Hell In A Cell – 28/10/12
A brief video package on the various feuds heading into Hell In A Cell airs before the live camera pans the arena to the sound of Josh Matthews & Scott Stanford welcoming viewers to the Hell In A Cell pre-show. John Cena's music hits to a generally positive reaction from the crowd, and Cena appears on stage. The announcers re-cap Cena's recent elbow injury and note he isn't on the card tonight for the first time since December 2011.
Cena takes a mic and tells the crowd he is here to publicly deny any kind of wrongdoing with regard to Vickie Guerrero's allegations that Cena and AJ had an inappropriate relationship while AJ was Raw GM. Cena then notes he has been medically cleared to compete following his elbow injury, and tells the live crowd he is looking forward to getting back in the ring. He goes to leave, but Vickie Guererro appears to a chorus of boos from the crowd.
Guerrero tells Cena he has no business been in Atlanta tonight, and says he can't help but show his face where it's not wanted. Cena retorts that if it wasn't for his elbow injury, it would have been him stepping inside Hell In A Cell with CM Punk tonight. Vickie chuckles to herself, “John, if you're so desperate to step inside the Cell tonight, then you will...” The crowd cheers, Cenna looks stunned as the announcers ask if Guerrero has just made the main event a triple threat match. Vickie continues, “Hold your horses John. You will step inside Hell In A Cell tonight... as special guest referee.”
Vickie exits as Cena sells frustration. The announcers note that Vickie is using her position of power to toy with Cena, offering him a title match and then taking it away. Cena tells the fans he'll see them inside the cell, and his music plays as the camera re-focuses on the announcers. Matthews and Stanford run down the card, noting the WWE Championship match now has John Cena as special referee. They then feed to a video package on Big Show's recent dominance.
Backstage, the camera is on Booker T, who is speaking with Justin Gabriel. Booker congratulates Gabriel on defeating Antonio Cesaro earlier in the week, and tells him his reward is a United States Championship match tonight.
The camera is back on the announcers, who recap the news that John Cena has been named as special guest referee in the main event tonight. They run down the rest of the Hell In A Cell card, revealing a bonus match – Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs Prime Time Players in a #1 contendership match. The announcers thank fans for tuning into the pre-show, and urge fans to order Hell In A Cell.
Confirmed Hell In A Cell Card
Hell In A Cell Match for the WWE Championship
CM Punk © vs Ryback
Special Guest Referee: John Cena
World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus © vs Big Show
Tag Team Championships
Team Hell No © vs Rhodes Scholars
Kofi Kingston © vs The Miz
United States Championship
Antonio Cesaro © vs Justin Gabriel
Alberto Del Rio vs Randy Orton
#1 Contendership Match
Prime Time Players vs Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara
A video package opens Hell In A Cell. A voice-over narrates over classic images from past Hell In A Cell matches, before transitioning into a feature on the recent feud between CM Punk and Ryback. The video plays up Ryback's undefeated streak, John Cena's injury and Punk's lengthy title reign.
Live in the arena, a firework display hits as JR, Michael Cole and JBL welcome fans to Hell In A Cell. They run down the feature matches, before Randy Orton's music hits to a good reaction from the crowd. As Orton makes his entrance, Alberto Del Rio jumps him from behind. Del Rio throws Orton into the stairs and smashes his arm on the ringpost. Del Rio throws Orton into the ring. The referee asks Orton if he wants to start the match, and despite his obvious injuries he stands and the match begins.
In a good-paced opener, Orton fights valiantly but Del Rio eventually capitalises on the arm injury and applies the Cross Arm Breaker mid-ring. Orton taps, which JBL calls a wise decision. Del Rio mocks Orton's victory pose as JR puts over the ruthless nature of Del Rio's attack.
Alberto Del Rio def. Randy Orton
The camera transitions backstage, where Josh Matthews has John Cena for an interview. Cena says he is shocked at been named Special Guest Referee for the main event tonight, and he will find it hard not to lay hands on CM Punk. But he vows to call it down the middle. A laugh is heard in the background, before Wade Barrett interrupts. He reminds Cena of when he was referee for his match against Randy Orton in 2010, which resulted in him joining the Nexus. Barrett concludes that bad things happen to John Cena when he pulls on a referee shirt. Booker T overhears Cena and Barrett arguing, and asks Barrett what he's doing here when he's not on the card. Before Barrett has time to answer, Booker announces that “as we are in Atlanta, WCW town, I might just give one of my old friends a call and put you in the ring with him right here tonight... sucka!” Barrett seems unmoved by the announcement, smirking at Booker.
Back live in the arena, Justin Roberts announces that the following is a #1 contendership match. Rey Mysterio's music hits to a good reaction from the crowd, before Sin Cara joins him in the ring. The Prime Time Players are out as their opponents. Cole notes the winners of this match will have a shot at the Tag Team Championships, which will be defended later in the night.
The Prime Time Players dominate the majority of the match before Mysterio gets the hot tag. Rey and Cara clear house with an array of high-flying moves. Rey connects with the 619 on Young and picks up the victory with a Frog Splash. JBL praises both teams for the quality of the match, saying the Players will be back in contention soon enough.
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara def. Prime Time Players to become #1 contenders for the Tag Team Championships.
The camera focuses on the announcers who reset the show. They argue over who will emerge WWE Champion tonight, before Cole transitions into discussing the United States Championship. They feed to footage of Justin Gabriel getting a clean win over Antonio Cesaro last Monday on Raw, and then replay the pre-show discussion where Booker granted Gabriel a championship opportunity tonight.
Antonio Cesaro's music hits first, and he cuts a heel promo on the Atlanta crowd. He says he is the champion of America, and as such the people of America should bow down to him. Gabriel interrupts his promo and enters the ring.
An even match in the early-going, Gabriel looks to be taking advantage. He goes for a springboard moonsault, but Cesaro connects with an uppercut and follows up with the Neutraliser for the clean win.
Antonio Cesaro def. Justin Gabriel to retain the United States Championship.
Backstage, Josh Matthews has former Intercontinental Champion The Miz for an interview. They replay Miz losing the title to Kofi Kingston on Main Event, and Kofi knocking Miz out with Trouble In Paradise on Raw. Miz says that kick was the best thing that ever happened to him, it woke him up and now he knows where he was going wrong before. He vows to regain his Intercontinental Championship tonight, and to become the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion in history. Back live, Kofi's music hits first as Justin Roberts declares the match for the Intercontinental Championship. The announcers note Kofi is looking to take the next step in his career, but he needs to overcome a former WrestleMania main-eventer and WWE Champion tonight to do that. Miz hits the ring.
The match plays out with Kofi constantly looking for Trouble In Paradise, but Miz finding ways to avoid it. After 20 minutes of good action, Kofi finally nails TIP and gets a big pop from the crowd. To Kofi's korror, Miz kicks out at 2! The announcers can't believe it, nor can Kofi. Minutes later, Kofi goes for his springboard splash from the top rope but Miz avoids contact. He follows up with the Skull Crushing Finale. Kofi kicks out at 2! The crowd is hot for the match, but Miz keeps his composure. He stalks Kofi as he gets back to his feet, and immediately hits another SCF on Kofi. Miz doesn't go for the pin though, he picks up Kofi and nails a third SCF. Again, no cover, Miz picks Kofi up and nails his finisher again. JBL praises Miz going for kill as he scores the pin over a knocked out Kingston.
The Miz def. Kofi Kingston to win the Intercontinental Championship
Post-match, Miz hits one more finisher for good measure as he is showered with boos from the crowd. As Miz celebrates, the announcers transition to a video package summarising the Tag Team Championship tournament won by Rhodes Scholars.
Backstage, the roaming camera captures Daniel Bryan and Kane arguing over whose entrance music to enter to. Kane wins the argument by hitting his pyro, and Team Hell No make their way to ring, still arguing. Rhodes Scholars' music interrupts their arguing, and Damien Sandow says their constant bickering is not the behaviour of a champion. He says Rhodes Scholars will win the Tag Team Championships “for the benefit of each and every one of you... you're welcome”.
The match is fairly even for the majority of the contest, despite Kane and Bryan arguing more than usual. The ending comes when Bryan tries to land a missile dropkick on Sandow, but he moves and Bryan inadvertently connects on Kane. Rhodes throws Bryan out of the ring, Sandow hits his finisher on Kane and gets the 3!
Rhodes Scholars def. Team Hell No to win the Tag Team Championships
Rhodes Scholars quickly retreat up the ramp with their newly won titles. Back in the ring, Bryan tries to calm an angry Kane. The crowd tells them to hug it out. Bryan goes for the hug, but Kane picks up Bryan and drops him with a Tombstone. Kane is furious, he hits his pyro and exits the ring. JBL quips that “Dr Shelby won't be able to fix this.”
Backstage, Zack Ryder and Santino Marella are singing Highway To Hell on a karaoke machine. 3MB walk past laughing, and Heath Slater calls them terrible singers. An argument breaks out, which soon turns into a brawl. 3MB get the upper-hand and eventually leave Ryder and Marella laid out on the floor.
In the arena, Wade Barrett's music hits and the announcers feed to a replay of earlier in the night, where Booker T told Barrett he would be facing one of his old WCW colleagues tonight. Wade enters the ring and takes a mic. He heels on the Atlanta crowd, saying there's a reason WCW went out of business, and it doesn't matter who his opponent is because they will fall victim to the Barrett Barage.
After a short wait, a siren bellows through the arena! The Atlanta crowd pops as Scott Steiner comes through the curtain. The announcers sell excitement that former WCW Champion Steiner is in action tonight, before running through his past achievements. Steiner poses on the ramp before charging the ring and jumping Barrett.
Steiner gets in his signature spots, including an impressive Frankensteiner which gets another big pop out of the hot crowd. Barrett makes the comeback by hitting Winds Of Change and following up with his finisher for the clean win.
Wade Barrett def. Scott Steiner
JR notes this could be a landmark victory for Barrett, who has defeated a former WCW Champion in a match he had no time to prepare for. As Barrett exits the ring, the camera goes back to the announcers. They note the World Heavweight Championship match is next, then feed to a video package on the Show/Sheamus feud.
Back live, Justin Roberts announces the following is for the World Heavyweight Championship before Big Show makes his confident entrance. The announcers recap his recent dominance, before Sheamus enters. JR notes Sheamus has held the title since WrestleMania, but this is his toughest test to date.
Show and Sheamus go back and forth in an epic fight. Sheamus fails with several attempts at the Brogue Kick, but finally connects which gets a pop from the crowd. Sheamus goes for the cover, but Show powers out at 2! Sheamus sells shock, and signals for a second Brogue. As Sheamus makes his run-up, Show lands a massive WMD punch and scores the 3.
Big Show def. Sheamus to win the World Heavyweight Championship
The announcers sell shock that Show kicked out of the Brogue Kick, before asking who will be able to stop Show now he has the title. Show poses with the belt as Sheamus remains knocked out mid-ring.
Backstage, CM Punk is shown watching Show's celebration on a monitor. Matt Stryker interrupts Punk and asks for his opinion on John Cena refereeing his match tonight. Before he can answer, Paul Heyman interrupts. He says it's a disgrace that a man who has failed to beat CM Punk on numerous occasions is now put in a position where he can cost Punk the title at any minute. He says Hell In A Cell needs an experienced referee, not a man who can't stay out of the spotlight. Punk interjects that he is the best in the world, and he will walk out of the Cell with his championship.
Back in the arena, 3MB are in the ring. JR notes Booker T has ordered a singles match after their earlier altercations. Zack Ryder's music hits, he makes his way to ring ring with Santino, who are both selling the effects of their beat-down.
Slater dominates the short match before Ryder makes the comeback and lands the Rough Ryder to score the win.
Zack Ryder def. Heath Slater
Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal try to jump Ryder post-match, but Santino makes the save. Cobras all round as the faces clear the ring. Team CoBro celebrate before the announcers note it's main event time. They feed to a video package:
- CM Punk is approaching 1 year as WWE Champion.
- He retained the title in controversial circumstances at Night Of Champions.
- Cena's injury means he can't get his rematch, Ryback is named as his replacement by Vince McMahon.
- Ryback is undefeated, and hit Shell Shock on Punk to close Raw on Monday.
- Can CM Punk find a way to end Ryback's undefeated streak and move closer to one year as champion, or will Ryback's dominance continue?
Back live, the Cell is been lowered and the crowd is excited. John Cena's music hits and he hits the ring in his referee shirt. JBL asks how Cena feels not wrestling the main event of a pay-per-view for the first time this year, and wonders if Heyman was right and he can't keep out of the spotlight. Ryback is first out and the crowd chants along with Feed Me More. CM Punk is next out to a mixed reaction, he pauses at the Cell door before Cena orders him in. Justin Roberts handles formal ring introductions, before exciting the Cell. Cena closes the door, and orders the bell to be rung.
Punk takes a beating for the first 7 minutes, taking a variety of power moves from Ryback. Outside the ring, Ryback uses his power to repeatedly smash Punk into the Cell structure. Ryback chants Feed Me More and slams Punk through the Cell door! Cena tries to pull Ryback back inside the Cell as Punk crawls out, but Ryback shoves Cena to the ground.
Punk climbs the Cell in an attempt to escape Ryback, and the crowd pops as Ryback follows him to the roof. Cena watches the action from the centre of the ring, and the announcers ask how he will restore order to the chaos.
12 minutes into the match, Ryback hoists Punk on his shoulders and lands Shell Shock on the roof to a massive reaction from the crowd. Ryback goes for the pin as Cole yells we have a new champion, but Cena refuses to count! JR asks what's going on, before JBL tells viewers this isn't falls count anywhere and Ryback needs to pin Punk inside the ring. The crowd boos as Ryback scores a visual 3 count on Punk on the roof. Ryback stands and looks down on Cena, clearly angry. Ryback climbs down, the crowd is pumped at the possibility of Ryback going after Cena. Ryback makes his way to the door, but Paul Heyman smashes Ryback with the title belt from behind. Ryback falls to his knees as Punk begins to climb down.
Cena blocks a second belt-shot from Heyman and knocks him down with a right-hand. He turns around and Ryback squares up to him, the crowd is really hot at this point. They tease a fight, but Punk jumps from half-way down the Cell and lands on both men. Punk throws Ryback back into the ring, and takes the title belt from Heyman. He smashes Ryback round the head with the belt and goes for the pin, but Cena is still down outside the Cell. Punk sells frustration, he exits the ring and rolls Cena back into the ring.
As Punk re-enters the ring, Ryback pops to his feet. He lands the meat-hook clothesline on Punk and signals for the end. He goes to hoist Punk up, but he slips out and connects with the GTS in the corner of the ring. He goes for the pin, Ryback has his foot on the ropes but a groggy Cena counts the 3!
CM Punk def. Ryback to retain the WWE Championship
Punk quickly escapes the Cell with his title belt as the crowd boo. JR sells anger that the match ended this way. Ryback and Cena make their way to their feet at the same time, and they square up. The crowd starts to go wild, but before Ryback or Cena can strike the first blow Punk smashes Ryback from behind with the belt, knocking Ryback into Cena at the same time. Punk nails Cena with the belt. The pay-per-view goes off the air with Punk standing tall over Ryback and Cena.
Hell In A Cell results
1) Alberto Del Rio def. Randy Orton
2) Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara def. Prime Time Players to become #1 contenders for the Tag Team Championships
3) Antonio Cesaro def. Justin Gabriel to retain the United States Championship
4) The Miz def. Kofi Kingston to win the Intercontinental Championship
5) Rhodes Scholars def. Team Hell No to win the Tag Team Championships
6) Wade Barrett def. Scott Steiner
7) Big Show def. Sheamus to win the World Heavyweight Championship
8) Zack Ryder def. Heath Slater
9) CM Punk def. Ryback to retain the WWE Championship