WWE Hell in a Cell 2013

WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterOctober 27, 2013

WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    Lower the cage and get some new championship nameplates ready; WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 is here.

    Biblical hell promises weeping and gnashing teeth; WWE promises violence, triumphs and an imposing steel structure in its version.

    One man claims the vacant WWE Championship, two feuds climax inside "The Devil's Playground" and a megastar returns from injury. The biggest questions surrounding this pay-per-view center around what part Shawn Michaels and Big Show will play in Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton III, how will John Cena look in his first match back and if Hell in a Cell can outdo the previous two slumping pay-per-views.

    Results, grades and reaction will go up here after each match.

    From the pre-show to Bryan's first steps into the Hell in a Cell, how well did WWE deliver in terms of story and excitement? Let's begin a match born from an injury.

Pre-Show: Damien Sandow vs. Kofi Kingston

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    Curtis Axel and Big E Langston's showdown for the Intercontinental Championship will have to wait; Axel's hip injury instead led to Kofi Kingston and Damien Sandow going to battle.

    Langston challenged Dean Ambrose during the pre-show, allowing the powerhouse to still get a title shot.

    Sandow called John Cena "a false idol" as he sauntered to the ring, promising to keep a close eye on Cena's world title match. In his own match, Sandow began by stomping Kingston in the corner. Kingston's speed soon had"The Wildcat" take the advantage.

    Kingston had some impressive moments, but Sandow kicked out when he had to and turned to his full nelson slam for the win.

     

    Result

    Sandow wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Aren't you slack-jawed mouth breathers just beaming with anticipation," Sandow to the Miami fans.

    Kingston avoids getting thrown in the steel steps by leaping over them and then uses them to launch himself at Sandow. 

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    Without any story leading into it, Sandow and Kingston put on a solid match. Kingston looked like a worthy foe, and the bout offered Sandow a stage to show off his viciousness.

    WWE continues to have Sandow shake off his long losing streak with wins like these, prepping the fans to see him as a legitimate world champ.

Tag Team Championship Triple Threat

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    The title shot The Usos were owed as No. 1 contenders merged with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins' rematch.  

    The Usos and Cody Rhodes and Goldust began the bout very respectfully, seemingly holding back. The tone changed once Reigns and Rollins entered the fray. Reigns pulled at Goldust's face and Rollins mocked his face-painted foe, calling him "old man." 

    The Shield punished Goldust, leaving him crawling around the ring in pain. 

    Rhodes went on a flurry and seemed close to putting Rollins away when The Usos forced their way in and got a few near-falls on The Shield. The pace of the match quickened. Victory seemed in everyone's grip at one point, but the Rhodes brothers teamed up to get a pin on Rollins. 

     

    Result

    Rhodes pins Rollins after the Cross Rhodes.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    The Shield ripped The Usos from the apron as Goldust tried to tag them.

    Jimmy Usos tossed Rollins in the air and landed a thunderous Samoan drop.

    Rhodes superplexed Rollins to the outside, colliding with every combatant in the match.

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    The animosity between the teams and the titles being on the line gave the match a compelling energy from the beginning. This was a fantastic opener that utilized each team's strengths and set the bar high for Hell in a Cell. 

    Each team looked strong, and the idea of seeing any combination of them going at it again is an enticing one.

The Miz Promo

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    The Miz limped to the ring and announced he wasn't medically cleared but wanted a fight with Bray Wyatt anyway. He dared "The Eater of Worlds" to come at him.

    Wyatt sent Erick Rowan and Luke Harper in his stead. The two brutes brawled with Miz until Kane ran in and tossed them aside. With the Wyatt Family gone, Kane chokeslammed Miz.

     

    Result

    Kane returns to attack Miz.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Get out of your Cracker Barrel rocking chair," Miz to Wyatt.

    "Your words mean less than salt to me" Wyatt to Miz.

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    The Wyatt and Miz feud got some tension added to it with their exchange of words. The surprise of Kane is a fun one. It looks as if he's decided to follow the buzzards and join Wyatt.

    This segment was a great teaser, as it created some questions and leaves fans hungry to know what's next.

Fandango and Summer Rae vs. Great Khali

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    An unscheduled match saw Fandango team up with his longtime dance partner, Summer Rae, against The Great Khali and Natalya.

    The two Divas attacked each other aggressively and traded some solid technical wrestling sequences, with a few dropkicks tossed in. Natalya put Fandango in the Sharpshooter, and Hornswoggle provided a distraction by laughing at him.

    There was little to speak of beyond that; the filler match ending with Summer using a school boy pin for the win. 

     

    Result

    Summer pinned Natalya for the win.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I'm better than Jimmy the Greek, I'm like Nostradamus," JBL.

     

    Grade

    C-

     

    Analysis

    This is the kind of match that can poke holes in a pay-per-view's momentum. The Miami fans reacted to Khali entering with stone faces, never a good sign.

    Summer had flashes of good ring work, but this was a mostly lifeless match that belonged more on Raw.

Dean Ambrose vs. Big E Langston (United States Championship)

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    Big E Langston got the win, but not the title.

    Dean Ambrose taunted him to open the bout before slapping him in the face. Langston went on an offensive run, rattling the ring with power moves. Ambrose's chops only seemed to anger Langston, who pounded on the champ for much of the match.

    Getting tossed to the outside had Ambrose limping from a pained left knee, but the champion regained the advantage after slamming Langston into the ring apron.

    The two foes cracked heads, and Langston suffered a cut under his eye that bled all over Ambrose. It was Ambrose, though, who pulled a Roberto Duran and called it quits midmatch. He allowed himself to be counted out as he stumbled around the ring.

     

    Result

    Langston wins by count-out.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "The Bella Twins, Hornswoggle, The Brooklyn Brawler, we got all the stars," JBL.

    Langston knocked Ambrose to the outside with a huge shoulder block.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Langston looked like a train tearing through a wooden barricade at times. He was impressive enough here to earn a second title shot and would make an intriguing champion.

    Ambrose called spots really loudly a few times and seemed annoyed with the big man at times. 

CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman and Ryback (Hell in a Cell)

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    Never one to leave an opportunity for villainous ingenuity unseized, Paul Heyman rode to the ring on a scissor lift and then belittled CM Punk as he had it place him atop the Hell in a Cell.

    Punk and Ryback then battled underneath, Punk taking little time to bring a kendo stick into the action. Ryback flung him into the cell's wall, cracked him with the stick and mocked him.

    The match slowed from here, Ryback flinging Punk around or else holding him in wear-down holds.

    A table soon became the center of the action as Ryback tried to split Punk atop it before Punk later broke the table thanks to an elbow drop in Ryback's chest. Punk hit the Go to Sleep for the win.

    Kendo stick in hand, Punk climbed up and throttled Heyman with it.

      

    Result

    Punk wins by pinfall and gets his revenge on Heyman on the roof of the cage.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "There is the man who is going to collect your soul," Heyman to Punk.

    Ryback suplexed Punk into the cage several times in a row.

    Ryback dropped Punk, family jewels first, on the edge of a table.

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    The low grade is a result of falling short of expectations.

    For a Hell in a Cell match, the presumed final chapter in a long, personal rivalry, this was surprisingly low-energy. The beatdown on top of the cage was a memorable moment, but the match before it dragged and was among the least impressive in this feud.

Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans

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    Zeb Colter doubted the legal immigration status of Los Matadores and the crowd in the American Airlines Arena before his tag team went into action.

    Diego hit some flying moves early but hurt his leg on the outside. Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro pounced on him, keeping him in their corner and alternating using the bullfighter as a punching bag. Cesaro used the Cesaro Swing, but he and Swagger soon found themselves playing the victim.

    Los Matadores escaped the Patriot Lock and hit their double-team suplex for the win. El Torito came in to throw some offense in as well.

     

    Result

    Los Matadores won via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "He's a mini-taur, but he's not a minotaur," Michael Cole.

    The crowd roared upon seeing the Cesaro Swing. 

    "Did he give me the middle hoof?" JBL on El Torito.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    Surprising pockets of drama led to this match being enjoyable filler. It was a silly, quick and fun bout meant to provide an emotional breather between big matches and did that job solidly. 

John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship)

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    The story of this match was how John Cena would do in light of recovering so soon from injury and battling ring rust. Alberto Del Rio attacked the arm immediately, a vulture swooping in on a freshly fallen carcass.

    Del Rio was relentless to begin with, initiating a quick pace and kicking Cena's injured arm whenever it was within reach.

    The champion grinned as he hit his moves and cranked Cena's arm back. This attack forced Cena to be in survival mode for the most part.

    After Del Rio missed a dropkick and slipped through the ropes and crashed hard on the outside, Cena managed to get some of his trademark offense in. The two men traded being on top for brief moments, the match becoming more enthralling as it went along.

    Del Rio clamped on the cross armbreaker, tearing at Cena's brace as he did it. Cena powerbombed out of it.

    The Attitude Adjustment was not far behind as was Cena's third world title reign.

     

    Result

    Cena wins the World Heavyweight Championship by pin.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Cena's pop, with an undertone of boos, was electric.

    Del Rio mocked Cena's "you can't see me" gesture, but soon got dropkicked in the face.

    Del Rio escaped the STF thanks to the very tips of his fingers reaching the ropes.

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    Cena's critics are going to bemoan his Superman-like qualities in this match, but it was a fantastic bout. Del Rio looked like a predator and wily strategist who came up just short against a warrior.

    The drama generated here is why pro wrestling is so awesome, regardless of how you feel about the winner.

    The world title suddenly gets a boost in its interest level with the company's biggest star holding it.

AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella (Divas Championship)

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    Brie Bella challenged AJ Lee for the second straight pay-per-view. 

    Brie laid AJ out with a good-looking punch early on. Moments later, she was rolling around the outside of the ring, thanks to AJ sending her face to the floor. 

    Brie later accidentally kneed her sister in the face, thinking she was hitting Tamina Snuka.

    AJ used the distraction to slap on the Black Widow. The challenger soon tapped.

     

    Result

    AJ wins via submission.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    AJ ripped Brie's headband off and tossed it aside before delighting in hurting her opponent.

    AJ and Brie traded some excellent reversals near the end.

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    Brie still has some sloppy moments, but she has been getting better as of late. This was a competitive match that was entertaining and built on animosity.

    AJ is going to run out of challengers soon, though, unless Tamina turns on her or Paige comes to the main roster.

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship/Hell in a Cell)

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    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?

     

    Result

    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.

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    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?

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