WWE Hell in a Cell
WWE Thunderdome at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida
October 25, 2020
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso – Hell in a Cell I Quit Match
Reigns got the early offense until Jey battled back and clotheslined him over the top rope (perfectly executed), then hit an outside jump sending Reigns into the red steel. Jey tossed Reigns into the construction a few times. Back in the ring, Reigns connected a spear.
Throughout the fight, Reigns kept talking trash. Reigns picked a chair, and Uso struck him with a dropkick only for Reigns to hit another spear. Reigns went for another spear but were kicked for it. Jey got a strap and started to hit him a few times before Reigns got his turn. They attached the belt, and Uso used it to avoid the spear, which enabled Uso to use it as a submission hold. Reigns put him in a guillotine choke, but Uso wouldn’t quit. Instead, he momentarily passed out.
Reigns said that he would take it to the next level before nailing him with drive-by then doing it again with the steel steps. The referee tried to stop the match, and Reigns tossed him to the floor. Another referee came into the cell. This led to agents and other referees coming out to stop Reigns. Reigns were about to destroy Jey with the steps until Jimmy Uso came out and told Reigns to stop. Reigns started sobbing and apologized for his actions. He shook Jimmy’s hand before placing him in the guillotine choke until Jey said he quit to have Reigns end it in 29 minutes.
Winner: WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns
Match Review: 3.75/5. This exceeded all my expectations. Jey Uso sold everything perfectly and paid the dues. The match felt different, and I am not at all disappointed by this. The intensity was unmatchable, with Roman Reigns making it intensely personal. I would’ve rated it higher if they cut off 6-7 minutes from the fight.
Jeff Hardy vs. Elias
They brawled to commence things off. Elias slowly took over until Hardy made a typical comeback by hitting a series of choice moves. Elias hit a powerbomb out of the corner for a near fall. Hardy went to the top rope and hit an incredible version of a whisper in the wind for 2.
Hardy executed the Twist of Fate before going to the top rope. Elias crawled to the apron and ran to the floor. Elias took the guitar, but Hardy seized it from him and hit Elias in the back with the guitar for a disqualification finish in 8 minutes.
Winner: Elias via DQ
Match Review: 2.5/5. Elias has undoubtedly shaped his niche as WWE’s songbird (I personally don’t enjoy his songs), but Jeff Hardy smoked him a raw tune at Hell in a Cell. Pointless match with a bad finish. This rivalry doesn’t make sense. I liked Hardy’s vintage moves, though, and so the two stars are exclusively for him.
Otis vs. The Miz
They traded kicks and punches until Miz prevented a back suplex and sent him crawling to the floor. Miz missed a kick through the ropes, and Otis hit him with an intense clothesline. John Morrison distracted Otis, which provided Miz enough time to connect with a DDT for a near fall.
Morrison got involved and was expelled from ringside. Miz tried to roll him up but another near fall. Otis hit a clothesline for 2. Heel Turn Alert! Tucker hit Otis in the head with the Money in the Bank briefcase, and Miz casually pinned him for victory. The match lasted for 7:25.
Winner: The Miz – New Money in the Bank Holder
Match Review: 1.5/5. It was just an average match that was really about Tucker’s heel turn, turning on Otis after a good tag-team run. I am happy for The Miz because he’s awesome.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Sasha Banks – Hell in a Cell Match
Sasha went right after Bayley and locked in the poetic Bank Statement. They crawled to the floor, and Bayley threw her back first into the steel. Ouch. They took a table, and Sasha sent it into Bayley before going into the ring, where Banks hit her signature flying knee strike. Yet again, Bayley sent Banks into the steel steps. Moments later, Banks picked two kendo sticks and placed them between the cage and steps. Bayley sent her through the sticks, and her head bounced off the steel steps. Ouchhh!
They set up a chair in the corner, and Sasha sent her face-first into it. Sasha missed a double knee strike, and Bayley hit a quick german suplex to her, sending the back of her head crashing into the chair. This is Awesome! Banks locked in the signature Bank Statement, but Bayley barely got to the bottom rope. Banks sprinkled the fire extinguisher into the eyes of Bayley. Sasha sent her into the cell then landed a series of kicks before hitting her with the Kendo Sticks again.
Banks hit an Eddie special frog splash off the top rope onto Bayley with a steel chair. Bayley put her on a ladder propped up by chairs, then sprinkle painted her torso. When Bayley went for an elbow strike with a chair off the middle rope, Banks moved. Banks hit Bayley’s finisher on a chair, Bayley kicked out at two. Moments later, Bayley hit her finisher for a near fall. Bayley hit her many times with a chair. Sasha used a chair while putting Bayley into the Bank Statement for the win. The match went for 26 minutes.
Winner: Sasha Banks – NEW CHAMPION
Match Rating: 5/5. Match of the year candidate is here. Bayley came with her reliable steel chair, but the most qualified Women’s Hell in a Cell competitor in WWE history pulled it from her grip and tossed it out of the lowering cell, leaving The Role Model without her baby.
Bayley resorted to a strange weapon, picking a Kendo stick, though Sasha avoided it, and it started first of many attacks with foreign objects. The Boss wedged Bayley against the cell with a table, sizing it before delivering a dramatic Meteora. Banks was far from finished, as she used unique offense and later sent Bayley face-first into the cell with head scissors. And with the final bell, Sasha concluded the longest SmackDown Women’s Title reign in history at over a year (380 days) and realized an exceptional moment of cleaning all in the same moment, closing her previous 0-for-2 mark inside Hell in a Cell in ‘The Boss’ fashion.
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton – Hell in a Cell Match
Orton tried to hit him from behind before the fight started, but McIntyre saw it, and a brawl broke out. Inside of the cell, McIntyre beat him down and sent him into the cell a few times. McIntyre hit him in the head with the steps. McIntyre missed the Claymore Kick, and Orton hit him in the knee with the steel chair.
Orton beat him down for a few minutes until McIntyre made his comeback. McIntyre hit a neck breaker, and they moved to the outside of the ring so McIntyre could hit a perfect belly-to-belly suplex to Orton through a standing table (Ouch). Back in the ring, Orton hit a DDT off the second rope for 2. Randy used bolt cutters to run out of the cell.
Orton started to climb the top of the cell, and McIntyre followed, so they began to brawl. They crawled down the side of it until McIntyre went flying through the announce table. McIntyre missed the claymore kick in the ring, and Orton hit the RKO to win the title. The match lasted for 30 minutes.
Winner: Randy Orton – NEW Champion
Match Review: 4.5/5 Orton beat McIntyre to create history as a 14-time WWE Champion, and fittingly, one of the evilest Superstars of all time achieved the feat inside WWE’s evilest structure in an all-out war at WWE Hell in a Cell.
The Viper entered the fight with a perfect record in Hell in a Cell Matches with the WWE Title on the line, and he left with an ideal mark as well.
Orton ambushed The King of Claymore Country, dressing as a stage crew member and striking him from behind before the fight started. But McIntyre, all too accustomed to Orton’s ploys by now, seemed ready and immediately collected himself before using the cage to his success early in his first-ever Hell in a Cell Match. Orton dodged MycIntyre’s attempts and a vicious RKO after 30 minutes of a gruesome match for the victory. It was an excellent match that was timed to perfection.
NYK Review of WWE Hell in a Cell 2020: 8.5/10
Three Stars of the Show
- Sasha Banks
- Randy Orton
- Drew McIntyre
- Roman Reigns
- Jey Uso
I chose six today.