Hell in a Cell: McMahon and Owens go to war

Posted on Oct 9 2017 - 2:35pm by Shalene Hixon
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The SmackDown Live branded pay-per-view was live from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.

The first match of the night came on the kick-off show when Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin faced The Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder) in tag team action.

Rawley and Ryder took control early, looking to rebound from a string of losses. However, it didn’t take long for Gable and Benjamin shift the momentum in their favor. The teams continued to go back-and-forth with each other until Gable and Benjamin were able to hit their finisher for the win.

Then the main show began, with The New Day (c.) and The Usos battling for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. This match made history, as it was the first time any tag team titles had been defended inside Hell in a Cell.

The match started with each team grabbing chairs, kendo sticks and chains from underneath the ring. They didn’t waste time using them, but neither team took control throughout the match. Each took turns brutally punishing each other, using the weapons and steel cage walls to their advantage as well as kicking out of finishers.

Finally, The Usos landed a double splash with a steel chair from the top rope onto Woods to reclaim the titles.

Up next was Randy Orton vs. Rusev. Orton tried to end the match early with an RKO, but the Bulgarian Brute avoided disaster and went on the offense. The Viper tried to make a comeback, but Rusev had an answer for almost every move. A costly mistake put Orton in control, and one RKO gave him the win.

The next title on the line was the United States Championship. Originally it was supposed to be between champion AJ Styles and Baron Corbin, but earlier before the show General Manager Daniel Bryan added Tye Dillinger to the match.

It began with Styles and Dillinger double-teaming Corbin to take him out momentarily. The Lone Wolf quickly recovered and took his time working on both the Perfect 10 and the Phenomenal One. Both men tried to recover repeatedly, but Corbin continued the assault. Styles eventually got the upper hand and almost forced Dillinger to tap to the Calf Crusher, but Corbin broke it up.

Frustration started to show, as each took their turn unleashing a flurry of punches and kicks. Styles hit Dillinger with the Phenomenal Forearm, surely sealing the deal for him to retain the title.

However, Corbin slid into the ring and stole the victory, capturing his very first WWE title.

The women were up next, as Natalya defended her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Charlotte. Nattie started the match by targeting Charlotte’s left knee, attempting to soften her up for a Sharpshooter.

Nattie continued to wear her rival down, repeatedly locking in various submission holds until Charlotte was able to regain some momentum. It didn’t take long for Nattie to turn the tide back in her favor and ended up slamming Charlotte’s knee into the steel steps.

The Sharpshooter was locked in soon after, but Charlotte was able to reverse it and hit a moonsault from the top rope to the outside of the ring. Realizing she was close to losing her belt, Natalya hit Charlotte with a steel chair to cause a disqualification.

Charlotte technically won the match, but the disqualification allowed Nattie to retain her Women’s Championship.

A third – and final – title was on the line next, as Shinsuke Nakamura faced off against WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.

Nakamura was looking to seek some revenge for the degrading comments made by Mahal and the Singh Brothers over the past few weeks.

Mahal showed off his strength early, tossing Nakamura into the ring post and over the barricade into the WWE Universe. The Modern Day Maharaja continued his onslaught, but Nakamura unleashed a few devastating kicks to put him in control. It was short lived however, as Mahal reversed a knee strike which did some considerable damage.

The match continued to go back and forth, until the Singh Brothers tried to interfere. The referee tossed them out, allowing Nakamura to hit the Kinshasa knee strike. A slight distraction of the referee cost Nakamura, as Mahal grabbed the rope to break the pin.

After another attempt at a Kinshasa, Nakamura missed and Mahal hit the Khallas to retain his title.

The second to last match of the night was Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode. It started off with some quick back and forth action until Roode took control.

Not long after though, Ziggler locked in a sleeper hold that almost put the Glorious One to sleep. He recovered and kicked out of a few of Ziggler’s signature moves.

The Show-Off’s cockiness got the better of him, and took too long to capitalize on a downed Roode. He missed a superkick which Roode turned into a spinebuster and almost a DDT. Ziggler attempted to pull the tights for a cheap win, but Roode turned the tables and returned the favor to steal the win.

Frustrated, Ziggler hit Roode with a Zig-Zag after the match and stormed out of the ring.

The main event of the night was finally here, pitting Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens.

A personal rivalry, filled with intensity and tension, was ready to boil over. Once the bell rang, McMahon went on the offensive. The match started outside the Hell in a Cell structure, but Owens quickly tried to hide inside the cage, until McMahon kicked him in the face through the steel, then locked the two of them inside.

The two wasted little time trying to destroy each other, with Owens slamming McMahon against the cage and taunting his kids on the other side. He then continued to beat down Shane O’Mac, showing no remorse for the pain he was inflicting. A reversal of a Swanton Bomb gave McMahon some time to recover and get some shots in.

The action spilled to out of the ring, as Owens reversed a triangle submission hold and powerbombed McMahon onto the steel steps. He then tried to send McMahon through a table, but missed and went crashing through himself.

With momentum fully on his side, McMahon hit Owens with a coast-to-coast and nearly won the match.

Realizing he needed to try to put him away for good, McMahon broke the lock on the cage doors to go up to the top of the cell. Owens got the upper hand and positioned McMahon on a table, then climbed to the top of cage.

However, he couldn’t bring himself to dive off the cage, allowing McMahon time to climb up to the top as well. The two continued to battle at the top and started to battle while climbing back down, until Owens’ fell off the cage and crashed through the table below.

Medical personnel checked on Owens until McMahon shoved them aside, hell bent on putting Owens away once and for all. He placed his rival on another table and climbed back to the top of the cage, only to crash and burn as he dove off.

Sami Zayn surprisingly pulled Owens out of harm’s way and laid him on top of McMahon for the pinfall, giving Owens the victory.