WWE PPVs CALDWELL'S WWE HIAC PPV RESULTS (Hour 1): Tag Title match opens the PPV, U.S. Title match, Summer Rae debut
Oct 27, 2013 - 9:51:28 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 1 PPV Results
In 1997, the Hell in a Cell PPV was born. WWE showed a soundbyte of Mick Foley saying when he entered HIAC, he clearly knew something was wrong. Shawn Michaels and Edge also had soundbytes tied with snapshot video clips of Taker vs. Michaels and Taker vs. Mankind (Foley) from the early years of the Cell match. "There are no winners in HIAC, only survivors," said Jim Ross in a classic soundbyte. "Clearly something's wrong," Foley said int he final soundbyte.
The video transitioned to clips from the WWE 2K14 video game as the presenting sponsor of the PPV. Live in the arena, full pyro and fireworks opened the PPV. Flames shot up on-stage as Michael Cole introduced the show from Miami. Cole said they are in King James's house, but this is "the greatest brand in sports entertainment." Justin Roberts then introduced the opening Tag Title match.
In-ring: Rhodes Bros's remixed theme music played to bring out the Tag Champs with the Goldust Filter applied to their ring entrance. WWE then replayed Big Show KO'ing Shield to allow the Rhodes Bros. to capture the Tag Titles on Raw two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Show has been barred from the building after The Authority obtained a restraining order.
The other brother duo in the match, The Usos, were introduced next, then Cole & Co. were shown on-camera to hype the Tag Title match. Shield's Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns then came through the crowd as Cole introduced the Spanish announce table with Rey Mysterio present. So, who will engage Rey during the PPV to set up Rey's return feud? Meanwhile, Cole introduced this week's WWE Math Fallacy that the Rhodes Bros. have a 33 percent chance of retaining the titles tonight.
1 -- WWE tag champions RHODES BROS. (CODY RHODES & GOLDUST) vs. THE SHIELD (SETH ROLLINS & ROMAN REIGNS) vs. THE USOS -- three-team match for the WWE Tag Titles
Cody Rhodes and Jimmy Uso started things off with a stalemate. Cody applauded Uso's work, then locked up again. Goldust and Jey entered, then The Shield ruined everything when Reigns yanked down Goldust and rammed him into the ring apron. Shield then slowed down the pace and took the crowd out of the match by working on Goldust. Meanwhile, Lawler slipped in a promotional consideration for the "Bad Grandpa" movie featuring WWE celebrity Johnny Knoxville.
The crowd tried a rally clap for Goldust, who blocked a hip toss and back-slid Reigns for a close two count. But, Reigns came back with a hard elbow to the mouth for a nearfall. Shield slowed down the pace again, taking the crowd down. "Reigns DOMINATING AT THIS POINT!" Cole said out of nowhere. Rollins then tagged in and knocked Cody off the ring apron. Goldust was able to make the tag, but Cody was KO'ed on the floor. So, Goldust contemplating tagging in an Uso, but Reigns and Rollins took out Goldust and The Usos at one time.
Shield slowed the pace again by working on Goldust. Reigns then shouted toward the upper deck to draw some boos from the crowd. Reigns wanted a big corner splash, but Goldust snapped off a powerslam. Goldust then made the Rhodes Bros. corner to bring in Cody with a hot tag. Cody nailed a moonsault on Rollins for a close nearfall as The Usos stood in the corner watching.
Cody went for the Disaster Kick, but his proximity to the ropes allowed Jimmy Uso to tag in on Cody. The action broke down with bodies flying everywhere, then Jey Uso crashed on Goldust and Reigns ringside. Back in the ring, Jimmy Uso dropped Rollins with a lift-up Samoan Drop for a close two count. Jimmy tried a top-rope move, but Rollins crotched him. Cody then tagged in on the Uso, teased Cross Rhodes on Rollins, but Rollins blocked. They battled up-top, where Rhodes shifted their positioning to deliver a superplex from the top rope to the floor, taking out everyone int he match.
After the crowd buzzed over the superplex into a Sean of Humanity, Rhodes and Rollins rolled back into the ring. Rhodes tried a pin, but Uso came off the top with a splash to break up the pin just before three. Suddenly, Reigns came out of nowhere with a big spear to Uso. More chaos, then Rollins smashed Goldust with his leaping kick. But, Goldust and Cody hooked up moments later to set up Rollins for Cross Rhodes. Cody pinned Rollins for the win.
WINNERS: Rhodes Bros. at 14:38. Good opening match, providing enough excitement to overcome the cliched three-team tag format where the action breaks down, the ref loses control, and no one knows who the legal man is. Rhodes Bros. are clicking very well right now. (***)
Backstage: Shawn Michaels and Triple H were shown having a good ol' time sharing stories and a few laughs.
In-ring: The Miz was introduced to the ring for a speaking part. Miz said that for weeks, the Wyatt Family has been stalking him. Friday on Smackdown, they beat him down to where he cannot compete in a match tonight. But, he is still able to fight. He told Bray Wyatt to get out of his Cracker Barrel rocking chair, leave his two hillbillies behind, and get out here now.
Instead, the feed cut to a shot of Bray Wyatt sitting in his rocking chair on the video screen. Bray told "Hollywood" that it pains him to see Miz in this broken state. Bray warned Miz about the monster who lives behind his eyes. The feed cut out and the screen went black. The lights then turned on to reveal Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in the ring to tackle and attack Miz. Cole dejectedly said this could get ugly fast.
For a change in tone, Kane's pyro shot off and his music played. "Yes!" Cole shrieked as Kane walked down the aisle to big-boot Rowan. In the ring, Kane uppercut Harper before struggling to lift Harper in the air for a bodyslam. So, Kane just clotheslined Harper over the top rope to the outside. The Wyatts backed away from ringside as Kane eyeballed Miz. Miz let his guard down, then Kane grappled Miz and chokeslammed to a pop from the vocal males. Kane shot off his pyro as JBL guessed that perhaps Kane doesn't like Miz TV, either.
To transition to the next match, WWE ran a spot for the WWE 2K14 video game out on Tuesday.
In-ring: Fandango's music played to bring out Summer Rae to pave the way for Fandango. Some members of the crowd tried to re-live WrestleMania Weekend by Fandango'ing as the announcers cracked some dance jokes. "Keep it light and airy!" could almost be heard being shouted through the headsets. Once in the ring, Fandango shushed the crowd before cutting a promo about salsa dancing. "What you know is primitive and crude," Fandango said. He said the only master of the art is Fahn...dan...go.
Suddenly, salsa music played for Fandango and Summer Rae to dance in the ring. For the interruption, Great Khali's music played. Out came Great Khali, Natalya, and Hornswoggle. Apparently it's a mixed tag match, with Summer Rae making her main roster in-ring debut.
2 -- GREAT KHALI & NATALYA (w/Hornswoggle) vs. FANDANGO & SUMMER RAE -- mixed tag match
Fandango and Khali started things off. Fandango avoided Khali's charging-bull offense, then the Divas tagged in. Summer executed some offense, impressing JBL. But, she gloated too much, allowing Natalya to take down the rookie. Natalya then dragged Fandango into the ring, embarrassing him. Hornswoggle taunted Fandango on the outside, then Fandango tried to respond, but Khali palmed him back into the ring.
Khali wanted to finish Fandango, but Fandango made it to the heel corner to tag in Summer. Summer tried to mesmerize Khali, drawing Natalya into the ring for a response. After a brief struggle between the Divas, Summer rolled up Natalya for a quick three count. Cole made a betting joke that no one had Summer Rae winning a match tonight.
WINNERS: FandangoRae at 4:50. Expectantly oddball mixed tag match. The result perhaps puts Summer Rae in the Divas Title picture. Yes, with one win.
In-ring: Dean Ambrose was introduced to defend the U.S. Title. To shift the focus after the last match, Cole said they have a treat for the audience with this next bonus title match. Big E. Langston was then introduced as Ambrose's opponent.
3 -- U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE vs. BIG E. LANGSTON -- U.S. Title match
Early in the match, Ambrose drove Langston to the corner to work the mid-section. "Turn me around!" Ambrose shouted audibly. Langston then spun Ambrose around to pound him in the corner. Ambrose cut off Langston as the crowd sat quietly with no emotional investment in Big E. following Langston's abrupt face turn two weeks ago.
At 5:00, Ambrose sat down on Langston with a Camel Clutch as the crowd tried to get involved with a rally clap. Big E. then powered to his feet and ran Ambrose into the corner. Langston tried to follow with a big running splash, but Ambrose moved. The crowd was so quiet at this point that Ambrose was audibly heard again calling for a spot, this time a belly-to-belly suplex. Langston could not put him away, though.
Ambrose feigned bailing from the ring, not wanting anything to do with the rest of the match. This brought Langston to ringside, suckering him in. Back in the ring, Ambrose scored a nearfall, but Langston caught him on the ring apron. Langston then speared Ambrose through the ropes and Big E. fell to the outside with the U.S. champ. As the ref applied a ten count, Langston made it back into the ring, but Ambrose remained on the outside. Langston won via count-out, but did not win the title.
Post-match: Langston was shown with a big cut around his eye/cheek region. Langston then tracked down Ambrose on the outside, brought him back into the ring, and dropped him with the Big Ending. Langston, with blood on his cheek, then stood tall over Ambrose before they replayed the potential spot where Langston got the cut on his face.
WINNER: Langston via count-out at 8:43; Ambrose retains the U.S. Title. Not good. WWE's arrogance thinking they can just turn folks face and heel on a whim and the crowd will emotionally invest hurt this match. (*1/2)
Announcers: Cole and Co. tried to feed to a Raw video package, but they were interrupted by the ominous Hell in a Cell music as the Cell began to be lowered to the ground for the first of two HIAC matches - C.M. Punk vs. Paul Heyman and Ryback.
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