Sunday was a historic night for WWE as the Raw Women’s Championship match closed out Hell in a Cell 2016. Not only was it the first-ever women’s Hell in a Cell match, but it marked the first time that a women’s match was the main event of a WWE pay-per-view.
Charlotte and Sasha Banks proved that they were deserving of the spotlight, putting on a brutal match that featured tables and chairs. The women went back and forth for over a half hour, extending the PPV beyond its usual three-hour runtime.
The women’s title match was one of three Hell in a Cell matches on the card. Kevin Owens faced Seth Rollins in the cell with the Universal Championship on the line. Roman Reigns opened the show by defending his United States Championship against Rusev in the cell.
The “Monday Night Raw” PPV featured eight matches, including the pre-show. Five titles were defended, and two belts changed hands.
Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair (Hell in a Cell Match)
It looked like the match might not happen when Charlotte sent Sasha through the announcer table before the bell even rang. Sasha refused to be taken backstage on a stretcher, but the damage that was done would ultimately cost her the belt. Sasha’s back gave out when she tried to Powerbomb Charlotte through a table, and Charlotte proceeded to send the champion into the table twice. That allowed her to hit Natural Selection and win the title for the third time.
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins (Hell in a Cell Match)
Owens defeated Rollins in what was probably the best match on the card, but he needed Chris Jericho’s help to do so. Owens got the referee to open the cage by spraying him in the face with a fire extinguisher, which allowed Jericho to lock himself in the cell when a new referee entered the structure. Putting Owens through two tables wasn’t enough for Rollins, as Jericho interfered when it looked like he was about to get the pinfall. Rollins was eventually pinned when he was Powerbombed on top of a chair, and Jericho delivered a Codebreaker to Rollins when the match was over.
Winner: Kevin Owens
United States Champion Roman Reigns vs. Rusev (Hell in a Cell Match)
Reigns is back to getting the John Cena treatment. The punishment he suffered, including being trapped in the Accolade with a steel chain, would’ve forced any other wrestler to lose. But Reigns overcame the attempted submission, strikes from a Kendo stick, and much more to eventually win with a Spear.
Winner: Roman Reigns
WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick
Perkins looked to be on his way to a victory when Kendrick came up limping after coming off the second rope. As Perkins went to check on the challenger, when it appeared he might not be able to continue, Kendrick delivered a head-butt, having faked the injury. That allowed Kendrick to lock in the Captain’s Hook for the win and become the new Cruiserweight Champion.
Winner: Brian Kendrick
Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
The New Day lost the title match, but they still left the PPV with their titles. The champs were disqualified when Kofi Kingston, who wasn’t in the match, delivered Trouble in Paradise to Sheamus. Cesaro had Xavier Woods in a Sharpshooter as the match was prematurely ended, and he appeared to tap just as the ref called for the match to end.
Winner: Cesaro & Sheamus
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Enzo and Cass got the crowd on their side with a promo before the match began, but Gallows and Anderson picked up a much-needed victory. Enzo was pinned after being hit with the Magic Killer, giving the members of The Club their first pinfall at a PPV in five months.
Winner: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
Bayley fought through an injured shoulder to deliver a Bayley-to-Belly and win the match. It was the first PPV victory of Bayley’s WWE career.
Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado & Sin Cara vs. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari
As is usually the case, the babyfaces beat the heels on the pre-show. Alexander picked up the pinfall after hitting the Lumber Check on Gulak, potentially setting himself up for a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship in the future.
Winner: Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado & Sin Cara