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United States Champion Roman Reigns def. Rusev (Hell in a Cell Match)

United States Champion Roman Reigns def. Rusev (Hell in a Cell Match)

If Roman Reigns has proved anything over the course of 2016, it is, undoubtedly, that he’s resilient. And that resilience was never more on display than in this defense of his United States Championship against Rusev inside the dreaded confines of Hell in a Cell. 

The two warriors, who had been locked in a ferocious battle for months now, did not hold back inside the structure that has taken years off so many careers.

Roman Reigns takes charge vs. Rusev: WWE Hell in a Cell 2016

Roman Reigns gains an early edge against Rusev at WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 by using the intimidating steel structure to his advantage. Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

The clash was high-octane and back-and-forth, with Rusev taking control in the early goings. Reigns’ previous experience inside the Cell clearly began to give him a distinct advantage over Rusev, however, as The Big Dog found ways to use both the cage and his overall surroundings as a weapon and an offensive advantage.

Yet, The Bulgarian Brute rallied back with force, taking over the contest and wearing Reigns down with a barrage of impactful strikes and ground-and-pound.

Rusev then took it one step further, introducing the steel steps as a primary weapon and ambushing The Guy with them. Reigns soon fought back, smashing a Kendo stick over Rusev’s back, but that ultimately backfired, as Rusev tied him in the ropes and absolutely unloaded on him with the same weapon. 

After a brief rally by Reigns, Rusev again took over, now introducing a steel chain to the proceedings, mercilessly whipping Reigns with it before again lambasting him on the steps. In an incredible scene, Rusev reapplied the Accolade on those same steel steps, muzzling The Big Dog with the chain. 

But Reigns, in typical fashion, powered out, first hitting Rusev with a nasty Samoan Drop onto the steps and then finishing the Brute off with a leaping Spear that had Rusev fly straight off the steps to the mat below.

Hellish, no doubt. 

If Roman Reigns has proved anything over the course of 2016, it is, undoubtedly, that he’s resilient. And that resilience was never more on display than in this defense of his United States Championship against Rusev inside the dreaded confines of Hell in a Cell. 

The two warriors, who had been locked in a ferocious battle for months now, did not hold back inside the structure that has taken years off so many careers.

Roman Reigns takes charge vs. Rusev: WWE Hell in a Cell 2016

Roman Reigns gains an early edge against Rusev at WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 by using the intimidating steel structure to his advantage. Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

The clash was high-octane and back-and-forth, with Rusev taking control in the early goings. Reigns’ previous experience inside the Cell clearly began to give him a distinct advantage over Rusev, however, as The Big Dog found ways to use both the cage and his overall surroundings as a weapon and an offensive advantage.

Yet, The Bulgarian Brute rallied back with force, taking over the contest and wearing Reigns down with a barrage of impactful strikes and ground-and-pound.

Rusev then took it one step further, introducing the steel steps as a primary weapon and ambushing The Guy with them. Reigns soon fought back, smashing a Kendo stick over Rusev’s back, but that ultimately backfired, as Rusev tied him in the ropes and absolutely unloaded on him with the same weapon. 

After a brief rally by Reigns, Rusev again took over, now introducing a steel chain to the proceedings, mercilessly whipping Reigns with it before again lambasting him on the steps. In an incredible scene, Rusev reapplied the Accolade on those same steel steps, muzzling The Big Dog with the chain. 

But Reigns, in typical fashion, powered out, first hitting Rusev with a nasty Samoan Drop onto the steps and then finishing the Brute off with a leaping Spear that had Rusev fly straight off the steps to the mat below.

Hellish, no doubt.