Hell In A Cell 2022


Pre-show

The pre-show panel consisted of Kayla Braxton, Booker T, Jerry Lawler, Kevin Patrick, and Pete Rosenberg. Braxton discussed the Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins Hell in a Cell match. She mentioned Rhodes suffered a pec injury but would be competing tonight regardless. Braxton clarified that Rollins didn't cause Rhodes' injury and it happened during training.

They showed a Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch. vs. Asuka video package and discussed the feud. They aired a Miz & Mrs. commercial and a Judgement Day video package. The panel talked about Judgement Day vs. AJ Styles, Finn Balor & Liv Morgan.

They showed exclusive footage of Cody Rhodes training at the Nightmare Factory. This was a good video package. They then showed a Drew McIntyre video package. Next came a Bobby Lashley vs. Omos & MVP music video starring MVP. MVP ran down Lashley's career and claimed he made him a star. This was awesome and well done. Booker called it a diss track.

They recapped the Austin Theory vs. Mustafa Ali feud. Next came a Madcap Moss vs. Happy Corbin video package. Earlier today, Byron Saxton interviewed Elias' younger brother Ezekiel. He talked about Kevin Owens and noted tonight's his first premium live event. Ezekiel wants to be tag team champions with his brother someday. He told a story about Ezekiel and Elias going to King of the Ring in 1998.

They showed a commercial for Broken Skulls Sessions with Jeff Jarrett and a Roman Reigns video package. Braxton discussed Rhodes' injury again and aired a Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins video package.



Main Show

Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton opened up the show. Graves mentioned Cody Rhodes's pec injury and promised updates throughout the night.

They aired a Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Asuka video package.


Triple Threat Match: Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair defeated Asuka and Becky Lynch (18:55)

***3/4

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This was an awesome match. The fans loved it and reacted big to everything. Lynch, Belair, and Asuka all worked hard and told a good story.

They showed a Roman Reigns video package.


They showed a Roman Reigns video package.


In the back, Cedric Alexander approached MVP and Omos. Alexander tried coming up with a strategy. MVP told him the Hurt Business isn't getting back together because he disappointed him too many times. Omos told Alexander to leave.

They showed the MVP and Omos rap video again.


2 on 1 Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley defeated Omos & MVP (8:22)

**3/4

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The fans helped make this a good match. They loved Lashley and reacted big for the finish. After the match, Lashley grabbed a Universal title from one of the fans and held him up to a huge pop.

Omos went for a chokeslam, but Cedric Alexander jumped in the ring. Omos caught him and threw him out. Lashley speared Omos and caught MVP with the Hurt Lock for the win. The fans popped big for the finish.



They aired a Money in the Bank commercial.


Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves, and Bryon Saxton discussed Cody Rhodes's pec injury again. They stressed that Seth Rollins didn't cause the injury.


Kevin Owens defeated Ezekiel (9:20)

***

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This was fine but didn't have the crowd atmosphere of the first two matches. The fans were quiet at times but popped for the finish. Owens was good in the match.

They recapped the lie detector segment from two months ago.

Ezekiel climbed to the top rope, but Owens cut him. He hit two superkicks and a cannonball in the corner. Owens then hit the stunner for the win. The fans popped big for the finish.


They showed a Seth Rollins video package.


Judgment Day (Edge, Damien Priest & Rhea Ripley) defeated AJ Styles, Finn Balor & Liv Morgan (16:01)

***1/4

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This was a good match. The fans were into it and popped for the finish.

The fans cheered for everyone during the entrances, including The Judgement Day.

The finish came when Balor went for the coup de grace, but Ripley stood in the way. Morgan took out Ripley. Edge avoided Balor and hit the spear for the win.



They recapped Bobby Lashley defeating Omos and MVP earlier tonight. In the back, Lashley approached Cedric Alexander. Alexander noted he did that for himself, not Lashley. He was just standing up for himself. Lashley appreciated that but told him not to get involved in his matches again.


They recapped the Madcap Moss and Happy Corbin feud.


No Holds Barred: Madcap Moss defeated Happy Corbin (12:04)

***1/4

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This was a fine no holds barred match that dragged at times. The fans broke into several loud "We want tables" chants. They were starving for tables and would die out when they didn't get them. There was no table spot in this match.

Moss got a good reaction during his entrance.

Corbin set up the stairs in the corner, but Moss reversed. He gave Corbin a fall-away slam into the stairs. He followed up with the Punchline and wrapped the chair around Corbin's neck. Moss then gave Corbin the Pillmanizer with the chair and stairs for the win.

After the match, the medical team checked on Corbin.


They aired a Money in the Bank commercial. They showed a Bianca Belair video package.



United States Champion Austin Theory defeated Mustafa Ali to retain (10:23)

***1/4

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Ali and Theory had a really good match. The fans were dying to see hometown hero Ali win. Obviously, Ali lost since it was his hometown. The fans were disappointed.

They introduced Ali as "Chicago's own." He got a huge reaction with thunderous "Ali" chants. They noted his wife, kids, and friends were in attendance.

Ali hit the tilt-a-whirl DDT in the ropes and climbed to the top again. The fans were buzzing as Ali climbed up. He jumped off but missed, and Theory hit a chop block. He followed up with A-town down for the win. The fans erupted in boos.


They showed the Money in the Bank commercial again.


They recapped the Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins feud.


Hell in a Cell: Cody Rhodes defeated Seth Rollins (24:29)

****1/2

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#MOTY Candidate

Rhodes and Rollins had an awesome match. They worked hard and told a good story revolving around Rhodes's injury. The fans seemed quiet at certain points, but they came alive at the end. They went crazy for the last few minutes and popped for the finish.

Rollins wore black tights with yellow polka dots ala Dusty Rhodes. The fans sang Rollins' theme music during his entrance. The second the music ended, the fans booed Rollins and broke into a loud "Cody" chant. Rhodes got a big ovation during his entrance. The commentators discussed Rhodes's injury as well. Rhodes took off his jacket and had a giant purple bruise on his chest and arm.

The fans sang Rollins theme music. Rollins whipped Rhodes with the belt for a near fall. Rollins pulled out a table to a massive pop, and the fans broke into a loud "Thank you, Rollins" chant. Rollins set up the table and went for a superplex. Rhodes slipped out and attempted a powerbomb, but his injury prevented it.

Rollins took over and placed Rhodes on the table. Rollins went for the frog splash, but Rhodes moved. Rollins crashed through the table to a huge pop. Rhodes then pulled out a bull rope from under the ring. He demanded that Rollins put on the bull rope. It suddenly became a bull rope match.

Rhodes rocked Rollins with a superkick and cracked him with the cowbell for a two-count. Rollins used the rope to pull Rhodes into the ring post. Rollins took off the rope and pulled out a second table. Rollins set up the table in the corner, but Rhodes fought back.

Rhodes attempted a powerbomb on the table, but Rollins countered. Rollins then hit the running powerbomb on the table. The fans broke into a brief "This is awesome" chant. Rollins pulled out a sledgehammer, but Rhodes kicked it out of his hands. Rhodes hit the pedigree to a massive pop for a close near fall.

The fans were buzzing as Rhodes picked up the sledgehammer. Rollins ran away from Rhodes. Rhodes went after him, and Rollins hit the stomp for a very close two-count. The fans broke into another "This is awesome" chant. Rhodes avoided the stomp, but Rollins hit the crossroads. Rhodes held on and hit the crossroads for a near fall.

Rhodes and Rollins ran for the sledgehammer. Rhodes got to it first, but he couldn't use it because of his injury. Rhodes recovered and hit two crossroads. He picked up the sledgehammer and hit Rollins in the face for the win to a massive pop.

Rhodes celebrated in the ring to end Hell in a Cell.



Final Thoughts: Thumbs Up


By: #GeraldRoberts