Baron Corbin has had a rough few months. With social media spats and reported head backstage derailing his main event push, there were legitimate concerns that the Smackdown Live Superstar was heading in the wrong direction. Tonight, the up and coming WWE Superstar answered his critics in style – capturing his first WWE gold during tonight’s Hell in a Cell pay per view.
— WWE (@WWE) October 9, 2017
Tye Dillinger’s eleventh-hour addition only added to the excitement of the show. Dillinger had previously challenged for AJ Styles United States Championship on Smackdown Live. This past week, he successfully defeated Baron Corbin – pleading his case to Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan as to why he should be added into the match.
The match itself was surprisingly great. Of course, we know AJ Styles can have great matches with anyone on the WWE roster (Look no further than the Shane McMahon Wrestlemania 33 match) but for Dillinger and Corbin, this was a huge showcase of the potential both men have right now. Neither man squandered it, delivering extremely solid outings and reminding audiences why WWE has so much stock in both men.
Corbin winning makes sense from a story perspective. Having lost his Money in the Bank briefcase, he needed something to get fans invested again. After several weeks of awkward meandering through the Smackdown Live show, it became clear that he was going to be entering an extended feud with AJ Styles over the United States Championship. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if tonight’s match is the first of many matches to come from these two – tonights showing really makes me excited to see just what they can do with an extended program.
Are you happy to see Baron Corbin finally capture WWE gold? Were you happy with the quality of this WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view match?