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WWE Hell in a Cell 2019: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2019, out of the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about Hell in a Cell by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Lacey Evans vs. Natalya

In an effort to get back at Lacey Evans for her disrespectful treatment as of late, Natalya stepped in the ring with the Southern Belle one-on-one to kick off the Hell in a Cell 2019 Pre-Show.

Lacey Evans got the early advantage, gaining multiple near-falls and making it clear that she had no intention of dragging this contest out; her plan was simple, take Natalya down quickly and move on to the next nasty.

As she has done to all of her recent opponents, Lacey Evans attempted a Sharpshooter, Nattie’s own move, to finish her, but Natalya smacked her in the face to force her back. And, after avoiding Lacey’s vicious moonsault, Natalya took the win by tapping Lacey out with a Sharpshooter.

Winner: Natalya

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks

Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match

As the cell lowered around the two women, Sasha Banks attacked Becky Lynch prematurely, causing the action to spill outside of the cell before it had touched the ground.

Sasha hopped back inside the cell while Becky laid on the ground at ringside, but let her confidence get the better of her, as she wasn’t paying attention when Becky Lynch lept to her feet, slamming the door of the cell into Banks’ face.

With both women inside, the referee began to wrap chains around the door, locking them in, but The Man had a better idea. She wrenched the chain out of his hands and used it to beat Banks down before locking them in the cage herself.

Banks tried to regain control but was met with a steel chair to the face courtesy of Becky Lynch. But Sasha Banks didn’t slow down in the slightest, firing off a knee strike caused Becky’s head to crash into a ladder before trapping her arm in the door and repeatedly slamming it shut.

Sasha gained a near fall with another knee strike, this time knocking Becky backward as she was seated in a steel chair in the middle of the ring. When Becky kicked out, Sasha wedged one chair in the cell and went after Becky with another, but at this point, Becky had regained her footing and smashed into Sasha with a dropkick, sending her flying face-first into the steel of the cell.

The Man earned a near fall for herself by bulldogging Sasha Banks, following it up with another dropkick into a steel chair held in front of Banks’ face. Sasha rolled out of the ring, pretending to be taking a breath when in actuality she was retrieving kendo sticks from beneath the ring.

After hitting Becky a few times, Sasha rammed the kendo sticks into the corner of the cell, attempting to set up another brutal attack, but Becky did her one better, setting up a chair on top of the kendo sticks and putting a disoriented Banks on top of it, launching herself from the ropes and kicking Banks in the chest with her full weight behind her.

Back in the ring, Becky prepared a table to put Banks through but ended up going through it back-first herself thanks to a diving Banks. Sasha thought for sure this would win her the match, but The Man, determined to retain her championship, kicked out of the pin.

In an act of desperation, Sasha Banks grabbed a kendo stick from ringside and choked Becky out with it. Becky broke free, firing off several kendo stick strikes of her own before charging toward a steel chair, hoping to connect Banks’ face with it, but Banks shifted the momentum at the last second, sending Becky into it instead.

With Becky laid out in the ring, Sasha Banks threw about 15 chairs on top of her, wrecking The Man with another once she was back in. But Becky Lynch took Banks by surprise when she caught a second wind, hitting a Bexploder onto the mountain of chairs before locking in a Dis-Arm-Her, tapping Banks out and retaining her title after a truly brutal match.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper

Tornado Tag Match

Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns decided to put their differences aside to take on their common enemies in Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. But if taking on two behemoths wasn’t enough of a challenge, Rowan and Harper actually have quite a history as tag team partners, and much more chemistry than Reigns and Bryan, who are merely partners out of necessity.

Despite the odds being against them, Reigns and Bryan had a promising start in the match, gaining a near fall over Erick Rowan relatively early, but Harper and Rowan quickly took control, double-teaming Reigns and Bryan in turn.

Eventually, slowly but surely, Daniel and Roman began to wear down their colossal opponents, using their striking abilities to even the score. Luke Harper dove onto Roman Reigns in an attempt to gain momentum for his team, but Reigns dodged, caused Harper to fly face-first into an announce table.

This barely fazed Harper at all, however, and in seconds, he was back on his feet and working with Rowan to tear Reigns apart. Erick Rowan tore a piece of the barricade away from the rest while Harper held him steady, ramming into Reigns with the huge piece of metal at ringside.

Rowan and Harper set Bryan up for a double powerbomb, but miraculously, Bryan escaped, throwing Harper to the floor with a headscissors, which set Reigns up perfectly for a spear to Rowan atop the announce tables.

While Reigns and Rowan were laid out at ringside, Bryan and Harper struggled on the top rope in the ring. Bryan tried to launch Harper to the floor but was instead caught with a powerbomb.

Before Harper could finish Bryan off, Reigns lept back into the ring, connecting with a Superman Punch, which Bryan followed with a running knee attack. Reigns came back with a massive spear to top it off, keeping Luke Harper down for good.

Post-match, Roman tried to shake hands with the Planet’s Champ, which Bryan refused – because he wanted a hug instead. The two victors hugged it out, smiling at each other before leaving the ring.

Winner: Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan

Randy Orton vs. Ali

Spotting an interview with Ali before the show, Randy Orton took the opportunity to remind Ali once again that he very well could have been the WWE Champion had The Viper not derailed his momentum, causing him to be replaced by Kofi Kingston.

Sick of the constant disrespect from Orton, Ali challenged him to a match, which Randy, of course, accepted, happy for a shot at injuring Ali a second time.

And injure Ali, he did, rag dolling his opponent both in and outside of the ring for much of the match. Ali managed to catch a breather by kicking Randy away from him at ringside, but Orton was right back on the attack.

Orton continued to pummel Ali until finally, Ali was able to slow The Viper down, sending him flying over the announce table. Ali tried to capitalize on this spark of momentum, and though Randy caught him in a fierce powerslam before he could do so, Ali wasn’t down for long.

Ali went for not one, but two 450 finishers, both of which Randy Orton dodged. He successfully hit Orton with a DDT, but Randy came back with one of his own, following up with an RKO attempt that Ali dodged.

Even The Viper couldn’t hide the fact that he was impressed with this move, but couldn’t allow his respect for this particularly crafty challenger to stop him from taking the win, which he did with his second RKO.

Winner: Randy Orton

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) vs. Asuka and Kairi Sane (The Kabuki Warriors)

Women’s Tag Team Championship Match

Tired of being overlooked in the women’s division, Asuka and Kairi Sane came out of the gate guns blazing, overwhelming Nikki Cross the second the match began.

Nikki and Alexa have become a well-oiled machine at this point, enabling them to fight Asuka and Kairi off for a moment or two, but The Kabuki Warriors were soon back in control, cutting the ring in half and working together to wear Bliss down.

If this tactic wasn’t enough to give the hint that The Kabuki Warriors had made the decision to turn heel, their next move definitely did, as Kairi Sane poked Nikki Cross in the eye before sprinting to the opposite corner of the ring to attack Alexa Bliss.

Asuka attempted a submission on Bliss, but Alexa escaped, shoving Asuka into the ropes and giving the ring to Nikki, who flew into the ring with her usual intensity, taking the upper hand back for her team.

Kairi Sane returned with an Insane Elbow, which backfired when she crashed into Nikki’s knees. The Pirate Princess rolled out of the ring to gather herself, leaving Asuka to rain kicks down on Nikki Cross, who came back with a ferocious clothesline.

Alexa Bliss thought she and Nikki were about to retain their titles, as she had successfully kept Kairi Sane at bay at ringside, but Asuka had something up her sleeve no one expected.

Asuka spit green mist into Nikki’s face, taking the win and the Women’s Tag Team Championships for herself and Kairi Sane.

Winner: The Kabuki Warriors

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The Viking Raiders and Braun Strowman vs. The OC

The Viking Raiders, Erik and Ivar, were challenged with finding a temporary third member of their team to take on The OC and they knew they couldn’t choose just anyone, so they picked the biggest, strongest guy they could find – Braun Strowman.

But they didn’t make use of this third member right away; Erik starting the match for his team and holding his own against The OC, despite their expert use of triple-team offense. Luke Gallows eventually pulled away, giving the ring to Styles when he felt Erik was sufficiently worn down.

Gallows tried to continue involve himself, despite Styles being the legal man, and caught the wrath of Braun Strowman for his efforts. Unfortunately, this meant that Erik was unable to tag out, as there was no one in his corner to relieve him.

But Braun Strowman returned to the apron just in time for Erik’s second attempt at tagging out, bulldozing through all three members of The OC as soon as he was the legal competitor.

AJ Styles used Braun’s power against him, dodging out of the way as The Monster lunged at him, causing Braun to throw himself into the ring post. And to ensure Braun Strowman wouldn’t regain his momentum, The OC ganged up on him, causing a disqualification by mugging their gargantuan opponent.

The Viking Raiders dove onto The OC post-match, chasing them away from their partner, and when AJ Styles tried to continue the beatdown himself, he was dropped with a punch to the face from Strowman.

Winner: Braun Strowman and The Viking Raiders (via Disqualification)

A New Champion is Crowned… for a Few Minutes

The Street Profits, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins, were shown backstage discussing the upcoming draft when 24/7 Champion Carmella sprinted onto the scene. She was quickly pinned by Tamina, who took the championship and began to walk away, but was stopped by Tyler Breeze.

Completely unperturbed, Tamina decked Breeze in the face and left with the title.

Later, Tamina was walking through the arena, perhaps looking for a way out, and was met by R-Truth. Tamini tried to use Funaki as a weapon, but it failed, and Truth left with the title and Carmella on his back.

King Baron Corbin vs. Chad Gable

In a second King of the Ring finals rematch, Chad Gable took on King Corbin, who was met with a chorus of “STD” chants thanks to The Rock.

Baron Corbin took a moment (or ten) before the match to address the crowd, apologizing that they had to watch him brutalize this tiny man once again. He dubbed Chad “Shorty Gable” to finish his speech, then hopped in the ring – where he was immediately met with an attack from Gable.

Gable came very close to a quick victory but was overpowered by Baron Corbin, who threw him off and out of the ring with a series of strikes, catching Gable in a submission hold when he got back in.

King Corbin resumed his systematic destruction of Gable after releasing the hold and attempted a suplex from the top rope, but Gable broke free, sending Corbin crashing to the mat. Gable tried to throw Corbin in a suplex of his own but was unable to complete the attack, and Corbin went back on the offensive.

Gable eventually got Baron on his knees, unleashing a barrage of strikes on the King before countering a Deep Six and catching Corbin in a german suplex. Corbin’s second attempt at a Deep Six connected, but it only gained him a two count.

After chokeslamming Gable on the apron, Baron Corbin went to his effects to get his scepter, hoping to take the win or at least end the match by disqualification, by hitting Gable with it, but Gable saw him coming and took the win for himself via roll-up.

His post-match interview told a different story, however, as Chad Gable was savagely attacked by King Corbin and left lying in a heap backstage.

Winner: Chad Gable

Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match

Armed with the knowledge that if she defeated Bayley she would not only teach the huggable one a lesson but also become 10-time Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair did her best to take the quick victory.

But The Queen’s dominance was very short-lived, as Bayley became the aggressor early in the match, using every trick in the book to wear Charlotte down, including smashing her leg into the ring post.

When Charlotte came back, however, she did so with gusto, hitting a Natural Selection and attempting to follow up with a moonsault, but Bayley got her knees up at the last second.

This did not have the lasting effect Bayley had certainly hoped for, though, as Charlotte was slamming her into the ground at ringside mere seconds later. Back in the ring, Charlotte went for the Figure Eight, which Bayley countered with a roll-up. Charlotte kicked out, but Bayley instantly went for a second one, which would have won her the match had the referee not noticed her blatantly using the ropes for leverage.

Bayley was forced to let Charlotte up, and The Queen wasted no time sinking in the Figure Eight, forcing the champ to tap and making herself 10-time Women’s Champion.

The Huggable One threw a full-blown tantrum at ringside as she watched Charlotte walk away with her precious prize, complete with dramatic tears and launching a set of steel steps.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Fiend (Bray Wyatt)

Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match

As expected, The Fiend began punishing Seth Rollins the moment the match began, delivering him back-first into the mat. Rollins did his best to create a window for himself, but nothing he did threw The Fiend off in the slightest.

Rollins even laid into him with a kendo stick, but The Fiend simply shrugged it off. The champ had a bit more luck with a set of steel steps, but when he tried to follow up with a dive, The Fiend caught him, throwing him into the cage with a Sister Abigail.

With a frog splash, Rollins put The Fiend through a table, but once again, The Fiend stood as if nothing had happened. Rollins hit a Curb Stomp and The Fiend shook it off, responding with another Sister Abigail for a near fall.

After snapping Rollins’ neck, The Fiend listened intently to his heal/hurt gloves, apparently deciding his next move. And the hurt glove must have had a more appealing argument, as Bray produced the mallet he had used to kill Ramblin’ Rabbit to hurt Rollins with.

Rollins used this weapon to his advantage, Curb Stomping The Fiend onto it, which seemed to finally have some effect. And, not wasting a moment, Rollins followed up with four more Curb Stomps AND a Pedigree – and The Fiend kicked out after a 1 count.

Rollins connected with Curb Stomp after Curb Stomp after Curb Stomp, and when about twenty of them didn’t work, he hit The Fiend in the face with a steel chair. And again, The Fiend kicked out.

So he threw a ladder and another chair into the ring and attempted to crush The Fiend’s head with them, and though The Fiend laid motionless in the middle of the ring through all of this, every time Rollins pinned him, The Fiend showed life, preventing Rollins’ victory.

Rollins piled everything he could find on top of The Fiend and struck him repeatedly with a giant toolbox using all of the force he could muster. Finally, in a fit of exasperation, Seth Rollins bashed The Fiend with a sledgehammer.

The Fiend made no move, but the officials determined that this was simply too much, and announced a disqualification.

A medical team rushed to the ring to cart The Fiend away, but Seth Rollins wasn’t finished and knelt next to his attacker to get a better look – which was a mistake.

The Fiend clutched Rollins with a Mandible Claw, wrenched back the padding around the ring, hit another Sister Abigail, this time on the concrete floor, before locking in a second Mandible Claw, blood spewing from Rollins’ mouth to close the show.

Winner: The Fiend (via disqualification)

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