Hell in a Cell 2022 might be remembered for one factor and one factor solely: Cody Rhodes torn pec. Going into the present, WWE had revealed that Rhodes tore his pec in the times main as much as the present. That put the primary occasion in query. Not solely was Rhodes harm extra grotesque than imagined, he labored a full 25 minute Hell in a Cell match in opposition to Seth Rollins. He got here out victorious, profitable their third basic of a match.
The harm could also be too gross for some — it took a couple of minutes for a shocked Chicago crowd to consider what they had been seeing. But for those who can abdomen it, the primary occasion was unimaginable.
It needed to be too, since this was near a one-match present. Bianca Belair retained her Raw Women’s Championship in the opening bout, defeating Asuka and Becky Lynch. It was a terrific match. Between the opener and the nearer, although, was a lot of fluff. The card was principally stuffed by feuds which have run their course: Kevin Owens, Bobby Lashley and Madcap Moss can hopefully transfer on to higher issues after tonight.
Cody Rhodes beat Seth Rollins
What a doozy this was. WWE announcers instructed us that Cody Rhodes had injured his pec coming into this match. That’s no spin, that harm was very actual. We discovered that out when Cody took his coat off, revealing grotesque bruising up his proper shoulder.
Cody Rhodes harm grew to become the story of this match, particularly originally. The bruising is disgusting, as you possibly can see. The Chicago crowd at first appeared too disturbed by the harm to be into the motion. The opening minutes of the primary occasion had been the quietest the group had been all evening. Seth went straight for the harm too, kicking the shoulder and yanking at Rhodes’ arm.
The crowd’s silence all modified when Rollins introduced out a desk. At that second, they not cared for Cody’s wellbeing and solely wished to see somebody get put via that rattling desk. They acquired their want. Rollins tried a Frog Splash via the desk, however Cody rolled off and Rollins crashed via alone.
Rhodes then introduced out a cowbell, a weapon synonymous together with his dad Dusty. The cowbell is in the center of a lengthy rope, with handles on both facet for every particular person to strap round their wrist. Cody put one on, then threw the rope to Seth, daring him to place it on. Rollins did, which started a mini Bull Rope match. Cody acquired the most effective of it, clocking Rollins with the cowbell for a close to fall. As they skirmished on the surface, Rollins unshackled himself and, to the delight of the group, introduced out one other desk.
Rollins set it up in the nook of the ring. He tried to cost Rhodes into it, however Cody dodged and landed a Cross Rhodes on Rollins for an additional two rely. Rhodes tried to observe up, however Rollins attacked the injured shoulder by jerking the arm. Rollins hit Rhodes with a Superkick and then Powerbombed Rhodes via the desk for a two rely. The crowd chants “This is superior!”
With Cody down, Rollins went outdoors to retrieve a sledgehammer. He took a swing, however Rhodes prevented it. Rollins then kicked Rhodes in the intestine and tried a Pedigree, however Rhodes slipped out and landed a Pedigree of his personal for an additional nearfall. Rhodes picked up the sledgehammer and chased Rollins across the ring with it. Rollins slipped contained in the ring and, when Rhodes adopted, caught Rhodes with a Curbstomp. Another nearfall, one other “This is superior!” chant.
Rollins went for an additional Curbstomp, however Rhodes acquired out of the way in which. Rollins then managed to land a Cross Rhodes. He tried to roll into a second one, however Cody countered with a Cross Rhodes of his personal. Both had been laid out in the ring, then each began crawling to the sledgehammer. Cody acquired there first, however his injured pec stopped him from with the ability to raise it up. Rollins snatched it and tried to hit Cody with it, however Cody kicked it out of his hand.
Rhodes hit two Cross Rhodes, then managed to choose the sledgehammer up. He hit Rollins with it for the win.
Rating: 4.75 stars. Cody Rhodes harm is fairly gross, there is not any getting round that. But it will most likely go down as 2022’s most memorable efficiency, for good or ailing. You can undoubtedly argue that it was irresponsible for WWE to let Cody go on the market. But what’s inarguable is that his efficiency was Herculean. Not solely did he do the match, he did a 25 minute major occasion — and a basic one at that.
Theory retains US Championship
Theory defeated Mustafa Ali with an A-Town Down to retain his United States Championship. Mustafa Ali was a hometown hero to the Chicago crowd, who was solidly behind him. Anyone who watches WWE is aware of, nonetheless, that hometown heroes usually do not get completely satisfied endings.
This was an above-average Raw-level match. Ali did effectively, however was hamstrung by his reserving. He hadn’t been constructed up in any respect coming into this, and it was laborious to purchase him as a credible menace to Theory’s championship run. Ali and Theory additionally did not click on significantly effectively. It’s not like there have been any main botches, however the motion did not have the smoothest move to it both.
There had been some notable spots, like a candy modified Spanish Fly that noticed Theory leap from the ring to the highest ropes in a formidable show of athleticism. Ali countered an A-Town Down try into an STF, which the group was into. At one level Ali backflipped from the second rope, and tweaked his leg on the touchdown. That performed into the end, as Theory hit an intense chop block on Theory’s leg, then efficiently landed the A-Town Down for the win.
Rating: 2.75 stars.
Madcap Moss beat Happy Corbin
Madcap Moss defeated Happy Corbin in a No Holds Barred match after he crushed Corbin’s neck with a mixture of a metal chair and the metal steps. The match was largely constructed round a metal chair, which Corbin and Moss whaled on one another with, however did not give the group what they had been chanting for the entire match — tables.
Madcap Moss began with a bang, beating Happy Corbin throughout the ring. He hit an explosive clothesline that despatched Corbin over the ring ropes, then tossed Corbin again in and did the identical on the opposite facet. But Corbin stopped Moss’ momentum by chucking a chair straight into Moss’ face. From there this was a No Holds Barred model of their match at WrestleMania — just about all Corbin.
Corbin smashed Moss a number of instances with a chair as the group chanted “We need tables!” At one level Corbin introduced a desk out from beneath the ring, which the group popped for, however he rapidly pushed it again in to get a spherical of boos. Moss began a comeback after he dodged a turnbuckle cost from Corbin and Corbin hit a chair that was wedged in between the center and high rope.
The crowd’s chants for tables grew extra vociferous, however they acquired no tables. Moss obliterated Corbin with two chair pictures — they had been severe chair pictures, with a big quantity of energy behind them. But Corbin acquired the higher hand once more after chop blocking Moss on the surface. Corbin then wrapped a chair round Moss’ neck and pushing him into the announcer’s desk.
A decade in the past that may write a character off TV for months, however this did not preserve Moss down for greater than a couple of minutes. Corbin setup metal steps in the nook of the ring, however Moss wriggled out of no matter Corbin was attempting to do to him and as an alternative chucked Corbin into the metal steps with a Fallaway Slam.
Moss then wrapped the chair round Corbin’s neck and crushed it with the metal steps. Pretty gnarly spot, one which acquired Moss the win.
Rating: 3 stars. Hopefully Madcap Moss can transfer onto one thing recent now.
The Judgement Day beat AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan
The six-person combined tag began with a huge brawl. AJ Styles and Finn Balor took out Damian Priest and Edge, which simply left Rhea Ripley from The Judgement Day in the ring. AJ launched Liv Morgan into the air, and she landed a Hurricanrana on Ripley. From then on, Ripley and Morgan began because the authorized girls.
Morgan tried to construct momentum, however was reduce off by Ripley when Ripley decked her with a huge headbutt. From there it was an prolonged warmth session, with the Judgement Day beating down Liv Morgan and then Finn Balor as the nice guys constructed to a comeback.
Balor tagged in Styles for the recent tag as Damian Priest tagged in Edge. Styles ran wild with nice depth, resulting in a Phenomenal Forearm on Edge. The pin was interrupted by Priest, who pulled AJ out of the ring. Styles tagged Morgan again into the ring, who had showdown with Ripley once more.
Morgan tagged Balor in, which led to a different six-person conflict the place everybody fought everybody. Styles and Balor each dived outdoors onto Edge and Priest, and Liv Morgan then did a Suicide Dive onto Ripley — barely making it after catching her foot on the center rope.
Inside the ring, Balor hit Priest with an Eziguri kick. He tried a Coup de Grace, however Ripley saved Priest by shaking the ropes, which prompted Balor to tumble off. Priest tagged in Edge, who tried to Spear Balor however as an alternative ate a kick. AJ took out Priest with a Phenomenal Forearm, then Edge tossed AJ outdoors.
Edge tried one other Spear on Balor, however Balor countered it into an Inside Crade (which was sick). Balor landed a Slingblade on Edge and tried one other Coup de Grace, however Ripley stood in entrance of Edge, which prevented Balor from the transfer for the reason that males cannot contact the ladies in the match. Liv Morgan jumped on Ripley’s again, getting her out of the way in which. Balor tried the Coup de Grace, however Edge moved out of the way in which and hit a Spear for the win.
Rating: 3.25 stars. The largest takeaway from this match is that Balor is criminally beneath utilized, however that is nothing new. Edge’s faction continues its profitable streak, although it nonetheless feels prefer it hasn’t totally developed but. It’s good that WWE is dedicated to one thing, forgoing the standard 50/50 reserving. At the identical time although, the Judgement Day faction feels a little pointless thus far.
Kevin Owens pins Ezekiel
Kevin Owens beat Ezekiel with a Stunner. This was rather more enjoyable than it had any proper to be, principally due to Kevin Owens’ conviction.
Ezekiel began with a shock blitz, catching Owens with a leaping excessive knee and then touchdown a nice Flying Elbow from the highest rope. Owens turned issues round for himself by slamming Ezekiel into the turnbuckle, busting him open a little. From there it was the Kevin Owens Show, as he took a lot of the match.
We acquired a Senton into a Springboard Moonsault from Owens for a two rely, and later he hit a Pop-Up Powerbomb for an additional nearfall. Ezekiel acquired one other shock high-knee strike, however Owens acquired his knees up for the second Flying Elbow try. After two failed Stunners, Owens hit it on his third attempt for the win.
The match was fantastic, or possibly a little higher than that. But this was made enjoyable due to Kevin Owens and the Chicago crowd. Owens was fanatical, yelling at each likelihood “It’s ELIAS!”, and in basic making a spectacle of himself. He did a nice job of coming off like somebody genuinely annoyed that this man was pretending to be somebody he isn’t.
Then there was the Chicago crowd. At first they chanted “Zeke! Zeke! Zeke!” however later we acquired duelling chants of “He’s Elias/No he isn’t!” They had been extra into the match than most different crowds can be — Chicago is like that — and that made issues much more entertaining.
Rating: 3.25 stars. It’s been a cute storyline. Hopefully this match is the top of it. Also, Kevin Owens is so good.
Bobby Lashley beat Omos and MVP.
After Asuka, Becky Lynch and Belair acquired the showcase the a racing begin, this handicap match slowed proceedings down fairly a bit.
This was what you’d anticipate. Omos beat Lashley down, then tagged MVP in for a fast little bit of offense. MVP and Omos alternated beating Lashley down. None of it was outstanding in any method, apart from one enjoyable spot the place Omos shoulder charged Lashley via the barricade on the surface. That was cool. Nothing else was.
The ending sequence started when Lashley was in the ring with MVP. Lashley knocked Omos off the ring apron, then speared MVP. Lashley went for a pin, however Omos broke it up. As Omos was getting ready to present Lashley a double-arm Chokeslam, Cedric Alexander, who’s had stress with MVP and Omos, jumped in the ring from the highest rope. For some cause the ref did not name for a disqualification.
Omos caught Alexander, however the distraction allowed Lashley to bump Omos out of the ring. Lashley then put MVP in the Hurt Lock for the win.
Rating: 2 stars. Bleh.
Bianca Belair retains Raw Women’s Championship
Bianca Belair, Asuka and Becky Lynch kicked off Hell in a Cell with an impressive opening match for the Raw Women’s Championship. It was a match full of nice motion, and every lady acquired a likelihood to shine. Belair ended up profitable by pinning Asuka.
It was a good-but-standard triple menace match at first. It began with three in the ring, however one would get thrown out which might enable the opposite two to struggle one-on-one. They traded positions, and it was good. The crowd was mega into this from the start, with big “E-S-T” chants.
The match went up a gear when Asuka and Lynch had been in the ring. Asuka tried a rollup, however Lynch kicked out. Asuka rewarded her with a collection of blistering strikes: a few spinning backfists and a glarly mid kick. It feels like not a lot, nevertheless it was an intense flurry that acquired the group tremendous into it. As Lynch and Asuka began grappling for submissions after, we acquired our first “This is superior!” chant of the evening.
It was Belairs time to shine after that, operating wild on each Asuka and Lynch with strikes in the nook and a standing moonsault in the center.
Asuka laid out each with Codebreakers — Belair ate a Codebreaker in midair after leaping off the center rope — and then laid them out with a double hip assault. She then locked each into an ankle lock on the similar time, which was a little preposterous. But it performed into the next sequence: After they despatched Asuka out of the ring, each Belair and Lynch had been hopping round on one leg every, promoting their respective ankles.
Lynch nearly acquired Belair in her Disarmer armbar, however in an unimaginable spot Belair powered out by standing up, Lynch teetering over Belair’s shoulder. Belair tried a KOD, however her leg gave out. As they battled, Lynch managed to plant Belair with a Manhandle Slam, however Asuka interrupted the pin for a nice false end.
With Belair out, Lynch and Asuka had a nice sequence the place they traded rollup pinfall makes an attempt. One of Lynch’s rollups acquired countered into an Asuka Lock, which the group initially purchased as a potential end. It wasn’t to be although, as in what seemed to be a botch Belair jumped from the highest rope into the ring (however not onto Lynch and Asuka, which seemed to be the aim).
Belair dropped Asuka head-first into the turnbuckle, then Lynch threw Belair out. Lynch then hit a Manhandle Slam on Asuka, however Belair got here again in and chucked Lynch out of the ring earlier than pinning Asuka for the win.
Rating: 4.25 stars. Great motion that was terrifically paced. The spot on the finish the place Belair jumped in to interrupt up the Asuka Lock appeared like a botch, and actually killed a little of the momentum that they had been increase. But this was superior.