– The 2022 WWE Hell In a Cell Kickoff pre-show opens up from the Allstate Arena near Chicago as Kayla Braxton welcomes us. She’s joined on the panel by Kevin Patrick, Peter Rosenberg, and WWE Hall of Famers Booker T and Jerry Lawler. Fans are finding their seats in the background. Kayla says there are rumors on Cody Rhodes suffering a complete tear of his right pectoral tendon during the recent RAW brawl with Seth Rollins. She says that is not the case as Rhodes suffered just a partial tear in the brawl with Rollins, and then while weight training on Friday, the tendon tore completely off the bone. It was noted that Rhodes kept the original tear quiet until the complete tear happened on Friday night. Braxton says Rhodes has vowed to compete against Rollins inside the Cell tonight. There was no timetable given for his return.
The panel sends us to a video package on tonight’s RAW Women’s Title Triple Threat. Rosenberg and Booker predict Bianca Belair will retain, while Patrick and Lawler predict Becky Lynch will win. We get a video package on The Judgment Day now. The whole panel predicts they will defeat AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan tonight. Kayla sends us to a video package from earlier this week that shows Rhodes training at The Nightmare Factory. Back from a break and we see MVP’s new diss track for Bobby Lashley. Rosenberg and Booker pick Omos and MVP to win, while Lawler and Patrick predict Lashley to win. We get a video and discussion on Mustafa Ali vs. WWE United States Champion Theory now. Booker and Lawler predict Theory to retain, while Rosenberg and Patrick go with the hometown star. Kayla breaks the tie and goes with Ali as well. We get more discussions on Madcap Moss vs. Happy Baron Corbin, and Ezekiel vs. Kevin Owens. Byron Saxton interviews Zeke in the back. Back from another break and we get a look at the red Hell In a Cell structure hanging high above the crowd, which is packed now. Kayla sends us to a video package on tonight’s Cell main event. The panel discusses Rhodes vs. Rollins and they pick Rollins to win. That’s it for the Kickoff.
– The 2022 WWE Hell In a Cell Premium Live Event opens up with a video package. We’re now live from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois as Jimmy Smith welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. They talk about the injury to Cody Rhodes and say we’re in for a hell of a night. The announcers send us to a video package for tonight’s opener.
Triple Threat for the RAW Women’s Title: Asuka vs. Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair (c)
We go to the ring and Mike Rome begins his introductions. The music hits and out first comes Becky Lynch. Asuka is out next. Lynch stares Asuka down as she poses in the corner and struts around the ring. RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair is out last. Belair hits the ring swinging her hair, and Lynch also stares her down. We get formal ring introductions from Rome.
Fans are wide open with the “EST!” chants as we get ready for the bell. They all size each other up. Lynch shoves Asuka, then Belair and talks trash to both of them. She shoves Belair again, goes behind Asuka and shoves her, but Asuka puts the brakes on before she’s pushed into Belair. Asuka drops Becky, then Belair runs over her with a shoulder. Becky goes to the floor to regroup. Asuka and Belair nod at each other now.
Asuka and Belair go at it now, trading holds and counters as fans do dueling chants. They run the ropes and Asuka hits a clothesline. Lynch trips Asuka and pulls her to the floor, then stomps. Becky fights her way into the ring, kicking Belair in the head. Lynch tries to come off the second rope but Belair launches her to the mat for a 2 count. Belair dodges Lynch with a back-flip, then drops her with a jumping knee. Lynch fights out of the corner with kicks. Asuka runs in and jumps off Belair with a corner dropkick to Lynch. Asuka goes on and drops both opponents for a big pop.
Asuka with kicks to Lynch and Belair while they’re on her knees as fans count along. Asuka with a roundhouse to Belair, then a Hip Attack to Lynch in the corner. Asuka side-steps and shoves Belair to Lynch in the corner. Lynch is sent out to the floor now. Belair counters Asuka with a KOD attempt but it’s blocked. Asuka drops her with a flying armbar. Belair gets out and sends Asuka to the corner with a Buckle Bomb but she’s hurt from the submission. Lynch ends up turning it around and slamming Asuka from the top to Belair for a 2 count.
Lynch then covers Asuka for 2. Lynch launches Asuka into the corner and the post, sending her to the floor. Lynch with a Natural Selection to Belair for a 2 count. Lynch stands tall to some boos. She then unloads on Belair in the corner again. Lynch uses the middle rope on Belair as the referee warns her. More back and forth as all three fight now. Asuka is dropped and sent out, then Lynch drapes Belair over the middle rope and hits the top rope leg drop for a close 2 count.
Lynch and Belair trade offense for a few minutes. Lynch with a big Bexploder suplex. Lynch goes on and comes off the top with a big leg drop for the pin but Asuka flies in with a sliding kick to break it up. Asuka and Lynch fight up from their knees now. Lynch with big uppercuts. Asuka ducks and back-slides Lynch for 2. Asuka with several back-fists and stiff kicks now, then a big German suplex. Fans go wild for Asuka’s strikes. Asuka with the Hip Attack but Lynch kicks out just in time.
Belair is down on the outside as Lynch counters the Asuka Lock and rolls her for a 2 count. Belair runs in to break up the Dis-Arm-Her. Belair goes for the KOD on Lynch but she lands on her feet. They tangle and Belair hits a long vertical suplex on Lynch. Belair tells Asuka to bring it, then dropkicks her. Belair kips-up for a pop. Belair mounts Asuka in the corner now, wastes some time, then delivers rights as fans count along. Becky runs to interrupt but Belair counters, then mounts both of them at the same time in the corner with rights as fans count along. Lynch slides out and pulls Belair down by her hair. They tangle and Belair nails a Spinebuster on Lynch. Belair grabs Asuka and slams her on top of Lynch with the Glam Slam. Belair with the cartwheel moonsault for a double pin but they kick out just in time.
Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Belair gets up first and rolls Asuka to the floor. Belair points at Lynch now, and hits her with a shoulder thrust in the corner. Belair takes Lynch to the top for a superplex but Asuka runs over and stops it. Asuka tries to bring them both to the mat but Belair kicks her away. Asuka tries again but Belair kicks her away a second time. Lynch fights back but Asuka jumps to the mat. Asuka with double knees to Belair. Asuka catches Becky on the way down and also takes her down. Asuka stalks her opponents now, then hits a double Hip Attack. Lynch kicks out at 2, then Belair kicks out at 2. Asuka is frustrated but she rolls into an ankle lock on Lynch. Belair tries to stop it but now Asuka has a dual ankle lock applied to both opponents. Lynch rolls out as does Belair, sending Asuka into the ropes.
Becky and Belair limp to their feet now while Asuka is out at ringside. Belair and Lynch trade kicks in the middle of the ring. Belair ends up rolling Becky after missing a hair whip. Lynch kicks out and goes right into the Dis-Arm-Her. Belair hangs on as the referee checks on her and fans rally. Belair powers up and lifts Becky into the air, onto her shoulders for a KOD, but Becky slides out. Becky flies with a crossbody but Belair catches her, rolls through and stands up. Lynch slides out of that and shoves her into a dropkick by Asuka as she runs in. Becky shoves Asuka back out, then Belair rolls her for 2. Becky drops Belair with a Man-Handle Slam but Asuka breaks it up right before the pin.
All three Superstars are down now. Belair rolls to the floor. Asuka and Lynch fight up from the mat, trading big strikes. Asuka tries for a back-slide but it’s blocked. Asuka catches Lynch with a GTS. Belair runs in and looks to put Becky away but Asuka kicks her. Asuka drops Belair but Becky shoves her away and tries to steal another pin. Asuka runs back over and breaks Becky’s stolen pin up. Asuka and Lynch go at it now. Asuka with a German suplex. Lynch dodges a Hip Attack and kicks Asuka as she gets stuck in the ropes. Belair with the Dis-Arm-Her while Asuka is stuck in the ropes now. Belair comes over and grabs Lynch on the apron for a KOD but Asuka knocks Belair off the apron to the floor. Asuka and Becky trade pins on the mat now. Lynch rolls Asuka for a 2 count and Asuka goes right into the Asuka Lock in the middle of the ring. Lynch starts fading but she jumps back up. They trade more pin attempts while Asuka still has Lynch tied up.
Asuka tightens the Asuka Lock for a pop. Belair jumps off the top but misses and rolls through. Belair runs into a kick from Asuka. Asuka with a Hip Attack to Belair in the corner but Belair catches her and then sends her face-first into the turnbuckles with a Glam Slam. Becky sends Belair to the floor. Becky with the Man-Handle Slam to Asuka but Belair runs in, tosses Lynch to the floor, and steals her pin on Asuka to retain.
Winner: Bianca Belair
– After the match, Belair stands tall and celebrates as her music hits. We go to replays. Belair poses in the corner with the title while Asuka and Lynch look on.
– Back from the break and MVP is talking strategy with Omos. Cedric Alexander walks up and offers to help them during tonight’s match with Bobby Lashley. MVP tells Cedric to stop because he keeps trying to get back in MVP’s good graces but never gets the job done. MVP says The Hurt Business is done and is never coming back, so he and Cedric being associates is over. MVP has Omos tell Cedric it’s time for him to go. Cedric walks off and MVP goes back to talking strategy with Omos.
– We see MVP’s new diss track and music video aimed at Bobby Lashley.
2-on-1 Handicap Match: Omos and MVP vs. Bobby Lashley
We go back to the ring and out first comes MVP and Omos for this 2-on-1 Handicap Match. Out next comes Bobby Lashley to a pop as the pyro explodes on the stage. Lashley hits the ring and poses in the corner as more pyro goes off.
Fans chant “Bobby!” as the bell hits. MVP starts the match for his team. Lashley sizes him up but MVP ducks into the ropes and fans boo. The referee holds Lashley back as MVP taunts him. MVP tags Omos in to really start the match. Lashley goes behind for a takedown but Omos blocks it. Lashley tries for a clothesline but Omos smiles as it does nothing.
Lashley goes behind again and ties the arm up but Omos easily tosses him to the mat. Omos barks at Lashley and stares him down. Omos calls for a test of strength but his hand is way up from Lashley. Lashley puts his hand up but then kicks Omos and unloads with strikes. Lashley goes for MVP but he jumps off the apron. Omos attacks Lashley in the corner but Lashley fights him off. MVP with a distraction, allowing Omos to deck Lashley in the corner, then toss him across the ring.
MVP tags in and mounts Lashley on the mat with right hands. Lashley kicks out at 1. MVP talks some trash to the crowd while working Lashley over. Lashley takes the shots, ducks a right hand and unloads on MVP with rights. MVP wrestles Lashley back to their corner, and apparently rakes his eyes. Omos tags in but Lashley dropkicks his knee after sending MVP to the floor. Lashley chops Omos down but Omos is still in it. Lashley goes for the big vertical suplex but Omos counters and slams Lashley with a suplex.
Omos launches Lashley into the top turnbuckle with Snake Eyes, then levels him with a running splash. Omos continues to dominate in the corner. Omos with another running splash in the corner. MVP tags back in and charges into the corner with the Ballin’ Boot, sending Lashley out to the floor. MVP stands tall to boos. MVP orders Omos to run around the ring and he does, smashing Lashley through the barrier and into the timekeeper’s area. Omos returns tot he ring and stands tall as the referee counts.
Lashley makes it back in at 9.5. MVP tags back in and beats Lashley down to the mat, then mounts him with more right hands. Lashley kicks out at 1. MVP mounts Lashley with more strikes. MVP drops a knee for a 2 count, then another quick pin attempt, and another. MVP is frustrated now. MVP tells Omos to watch this but Lashley escapes, knocks Omos off the apron, then takes MVP out with a Spear. Lashley covers for the win but Omos rushes back in and breaks the pin up.
Omos grabs Lashley by his head. Cedric Alexander flies in out of nowhere but Omos sends him right back out to the floor. Omos turns around to a big Spear by Lashley. Lashley is slow to recover but fans rally for him as he slowly gets back up. MVP misses the Ballin’ Boot and Lashley applies The Hurt Lock to him now. MVP starts fading and now he taps out for the finish.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
– After the match, Lashley stands tall as the music hits and we see Omos checking on MVP at ringside. Lashley poses in the corner as we see replays. Lashley keeps posing in the corners and motioning for a title belt around his waist as fans cheer him on. The cheers are loud for Lashley tonight. Lashley goes to ringside and grabs a replica WWE Title belt from a fan, then raises it in the air and yells about being champion again as fans continue the ovation.
– Back from the break and the announcers discuss the Cody Rhodes tear. Cody will still compete tonight in Hell In a Cell but as Graves says, Seth Rollins must be salivating at the chance to injure Rhodes further.
Ezekiel vs. Kevin Owens
We go back to the ring and out comes Kevin Owens to a pop. We see recent happenings that led to this match. Out next comes Ezekiel, the younger brother to Elias.
The bell rings and Owens starts calling Ezekiel a liar. A “Zeke!” chant starts up. Owens charges but Zeke quickly nails a jumping knee to drop Owens. Zeke goes to the top rope and delivers the flying elbow drop but Owens kicks out just in time. Owens quickly goes to the floor to regroup after almost losing in seconds.
Zeke follows and they brawl at ringside now. Zeke slams Owens face-first into the apron, then launches him into the announce table. Zeke breaks the count and comes back out with chops to Owens. Owens counters and whips Zeke face-first into the ring post and he hits hard, then goes down. Owens returns to the ring and Zeke follows. Owens drops Zeke with a DDT for a close 2 count. Owens argues with the referee, then stomps away on Ezekiel.
Owens keeps control and hits a big second rope moonsault for a close 2 count. Zeke fights up from the mat but Owens rocks him and stomps on his back. Owens yells out about this being Elias. Owens grounds Zeke now, yelling out about how this is really Elias. Fans rally for Zeke and he fights up to his feet, slamming Owens to the mat. Owens comes right back with a big clothesline. Owens kicks Zeke’s arm and does a double fish-hook on the middle rope as the referee warns him. Owens with right hands and forearms now. Owens chops Zeke but Zeke fights back now. Owens knocks him into the corner.
Owens goes to whip Zeke across the ring but Zeke counters and sends Owens into the corner. Owens hits the corner hard and lands on his neck. Zeke and Owens trade right hands in the middle of the ring now. Zeke drops Owens with a back elbow. Zeke runs into a boot in the corner. Owens follows up with a tornado DDT for a close 2 count. Owens goes back to the top for the Swanton but Zeke gets his knees up and Owens lands hard.
Zeke blocks a right hand and mounts some offense now. Zeke grabs Owens’ face and yells about Owens knows who he is. Zeke sends Owens to the corner and stomps away as he gets fired up. Owens blocks a move in the corner but Zeke kicks him away with double boots. Zeke with a big running splash into the corner, and another. Zeke misses the third splash as Owens moves. Owens charges but Zeke catches him with a Spinebuster for a close 2 count.
Zeke calls for the finish now but Owens blocks, then ducks a clothesline. Zeke blocks the Stunner but Owens catches him with a Pop-Up Powerbomb, holding it for a close 2 count. Owens has words for the referee. He then yells at Zeke to admit he’s Elias. Owens slaps Zeke around while Zeke is on his knees. Owens continues ranting but Zeke rocks him. Zeke blocks a Stunner and rolls Owens for 2. Zeke comes back with another knee strike.
Zeke goes to the top but Owens cuts him off and crotches him on the top turnbuckle, then delivers a superkick while Zeke is dazed on the top. Owens knocks Zeke to the mat with a second superkick. Owens with a big corner cannonball now. Owens yells out “Elias!” and drops Zeke in the middle of the ring with the Stunner for the pin to win.
Winner: Kevin Owens
– After the match, the music hits as Owens stands tall and we go to replays. Owens gets a pop as he poses on the ropes now. Owens heads up the ramp and says this is his show, and he’s the best in the world.
– Back from the break and the announcers thank Celebrity WWE Hall of Famer Ozzy Osbourne for his “Straight to Hell” theme song.
– We get a video package for the next match.
The Judgment Day (WWE Hall of Famer Edge, Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley) vs. AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan
We go back to the ring and out first comes Judgment Day – WWE Hall of Famer Edge, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley. Ripley and Priest appear first, then Edge comes walking out between them. They all three step out from the shadows as the black and purple lighting comes up, and a large set of wings is shown on the screen. They pose on the apron now as Edge looks out around the Allstate Arena. Out next comes Liv Morgan for her team. Liv greets some fans near the entrance-way, then waits as Finn Balor makes his way out. AJ Styles is out next and they head to the ring together as Judgment Day looks on.
The two teams meet in the middle of the ring and have words. A big brawl breaks out and the babyfaces clear the ring, except for Ripley. AJ and Balor launch Liv’s hurricanrana into Ripley for a big pop. Liv with a Hip Attack to Ripley in the corner now. Liv with a knee to the gut. Liv charges but Ripley drops her with a huge headbutt to the forehead. Ripley barks at Balor and AJ now.
Ripley kicks Liv in the ribs, then slams her to the mat. Ripley continues dominating Liv while taunting AJ and Balor. Ripley with a long vertical suplex on Liv now. Ripley finally drops her for a 2 count. Ripley mounts Liv with strikes now. Ripley whips Liv into the turnbuckles and she goes back down. Ripley with shoulder thrusts in the corner as the referee counts. Ripley yells at the referee but Liv decks her. Liv with a missile dropkick to the chin. Ripley sits up in her corner as Edge and Priest stare Liv down. Liv nods at them and has something for them – Styles.
AJ tags in and he wants Edge but Edge has Priest come in. Priest and AJ go at it now. AJ with a big dropkick. AJ ducks a right hand and nails a pele kick to daze Priest. AJ tags in Balor to take over on Priest, controlling him by his arm. Priest over-powers Balor but Balor slides free. Balor runs the ropes, ducks a punch, then kicks Priest’s leg out. Balor ties Priest’s leg up in the corner, using the middle rope to focus on the hurt leg. Priest is blocked again as Balor kicks him. Edge distracts Balor from the apron, allowing Priest to beat him up some. Priest tosses Balor to the floor.
Edge goes right out and levels Balor with a running forearm. Edge sends Balor into the barrier and works him over at ringside. Edge brings Balor back in the ring and unloads in the corner. Priest tags back in and kicks Balor while Edge holds him. Priest with lefts and rights in the corner as the referee backs him away. Edge with a cheap shot while the referee is distracted. Priest with a big Stage Dive into the corner, then a tackle for another 2 count.
Edge tags back in as they keep Balor in their corner. Edge with a forearm to drop Balor, and another to keep him down. Edge poses to mostly boos from the crowd. Edge taunts AJ and Liv, then goes back to work on Balor, launching him into the turnbuckles. Balor goes down and Edge drops to the mat to taunt him. Edge with right hands to Balor in the corner. Balor fights out of the corner but Edge drops him face-first to prevent a tag. Balor kicks out at 2. Priest tags back in and stomps on Balor. Balor with forearms to Priest but Priest clotheslines him for a 2 count. Priest grounds Balor now in the middle of the ring.
Balor breaks free with a jawbreaker. Priest stops the tag and drops Balor with a backbreaker for a 2 count. Priest talks some trash and stalks Balor, then starts kicking away as Ripley cheers him on. Balor with a huge chop to Priest. Priest with a Bell Clap and a big right, but Balor comes right back with an overhead kick and they’re both down. Fans rally now. Edge and AJ tag in at the same time. AJ ducks Edge and rocks Priest. AJ then unloads on Edge an drops him, then nails the sliding forearm. Edge ducks Priest and plants him face-first into the mat. Priest rolls to the floor to regroup. AJ rocks Edge in the corner and hits the Ushigoroshi. AJ goes on and Edge kicks out at 2.
AJ goes for the Styles Clash but he stops as Liv runs in and stops Ripley from entering. Liv and Ripely go to the floor now. Edge dumps AJ to the apron but he nails a knee to Priest’s face from the apron while Priest is on the floor and approaching him. AJ nails a Phenomenal Forearm to Edge and covers for the pin but Priest drags AJ to the floor by his arm to break the pin up. Edge is still laid out in the ring from the Phenomenal Forearm. AJ is slowly getting back to his feet at ringside but he rolls back in to stop the count. Liv and Ripley tag in now. Liv ducks Ripley and goes for the hurricanrana but Ripley catches her, and swings her but Liv uses that to take her down for a 2 count. Liv gets rocked but she jumps on Ripley’s back for a big Crucifix slam for a 2 count.
Liv plays to the crowd for a pop now. Ripley dodges Liv and she gets stuck on the ropes. Ripley with a big Half & Half suplex, launching Liv onto her neck. Ripley goes on and nails a vertical suplex for a 2 count to Liv now. Liv blocks the Riptide and slides out, tagging Balor in. Liv drops Ripley with a big DDT as Balor tackles Priest and unloads while AJ tackles Edge and unloads, while Liv is doing the same to Ripley. The Judgment Day is sent to the floor now. Styles, Liv and Balor all end up flying out and taking their opponents down. Balor takes contorl of Priest an brings him back in. Balor goes up for Coup de Grace but Ripley hits the ropes and sends him to the mat. Ripley laughs at Balor now. Priest tags in Edge. Balor fights off a double team but Priest hits the South of Heaven chokeslam.
AJ with a Phenomenal Forearm to Priest. Edge sends AJ to the floor. Edge looks crazy now as he waits for Balor. Edge charges but Balor counters and rolls him for 2. Balor with a Slingblade and a corner dropkick. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace on Edge but Ripley stands in his way in the ring now. She tells him no. Liv comes and jumps on Ripley’s back, and they tumble to the floor. Balor leaps but has to land on his feet. Edge comes right back with a Spear for the pin to win.
Winners: The Judgment Day
– After the match, The Judgment Day regroups in the middle of the ring as the music hits. Balor is laid out at their feet, while Liv and AJ are down at ringside trying to recover. We go to replays. The Judgment Day looks down at Balor again, then exits the ring.
– We see how Bobby Lashley defeated MVP and Omos earlier tonight. Cedric Alexander and Bobby Lashley are backstage now. Lashley brings up Cedric’s earlier interference. Cedric says that was not for Lashley, it was for himself as he’s sick of being treated like an unwanted toy. Cedric says MVP and Omos got exactly what they deserved tonight. Cedric says instead of trying to find somewhere to belong, maybe he will find a way to stand on his own two feet now. Lashley says he’s proud of Cedric because you have to stand up for yourself around here. Lashley says one more thing – don’t ever interfere in one of my matches again, got it? Lashley and Cedric fist-bump and Lashley walks off to end the segment.
– We get a video package for the next match.
No Holds Barred Match: Madcap Moss vs. Happy Baron Corbin
We go back to the ring and Samantha Irvin does the introductions for tonight’s only SmackDown brand match. The music hits and out first comes Happy Baron Corbin. Michael Cole is on commentary with Corey Graves. Cole says Pat McAfee has the night off. Out next is Madcap Moss with his new look, new theme and new attitude. Corbin stares him down from ringside as Moss hits the ring and poses in the corner.
The bell rings and Moss strikes first with right hands into the corner. Corbin quickly comes out and sends Moss into the corner but Moss keeps fighting. Moss clotheslines Corbin to the floor. Moss charges and beats Corbin to the stage area now. Corbin fights back and runs Moss head-first into the LED screen.
Moss stumbles around the stage and Corbin kicks him in the ribs. Corbin brings it back to the ramp but Moss sends him into the barrier, and then again. Moss brings it back into the ring and clotheslines Corbin right back out. Moss follows and grabs a steel chair as fans pop. Corbin charges and knocks the chair away with a tackle into the barrier. Corbin raises a chair but drops it to boos. Moss blocks a shot face-first into the announce table. He fights Corbin off but Corbin launches him over the announce table into the announcer chairs. Moss throws a chair and Corbin eats it. Corbin gets tossed into the steel ring steps. Moss sends Corbin into the steps and picks up the top part, but Corbin retreats into the crowd. Corbin clotheslines Moss back over the barrier after Moss came to get him. Corbin slams Moss over the barrier, leaves him hanging, and drives knee strikes into him.
Corbin wastes some time and stalls at ringside, taunting fans and Moss. Corbin brings it back in but Moss fights back. Corbin is on the apron now as he chokeslams Moss onto the mat. Corbin goes under the ring for a steel chair as fans boo some more. Corbin brings the chair in and delivers a rib shot, then a shot over the back. Corbin with another chair shot over the back as fans boo him. Corbin charges and delivers a chair jab to the back of the neck, and Moss goes down. Fans chant for tables now. Corbin sits Moss in the chair and charges but Moss jumps out of the chair and drops Corbin face-first into it with a leg sweep. Corbin ends up hitting Deep Six for a close 2 count. Corbin is frustrated now. Corbin goes on and brings a chair back in, jabbing it into Moss’ throat to keep him down.
Fans chant “asshole!” to Corbin now. Corbin ends up running out and back in but Moss ducks, then sends Corbin face-first into a chair that was wedged into the corner, which Corbin had just tried to send Moss into. Fans chant for tables again as Moss stumbles to the floor. Moss brings a chair back in and unloads with chair shots. Corbin stumbles into the corner but Moss unloads with fists to the face. Moss drops Corbin into the chair with a DDT but Corbin still kicks out.
More back and forth now. Moss mounts more offense and Corbin is sent out. Moss runs around the ring and charges Corbin but Corbin takes his leg out with a chop block. Corbin drapes Moss over the announce table and unloads with punches while talking trash. Corbin wraps the chair around Moss’ neck and sends him back into the table, forcing him down. Corbin tosses Moss back into the ring, then throws the chair in. Corbin brings half of the steel steps into the ring. Corbin stands those steps up in the corner, against the turnbuckles. Moss is barely moving.
Corbin picks Moss up to his shoulders for a Razor’s Edge into the leaning stairs, but Moss slides free and fights back. Moss grabs Corbin and launches him into the leaning steps with a big fall-away slam. Moss with the Punch Line to Corbin now. Moss is fired up now. Moss wraps a chair around Corbin’s neck, then grabs the leaning steps from the corner. Moss slams the stairs onto the chair wrapped around Corbin’s neck. Corbin yells out and gasps for air while clutching the chair as Moss covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Madcap Moss
– After the match, Moss stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays. Medics come down and tend to Corbin in the ring as Moss greets fans at ringside. Moss backs up the ramp as we get another replay of the finish. Moss talks some trash from the stage as Corbin is put in a neck brace, and then stretchered away from the ring, like Moss was a few weeks back. Moss is all smiles as he celebrates with the fans.
WWE United States Title Match: Mustafa Ali vs. Theory (c)
Back from a break and out comes WWE United States Champion Theory. We see recent happenings that led to tonight’s title defense. Theory poses in the corner and takes a selfie, which is then shown on the big screen. Out next comes hometown star Mustafa Ali to a big hometown pop. Fans chant for Ali as he faces off with Theory. Ali has his wife and others in attendance.
They go back and forth to start. Ali sends Theory out with an arm drag. Theory regroups and comes back in. They lock up and Theory drops Ali with a shoulder, then poses and talks some trash. Ali runs and nails a hurricanrana. Ali with arm drags now. Theory goes back to the floor and he’s frustrated. Fans chant for Ali again and Theory comes back in at the 9 count.
Ali goes to lock up but Theory retreats to the floor. Ali knocks him off and then goes to the top. Ali with a huge crossbody from the top to the floor. Ali with a chop against the barrier. Ali breaks the count but Theory launches him face-first into the ring post off a counter. Theory brings it back in and mounts Ali with rights and lefts.
Theory is frustrated at the “Theory sucks!” chants now. Ali looks to mount some offense as he goes to the top. Theory takes his legs out and sends him to the floor. Ali lands hard on the outside and Theory poses on the apron to boos. Theory works Ali around the ring now. Theory with a corner clothesline and a big fall-away slam in the middle of the ring. Theory grounds Ali with a headlock now. Ali fights back but Theory takes him back down. Ali levels Theory with a big spin kick. They run the ropes and Ali tackles Theory.
Ali ducks a charge in the corner and kicks Theory in the head from the apron. Ali launches himself back in and rolls at Theory for a takedown and a pop. Ali rocks Theory while he’s up top now. Ali climbs up but has to land on his feet. Ali looks to have hurt his knee. Theory leaps and collides into a kick which hurt Ali more, but still took him down. Ali kicks out at 2. Theory keeps control now. Ali goes to the top but Theory leaps up and joins him, then nails a modified Spanish Fly for a big pop. Theory covers but Ali kicks out.
Theory is frustrated now as he covers for two more quick pin attempts. Ali covers him for 2 now. They briefly tangle and Ali drops Theory with a kick. Ali avoids the ATL and nails a big tornado DDT from the second rope. Ali ends up going back to the top but Theory crotches him. Theory pulls Ali off the top onto his shoulders, signals for the ATL and goes for it but Ali blocks on the way down. Ali takes Theory down into the STF in the middle of the ring. Theory finally makes it to the bottom rope to break the hold as fans boo. Theory rolls under the bottom rope to the apron to regroup.
Ali limps over but Theory drops him over the top rope. Ali kicks Theory and charges but they tangle again, and it ends with Ali nailing an innovative tornado DDT. Fans go wild as Ali climbs to the top. He goes for the 450 Splash but Theory moves and Ali smacks the mat. Ali limps to his feet but Theory takes him back down with a chop block to the hurt knee. Ali yells in pain now but Theory grabs him for the ATL for the pin to retain.
– After the match, Theory takes the title and stands tall as the music hits. Theory grabs his phone and drops down to take a selfie with the fallen hometown star. We go to replays. Theory continues celebrating as we see his selfie on the big screen. Theory backs up the ramp while talking trash and taunting Chicago.
– Back from a break and we see the Hell In a Cell structure being lowered from the rafters. We get a video package for tonight’s main event.
Hell In a Cell Match: Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out comes Seth Rollins to the Cell. Rollins begins marching out but he stops and reveals he’s wearing the polka dot gear worn years ago by WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, which is seen as a negative these days. Rollins is all smiles as he heads to the Cell wearing Dusty’s polka dots. Out next comes the injured Cody Rhodes to a pop. Rhodes stops and hands his weight belt to a young fan at ringside. Rhodes hits the corners and poses as fans cheer him on, and the referee puts a lock on the Hell In a Cell door.
We get formal ring introductions from Rome now. You can see Rhodes’ bruised chest around the opening in his jacket. Rhodes finally takes his jacket off and he reveals a massive nasty bruise from his torn pec, covering half of his upper arm and half of his chest. Rollins laughs at the bruises. Rollins charges but Rhodes jabs him with a right. Rollins goes for the injury but Rhodes gets free. Rhodes ends up kicking Rollins from the mat and hitting a series of lefts. Rhodes with the Disaster Kick. Rollins misses some more shots and Rhodes drops him with the Cody Cutter. Rhodes lands on his back but yells out in pain.
The entire crowd is quiet due to the reveal of Rhodes’ visible injury. Rhodes locks in the Figure Four now. Rollins gets to the bottom rope but there are no rope breaks in the Cell. Rollins drags a toolbox from under the ring and then grabs a kendo stick. He smacks Rhodes’ injured arm with the kendo stick.
The arena has been almost silent since Rhodes removed his jacket. Rollins with another kendo stick. Rollins runs and charges a few more times with strikes and the stick. Rhodes goes down and Rollins drives the end of the kendo stick into his bruise. Rhodes blocks a kendo stick and works Rollins with strikes. Rollins knocks Rhodes off the apron, shoulder-first into the Cell wall. Rollins goes out and sends Rhodes into the Cell wall a few times. Rollins jabs the kendo stick into the bruise again, then smacks him across the chest with it. Rollins grinds Rhodes’ face into the steel and taunts him.
Fans chant for Cody now as he fights Rollins around the ringside area, then back in. Rhodes mounts some offense and clotheslines Rollins over the top rope to the floor. Rhodes follows to the floor but Rollins rams half of the steel ring steps into him, knocking him back down. Rollins rolls Rhodes back in.
Rollins goes under the ring and pulls out a polka dot weight belt. It also has “Visionary” written on it. He’s also wearing Rhodes’ ring jacket now. Rollins brings the polka dot ring belt in and whips Rhodes with it. Rollins taunts Rhodes from the corner. Fans try to rally for Rhodes but Rollins whips him with the belt again, and again. Rhodes kicks out at 2 after a huge belt slap across the chest and arm. Rollins goes under the ring for a table as fans pop. The referee asks Cody if he can keep going, and he says yes.
Rollins brings it back in and drops Rhodes. It sounds like fans are chanting “thank you Rollins!” now, maybe for bringing the table in because Happy Baron Corbin teased them with it earlier? Rollins starts standing the table up now. Cody gets up and fights but Rollins jabs him in the eyes. Rollins takes Rhodes to the top turnbuckle and rocks him. Rhodes slides down and tries to hoist Rollins but his arm isn’t allowing it. Rollins rocks Rhodes in the head and places him face-down on the table. Rollins goes back to the top for the Frogsplash but Rhodes moves and Rollins goes crashing through the table.
Rhodes gets back up as fans chant his name. We get replays of the big Frogsplash through the table. Rhodes grabs the weight belt but tosses it and changes his mind. Rhodes goes under the ring and brings another tool belt. He pulls a bull rope/cow bell out. Rhodes brings the bell into the ring and ties the rope around his wrist. Rollins looks up from the corner. Rhodes, losing his voice, yells at Rollins to pick the other end of the rope up and attach is to his own wrist. Rollins is shocked. They do a brief tug-of-war but Rhodes pulls Rollins for a knee to the gut. Rhodes flips Rollins by pulling the rope between his legs. Rollins kicks Rhodes but Rhodes superkicks him. Rhodes smashes the cow bell into Rollins’ face for a close 2 count.
Rollins works Rhodes over at ringside now. Rollins yanks Rhodes face and arm-first into the ring post using the rope, and again. Rollins frees himself from the bull rope while Rhodes is down at ringside. Rollins brings another table from under the ring and fans go wild. Rhodes rolls back into the ring as Rollins slides the table in. Rollins leans the table up in the corner. Rollins goes for a Buckle Bomb through the table in the corner but Rhodes escapes. Rhodes shoves Rollins at the table but Rollins puts on the brakes. Rhodes comes from behind and hits a CrossRhodes but Rollins still kicks out just in time. Rhodes can’t believe it.
Fans rally for Rhodes as he grabs Rollins to put him through the table but he’s hurting too much. Rollins stops Rhodes from running him into the table, yanks his arm down, then superkicks him to the mat. Rollins grabs Rhodes for a Buckle Bomb through the table and he nails it. Rollins covers but Rhodes still kicks out. Rollins can’t believe it. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now.
Rollins sits up to his knees while Rhodes is still flat on his back. Rollins smiles as he gets back up and goes to the floor. Rollins pulls out a sledgehammer and brings it into the ring. Rhodes slowly gets back up. Rollins charges with the sledgehammer but Rhodes kicks him in the gut. Rollins tries for a Pedigree but Rhodes immediately counters with a Pedigree of his own. Rollins still kicks out at 2 and everyone is shocked. They’re both down for a minute or so now. Rhodes stumbles to his feet and grabs the sledgehammer. Rollins stumbles around the ring and Rhodes follows. Rollins re-enters first, and Rhodes slowly crawls in after him. Rollins nails the Stomp out of nowhere. Rhodes still kicks out and Rollins is shocked.
Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Rollins waits and goes for another Stomp but misses. They go for the CrossRhodes and Rollins hits it, using Cody’s own move on him. They tangle again and Rhodes nails a CrossRhodes in the middle of the ring as fans go wild. Rhodes and Rollins are both down now. They both go for the sledgehammer and Rhodes grabs it. He has to drop it because his arm strength is low.
Rollins charges with the sledgehammer but Cody knocks it away and drops him with a CrossRhodes. Rhodes with a second CrossRhodes. Rhodes looks to go for a third but he changes his mind, dropping Rollins to the mat instead. Rhodes grabs the sledgehammer and nails Rollins in the face as he gets back up. Rhodes covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
– After the match, Rhodes stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays while fans cheer The American Nightmare on. Rhodes looks up and smiles, then limps to the corner to pose for the crowd some more. Rollins is down on one knee outside of the Cell now. Rhodes makes a motion to signal the end of their feud. Rhodes sits on both knees now, in the middle of the ring, and kneels over to kiss the mat and say thank you. Hell In a Cell goes off the air with Rhodes raising his fist in the air and yelling out at the crowd.