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CALDWELL'S WWE HIAC PPV RESULTS (Hour 2): Cena returns in World Title match, Punk vs. Ryback HIAC match

Oct 27, 2013 - 9:52:56 PM
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WWE Hell in a Cell PPV Results
October 27, 2013
Live in Miami, Fla.
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor


Hour 2 PPV Results

In-ring: Cult of Personality played to bring out C.M. Punk for what Michael Cole labeled the 27th HIAC match in history. Too many uses during the Attitude Era. Plus, the match now has its own PPV. After Punk entered the Cell, Ryback's music played to bring out Ryback by himself. No sign of Paul Heyman. JBL wondered where he is.

Suddenly, Heyman was shown standing on a moving scissors lift at the production stage. But, the Genie GS-3246 model scissors lift was stuck. Heyman's production team driver could not get around the stage, prompting Punk and Ryback to stall in the Cell. Of note, a description of the scissors lift on the Genie website reads: "Ideal for maneuvering in tight spaces." A few more tries eventually produced Heyman at the ringside area.

Before the match started, Heyman took a mic and told Punk that he was nothing when he discovered him. Heyman essentially called himself the devil and said he is the Best...In...Hell. Heyman was then lifted on top of the Cell roof, able to stare down at the match below. The bell sounded for Punk vs. Ryback to start, deflating the crowd since the heat wasn't on Heyman for avoiding Punk, but on the promotion for booking a Punk-Ryback singles match to start. But, it also sets up for a potential major pop when/if Punk gets his hands on Heyman.

4 -- C.M. PUNK vs. RYBACK & PAUL HEYMAN -- Hell in a Cell handicap match

The vocal males picked up some "Goldberg" chants in the early going, then went quiet as Ryback worked on Punk one-on-one. Meanwhile, Lawler talked about Heyman being afraid of heights when a scaffold was involved 20 years ago. Lawler concluded that Heyman is more afraid of Punk than heights. In the ring, Ryback continued to dominate Punk as Heyman watched with a big smile on his face from the top of the Cell.

Ryback dropped the straps and vowed to finish Punk with Shell Shock, but Punk slipped out, ducked a charging Ryback, and scooped up a Kendo Stick that was introduced earlier in the match. Punk cracked the Kendo Stick over Ryback's gut, then glared up at Heyman. Punk with a clothesline, then he climbed to the top turnbuckle to deliver a Macho Man elbow for a two count.

Punk then got the crowd involved by going under the ring to retrieve a table. Punk set up the table in the ring as Ryback continued to sell. But, Ryback suddenly got up and clotheslined Punk from behind. Ryback then crotched Punk across the side of the table, drawing laughter from Heyman. Ryback set up the table for a powerbomb, but Punk low-blowed Ryback and placed him on the table. Punk delivered another Macho Man elbow, this time taking Ryback through a table. Punk sold pain from the move, though.

Reset. At 13:30, both men slowly climbed to their feet. Punk popped Ryback with the Kendo Stick, then positioned him for Go To Sleep. Punk connected, then covered Ryback for a three count.

WINNER: Punk at 13:49. Basic singles match. A few memorable spots to not be completely unsatisfying for people who bought the PPV to see a handicap match before the post-match...

Post-match: Punk looked up at the Cell and saw that Heyman had nowhere to go. Punk placed a Kendo Stick in his trunks and climbed the Cell before standing on the roof opposite Heyman. Heyman begged off as he clutched the cord hanging from the roof of the Cell. Punk then kissed Heyman on the forehead and smashed him with the Kendo Stick over and over. The crowd shouted "Yes!" in the background as Heyman caught his breath.

Punk called for the GTS as Heyman tried crawling away. But, Punk grappled him for the GTS on the roof. Punk's music then played - signaling the end of the segment - as Heyman remained flat on his back on top of the Cell. Punk had a chance to destroy the man for good, yet he was satisfied with some Kendo Stick shots and a GTS, the same treatment as Ryback during the match? Lawler tried to sell this as Punk completing his vow by saying Punk did everything to Heyman that he said he would do. In actuality, Punk's promo on Raw set the bar for Punk to basically end Heyman if he got the chance. So, when he got the chance, his character was satisfied with the minimum.

Backstage: Renee Young brought in Daniel Bryan. Bryan said he hopes Shawn Michaels will do what's best for business by being a fair and partial referee when Bryan faces Randy Orton for the WWE Title. Bryan then flashed back to WM28 when the Miami crowd (mixed with a majority of international fans) started the "Yes!" phenomenon. Bryan vowed to finally win the WWE Title (for a third time).

In-ring: Los Matadores's music played to bring out Diego and Fernando. After they did their on-stage dance number, El Torito emerged through their capes. Real Americans were then introduced as the opposition. On the way to the ring, Zeb Colter cut a promo about Los Matadores needing to be locked in a cell because they are illegal. Like 80 percent of the audience, he said. Zeb turned his wrath toward El Torito, who had to be held back in the ring. Zeb said he cannot believe they have to breath the same air as those three "border-hopping banditos." Zeb then led the Americans and some members of the crowd in their "We The People" declaration.

5 -- REAL AMERICANS (JACK SWAGGER & ANTONIO CESARO w/Zeb Colter) vs. LOS MATADORES (DIEGO & FERNANDO w/El Torito)

The announcers used this as their comedown match to go off the rails with random commentary about black bulls, comic book characters, JBL's old Justin Hawk gimmick (no reference to when Zeb managed him as Uncle Zebekiah), and cheap beer. The match built to Cesaro putting un matador in the Giant Swing, popping JBL. After 35 or so revolutions, which drew applause from the vocal males, Cesaro picked up steam again for a final five revolutions. Cesaro dizzily covered, but El Matador kicked out.

Sufficiently dizzy, Cesaro decided to bail to Swagger and Los Matadores also made a tag. Swagger walked into a face-first smash, but Cesaro broke up a pin. On the outside, Cesaro ran un Matadore into the guardrail. Back in the ring, Swagger took out the other Matadore, then slapped on the Patriot Lock. But, Matadore swung Swagger into Cesaro, sending the Americans reeling. Los Matadores then combined for a double-team move on Swagger for the pin and the win.

Post-match: El Torito entered the ring to celebrate with the winners as Zeb Colter randomly entered the ring on hands and knees to sell disdain over the outcome. Los Matadores then stopped and found Zeb face-down on the mat. Zeb woke up, then El Torito knocked him out of the ring with a charging bull charge. Cesaro also tried to get involved, but Torito sent him reeling with a huracanrana. Los Matadores and Torito then celebrated in the ring.

WINNERS: Los Matadores at 5:52. Basic tag team bufer match that belonged on Raw over PPV. Like most of the undercard. WWE's lack of roster depth has really being exposed on PPV this month.

Video Package: John Cena's journey from elbow procedure to rehab to returning at Hell in a Cell tonight.

In-ring: Alberto Del Rio's music played to bring out the World Hvt. champion. Del Rio brought the Mexican flag with him and waved it in the ring. After a longer-than-usual pause, John Cena's music played for the first time in two months to bring out WWE's top star. John Cena emerged on-stage dressed in pink gear for the Susan G. Komen partnership. Cena paused on-stage to survey the crowd, soak it up, salute, and charge the ring. As Cena completed his pre-match routine, Cole ran down the long list of Cena's career injuries. Lawler called him a living, breathing Superman.

Once everyone was in the ring, Lilian Garcia handled formal ring introductions. The general noise for Cena - mix of cheers and boos - was uncharacteristically light. Either the audience has been taken out of the show or there was indifference in the crowd. Lilian then introduced Del Rio in Spanish before the bell sounded.

6 -- World Hvt. champion ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. JOHN CENA -- World Hvt. Title match

The match started with Del Rio targeting Cena's elbow injury, which was covered by a protective sleeve. The crowd picked up a brief "Let's Go Cena / Cena Sucks" chant as Cena bailed to the floor to try to regroup. Back in the ring, Cena landed a left elbow smash, then bailed to the corner selling that he re-injured the elbow. Cena tried to re-engage Del Rio, but Del Rio pounded the elbow and continued the attack.

Lawler dejectedly talked about Cena not looking the Cena of old, then Cena tried a desperation STF, but Del Rio easily escaped and scored with a German Suplex for a two count. Del Rio then re-targeted the elbow as the announcers debated whether Cena came back too early.

As Del Rio continued to attack the elbow, WWE cut to a shot of World Title MITB holder Damien Sandow standing at a backstage monitor watching the match. Back in the ring, Del Rio climbed to the middle rope for a move, but after mocking Cena's "You Can't See Me" wave, Cena intercepted with a dropkick. Cena then delivered a sit-out slam, smiled, shrugged his shoulders to the hard camera, and delivered the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena wanted an Attitude Adjustment, but Del Rio slipped out and nailed the Backstabber for a two count.

Another shot of Sandow anxiously waiting backstage, then Del Rio measured Cena for a corner kick, but Cena ducked and flowed into an AA tease. Del Rio escaped, then nailed a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Del Rio followed with a single-arm DDT to the injured arm, then went for the Cross Arm-breaker, but Cena rolled through into an STF. Del Rio teased tapping out before getting two fingers on the bottom rope for a break.

Reset at 13:30. Cena tried following up, but Del Rio side-kicked him twice in the head. Del Rio rolled over a lifeless Cena, but he kicked out just before three. Del Rio then went right back to the Cross Arm-breaker. Cena tried to reduce the pressure by grabbing Del Rio's arm, then he power-lifted Del Rio into the air for a big powerbomb to escape. JBL called it super-human as Cole's audio malfunctioned.

Reset at 15:00. Both men came to their feet and Cena went for the AA again, but Del Rio escaped. Cena went for it again, and this time he connected to score a three count. Cena is World champion again. After the match, Cena knelt down on the mat and stared down at the title belt. Cena saluted the crowd as Cole played this up as a big moment in Cena's career. Lawler added to the good feelings before Cena was shown telling JBL that he was wrong about him coming back too soon. The camera stayed with Cena up the entrance ramp to the back.

WINNER: Cena at 15:17 to capture the World Hvt. Title. Decent PPV title match. It wasn't designed to steal the show since the focus was on Del Rio working the elbow throughout the match to set up Cena "overcoming the stacked deck" to win the title and complete his comeback story. (**1/2)

Survivor Series hype commercial: Bray Wyatt talked about alligators to promote Survivor Series.

All-Star Panel: Josh Mathews welcomed in Ziggler, R-Truth, and Kaitlyn to discuss Cena "pulling off magic" by capturing the World Title. Kaitlyn then hyped the Divas Title match up next. A.J. Lee's music interrupted Kaitlyn mid-sentence.

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