6 Ups And 6 Downs From WWE Hell In A Cell 2017

A dramatic, vicious cell match dazzles fans. And there was another one with Shane-O-Mac!

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WWE was poised to deliver a good PPV Sunday with a couple memorable moments. And while it did for the most part deliver, it also left something to be desired.

Hell in a Cell put forward a tremendous cell match that had high drama and emotion, the bitter hatred of a heated rivalry coming to a climax… and then there was a second cell match as the main event.

When the best match of the show is the opening bout, you run the risk of burning the crowd out or having them become increasingly restless. And the bout between the Usos and New Day set the bar so high that only the United States Championship contest came close to matching it.

The HIAC match between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon was full of heart-pounding moments, and while some will contend that those breathtaking moments translate into an awesome match, they’re overvaluing it. A stunt-show full of high-impact bumps does not necessarily make for an awesome bout. KO and Shane-O-Mac had a good car-crash of a match, with a nice twist at the end, but it wasn’t the all-timer that the announcers will surely call it on Tuesday.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad PPV by any stretch, but back out the two midcard title matches and you have a subpar event. Still, it’s worth checking out if you have three hours to kill.

With that said, let’s find out what scaled the cell and what came crashing to Earth. Let’s get to it…


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.