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Ronda Rousey retains at Hell in a Cell

Dan Owen 17/09/2018
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Ronda Rousey battled busted-up ribs to retain the RAW Women's title

Did you think some busted up ribs would be enough to keep down the Baddest Woman on the Planet?

Me neither.

While this was a better contested match than the one Ronda Rousey had with Alexa Bliss at Summerslam, there was never going to be a change of the RAW Women’s Championship.

Bliss was able to mount much more offence this time round, but it was still not enough to down the former UFC champ.


While the added fight did something to show Bliss in a stronger light this time round, the premature tap to Rousey’s armbar didn’t – let’s at least have the arm straight before the submission comes.








In all the outcome was favourable for both, and effectively closes the door on the rivalry for now.


The direction WWE takes with Rousey will be interesting – her match at the Super Show-Down alongside the Bellas against the Riott Squad is obviously just filler, while we still await her match for Evolution.


An obvious candidate down the road would be a returning Nia Jax – as that feud was far from finished with at Money in the Bank.


Bliss’s charisma and ability on the mic, will make it easy for her transition into any potential story line WWE creative have in store.



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Hell in a Cell: Becky Lynch downs Charlotte

Dan Owen 17/09/2018
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Becky Lynch took the Smackdown Women's title from Charlotte Flair

You deserve it. Clap clap clap clap. You deserve it. Clap clap clap clap. You deserve it. Clap clap clap clap.

It was the night Becky Lynch, and the WWE Universe had craved.

The LassKicker was able to beat long-time best friend turned mortal enemy Charlotte Flair and capture the Smackdown Women’s Title.

In arguably the match of the night (Randy Orton v Jeff Hardy a notable contender), the pair showed great chemistry to ebb and flow through the kind of match that has ignited the women’s division.


Trading signatures and finishers for fun, it was a roll-up reversal of a Charlotte spear that eventually got Lynch the three-count.








A smart way of finishing things, this puts Becky back on top of the tree, and keeps Charlotte strong without her tapping.


Rumours had suggested a double turn with Charlotte going heel, but the in-ring confrontation at the close of the match lead to nothing, as what appeared to be a peace offering was snubbed by Lynch who would not have her moment in the spotlight taken away.


This has plenty of legs left in it, and expect the women-only PPV, Evolution, to be the place for the next chapter.



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Hell in a Cell: AJ Styles retains amid Samoa Joe controversy

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AJ Styles retained his WWE Championship with a hard-fought win over Samoa Joe

It has been one of the best story lines in WWE, and the payoff at HIAC wasn’t bad either.

As things got personal between AJ and Joe in recent weeks, the heat going into this was very real.

The match itself was an up and down affair with both men trading offence without ever really captivating the audience, before it ended in controversy.

With a Coquina Clutch locked in, Joe thought he was on for a title win – falling onto his back to lock the hold in further.


AJ was able to roll though and pin Joe’s shoulders down long enough to get the three-count – but only as he was tapping.








This was out of the ref’s sight and AJ was able to hold on to his crown.


A furious Joe would later confront Smackdown general manager Paige who set a no count-out, no DQ match for Super Show-Down


Some highs, some lows, some mehs.



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