Michael Cole, Booker T and Jim Ross are the announcers as Jerry Lawler is still recovering from injuries after being put through a table by Mark Henry. I guess he fought through those injuries when he wrestled Terry Funk last night?
Christian vs. Sheamus
As Christian came to the ring, Miz and R-Truth came to the front row holding tickets through the crowd. Johnny Ace and security tried to throw them out but they said they bought tickets and argued. They were finally forced out of the building. Don’t they get to take their PPV chairs with them?
The announcers wondered how they could legally force Miz and Truth out of the building as Sheamus and Christian locked up. Sheamus forced him into a corner and broke clean. Christian went for a waistlock takedown but was elbowed in the face and Sheamus stood over him defiantly.
Sheamus used a side headlock takedown to cover Christian for a two count, then repeated the attempt. Christian forced him into the ropes and Sheamus broke clean. Christian slugged him so Sheamus returned fire. Christian slipped out to the floor, where Sheamus followed and gave chase. As they returned to the ring, Christian slugged him, which only pissed off Sheamus.
Sheamus went for a slam but Christian slipped out and shoved him into the ropes. Sheamus came back with a series of shots across the chest while Christian was outside on the apron. Sheamus slammed him for a two count. Christian kicked off Sheamus after being whipped into the corner. He was caught during a bodypress attempt and nailed with a Fall Away Slam.
Sheamus climbed the ropes but was shoved off to the floor. Christian worked him over on the floor and rolled him back in, nailing a series of rights. He choked Sheamus’ throat against the top rope. Sheamus fired back and they went back and forth. Christian nailed a back elbow off the center turnbuckle, then attempted a sleeper. Sheamus sat down into a jawbreaker to escape the hold.
Christian continued beating him down, working him over with punches and stomps. Sheamus began to mount a comeback but was caught with a knee to the gut as he rebounded off the ropes. Christian continued working him over but Sheamus began blocking punches and mounted his own series of moves with knees and other strikes.
Sheamus went for a press slam but Christian slipped out and went for the Killswitch. Christian was fought off but snapped Sheamus over the ropes. Christian was caught with a backbreaker out of an Uranage for a two count. Sheamus called for the High Cross but Christian began nailing a series of strikes and went to the top. Sheamus stopped him and went for a superplex. Christian fought him off and used the ropes to catapult himself into a kick. He followed up with a tornado DDT out of the corner for another near fall.
Sheamus fought back and nailed a running kneelift. Sheamus went to go to the top but Christian stopped him. Sheamus kicked him away and pulled himself up. Sheamus nailed a flying shoulderblock off the top rope. He went for the Brouge Kick but Christian slipped out of the ring. Sheamus followed and they ended up jockeying for position with a suplex to the floor. Sheamus ended up on the floor. Christian went for a sliding kick but was caught and slammed to the floor. Christian came back with a spear on the floor.
Sheamus pulled himself into the ring, where he was speared again but kicked up at the last second, Christian was frustrated that it didn’t get the job done. Christian went for a swan dive headbutt but Sheamus rolled out of the ring. Sheamus went for the High Cross but Christian slipped out and went for the Killswitch. Sheamus slipped out but was sent into the corner. Christian charged for a spear but Sheamus moved and Christian hit the ringpost shoulder-first.
Christian staggered into the Brouge Kick and was pinned.
Your winner, Sheamus!
Very good back and forth opener.
Matt Striker tried to interview World champion Mark Henry about being in the Hell in A Cell. He said that he’s never been in one, but it’s a different time and he’s a different champion. He said Randy Orton was going to join the Hall of Pain, whether it was in a back alley or the cell. Good promo.
Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara
For simplicity’s sake, I am going to refer to them as Blue and Black.
Each man claimed they were the real Cara at the bell. Black took Blue down to the mat and tied him up while grandstanding, then tied him up in a sideways bow and arrow. Blue slipped out and covered him for a one count. They went back and forth and faced off.
They did some nice Lucha reversals and faced off again. They went into a test of strength with Black getting the better of it. He leapt atop of Blue who flipped him over and then flipped over again, landing on his feet. They exchanged Lucha headscissors and faced off. The story was that they were mirroring each other.
Black caught Blue with several kicks and whipped him into the ropes but was caught with a rana and a Lucha armdrag that sent Black to the floor. Blue hit a tope con hilo over the top to the floor. Blue nailed a sliding kick to the outside. He went for an Asai Moonsault but Black moved out of the way. Black nailed a slingshot senton splash onto Blue for a two count.
Black cinched in a side chinlock and the crowd rallied Blue. Black cut him off and covered him for a two count. Black rammed his head into the buckles and chopped away at Blue. Blue was sent to the apron and knocked off. Black hit a tope over the ropes onto Blue. Black covered Blue for a two count.
Black continued to control Blue and went back to the side chinlock and tagged him with a kick. Blue fought his way out of a waistlock. They went for a dropkick at the same time. The crowd began catcalling them with a “Boring” chant. Blue nailed a headscissor and sent Black to the ground. He hit a dive from the top rope to the floor.
Back in the ring, Black kicked out of several near falls and was caught with a kick. Blue went for a rana but was dropped into a powerbomb for a two count. They battled on the top rope and Blue armdragged Black into the ring. Blue was backdropped over the top to the apron but drilled Black with a kick. Blue missed a swanton but rolled through. Blue caught Black with the Code Red for the pin.
Your winner, Sin Cara (original, blue)
It was a pretty unique match for WWE in that they did a complete Lucha style mixed in with some WWE trademark spots to build crowd sympathy. I thought it was solid but it seemed lost on some of the crowd and they had some timing issues. If this thing takes off when they tape TV in Mexico, that's one thing but they really need to explain this stronger to the audience because the crowd just saw it as two guys in masks doing spots and it didn't resonate.
Backstage, David Otunga asked CM Punk if they can speak. Punk told him no and asked if he had ambulances to go chase. Otunga reminded him of his Harvard education and said he was representing the WWE stars. Punk said he doesn’t need representation and has his own voice. Punk said when he wins the WWE title, he won’t change his mind. He told Otunga that he hates lawyers and to “vanish.” Otunga walked off.
WWE Tag Team champions Air Boom vs. WWE United States champion Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger (with Vickie Guerrero)
Swagger and Kingston started off and went back and forth. Kofi went for a monkey flip but was slammed down. Kingston came back with an uppercut and tagged into Bourne, setting up a double stomp. Swagger slammed Bourne and tagged Ziggler. Bourne nailed a series of kicks to Zigger’s legs and tagged Kingston back in.
Kofi nailed a leaping forearm into the corner off Bourne’s back. The champions doubled on Ziggler and Bourne covered him for a two count after a nice dropkick. Swagger tagged in and cut off Bourne, nailing a series of shoulderblocks into the corner a big Beal Throw for a two count. The challengers cut off the ring, tagging in and out as they dominated Bourne.
Kingston tagged in and was cut off so the challengers took turns working him over. The announcers used the match as a backdrop to put over the HHH COO storyline. It was sort of silly for Michael Cole to say the guys speaking out were being penalized when he namedrops Swagger and Zigger and at the same time they are challenging for a TITLE. Yeah, some punishment!
Swagger nailed Bourne off the apron to distract the ref so Ziggler can work over Kingston. The crowd began rallying Kingston who kicks off an ankle lock attempt and catches Swagger with a big DDT. Bourne makes the hot tag. Bourne nails a double knee strike off the ropes on Ziggler who kicked out at the last second. Ziggler goes for the Famouser but Bourne avoids it and hits a standing moonsault for a two count. Swagger grabs an ankle lock but Kingston nails a bodypress on him. Bourne small packages Ziggler for a two count. Ziggler comes out of it with a clothesline.
Zigger picks up Bourne so Swagger can powerbomb him off the top. Bourne turns it into a rana and rolled through with a forward roll for the pin as Kofi pulled Ziggler out of the ring.
Your winners and still WWE Tag Team champions, Air Boom!
Good back and forth tag match.
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