Tonight WWE’s annual Hell in a Cell pay-per-view emanates live from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachussets. Boston is the hometown of WWE Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, and The Boss will defend the title tonight against Charlotte in the first ever women’s Hell in a Cell match. Two other high-profile matches will also take place in the brutal structure: Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship and Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the WWE United States Championship. So despite the disjointed build to this pay-per-view on Monday Night Raw over the past month, it’s not hard to get excited about a card that features three iterations of WWE’s most notorious match type.
I’ll be providing results and recaps throughout the night, with updates after every match. For information about how to watch Hell in a Cell on WWE Network, check out the following link.
Charlotte def. Sasha Banks (c) vs. to win the WWE Raw Women’s Championship inside Hell in a Cell
Despite the hype for this match, it ended up being a huge disappointment. Before the match the crowd was hot, and the two of them left the ring to fight outside the cell before it fully lowered. They were climbing the cell when Charlotte fell, but then Charlotte took Sasha Banks off the side of the cell and power slammed her through the announce table. That was awesome, but then they killed the momentum by doing the old Mick Foley trope of having her put on a stretcher and then valiantly returning. When the two entered the cell Charlotte got the majority of the offense in on the injured Sasha Banks. They didn’t use the cell to hurt each other as much as you’d hope, didn’t really brutalize each other with weapons and had no particularly memorable spots. In the finish Charlotte tried to throw Sasha threw a table but she just rolled off, then Charlotte hit the Natural Selection to pick up an anti-climatic pinfall victory. Charlotte is now a 3x Women’s Champion.
WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 Results
Cesaro and Sheamus def. The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) (with Kofi Kingston) (c) via disqualification
The New Day retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
This WWE tag team matched skipped a beat, and it ended with a unsatisfying disqualification ending. At the end Cesaro had Xavier Woods in the sharpshooter, and Kofi Kingston and Sheamus were fighting outside the ring. Because Kingston wasn’t in the match, the New Day were disqualified before Woods tapped out. Woods had a few good high spots, but the Sheamus-Cesaro tag team needs to either break up already or have Cesaro turn heel.
Brian Kendrick def. T.J. Perkins (c) to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Positioned After a ruckus Universal Championship inside the cell, it was always going to be an uphill battle to get the crowd engaged in Cruiserweight Championship match. After another mundane affair between these two, Kendrick appeared to land awkwardly on his knee and it was unclear if he’d be able to continue. But then when Perkins came closer to try to finish off the injured champion, Kendrick revealed that it was a ruse and locked Perkins into his Captain’s Hook submission. Perkins tapped out and Kendrick is the new Cruiserweight Champion. Hopefully he faces somebody besides for Perkins at Survivor Series because these two continue to fail to elicit any response from the audience.
Kevin Owens (c) def. Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Universal Championship inside Hell in a Cell
This was a hell of a “main event” match to have in the middle of the card. In the first portion these two were using the cell to damage their opponents. Then a turning point occurred when Kevin Owens fired a fire extinguisher in a referee’s eyes. The referee opened the door to the cell and was tended to outside when Kevin Owens’ best friend Chris Jericho made a run-in and made his way into the cell before the other referee could stop him. In one awesome spot, Rollins powerbombed Owens through two tables that were set up between the ring and the cell. Right before the referee was about to count to 3, Jericho pulled him out of the ring to keep Owens in the match. Then after Rollins survived a power-bomb chairs were brought into the ring and they each got shots in before the numbers game caught up to Rollins. Owens nailed Rollins with a powerbomb through two upright steel chairs en route to a pinfall. After Owens left with the Universal Championshop, Jericho hit Rollins with a codebreaker for good measure.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore and Big Cass
After months of calling themselves Raw’s most dominant tag team despite piling up loss after loss, Gallows and Anderson get a much-needed victory. Big Cass beat down both men after receiving a hot tag, but when Enzo tagged back in he got caught on an island with Gallows and Anderson. They nailed the Magic Killer on Enzo and got the 1-2-3 before Big Cass could get back in the ring to break it up.
Bayley def. Dana Brooke
This was a ho-hum, straightforward match that after a bland failed to captivate the Boston crowdy. Bayley predictably picked up the victory via pinfall after a Bayley-to-belly.
Roman Reigns (c) def. Rusev (with Lana) to retain the WWE United States Championship inside Hell in a Cell
Roman Reigns wins this lengthy “main event” that wasn’t actually a main event. While it wasn’t quite the gruesome “Game of Thrones wedding” Corey Graves promised it would be on commentary, this match did get fairly physical after these two introduced a kento stick, steel stairs and a steel chain into the action. It looked like Rusev might force Roman Reigns to tap out when the Bulgarian Brute locked in the Accolade with a steel chain. Moments later Reigns hit Rusev with a spear off the steel stairs and then got the victory via pinfall.
Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara def. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari (Kickoff show)