Cody Rhodes painfully stole the show with ripped pec at Hell in a Cell

Cody Rhodes, whether you agree with his decision to fight wounded or not, gave a show of resilience and courage that will be talked about forever.

Rhodes, according to WWE, partially ripped his chest during his feud with Seth Rollins on Raw last week and then ripped the bone off working in preparation for the match at the Hell in the Cell pay-per-view at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on Sunday. His grit helped to nail a final, sometimes uncomfortable-to-watch, chapter to his and Rollins’ story. While Hell in a Cell didn’t have a game-changing moment or surprise that would take it to another level, it was a pay-per-view filled with superb matches that are starting to become an enjoyable regular occurrence for WWE.

Here are five Hell in a Cell tips:

spectacular performance

Cody Rhodes’ gritty performance with a ripped chest inside Hell in Cell will be long remembered and will only reinforce the myths surrounding him in WWE when he returns. I hear a lot of fans will say he shouldn’t be out there and how can you have Rhodes with such a serious injury earning a clean win over Seth Rollins – who continued his wild wardrobe wearing Dusty Rhodes polka dots?

Cody Rhodes
Seth Rollins

First of all, it was Rhodes who made it clear after the show that it was his decision to be there and, along with his badly bruised right pec, he looked like he was in a lot of pain but was still able to perform at a very high level. level. He smartly waited until the last moment to take off his jacket and got a dramatic gasp from the crowd when they saw his injury.

A Hell in a Cell match could be turned into a brawl that would limit the amount of lifting Rhodes had to do. And that’s exactly what they did, using keno sticks, mallets, tables and bull ropes – a specialty of the Rhodes family – to write the final chapter. Rhodes, who will be tending to his injury on “Monday Night Raw,” used a pair of Cross Rhodes and, finally, a sledgehammer to take down Rollins and end this fantastic trilogy with an epic fight.

Was it uncomfortable watching Rhodes sometimes take bumps and deliver those Cross-Rhodes? Yup. But Rhodes always said, “Do the work” and tweeted “the love of the game” before the match. He did exactly what fans should want from a babyface top. In reality, he delivered an all-time moment to fans who paid to see him at the top of the card. As far as his character is concerned, he battled a serious injury and dug deep to finally defeat his rival. When you’re trying to write the level of history that Rhodes is in WWE, this moment will mean a lot more in the long run than Rollins getting some momentum from a win with Rhodes going to the shelf. Where WWE screwed up was not having Rollins win the middle match. The right man won and Rhodes must earn a new level of respect in the process.

triple delight

Rhodes and Rollins may have led the main event, but the guy made Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch and Asuka set a very, very high bar with a sensational Raw women’s title triple match to open the show. All three of these women blew away the crowd and Asuka’s striking and style brought a refreshing element to what we’ve already seen of Lynch and Belair.

This match was one of constant action – including a lot of attacking that involved all three competitors – and a lot of false submissions. Belair feels he has reached a different level. His confidence is really letting his athleticism shine. There’s a little extra flair and fluidity in his power moves, somersaults, and moon jumps. He had the crown ooh and aahing a little more than usual. Asuka’s double ankle lock had a similar reaction, but it was clear who was the star here.

In the end, Lynch landed a Manhandle slam on Asuka, but Belair – who Becky had just thrown out of the ring – came back and pulled Lynch to score the pin and retain the title. It’s something “Big Time Becks” also tried early in the match, so it was perfect to have him against her. Belair gives Lynch more to complain about by beating her at her own game and maybe drives her a little more crazy. With Raw’s all-star female roster, we may not have seen the end of Belair and Lynch, whose disbelief and disgust reaction was great.

All in The All Mighty

Bob Lashley may be in the best position to take over as babyface on Monday Night Raw, with Rhodes likely missing out on significant time and he could do so with at least Cedric Alexander by his side. Alexander, trying to get back in MVP’s good graces, interfered in the match to try to help his former manager and Omos defeat Lashley. Instead, it backfired, giving Lashley the opening he needed to launch Omos and slap Hurt Lock in MVP to score victory in the handicap match. There was a huge roar from the crowd that got even louder as Lashley grabbed a replica of the WWE Championship from the crowd and held it up.

He was later shown backstage matching Alexander, forgiving him for his interference. There’s nothing to stop the Hurt Business potentially coming back together as a babyface faction. They could be used as a potential opponent for Judgment Day in the future and maybe you’ll pull Belair to get a championship angle with Rhea Ripley.

still have an advantage

It looks like Edge added to his list of Hall of Fame accomplishments for being the first in a long time to discover that having a woman in his faction that guys can’t hit by WWE rules can help him win matches. That’s how The Judgment Day kept rolling when Rhea Ripley got in front of Grace’s Finn Balor’s Coup attempt and he ended up going into an Edge spear that led to 1-2-3. Overall, this was a pretty good match, but WWE had three top-notch babyfaces in Balor, AJ Styles, and Liv Morgan convincingly going down. It will be interesting to see what WWE does next with Judgment Day because, unlike AEW, there aren’t a ton of factions – if any – for them to feud with.

On a side note, WWE appears to have reversed course a bit by allowing Ripley to show off her tattoos. In the past, her equipment covered a lot of her body. Sunday night she wore fishnet leggings that let you see her tattoos there. I hope WWE continues to give her more freedom with her gear. It also looks like WWE needs to cash in on how much Liv Morgan has improved beyond being third wheel and losing – although her stench with Balor and Styles has done her some good.

makes you wonder

There were a few book decisions that surprised me. A good potential is Kevin Owens beating Ezekiel (Elias). This could mean this fun story is over because I’m not sure how much more they can do with it. Maybe Owens moves on to something bigger and better, but I’m not sure what that is now. He deserves it after the work he’s done recently. Corey Graves had a tremendous line saying, “You have to ask yourself what Elias thinks about this outcome?”

What left me scratching my head was how Madcap defeated Happy Corbin. The whole purpose of this rivalry was supposed to be to make Madcap become a serious babyface, so making him win using the same chair-crushing move on his opponent’s neck that Corbin used on him three weeks ago felt weird. choice. Madcap’s victory had a lukewarm response from the crowd. Let’s hope WWE hasn’t undone all the work they’ve done with one move.

other correspondence

Theory (c.) about Mustafa Ali (United States Championship)

While nothing was particularly bad in this match, I was expecting more from these two as it felt like they were still learning each other’s fluidity and maybe there was just a moment when it looked like Ali might win. Theory won clean and Ali being a strong babyface only added to the crowd’s distaste for him, so mission accomplished.

Biggest Winner: Cody Rhodes and Bobby Lashley

Biggest loser: Ezekiel

Best match: Bianca Belair x Askua x Becky Lynch (Raw Women’s Championship)

Forecasts: 7-1

To evaluate: B+

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