So this is tonight. Nobody seems all that hyped up about it, for reasons obvious. I will be watching, because I am already paying for the Network, so it's not costing me anything extra. If this was a traditional PPV, I wouldn't touch this show with the proverbial ten foot pole. Also, I've been bedridden for the last couple of weeks with a brutal illness, so at least it's something to watch on television. It beats laying here praying for the cold embrace of sweet merciful death.
WWE Championship Match: Jinder Mahal © vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
I want this to be good, I really do. But I haven't seen anything out of Mahal yet which gives me any confidence in his ability to even be carried to a half-way decent match. On top of that, Nakamura has really been hit or miss so far in WWE, mostly miss. If this match is anything like their Summerslam match, I fear we are in for a stinker. Can't see Nakamura winning either, since they seem committed to the Mahal experiment. I predict lots of Singh Brothers hi-jinks.
Hell in a Cell Falls Count Anywhere Match: Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
I can't stand Kevin Owens anymore. Having said that, I can't see him doing his ridiculous stalling/lie-down-and-take-a-break spots inside the Cell. He is capable of taking big, goofy bumps so this match is pretty much made for him. Shane is not a performer and has recently looked like he is about two steps away from a massive coronary, but he also takes big stupid bumps. This could have some train-wreck appeal, I guess. I don't know why they're doing this, aside from trying to make Owens into a monster heel. He sure is getting a massive push from the attack on Vince, so I guess they're trying to really make him into some sort of psycho or something.
I am also puzzled by the point of having a Falls Count Anywhere match inside Hell in a Cell. One gimmick isn't good enough for this match?
Hell in a Cell - Smackdown Tag Team Championships Match: The New Day © vs The Usos
This match is pretty much the only reason I am going to watch this show. I really don't like the New Day characters, but their work since arriving on Smackdown has been outstanding and this feud has been utterly amazing. Every time these two teams hook up, you're pretty much guaranteed a good match, and it's a safe bet this will be no exception. I love this feud.
WWE United States Championship Match: AJ Styles © Baron Corbin
Well, I guess this will be a test to see how great AJ Styles is. Baron Corbin has really shown me nothing since getting called up from NXT, I just don't like the guy. His character is goofy, his look is goofy and I find his work to be bland and uninspiring. I'd like to think AJ will be able to drag a decent match out of him, but he couldn't do that with Kevin Owens, and Owens is better than Corbin, so I'm not holding my breath. I hope this doesn't turn out to be another interminable angle like the Owens feud, or Wyatt/Balor over on Raw. If they want to put Corbin over, fine...do it. Please just don't drag it out.
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Natalya © vs Charlotte
I didn't mind these two working against each other in NXT with Ric and Bret in their corners, and the same when they did it on Raw. This rivalry is getting a little old, no matter how you repackage it. But their matches are usually inoffensive.
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
I guess this will be better than the Summerslam squash, at least. It also depends how motivated Orton is. If he wants to make Rusev look good, this could be just okay. If he isn't feeling motivated, then chinlock city, here we come.
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
This new "I don't need a gimmick" gimmick of Ziggler is beyond annoying. His promos lately have been change-the-channel bad. Roode has been kind of bIeh since getting called up. In theory, these two could have a very good match, but I'm not sure they'll get the time or the creative opportunity. Logically, Roode should be going over here, so I expect a Ziggler win.
Pre-Show: Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros
I love Gable and Benjamin, and it looks like Ryder or both the Hype Bros might be turning heel, so I expect them to lose. My hope is for the Usos to win the titles back and move into a program with Gable & Benjamin, but who knows what they have planned.