WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 Results: Reviewing Top Highlights and Low Points
Heading into Sunday, Hell in a Cell 2019 was shaping up to be a complete dud. The event seemed to fall so low on WWE's list of priorities that over half the card wasn't even announced in advance.
This was a steep hill to climb. How could fans care when WWE gave off the impression it wasn't as important as other shows? What was enticing about a four-match card when three of those matches had happened in the past month in some fashion?
There weren't many selling points outside of the possibility of some title changes to shake up the impending WWE Draft and the anticipation of wondering how WWE would fill out the card on a whim at the 11th hour.
Now that the event has ended, how did things play out? What were the standout moments of the night, for better or worse?
Presented in order of appearance, here is a breakdown of some of the highlights and low points of WWE Hell in a Cell 2019.
Full Match Results
WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 results
- Natalya defeated Lacey Evans by submission.
- Hell in a Cell Match: Becky Lynch defeated Sasha Banks by submission to retain the Raw Women's Championship.
- Tornado Tag Team Match: Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper by pinfall.
- Randy Orton defeated Ali by pinfall.
- The Kabuki Warriors defeated Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross by pinfall to win the Women's Tag Team Championship.
- The Viking Raiders and Braun Strowman defeated The O.C. by disqualification.
- Tamina won the 24/7 Championship from Carmella in a backstage segment.
- Chad Gable defeated King Corbin by pinfall.
- R-Truth pinned Tamina to win the 24/7 Championship.
- Charlotte Flair defeated Bayley by submission to win the SmackDown Women's Championship.
- Hell in a Cell Match: Bray Wyatt defeated Seth Rollins by disqualification.
Low Point: Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
It's no wonder WWE didn't announce this card ahead of time with matches like this on the lineup.
So far, the highlight of this feud between Lacey Evans and Natalya has been watching The Sassy Southern Belle struggle to do a Sharpshooter. It hasn't been a hot storyline where the WWE Universe can't wait to see what happens next.
It doesn't help, either, that they already had this match this past Monday and failed to surpass it.
After six matches this year on television—30 if house shows are counted—Evans and Natalya should have much better chemistry together. They've had enough time and experience to work out the kinks and construct a better match.
By now, since they haven't, WWE needs to cut its losses and stop thinking the 32nd time is the charm, but since a Last Woman Standing match has already been announced for Raw, that doesn't seem to be the case.
Highlight: Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
As one of the only reasons to tune in to this event, this had to deliver. Thankfully, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks had one of the best matches in the women's division this year.
From the onset with Lynch using the chains meant to lock the cell door as a weapon, both Superstars pulled no punches.
Whether they were using the tools surrounding the ring, including the cage itself, or just striking each other with their hands and feet, each blow had enthusiasm behind it. It really felt as though these were real attempts to put the other woman down for good.
Innovation in these gimmick matches is also a positive, and it was fun to see spots like The Boss sitting on a chair, propped up by two kendo sticks perched in the corner of the cage.
This was certainly worthy of the "this is awesome" chant it received and one of the best things to happen in WWE in a while.
Highlight: Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
Thankfully, WWE made the right call in making this a Tornado Tag Team match, as this feud demanded a more hardcore element to it.
There used to be a gap between how Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan were viewed in comparison to Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. Even a few months ago, this would be too heavily one-sided.
Here, though, WWE was careful to book both sides as equals so the babyfaces actually had to fight for their victory.
That considerably helped tell the story of The Bludgeon Brothers giving the babyfaces some insurmountable odds to deal with.
After all the chaos was settled, the cherry on top was Bryan disregarding Reigns' attempt at a handshake in favor of hugging it out—a nice callback to the last time Bryan teamed with someone he didn't see eye-to-eye with in Kane as Team Hell No.
Highlight: Ali vs. Randy Orton
With zero build outside of a quick interview segment on the kickoff, Ali and Randy Orton had an impromptu match that needed to have some sort of standout moment in order to justify why it was added to the card.
After an OK match that wasn't anything special or bad, that moment came about with Ali escaping an RKO in a way no one has ever done before.
Sadly, soon after, he took an RKO anyway and lost the match. But even in his loss, he clearly earned some respect, and The Viper will not overlook him going forward.
Hopefully, this was a step toward building more toward Team Hogan vs. Team Flair at Crown Jewel, as Ali would make a great addition to The Hulkster's squad.
Mixed Bag: The Kabuki Warriors Win the Women's Tag Team Championship
Alexa Bliss said it best on the pre-show when she questioned just what The Kabuki Warriors had done to deserve this random tag team match.
WWE dropped the ball in building this ahead of the event, but the four Superstars involved did their best to put on a good performance.
However, the match itself is hard to judge as far as a highlight or low point without the benefit of hindsight.
Was this a meaningless title change just for the sake of putting something on the card, or are there actual plans for these belts for the first time since their inception?
Are The Kabuki Warriors heels now after acting up quite a bit here, including Asuka using illegal mist to win? Or was that just supposed to be something to pop the crowd?
Will Bliss and Cross be separated in the draft with this as a means to make that easier?
Until these questions are answered, this segment could go either way. It was a fun enough match to be a highlight, but if it'll boil down to something useless in the long run, we may look back and wish the belts never changed hands.
Low Point: The Viking Raiders and Braun Strowman vs. The O.C.
The Viking Raiders have wrestled opposite The O.C. six times on Monday Night Raw since June, once with Braun Strowman on their side, too. That number is more than doubled if house shows are counted.
Without bringing something new to the table, it's hard to get excited about watching that again. Seeing Ivar do his cartwheel spot has gotten old, and this match was the same song and dance.
With no stakes attached to any of these fights, it continues to mean little to nothing for either side to win.
Even more discouraging is the thought that with the trend being copy-and-paste, WWE might follow this up with the exact same match Monday on Raw, keeping the cycle going.
Pay-per-view matches shouldn't end in disqualification, as they should not simply set up a rematch to be seen later down the line, particularly if the action wasn't impressive enough to want to see more.
Low Point: Chad Gable vs. King Baron Corbin
When Chad Gable and Baron Corbin fought in the final of the King of the Ring tournament, they had a great match that WWE promptly swept aside as not the most important aspect of the show. Corbin barely had his hand raised before they cut to a commercial and moved on to a new segment.
In their rematch the following week, Corbin almost tapped out to an ankle lock before blasting Gable in the head with his scepter, making him appear the weaker of the two despite winning the tournament.
Had WWE done anything this week to follow up on that, this match could have been something worth getting excited about. Instead, it was just a rehash of what had already been done better in recent weeks.
WWE has a team of writers who are supposed to create actual storylines for feuds that go beyond just booking the same match on repeat. For this to have any heat to it, it would have only taken one segment on Raw or SmackDown to do an angle that promoted this in advance.
The match itself was fine, but the situation as a whole left much to the imagination and seems to have been just a means to put over this ridiculous Shorty Gable nickname.
Mixed Bag: Charlotte Flair Wins the SmackDown Women's Championship
As one of the four matches WWE bet on selling this event, Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair underwhelmed. There isn't much to talk about as far as the action between the ropes that will be memorable.
However, if you're fond of title changes, seeing Flair win the SmackDown Women's Championship was likely one of your highlights of the night. It's exciting to see the landscape change and wonder how this will affect the draft, as it seems Lynch and Flair are now deadlocked into representing those brands going forward.
Bayley's post-match tantrum is also intriguing. How is she going to take this loss and move forward?
There could be any number of options for WWE's plans with these two, and that will prove more interesting than anything they did in this match.
Low Point: Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
For all the hype of Bray Wyatt being the perfect character to take Hell in a Cell to the next level, nothing much happened in this main event.
The majority of the match was just Seth Rollins hitting Wyatt with a weapon, going for a failed pinfall and casually trying out something else. None of those spots were exciting. They were tedious, like going down a checklist very slowly.
Then, instead of at least building to a worthwhile conclusion, this no-disqualification match ended with Rollins being disqualified for doing something perfectly legal in the confines of this gimmick.
To a chorus of boos, AEW chants and "restart the match" pleas from the crowd, the main event was a complete disappointment.
If WWE didn't want Rollins or Wyatt to have to lose, this match never should have been booked to begin with.
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