After a disappointing showing at Clash of Champions, the Raw brand bounced back in Boston with a splendid Hell in a Cell PPV that provided fans with a number of stellar matches. Brian Kendrick feigned his way to victory as he captured the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens tore the house down with a wonderful match for the Universal Championship inside the structure, albeit not being the main event. Sasha Banks and Charlotte made history in a fantastic matchup, competing in the first Women’s Hell in a Cell bout as well as main eventing the PPV, for the Raw Women’s Championship.
Were these three matches the only ones to deliver, or did other bouts on the card show their worth? Let’s find out, as I Analyse and Grade each match from WWE Hell in a Cell 2016.
#1 Sasha Banks vs Charlotte (Hell in a Cell- Raw Women’s Championship):
Even before the match begun, this was a monumental achievement for the women. Competing in the first Women’s Hell in a Cell bout, and main eventing the PPV, Banks and Charlotte made history before the bell had rung. Expectations were incredibly high, and I for one felt the bout was going to be overhyped.
I was wrong. Banks and Charlotte put their bodies on the line for the sake of entertainment, and the crowd were firmly behind Sasha which gave the bout that extra hype. Charlotte’s vicious heel work continues to be outstanding, and Banks was brilliant as the resilient babyface fighting to retain her title.
The women were given brutal spots that would usually only be reserved for the men, and they performed them to their full ability. The historical significance of this bout along with the incredible work from the competitors combined to make this a classic, but unfortunately there was one fault in an otherwise perfect bout.
The finish. Whether it was to keep Charlotte’s flawless PPV singles record or to implement a title change for the sake of history, the Boston crowd and Banks’ fans around the world were stunned, and unfortunately, WWE are making the mistake of too many title changes in a short period of time. The reason why Sasha lost could be atrributed to her injury prone resume or to the fact that she may have suffered a legitamate one during the match.
Despite the flimsy finish, this was an outstanding, historic main event from the women inside the steel structure, as they proved the women’s revolution is completely underway.