If you turned off Hell in a Cell Sunday night 90% of the way through the WWE Championship match, you’d think you saw a pretty good PPV, with three pretty damn good championship matches.
If you turned HIAC on 90% of the way through the WWE Championship match, you’d think you journeyed to the second circle of hell, with two world title matches ending inconclusively and a disappointing mixed tag bout.
Hell in a Cell was a mixed bag of sorts, but there were far more negatives to this PPV, much of which stemmed from the main event. And spoiler alert: It wasn’t Roman Reigns’ fault. The HIAC main event was a mess, a trainwreck that didn’t have to be. It felt like the writers were arguing between two overbooked endings, voted and ended in a tie, so they opted to use both.
At least WWE delivered three good title matches, including a show-stealing Raw Tag Team Championship match. That and the SmackDown Women’s Championship bout saved this from being a colossal waste of time.
Maybe part of the problem is that WWE is trying to build to two October shows – Super Show-Down and Evolution – before Hell in a Cell even began. Regardless, the godawful red cell was the least of our worries.
With that said, let’s find out what scaled the cell and what crashed and burned…