Kevin Owens vs. Ezekiel in WWE Hell in a Cell 2022
After the opening gong, Owens reminded his opponent that he was a liar… and got a hard knee to the head. Elbow dropkicked Zeke to 2, and the action moved outside the ring where the wrestlers began exchanging punches. Kevin was launched into the commentary table, but responded with a chop and reversed the launch into the ringpost, so his opponent flew headfirst into the ringpost. Ezekiel returned to the ring to get a DDT to 2, and it became apparent that his eyebrow was shattered. Munsolt from the second rope from the Canadian followed, but also only to 2. Some more dominance from Owens, and “Elias’s brother” moved the launch into the corner, so Owens flew hard into the turnbuckle. Exchanging punches, a back elbow from Ezekiel, and Kev met him with a boot in the corner to hold the Tornado DDT to 2. Swanton Bomb Zeke met with knees, led a series of strikes so powerful that Owens already recognized him as Elias’ brother, but Ezekiel didn’t stop there. A stinger splash, another, and from the third Owens got away…flying into a spinebuster to 2. Kev tried to “explode” the stunner, but it was blocked… only for Owens to spend a pop-up powerbomb to 2. He started yelling at his vis-a-vis again that he was actually Elias, got slapped, failed to spend the stunner again, hit a swerve to 2, and Ezekiel charged another hard knee to the head. Climbing to the third rope Kevin interrupted, held a couple of superkicks, a cannonball, and Owens, shouting “ELIAS!” in his face, held the winning stunner.
Again, not PPV Material, but a pretty solid 8 minute match. I’d like to say, “a solid 8 minute match with a story,” but the best part of that story is Kev and Chad Gable’s interactions, which speaks to the quality. There’s a lack of logic here. Or rather, there’s the logic of some backyard fifth graders fighting, “I beat you in a fight, so I’m right!” How does Owens’ victory prove that Ezekiel is Elias? Poor Kev, he still has to try to advance the story with a serious face. Anyway, at least he won, which is probably a good thing. Now I see 2 possibilities: either Elias shows up on one of the upcoming RAWs, or Ezekiel continues to prove Owens wrong and the story goes into its second round. Somehow I don’t see any other options.