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CALDWELL'S WWE HIAC PPV RESULTS (Hour 3): Orton vs. Bryan WWE Title Hell in a Cell main event

Oct 27, 2013 - 9:53:22 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 3 PPV Results

In-ring: Divas champion A.J. Lee and Tamina Snuka came to the ring first for the Divas Title match. The Bellas were out next as the announcers noted this is a re-match from Battleground last month.

7 -- Divas champion A.J. LEE (w/Tamina Snuka) vs. BRIE BELLA (w/Nikki Bella) -- Divas Title match

A.J. taunted Brie early on, so Brie slapped her. A.J. sold being KO'ed, but Brie was only able to score a two count. A.J. recovered and began working on Brie. Meanwhile, Tamina and Nikki got into it ringside, momentarily drawing attention away from the match. A.J. used the chaos to her advantage, grappling Brie for the Black Widow to force a tap-out. A.J. retains her favorite prize.

WINNER: A.J. via submission at 5:40 to retain the Divas Title.

Backstage: Prime Time Players were shown playing the WWE 2K14 video game before Bob Backlund interrupted. Backlund said kids need to read, write, and learn arithmetic, not play video games. Titus said kids will not only learn how to be successful through the video game, but become immortal. Titus O'Neil convinced Bob of the virtues of the video game, then Darren Young helped him learn how to do the Millions of Dollars dance.

Backstage: Shawn Michaels, in a referee t-shirt, was shown having a somewhat spirited discussion with Triple H. Michaels sold being annoyed by Hunter telling him what to do, then walked off, leaving Hunter to stand hands-by-his-side selling concern.

Video Package: WWE reminded the audience that they voted for Shawn Michaels as special referee for Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Title tonight. The video also reminded viewers that HBK trained Bryan, HBK doesn't like Orton, and HBK's best friend is Triple H.

In-ring: Shawn Michaels was introduced first for the WWE Title match. Cole said Michaels has guaranteed that a new champion will be determined inside the Hell in a Cell. Randy Orton was then introduced as Cole noted the WWE Title has been vacant for over two months. Daniel Bryan was introduced next to "Yes!" chants as Cole noted that Bryan is not scared of the Cell structure.

Before the Cell was lowered, Triple H's music played to bring out the COO. JBL awkwardly called him "COO of the World Wrestling Entertainment" as Hunter brought out the vacant WWE Title belt. Hunter shook hands with Orton, gave Bryan a look at the belt and went for a handshake, but Bryan shook his head no. Hunter smirked, then handed the title over to Michaels. The Cell was then lowered after Michaels handed off the title belt and Hunter left the ring. The bell sounded at 10:29 p.m. EST, giving them about 20 minutes.

8 -- RANDY ORTON vs. DANIEL BRYAN -- Shawn Michaels special referee -- Hell in a Cell match for vacant WWE Title

Bryan went after Orton with Yes! kicks early on, but walked into a dropkick for a one count. Cole noted these two know each other so well after headlining PPVs (and about 25 house shows) over the past few months. Orton then bumped Bryan off the ring apron into the Cell wall, rattling the chains. On the outside, Orton tried to whip Bryan into ring steps that Orton set up, but Bryan reversed and Orton ate the ring steps.

Back in the ring, Bryan ripped off a series of kicks to Orton's back before hanging Orton upside down in the corner to deliver a running kick. Bryan then dropkicked Orton over the top rope to the outside, sending Orton reeling into the Cell wall. Bryan then flew to the outside with consecutive suicide dives that bounced Orton into the Cell wall. But, Bryan went for a third and Orton side-stepped him to send Bryan head-first into the Cell wall.

Back in the ring, Orton covered Bryan for a two count. Orton then called for the end as Michaels looked down at Bryan. Meanwhile, Cole again reminded the audience that they voted for HBK as special referee. In the corner, Orton delivered multiple headbutts, but he could not follow up, allowing Bryan to deliver a sunset flip powerbomb that rocked both men.

Reset at 10:00. They came to their feet and traded European Uppercuts to the tune of "Yes!" and "No!" in the crowd. Bryan then ducked a clothesline, bounced the ropes, and smashed Orton with a charging clothesline. Orton followed with corner dropkicks, then a corner huracanrana. Bryan wanted a top-rope headbutt and he connected to Orton's shoulder for a two count.

Bryan wanted Yes! kicks, but Orton ducked a decisive blow, tried a roll-up, but Bryan slapped on the Yes! Lock. Orton reached the ropes, but HBK reminded Orton that there are no rope breaks in the Cell. On the floor, Bryan ran Orton into the Cell wall a few times before measuring Orton for a flying dropkick that rocked Orton into the Cell.

Bryan wasn't done on the outside, as he went under the ring to retrieve a chair. Bryan jabbed the chair into Orton's gut, then cracked it over Orton's back. Another shot to the back. Bryan then went back under the ring and chucked about 10 chairs into the ring. Bryan got a crazy look in his eyes, then told a concerned HBK to get out of his way. Bryan delivered another chair shot to Orton's back, then rolled him back into the ring.

In the ring at 15:00, Bryan went for another chair shot, but Orton thumbed him in the eye. Orton then began using chairs on Bryan. Orton paused to stack up the chairs that Bryan chucked into the ring, then took Bryan to the top turnbuckle. "No, no, no," Cole said as Orton measured Bryan for an Orton Family Superplex onto the stack of chairs, but Bryan blocked, only to have Orton crotch him. Orton tried again, and this time he connected, with Bryan's feet landing on the stack of chairs. HBK sold feeling the effects himself before counting a nearfall for Orton.

Suddenly, Triple H emerged from the back and walked down to ringside. Hunter argued with HBK about his count as the crowd greeted him with an "a-hole" chant. HBK and Hunter had a heated discussion, with HBK just pleading with Hunter to let him do his job. In the background, Orton had Bryan pinned with a t-bone suplex, but HBK was still engaged with Hunter. This brought over Orton to argue with Michaels, who told Hunter just to get off his back.

The focus returned to the ring, where Orton delivered a trademark DDT from the second rope. Orton then measured Bryan for the finish as Hunter radnomly started climbing the cage, telling Michaels to get ready. This distracted HBK, who was then bumped when Bryan shoved Orton into the ropes. Everyone down in the ring as Hunter sold concern. Hunter then asked for the Cell to be opened so they could "evaluate HBK's health." Meanwhile, Bryan scored a visual three count on Orton.

Hunter entered the Cell, where he shoved Bryan aside before pretending to check on Hunter. In the background, Bryan readied himself to KO Hunter, then when Hunter turned around, Bryan smashed Hunter in the face with his knee finisher. This apparently upset HBK, who frustratingly waited for Bryan to turn around to deliver a Superkick that whiffed. Bryan sold anyways. HBK sold inner conflict before checking on his buddy, Hunter. Orton then covered Bryan, HBK had a moment of realizing the consequences of his decision, then he counted a three count for the win.

Post-match: HBK dejectedly left the ring, not wanting to face the consequences of his actions. Once Michaels left the ring, Hunter recovered in the ring and was greeted by Orton, who celebrated their title victory. Bryan was then helped out of the ring selling the effects of HBK's whiffed Superkick. The PPV signed off at 10:53 EST with Cole declaring that they have a new WWE champion, but questions linger.

WINNER: Orton at 22:08 to capture the WWE Title. Good match before the latest unnecessarily over-booked PPV main event finish, complete with unintentional comedy of Hunter randomly trying to climb the cage in dress shoes. Bryan was given the majority of offense in advance of losing the title match to retain some credibility coming out of his latest PPV title close-call. The story coming out of this, though, is HBK's friendship with Hunter won out over his sense of pride in Bryan, who he trained. But, was this the type of outcome to get people excited for the rest of the fall season? As usual, follow-up is key and there is a potential Bryan vs. Hunter match in-play down the road, but there is still a sense that WWE does not realize people pay $55+ for these PPV events - two of which occurred this month. (***1/4)

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