What’s been going on: Less than a week remains before “Hell in a Cell” where the WWE Universe will finally have a champion. If so they would have you believe. Who’s to say this title match will end any clearer than the others? Shawn Michaels is the special guest referee for the title match, between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton.
Other matches on the card include CM Punk taking on Ryback and Paul Heyman inside of the Hell in a Cell, plus John Cena’s return from injury, as he challenges for Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship.
Then there’s Triple H and the Big Show, two guys who can’t wrestle in the storyline, taking up the main event. While the Rhodes brothers winning the Tag Team Championships should have been a big moment, it was overshadowed by Big Show stealing Daniel Bryan’s “Yes” chants.
The big news: “WWE RAW” kicks off with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, who really just want to gloat about how great they are. That is, until Big Show appears via satellite. It seems he’s somehow hijacked the feed, which is definitely a federal offense. He yells about suing Triple H for all kinds of things, including interfering in his marriage, which seems strange. Eventually Stephanie gets him off the screen so the show can go on. With that badness behind them, Triple H and Stephanie kick off the show, which, outside of the main event segment, was pretty standard.
The only big happening was the contract signing for the WWE Championship match between Orton and Bryan. It was about what you’d expect for a contract signing, until Triple H spent time tearing down Daniel Bryan, explaining why he wasn’t good enough or talented enough to be a big name in WWE. In a world where Bryan is the future of the business, describing the ways he’s inferior seems like a bad idea.
While Triple H tears him down, Shawn Michaels builds Bryan up. “After everything you’ve thrown at him, after everything you’ve put him through, it’s turned out he proved you wrong,” Shawn says. Orton isn’t convinced that there’s no way Bryan can beat him, even though he’s done it before.
Of course it wouldn’t be complete without taking the focus off the WWE Championship just a little bit more, so Big Show drives a semi truck into the arena. Yes, that really happened. It’s like what “Stone Cold” Steve Austin did in the 90s, but way less shocking. The semi acts as a distraction for Orton, which lets Bryan sneak an attack while Big Show leads a “Yes” chant.
As for the never-ending tale of CM Punk and Paul Heyman, it looked like fans were going to just get a promo for Punk, which would no doubt help sell the show. After all, who is better on the microphone these days? However, there also ended up being a match with Punk and Big E. Langston against Ryback and Curtis Axel. Langston got the pin on Axel while Punk chased Heyman into the crowd. He didn’t get his hands on his former mentor, so instead he celebrated with the people.
There was no Alberto Del Rio on the show, but you couldn’t go ten minutes with a video package that talked about how miraculous is was John Cena was coming back. The match is less about a Championship and more of the spectacle around Cena’s return.
- Daniel Bryan beat Dean Ambrose
- Santino Marella beat Heath Slater
- Randy Orton beat Dolph Ziggler
- The Bella Twins beat A.J. Lee and Tamina Snuka
- The Wyatt Family beat The Miz and Kofi Kingston
- CM Punk and Big El Langston beat Ryback and Curtis Axel
- The Real Americans beat Tons of Funk
- The Shield vs. The Usos ended in a no contest
“WWE Hell in a Cell” card:
- Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship, Shawn Michaels is guest referee*
- Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship*
- CM Punk vs. Ryback & Paul Heyman*
- AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella for the Divas Championship
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Shield vs. The Usos for the Tag Team Championships
*Matches take place inside the Hell in a Cell cage