WWE Hell in a Cell is all set to pop off tonight (Sun., Sept. 16, 2018) from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas at 7:00 p.m. ET, live on the WWE Network. You may also be able to watch this on pay-per-view (PPV) if your cable provider is carrying the event.
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WWE HELL IN A CELL QUICK RESULTS
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman went to a no contest
Ronda Rousey def. Alexa Bliss
The Miz & Maryse def. Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella
AJ Styles def. Samoa Joe
Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler def. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
Becky Lynch def. Charlotte Flair
Randy Orton over Jeff Hardy
The New Day def. Rusev Day
WWE HELL IN A CELL LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
I was born on the cemetery, under the sign of the moon. Raised from my grave by the dead, I was made a mercenary in the legions of hell. Now I’m here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The preshow begins with our new host Jonathan Coachman welcoming us to the show and introducing his panel, today consisting of Paige, Booker T, and Peter Rosenberg. They run the card down in short for a bit of hype before moving onto a video package and in-depth discussion for Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair. Next up on the docket is the mixed tag between the American Dragon and Brie Bella on one hand and the It Couple on the other.
We go backstage for an interview with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins ahead of their tag title match. Dean says nothing changes tonight, and Drew and Dolph will just realize what everyone knows, and Seth brings up the idea that the Shield might end the night with all of the Raw men’s gold, but they’re workhorses and this is just another chance to prove it.
Video package and panel discussion for Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton follows, and Paige announces that match will kick the main show off. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe is the next up for the standard treatment. Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey follows, and Bliss joins the panel by satellite from backstage. She vows to take the title back and even her fans don’t think she has a chance, but Ronda’s not at 100% tonight.
Alexa question’s Paige’s right to ask a question because she’s not Raw talent, but says all the headlines will read “Ronda Rousey fails” tonight. She bails before David Otunga (who replaced Booker T at some point) can actually ask his question, and panel discussion follows. Next on the docket is... Triple H vs. the Undertaker in Australia, because I guess we need to promote that match at all times lest we forget it’s happening.
New Day make their entrance and get on mic. Xavier Woods says the kids are back in school, Big E talks about how the leaves start to fall, and Kofi Kingston says he doesn’t care how basic you think it is, but it’s pumpkin spice latte season, baby! And that means your boys the New Day are once again, for the fourth time in a row, defending their WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
But not against any old team, oh no, tonight they defend against Rusev Day, and in honor of their illustrious opponents, they wrote a song to sing--
Enter Aiden English. He and New Day have a throat-clearing contest, and then English sings his intro, being cut off when he asks rhetorically mid-song who will be champs when all is said and done.
New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (c) vs. Rusev Day (Aiden English & Rusev) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
English and Kingston to start, Aiden right off with a monkey flip, Kofi lands on his feet, Trevor Lee double stomp... NOPE! Tag to Rusev, he catches a kick and hosses Kingston into the corner, whip across, up and over, duck a lariat, springboard crossbody... THE BULGARIAN CATCHES HIM! Knees to the rib feed a fallaway slam, only a nearfall, tag back to English.
Working Kofi over in the corner, quick tag, Rusev drops him with a lariat before standing between him and his corner. Suffocating him with a front chancery on the mat, Kingston posts to his feet and out but Rusev backs him into the corner with right hands. Setting him up top, jockeying for position, clubbing him down, tornado DDT connects and both men are down and out!
Tags made, E in hot with the trifecta of belly-to-belly suplexes! Fired up, tongue out, hip swivel, off the ropes, big splash but Big charges into an uppercut and Rusev tags in. Buzzsaw roundhouse takes E’s head off, off the ropes for the Shinjiro Ohtani spinning wheel kick! Fending Kofi off, he lands another roundhouse kick but Big kicks out! Tuning up the band, E sidesteps the Machka Kick, and fights out of a takedown.
Blind tag, Big with the suicide spear, English off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO! Back in, Aiden hits an inverted DDT for a nearfall before heading up top, senton atomico... NOBODY HOME! Kingston blind tag, E with a powerbomb lift... POWERBOMB / DIVING DOUBLE STOMP COMBINATION CAN’T PUT ENGLISH AWAY! Kofi fired up, Trouble in Paradise caught, fireman’s carry escaped, O’Connor roll but Rusev with the tag and he tries to dump Kingston to the floor but only Rusev tumbles over.
Off the ropes, E in position, alley oop... RUSEV SNIPES HIM OUT OF MIDAIR WITH THE MACHKA KICK! Rolling Kofi back in, but English makes the tag and directs traffic, diving headbutt... NOBODY HOME! Diving splash from Aiden connects... BUT CAN’T PUT HIM AWAY! Reaching for the tag but Rusev is down on the floor, so English takes matters into his own hands... HE’S GOT THE ACCOLADE IN!
E tries to break it up, the Bulgarian Lion slips in for a Machka Kick to block the save! Kofi struggles and puts him into the ropes for the break! Kingston passes Rusev to the floor and catches English...
New Day win by pinfall with Trouble in Paradise from Kofi Kingston on Aiden English to retain the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
Rusev Day bicker after the match as New Day celebrate.
The panel (now rejoined by Booker T) discuss the match we just saw before running the card down in short one more time. Mick Foley is interviewed backstage and says he’s got the best seat in the house for the Universal Championship match tonight before Baron Corbin rolls up. He says he’s pulling out all the stops for his first pay-per-view as acting general manager and Foley offers him some tips but Corbin waves him off.
Video package and panel discussion of the Universal Championship match concludes the preshow.
The main show begins with a video package built around the idea of our personal demons and how they’ve shaped the matches that will be happening tonight.
Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match)
Hardy right out the gates with a Stinger Splash, repeated shoulder thrusts but Orton fires back with overhand clubs and a front kick. Uppercut in the ropes, Jeff spills to the apron, Randy snaps his neck over the top rope and blasts him off the apron and into the cage wall! Drawing him up on the floor, the Viper tries to smash his face into the cage but the Charismatic Enigma blocks.
Successful in smashing Orton into the cell, into the post, into the apron, absolutely having his way with him! Hardy heads under the ring for some plunder but when he goes to slide the table in the ring Randy yanks it away from him and takes the momentum back. Rolling him inside, the Viper hesitates maneuvering the table and Jeff kicks it into him, sandwiching the Legend Killer against the steel!
Back under the ring for more plunder, Brother Nero pulls a stubby ladder out and rams it into Randy’s midsection repeatedly! Orton recovers, waffling Jeff across the back with a chair and grabbing him by the hair to throw him into the cage wall! Uppercuts follow, he sets the chair up on the floor, looking for a running start on the RKO but Jeff throws him off and hits Poetry in Motion off the chair!
Double axehandle follows, Hardy does some hardcore feng shui before rolling the Apex Predator back in, kick to the gut caught, shotgun dropkick into Hardyac Arrest! Cover comes up empty, headed up top but Orton cuts him off with a forearm. Right hands, climbing up after him... AND RANDY HITS HIS BEAUTIFUL SUPERPLEX! Both men down and out, Jeff drags himself up the ropes and gets an elbow up on the charge... WHISPER IN THE WIND CAN’T PUT ORTON AWAY!
Rolling to the floor, the Charismatic Enigma goes back under the ring and retrieves a full-sized ladder this time and opens it upside down on the floor. Clubbing at Orton, pulling him out, suplex into the ladder blocked! ORTON GOURDBUSTERS HARDY INTO THE INVERTED LADDER! Back in, the cover gets two and Randy heads back to the floor himself for some plunder, coming up with a chair.
Stalking his prey, waffling him across the back, jawing at him, ripping his mesh shirt off for direct steel on flesh contact! He’s got Jeff’s belt in hand and whips him with it! Cover made, again only two, scraping the laces of his boots across Hardy’s face to follow! A look of disgust crosses the Viper’s face as the crowd chants for his opponent before locking a ladder open on its side and closing it best he can over Hardy’s throat!
Stomping away, taking his time with the Garvin Stomp, rolling him out of the ladder... NOPE! Folling it up with a reverse chinlock, Hardy gets to his feet and breaks with punches, whip reversed, big lariat connects! Manhattan Drop to the double leg drop to the basement dropkick... ONLY TWO! “Delete!” hands, waiting for Orton to rise, front kick, Twist of Fate blocked, off the ropes and he gets caught by the snap scoop powerslam for two!
Randy goes under the ring for plunder again and dumps a toolbox out, selecting a long-shafted screwdriver as his weapon of choice. He traps Jeff’s arms, moves his hair away from his ear and again begins stretching his gauge hole with a finger! OH GOD HE’S PUTTING THE SCREWDRIVER THROUGH THE HOLE AND TWISTING IT! JEFF HARDY’S EAR IS A TWISTED KNOT OF FLESH MY GOD!
HARDY BREAKS WITH A LOW BLOW AND GETS AWAY BEFORE HIS DAMN EAR GETS TORN OPEN! HE’S WHIPPING ORTON WITH HIS BELT WITH A RIGHTEOUS FURY! THE CHAIR FINDS ITS MARK ACROSS RANDY’S BACK REPEATEDLY, DEFORMING TO THE ARC OF HIS FLESH! Cover gets two, Jeff heads up top but Orton cuts him off by bumping into the rope and gets him in place on the apron and hits the rope-hung DDT as blood streams down his back from the chair shots!
The Viper goes to that special place, pounding the mat and waiting for Hardy to rise and turn but the RKO is blocked, kick to the gut... TWIST OF FATE! Smashing the chair back into shape, he lays it across Orton and climbs... SWANTON BOMB ONTO THE CHAIR BUT RANDY FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT! Orton rolls away, bleeding from the thigh now as well, as the Charismatic Enigma goes under the ring for more plunder.
He gets a ladder and another table and begins building an ultraviolent contraption, setting the big ladder up next to the small one and the table on the other side of the big ladder. Twist of Fate to set him up, he lays Randy on the table before climbing the small ladder. He thinks about just leapfrogging the big one and instead climbs it, he’s hanging off the top of the cell!
HARDY MONKEY BARS OVER AND SWINGS... DIVING SPLASH THROUGH THE TABLE BUT ORTON ROLLED AWAY! Referee Brian Nguyen warns Orton off, telling him Jeff is hurt, but the Viper insists on being allowed to make the cover...
Randy Orton wins by pinfall with a lateral press.
Medics rush down with a stretcher and tend to Hardy, strapping a neck brace on him before loading him onto the board and then the stretcher in turn.
House ads for Super Show-Down (centered around Triple H vs. Undertaker) and Total Divas follow.
Backstage, AJ Styles is interviewed. He says if Samoa Joe wants to talk about his family, he can’t wait for this match to start and he’s laser-focused for the talking to end and the fighting to start. He’s walking in as champion, ripping Joe’s heart out of his chest, and walking out as champion, because this right here is the House That AJ Styles Built.
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (c) (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Circling, Lynch with a go-behind, waistlock takedown, into a front chancery, gator roll, Flair posts to her feeet, waistlock into a takedown of her own and she likewise locks a front chancery on into the gator roll. Becky turns it around, Charlotte with a leg pick and the Lasskicker breaks away with an upkick. Another leg pick from the champion, challenger reverses to a hammerlock, float over, side headlock.
Shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, rolling leg pick into the spinning toehold but Becky reverses. Looking for Dis-Arm-Her, she can’t get it so she grabs a top wristlock instead! Pushing her to the mat, Charlotte slings her off, again picking the leg and this time hitting a stepover toehold knee drop into a legscissors toehold. Lynch tries to roll her off but Flair blocks so she nails her with a few kicks to force the break.
Front kick, pushing Charlotte into the corner, admonished by referee Jason Ayers and Flair follows with shoulder thrusts. Becky dodges one, knocks the champion to the floor with a kick and hits a diving forearm off the apron! Back inside, lateral press gets two, arm wringer to follow, spinning armlock into the Ode to Jim Breaks... SHE FALLS BACK TO TRY AND BREAK FLAIR’S ARM!
To the apron, jockeying for position, schoolboy gets two and Lynch gets two in return off a forearm before going back to the top wristlock. Shift to a hammerlock... SHE FLOATS OVER, BRIDGING HAMMERLOCK! Keeping it on, returning to the normal hammerlock, Charlotte posts to her feet and hits elbows to break. Becky floats over her exploder suplex but gets pasted with a chop!
Lariat knocks Flair down and gets two, off the ropes with a leg drop, elbow drop, but the turning leg drop comes up empty and the champ hits the knee drop to the back of the neck! Up and over to the apron, slugging it out, armbreaker over the top rope leaves Charlotte clutching her arm! Kicking Lynch off the apron, baseball slide, back on the apron, going forearm for body blow and Becky hits an arm wringer on the apron!
Cover gets two, Dis-Arm-Her attempt countered into a pin for two and Flair hits a back suplex for separation but her arm is still in agony as she holds it close to her body. Uppercuts follow, caught into a backslide, only one and she follows with chops. Whip denied, rolling solebutt, Dis-Arm-Her blocked before the takedown, jockeying for position in the corner and the champion explodes out with a big boot!
Both women down and out, Charlotte can’t capitalize but instead climbs up top... NOBODY HOME ON THE MOONSAULT! CROSS ARMBAR APPLIED! Shift to a triangle as Flair tries to make it a pin, she deadlifts... SITOUT POWERBOMB CAN’T PUT BECKY LYNCH AWAY! On their knees, slugging it out forearm for forearm as they rise to their feet, and Becky pulls ahead in the exchange... HAMMERLOCK INVERTED DDT FOR A NEARFALL!
Headed up top but Flair catches her missile dropkick into a Boston Crab! Lynch crawls into the ropes and puts Charlotte into the turnbuckles before yanking her shoulder-first into the post! Drawing her up, counter to a schoolboy... DIS-ARM-HER IS IN ON THE KICKOUT BUT CHARLOTTE’S TOO CLOSE TO THE ROPES! BECKY REFUSES TO BREAK UNTIL FOUR!
Back inside, elbow up, spear countered...
Becky Lynch wins by pinfall countering the spear into a pin to win the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship!
Becky puts the title on her shoulder as Charlotte recovers and approaches her. Flair offers a hand but Lynch raises the title high and tells her she’s not taking this moment from her again!
We get a house ad for The Marine 6: Close Quarters, starring the most unlikely King of Trios team of the Miz, Shawn Michaels, and Becky Lynch.
A Connor’s Cure video package follows and we get a medical update on Jeff Hardy telling us he was transported to a local medical facility with “severe abdominal pain.”
Commentary recaps the pre-show match and we cut backstage to New Day celebrating their victory. Mr. Bootyworth rolls up with some champagne and Kofi is nowhere to be found, but Kramer Kingsman rolls up to interview them about what’s next for New Day. E says they’re going down under in three weeks to wrestle the Bar, but tonight, they celebrate. Big gets a Gatorade cooler full of pancakes and dumps it out over Mr. Bootyworth.
Dogs of War (Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre) (c) vs. the Shield (Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Rollins and Ziggler to start, collar and elbow, arm wringer from Seth into a hammerlock, Dolph reverses to a side headlock and goes for a tag but the Architect breaks away. Ziggler stays in it, side headlock takeover from Rollins, and he breaks with a kip-up. Test of strength, Seth wins but Dolph kicks his leg out from under him and scraps his boot across his face.
Seth backs him into the corner, tag to Dean, sliding lariat, elbow drop for two, quick tag right back to Rollins. Double whip into double forearms and they wishbone Ziggler’s legs! Going for Blackout but Dolph rolls to the floor and regroups with McIntyre! Back in, taunting Seth, tag to Drew and Rollins takes it right to him! McIntyre shrugs him off with a huge shoulder block and calls his shot for Ambrose!
Dean tags in and Drew draws a line in the sand on the mat! Ambrose paces like a caged animal and steps across the line, going forehead to forehead! Kick to the gut, chops, McIntyre with an overhand club but Dean kicks his leg out from under him, La Casita for two! Crossface strikes with alternating hands, Ziggler runs interference and McIntyre’s able to cut Ambrose off!
Big chop in the corner, tag to Dolph, scraping Dean’s eyes across the top rope and grabbing the sleeper hold. Shift to a reverse chinlock, Ambrose staggers to the middle of the ring, flagging but not failing as Rollins cheers him on from the apron. Breaking with elbows, Ziggler with a right hand to the dome, disdainful slap, whip, Dean catches him... HOT SHOT!
Crawling for the tag, Seth in hot with a series of elbows, whip reversed, Sling Blade connects and he clears the apron! Boot up in the corner, nobody home on the dive but the enzuigiri finds its mark, he’s fired up but Drew trips him up off the ropes and Ziggler hits the big DDT... NOPE! Holding Seth down, McIntyre tags back in and puts boots to him.
Biel into the corner, more stomps and a chop, tag back to Dolph. More stomps, feigning a superkick to Ambrose before choking Rollins over the middle rope and running interference such that Drew can get a cheap shot in. Tag made, still putting boots to Rollins, stomping his hand and wrenching his other hand back before landing another boot to the head!
Drawing Seth in, half nelson chinlock applied but the Architect breaks with a jawbreaker. A chop knocks him back down, tag back to Ziggler, Heartstopper elbow drop gets a one count! Jawing at Dean, disdainful slaps and kicks as he screams at Seth to do something, and something he does, repeated punches to the face! Whip reversed, Dolph on him with a sleeper hold like a spider monkey and Rollins fades, falling to one knee.
Posting back to his feet, reaching for the tag, so close but Ziggler rakes his eyes! Seth hits a back suplex, both men down and out, tag to McIntyre but Rollins passes him to the floor! Reaching for Dean... Drew clears him off the apron! Seth throwing hard chops, he gets caught into the inverted Alabama Slam... AMBROSE MAKES THE SAVE! McIntyre demands the disqualification but referee Rod Zapata will not give!
Rollins blocks a punch and throws his own, lands on his feet on a back suplex, chop, clear the apron, reaching for the tag, he gets it but Ziggler distracted Zapata and he didn’t see it! Dogs of War beat Rollins down in the corner while he’s warning Dean not to get involved! Tag back to Dolph, he sets the Intercontinental Champion up top and climbs to join him.
Jockeying for position, Seth knocks him down twice running but he tags Drew back in. Diving blockbuster takes the giant Scot down but Rollins paid the price with his knee! Whip, off the ropes, roll through, DEAN TAGS IN! Firing right hands off, ducking a lariat, putting boots to Drew in the corner! Lariat for Ziggler, McIntyre lands a front kick, off the ropes, duck a lariat, flying lariat of his own!
Another lariat, looking for a suplex, floating over Drew’s attempt, no Dirty Deeds but a jackknife pin for two! Wristlock... REGAL CUTTER FOR A NEARFALL! Headed up top, kicking Dolph aside, thinking Dirty Deeds on the apron but McIntyre blasts him off the apron with a forearm! Drew follows after him, Dean puts him into the post and Ziggler into the barricade!
Throwing McIntyre back inside, Ambrose heads up top, diving elbow but Drew catches him... BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! Both men down and out, crawling into their corners... TAGS MADE! Seth in with a springboard lariat, he clotheslines Ziggler to the floor, fired up, off the ropes... SUICIDE DIVE IS CAUGHT BUT DEAN RUNS IN AND DIVES TO TAKE THE TAG CHAMPIONS DOWN!
All four men laying in a car wreck on the floor, referee Rod Zapata counts, Dolph gets in first and Seth joins him at nine! DDT countered... FALCON ARROW CAN’T DO THE DEAL! Determination filling his face, Rollins starts tuning up the band, kick to the midsection, Blackout dodged, Fameasser countered into a buckle bomb... MCINTYRE BREAKS IT UP! Dean charges in, Drew dumps him, Seth catches him with a knee, Ziggler with an O’Connor roll, reversed... NO GOOD!
Zig Zag... STILL NO! Tag made to Drew, looking for the combo, Seth counters with a superkick! Up top, frog splash... NOT ENOUGH! Tag to Dean, they set McIntyre up top and climb up with him but Dolph runs in and picks Seth off! He puts Ziggler to the floor, plancha... NOBODY HOME! Drew takes Ambrose out with a diving lariat into a kip-up! Tag back to Dolph, electric chair, Dean fighting back with punches and he slips out!
Front kick, underhooks, tag to Rollins and Dean fights Drew to the floor! SETH ROLLINS SUPERPLEX BUT THE CLAYMORE CUTS HIM OFF BEFORE HE CAN HIT THE FALCON ARROW, DOLPH SLUMPS INTO AN ACCIDENTAL COVER... IT’S OVER!
Dogs of War win by pinfall with a Claymore from Drew McIntyre and an accidental cover from Dolph Ziggler on Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Drew carries Dolph out on his shoulders, still unconscious.
Mick Foley rolls up on Braun Strowman to tell him he’d better respect his authority tonight, and Braun tells him if he does his job and counts the three, he’ll do his, but trust him, you don’t want a monster problem.
A house ad for Mixed Match Challenge follows.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe (WWE Championship)
Styles charging right in and punching away, forcing Joe to turtle up in the corner! To the opposite corner, Samoa with the clinch to force a break and he breaks dirty with headbutts and shoulders giving way to jabs! Chest kick, AJ fires back right hands, chop to the throat, and Joe pastes him with a chop of his own! Off the ropes, the champion cuts him down with a dropkick and Samoa rolls to the floor.
Running around, knee off the apron, smashing Joe’s face into the announce table and the apron in turn. Rolling in at three to break referee Brian Nguyen’s count, off the ropes, baseball slide puts the Destroyer into the announce table again! Throwing him back inside, lying in wait, up for the springboard but Joe rolls to the floor! Plancha... JOE CUTS HIM OFF WITH A BOOT!
Yakuza kick follows, throwing the champion into the steel steps to follow it up! Back inside, pressing the attack with strikes, Styles stumbling away from him but able to fight back with a chop, a kick, only for Joe to roll low and sweep his legs out from under him! Choking AJ in the corner, stepping on his face, and following it up with the facewash!
Dragging the champ to the middle of the ring but Styles lands a headbutt and backs him into the corner. Shoulder thrust, leg kicks, right hand, whip reversed and Joe lands the back elbow / enzuigiri combination to regain control! A chest kick sends AJ crashing through the ropes to the floor... SAMOA JOE SUICIDE DIVE ELBOW STRIKE! Back inside, the cover’s good for two and he follows it up with an arm-trap neck crank.
Off the ropes on the escape, Joe absolutely wipes Styles out with an elbow and gets another nearfall before locking a reverse chinlock on high on the head, forearm bones in AJ’s eyes. Styles gets a foot on the ropes and referee Brian Nguyen forces the break. Samoa takes him to the corner, sets him up top, jockeying for position, Styles slips under and puts Joe’s face into the turnbuckles!
Both men down and out, AJ slowly crawls to the ropes and gets himself to his feet, duck a lariat, Styles Rush, the spinning backfist lands true, Stinger Splash to a snapmare, off the ropes, sliding forearm... NOPE! Suplex denied, elbow up on the charge, picture-perfect moonsault inverted DDT... STILL NO! Quebrada... THE KNEES WERE UP! Joe with the Tenryu Powerbomb into the Boston Crab! Shift to the STF next, and then into an arm-trap crossface, keeping Styles in the middle of the ring at first but he’s able to get a foot on the ropes!
Drawing AJ up for headbutts in the corner, Nguyen warns him off so he switches up with a forearm before whipping him across. Styles sidesteps the charge for some breathing room, chest kick, duck a lariat, up into the Argentine backbreaker rack... AND HE PUTS HIM DOWN WITH THE SPINOUT POWERBOMB FOR A NEARFALL! AJ lying in wait on the apron, springboard 450 splash... SAMOA JOE WILL NOT STAY DOWN!
Going for the Styles Clash, reversed to a catapult into the corner, HUGE lariat... SO VERY CLOSE! Styles down and out in the corner, Samoa draws him up, sets him up top, Muscle Buster reversed, Styles Clash denied, in the corner, trying for the Calf Killer but it’s blocked! Leg kick, leg pick, leg-feed enzuigiri to counter, slow to cover, only a nearfall!
Pele kick connects, Joe staggered in the corner, the champion rises, back body drop to the apron, forearm to the face, elbow pad off, Phenomenal Forearm... COUNTERED INTO THE COQUINA CLUTCH! He falls back but AJ rolls through...
AJ Styles wins by pinfall, reversing the Coquina Clutch into a pin to retain the WWE Championship.
An irate Samoa Joe post-match insists that AJ Styles tapped out before the pin. He returns to the ring to attack... BUT AJ STRIKES FIRST WITH A SUPERKICK!
As commentary discusses things we get a different camera angle and we see Styles apparently tapping on Joe’s ribs as referee Brian Nguyen’s hand came down for the three.
House ads for WWE Champions and Mick Foley’s WWE Network special follow.
We go backstage with Ronda Rousey, shadowboxing next to Natalya to warm up for her match.
Miz and Maryse are interviewed backstage, wearing outfits that make them look like they just came from the utopian future made possible by the Wyld Stallyns in the universe of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Miz says they’re gonna turn Bryan and Brie’s PR stunt into a nightmare, and Maryse says Brie punched Miz knowing he wouldn’t punch back, but she’ll punch for him, and they call their opponents irrelevant losers.
Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan vs. Maryse & the Miz
Brie and Maryse to start, circling, and Maryse runs right away and makes the tag. Bryan and Miz in, Maryse runs interference and the A-Lister takes Dan in the corner for punches and boots before clocking him with a big right hand! Backflip up and over, off the ropes, flying lariat takes Miz out and the American Dragon gets him into the corner for mounted punches!
Whip across, Miz with a boot but when he comes off the ropes he nearly gets taken down into the Yes! Lock and has to bail! Quick tags, the It Couple playing mind games in a match where that strategy effectively does nothing, and the men remain in in the end. Bryan catches a kick, dragon screw, uppercut, right hand, punching away, whip reversed and the A-Lister bowls him over with a knee to the midsection!
Running dropkicks keep Dan in the corner, mocking Yes! fingers, Awesome Clothesline connects! While he’s posing Brayn cuts him off and punches him in the face a bunch more, setting him up top... AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER! Fired up, Busaiku Knee sidestepped, schoolboy pin reversed into the Yes! Lock and Maryse breaks it up! Bella chases her around the ring and back inside, Miz takes advantage, Skull-Crushing Finale but Bryan reverses to a victory roll pin.
Yes! Kicks in the corner, running dropkicks but the A-Lister sidesteps a second and Dan eats the buckles hard! Reverse chinlock applied, taunting Brie but Bryan posts to his feet and out with elbows. Miz counters a lariat into the inverted facelock backbreaker / neckbreaker combination... NOPE! Knee to the back, rear chinlock applied, Dan to his feet, Miz puts him in the corner for shoulder thrusts until referee Danilo Anfibio counts him off.
Chest kicks in the corner, Bryan slumping down and Miz takes a moment to taunt Bella before setting Dan up top and climbing to join him. Looking for a superplex, jockeying for position, right hands, big headbutt connects and the American Dragon is fired up! DIVING HEADBUTT COMES UP EMPTY! Crawling for the tag, Miz cuts him off with a toehold and a sledge to the back of the head into punches.
Whip, Bryan catches himself in the ropes and back body drops the A-Lister to the floor! The path is clear... TAG MADE AND THE WOMEN ARE LEGAL! MARYSE IS OUT OF OPTIONS! Miz slides in the ring and Maryse drops to the floor, so Bella unloads punch after punch on him! Baseballs slide takes Maryse out and she smashes her face into the table over and over! Bryan puts Miz to the floor... DIVING KNEE OFF THE APRON!
Brie is fired up, Miz whips Dan into the barricade as she returns Maryse to the ring and hits a Lou Thesz Press! To the second, dropkick lands true... MIZ BREAKS IT UP! THE AMERICAN DRAGON RETURNS TO POUND ON HIM! HE CALLS HIM A SON OF A BITCH AND SAYS NOBODY TOUCHES HIS WIFE! STEREO YES! KICKS FROM HUSBAND AND WIFE! BOTH MIZ AND MARYSE DUCK THE BUZZSAW AND BAIL!
Bella and Bryan follow to the floor and cut both of them off. Brie smashes Maryse’s face into the apron, Brie Mode, running knee trembler in the ropes, Bella throws Maryse into Miz on the apron, cover, reversed, handful of tights...
Maryse & the Miz win by pinfall with a lateral press and a handful of tights from Maryse on Brie Bella.
The It Couple celebrate up the ramp while Bryan tries to console Brie in the ring.
Commentary recaps Hardy/Orton and we get a replay of the finish because it was pretty nuts and worth seeing again and are then informed that Jeff has been throwing blood up and remains in severe abdominal pain.
Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey (c) (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Circling, Rousey with a waistlock into a side headlock takeover, a cover, Bliss posts to her feet, waistlock of her own but Ronda takes her down again and into a European Clutch for a cover. Into the ropes, Alexa shoves her off and gets deckeed by a right hand! Bliss with a kick to the ribs to even the score, taking her into the conrer to hammer her with more kicks to the ribs but Rousey turns it around with punches and rolls into mount.
Before she can apply the armbar, Alicia Fox runs interference. When she heads back over... MODIFIED GALLON THROW! Going back to the armbar but she’s too close to the ropes and Alexa’s friends make the save! Ronda out after them, knocking Bliss on her backside and throwing her back in, where Alexa begs off. Rousey gives her a bit of space but sidesteps a charge and sends Alexa into her allies!
Dragging her back up on the apron but Bliss is able to snap her neck over the top rope and press the attack with kicks to the ribs into a cover that gets one. Smashing her face into the turnbuckles, shoulder thrust to the midsection, cracking shot to the ribs into a snapmare and then a grounded Cobra Twist. Rousey fights to her feet, fireman’s carry, but her ribs give out going for the swinging Death Valley Driver and she’s forced to let Alexa go.
Insault to Injury gets a nearfall, following it up with the half bow-and-arrow, drawing Ronda up and smashing her face into the turnbuckle. More kicks to the ribs, jockeying for position on the second rope, Bliss slips down, looking for a powerbomb, denied but she gets the champion caught in the Tree of Woe for a dropkick to the ribs... NOPE!
Back to the grounded Cobra Twist, Rousey gets out but can’t capitalize and eats another dropkick to the ribs before Bliss throws her into the turnbuckles and applies the half bow-and-arrow over the post! Alicia Fox and Mickie James join the fun and Natalya comes over to take Fox out! Ronda puts James into the post! Off the ropes, double crossbodies and both women are down and out!
Suplex reversed to a small package, only two, backslide, still no and Alexa nails Rousey with another kick to the ribs! Clubbing blows to the collarbone, mock growling at the champion but Roda steels with determination and rises up ramrod straight... DOCTOR BOMB! Fired up, punching her own injured ribs, inured to the pain, laying punches in the corner, arm wringer, charging in and she gets cut off with another kick to the ribs!
Blocking the forearm, half nelson... SWINGING DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Wristlock applied, she falls back...
Ronda Rousey wins by submission with the cross armbar to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
Commentary has a word of support for everyone affected by Hurricane Florence.
We get a recap of Styles/Joe and go backstage with an apoplectic Samoa Joe yelling at referee Brian Nguyen and demanding Paige explain how he still has a job. She tells Brian he can leave and Joe that he needs to calm down and stop interrupting her. The referee’s decision is final, but he’ll get his rematch in Australia in three weeks. Joe says that’s ridiculous and he should be champion right now, but if she doesn’t change the rules of the battlefield, he won’t be responsible, and he wants no disqualification.
She agrees and says there has to be a winner, and he says there will be.
Commentary hypes up the rest of the Super Show-Down card as a way to shill for the WWE Network.
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns (c) (WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match)
Strowman yanks the title out of Reigns’ hands before the bell and they’re swinging! Roman with the corner lariats, Braun turns it around but gets caught with the big right soon enough. Knee to the gut, throwing the Big Dog into the post, off the ropes... POUNCE INTO THE CELL WALL! Strowman stalking around to him, throwing him manually into the cell and the post in turn.
The monster reminds him he’s got nowhere to run and his boys can’t help him before taking it back into the ring and shurggin off repeated lariats from the champion. Throwing him off the ropes, he ducks a lariat, the leaping lariat knocks Strowman to the floor! Following after... ANOTHER POUNCE INTO THE WALL AND REIGNS IS DRY HEAVING! Stepping on his face, drawing him up, smashing his face into the apron and then the steps!
He pops the top step off and waits for Reigns to come charging but Roman manages to get the drop on him! Drive-By connects, he jumps off the steps and gets chokeslammed into the apron! Braun goes under the ring for plunder and comes up with a kendo stick before tossing it aside. A chair is more to his liking but the Big Dog has the kendo stick and wails on him, breaking it almost instantly!
Strowman catches it and breaks it over his knee, back inside, Reigns recovers and cuts him off before waffling him repeatedly with the chair! Strowman catches a swing, throws it aside but gets sidestepped into the post! DDT ON THE CHAIR BUT BRAUN HAS THE ENERGY TO SEND HIM ACROSS THE RING WHEN HE KICKS OUT! Calling for it, Superman Punch! Strowman still on his feet, another Superman Punch staggers him in the ropes but he doesn’t go down!
A third gets caught into the chokeslam... only a nearfall! Braun argues with special guest referee Mick Foley before scooping Reigns up. He slips away from the powerslam, boot up on the charge, sidestep a second, off the ropes, Strowman tries to pop him up but he counters, Superman Punch... SO CLOSE! On his knees, trying to figure out what’s next as Braun rolls to the floor.
The Big Dog heads to the floor and looks for plunder, getting a table to Foley’s approval, he howls, makes the circuit around the ring... AND GETS DORKED IN THE FACE WITH THE STEEL STEPS! Back inside, steps in hand again, he blasts Roman with them again... REIGNS FINDS THE ENERGY TO KICK OUT! Screaming at Roman, asking him why he won’t stay down, the monster returns to the steps and hoists them up once more.
He hammers the Big Dog’s torso with them and throws them over the ropes to the floor! Reigns dry heaving as Mick talks about calling it, up on the shoulders... RUNNING POWERSLAM BUT ROMAN GETS A SHOULDER UP WITH FRACTIONS OF A SECOND LEFT ON HIS COUNT! Strowman unfolds one leg of the table and leans it in the corner, demanding Roman get up. He slips out of the powerslam, lands a Superman Punch, another one, Braun staggered... SPEAR THROUGH THE TABLE!
Rolling him over... NOT ENOUGH! THE DOGS OF WAR ARE HERE AND REFEREE DAN ENGLER IS ARGUING WITH THEM! ROLLINS AND AMBROSE MAKE THE SAVE! They yank Dolph back in when he tries to escape and beat him down in front of the commentary table! They strip the desk but McIntyre is back to save his pal! They clear the Spanish table and Dean and Drew get into a fistfight until McIntyre throws him into the timekeeper’s area.
Ziggler climbs the cell, Rollins following after! They’re fighting atop the cell! Trading punches, jockeying for position over a suplex as McIntyre climbs! Seth gets him clutched for a powerbomb as Drew arrives and they beat him down! Ambrose has a kendo stick and he’s climbing now! SUPERKICK! DEAN IS HERE AND HE’S WAILING ON THEM WITH THE KENDO STICK!
Drew catches it and they go at it with Frye/Takayama punches... DOUBLE LARIAT ON TOP OF THE CELL! ALL FOUR MEN ARE WIPED OUT ATOP THE CAGE! Dolph starts climbing back down, Rollins crawls after him, they trade punches on the side of the cage, smashing each other’s face into the cell... AND BOTH MEN FALL TO THE FLOOR, CRASHING THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLES!
BROCK LESNAR IS HERE WITH PAUL HEYMAN IN TOW! Paul gets in Engler’s face and demands the key to the cage but Brock kicks the damn door down! HEYMAN SPRAYS FOLEY DOWN WITH MACE! Brock leans the cage door in the ring and beats on both men with chunks of broken table! F-5 on Strowman! AND ONE FOR ROMAN! Lesnar and Heyman take their leave and referee Dan Engler has no choice but to throw the match out since neither man can continue...
The match goes to a no-contest.
Roman writhes in pain.
That’s the show, folks.