Watch: WWE Network
Target Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hell in a Cell is over. Titles changed hands, bodies were broken, and history was made. But I know what you all are actually worried about is WWE Superstars. And I’m here to calm that worry. As always for Superstars, Corey Graves and Tom Phillips are on commentary.
Neville def. Titus O'Neil**1/4
TITUS ALERT! If Curtis Axel is King of Superstars, then Titus is probably the crown prince. On the other hand, it’s a shame to see Neville in this position. I really wish they could find something for him to do. Structure wise, this goes more or less exactly how you would expect. Titus goes for power deals but Neville outmaneuvers him at every turn. He even hits a pretty impressive dive that almost ends in disaster when TItus doesn’t totally catch him. But it’s okay, everything ends up being fine. Titus ends up cutting off the speedster eventually and is able to use his size and power to take the advantage. I don’t know how much is piped in after the fact, but Titus does a good job of getting the crowd against him. He keeps it up until Neville cuts him off with a quick boot in the corner. He hits the Red Arrow to put Titus away for three. Fine match.
The first recap is of the Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman segment from last week’s Raw. We are all aware of what happened here. They were in Minnesota, and because of that, they loved Brock. Brock is very clearly supposed to be the heel in this situation and feud with Goldberg, and they really should have been able to telegraph what was going to happen. But hey, hindsight is 20/20 I guess. Now rumors are saying that they’re going to try to play into that crowd reaction, but we’ll see what actually happens. Either way, Goldberg is going to be on Raw tonight in Hartford, CT to address it all. And I’m still weirdly hyped for this feud.
The next thing they recap is the Charlotte Flair (that’s right, she carries a last name now) and Sasha Banks contract signing from Raw. We’re post Hell in a Cell now, so I can put my thoughts out about this. The feud felt off the entire time. These women have been feuding for two plus years and just due to that fact alone, probably are deserving of a cell or some similar big stipulation ender. And they certainly deserve a main event slot after all the hard work they’ve put in, especially after No Mercy had the WWE Title open. But the fact is, WWE didn’t present this feud as two women who hated each other finally ending it. They presented it as an opportunity to make history. And therefore, the match sort of felt like that. I liked it for what it was, but it lacked a certain gravitas. And I think that doesn’t fall on either woman in the match, I think it falls back on writing and booking. I really hope they’re able to avoid that pitfall in the future, but it’ll certainly be an easy one to fall back into – for both the women and even a group like the cruiserweights.
Sin Cara/Lince Dorado/Cedric Alexander def. Drew Gulak/Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari**3/4
I had no idea they ran this match on Superstars before they ran it at Hell in a Cell. I’d imagine that’s a good omen because they liked it enough to run it back. Nese and Sin Cara start this off and immediately start off with some quick and nifty chaining/mat work/rope running sequences that includes a massive monkey flip. The tags are sort of fast and furious here, so it’s going to be tough to write about this sequence by sequence. In an unsurprising moment, I’m least impressed with Nese in all of this. I think he’s going to be pushed hard by WWE just because of what he looks like and the things he can do, but the man is sloppy and uninspiring. And you’re not going to move me from that mountain. It’s also very clear to me that Cedric Alexander and Lince Dorado could be good challengers to Kendrick with how popular they already are. That’s the advantage of having a heel champion. This isn’t as good as the match at Hell in a Cell but it’s still super entertaining. Cedric, just like at the PPV, is the most over guy in the match just right off the bat. He really does have undeniable charisma and watch-ability. Cedric is able to hit the Lumbar Check on Daivari after a dive train to get the win for his team.
They recap the main event from Raw with Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho vs, Kevin Owens. I think it’s pretty obvious that this is going to be a marquee title match at some point, if not at Survivor Series then definitely soon afterwards. I’ve already sung its praises a few times now, and Owens and Rollins had what was in my opinion the best Cell match of the night yesterday. The build of the feud has been weird, but the in ring work has more than carried it thus far.
WWE SUPERSTARS FOR OCTOBER 28, 2016
Average - 5/10
Look, any time we get Neville and the cruiserweights on the same show, I'm going to be happy. Both matches are worth a watch here. We get a fun little David and Goliath deal with Neville and Titus and we get a test run of the HIAC pre-show match with the cruisers. It's worth hunting down. Skip through the recaps though. They're not what matters here.