DETROIT — They don’t get hype, but they probably should have. The Hype Bros’ recent miscommunication curse continued at WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff, allowing Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin to claim an enormous win over the embattled broskis.
Shelton Benjamin makes his first pay-per-view appearance since 2010: WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 Kickoff Match03:44
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin clash with The Hype Bros to get the action started at WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff 2017.
Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley started the bout on a strong note by isolating Gable from the veteran Benjamin. However, in contrast to Rawley’s aggressive approach, Ryder seemed to relish the friendly competition, sharing a handshake with Gable and going move-for-move with Benjamin before The Gold Standard administered a rude awakening in the form of a punishing spinebuster after The Ultimate Broski went for another handshake.
Now it was Ryder’s turn to suffer an isolation-based attack, though Mojo nearly got the bros back on track singlehandedly once he got the tag. The reigning Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner weathered the tandem offense and bailed Ryder out of a pinfall after The Gold Standard hit him with Pay Dirt when a Hype Ryder went awry. Gable & Shelton was one more step in sync than their foes, though. Gable dumped Mojo out of the ring right after that aforementioned Pay Dirt, and the two grapplers administered another incredible double-team maneuver to put Ryder away.
So The Hype Bros’ chemistry continues to falter, while Gable & Benjamin’s seems to just be hitting its stride. To borrow Gable’s own words: It looks good on them.