Just finished Hell in a Cell. That was a really good PPV. The Tag Team HIAC match that started it was excellent. The New Day vs. The Usos is definitely the best rivalry currently going but it has to end at some point. I didn’t really care about Rusev vs. Orton so I kind of ignored it. The triple threat match for the U.S. title was also very good. Definitely Corbin’s best match I have seen so far, though I think he was getting a bit carried by Styles and Dillinger. Also very happy that Dillinger got a very good PPV event because I think he is severely underutilized.
The women’s title match, the men’s title match as well as Roode vs. Ziggler were fine. Unfortunately the wrong people won in almost all of them.
And then there is the main event Hell in a Cell match between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens with a “falls count anywhere” stipulation added. SPOILERS AHEAD Hell in a Cell matches are always kind of crazy, and even more so when Shane is involved. I have no clue why this guy has such a death wish. In any case, the brawling inside was already very good, including a table spot and the always entertaining Coast-to-Coast. And then they went up on the roof. Even though I knew nothing would happen because I would probably have heard off it by now (as I did the twist ending kind of, unfortunately), I still held my breath every time someone dropped onto the roof. The fact that on both the way up and the way down people hung precariously off the side of the cell didn’t help either.
Eventually Owens fell off the side through the Spanish announce table. Instead of pinning him, Shane puts Owens on the american announce table and climbs back up on the roof of the cell. You’d think he’d had learned from his 'mania match against Undertaker last year. No he didn’t and jumps off the roof toward Owens. At the very same moment a black-clad figure appears and drags Owens off the announce table. Shane smashes through the table and is out.
The figure turns out to be Sami Zayn, the most underutilized guy in the whole company who is in a long-standing feud with Owens dating back to December 2014 (if you disregard their feud in ROH before that). In fact, they had a match against each other two weeks before in which Owens power-bombed Zayn onto the ring apron. So it doesn’t exactly make sense why Zayn would do this. Even more, after Shane crashes through the announce table, Zayn pushes away the EMTs and drags a still lifeless Owens onto Shane. Pinfall is counted and the match is over.
I have heard that Zayn was supposed to be given a bigger push after Summerslam, but nothing really happened with him since, hardly even appearing on TV. Not sure if this signifies a heel turn. Speculation is some sort of gaslighting by Owens or similar. In any case Zayn doesn’t really make sense as a Heel. He is just a naturally born babyface.