WWE Hell in a Cell was a hell of a PPV. Not all of it was good, but it was consistent.
There were also some big moments and a lot happened in one night. Last night, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker had their final encounter inside the Hell in a Cell. Seth Rollins and Kane fought for the WWE Championship. Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns battled to determine the better man, and the United States Open Challenge finally found a challenger to take the gold from John Cena.
There were plenty of surprises, great matches and big moments. Here are the top five moments from Hell in a Cell 2015:
5. Alberto Del Rio Returns to Become WWE United States Champion
There were rumors all day of who would finally be the mystery opponent to challenge John Cena at Hell in a Cell. Everyone from Samoa Joe to Daniel Bryan was heavily rumored, but it was a shocker when Alberto Del Rio returned to WWE. Not only did Del Rio return, but Zeb Colter also came out in a scooter wheelchair to align and introduce Del Rio. That’s a strange pairing on paper, but we need to see more to understand their union.
Regardless, Del Rio returned to defeat John Cena and capture the United States title. To be honest, the match could have been much better. The ending was weak, but there is so much on this card that they wanted to save time. In the end, no one is going to remember how Del Rio won. They’ll just remember that he won. It doesn’t affect the moment at all.
It’s going to be very intriguing to see where WWE goes with Del Rio from here. Del Rio’s return was out of left field. But it helps the WWE midcard as Cena takes some time off. Del Rio also brings so many new matchups for the United States title.
It’s still to be determined if Del Rio is a face or a heel. Tonight’s Raw should clear that up and set the second coming of Del Rio on the right path.
4. Charlotte Retains Against Nikki Bella
The major run of Nikki Bella is over. Bella was the core of the Divas Division for almost an entire year. I know she gets a lot of criticism for many reasons, but she did a superb job making the Divas Championship look somewhat relevant in a weaker division while also holding the championship for 301 days. That’s not easy to do in her shoes.
However, now it’s Charlotte’s turn to carry the ball and this match was the last push she needed from Nikki Bella to establish herself as the Divas Champion. The match was quite good. It had time, and it made both competitors look good at the end. That Alabama Slam onto the ring apron was awesome. Charlotte didn’t honestly sell it because that looked devastating. Charlotte won with the Figure Eight, but Nikki’s tap out was more defiant than it was a cowardly submission.
It was a quality match, but I’m concerned about Paige coming down to congratulate Charlotte and acting like nothing had happened? It would just be lazy to drop the Paige storyline now, but it wouldn’t be the first time. Charlotte can now move onto other opponents, but I just have to ask. Can Sasha Banks please get consistent time on WWE television now?
3. Reigns vs. Wyatt Hell in a Cell
The match of the night from my perspective. Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt had the most personal feud going into Hell in a Cell, and it showed in the ring with a great story. Both men came out looking stronger at the end of this match. The Spear from the apron, and through the table was the spot of the night.
Reigns needed the win more. As we would see later in the night and will see later in this column, Wyatt is onto other things. Reigns hasn’t won in a big singles match situation since Daniel Bryan at Fastlane earlier this year.
If it were me booking, Roman Reigns is the number one contender to Seth Rollins’ championship. The powers that be may save that for WrestleMania, but Reigns has a lot of momentum after that match. He should use it now while it’s hot.
2. Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker has become a significant feud in WWE history. In 2002, it was the feud that truly put Lesnar over as a champion. I remembered that feud fondly, and I especially remembered their first Hell in the Cell match in a similar fashion. It has blood, impressive spots, a lot of storytelling and put over Brock Lesnar when it was his time to win.
Fast forward to Sunday’s Hell in a Cell match, and there is still all those elements and results to their match. Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker were great opponents for one another; Sunday proved that fact loud and clear. Their match was very physical and featured a lot of rarities in today’s WWE. There were chair headshots, blood and the spot of tearing up the ring. That was a great touch.
Ultimately, Lesnar had to go over Undertaker. What was the whole point of ending The Streak if it buries the guy who broke it almost two years later? Besides, The Undertaker is right now being carried to bigger and better things.
1. Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker II
The Wyatt Family has abducted The Undertaker.
After the match with Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker had a cool moment with the crowd in what is likely to be his final Hell in the Cell match. Before The Undertaker dropped to his knee to cover the arena in darkness, the Wyatt Family arrived to dismantle The Deadman. They beat him down in front of all his fans and then abducted him on their backs out of the arena to God knows where. The Wyatt Family has abducted The Undertaker. What happens next?
There are too many possibilities.
What if The Wyatt Family keeps The Undertaker prisoner for an extended period of time? What if The Undertaker joins The Wyatt Family as its most influential member to make them a team of five? There’s also the more obvious build of Team Undertaker vs. The Wyatt Family at Survivor Series. We’ll just have to wait and see what WWE has in store.
Hell in a Cell 2015 was a good show. WWE brought the goods. Now, we build to Survivor Series.