This past Sunday night, Detroit played host to the SmackDown Live exclusive pay-per-view Hell In A Cell, and boy was it memorable. The card kicked off with a title change as New Day and The Usos made history inside Hell In A Cell, one of two title changes that took place on the show along with the United States Championship. It was also the first of two Hell In A Cell matches as the night's main event between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon not only left fans with their jaws on the floor, but also scratching their heads. Needless to say, there's going to be an awful lot of fallout and there are a fair few questions that need answering as we head into the first SmackDown Live following this incredibly memorable show.
During the Hell In A Cell kickoff show, Tye Dillinger requested to be added to the United States Championship match later in the night. In all fairness, he deserved to be after his win over Baron Corbin earlier in the week and clearly, Daniel Bryan agreed as he granted Tye's request. Corbin was naturally furious but turns out The Perfect Ten's inclusion in the match actually played to his advantage. The Lone Wolf pinned Dillinger for the win, something he likely wouldn't have done if he had been one on one with AJ Styles. So it would seem that after a couple of months of what has felt like Corbin being punished, he is now once again on his way to becoming SmackDown Live's top guy. Expect that ascent to continue on Tuesday along with plenty of bragging.
One of the biggest let downs of the night was the finish to the Women's Championship match between Natalya and Charlotte Flair. Momentum had really begun to build with the switching hands of two titles before this bout, and since WWE obviously wanted to keep the title on Nattie for now, they put themselves in a tricky situation. On Tuesday night, the champ made Flair tap, so to have Natalya beat Charlotte again at the pay-per-view would have made The Queen look extremely weak. Instead, the match ended when Nattie got herself disqualified, and it all felt a little flat. What it does do, however, is force this feud to continue. A battered and bruised Charlotte will be on the warpath this Tuesday seeking out a rematch, and you can rest assured that she'll get one, and it'll be no disqualification in order to stop history repeating itself.
At SummerSlam Randy Orton beat Rusev in an embarrassingly short time. Then, a while later on SmackDown Live, The Bulgarian Brute returned the favor, defeating The Viper in a short and sweet nine-second match. That led us to the pair's rubber match at Hell In A Cell. Thankfully, it wasn't as short as the previous two outings, and the two Superstars were given a chance to show how well they work together. Many thought, or rather hoped, that a Rusev win here was a foregone conclusion, however that didn't happen. We know you can't get everything you want, but WWE may have made a mistake here. If Rusev's social media is anything to go by, then the foreign star is becoming increasingly disillusioned with his lot in WWE. This loss to Orton at Hell In A Cell is only going to have aggravated that, and we could soon see Rusev pick up his ball and go back to Bulgaria.
Shinsuke Nakamura managed to earn himself another WWE Title shot at Hell In A Cell, and still, the match didn't go the way most of us would have wanted it to. Things were looking promising when the referee attempted to eject The Singh Brothers from ringside. Nakamura connected with a Kinsasha, and if Samir and Sunil had left when they were told we would have a new WWE Champion. That extra second or two bought Mahal enough time to be able to find the rope and break the subsequent pinfall. In the minutes that followed, The Modern Day Maharajah managed to gain enough momentum in order to defeat The King Of Strong Style. This time though, he will feel like he did it without his beloved henchmen, even though that isn't strictly true. Nevertheless, it's by far the least help Mahal received to date in order to retain his championship, so now the Indian Superstar will undoubtedly have a new sense of arrogance about him going forward.
Despite the rest of the event being pretty solid, realistically there was only one hot topic of conversation when Hell In A Cell came to a close. The main event between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon and how the match reached its conclusion. Unsurprisingly, both men beat the living hell out of each other, most of which happened in what was a heart-stopping exchange atop the demonic structure. We all knew it was going to end with McMahon jumping off the cell, but perhaps didn't expect what came along with it. As McMahon plummeted, Sami Zayn dragged Owens out of the way, saving Owens and sacrificing his boss. This could mean any number of things going forward on SmackDown Live. What it will mean for the immediate fallout on this week's SmackDown Live is an explanation from The Underdog, the continuation of what surely has to be a heel turn, and his alignment with his former best friend turned bitter enemy Kevin Owens.
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