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Straight Up Smack Down

 

We are just days away from Hell In A Cell & tonight’s go home episode took place in Denver, Colorado. The episode began in the exact same way that Raw did, the night before. All of the present WWE wrestlers, even Shane & Vince McMahon, appeared on the entrance stage area. They gathered to stand in a moment of silence, honoring & remembering the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. WWE has always been mindful in these tragic situations & this seemed like a thoughtful way to pay their respects to the victims.

 

As the show began, Renee Young appeared in the ring to invite Shinsuke Nakamura out for an interview. As you might guess, that interview did not last long.  Shortly after the interview began, the Singh Brothers interrupted to announce the WWE champion…..

It took a few weeks, but the main title program was finally treated like the main title program. It felt important. This was, again, the first segment featured on the program. The interview with Renee, the misdirection by the Singhs, and the following sneak attack by Mahal, gave this feud a much needed spark as we approach Hell In A Cell.

 

One championship feud that has a lot of buzz heading in to Hell In A Cell is the Smack Down Tag Team title card: The New Day & The Usos. Both teams confronted each other & were surprisingly complimentary of each other, referencing their recent matches that always seemed to steal the show….

Sunday’s match has been billed as the final chapter in the saga of this long feud. I have no doubt that these two teams will have an unforgettable Hell In A Cell match together & quite possibly, steal the show, again.

 

The feud that has been given the most attention over the past weeks, has not had a championship attached to it. The United States title initially began the feud between Shane McMahon & Kevin Owens, as the friction started months ago. In case you need a refresher or just want to watch what the full saga looks like, Smack Down created this video montage of the McMahon/Owens rivalry:

It’s a pretty incredible story that these two have written thus far, but there was one more chapter to write before Sunday….one of their best parts yet:

That was simply awesome. Logically, I’d say that Sunday will provide the best opportunity to mark an end to this feud. But I’m not sure it ends there. This feud has so much momentum behind it, there’s a real possibility that this could continue on past Hell In A Cell.

 

Baron Corbin lost to Tye Dillinger, as Corbin prepares to face A.J. Styles at Hell In A Cell. It’s unclear what’s next for Tye Dillinger….

 

Bobby Roode quickly defeated Mike Kannelis in under 2 minutes. Roode is set to make his WWE main roster debut at Hell In A Cell against Dolph Ziggler. Dolph continued his extremely annoying, sarcastic characterization of WWE superstars following Roode’s victory:

 

In a somewhat surprising outcome, Charlotte Flair tapped out to Natalya’s sharpshooter as the tag team of Carmella & Natalya defeated Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair:

 

As it stands, the pay-per-view Hell In A Cell looks pretty good. New Day versus The Usos should be great, as well as Shane versus Owens. Natalya & Charlotte have had great matches against each other in the past, so there’s the potential for another really good match on the card. A.J. Styles doesn’t know how to have a bad match, so I’m expecting an entertaining title defense against Baron Corbin. That leaves 2 other matches: the WWE title match between Nakamura & Mahal and Roode versus Ziggler. At worst, these are opportunities to refill salsa, take a bathroom break, or tweet with me about the pay-per-view so far. With any luck, one or both of these matches will be compelling.

Thanks for reading & enjoy HELL IN A CELLLL!  (Vince McMahon voice)

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