Will there actually be a WWE Champion decided this time? The Championship title has been vacant since the day after “Night of Champions,” and now Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton are finally settling their feud once and for all inside the Hell in a Cell cage. To make sure the bout turns out extra interesting, Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels will be the special guest referee.
The show is also notable for the return of John Cena
, who has been out with injury since losing the WWE Championship to Bryan at “SummerSlam.” Cena is back to face Alberto Del Rio
for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The schedules card for the show is as follows:
- 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
- Fandango and Summer Rae vs. The Great Khali and Natalya
- Big E. Langston vs. Dean Ambrose for the United States Championship
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Shield vs. The Usos for the Tag Team Championships
- Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans
*Matches take place inside the Hell in a Cell cage
“Hell in a Cell” kicks off at 8 p.m. ET, so make sure to follow Zap2it’s live blog of the show as it happens.
Before “Hell in a Cell” officially began, Damien Sandow beat Kofi Kingston on the pre show. Maybe he’s looking to cash in his “Money in the Bank” title shot on the winner of the World Heavyweight Championship match. For the record, the “expert panel” on the pre show consisted of Kaitlyn, R-Truth and Dolph Ziggler. That’s sad news for Dolph, who was a champion earlier in the year.
The show kicks off with a look back at the history of the Hell in a Cell match, which is 16 years old. It’s WWE’s marquee match type that has made and ended careers and led to some of the company’s most memorable moments, most of them from Mick Foley, who is shown in the video quite a few times. It’s unfortunate he’s not making some kind of appearance.
First is is the triple threat tag team match:
Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Shield vs. The Usos for the Tag Team Championships
Seeing as they’ve already remixed Cody Rhodes’ and Goldust’s music into one song, don’t expect them to lose the titles. Michael Cole says Triple H had Big Show barred from the building, so that should mean he plays some role in the show tonight.
Rey Mysterio is at ringside as part of the Spanish commentary team for the show. He recently returned to the ring on a non-televised show for WWE, so maybe he’ll become involved in a story somehow tonight.
Roman Reigns and Goldust put in a nice show of back and forth in the ring, with Reigns spending time being dominant. How is it some of the best stuff Seth Rollins does is simply yelling at and taunting people? He’s great in the ring, but is also great at just being a jerk.
The Usos, on the other hand, are just sitting in their corner, not doing much of anything. After much chaos, one of the Usos finally gets tagged in, which speeds the match up considerably.
Somehow, Cody superplexes Rollins out of the ring onto everyone else involved in the match, creating an amazing visual that should end up on highlight reels for years to come. The crowd is chanting “This is Awesome!” Even that won’t end the match.
After dueling finishing moves by all three teams, Cody hits Seth with a Crossrhodes for the win. Again The Rhodes brothers and The Shield put together a very impressive PPV showing, there’s going to need to be some serious work done to top that match.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Backstage Triple H and Shawn Michaels are giggling like old buddies. Time will tell how long that lasts, considering Shawn plans to call it down the middle in the main event.
The Miz is out next to further his feud with Bray Wyatt, who is injured and can’t wrestle at this point. This is likely leading to a match at “Survivor Series,” which should be fun. He’s calling Wyatt out, “Come and get me.”
Instead the lights go out and Wyatt appears on the big screen to tell Miz he’s not impressed. When the lights come back up, the Wyatt Family is in the ring and takes Miz out. That is, until Kane appears and evens the score. As the Family backs away, after Kane botched what looked like a Tombstone Piledriver attempt, he then chokeslammed Miz, cause why not?
Fandango and Summer Rae vs. The Great Khali and Natalya with Hornswaggle
This match was added at the last minute and began with Fandango salsa dancing in the middle of the ring, which is what people were really hoping to pay for. The move that’s gotten the biggest reaction is one of the Divas spanking another one, because this is professional wrestling.
As far as in-ring technique, the women in the match are outshining the guys by miles. Natalya is a great wrestler and Summer Rae is no slouch herself. This is technically her wrestling debut on the show and she’s really making the most of it.
Summer grabs the win with a rollup.
Winners: Fandango and Summer Rae
Dean Ambrose vs. Big E. Langston for the United States Championship
This match was added to the card after Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel was pulled from the card due to injury. Considering it’s Ambrose and Langston has potential as a babyface, this would be a pretty fun match.
Langston goes for the win early, with a hug clothesline. It just wasn’t enough, though. It’s worth noting that Ambrose’s Shield cohorts aren’t at ringside, so he’s definitely going to have to fend for himself.
Langston is in total control until Ambrose gets him outside the ring. He lifts the ring apron, showing a few kendo sticks, so expect those to show up during CM Punk’s
match against Ryback
and Paul Heyman
While Ambrose is able to bring the pain to Langston, the big man eventually finds himself dominating once again, with a series of near falls. Ambrose tried to walk out on the match, but Langston threw him back in the ring. After a big of back and forth, Ambrose again bails out on the match and loses by count out, meaning he keeps the United States Championship. Langston suffered a nasty-looking cut under his eye after the two accidentally butted heads. After the match, Langston again throws Ambrose back in the ring to hit his finisher.
Winner: Big E. Langston
CM Punk vs, Ryback and Paul Heyman inside Hell in a Cell
Seeing Punk standing next to the cell, you get an idea how bit it really is. With Heyman locked inside with him, there’s going to be some serious punishment dished out.
For some reason Heyman is being brought to the ring on a left, but it seems the production worker has no idea how to actually drive it to ringside. Once they finally get to the cell, Heyman gets on the mic as he raises above the cell. His master plan is to hang out on top of the cell. If he’s above the ring, the match can officially be started. It’s clever, but Punk has to get his hands on Heyman at some point in the match.
It sure didn’t take Punk long to grab a kendo stick and start swinging. Doesn’t do him much good when Ryback smashes him into the cage repeatedly, though.
Eventually Punk gains some momentum and gets Ryback outside of the ring. It doesn’t last long though, as Ryback continues to use the cell walls to his advantage. Back in the ring, Ryback hits Punk with a vicious-looking backpack stunner. Finally Punk gets in a kick and is able to turn the tables in Ryback, landing a knee to the jaw before going to the top rope. However, Ryback reverses the springboard clothesline into a powerslam. Punk fights out of a Shellshock and throws Ryback into the corner before getting his hands on a kendo stick once more. This time the bamboo rod finds it’s target.
Then Punk brings a table into the ring, but Ryback recovers and drops him on it, while Heyman cackles from above. With the table still whole, Punk hits the low blow and sets Ryback on it, before going to the top rope. One elbow drop later and Ryback goes through the table as Heyman looks on shocked. Then Ryback takes a kendo stick to the face and a GTS, giving Punk the win. However, Heyman’s still on top of the cage and Ryback is out like a light.
Winner: CM Punk
Punk grabs a new kendo stick and climbs the cell, finally looking for retribution on Heyman. There’s nowhere for Paul to go and no one to save him. Punk lets lose with a series of shots from the stick, while the crowd chants “Yes” with each hit, the he calls for a GTS. Punk puts Heyman, and likely this feud, to sleep once and for all.
Backstage Daniel Bryan says this is his night to prove he is WWE Champion material, and his opportunity to shut Orton up, before leading the crowd in a “Yes” chant.
Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans
Of course, Los Matadores are accompanied to the ring by their mascot, a little person dressed as a bull named El Torito. Zeb Coulter walks the Real Americans out, claiming Los Matadores are illegal immigrants and should be jailed.
The match doesn’t have much for the crowd to get excited about until Antonio Cesaro starts in with the giant swing one one of Los Matadores. Los Matadores gets the quick win, while Zeb throws a fit. El Torito knocks him out of the ring and hits a plancha to the outside on Jack Swagger. There’s not much in the way of reaction from the crowd.
Winners: Los Matadores
Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship
Del Rio is out first, waiving a Mexican flag and getting absolutely no reaction from the crowd. Eventually he milks it enough to get some boos, but the “Let’s Go Cena”/”Cena Sucks” chants have already started.
Cena finally arrives, decked out in a pink hat and shirt, but tan shorts. Someone needs to talk to the man about colors that don’t match. There’s noticeably less boos for John than in recent times.
Early on Cena bails out of the ring to check on his arm, which kicks up the dueling chants between his fans and haters. He’s playing like the arm is still seriously bothering him. Del Rio, naturally, focuses his aggression on the arm.
Damien Sandow is shown with his “Money in the Bank” briefcase backstage, watching the match. Foreshadowing he’ll cash in his shot at the title after this match, maybe? The match has been almost entirely Del Rio so far. That is until he gets cocky and goes to the top rope, as Cena lands a drop kick while he’s coming down.
Cena heads into the five moves of doom as the booing gets even louder, but Del Rio reverses into a backstabber. Alberto calls for the cross arm breaker, but Cena nails a DDT. He then tries his own top rope move, but a kick to the head from Del Rio stops that. Sandow is shown backstage again, ready to run down for his match, while Del Rio and Cena trade submission attempts.
Del Rio finally gets the cross arm breaker, but Cena rolls through the move and locks on the STF. Alberto makes it to the bottom rope, though. Del Rio then locks on the cross arm breaker, but before long Cena lifts him off the ground, slamming him down to break the hold. Cena then hits the Attitude Adjustment for the win and the title.
Winner: John Cena
No Damian Sandow looking for his title match.
A. J. Lee vs. Brie Bella for the Divas Championship
Early on there’s not much in the way of offense from Brie. She eventually rallies though, while doing a lot of yelling. She’s definitely one of the loudest wrestlers on the roster. Lots of yelling and grunting with every move.
A. J. goes for the Black Widow, but Brie reverses into a half Boston crab. A. J. gets to the ropes and Brie accidentally knocks out her twin. Finally, A. J. gets the Black Widow and submission win.
Winner: A. J. Lee
Backstage the Prime Time Players are spending some time with the new “WWE 2K14” game when Bob Backlund shows up for some reason, soaked in sweat. He dances with them after yelling about how important reading and writing are. Strangest video game commercial ever.
The camera then finds Triple H and Shawn Michaels again, but the smiles are gone. Shawn has his referee shirt on and the two disagree about something, which means it’s time for the main event.
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship inside Hell in a Cell, Shawn Michaels is special guest referee
Sure it’s Shawn Michaels, but doesn’t it seem funny that the referee gets pyro in his entrance, but neither of the guys actually wrestling do? The crowd is firmly behind Bryan, or at least the word “Yes,” because it’s the only thing they’re chanting.
That didn’t take long, Triple H is on his way to the ring with the WWE Championship in hand. He tries to shake Bryan’s hand, but the man with the beard just shakes his head no. Triple H winks at him before handing the title to Michaels.
It’s back and forth right off the bat, before Orton hangs Bryan up on the ropes. Outside the ring, Randy tosses around the steel steps, before setting them up against the cage wall. Unfortunately for him, Bryan whips him into them. Bryan then dives from the ring to send Orton crashing into the cage. When going for it a second time, Randy sidesteps and Daniel eats the metal.
Once back in the ring, Orton signals that it’s all over and puts Bryan on the top turnbuckle. He goes for the superplex, but Bryan counters into a mean-looking powerbomb. The men then trade punches. Bryan gets the upper hand with a bunch of kicks and a top rope frankensteiner, which is only good for a two-count. He then continues kicking, but Orton ducks one and rolls him up for a near fall. Bryan then gets the Yes lock slapped on Orton, who gets out of the ring. Daniel follows and throws him at the cage a few times. Finally, he hits a running drop kick on Orton, smashing him into the wall before grabbing a steel chair.
After a few shots, Bryan tosses every chair he can find into the ring, while the crowd chants “ECW,” something that just doesn’t happen much anymore. As Bryan goes for another chair shot, Orton jams a thumb in his eye and takes control.
Orton gets a creepy look in his eye as he puts all the chairs in a pile in the middle of the ring. He superplexes Bryan onto the pile, though they miss most of them. Shawn looks terrified by what’s going on around him. Even that only gets a two-count. Triple H comes down and says Shawn is counting slow. The loudest chant of the night is directed at Hunter as the crowd screams “A**hole.”
Shawn and Triple H arguing mean no one is counting Orton’s pin. Naturally, that makes Randy a sad young man. Back in the ring, Shawn is still distracted by Triple H and gets knocked out. Hunter gets in the ring and Bryan takes him out. Michaels sees that and his Sweet Chin Music on Daniel, as he just attacked his friend. Orton gets the pin and the WWE Championship. Shawn looks distraught, but really it’s all his fault.
Winner: Randy Orton
Shawn quickly bails out of the ring and walks backstage, as Randy celebrated with the title. Bryan is helped backstage by officials and Triple H slowly comes to in the ring, happy to see Randy is champion.
That ends the show, yet another main event without a clean win one way or the other. Shawn’s going to have some explaining to do on “RAW.”