s Hook to win the Cruiserweight Championship

Like most RAW Cruiserweight matches, the in-ring action was decent enough but the crowd was NOT into it. Kendrick was built as a pathetic character coming into the match, begging Perkins to lay down for him, and ultimately won the Championship after faking a knee injury only to surprise Perkins with the Captain’s Hook choke for the submission. The Wide has talked about it at length on the show but something needs to be done to rescue the Cruiserweights on RAW. While the Kickoff six-man tag match got a good reaction, this match was yet another cruiserweight match playing to a quiet crowd. Perhaps integrating them into the rest of the Raw roster or moving someone they’re not using who has some cache with the crowd like Neville (who would fit in nicely) into the division as a “leader” could help.

Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens (C) defeated Seth Rollins

Owens picked up the victory with the help of his best friend Chris Jerico and a power bomb of Rollins through two steel chairs. This was my favorite Cell match of the evening, with a number of well-executed brutal moments highlighted by Rollins power bombing Owens to the outside through two tables, one arched against the Cell. Jericho was able to enter the cage after Owens “accidentally” sprayed the referee with a fire extinguisher to the face and the door opened to move the referee to medical attention. After the match Jericho hit Rollins with a codebreaker, perhaps moving the Architect onto a match with Jericho, while the tension between best friends simmers, and Owens gets a new challenger.

Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows defeated Enzo & Big Cass with the Magic Killer

Standard tag match, that will hopefully get The Club back on track after their endless tour of losing to the New Day in recent months.

Bayley defeated Dana Brooke with a Bayley to Belly Suplex

With Charlotte emerging from the Cell victorious, building Bayley as the next babyface challenger makes the most sense, so this match went about how you would expect.

Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE United States Championship: Roman Reigns (C) defeated Rusev

Late in the match, Rusev locked Reigns in the Accolade with a chain across Roman’s mouth in a particularly brutal spot.  Reigns was able to power out of that dropping the Bulgarian Brute on the stairs and spearing him for the victory. Good as a no holds barred match, but they didn’t make as much use of the Cell as Owens-Rollins or Charlotte-Sasha.

Kickoff Match: Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, & Sin Cara defeated Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, & Ariya Davari

Alexander got the victory for his team with the Lumbar Check on Drew Gulak. A fine cruiserweight showcase match with some great high-flying action.

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