WWE takes us on a journey to hell tonight with their “Hell in a Cell” pay per view offering, also on the WWE Network. The show will be broadcast live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The pre-show kicks off at 7PM EST, and the pay per view proper starts at 8PM EST. Tonight’s card is as follows:
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Cesaro; WWE Intercontinental Championship under 2-out-of-3 falls rules
AJ (c) vs. Paige (w/Alicia Fox); WWE Divas Championship
Goldust and Stardust (c) vs. The Usos; WWE Tag Team Championship
Sheamus (c) vs. The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow); WWE United States Championship
Big Show vs. Rusev (w/Lana)
Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella; Loser of the match has to be the winner’s assistant for 30 days and if they don’t comply they are to quit WWE
John Cena vs. Randy Orton; Hell in a Cell Match, winner is the new #1 Contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins; Hell in a Cell Match
Be sure to follow along with our live coverage, starting with pre-show noteworthy items and the pay per view starting at 8PM EST. Also be sure to check in with the show conversation on Twitter (@RingRap) throughout the evening as well.
Renee Young introduces the panel, who is Booker T, Alex Riley, and Paul Heyman. Heyman doesn’t look thrilled to be there. He says his client is watching with interest tonight. Some Network shilling of the $9.99 price tag, and Heyman says he’s not here to shill the Network. He notes that either Cena or Orton will be fed to his carnivore, then says he has interest in watching Dean Amrbose and Seth Rollins while Riley is interested in Cena vs. Orton. He says Cena is charging toward 16 title reigns and there are title implications tonight.
Renee Young feeds it to a video package hyping the Rollins/Ambrose match. Back with the panel, Riley breaks down the keys to Seth Rollins winning the match inside the Cell. He then looks at four keys for Ambrose to win.
This is a cool sports-like feel for this match. They should use this more often.
Heyman explains why he feels Rollins will win, and Riley picks Ambrose to win. They feed it to Tom Phillips for the social media lounge, and he encourages Twitter activity using #HIAC as a hashtag. He reads some tweets and says that one can see it all for $9.99. Yeehaw. They’ll be back to break down Cena vs. Orton.
Back live, they show the crowd filing in and the cell inside the arena. They feed it into a video package to hype Cena vs. Orton, using some really out-there comparisons to Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Ali and Frazier, and other such historic legitimate feuds. Back live Booker says it’s for bragging rights and the shot at Brock Lesnar. He says with the championships between them they know what it takes to win. Booker says Orton’s DNA says champion but Cena will never back down from a fight.
Riley says he knows Cena and says he wants to match Flair’s title reigns. Renee asks Heyman who he would prefer face his champion. Heyman says this is a match that is not a loser’s nightmare, but a winner’s nightmare. He says the winner tonight will step out of hell and seven rungs down the ladder. He says it will be a more dangerous match to step in the ring against the Beast, Brock Lesnar.
Renee swings it to hype for Mizdow TV out of those ominous words. They show Miz subbing out to Mizdow on Raw last week in the six man tag and sneaking out the roll-up victory. They ask if Sheamus is rattled by losing to Miz and Mizdow, and Riley says if you put a couple losses against the same opponent together, it gets in your head. Booker says anything can happen but tonight it’s one on one. Riley says Miz is smart and a new US Champion might get crowned tonight.
Heyman is so good at this panel segment. Renee is okay, but Riley and Booker just seem too much “Yuk-yuk” for me and too much goofing around.
Mizdow TV Segment:
Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler say hello to us as Miz and Mizdow make their entrance. Mizdow makes an introduction that gets interrupted by Miz. Miz puts himself over. Mizdow says that this is an honor and the biggest moment of his career and introduces Miz. Miz feeds him the first question about his strategy to beat Sheamus. He says he has beaten him a number of times, “including on Raw last week.” He says it will be a re-run but lucky for all of us it will include Miz.
Mizdow says he beat Sheamus, but says it was the first time a stunt double had won a match on Raw. He corrects himself and says that since he works for Miz, Miz actually won. Mizdow tells Miz he’s the best friend he ever had. Miz says he’s touched and generous enough to give those words back. “Damien, you’re a damn good stunt double and one I am truly proud to call my friend.” They hug.
Sheamus appears on the Tron. He asks for Mizdow to get down on his knees and kiss Miz’s arse goodbye when they’re done hugging it out. He tells Miz he won’t be the US champion after tonight. He says he’ll treat it like a movie trailer and give away the best part. He Brogue Kicks the camera and Miz and Mizdow sell then get upset.
Not horrible, but the Miz/Mizdow thing doesn’t work with me.
They briefly talk about the tag team title match, with Booker and Riley saying that the champions will retain. Heyman says that the Usos have momentum and the champions are up against the wall, so he predicts a title change.
They swing to talking about the Bella feud. They run a video package to highlight some of the recent goings on in their story. Booker breaks out the “shucky ducky quack quack” thing and Heyman asks what the hell this is. Booker needs to shut up, now. Heyman is shocked that “shucky ducky quack quack” is actually trending on Twitter. Renee talks over them and feeds it back to the SummerSlam match between Brie and Stephanie and Brie quitting at Payback.
They move on to talk about Dolph Ziggler defending the Intercontinental Championship against Cesaro. Booker likes the 2-out-of-3 falls stipulation saying Cesaro has the stamina to go deep into the match. Riley says this is the most prestigious title in WWE (hahahahahahahahah ok I’ll stop…). Riley thinks this will be match of the year tonight. Heyman calls this “sports entertainment at its finest.” He calls it the best of all possible circumstances.
They move on to talk about Big Show vs. Rusev and feed it into a video package. Heyman says this is a match both men must win nor can lose because of national pride. He says Rusev will either crush Show or Show will knock out Rusev. Heyman is impressed with Rusev but he steps in a ring with a true giant tonight. Booker says it’s not propaganda if you go out and back it up, and he has so far. Show has a hill to climb tonight.
Renee sends it back to Cole, Lawler, and JBL for the pre-show match.
Match #1 – Mark Henry vs. Bo Dallas:
Cole hypes that Mark Henry knows what it’s like to be in the ring with Rusev. Bo Dallas gets a mild reaction as JBL calls him the new World’s Strongest Man. Dallas cuts a promo, saying he has beaten Henry four times, making him the new World’s Strongest Man. He says he’s so strong that he is immune to ebola – “the disease your city is spreading across the country.” He says he is embarrassed that Dallas is his last name so tonight he’s Bo Washington.
Henry goes on the assault as soon as the bell rings. Henry splashes him in the corner and hits him with the World’s Strongest Slam to grab the quick win.
Dallas complains on the mic that he wasn’t ready and Henry cheated. He says in the record book of life he’s 5-0 against Henry because he Bo-Lieves. Henry roughs Dallas up a little more and exits.
A little come-uppance for the hometown Henry I suppose. Wasn’t much to talk about here. Dallas got some good cheap heat with his promo though.
Back with the panel, Renee points out that the cell is above the ring. She talks about the Divas Championship match, and sends it to Byron Saxton with Paige and Alicia Fox. Paige says AJ ripped her heart out when she dumped her to the curb but Alicia was there to pick up the pieces. Paige says that tonight she will take back her best friend – the Divas Championship and rip out AJ’s heart. They play mean girl with Saxton and exit.
Renee feeds it into a video package highlighting the Cell itself. That closes the pre-show.
Hell in a Cell Pay Per View, Live from the American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
The show opens with a video package highlighting the two Hell in a Cell matches.
Pyro and a crowd pan to start it as Cole welcomes us in. Someone has a sign that says “for our anniversary, Hell in a Cell.” They must be die-hard wrestling fans.
Match #1 – Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Cesaro; WWE Intercontinental Championship under 2-out-of-3 Falls Rules
The announcers mug for us as Dolph makes his entrance to a nice reaction. As Cesaro comes out, they welcome the Spanish announce team. They won’t have a table by the end of the night. Cole recounts the history of the IC title and some of the greats that have held the title.
Chain wrestling to start from both men. Cesaro gets Dolph down onto the mat with a headlock. Ziggler uses a backslide for a near fall. The two men roll through some near fall sequences. Ziggler tries for a drop kick but Cesaro counters to set up the swing. Dolph uses an opportunity to roll up Cesaro in a small package for two. Cesaro drapes Ziggler across the ropes and hits the Swing. Cesaro covers, but Dolph rolls it through to get the first fall.
Ziggler up 1-0
Cesaro beats Ziggler down but the official backs him off. Cesaro hits an upper cut for a near fall. A bit later, he tries for an elbow off the ropes but Ziggler moves. Cesaro lands a stiff right to get a near fall. Cesaro locks on a submission hold that Dolph fights his way out of. Cesaro favors his arm and the announcers sell an arm injury. Cesaro gets another near fall though.
A bit later, Dolph ends up on the apron. Cesaro tries to get his deadlift suplex but his arm isn’t working. Ziggler locks on a nice sleeper type submission that focuses on the bad arm. Ziggler doesn’t let go and despite the fact that Cesaro has been touching the ropes the official won’t break it. Cesaro uses his strength to set up and hit a superplex. A long time of selling before Cesaro gets into the cover for two. Dallas likes it.
Cesaro sets up a charge but Ziggler moves and follows with the Fameasser for a near fall. Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag, but Cesaro counters by tossing him up and hitting an uppercut for a good near fall. The next exchange sees Ziggler try for the superkick, but Cesaro counters it into a backbreaker for a good near fall. Cesaro sets up the Neutralizer, but Ziggler counters out and hits the superkick and follows with the ZigZag to grab the second straight fall and the win. Dolph celebrates with the fans as they recap what happened in the closing sequence.
Winner – Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Championship 2-0
Strong match to kick the show off. I was shocked that Ziggler won 2-0 like this, but the match quality was very good. I hope this leads to more for both men than their current position.
Back live, the announcers do some shilling for the Network. Cole feeds it into a recap of the situation from Monday night, where Rollins curb stomped Orton. He asks if there’s dissention among the Authority. Backstage, the Authority (less Seth Rollins) are talking. Orton asks where Rollins is and says he wants to remind him to stay out of his business. Stephanie tells him to focus that anger on John Cena and going on to face Lesnar. Orton reminds them that he got curb stomped. Hunter tells him that Orton was on fire Monday night and Rollins got to Orton before he got to Rollins.
Hunter tells Orton to focus on doing what he does better than anyone, and that is finishing John Cena so he can take back the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to the Authority. Orton tells them he’ll do it their way, but if they don’t take care of Rollins, he will.
Match #2 – Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella; Loser has to be the assistant to the winner for 30 days and if they don’t comply they have to quit.
They recap the initial split of the sisters at SummerSlam, and talk about Daniel Bryan making an Instagram debut. Early on, Nikki gets Brie up in an electric chair position. Brie clubs on her, but Nikki hits the move for a near fall. A little later, Nikki lands Brie’s face across her knee for a near fall. There’s some hair pulling going on as the fans chant for JBL.
Brie comes back with a face plant for two. Brie yells for Dallas to cheer, and they don’t care much. She sets up for a shining wizard but Nikki bails. Brie dives out after her and Nikki holds her leg that she hurt last year. Brie comes back with a missile drop kick for two. Nikki comes back and hits her finish and it only nets a near fall. She’s shocked.
Brie locks on the sloppiest looking “Yes!” lock I’ve ever seen and the fans cheer as if it’s Bryan. Nikki gets to the ropes to break then comes back with a forearm shot. She hits the Rack Attack for the second time to get the win.
Winner – Nikki Bella, meaning Brie is now the assistant to Nikki for 30 days.
Expected outcome. Brie looked alright in this match, but overall it was sloppy and not all that good. This story needed to die months ago, or at least stay on Total Divas.
The panel comes back to us. Riley plays the fans, and Renee stumbles over introducing Heyman. They talk about Nikki and Brie, and Booker says it’s the “shucky ducky quack quack” moment of the night. Riley congratulates Ziggler on retaining his title. Heyman wants to talk Cena vs. Orton, and says the loser may survive to fight another day but the winner gets fed to Brock Lesnar, if he decides to show up anytime soon. Renee sends it back to the announce team.
Match #3 – Goldust and Stardust (c) vs. The Usos; WWE Tag Team Championship
Usos do their war dance intro, then the champions come out. They read some crazy riddle about riding in to town on Friday, staying three days and leaving on Friday. Lawler speaks up and says the horse’s name is Friday. Cole gets upset that he can’t get those things. Stardust has some blue in his gear now.
Usos get the better of Stardust early on until he tags out to Goldust. They then get the better of Goldust for a time. In the corner, they attack Jimmy’s leg and the Dust Brothers take control of the match. Stardust whips Jimmy in, and tries for a bulldog but Jimmy tosses him off to create separation for a moment. Goldust gets the tag, but takes a backdrop out to the floor.
Tag to Jey who hits a dive on Uso. He sends Stardust flying and Jimmy hits him with a dive. Back in the ring, Jey hits a cross body for two. Goldust takes some more abuse and that nets Jey another near fall. Goldust collapses in the corner, which sets up the butt splash for a two count. Uso sets up a superkick but gets countered. He hits one on Stardust though, and turns into a spinebuster from Goldust for two.
Goldust tries a back elbow off the ropes but misses. Jey hits a superkick to get a good near fall. Jimmy and Stardust get back in the match, and the Usos hit stereo superplexes. All four men down. Jey hits the splash on Goldust for a near fall that Stardust breaks up. Jey sets up for a Samoan Drop, but Stardust kicks him in the leg. That lets Goldust set up the Final Cut for the win to retain the title.
Winner – Goldust and Stardust to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
These guys worked hard, and it was a good match. The two teams just suffer from overexposure. The Usos are starting to feel a bit repetitive in their big spots. They’re asked to work the long six-mans on Raw, and things like that. A testament to the thin tag division.
They run a short piece about Nakia Coleman, a two-time breast cancer survivor who uses her music as a means to help others. She is at ringside with the president of Susan G. Komen Foundation, Judy Salerno. Salerno cuts a short thank-you statement. Sure, she thanks you for her big house and fancy car. Sorry…
The cell is coming down, and the first of two Hell in a Cell matches is about to happen. This will be Cena vs. Orton. Yay! Ambrose vs. Rollins closes the show! They feed it to the video package we saw in the pre-show that hyped this match.
Match #4 – Randy Orton vs. John Cena; Hell in a Cell Match, with the winner becomes the #1 Contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Orton comes out first as Cole runs down some stats about the Cell. Orton enters with some trepidation as King reminds us of the pep talk earlier in the night by Stephanie McMahon to Orton. Cena gets his standard mixed reaction as he hands off some of his merch to the kids at ringside. Cena slides in and the official outside locks the door.
A short moment of staring down, then an exchange of strikes starts. Orton tries to run Cena’s head into the stairs but gets blocked. Cena tries to run Orton into the cage but gets blocked. Orton is finally successful in getting Cena’s face in the cage and gets a two count back in the ring. Orton goes looking for toys already and comes up with a chair. Cena blocks and hits a fisherman’s suplex.
Orton takes advantage of the chair, using it to beat Cena down. He jabs Cena in the gut and hits him over the back. Cena tries to load the AA but Orton counters and hits a DDT for two. Orton rakes Cena’s face over the cage then throws him back in to get a two count. Orton keeps up the offense, hitting a clothesline for a two count. He yells at the fans to shut up as he covers up Cena again for another two count.
Orton continues to control the offense. He stomps Cena, and Cena rolls to the floor. Orton follows out and throws Cena into the cage. They roll back in for an Orton near fall again. The crowd fires up with the dueling Cena chants. Cena fires up with his standard comeback. He hits the shoulder blocks and side slam, but when Cena tries for the Five Knuckle, Orton comes back with a boot and a scoop slam for two.
Orton tries to set up the elevated DDT but takes too long. Cena counters with a back body drop that sends Orton to the floor. Cena scoops Orton up and rams him back-first into the cage twice. Orton counters the third, lands Cena junk-first into the ring post and hits his sidewinder backbreaker from that position. Delayed cover gets Orton a two count in the ring. Orton launches Cena into the cell. JBL refers to referee Tim White having his career ended from a similar move.
Cena mounts a bit of a comeback, throwing Orton into the cage a couple times. He drags out a table from under the ring to a nice pop. Cena sets the table up as Orton sells outside. Orton slides in and the two exchange strikes. Orton hits a standing drop kick for two, then runs Cena into a chair for another two count. JBL reminds us of the stakes in this match.
Orton props the table up in the corner as Cena reaches for the chair in the corner. Orton cuts him off and jabs him with it. Orton tries to whip him in, but Cena slides and starts his trademark shoulder blocks. Out of the second block, Orton hits the RKO in a cool spot for a good near fall. Orton throws Cena into the table and covers for another good near fall. Orton argues the count.
Orton goes out to retrieve the stairs. After positioning them, he coils for another RKO. Cena counters, hitting the side slam and Five Knuckle on the steps. Cena loads the AA, but Orton escapes and hits a low blow. Cena kicks out on two after a good near fall. The vocal males are chanting for Orton.
Cena struggles to his feet and Orton sets the punt up. Cena rolls away and drops Orton into the STF. Orton drags himself to the ropes but there’s no breaks here. He ends up using the rope across Cena’s throat to break the hold. Orton lays back against the cell, but here come the steps from Cena. Orton runs out of the way quickly though, then runs Cena into the cage.
Orton poses too long, and Cena quickly scoops him up for the AA and hits it. Good near fall. Cena cues the AA again but Orton counters it into the RKO for a good near fall. Another AA from Cena for another near fall. Cena is shocked, then he goes to retrieve a table. Cena sets Orton up for the leg drop off the ropes, but Orton realizes it and trips him on the top rope.
Orton hits him and sets up an RKO spot through the table, but Cena shoves him off. Orton comes back with a headbutt and tries for a superplex but Cena loads the AA. Cena hits the AA through the table, weakly covers Orton and wins. The announcers talk about how Cena was willing to do this to Orton, so what would he be willing to do to go after Brock Lesnar. Cena celebrates with fans as the announcers put over how Lesnar will now have to go face to face with the guy who runs the place.
Winner – John Cena to become the new #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar
This was ballsy to let Cena and Orton go 25 minutes or so. In the past (like at Royal Rumble) fans have turned on them. Dallas didn’t turn on them, but they weren’t really all that fired up for them. There were some fun counters here, strong back and forth action, and some good near falls so this match held my interest throughout. The match was solid, and this will be a tough match for Rollins and Ambrose to top. By the way, that match belongs in the main event and I am thrilled to see it there.
Backstage, Henry is hyping Show up. Show says that he’s going to beat the Russian tonight for our country, for Henry, and for everyone. Then they will get on the bus, go to Silsbee, TX and get some bar-b-q. Henry tells Show to stay up.
Match #5 – Sheamus (c) vs. The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow)
As Miz makes his entrance, they recap the pre-show segment of Mizdow TV. Sheamus goes for the homerun ball early with the Brogue Kick tease. It was all Sheamus in the early going. Mizdow causes distraction outside the ring. Miz charges but clotheslines Mizdow instead. Miz gets control of the match by catching Sheamus with a boot as he tries to get back in the ring.
Sheamus comes back with a shoulder block off the ropes for two. Miz cathes Sheamus with a kick, but takes the Irish Curse backbreaker instead. Miz keeps kicking away, then goes on offense by hitting a neckbreaker for two. Miz gets cocky and slaps Sheamus then hits a DDT for two. Mizdow mocks everything out on the floor as it’s going on. Dallas says that “Mizdow’s awesome.”
Mizdow yells “cut!” and causes a distraction. Miz tries a roll-up that doesn’t work as Sheamus rolls it through. Mizdow distracts the official and Sheamus has a visual three. Sheamus goes after Mizdow. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale but Sheamus kicks out on two. He hits his corner clothesline and some punches, then goes up on the ropes. Sheamus comes back and hits the Brogue Kick to get the win and keep his title. Afterward, Sheamus gets back in the ring and does some “YMCA” humor with Miz and Mizdow follows along. Sheamus kicks Miz’s head off again and exits.
Winner – Sheamus to retain the WWE US Championship
The fans had to come down from the Hell in a Cell match, but they got interested down the stretch. Mizdow was a riot to watch but I can’t help but think there’s something better for him down the road than this. When Miz did the jump from the rope, he jumped from the stairs.
Backstage, let’s cue the dumb Bella stuff already. Brie is already in servant mode loading Nikki’s luggage. Nikki asks for her smoothie and if Brie made her dinner reservations. Brie says yes. Nikki dumps the drink on her head and tells Brie to go make another one just like it and bring it to the hotel.
Dear Jesus this is going to be dumb. Let’s hope 30 days goes fast.
They run a video package to hype up Big Show vs. Rusev, which is next.
Match #6 – Rusev (w/Lana) vs. Big Show
Lana cuts a short promo, saying that Big Show is impressive but Russia has the super athlete, Rusev. She asks for respect for the playing of the Russian national anthem, but Big Show’s entrance cuts that off.
Show charges to start, but Rusev dodges. He avoids a kick from Show a it later and wrenched the leg down over his shoulder and focuses his offense on Show’s leg. The fans chant USA and Show sells the leg pain. Show breaks free of the leg hold with a kick. Rusev hits a fairly impressive suplex and goes back to working the leg as the fans chant USA again.
Rusev sets up the Accolade, but Show counters with a submission hold of his own. Rusev gets out of the hold. Show sets up the KO punch, but Rusev ducks. Show comes back with some offense, hitting a shoulder block and a spear. Big Show sets up the punch again and here comes Mark Henry to cheer him on. Show goozles Rusev but he kicks his way out. Rusev tries another kick but Show goozles him again and hits the chokeslam for two. Show and Rusev end up outside the ring
Henry gets up on the apron. Rusev hits him with a superkick to knock him down, then hits Show with one. He hits a couple more kicks to knock Show down, the locks on the Accolade. Show struggles, but eventually submits. Rusev wins and we get the standard post-match celebration from Lana and Rusev. Henry consoles Show in the ring while Rusev and Lana smile by the entry.
Winner – Rusev
I would have thought they would have Henry get in the mix to go cheap finish and set up a third match. This wasn’t bad but the Raw match was better. The announcers’ call was even better on Raw. I didn’t see Show tap, but it did deflate the live crowd who seemed to be into the match.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose cuts a promo. He says that this Friday is Halloween, and the most popular costume will be the Seth Rollins. He says when he’s finished with Rollins he will look like something out of the Walking Dead, and the result of a woman who had sex with a vampire and so forth. He closed by saying they will both burn in hell tonight.
Match #7 – AJ (c) vs. Paige (w/Alicia Fox); WWE Divas Championship
As Paige makes her way to the ring we get a recap of what happened on Raw this past Monday between the three ladies.
AJ gets the better of things early, catching Paige with a kick. Paige ends up at ringside and AJ follows. She jumps Fox and hits her with punches. Paige catches AJ and throws her into the barricade a couple times. Back in the ring, Paige drives knees to the back and wrenches on AJ’s arms. AJ mounts a comeback with a kick then hitting a Thesz Press. AJ continues the comeback and gets a near fall. Fox slams her hands on the mat but the live crowd never reacts.
AJ locks on a version of the Black Widow, but Paige counters and gets her into a slam position. She skips around briefly then hits a fallaway slam. AJ rolls out and Paige goes out after her. There’s a spot where Paige is on the barricade and AJ sweeps the leg. Paige lands hard and AJ gets back in the ring. Alicia helps Paige in, but AJ immediately locks her in the Black Widow to get the submission win.
Afterward, Alicia yells at the fans about the finish, and Paige turns her around and slaps her. She yells “I hate you!” as she exits.
Winner – AJ to retain the WWE Divas Championship
This was pretty forgettable. The story is lousy and there is just confusion throughout this whole setup. AJ has done nothing to connect with fans since she came back. The booking is poor, and the in-ring work isn’t quite enough to get things over the hump for this. Just bad.
They run an ad for Rivalries on WWE Network, starting tomorrow after Raw.
The cell is being lowered again for Ambrose vs. Rollins as that is next. They run a video package to hype up the main event.
Match #8 – Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins; Hell in a Cell Match
Ambrose comes out first, and he has toys with him. He gets in the ring with his stuff, then goes back outside and looks up. He scales the cell and the announcers debate what on earth he’s doing. Ambrose plays to the fans up on top of the cell. Rollins comes out with security in tow. He gets in the ring and yells about getting Ambrose down in the cell. Rollins asks if he wants to start up there, and he goes out to climb himself. Mercury and Noble try talking him out of it, but he starts to climb.
Rollins backs off, and tells security to go get him and “you work for me.” So, Mercury and Noble climb the cell. When they get there, Ambrose applauds, then starts wearing them out with the kendo stick he has. Rollins gets up there too and it’s now three on one. Ambrose gets the better of it for a moment, but the numbers are too much for a moment. Rollins tells the stooges to throw Ambrose off the cage. Ambrose fights back, taking out Mercury and Noble with suplexes.
Rollins and Ambrose climb down on the announce table side, then start fighting on the side of the cage. Headbutts and shots by both men. Ambrose and Rollins simultaneously fall off, going through the announce tables on each side. Dallas thinks it’s awesome, but officials are calling for help to check on both men. They bring out stretchers and backboards for both men, and load them up on them to take them to medical care backstage.
Ambrose makes his way off the stretcher and he goes after Rollins. He dumps Rollins off the stretcher and throws him into the cage. He throws Rollins in the doorway the slams the door on his head. He demands the referee lock the door while the stooges tell him not to. This is now officially underway.
Ambrose goes to the bag of toys but settles on a chair. He yells “you stabbed me in the back, you son of a bitch!” and slams Rollins with the chair repeatedly. Ambrose grabs a screwdriver and tries to gouge Rollins with it, but Rollins counters and drapes Ambrose over the ropes. Ambrose comes back with a dropkick that sends Rollins back first into the cage.
A table gets set up on the cage. Ambrose scoops Rollins up and tries to throw him into it, but Rollins slips away and tries to escape to the other side of the cage. Ambrose gives chase, hitting a dive out on to Rollins. Rollins finally gets a move in where he dumps Ambrose onto the pile of chairs in the ring. Rollins rolls out and retrieves a table that he props up against the cage.
Rollins teases a suplex through the table but Ambrose counters and knocks Rollins on the table. He goes to the corner and hits an elbow drop through the table. The stooges tell Ambrose to back off right now but he’s not interested in listening. Ambrose goes on the attack again, but Kane appears to blind him with the fire extinguisher. Rollins takes advantage, driving Ambrose through the table that was propped up on the cell earlier in a powerbomb.
In the ring, Rollins hits the curb stomp, but Ambrose kicks out in a good near fall. Rollins rolls out and gets the MITB briefcase, then whacks Ambrose with a chair repeatedly. He sets up to hit the Curb Stomp again off the briefcase, but Ambrose counters. He tries for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins counters out and hits an enzugiri. Ambrose bounces off the ropes and turns Rollins inside out with a clothesline, then hits him with the MITB briefcase for a good near fall.
Ambrose goes for cinder blocks. The lights go out, and someone’s talking in tongues. When the lights come up, a lantern is in the ring, and Bray Wyatt charges Ambrose when he approaches it. Wyatt does his crab walk then hits Ambrose with a one-armed slam. Rollins crawls into the cover and grabs the win, warily watching Wyatt.
Winner – Seth Rollins
Afterward, Rollins gets helped out by the Stooges. Wyatt stands over Ambrose then hits him with Sister Abigail. He kneels over Ambrose and poses to end the show.
Let the grumbling begin. A Hell in a Cell match ending with a dirty finish will not be popular among many folks, especially with how weak it really was. It was a one-armed slam – not Sister Abigail, or a curb stomp, or anything else that put Ambrose away. The R2-D2 effects and smoke machine just were not necessary for me as a viewer.
I will say that the feud between Wyatt and Ambrose should be good. The promo work should be sound and the in ring action can be good as well. For Rollins, this frees him up to settle his beef with Randy Orton, who likely doesn’t have a dance partner now that Cena has beaten him. Cena will be looking ahead to Lesnar at some point in the future, whenever the man decides to resurface, I guess.
I don’t feel like we got closure to Rollins vs. Ambrose though, and that bothers me about the finish too. Maybe there’s a plan to return to it, or maybe Ambrose is satisfied that he got to beat the holy hell out of Rollins for a short time tonight. Hard to say. But the main event was a bit of a letdown for me after what seemed like a raucous and hot start.
Overall, the show was well worked and the talents worked hard all night. The only match that to me was a real clunker was the Bellas, but beyond that it was a sound wrestling show. It just never overcame the really poor build to the event.
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