Special referee Shawn Michaels showed D-Generation X blood was thicker than water when he super-kicked Daniel Bryan and cost him the WWE championship against Randy Orton at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Sunday in Miami.
The AmericanAirlines Arena saw the crowning of two new champions with John Cena successfully returning from injury and taking the World title from Alberto Del Rio. CM Punk stood atop the steel cell victorious against Ryback and Paul Heyman, who was on the roof during the entire match. The Best in the World gave self-proclaimed Satan a little piece of retribution and revenge on his former friend.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust successfully defended the tag team titles against the Usos (Jimmy and Jey) and The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) in a spectacular PPV opener. AJ Lee retained divas gold against Brie Bella. Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando) with El Torito continued their winning ways against The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) with Zeb Colter. Big E Langston defeated United States champion Dean Ambrose by countout.
Kane returned. After taking out Bray Wyatt's followers Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, the Big Red monster attacked Miz. Summer Rae won her first match on WWE TV teaming with Fandango to battle Natalya and the Great Khali with Hornswoggle. During the pre-show, Damien Sandow got the best of Kofi Kingston.
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I thought the show delivered for the most part with the superstars in the main matches delivering and a great crowd. The tag team title match was a hot way to start the PPV with every man giving a tremendous effort. There was a lot of fan support for Rhodes brotherhood. Goldust continues to prove he still has the goods to compete with WWE’s young guns. The teams reminded me of the chemistry between Edge and Christian, the Dudleys and the Hardy Boys during their heyday.
There was some hesitation when Michaels made the three-count after the super-kick. This tells me Triple H has something over his head or instinctively hit the move after he saw his best friend get hurt. The same thing happened at the 1997 SummerSlam when Michaels reacted to Bret Hart spitting in his face and nailing The Undertaker.
A lot of folks are irate Bryan didn’t win the WWE championship in Miami, the birth place of ‘Yes!’ I share that sentiment given the fact the company has teased us with Bryan securing the WWE gold for more than 24 hours. However, history reads it’s more fun in the hero chasing the title rather than winning and defending it. Bryan will have his time, and when it happens it will be on the grand stage. That said, the book was a little odd as it’s not like we will see Michaels in a match with Bryan, however awesome that sounds. After all, HBK is retired, but that is a loose term in the wrestling business.
Cena winning the World title was predictable but needed. Del Rio hasn’t been getting it done when it comes to crowd reaction. I think a program with the current Mr. Money in the Bank Damien Sandow would be fun to watch. I was surprised we didn’t see the “Intellectual Savior of the Masses” cash in his title shot.
Heyman entering on the forklift elicited flashbacks to those motorized carts the superstars traveled to the ring during WrestleMania III. Heyman really knows how to make an entrance. I thought it was brilliant to have him on top of the cell the whole match, although I’m sure a bit scary. The beat down on Heyman could serve as the perfect end to this chapter of Punk’s career. Perhaps he moves onto other ventures including reclaiming the WWE championship. There is always Brock Lesnar, who has been absent from TV and the ring since SummerSlam. You have to think a rematch between those two is still in the cards.
Congrats to Summer Rae on the big win, but I can’t help but feel for Natalya. I still think the “Total Divas” star deserves better form the company. She is one of the most accomplished in the ring but constantly takes the backseat to the other divas on the roster. Hopefully, this trend changes, and she leaves the Great Khali behind. I would love to see more matches with her and Lee for the title.
It’s clear El Torito is the star of Los Matadores. Zeb Colter is fun to watch and hear on the microphone. Cesaro is also a standout. His Cesaro Swing continues to be one of the most popular moves in WWE. I’m thinking a face turn is in his future.
Interestingly enough, we didn’t see the Big Show during the main event, despite being featured at the end of Raw last week, and he lives a few miles from the venue. I guess there is more to this story to be told.
A tough break for Curtis Axel, who was removed from his Intercontinental championship match because of injury. Langston was also affected by this change, which is probably why he got a countout outcome against Ambrose.
It was great to see Rey Mysterio back, but why make his big return to TV as a Spanish color commentator? I feel the Mexican wrestling legend should have a bigger, more impactful return.
• WWE returns to Miami at the AmercianAirlines Arena for a Raw house show on Friday, Jan. 31.
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