With WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 concluded, it’s time for the reaction and Smack Talk Pay-Per-Viewpoint post-show podcast review!
As always, click the video at the bottom of this post to check out the podcast breakdown of everything on the show, but before we get into that, I want to give you my more generalized thoughts in a short-form approach:
[SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match] The New Day (c) vs. Rusev Day: Kind of blah. The outcome was spoiled a bit by the Super Show-Down announcement. Why was the arena so empty? The ending was pretty bad.
[Hell in a Cell Match] Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy: I don’t know if this was a good enough feud in the long run to sacrifice the United States Championship for two months straight, but this match was good, and the spots in it were fun enough to make it one of my highlights of the night.
[SmackDown Women’s Championship Match] Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky Lynch: Another good segment. Very happy they went with Becky Lynch here, and that they didn’t fully book her like a 100% heel, but kept things a bit more ambiguous. It’s smart to have Lynch win the title so Flair can use her rematch for Super Show-Down, rather than just having a repeat for the sake of drawing things out (more on that later).
[Raw Tag Team Championship Match] Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins: Rock solid match, and one of the better contests of the night. I wasn’t super into it, as much as I should be, because I can’t help but feel like this feud is being pushed to me way too hard and my gut reaction is to not want it as much as WWE wants me to want it, but that doesn’t negate how these four had a very good segment overall.
[WWE Championship Match] AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe: I’m sure some, possibly many, will disagree with me on this, but I thought this was super boring. I couldn’t get into it. The ending isn’t bad in its idea, but the execution of it was off, and I don’t like how they’re stretching this out again. If Joe doesn’t win the title at Super Show-Down, I’m going to retroactively be even more annoyed at this and SummerSlam. I also don’t want to see them repeat the same storyline over the next few weeks. Please, no more bed time stories and promos about Styles being mad that his family was dragged into it.
[Mixed Tag Team Match] Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse: Bryan and Miz had a decent house show match. Brie and Maryse stunk up the joint. The ending was an absolute mess and at this point, three strikes, Brie is out. I’m fully expecting her participation in Super Show-Down and Evolution to be horrendous. Terrible, terrible finish.
[Raw Women’s Championship Match] Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss: This was all well and good, but I had honestly checked out a bit after the previous two matches, so my enthusiasm was kind of wavering. Rousey has her issues that she still needs to get over, but she’s only had a few matches, so I’m still willing to give her the benefit of the doubt—however, that good will isn’t going to last forever, and she’s going to have to fix those problems, sooner than later. This was hurt by how obvious the outcome was going to be, but it was still not bad.
[Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match] Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman: I’ll admit that I was wrong in how I thought Reigns would get more boos and Strowman would get more cheers. This has worked more than I thought it would. However, goddamn WWE for just going back to the same well again. Why does it have to be Brock Lesnar again? Sure, the surprise was interesting in that I didn’t see it coming, but a shock for the sake of a shock (or a Brock) doesn’t mean I’m going to like it. Reverting back to a thing I’ve been tired of them repeating for 2 years just means I’m more annoyed than I was even at SummerSlam. Nice fall from Ziggler and Rollins. Shame Ambrose and McIntyre didn’t do anything. Horrible end of the pay-per-view that is supposed to make me more interested in what’s to come, but just makes me annoyed at what I’m sure I’m not going to like.
For more opinions on the show as a whole, check out the latest edition of the Smark Out Moment wrestling podcast SMACK TALK as the panel reviews Hell in a Cell with our immediate reactions following the event before the dust has fully settled.
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