Okay, before we start, let’s clear this up.
Professional wrestling is many things; predetermined, scripted, choreographed – whatever word you want to use. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the athletes that dedicate their lives to the sport-entertainment are still human, and they put themselves through a lot of strenuous and dangerous matches, all for the purpose of entertaining the fans.
On Sunday night, we saw the very definition of this play out in a Hell In A Cell match at WWE’s PPV of the same name. The event was main-evented by former WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, taking on the Smackdown Live general manager – and real-life son of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon – Shane McMahon.
Seriously, it was like watching a match on a WWE video game being played by two overzealous teenagers, as the duel featured a highlight reel of vicious “spots”. The pair brawled on top of the cell, Kevin Owens fell through the Spanish announce table, steel steps were used, Shane hit his infamous Coast-to-Coast jumping dropkick – in terms of brutality, it was certainly one of the most memorable Hell In A Cell matches of all time.
However, being a ‘Falls Count Anywhere’ match, and given the fact it involved Shane McMahon (who just loves to jump from ridiculously tall structures), the crowd weren’t going to be fully satisfied until the Smackdown Live general manager threw himself off the top of the cell.
And it didn’t disappoint.
During the closing minutes of the match, Shane positioned Owens on another announce table, and climbed the 25-foot steel structure. Taking a quick moment to prepare himself and symbol the cross on his body, he made the death-defying leap. However, the finish saw Owen being pulled out of harms way at the last second by former best friend and longtime rival, Sami Zayn.