October 4, 2010
Hell in a Cell Recap: Oct. 3/10
Welcome to my Hell in a Cell recap. As always, I'm using Wrestlezone's coverage.
We start off with Danielson defending his US title against Miz and Morrison.
Match 1: Danielson vs. Miz vs. Morrison, US Title, Submissions count anywhere
Miz gets on the mic and says he is the mentor of both Daniel Bryan and John Morrison. He says he never tapped out. Match is underway. Early on, Morrison is thrown to the floor, where he remains for a bit, allowing Bryan and Miz some one-on-one time in the ring. A few minutes in, all three guys brawled their way into the audience of Dallas fans. Miz slams Morrison onto the steel guardrail, and follows it up by ramming Bryan through another guardrail. Up near the stage, Miz attempts to slam a crate into Morrison. Morrison blocks it with his foot and counters, leaping over it and nailing Miz. Moments later, Miz recovers and hits a Skull Crushing Finale on Morrison on the floor. Next up is a one-on-one brawl with Miz and Daniel Bryan on the stage. Both guys go for submissions at times, but neither can finish the job. Morrison is climbing the site, and doing so pretty fast. Morrison is up onto the lighting deck and dives off it onto both Miz and Bryan on the stage. Crowd pops huge for that. Morrison applies a Texas Cloverleaf on Miz. Out of nowhere, Alex Riley comes out and breaks things up. Bryan is up now and rams Riley into a camera, knocking him off the stage completely. Bryan secures his LeBell Lock on Miz on the stage. Miz taps. Crowd goes nuts.
Rating: 8/10. Sounds like it was a great match, but the outcome was rather predictable.
Match 2: Orton vs. Sheamus, WWE Title, HIAC
Video package airs, showcasing the history of the Orton-Sheamus feud. Our WWE Championship match, and first Hell In A Cell match of the night, is getting underway now. Both guys go at it immediately. Orton clotheslines Sheamus into the cage on the floor outside the ring. Sheamus returns favor by whipping Orton back-first into the cell. Sheamus is grabbing the ringside steps to use as a weapon. Orton stops the attempt and winds up nailing Sheamus with the ringside steps himself. Back in the ring, Sheamus hits a huge shoulder-block on Orton, blasting him into the cell. Sheamus attempts a pinfall, but only gets two. Sheamus removes the top turnbuckle padding, exposing the steel from within it. He misses an attempt to slam Orton into it face-first. Turnbuckle padding remains off as the match moves away from that particular corner of the ring. Orton ends up dodging a Sheamus attack, resulting in Sheamus slamming himself into the exposed steel in the ringside corner. Later on, the ringside steps come into play again, this time with Orton hitting a sweet snap-slam on Sheamus onto the steps which were placed in the middle of the ring. Sheamus focusing his attack on the ribs of Orton, which he is beginning to sell big now. Add shoulder to the list. Orton selling the shoulder now, while the announcers remind everyone of his past problems. Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick and almost gets the win off of that, but Orton managed to kick out at 2 1/2. Sheamus goes to the floor and pulls a chair out from under the ring. Sheamus nails Orton across the back with the chair repeatedly, setting up another nearfall. Out of nowhere, Orton hits the RKO on Sheamus. Orton goes for the punt kick, but Sheamus avoids it and counters with the Brogue Kick. Sheamus goes for the pin but Orton again manages to kick out at 2 1/2. Crowd popped big for that, as they begin to rally behind Orton. Orton avoids a Sheamus attack and hits an RKO out of nowhere for the clean pin. And it's over that sudden.
Rating: 7/10. Predictable ending, and the cell was almost as useless as I thought it would be. Other than that, it looks like it was a great match.
Albert Del Rio comes to the ring in street clothes. He gets on the mic and says this is his PPV debut and he wants to make it special. He shows a shot of the dog he had in the Rey Mysterio mask on Smackdown. He says he's richer than Mark Cuban and more handsome than Tony Romo. He tells the crowd he is better than they are. Edge's music hits and out he comes. He mentions that he's not here to defend Mysterio, Texas or Christian, he's here to fight against stupidity. He says Del Rio's dog mask is stupid. Del Rio and Edge square off, but are interupted by Jack Swagger's theme music. Swagger complains that Edge roughed up his mascot on Smackdown. Edge says he'll pay for the mascot's medical bills. Edge attacks Swagger, but Swagger and Del Rio team up and begin the two-on-one beatdown of Edge. The anonymous general manager chime sounds. Michael Cole announces that Edge must apologize to the general manager on Raw tomorrow night. He also must face Jack Swagger tonight. This leads us to our next match.
Match 3: Edge vs. Swagger
Early on, Swagger is bleeding from the mouth from an Edge attack. Edge sends Swagger to the floor. From the floor, Swagger grabs Edge by the leg and attempts an ankle lock from the floor. Edge ultimately escapes and flips Swagger into the ringside steps in the process. Crowd dug that. Edge goes to the top rope, but Swagger quickly leaps to the top rope and suplexes him down below, ala Kurt Angle. Swagger attempts a Swagger Bomb, but Edge blocks with a kick to the gut. He follows up with a DDT and a big spear. One more spear shortly thereafter and Edge secures the pinfall for the victory.
Rating: 7/10. For a last minute add-on it was decent, if a little short. I would liked to have seen Swagger win, but Edge winning is cool too.
Match 4: Barrett vs. Cena, join vs. disband
For those unaware, the rules state that Nexus must disband if Barrett loses. If he wins, John Cena must join Nexus. Cena and Barrett are both in the ring, and this match with big repercussions is underway. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment early on, but the rest of Nexus hit the ringside area to distract him, allowing Barrett to escape and nail Cena. Barrett goes out to yell at the rest of Nexus. He reminds them who is in charge. Barrett back in the ring now, in firm control of the action. Cena begins making a comeback as Nexus surrounds the ring during the set up of his Five Knuckle Shuffle. Before you know it, out comes Big Show, MVP, Daniel Bryan, the Hart Dynasty, Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Goldust, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne and Chris Masters. All of the WWE guys rough up four of the Nexus wrestlers, chasing them off as Cena smiles in the ring. The WWE guys head backstage. Cena signals to Barrett that it's "one-on-one" now and smiles big. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Barrett escapes and hits a suplex. Both guys fight on the top rope before Barrett is knocked off. Cena follows in with a leg drop off the top. Cena again goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Barrett again avoids it and hits his own finisher. He attempts a pin there, but Cena kicks out. Out of nowhere, Cena finally hits the Attitude Adjustment. He goes for the pin but Barrett manages to kick out at 2 1/2. Cena locks in the STF when a "fan" (maybe Michael McGillicutty) enters the ring, distracting both Cena and the ref. Another "fan" (maybe Husky Harris) hits the ring and nails Cena with a lead pipe. Barrett makes the cover and gets the three count. Wade Barrett wins.
Rating: 8/10. I never thought I would rate a Cena match that high, but with Barrett winning, I had to stop myself from giving it a 10. My biggest gripe is that Cena still managed to save face because it took outside interference for Barrett to win and therefore isn't good enough to win when it really is 1-on-1.
After the match, the rest of Nexus comes out to celebrate with Barrett while Cena laid in the ring. Nexus heads to the stage, stopping to look back at Cena in the ring with smiles on their faces. As they make their way backstage, Cena is shown sitting in a corner in the ring with a discouraged look on his face. Fans are shown individually on-camera with stunned and depressed looks on their faces. Cena continues to look on in disbelief before slowly walking to the back. He stops at one point and rubs a small kid on the head. Good stuff.
Match 5: McCool vs. Natalya, Diva's title
McCool is accompanied by Layla. Natalya is out now and this one is getting started. Natalya had the match won at one point, but Layla stood on the ring apron to break up the pinfall count. As Natalya continued her assault of McCool, Layla again manages to interfere during a finish attempt, distracting the ref. Out of nowhere, Natalya locks in the Sharpshooter on McCool. Layla goes to interfere again. This time the ref disqualifies McCool. Pretty quick match, thank god.
Rating: 4/10. Bullshit. I knew that DQ would be the only chance Natalya stood at winning.
Match 6: Kane vs. Taker, WHC, HIAC
As he was entering the Hell In A Cell structure, Undertaker was attacked by Kane. No dramatic in-ring introductions for this main event, as these two are duking it out now. Both guys fight outside the ring on the floor, where Kane attacks Taker's knee with a chair. Kane slams Taker's knee with the heavy ringside steps. Kane continues to work over the left knee of Taker, as the two work their way back inside the squared-circle. Kane suffered a cut on the top of his head, which was bleeding on camera a bit. Kane continues the assault of Taker's leg as the action resumes. Taker and Kane exchange punches, with the crowd "boo'ing" and popping for Kane and Taker, respectively. Taker hits his infamous diving clothesline off the ropes. Taker goes for Old School but Kane yanks Taker down, hurting his knee in the process, the same knee he's been working on the majority of the contest. Kane hits a top-rope clothesline on Taker. Taker slaps on Hell's Gate out of nowhere, but Kane ultimately breaks the hold by falling to the floor at ringside. When the action resumes in the ring, both Taker and Kane land a simaltaneous big boot to the other. Taker hits a Chokeslam on Kane. Paul Bearer is heard freaking out at ringside. Kane avoids the pin. Taker hits a Last Ride on Kane for a nearfall. Taker goes for the Tombstone, but Kane counters and hits a Tombstone of his own. Taker kicks out of a pin attempt. Kane hits the referee out of nowhere, dropping him. Paul Bearer enters the ring. Kane looks at Bearer and decides to go after him. Bearer runs as Kane chases him around. As Kane nears getting his hands on Bearer, Taker does his infamous sit-up and chokeslams Kane. Taker does his throat-slicing gesture and a bunch of lightning flashed and struck in the arena. Taker picks Kane up for the Tombstone. During this, Paul Bearer opens the urn up and flashes a light into the eyes of Taker, who releases the hold. Bearer stands between Kane and Taker. Bearer eventually hands Kane the urn and Kane uses it to blast Taker with. Kane follows up with a Chokeslam and pins Taker, 1-2-3.
Rating: 7/10. The cell was useless again. I was hoping for SOME decent use of the cell from the guy that made the damn match famous. I'm glad Kane won, but Bearer turning was the most unoriginal way to do it.
After the match, Kane and Paul Bearer leave the ring together. Bearer held open the urn in front of his face as the glowing light shined while they stood on the stage. The light shines, they look on at Taker laid out in the ring, and the show fades off on that note.
Average match rating: 6.8/10 (-0.2) (rating change is based on the last PPV. In this case, Night of Champions)
The Diva's match brought the rating way down (what's new?) and there were several predictable endings, but other than that it was a great PPV, with Barrett winning the highlight of the night for me.
Overall show rating: 8/10
A decent PPV from WWE for a change. Good segment between Edge Swagger and Del Rio. I expect good things from Edge and Swagger in the future.
Tune in tomorrow evening for my Raw review. See you then.