On Sunday, October 25, 2015, WWE will present WWE Hell in a Cell, live at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. For those who are unable to attend it live, it will be available for viewing exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.
However, the Inquisitr understands not everyone in the WWE Universe (or wrestling community in general) will be able to spend the four hours to watch WWE Hell in a Cell. Therefore, results will be presented live as they become available. And also because numerous people have asked for it, details about the match will be included too.
Similar to past WWE pay-per-views, the WWE is providing one match courtesy to those who do not have a paid subscription to the WWE Network. One hour before the special event, WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff will take place, which will include a panel of WWE personalities and commentators, which will most likely have Renee Young, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton discussing the matches at the pay-per-view. As an added bonus, it will also feature a pre-pay-per-view match, a three-on-three tag match when Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro, and Neville take on Rusev, Sheamus, and King Barrett.
The WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff can be viewed not only on the WWE Network, but also on WWE’s official website, WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pheed, and Pinterest one hour before the actual pay-per-view.
It should be noted this pay-per-view has a specialty theme to it too. At the WWE Hell in a Cell, certain matches will take place in “Satan’s Structure” or “The Devil’s Playground,” Hell in a Cell. Since its initiation back when Shawn Michaels defeated the Undertaker (with help from a debuting Kane) at WWF Badd Blood in 1997, it has become a specialty match, an end-all to some of the biggest rivalries WWE has seen. Unofficially, Hell in a Cell is considered to be Undertaker’s specialty match because it seemed to be exclusive just to him until the sixth match (Triple H vs. Cactus Jack). Not only that, out of the 30 Hell in a Cell matches that have happened thus far (31 and 32 will take place tonight), Undertaker has been in 12 of them, more than any other WWE Superstar in its history. Also, he holds the most victories in the match at six, a record he shares with Triple H.
Nevertheless, the conditions of the pay-per-view may or may not effect the outcome. But it is always good for the studied WWE fan to know how the business works more so for entertainment value. The Inquisitr has published numerous articles leading up to WWE Hell in a Cell. A select few are listed below for reading.
- What are the assumed scenarios, both shocking and not-so-shocking, for the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar Hell in a Cell match?
- Why is it that Brock Lesnar needs to win Hell in a Cell against the Undertaker?
- Who are the rumored WWE superstars to answer John Cena’s “U.S. Championship Open Challenge?”
Nevertheless, the following match card, shown below, is what is provided at this moment, and can change for any reason. The Inquisitr will update this article with the latest results and details as they become available live!
The New Day vs. The Dudley boyz (WWE Tag Team Championships) — Given the fact that The New Day has cheated themselves out of losing their titles to The Dudley Boyz at the last two pay-per-views, it is believed the team of Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley will finally win the belts somehow, someway. They will definitely need a third person to keep The New Day’s third wheel Xavier Woods at bay. Ergo, Little Spike Dudley should make an appearance. However, Bubba Ray Dudley’s real-life girlfriend, Velvet Sky, appearing became more of a possibility thanks to Bubba Ray’s interview saying such. It is plausible if her contract with TNA is over.
RESULT: The New Day defeats The Dudley Boyz via pinfall after Kofi Kingston connects with Trouble In Paradise on Bubba Ray Dudley.
DETAILS: With Xavier Woods absent, the remaining members of The New Day had a troublesome time with The Dudley Boyz. However, the tide was turned when Big E utilized his strength in which The New Day utilized all their tricks such as their continuous mudhole stomping in their corner with quick tagouts, double-team moves, all with their usual gloating. Highlights on The New Day’s behalf includes their attempt to do the “Whassup” usually done by The Dudley Boyz.
However, it is Xavier Woods’ trombone that would be the star of the fight. It was first used as a means for The New Day to win via disqualification when it was tossed to Bubba Ray Dudley by Kofi Kingston who feinted being hit, easily showing shades of Eddie Guerrero. The referee did not see the hit so he did make the call. However, it would be an actual hit by the trombone that would help The New Day win when Big E hit Bubba Ray Dudley in the back with a trombone in which the referee did not see. Kofi Kingston followed up that hit with a Trouble in Paradise which was enough to get the win. This is the first time The New Day has officially won against The Dudley Boyz at a pay-per-view. However, this is also a third time they used illegitimate means to keep their belts.
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback (WWE Intercontinental Championship) — Kevin Owens has proven to the world that he is an amazing heel, probably one who joins the ranks of other wrestlers who innovated the heel persona such as The Dudley Boyz, CM Punk, and the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. To be frank, Ryback as the IC champ wasn’t really going anywhere. Owens on the other hand is very entertaining. It is expected Owens will win this one because of his momentum, especially when he did the Pop-Up Powerbomb on Mark Henry. To truly cement his heel persona though, WWE needs to grant Owens the use of his two most ruthless moves in his arsenal, the Steenilizer (probably will be renamed to the Owenizer) and the Package Piledriver.
RESULT: Kevin Owens defeats Ryback via pinfall after the Pop-Up Powerbomb.
DETAILS: This match doesn’t have much substance to it given the fact it was more of a show of domination for Ryback. First off, Ryback has always been touted as a powerhouse and able to hit big moves. Unfortunately, his character is horribly shot so even his best is usually ignored. To be frank, it lacked energy and chemistry and was probably the worst match of the night. Just like last time, Owens won by utilizing the cheap tactic of raking Ryback’s eyes. However, he was able to pull off his Pop-Up Powerbomb this time around.
John Cena’s U.S. Championship Open Challenge — A lot cannot be said about this match because it is an open challenge. Literally anyone could walk past that curtain to take on John Cena for the title. However, some favorites include Chris Jericho and Sheamus. The biggest surprise however is A.J. Styles. One of the biggest stars of TNA would surely cause a huge pop if he appeared at WWE. And given the fact WWE has signed on numerous former talent of TNA, especially Samoa Joe and James Storm, it is a possibility.
NOTE: Alberto Del Rio answers John Cena’s WWE U.S. Championship Open Challenge.
RESULT: Alberto Del Rio defeats John Cena via pinfall after a Superkick.
DETAILS: This was a huge surprise! However, it was more surprising when Zeb Colter was the one to introduce him. Needless to say, everyone was shocked to see del Rio return because of certain situations that happened at the end of his first tenure in the WWE. For those who do not remember, del Rio blamed the WWE for being racist towards their Spanish performers. There may be some credence to that given the fact Rey Mysterio and Ricardo Rodriguez would eventually leave too.
Getting back to the match, it should be noted it started out kind of slow. Maybe Alberto del Rio had ring rust to shake off or he had to slow down for John Cena. Whatever the reason, it was evident. The match seemed to go slower after del Rio connected with a kick to Cena’s legs from the back, but he was able to keep the pace up by delivering signature moves such as two double-ax handle smashes from the top turnbuckle, countering Cena when he was on the top turnbuckle with an Enzuiguri, and a wicked tilt-the-world backbreaker.
The ending of the match was very quick-paced starting with Alberto del Rio setting up John Cena with the Rompe Destinos (cross armbreaker). Cena countered it with a clothesline followed by his “Five Moves of Doom,” in which del Rio countered the fifth move (Attitude Adjustment) with a Backstabber. That move stunned Cena enough for del Rio to connect with a Superkick. A cover and three seconds later, del Rio becomes the new WWE U.S. Champion.
Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella (WWE Divas Championship) — This will be Charlotte’s first title defense at a major pay-per-view and one that should be used to help establish her persona more. The fact is that the standouts for the Divas Revolution are Paige, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks, something that is unfair to them because eventually they’ll be depended on to carry the division. Each female wrestler needs to step up in either wrestling or gimmick and persona presentation. Storyline-wise, this will be an excellent platform for Natalya to get back into the game. She made one of the best heels in the game too (Remember the Divas of Doom?). I just want to see her snap and bring back the “time for tears.”
RESULT: Charlotte defeats Nikki Bella via submission with the Figure-Eight Leglock.
DETAILS: This was a fight that Charlotte needs to win to prove to the WWE Universe and to herself that her win at the last WWE pay-per-view was not a fluke. The match starts out with both wrestlers on equal footing but eventually, Nikki Bella takes the upper hand by utilizing her gameplan: taking out Charlotte’s back and legs. For a good portion of the match, it seemed Nikki’s plan would work because Charlotte had a troublesome time with the bridge during her first attempt at the Figure-Eight Leglock. However, she did fight back even connecting with a huge move (unable to name it because it seems to be a botch) when both she and Nikki wee on the top turnbuckle. Probably the most ruthless move done during this match was when Nikki used the Alabama Slam on Charlotte onto the apron, showing shades of when Kevin Owens does a powerbomb instead. Still, Charlotte fought back and was able to lock in the Figure-Eight Leglock to win the match via submission.
Seth Rollins vs. Kane (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) — To be frank, this is a match in which WWE can show off Seth Rollins’ ability to weasel out a victory despite the odds. Honestly, most of Rollins’ title defenses have been fluke victories and/or escapes. His match against John Cena was marred by an interference by Jon Stewart. His match against Dean Ambrose was marred by J&J Security. Finally, if it weren’t for the Undertaker making his presence known, he would have lost to Brock Lesnar in a match he was decimated in. It is believed Kane will also decimate Rollins in this match, but Rollins will escape somehow, someway.
RESULT: Seth Rollins defeats Kane via pinfall after the Pedigree.
DETAILS: This was pretty much a straight-forward match which was quite surprising if one were to think about it. It was as if all the build-up of Kane being this ruthless monster was for nothing because he showed very little to no signs of his old-school ways. As a matter of fact, Seth Rollins provided most of the punishment in this match, countering a lot of Kane’s moves. He even countered a chokeslam through the announcement table by slipping underneath Kane’s legs and powerbombing him onto the Spanish announcement table. In the end, a quick succession of two knees from the top turnbuckle, two kicks to the face, and a Pedigree was enough to put away the “Big Red Machine.”
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell) — This Hell in a Cell match will definitely turn in a huge brawl in which Reigns and Ambrose will fight for their lives against the Wyatt Family (consisting of Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Braun Strowman). It will be hard to predict how this match plays out. It is possible that one of the members of the Wyatt Family is “undercover” but until the match ends, predictions are up in the air.
RESULT: Roman Reigns defeats Bray Wyatt via pinfall after the Spear.
DETAILS: First off, it should be noted this match was surprisingly clean within the allowances of a Hell in a Cell match. No interference from any member of The Family Wyatt, no interference from Dean Ambrose. This however was good because it allowed the match to truly highlight both wrestlers, especially with the fact this entire match was a hardcore match in a Hell in a Cell.
The first part of the match started with Roman Reigns dominating, throwing Bray Wyatt around like a rag doll. However, the momentum changed once Wyatt got his hands on a kendo stick which also signaled the hardcore part of the match. Eventually, Reigns and Wyatt brought out more items like chairs and tables in which the former was used innovatively by being set up into the side of Hell in a Cell. As for the tables, Reigns ate wood once when he was side slammed from the apron to outside the ring while going through a table. Wyatt ate wood twice. Once with a power bomb from the corner. The second when he was speared off the apron on through a table set up outside the ring.
Eventually, the match became a back-and-forth game of both wrestlers hitting each other with weapons and signature moves. However, one of the biggest highlights was when Reigns countered a Sister Abigail with a roll-up followed with a Superman punch when Wyatt kicked out. In the end, Reigns was able to connect with a Spear which secured him the pinfall victory.
Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (Hell in a Cell) – The final stop on Brock Lesnar’s “Go to Hell” tour will be tonight when he takes on Undertaker in their third and final battle. This is a match that is more about determining futures of these two WWE superstars. If Lesnar wins, it is most-likely because Undertaker is ready to retire. He has over three decades of damage done to his body so a loss is understandable. Also, Lesnar is younger so re-establishing his dominance as the man who not only ended the Undertaker’s streak, but the Undertaker’s career, will be a huge pick-me-up. If Undertaker wins however, it will probably be a setup for a retirement match at Wrestlemania 32. The wrestler he needs to take on (if he is okay) is definitely Sting. We will find out which direction WWE goes tonight.
RESULT: Brock Lesnar defeats Undertaker via pinfall after a F-5.
DETAILS: This match wasn’t has aggressive as the first Hell in a Cell match but it surely had a lot more of a story to tell. What surprised me is that nobody brought up that Brock Lesnar and Undertaker did meet at Hell in a Cell before and just like back then, he won. This time around however, Lesnar pulled out the same cheap tactic of a low blow Undertaker used in their last match to win the fight.
To be fair, Undertaker seemed to be on top of his game, decimating “The Beast” early in the match. This was surely true once the fighting went outside the ring. Undertaker even busted open Lesnar by ramming his head into the steel post of the ring. However, the tide turned once Lesnar got his hands on a chair and proceeded to unleash a beating. Kudos to the Undertaker for taking three German Suplexes and two F-5s, and steel steps into the face and still being able to kick out. This made Lesnar change his tactics as he tore up the ring to expose the wooden planks under the matting and canvas. Unfortunately for him, it would be Undertaker who would utilize it with both a Chokeslam and Tombstone Piledriver. Fans thought that would be enough to end Lesnar but he kicked out after a two-count.
Undertaker, clearly surprised and angered at the same time, signaled the end for Brock Lesnar. However, Lesnar would turn the page and do what was mentioned earlier: hit Undertaker with a low blow. In this match however, the move was legit because there are no disqualifications or countouts in Hell in a Cell. The move however was the linchpin to conclude the fight as Lesnar hit the F-5 on Undertaker onto the exposed floorboards. That was enough for Lesnar to secure the pinfall victory.
The most interesting part of the match happened when Undertaker was about to head to the back until the Wyatt Family came out. All four members assaulted the Undertaker and carried him out crucifixion style. At this point, it is unknown why The Wyatt Family did what they did but it is often debated if one person were to become Undertaker’s replacement when he retires (it will most likely happen very soon), it would be Bray Wyatt.
[Image via WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 Poster]