The highly anticipated Hell in a Cell event took place this past Sunday with two main event matches taking place, whilst no championship changed hands.
It was unclear which Hell in a Cell match would be going on as the main event, but the WWE ultimately decided to go with the popular choice in the Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose; which had a surprising ending.
Pre-show: Mark Henry defeated Bo Dallas
Intercontinental Championship – 2 out of 3 falls: Dolph Ziggler © defeated Cesaro 2-0
Nikki Bella defeated Brie Bella
WWE Tag Team Championship: Gold and Stardust © defeated The Usos
Hell in a Cell - #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena defeated Randy Orton
United States Championship: Sheamus © defeated The Miz
Rusev defeated The Big Show
WWE Divas Championship: AJ Lee © defeated Paige
Hell in a Cell: Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose
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There were high hopes for this event, considering there was so much emphasis on the night having two main event Hell in a Cell matches and the fans were always going to want to see the Rollins and Ambrose match at the end of the show, you just can’t fault the match order. Having Cena and Orton go on right before Rollins and Ambrose wouldn’t have had as much impact on the steel structure and it was nice to get a break.
The first match of the main show was fantastic, just as everyone expected it to be as it was a difficult match to predict. Ultimately I believe the right person won as Ziggler does have a lot more options when it comes to contenders. What was surprising was the fact that Cesaro didn’t even score a pin fall or submission, allowing Ziggler to get the 2-0 victory in a fantastic match, something we don’t really see.
Some of the matches on the night were a little predictable, it was clear that Nikki was going to defeat her sister Brie which makes Brie her sister’s personal assistant for the next 30 days – I think we all know that won’t last.
Gold and Stardust were never going to drop the gold this early into their championship reign but their match against The Usos was still of a high standard, something that has become the norm.
The John Cena and Randy Orton match, which was dubbed as the final time the two men would face off, didn’t disappoint at all. Weapons, close falls and a number of ‘RKO’s out of nowhere’. This was the most difficult match to predict and both superstars did a good job of keeping the fans on the edge of their seats for the duration of the match as Cena gets another shot at The Beast Incarnate. The WWE did a very good of ensuring Lesnar’s presence was always felt even though he wasn’t there in person.
The final match itself was a spectacle in itself. Dean Ambrose refusing to come down from the top of the cell, resulting in Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury and Seth Rollins joining him. Both men fell into the tables which left the fans stunned and wanting more, at one stage it looked as if we were in for an underwhelming ending until Ambrose got up from his stretcher and took Rollins down with him.
After that we were treated with some great back and forth, violent action until Bray Wyatt decided it was the perfect time to return and begin his next feud against Dean Ambrose. This allowed Rollins to pick up the victory in inconclusive fashion, allowing the two men to potentially feud again in the future.
Fans have complained about the ending, they wanted Ambrose and Rollins to fight until the very end until we had one clear winner, and that’s understandable but it did remind us of the Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, the darkness brought out Kane in his debut, and on Sunday it brought out Bray Wyatt who could be set for a very entertaining few months.
I believe the pay-per-view beat the expectations in place, all of the matches were of a high standard and it felt like a solid pay-per-view, the only fault on a personal level was John Cena winning. A Randy Orton win would have set up a clash with Brock Lesnar, something fresh for the fans, but all in all Hell in a Cell proved to be a great event as the build-up to Survivor Series begins.
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