Randy Orton, the Hell in a Cell veteran between him and Daniel Bryan, used the environment to cause suffering early on.
He sent Bryan crashing into the steel steps and rubbed his head into the cell wall. Bryan dished out his own torture soon after, hanging Orton upside down and dropkicking him in the head.
Orton's gleeful look as he sent Bryan into the ring post, Bryan's powerbomb and a long exchange of European uppercuts helped build the match toward the climax.
Bryan took Orton's lead in mercilessness, grinding Orton against the cage. He then threw about a dozen of chairs into the ring, readying himself for an attack that never came.
Orton picked through the pile of chairs and reddened Bryan's back again and again.
Shawn Michaels seemed to think of stopping the match a few times, one of which was when Orton superplexed Bryan onto a small mountain of chairs.
Triple H came down to argue Michaels' officiating. This distracted him to the point that Orton and Bryan collided into "The Heartbreak Kid," knocking him out.
The chaos that ensued ended with Micheals hitting Bryan with Sweet Chin Music and Orton taking advantage of the kick. Did Michaels do it as an instinctual reaction to Bryan hitting Triple H, or was this a calculated move?
Orton wins by pinfall to win the WWE Championship.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"Daniel Bryan's a quick learner," JBL on Bryan using the steel steps on Orton.
Bryan hit two suicide dives before Orton turned the third one into a meeting of Bryan's head and steel.
"The slow dissection of Bryan by The Viper," Michael Cole.
Bryan kneed Triple H in the face.
This felt far more personal than the CM Punk Hell in a Cell, as well more violent and barbaric. Bryan and Orton pulled off the best match in their series thanks to great energy from both men and the drama and confusion that was its final chapter.
The question now becomes do Bryan and Michaels enter a rivalry, does Orton and Bryan's feud continue or is Triple H vs. Bryan on the horizon?