This was the show to resolve feuds (or so we hope). Six of the seven matches on this card were matchups we've seen in recent months. In fact, three were seen at Night of Champions a month ago, while the main event was a rematch of SummerSlam and the rubber match in the Brock Lesnar/Undertaker rivalry. Rematch city, b****.
After coming off title defenses over the likes of John Cena and Sting, Seth Rollins had to defend his title against... Kane. Not just any Kane, but Demon Kane!
We also possibly saw John Cena's last match until December, as it's been announced that Cena is taking a couple of months off due to "personal reasons". Would Cena put over the next challenger in the U.S. Title Open Challenge?
As for the rest of the show, there were three rematches from Night of Champions, with Kevin Owens now defending his Intercontinental Championship against Ryback, after beating the big guy last month. The Dudley Boyz got another crack at the Tag Team titles, after a DQ win over The New Day at NOC. Finally, Charlotte faced Nikki Bella after ending her historic reign with the Divas Championship in September.
The show's kickoff featured a decent six-man tag match with Cesaro, Neville and Dolph Ziggler defeating the team of Rusev, King Barrett and Sheamus. Usually a six-man tag means the WWE doesn't have much stock placed in the competitors.
Let's hope that this was a card designed for blowing off all the major feuds and give us some exciting matchups going into Survivor Series next month. Obviously, the highly anticipated one was the final chapter of Lesnar/Taker, as we're both eager to see what both men will move on to come WrestleMania season.
Here's the card for the event (in no particular order):
Ryback (c) vs. Kevin Owens - Intercontinental Championship
The New Day (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz - Tag Team Championship
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt - Hell in a Cell Match
Charlotte (c) vs. Nikki Bella - Divas Championship
John Cena - U.S. Open Challenge
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Kane- WWE World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar - Hell in a Cell Match
Here's our review of what took place. After this point, there will be SPOILERS, So, be warned!
John Cena U.S. Open Challenge
What?! John Cena kicked off a PPV?
With Cena awaiting his mystery challenger, out comes... Zeb Colter? Yes, Colter says it's time for the title to come off a polarizing figure like Cena and go to someone who will unite the people. Colter brings out... Alberto!!! Del Rio!!!!
Rumors had been running of Del Rio returning to the company and out he came. Del Rio controlled the early part of the match, the WWE trying to build him back up. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker, but Cena clotheslines him to begin a comeback. Cena goes for the AA, but Del Rio reverses it into a back cracker, followed by a side kick to the face for the three count. With that, Del Rio is our new United States Champion, as Cena rides into the sunset for a couple of months. Really convincing (clean!) win for Del Rio.
Match Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: 7/10
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