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We continue towards Hell in a Cell which comes to us on Sunday, June 20 from the Thunderdome setting in the Yuengling Center. It will be the last PPV before live crowds return for Money in the Bank in July, as WWE announced this past Friday. Two matches have been advertised thus far for tonight.
Natalya & Tamina will once again defend the Women’s Tag Team Championship against former champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler as they did last week. Natalya & Tamina won the titles on the edition of Smackdown just prior to WrestleMania Backlash, and retained the titles during last week’s show as mentioned earlier. This past Friday on Smackdown, Shayna Baszler tapped Natalya to her signature Kirafuda Clutch in a six-woman tag match involving her and Nia and former Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley. They defeated Natalya & Tamina and current champion Bianca Belair.
WWE has indicated on their website that because of the six-woman tag, Shayna & Nia earned another championship match tonight.
Frank’s Analysis: Having seen this match repeatedly, it’s hard to get excited about it. On the other hand, it was encouraging to see Natalya tap to the Kirafuda Clutch on Friday. I’m not holding out hope that Shayna will suddenly get the better push I believe she deserves, but it was a sliver of hope.
As was reported yesterday here at PWTorch.com, Riddle of RK-Bro will go one-on-one with Xavier Woods of New Day.
Aside from the happenings of last week, things between RK-Bro and New Day started to heat up two weeks ago when the two teams teamed up to defeat Elias & Jaxson Ryker and Raw Tag Team Champions A.J. Styles & Omos. After the match, Randy Orton gave RKOs to both Kofi Kingston and Woods.
Frank’s Analysis: I wouldn’t have had Riddle turning heel, and I still don’t, but when you see something like this it’s hard to imagine them not going in this direction especially pairing him with Randy Orton. The other thing I wouldn’t sleep on is New Day turning heel. Woods distracted Randy in the match with Kofi and got involved in Kofi’s match with Bobby Lashley. They have dropped little breadcrumbs from time to time since moving to Raw, and they’ve been babyfaces for a long time. Could they potentially fill out the Hurt Business? I’m not saying it’s likely, but I wouldn’t rule it out.
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