Hell in a Cell (2010)
|Hell in a Cell (2010)|
Promotional poster featuring The Undertaker
|"Sacrifice" by Atom Smash|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||October 3, 2010|
|Venue||American Airlines Center|
|Hell in a Cell chronology|
Hell in a Cell (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and presented by WowWee's Paper Jamz that took place on October 3, 2010, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. It was the second annual Hell in a Cell event. Like the 2009 event, the event featured the Hell in a Cell match. Six matches took place at the event. This event marks the last time that a match for the World Heavyweight Championship was the main event of a WWE Pay-Per-View.
Hell in a Cell featured professional wrestling matches which involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that were played out on World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match.
The main rivalry from the Raw brand featured the new champion Randy Orton against former champion Sheamus in a Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship. At Night of Champions, Orton won the championship in a six-pack challenge against Chris Jericho, Edge, John Cena, Wade Barrett and Sheamus to win the championship, following a winning streak leading up to the pay-per-view. The following night on Raw, Sheamus invoked his rematch clause for the championship. The Raw General Manager agreed to the match, allowing it to be contested as a Hell in a Cell match.
The main rivalry from the SmackDown brand featured champion Kane against The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship. The storyline saw Kane attack The Undertaker to put him in a vegetative state and steal his powers, which led to Kane dominating The Undertaker upon The Undertaker's return. At Night of Champions, Kane faced The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match for the championship, which he won. In an attempt to get rid of The Undertaker for good, Kane challenged him to a Hell in a Cell match, a match originally conceived by The Undertaker, and the match in which Kane made his debut by attacking Undertaker nearly 13 years before at Badd Blood: In Your House. A returning Paul Bearer reunited with The Undertaker on the September 24 episode of SmackDown, however, restoring his powers.
Another rivalry from Raw involved John Cena and Wade Barrett, the leader of a group of former NXT rookies known as The Nexus. Since their creation, The Nexus had assaulted several wrestlers on Raw, but focused mainly on Cena causing him to lose several championship matches. At Night of Champions, The Nexus attacked Cena which allowed Barrett to eliminate him from the six-pack challenge. The next day on Raw, both Cena and Barrett agreed to a match with the stipulation that if Barrett was to win, then Cena would join The Nexus. If Cena won, however, The Nexus would be forced to disband.
Writer Rob McNichol reviewed the pay-per-view for The Sun, rating it a six out of ten. He heavily criticized the match between Kane and The Undertaker, describing it variously as "embarrassing", "infantile", and a "debacle". In contrast, he praised the opening match and the Hell in a Cell match between Randy Orton and Sheamus, stating that the latter was "easily the best match of the night."
Paul Bearer issued a challenge to the Undertaker to fight Kane in a Buried Alive Match shortly after the events of Hell in a Cell. Undertaker accepted and would taunt Kane with his pyrotechnics, as well as drag him under the ring later. At Bragging Rights, Kane defeated Undertaker with help from The Nexus in order to close the feud.
As the newest member of The Nexus, John Cena attempted to destroy the group from the inside, until the Raw General Manager told Cena to follow Wade Barrett's orders or lose his job. In a battle royal to determine the number one contender to the WWE Championship, Barrett and Cena made it to the final two. Barrett then forced Cena to eliminate himself, making Barrett the new number one contender. To further guarantee his success, Barrett made Cena stand in his corner at Bragging Rights in his match against Randy Orton, as well as firing Cena if Barrett didn't win. At Bragging Rights, Wade Barrett won by disqualification after Cena attacked him, thus letting Cena keep his job and not letting Barrett win the WWE Championship. Also at Bragging Rights, Cena won the WWE Tag Team Championship with David Otunga.
|1D||Goldust, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston defeated Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler||Six-man tag team match||Unknown|
|2||Daniel Bryan (c) defeated John Morrison and The Miz||Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere match for the WWE United States Championship||13:33|
|3||Randy Orton (c) defeated Sheamus||Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship||22:51|
|4||Edge defeated Jack Swagger||Singles match||11:31|
|5||Wade Barrett defeated John Cena||Singles match; since Barrett won, Cena had to join The Nexus. Had Cena won, The Nexus would have been disbanded.||17:48|
|6||Natalya defeated Michelle McCool (c) (with Layla) by disqualification||Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship||04:54|
|7||Kane (c) defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer)||Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship||21:38|
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