WWE’s Big Pre-Survivor Series Pay Per View has come and gone. And with it, many questions were answered and many more still linger. Overall the total feel of the PPV was a 3 out of a 5. The most memorable moments of the night were not in the main events, though the aftermath of the Main Event, Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, proved to be interesting and quite thought-provoking about the implications.
We Kicked off the pre-show to “Hell in a Cell” with a fast paced match up between Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville vs Rusev, Sheamus & King Barrett. Neville took the brunt of the Action, but the gem of the match was, Cesaro. Who coincidently had Stardust and the Ascension watching his every move from ringside. Once Cesaro received the tag he was a house of fire, certainly one of the top moments of the PPV though if you don’t have the WWE Network, you might have missed it. Check out the replay and see Cesaro go… I’m sure we’re definitely seeing a push for him shortly. After Cesaro’s flurry, One “Red Arrow” later from Neville to Barrett, and it’s Game Over.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville
That’s right you read that right, Alberto Del Rio made his return at the PPV, challenging John Cena in his US Open Challenge. I must say I was quite excited to see him, the WWE has needed a wrestler with his caliber to return. The Match was back and forth, very technical, which is Del Rio’s style and expertise. A very enjoyable match with Del Rio winning in a similar fashion as to when he won the World Title from Dolph Ziggler, with a vicious kick to Cena’s head.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio (New US. Champion)
After months of Tag Team Matches, Family squabbles, battle lines being drawn, it was finally time to settle the score between The New Face of Fear, Bray Wyatt, and The Intense Roman Reigns in Hell in a Cell. This match was everything that it promised to be. Hard Hitting, Moments of Oooooo, and painful moments of Ahhhhhhhh! We saw almost everything in this match, from two Kendo sticks wielded like Reigns was in Game of Thrones, to the most Vicious Sister Abigail finisher delivered by Bray Wyatt. After a horrible miscalculation by Wyatt and one Spear Later, the war was finally over…. or was it? A Backstage discussion with companion and fellow warrior Dean Ambrose might imply otherwise.
Winner: Roman Reigns
The WWE Tag Champions, The New Day, with Xavier Woods absent, due to once again being put thru a table, marched to the ring. The Dudley Boys, one of the most decorated and successful teams to ever grace the ring went to battle and it was a great battle. Both teams gave it their all and this was by far the most entertaining match of the PPV. Not just because of the New Day’s hysterical antics but because both teams told a great story and kept you on your seat waiting for the victor. After a well-timed busted trombone shot to Bubba Dudley’s head, and a Superb “Trouble in Paradise” Kick from New Day’s Kofi Kingston, or as I like to call it “BOOM Byotch” the new day pick up the victory, even without Xavier. #Booty #Unicorn. I must say The New Day has emerged as THE most entertaining Trio I have seen in over a decade. Well done Gentleman!
Winner: The New Day
The Divas Revolution came to “Hell in the Cell” with the Champion Charlotte faced off against the woman that she defeated for that title, Nikki Bella. From beginning to the end, Nikki Bella seemed to be a woman possessed and a woman much improved, showing far more technical skill and aggression then we’ve seen from the former Divas Champ, very refreshing. Charlotte battled back throughout the match with a devastating top rope reversal, that you have to see to believe. One Figure 8 later and Nikki Bella taps out.
Once again, you’re not reading that wrong. The WWE World Heavyweight Championship was not the last match of the night, but two before it. In a match that has had some decent build up. The Champion Seth Rollins looked to finally put an end to the critics and silence the Big Red Machine, Kane. They met in the ring once more, this time for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Though the match wasn’t as exciting as the previous matches of the night, it did showcase Rollins athleticism, but it also emphasised Kane’s age. Though it was a valiant effort by Kane, Rollins hits the Pedigree cleanly in the middle of the ring for a very Anti-Climactic victory.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Once again these two Behemoths collide, and once more it’s for the Intercontinental Championship. Ryback wanting to reclaim it and Kevin Owens, the Prizefighter, determined to keep it. This match was hard-hitting at times, however it didn’t showcase both men’s strengths with both being powerhouses, the match was very slow. Kevin Owens being far superior in technical skill, and Ryback in strength and aggression. You can’t take anything from Owens though. He proved that once again he is a ring General, waiting for the right moment for a distraction and his finisher, The Pop-Up Powerbomb.
Winner: Kevin Owens
This one was slated to be the last encounter for these men. Brock Lesnar, The Beast Incarnate, the man who broke the Undertaker’s undefeated streak in 2014. The Undertaker, The Phenom, the most feared and intimidating presence in the WWE, for over 25 years. He was a man on a mission of destruction. After their controversial last meeting at Summerslam, this was to be their final battleground. The Undertaker had competed in 12 Hell in a Cell matches prior to this. This one was his 13th. The fight between these two monsters was everything we expected. There was blood, brutality and sadism from both competitors. By the end of the match both had been bleeding profusely, so much that the medical doctor has to check on both men several times during the match. Both Titans seems poised to win at several times during the match, with the steel stairs, chairs, and the chain fence itself coming into play. Ultimately it was an exposed wooden ring, a low blow and an F5 that sealed the match. With Lesnar barely being able to stand as he leaves the ring and the Undertaker prone in the middle of the ring. After several failed attempts at sitting up, we finally realized that it was over and all clapped and gave a standing ovation to a man who has entertained them for over two decades. It too brought about that familiar anti-climactic feeling, that was until something unexpected occurred… The Wyatt’s emerged. Bray Wyatt, the self-professed, “New Face of Fear” emerged with his 3 henchman, Braun Strowman, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Bray Wyatt faced the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 31, and though he was unsuccessful in defeating the Deadman, he proved he was a forced to be reckoned with. Together with his men their circled the ring and beat down and already beaten man and carried off one of the great Icons of Pro Wrestling at the behest of Bray Wyatt to some unknown fate. Maybe this is to final prove that he is the one to take over the Darkness now that the Undertaker has proven all too mortal. Time will tell….
Winner: Brock Lesnar.