Review for WWE Hell in a Cell 2022
Hell in a Cell is such a great concpet that I have always said that having a PPV dedicated to it waters it down. NOT TONIGHT. By only having one Cell match and having it in the main event was a genius move and this was one of the best I have seen in a long time.
The Triple Threat between Bianca Belair, Asuka and Becky Lynch for the Raw Women's Championship was fantastic and every fall I was convinced was the end of the match. All three worked so well together and the ending was one of the best I have seen in a long while.
For some reason they decided to put Lashley against Omos and MVP in a handicap match. This was not a good match by any stretch of teh imagination. I'm not sure whether I disliked this more than the Kevin Owens against Ezekiel/Elias which could have been fine, if it wasn't for the absolute insane storyline about whether Ezekiel (unshaven and looking more like Ultimate Warrior without the face paint) is the younger brother of the bearded guitar playing Elias. My head hurts, especially when the guitar singing Elias was so over. This match was fine, but the ending did not help the story or those involved.
The Heel turn by Edge into the Judgement Day group with Damien Priest and Rhea Ripley was an odd move, but not one I object to at all, apart from his crazy haircut. This Mixed Six Tag puts them against AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan which is also a great teaming of characters. I never thought I would ever see Finn and AJ in the same company, never mind in the same match. This was a great match, but I don't like how the mixed-tag rules work and I hate to say that Liv and Rhea are the weak links in this match.
In a No Holds Barred match Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss put a final nail in the coffin of their friendship. This felt like an old skool Hardcore match, brawling all over the ring and arena, getting plunder out from under the ring and just had some wonderful moments with it. Not a perfect match, but entertaining.
The US Championship match between Theory (no longer Austin Theory?) against Mustafa Ali was a fantastic match between the two and I did enjoy it. This felt like a classic Cruiserweight match and they worked really well together.
In the main event (as it should be) Seth Rollins faced Cody Rhodes in a Hell in a Cell. This match brought WWE their sixth Five Star match (not including those obtained in NXT) and their first since Punk/Cena at Money in the Bank in 2011. This is much deserved although I feel that to make this match mean something Cody should have lost one of the three matches they have had, instead he comes in two for two. Seth appearing dressed as his father Dusty Rhodes is such a perfect Heel move, but it is played up perfectly.
Seeing how bruised Cody's body was made it quite difficult to watch and I'm not sure how legit this was, but I had to applaud the effort, even if I do think it is a little foolish. The match is filled with gruesome moments and is a mesmerising match from beginning to end.
Hell in a Cell boasts clearly the Match of the Year so far and watching it back I have to agree and it will take a lot to beat this. It would have to be a hell of a match to do it.