WWE return to pay per view on Sunday night, with their annual Hell In A Cell event in Los Angeles. The Staples Center was loud all night as fans witness a wild night of action. Here’s how things went down, as the show was also held on the WWE Network.
The WWE Kickoff show, held an hour before the official start of the event, featured a six-man tag team match. Dolph Ziggler teamed up with Cesaro and Neville to face the team of Rusev, King Barrett, and Sheamus. This was a back and forth match from both sides, as there were storylines all the way around this contest. Cesaro got a great ovation from the LA crowd, as he was a clear favorite. After a superkick from Ziggler, Cesaro grabbed Barrett for a giant swing to take him out of commission. Neville then went to the top for his Red Arrow corkscrew splash, and made the cover to pick up the victory for his team.
Earlier on the Kickoff Show, United States Champion John Cena revealed that he would begin the Hell In A Cell event with the US Title Open Challenge. For weeks, Cena has come out and issued an open challenge for his championship. Zeb Coulter, who hasn’t been seen in several months, came out and said it was time for all countries to come together and that it was time for Cena to lose that title to…ALBERTO DEL RIO! The Staples Center came alive for a guy that knows Cena very well, as Del Rio made his way to the ring. To the shock of everyone, Del Rio hit Cena with a back stabber and then a vicious kick to the face. It was the same kick that won him the World Heavyweight Championship a few years back and it would be the same kick that would allow him to pin Cena and become the brand new United States Champion.
The second match was the first installment of the Hell In A Cell match. After weeks of controversy between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt, it was time to settle their feud inside the unforgiving structure. Reigns took an early advantage, taking Wyatt outside the ring and ramming him into the cage walls. But Wyatt was able to get his hands on a kendo stick, which he used back in the ring to assault Reigns. The brutality continued back and forth, with Reigns being driven through a table from the ring apron to the floor. Through the abuse, Reigns was able to fight his way back into the match and power bomb Wyatt through another table in the ring. Moments later, Reigns speared Wyatt from the ring apron through a third table on the floor. But he wasted just enough time rolling Wyatt back in the ring, he couldn’t get the pinfall. It allowed Wyatt to kick out and get a pinfall attempt of his own. But it was Reigns that would recover and spear Wyatt a third time to get the victory.
Up next was the WWE World Tag Team Title match, as The New Day (minus Xavier Woods) would defend the titles against The Dudley Boyz. The champions were without their distraction factor, Xavier Woods, after he was recently put through a table courtesy of a 3-D. The Dudleyz actually dominated a good portion of the match, but things fell apart then they tried to end things late in the match. Kofi pulled a trick out of the late Eddie Guerrero’s playbook, and tossed a trombone into the hands of Bubba Ray Dudley. He then hit the mat like he had been hit with the instrument. The referee, who had his back turned to the situation, almost called for the disqualification, but decided to continue the match. Big E grabbed the trombone and hit D’Von with it, allowing Kofi to hit his Trouble In Paradise kick to pick up the win and retain the titles.
The WWE Divas were also in action, as Charlotte defended her Divas Championship against former champion Nikki Bella. Early in the match, Nikki took advantage when things spilled to the outside of the ring. But a mistimed move inside the ring appeared to injure her knee. She would absorb a considerable amount of damage, but would turn things around. She got herself in position to hit the Rack Attack on Charlotte, but the champion was able to counter and lock in the Figure Eight to force Nikki into submission.
The first of two main events would be for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, as Seth Rollins would put his title on the line against the seven-foot monster known as Kane. Rollins got in his face at the opening bell, letting him know what he thought of him. But Kane heard enough and ejected the champion from the ring. Kane wasted no time, knowing that he would lose his title of Director of Operations for The Authority. You would almost expect Kane to dominate the match, due to his size advantage. But it was back and forth all the way through. A crucial moment came on the outside of the ring, when Kane attempted to chokeslam Rollins through the announce table. But Rollins escaped and power bombed him onto the Spanish table. It would allow him enough of a break to go on minutes later and hit the Pedigree on Kane and pin him for the win. Rollins not only retains the WWE World Heavywewight Championship, but Corporate Kane is now out of a job. That should make for an interesting edition of “Raw” on Monday night.
After the dust cleared from that encounter, it was time for the WWE Intercontinental Championship match between Kevin Owens and Ryback. These two started brawling as soon as the bell rang. Ryback would get the early control, and do some damage to the champion, until he attempted a charge in the corner. Owens moved, and the challenger collided shoulder-first into the ringpost. The champion took over and did his best to keep his opponent down. He attempted his pop-up power bomb, but Ryback ran through the attempt and mowed him down with a clothesline. Ryback attempted to finish him off, but Owens showed his resiliency and would hit that pop-up powerbomb to pick up the pinfall and retain the title.
From there, it was time for the main event. A match that ends 18 months of war between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, as they would step inside the Hell In A Cell structure. A strong faceoff between the two opened up the match, then the bell rang. Early on, Lesnar tried to go for a German suplex, but ‘Taker was able to escape and follow with a clothesline that rocked Lesnar. The fight spilled to the outside, where Lesnar ended up going face-first into the ringpost and getting busted open. Doctors came into the ring to clean Lesnar’s face off, but he refused their help. The sight of his own blood seemed to infuriate him, as he grabbed a chair and went after the phenom. He threw everything he could at The Undertaker, but both would be a bloody mess just seconds later. Once things went back to the ring, Lesnar was able to hit his first suplex. He found his groove and followed up with a series of suplexes. Lesnar then went for the F-5, but even that couldn’t finish him off.
Again a doctor entered the ring, but Lesnar quickly dispatched him from the ring and hit ‘Taker with a second F-5. But again a kickout was the result. Lesnar then rolled out of the ring and threw the steel ring steps into the ring. He slammed them into the face of The Undertaker and then picked them up to drive them into his midsection. But ‘Taker moved and Lesnar missed on two opportunities. Undertaker was able to lure Lesnar in for a Hell’s Gate submission, but Lesnar pounded his way out of it with a series of punches. Lesnar then found a hole in the mat, and ripped the mat apart to expose the boards underneath. But ‘Taker was able to get to his feet and deliver a thunderous chokeslam to Lesnar onto those boards. Undertaker then hit the Tombstone Piledriver, a move he’s literally beat everybody in the business with, but Lesnar kicked out of the pin. But as ‘Taker signaled for another finish, Lesnar hit a vicious low blow similar to the one he received at SummerSlam. Lesnar then connected with another F-5 to pick up the surprising victory. The final chapter in this rivalry that started 13 years ago ends with Lesnar emerging on top.
But things weren’t done just yet. As The Undertaker was acknowledging the crowd’s appreciation, the lights went out and the ENTIRE Wyatt Family made their way to the ring. They surrounded the ring and then assaulted him. They beat him down, and then carried him out of the ring and walked out of the arena with him. The cameras went off, leaving fans to wonder what exactly is going to happen now as we stare down the road to next month’s “Survivor Series.”