WWE Championship – Hell in a Cell
Randy Orton (c) vs. Sheamus
Michael Cole noted that this was the 20th Hell in a Cell match in WWE history. Justin Roberts did introductions for the challenger Sheamus and the champion Randy Orton.
Lots of big right hand exchanges between Orton and Sheamus early on. Orton with a quick kick to the chest of Sheamus. Sheamus fights back pushing Orton into the corner. Orton with a quick clothesline that sends Sheamus over the top rope into the side of the cage on the outside. Back in the ring, Orton trips up Sheamus and hits a few big stomps. Orton with a big knee to the head. Sheamus with a springboard shoulder block on Orton with force. Sheamus sends Orton back first into the side of the cage and follows it up with a big clothesline on the floor. Sheamus tosses the top part of the steel steps at Orton, but Orton moves and the steps hit the steel ring post instead. Orton quickly picks up Sheamus and drives him back first into the side of the cage two times. Orton picks up the steel steps and bounces them off the head of Sheamus. Great line from a fan in the front row who yelled, “Are you okay fella!?” Sheamus fires back sending Orton off the ring apron and flying into the side of the cage. Sheamus then removes a turnbuckle pad from a corner and tries to send Orton into it. Orton counters fighting back, but Sheamus responds with his sledgehammer to the face as Orton came bouncing off the ropes.
Sheamus then drives the face of Orton into the side of the cage fencing. Sheamus picks up the top part of the steel ring steps and puts them on their side. Sheamus then gives Orton a front suplex over the steel ring steps over his ribs. Sheamus starts dropping knees over Orton’s ribs and tosses him back in the ring. Sheamus drops down and applies a full body sleeper. Orton powers himself back up, but Sheamus cuts him off with a big knee. Sheamus starts to squeeze the ribs of Orton and yells at the referee to ask him. Orton with a big back suplex on Sheamus. Sheamus connects with the exposed turnbuckle right on his shoulder and Orton drops Sheamus with a big dropkick soon afterwards. Orton with a series of clotheslines and a big powerslam on Sheamus. Orton with a belly-to-belly suplex for a close two count on Sheamus. Orton with his modified backbreaker and is ready to strike. Sheamus dodges an RKO attempt and connects with a big knee to the gut on Orton as he came off the ropes. Sheamus grabs the bottom part of the steel steps and brings them inside the ring. Sheamus with more big shots to the ribs of Orton. Orton counters big time giving Sheamus a huge powerslam over the steel ring steps.
Loud “RKO!” chant starts up in the crowd. Orton tried to DDT Sheamus through the ropes onto the steel steps, but Sheamus broke it up quickly. Orton then jumped over and dropped Sheamus’ chin off the top rope. Orton pulls Sheamus under the bottom rope and then drops him with a big DDT right on the floor. Sheamus fights back pushing Orton shoulder and rib first into the steel ring post. Back in the ring, Sheamus brings Orton on top of the steel ring steps. Sheamus with a huge backbreaker over his knee on Orton. Sheamus then drops Orton with a big boot to the jaw and gets a very close two count. Sheamus can’t believe it. Sheamus grabs a steel chair from under the ring and proceeds to start hitting it over the body of Orton. Sheamus hooks the leg and Orton somehow kicks out after taking the punishment from the steel chair. Sheamus picks up the chair again as Orton gets to his feet. Sheamus misses a chairshot attempt. Orton with an RKO on Sheamus. Sheamus then rolls out of the ring to avoid a pinfall. Orton rolls out and looks to punt Sheamus in the head. Sheamus dodges a punt attempt and catches Orton with another big boot. Sheamus rolls Orton back in the ring, hooks the leg and Orton still kicks out.
Sheamus is frustrated and can’t believe Orton kick out again. Sheamus looks to either hit a piledriver or powerbomb over the steel steps, but Orton breaks out and drops Sheamus on his back. Orton with an RKO on Sheamus over the steel steps. Sheamus falls back, but Orton is able to cover him for the pinfall and retain his title.
Winner & still WWE Champion: Randy Orton
After the match, Randy Orton holds the WWE Championship up high in the middle of the Hell in a Cell. Orton leaves the ring and puts the WWE Championship around his waist. He then climbs up the Hell in a Cell structure and celebrates his win at the top of the cage.
A promo for WWE’s Bragging Rights PPV promoting Raw vs. Smackdown on Sunday, October 24 airs. The Nexus get some time at the end of the promo with the “N” in Bragging taking on the Nexus logo.
Backstage, Josh Mathews is with the season three WWE NXT rookie Divas. Mathews promotes that we will get our first elimination this Tuesday night on WWE.com. The Nexus show up and all the rookie Divas walk away. Wade Barrett said there is something in the air tonight and he can feel it. Mathews said what many feel is in the air tonight is the end of Nexus and that no one from Nexus can interfere in the match tonight per the Raw GM. Barrett promises he will beat John Cena tonight and tomorrow night they will present him with a Nexus arm band.
* Alberto Del Rio is on his way out to the arena.