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WWE Hell in a Cell 2017: Winners and Losers

WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 from the Little Caesar’s Arena Detroit, Michigan just ended and there were some clear-cut winners and losers from the show. Find out who they were below from WWE’s latest PPV event.

First Winner(s): Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable

This newly formed tag team back in late August, they looked like a fluid and efficient tag team with excellent wrestling and Benjamin has gained about twenty pounds of muscle since his first WWE run. Now that he is a bit older, Benjamin has adopted more of a power game from his tenure in Japan between New Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH between 2012 and 2016.

As for Gable, he has taken his aggressiveness to another level since forming this new tag team. As for Hell in a Cell, their Pre-Show match versus The Hype Bros. (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley) was a very good opener had solid tag team spots and move and in the end Gable and Benjamin came out on top.

Gable made a seamless transition going from tag-teaming with Jason Jordan to Shelton Benjamin as all three were accomplished amateur wrestlers before they made the jump to WWE, which certainly helps. All and all, this team of Benjamin and Gable could become Smackdown Tag Team Champions in 2018.

Second Winner: Baron Corbin

Originally, it was supposed to be him vs AJ Styles for the WWE United States Championship. However, during the Pre-Show, Tye Dillinger convinced Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan that he should be in the match and it was agreed to become a Triple Threat match. This ultimately played into the final result of the match. Baron also exploited his clear size advantage over both of his opponents for a good amount of this match.

Baron also exploited his clear size advantage over both of his opponents for a good amount of this match. Finally, they also gave this match almost twenty minutes, which is excellent for this match. Corbin looks like he’s back on the winning track after losing his “Money in the Bank” opportunity to face the WWE Champion at any time he wanted and then later John Cena at Summer Slam in the last few months.

First Loser: Rusev

Is Rusev on the way out of WWE? It certainly looks like it as he clearly lost yet again to another established star tonight. His wrestling wasn’t bad at all. However, he just seems like going through the motions until his contract runs out. This was also the shortest match of the night so far and deserving so. The fans just didn’t seem to be in at this match at all. With this loss, one could wonder what happens next for the Bulgarian Brute.

Second Loser: Randy Orton

Speaking of wrestlers that don’t care, has Randy Orton cared at all in 2017? It definitely looks that way, which is a shame since he looked so well polished and finally looked like an all-time great in the last few years. This feud has had exchanged two matches that lasted a combined seventeen seconds, with one being on Smackdown and one being at Summer Slam. This win does nothing for the Apex Predator for the short-term or long-term.

Honorable mention(s):

The Usos:

They were in a war with tonight for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships inside a Hell in a Cell. This match would be the most physical match of the night. Additionally, this match had several creative spots exploiting the no holds barred stipulation including no tags. They hit several splashes and walked out of Hell in a Cell the tag team champions.

The New Day:

The Smackdown Tag Team Champions going into Hell in a Cell who faced The Usos in the first ever tag team Hell in a Cell match and it was extremely well done. While it was predictable that they wouldn’t retain, they made fans watching on the WWE Network and in attendance in Detroit to create doubt they had.

Sami Zayn:

While he didn’t have a match, he did have a huge impact in the main event between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens. He didn’t show up until the end of the match. Owens was laying on a table and when McMahon jumped off of the Hell in a Cell, Zayn showed up to pull Kevin off of the table at the last second and ultimately put him on top of Shane for the pin completing the full heel turn. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens on Tuesday Night Smackdown.

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