|Date: October 25, 2015
|Venue: Staples Center |City: Los Angeles, California
A video package kicks us off, focusing on Seth Rollins and Kane and then Brock Lesnar and Undertaker.
Michael Cole welcomes us to Los Angeles!
John Cena is out first for his United States open challenge! He’s quick to make his challenge and it’s accepted by….Zeb Colter? Jack Swagger’s music hits and out comes Zeb Colter in a mobility scooter. Zeb Colter says that John Cena is polarising and it’s time for people of different cultures to come together. He then introduces his new client and John Cena’s opponent for tonight, the returning Alberto Del Rio!
John Cena (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio – United States Championship match
Background: There’s no background to this match, Alberto Del Rio returns to the WWE, accepting John Cena’s open challenge!
Previous PPV matches: This is the fifth PPV match between these two men, previously John Cena has won 3 of their 4 matches and Alberto Del Rio won the other.
Hell In A Cell Record: John Cena is 2-3 at Hell In A Cell, Alberto Del Rio is 1-2.
Match: The match starts slowly but the crowd seem to be behind Alberto Del Rio who makes his return tonight. Del Rio gets some of his trademark offence in during the early stages of the match. Del Rio looks in the best shape he’s been in for a long time. He motions for the cross arm breaker quite early but Cena fights him off with a clothesline. Del Rio’s last PPV match was at Money In The Bank last year so it’s been over a year since he’s last wrestled on a big show. Cena takes his turn to try and finish the match, he attempts the attitude adjustment but Del Rio counters, hitting a backstabber and a kick to the face for the 3! Alberto Del Rio becomes United States Champion tonight!
Result: Alberto Del Rio wins the United States Championship, beating John Cena by pinfall after a kick to the face.
Review: This match felt short. They have had much longer matches in the past and could have gone longer tonight. It was a decent match but nothing special. Great to have Alberto Del Rio back though. His relationship with Zeb Colter seems bizarre but I quite like it!
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are backstage happy with how the show kicked off. Seth Rollins shows up and starts rambling but then Kane arrives looking for his duties for tonight. Triple H asks Kane to leave.
There’s a video package next for Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt.
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt – Hell In A Cell match
Background: Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt have been battling since Money In The Bank where Wyatt cost Roman Reigns the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Since then Reigns has looked for revenge but the Wyatt Family have got bigger and bigger with the additions of Luke Harper and Braun Strowman. Tonight Reigns takes it back to one on one as he battles Bray Wyatt inside Hell In A Cell.
Previous PPV matches: This is just the second singles match between these two men on PPV. Bray Wyatt won the first at Battleground.
Hell In A Cell Record: Roman Reigns is 0-1 at Hell In A Cell, Bray Wyatt makes his Hell In A Cell debut tonight.
Match: This match starts quickly and there’s loads of action with both men using the cell to the their advantage. Bray Wyatt pulls out a kendo stick and lays into Roman Reigns with it with some pretty stiff shots. Bray sits down on a chair at one point and beats Roman down with the kendo stick which is a really nice visual. Wyatt has the advantage for a lot of the match but Reigns fires back and sets up a table but Wyatt ends up hitting Roman with a urunage off the apron and through the table! Reigns gets his revenge later in the match, spearing Wyatt through a table. Reigns then tries for another spear in the ring but Wyatt counters and hits Sister Abigail for a near fall. Wyatt sets up a pretty sick looking kendo impaling device with two kendo sticks pointing out of the corner. Reigns ends up sending Wyatt into it and then hitting Bray with a spear for the three! Roman Reigns beats Bray Wyatt tonight!
Result: Roman Reigns beats Bray Wyatt with a spear.
Review: This was a good match. I do feel like they need a newer concept than Hell In A Cell, I’ve just seen so many now. I like Wyatt setting up sick little ways to get the better of Reigns. Roman gets the win though in what I’d expect to be the end of this rivalry.
There’s an ad for Survivor Series which is being marketed as 25 Years Of The Undertaker.
We’re shown sone footage from Raw with the Dudley Boys and John Cena putting Xavier Woods through a table. As a result Xavier Woods won’t be at Hell In A Cell tonight.
The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) (c) vs. The Dudley Boys (Bubba Ray & D-Von) – WWE Tag Team Championship match
Background: This feud continues from Night Of Champions where The Dudley Boys beat The New Day by disqualification meaning The New Day kept their WWE Tag Team Championships. The Dudley’s have continued to target the tag team champions, putting Xavier Woods through a table and putting him on the shelf meaning that he won’t be at ringside tonight.
Previous PPV matches: This is a second PPV match between these two teams, The Dudley Boys actually beat The New Day by disqualification at Night Of Champions last month.
Hell In A Cell Record: Kofi Kingston is 3-0 at Hell In A Cell events, Big E is 1-0 and The Dudley Boys make their debut at the event tonight.
Match: Kofi Kingston and D-Von Dudley start the match and it isn’t long before The Dudley Boys take the advantage, causing Kingston to take a time out. There’s some double team moves from the challengers and they manage to botch a double team sidewalk slam/legdrop which looked like a miscommunication. Big E soon takes the advantage for the champions and we get plenty of double teaming from Kofi and Big E. The New Day look to hit the wassup drop but D-Von counters and makes the hot tag to Bubba Ray. Kofi goes out of the ring and grabs the trombone before throwing it to Bubba Ray and hitting the desk. It’s the old Eddie Guerrero finish. The referee thinks about calling for the match but then decides against it. Bubba Ray then breaks the trombone over his knee. The Dudley’s look for a 3D but Big E hits Bubba with the trombone before the referee’s back! Kofi kits trouble in paradise and pins Bubba Ray for the 3!
Result: The New Day retain the Tag Team Championships following a trombone shot and trouble in paradise.
Review: Decent tag team match. The New Day have really gelled as a tag team in a short time and their matches are en entertaining. They’re a solid heel team. This match was nothing special but a decent title defence for Big E and Kofi Kingston. I’m inclined to think that this feud will continue.
There’s a video package showing Nikki Bella’s epic run as Divas Champion and eventually losing to Charlotte.
Charlotte (c) vs. Nikki Bella – WWE Divas Championship match
Background: Charlotte was the girl to end Nikki Bella’s run as Divas Champion. Tonight Nikki gets her rematch. Team PCB are no longer as Paige has left the group but tonight nobody is allowed at ringside.
Previous PPV matches: These two girls wrestled last month at Night Of Champions where Charlotte won the title.
Hell In A Cell Record: Nikki Bella is 1-0 at the event, Charlotte makes her debut.
Match: This is a pretty back and forth part for the most part. Nikki leads for big portions but Charlotte gets a fair amount of offence in. Charlotte brings a real aggression to the match. Nikki locks on a half crab at one point, bending Charlotte’s foot all the way back. Charlotte hits some trademark Flair chops and you can see how painful they are to Nikki who does everything to get her arms in the way. Nikki looks to hit a German superlpex but Charlotte somewhat lands on her feet and Nikki takes the brunt of it. It was a little bit messy. Charlotte then hits a spear and locks on the figure four but Nikki reverses and gets to the bottom rope to break the hold. I thought it was going to be over there. Nikki then hits an Alabama slam on Charlotte onto the apron which was affective. Nikki then sets up for the rack attack but Charlotte manages to counters and lock on the figure 8 for the victory. After the match Becky Lynch and bizarrely Paige come out and celebrate with Charlotte. Paige does her best to cut Becky out of the celebrations.
Result: Charlotte retains the WWE Divas Championship by submission.
Review: This was a good match, a decent showcase for the Divas division. This will probably be the end of this feud now. There were a few good spots, especially the half crab, Alabama slam and German superplex. Charlotte is quickly becoming one of the best females on the roster.
Roman Reigns is backstage and Dean Ambrose joins him celebrating his victory over Bray Wyatt.
There’s a video package showing some moments from Kane’s history and his recent history with Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Kane – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
Background: Seth Rollins has been making a mockery of Kane for months and when Kane got his ankle broken by Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins stood by and laughed. Kane would return at Night Of Champions and tombstone Rollins after his title defence. Kane was then announced as the number one contender to the WWE Championship. However if Kane loses then he will no longer be the Director Of Operations.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time singles match between these two men on pay per view. It’s the only match tonight that we haven’t seen on pay per view before.
Hell In A Cell Record: Seth Rollins is 1-1 at Night Of Champions and Kane is also 1-1.
Match: Kane takes the advantage in the early going, sending Rollins to the outside and taking apart the Spanish announce desk but doesn’t get chance to do anything else with it. This is Seth’s 14th consecutive PPV, only John Cena is on a longer streak than that. The match has a pretty slow pace, mostly because Kane is leading it. Kane gets a very near fall following a chokeslam. Seth manages to avoid a tombstone and scarpers out of the ring. Rollins manages to powerbomb Kane onto the Spanish announce table but it doesn’t give way and Kane bounces off it. Seth then throws everything at Kane but still can’t pin him for a three count. Rollins then hits a pedigree and that’s enough for the three.
Result: Seth Rollins retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by pinfall.
Review: This was a slow match. It wasn’t the strongest title match and I’m glad they have a stronger match to finish the night on. It is a clean win for Rollins though and a big win for him as it shows he can win these matches on his own. Rollins WWE Championship reign continues and if the previous Roman Reigns promo is anything to go by, Reigns could be up next for Seth.
There’s a Susan G. Komen VT next.
Over to the Hell In A Cell kick-off panel of Renee Young, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton and Booker T. Corey talks up Seth Rollins, Byron is happy with Roman Reigns beating Bray Wyatt whilst Booker T is excited for the return of Alberto Del Rio. We’re shown some footage from the kick-off match with Dolph Ziggler, Neville and Cesaro beating Sheamus, King Barrett and Rusev. Neville got the pin on Barrett there.
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Ryback – WWE Intercontinental Championship match
Background: This is a rematch from Night Of Champions where Kevin Owens beat Ryback for the Intercontinental Championship.
Previous PPV matches: Just the one previous PPV match between these two men, KO beat Ryback that night.
Hell In A Cell Record: Ryback is 0-2 at Hell In A Cell, Kevin Owens wrestles at the vent for the first time.
Match: Kevin Owens gets some cheap shots in on Ryback in the early going but Ryback soon takes the advantage. It’s a fairly back and forth match but Ryback seems to get most of the offence in. Owens wins the match with a pop-up powerbomb. The crowd were dead for this one.
Result: Kevin Owens retains the Intercontinental Championship by pinfall.
Review: Yeah, not much to say about this one. It fell flat. Kevin Owens beat Ryback cleanly so this feud will be over. Probably a good thing for both to move on to other people.
There’s a video package next for The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar – Hell In A Cell match
Background: This match seemingly came out of nowhere. IT’s seen as the rubber match in this series as Brock Lesnar beat Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30 and Undertaker then beat Lesnar at Summerslam two months ago.
Previous PPV matches: These two men have wrestled on PPV 5 times before. Brock has won 3 of those, Undertaker has won 1 and they drew the other.
Hell In A Cell Record: The Undertaker is 1-1 at this event whilst Brock Lesnar wrestles at Hell In A Cell for the first time.
Match: It’s a fast-paced start to the match with Undertaker looking to get the early advantage. Undertaker busts Lesnar open in the early going with a shot to the ringpost. Lesnar grabs a chair and hits Undertaker with it a couple of times. The doctors get into the ring and stop Lesnar form bleeding which the crowd boo. Undertaker also bleeds from the head following a chair shot. Lesnar fires up with three German suplexes and then hits an F5 for a near fall. The doctors then see to Undertaker which causes more boo’s. The doctor sees to Lesnar who pushes the doctor flying across the ring. He then hits another F5 on Undertaker for another near fall. Brock uses the ring steps and still can’t keep Undertaker down for the three. Undertaker locks on hell’s gate as Paul Heyman screams from the outside. Lesnar gets out of it and pummels Undertaker with lefts and rights. Brock then rips the ring apart. He pulls up the mats, exposing the boards but Undertaker sits up ands then chokeslams Lesnar onto the boards! Undertaker then hits a tombstone on the exposed boards but Lesnar kicks out of the pinfall! Undertaker motions for a second tombstone but Brock hits him with a low blow. That one sounded brutal too. Lesnar hits an F5 and that’s enough for the 3!
Result: Brock Lesnar wins by pinfall following an F5.
Review: This was a good match. I loved the creativity of pulling the mats off the top of the ring, I’ve never seen that before. It’s a match that could have gone either way. Brock wins and I’m guessing it’ll be the end of this series of matches. It looks like The Undertaker will be at Survivor Series so it’ll be interesting to see who he wrestles there.
After the match The Undertaker is left in the ring and the crowd chant for him. Bray Wyatt’s music then hits and out walks Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman! They surround the ring before getting in and beating down The Undertaker and then carrying him to the back.
And that was Hell In A Cell 2015. I have to say, it felt like one of the weaker events as of late. The two Hell In A Cell matches were good, especially the main event, I really enjoyed that one. None of the none HIAC matches really stood out. They were all pretty average really. Reigns and Wyatt put on a good match though as did Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. But don’t rush out to watch this pay per view unless you really want to see the main event. The only match not seen before on PPV before was Seth Rollins and Kane.
Overall Rating: 53.9/100 (ranked joint 242nd out of 320)
Match Of The Night: The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Worst Match Of The Night: Kevin Owens vs. Ryback
Surprise Of The Night: The return of Alberto Del Rio
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: Brock Lesnar
Hell In A Cell 2015 Will Be Remembered For: The return of Alberto Del Rio