It appears that Daniel Bryan’s long awaited run as WWE champion won’t come any time soon. The company’s top babyface over the past two months lost to Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell on Sunday night.
The third WWE Pay-Per-View in six weeks was held on Sunday, with multiple superstars making long-awaited returns. John Cena had been advertised to come back for the first time in two months. Kane made his first appearance since SummerSlam, as well. He interrupted a confrontation between The Miz and member of the Wyatt Family. After Luke Harper and Erick Rowan dispersed from the ring, Kane hit Miz with a Chokeslam.
One match was canceled before the start of the PPV. Big E Langston was supposed to challenge Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental title, but the champ was unable to compete because of an injury.
The Big Show was not on the PPV, after having been on the past few episodes of Monday Night Raw, even though he’d been recently fired in the storyline. There are rumors that he’ll return to WWE TV on Monday, along with Vince McMahon.
Below are the complete results from WWE Hell in a Cell 2013, as well as a recap for each match. The match card included eight contests on the PPV and one on the pre-show.
Randy Orton OVER Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match)
Special guest referee Shawn Michaels turned on the two-time WWE champion by delivering Sweet Chin Music, allowing Orton to get the pin fall. HBK went after Bryan in retaliation for a high knee that he gave to Triple H, who had recently entered the ring.
WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust OVER Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. The Usos
The Rhodes brothers retained their titles in what may have been the best match of the night. Cody pinned Rollins after hitting the Cross Rhodes.
John Cena OVER World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio
In his first match since SummerSlam, Cena pinned Del Rio for the championship. There was no cash-in attempt by Sandow, though Cena is expected to hold onto the secondary title for that long. It’s the first time he’s held this belt since April 2009.
CM Punk OVER Ryback & Paul Heyman (Handicap Hell in a Cell Match)
For the second straight year at Hell in a Cell, Punk pinned Ryback for the win. This time, however, Punk went over clean after hitting his opponent with a GTS. Heyman began the match standing on top of the cage. When the contest ended, Punk climbed to the top, where he beat his former manager with a kendo stick and hit him with his finisher.
Divas Champion AJ Lee OVER Brie Bella
Brie was distracted when she accidentally hit Nikki, who was standing at ringside. That allowed AJ to lock in her Black Widow submission, forcing the challenger to tap out. The collision could be the start of the rumored split between the two twins, which could come just in time for the “Total Divas” return in two weeks.
Big E Langston OVER United States Champion Dean Ambrose
Ambrose was counted out, losing but still holding on to the title. Both wrestlers required stitches after leaving the ring with gashes on their face.
Los Matadores OVER The Real Americans
Los Matadores got the victory in their first WWE PPV appearance.
Fandango & Summer Rae OVER The Great Khali & Natalya (Mixed Tag Team match)
Summer Rae rolled up Natalya for the win in her first WWE match.
Damien Sandow OVER Kofi Kingston (Kickoff Match)
Sandow won after hitting Kingston with his new fnihser that he calls the “Your Welcome.”