Shawn Michaels helped Randy Orton win the WWE title over Daniel Bryan, and John Cena broke the Miami jinx to highlight the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
Before a packed crowd -- which included Ata Johnson (The Rock’s mom and High Chief Peter Maivia’s daughter), Udonis Haslam (three-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat) and Andy Elisburg (the mastermind behind the acquisition of the Three Kings on the Miami Heat) -- the pay-per-view did not disappoint action-wise.
Fans were disappointed with Bryan’s loss in the main event, especially since Bryan’s trainer, Michaels, played a major role in the outcome.
Bryan and Orton battled aggressively inside Hell in a Cell.
The Hell in a Cell is a 24-foot-high roofed cell (enclosed steel cage) structure surrounding the ring and ringside area. In a Hell in a Cell match, there are no disqualifications or countouts (also no escape). It’s also a good way to prevent outside interference like what occurred at Battleground.
The only way to win Hell in a Cell is by pinfall or submission inside the ring.
The intense matchup eventually saw Michaels accidently knocked down in the corner. That’s when it got a little crazy. Bryan had Orton pinned, but there was no one to make the count. Bryan tried to assist Michaels as Triple H ran to the ring and demanded the door open.
Of course, referee Mike Chioda obliged.
After Triple H pushed Bryan away from Michaels, he revived Michaels. Bryan then let his emotions get the best of him and nailed The Game with the Busaiku Knee Kick (running single leg high knee), laying out the COO.
With his best friend motionless on the mat, Michaels’ fiery emotions got the best of him, and he superkicked Bryan. Orton then rolled onto Bryan. Michaels hesitated before making the count, almost questioning what he just did, but he counted, and Orton became the new WWE champion.
A happy Triple H strapped the belt around Orton’s waist, and Orton (alone) celebrated in each corner to end the show.
Blood is thicker then Miami water, and HBK stuck up for his best friend.
Bryan has no one to blame but himself.
• Where Bryan left empty handed, John Cena returned to WWE and walked away plenty handed as he won the World title, beating South Florida’s Alberto Del Rio.
Cena, who was attacked by the debuting Nexus at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami in 2010, beat by the Rock at WrestleMania 28 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens and laid out by the returning Brock Lesnar the night after WrestleMania 28 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, broke the Miami jinx on Sunday night.
Cena, sidelined prior with a triceps injury, wore a protective compression sleeve with pad insert on his surgically repaired arm. Del Rio attacked the arm, but Cena overcame the assault. This starts Cena’s third World title reign.
While holding the World title belt, the victorious Cena motioned toward a few fans near ringside, sporting huge Mexican flags in honor of the standout Del Rio. All in good fun. Cena also hugged The Rock’s mom on his return to the back.
• CM Punk beat Ryback in Hell in a Cell. Paul Heyman stood atop the steel cage during the match. Post-match, Punk climbed the structure and shut up Heyman. He tucked in Heyman with a Singapore cane and then put the guru of grovel to sleep with the GTS.
• Cody Rhodes performed the move of the night in an exciting three-way tag match, featuring Rhodes and his brother Goldust, the Uso brothers (Jimmy and Jey) and The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins). The Rhodes brothers won, retaining their tag team gold.
• WWE divas champ AJ Lee (with Tamina) beat Brie Bella (with twin sister Nikki).
• Los Matadores with Torito beat The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) with Zeb Colter.
• Big E Langston won by countout over U.S. champ Dean Ambrose of The Shield.
• After showing off their Salsa dance steps to the Miami audience, Fandango and Summer Rae defeated The Great Khali and Natalya with Hornswoggle. Summer Rae stunned Natalya by pinning her with a roll-up while defending a sharp shooter attempt.
• The Miz called out Bray Wyatt, who cut an impressive promo via WWE jumbotron. Wyatt’s Hillbillies (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) sneak attacked Miz. Kane returned to make the save. Then Kane chokeslammed The Miz, leaving some questions.
• WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund delivered a funny segment backstage with The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young). Millions of dollars.
• WWE referee Charles Robinson did a good job.
• In the pre-show, The Intellectual Savior of the Masses and Mr. Money in the Bank Damien Sandow pinned Kofi Kingston.
• Intercontinental champ Curtis Axel was injured and did not compete.
• Halloween WWEek in Florida continues on Monday as WWE will howl with superfan Tye Dye Guy at the Amway Center in Orlando.
WWE gets spine-chilling on Tuesday with superfan Tye Dye Guy at the SmackDown tapings from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.