- What can be said about rasslin’ in a cell that hasn’t already been said before? I guess the only word for it is uhhhh “hell”. This Sunday, WWE presents a few of the aforementioned hellacious matches (though no match made in Heaven, sorry) in addition to a full slate of title matches and even a Dolph Ziggler appearance. While Sunday’s PPV is no guarantee to feature a choir of angels (or even Bray Wyatt’s Choir For Wayward Creeps) it can’t help but feel heavenly in comparison to Smackdown’s last PPV Battleground, which might as well have taken place in a lake of fire. The card for the 2017 interpretation is actually pretty intriguing, so let’s strike up the harp and enter the not so pearly gates of WWE’s Hell In A Cell.
Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens (Hell In A Cell, Falls Count Anywhere)
So every time I see these two in the promo for this match, all I can think is “Dad Fight!” Now, I say this with the utmost respect for both competitors (each having been my favorite superstar at one point or another) and for dads, being one myself. Am I wrong? In what has been a fun, well planned feud, Kevin Owens has finally dropped the Face of America shtick in favor of his usual paranoid, vengeful, monster self. Shane has proven that he’s still willing to put his body on the line in big matches, and it would seem this match should at worst offer us a few “holy s&@*” (that’s how you spell it!) worthy moments. Interesting to see if Sami Zayn gets involved in this one (especially knowing that the match likely spills out of the cage), as he’s been sniffing around this feud for the past few weeks.
Prediction: Not sure where they’re headed here, other than to assume that these two will be done fighting after tonight. With rumors of Owens departing the blue brand for the redder pastures of Raw, the possibility exists that Shane gets the upper hand here and banishes him from Smackdown Live (Owens has also alluded to having unfinished business with the Universal Title). I mean Shane has to win sometimes right? However, if Owens is going to continue acting as a top heel, there’s no need to give him a loss at the hands of the CEO’s son. Owens wins.
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
I’m not sure who booked this feud or for what purposes, but I don’t think it has really helped anyone involved and certainly not the WWE brand (especially after the questionable “Jinder is racist” segment a few weeks ago). They’re grasping at straws to make a meaningful rivalry where there is none. Yes, it’s nice to see Nakamura in the main event scene, but I’m not sure skyrocketing him to the top, only to get bogged down in this strange feud has done him any favors.
Prediction: There’s still a tour of India and for some reason this ISN’T a cage match (yay, more Singh brothers interference), so WWE has all the easy outs to keep the belt on Mahal. Ugggh, Jinder wins and remains unhindered.
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