WWE’s Hell In a Cell did not fail to disappoint Sunday night, as the triple main event more than lived up to the hype of having three hell-in-a-cell matches. As expected though, there weren’t many surprises when it came down to the winners of the matches. Here’s my breakdown of the key matches from HIAC.
Rusev v. Roman Reigns (c)
This thrilling, physical rivalry has appeared to come to a fantastic end with Roman Reigns successfully defending his United States Championship against the Bulgarian Brute. Both of these men went back and forth at one another, using the kendo stick to beat each other senseless, launching their bodies into the dreaded steel cage. Just as he had done weeks before, Rusev had Reigns on the steel steps wrapped with a chain around his neck. Rusev had his submission locked in, but Reigns found a way to fight out of it and deliver a spear to retain the title and end the bitter rivalry.
Seth Rollins v. Kevin Owens (c)
The anticipation was built for weeks for this match with the help of Kevin Owens’ so called best friend Chris Jericho. As expected, Jericho found a way to interfere in the match as when the referee went down, Jericho was able to sneak into the cage with a key that he had. From there, the former #1 draft pick for Raw had no chance as it turned into a handicap match that even Seth Rollins’ talent couldn’t handle. While Rollins was able to hit a Pedigree on Jericho, he was unable to do so on Owens, as Owens finished Rollins with a Pop-Up Power Bomb on a steel chair that lead Owens to retain his tainted WWE Universal Championship.
Cesaro and Sheamus v. The New Day (c)
Cesaro and Sheamus were both forced into a less than ideal circumstance, as GM Mick Foley forced these two superstars to become a tag team after a malicious 7 match series that gave both these superstars a championship opportunity. However, their opportunity came as a paring against one of the longest reigning tag team champions in the history of WWE. Cesaro and Sheamus were actually in control for much of this match as the New Day looked like they didn’t know what hit them. However, at the end of the match, Kofi Kingston for the New Day got involved with Sheamus on the outside causing the match to end in a DQ. Given how the match ended, look for a potential rematch down the road.
Charollete v. Sasha Banks (c)
Shockingly enough, this match turned out to be the main event of HIAC. This rivalry has been going for months now and it furthered last night. Both of the entrances were very flashy, given the fact that these two women made history Sunday night, being the first women to ever compete in a HIAC match. But of course, Charlotte was up to her old ways. Before the match, the Queen cheap shotted the Boss, Power Bombing her through an announcers table. Banks looked to be getting carted away on a stretcher before she found out she would have to forfeit her Women’s Cahmpionship if she did not defend her title. Banks refused to let that happen as the match got underway and it was an assault on both sides. Banks put Charlotte through a table, Charlotte beat down Banks with a steel chair. In a night where the Boss was returning to her hometown Boston, the Queen spoiled it as Charlotte hit Banks with Natural Selection to win back the Women’s Championship and silence the stunned Boston crowd.
Raw now turns it’s focus to survivor series that is just now three weeks away that is featuring the return of icon Goldberg to face the beast Brock Lesnar. Raw will set its sites on trying to defeat rival Smackdown Live at the next big PPV event. Catch Raw tonight at 8PM on the USA Network.
Ashley Massaro Death Apparent Suicide
Last week news broke that former WWE superstar Ashley Massaro had tragically passed away at the age of 39, although details were not available other than her death being officially classified as “non-criminal.”
According to TMZ Sports, Massaro was found hanging in an apparent suicide, found unconscious inside of her Suffolk County, NY home early Thursday morning prior to being rushed the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Massaro is being laid to rest in Suffolk County, and is survived by her daughter.
Former WWE superstar and MMA fighter CM Punk called into WMGM on Friday saying that he heard Massaro had taken her own life and urging anyone listening who is struggling with depression and/or suicidal thoughts to get the help they need.
Al Unser Jr. Arrested for Drunk Driving
Racing legend All Unser Jr., who wont the Indianapolis 500 two times, was arrested in Indianapolis, Indiana for drunk driving early Monday morning.
Under, 57, was reportedly pulled over in Hendricks County where officers suspected that he was drunk and he was booked around 2:30 AM and he is now facing 3 charges, according to a report from TMZ Sports.
Unser is now facing charges such as improper lane usage, speeding and operating while intoxicated, and his mug shot shows that he may not be too concerned with what went down and the charges he was hit with.
This isn’t the first time Unser has been arrested for drunk driving, as he was popped back in 2007 and again in 2011. Unser was also arrested back in 2002 following an alcohol-fueled altercation with his then-girlfriend.
Unser retired from racing back in 2007 following an amazing career.
Former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro Dead at 39
Former WWE superstar and 2005 Diva Search Winner Ashley Massaro has died at the age of 39, according to a report from TMZ.
Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she died early Thursday morning, per the report which cited officials. Massaro’s death is currently being classified as “non-criminal.”
Massaro was most known for her appearances at WWE’s annual extravaganza, WrestleMania, and she competed in a WWE Women’s Championship match against Melina at Wrestlemania 23 back in 2007, and then a Playboy BunnyMania LumberJill match at Wrestlemania 24 in 2008.
Massaro was the cover girl for the April 2007 edition of Playboy and also appeared on “Survivor: China” in 2007, where she was voted off in the second episode.
Massaro left WWE in 2008 but returned to professional wrestling by joining an independent company in 2017.
WWE released a statement regarding Massaro’s passing on their official website.
“We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world.
WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.”
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