4. Charlotte Wins By DQ
Moving onto something not so positive – the way WWE finishes matches.
Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair had a WrestleMania 36 rematch for the RAW Women’s Championship and was almost match of the night. The action was intense and certainly displayed the terrific talent of Ripley and Flair.
However, at the end of the day, it is how you leave them and WWE left us with an awful spoon of muck. The match spilled to the outside and as Ripley was about to set up the commentary table and organize Charlotte for a dramatic spot, she accidentally whacked The Queen with the top part of the table.
Her head smashed right into it and seemingly the ref had enough and rang the bell. It is understandable that they needed a way to continue this onto Money In The Bank, so that they can wrestle in front of a live crowd. However, a DQ finish is quite a disappointing way to do it. Especially when the disqualification comes awkwardly from something that wouldn’t often cause a DQ in the first place.
You can hit an opponent’s head on the table but apparently, you can’t do the opposite? At least, looking on the bright side, the rematch should be another extravagant watch. Let’s just wish they can return Rhea Ripley to the personality that got her over on NXT as fans would awkwardly clap for her in this tweener dilemma she is suffering.
5. Sami Zayn Defeats Kevin Owens
In another WrestleMania 37 rematch, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn kept to the chant “Fight Forever”. This time with no Logan Paul. He is too busy giving professional boxers a run for their money…
Anyways, onto the more realistic action. Like all their matches, it was tremendous in-ring stuff. KO brings the best out of heel Zayn.
This was Zayn’s first victory in the year 2021 – are we actually sure there isn’t a conspiracy? A day later, Kevin Owens tweeted that he is taking a break.
With Zayn finally getting a victory, I hope this leads to my wildest prediction of 2021 – Sami Zayn wins the Money In The Bank briefcase. His character would be super cocky holding a contract for any major championship.
6. Bobby Lashley Retains WWE Championship
Then we reach the main event. Did Reigns vs. Mysterio get pulled from this card to give this championship match the time and effort to finish the rivalry and end the show with a major mind-blowing result? No, not really.
The match was fun at first and got Lashley and McIntyre over as the most dominant forces on RAW. However, despite all the epic maneuvers and kendo stick inflicted suffering, the fun ended with plenty of despicable cheating from MVP.
Firstly, MVP handed the WWE Champion his cane which was used on the throat of the Sexy Scotsman. Then a ref bump occurred which allowed MVP to make his way into the Cell. At first, this looked terrible for MVP as he got trapped in this dangerous structure for the ruthless contender. McIntyre knew he only had one chance remaining; he had to end the Hurt Business’ reign of terror for good.
Unfortunately, MVP was only stopped for a quick second as locking him inside the cell meant he could input more deceitful action into this bout. He held McIntyre’s leg to prevent the claymore then the Almighty champion won with an almighty roll-up.
This ending would have been 10x better if he hit the spear from the distraction but WWE love to take the lousy way out.
Overall, with no Brock Lesnar return or big cementing moment for the future of WWE television, Hell In A Cell 2021 was pretty much a nothing show. The matches were fun, the endings sucked and nobody would remember a thing that happened a few years later. WWE are in that mindset where nothing matters until fans enter the arena, however, they still have a month to go. Can they build the anticipation of the WWE Universe with another stale month of TV?
If they start decreasing the amount of hokey garbage, do Money In The Bank qualifier matches and give Lashley an exciting new WWE Championship feud – probably against Kofi Kingston – they may be able to hold onto the thread until they reach July 16th’s edition of SmackDown in Texas.