Hell in a Cell 2018 featured some surprisingly great undercard matches and some not as good (but still pretty enjoyable) main events.
New Day defends the SmackDown Tag Titles against Rusev Day in a very good match prior to Hell in a Cell 2018.
Mercedes Martinez, Deonna Purrazzo, Ashley Rayne and others begin their journey in the 2018 Mae Young Classic in first round action!
Bianca Belair takes on Nikki Cross, Lorcan and Burch return to action as a team, Baszler destroys someone’s arm, and Raul Mendoza attempts to chop down Lars Sullivan in a pretty good episode of NXT.
Gran Metalik attempts to defeat Buddy Murphy and Cedric Alexander teams with Akira Tozawa to take on Jack Gallagher and Drew Gulak in a good episode of 205 Live.
Maryse returns to the ring to take on Brie Bella, a new number one contender for the SmackDown tag titles is decided, Jeff Hardy attempts to cleanse himself of Shinsuke Nakamura prior to his battle with Randy Orton, and more on a pretty good episode of SmackDown Live.
The RAW before Hell in a Cell didn’t contain anything particularly remarkable, but it was an alright show overall.
The Golden Lovers team with Yujiro Takahashi to take on Chaos, and the team of Beretta and Kazuchika Okada battle Juice Robinson and Hiroshi Tanahashi in another good show on the Road to DESTRUCTION.
The Golden Lovers take on the Chaos team of Will Ospreay and Tomohiro Ishii in the main event of a good stop on the Road to DESTRUCTION.
Meiko Satomura takes on Killer Kelly in the main event of the first night of this year’s Mae Young Classic!
Kassius Ohno makes a statement, the Forgotten Sons make an impact, Shayna Baszler makes her intentions known, and Velveteen Dream makes Gargano question himself in a good episode of NXT.
The Road to DESTRUCTION begins in Nagoya!
Gran Metalik and Tony Nese battle in a very good opener, Lio Rush gets to know Noam Dar, and TJP attempts to insert himself into the title picture in a very good episode of 205 Live.
The Miz and Maryse attempt to avoid Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella (while claiming otherwise) on an okay SmackDown that had a good triple threat tag match and an interesting main event.
Ziggler and McIntyre force their way into a match, The Shield gets in trouble with the law, the Authors of Pain get a new manager, Dana Brooke gets fed up, Bobby Roode gets a tag partner, and Shawn Michaels encounters The Undertaker on a not great episode of RAW.
July was a strong month for the WWE Universe in a lot of ways, though there was plenty that could have been better. Listen to episode 112 of the Wrestling House Show as we share some gripes, observations, and yuk yuks including more on the Sasha/Bayley missed opportunity, Chris Dijak’s NXT debut, obnoxious fans, Titus Worldwide’s Hulu absence, how this year’s Money in the Bank contract should be handled, size shaming, bingo halls, and as always, the best matches from every week in July!
Ricochet and Pete Dunne battle the Undisputed Era in a great main event on a very good episode of NXT.
Buddy Murphy takes on Kalisto in a great main event on a 205 Live where Akira Tozawa and Brian Kendrick renewed their rivalry and Mustafa Ali returned!
Carmella gets her rematch, Bryan and Almas face each other for the first time, the journey to find a new contender for the tag titles begins, and New Day meets King Booker in a pretty good episode of SmackDown Live.
Over the span of a few weeks in the summer of 2018, the world lost some legendary pro wrestlers. To pay tribute to those men, we decided to make a special mini episode of the Wrestling House Show to share some of our memories of Nikolai Volkoff, Brian Christopher, Brickhouse Brown, and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.