Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of Hell In A Cell 2018!
Tonight’s main event sees Braun Strowman face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. This huge match takes place inside the Hell In A Cell structure, which has been given a fresh lick of paint for tonight’s show, and Mick Foley will be the special guest referee. This marks Reigns’ first PPV title defence and he may never face a bigger one than Strowman. Will both men get to slug it out and see who wins? Or will both man’s posse come out to help?
Also within a Hell In A Cell tonight, is Jeff Hardy Vs. Randy Orton. This feud hasn’t been the most exciting one but these two veterans facing off inside the cell should be a fascinating watch. Hopefully Jeff doesn’t feel the need to kill himself to entertain us but he has said this is one of the few reasons he wanted to come back to WWE in the first place, so we’ll see what he has planned.
Elsewhere on tonight’s show, you’ll find Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose Vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre, Samoa Joe Vs. AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, Ronda Rousey Vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship, whereas the SmackDown Women’s Championship will be contested between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. All that and more on tonight’s Hell In A Cell PPV! Remember to follow us on Instagram, download the Ringside News app, and enjoy the show!
The Hell In A Cell 2018 Kick-Off Show begins with the panel of Johnathon Coachman, Paige, Booker T, and Peter Rosenberg. Coach has replaced Renee Young, as she’s now on the Raw commentary team. The panel discuss the hell the Superstars will go through tonight. Booker says he wakes up every morning at 9 and he feels great, and it’s because he never took part in a match like this.
We see a video package for Becky Lynch Vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Paige says she’s never seen Becky like this and she will give Charlotte the match of her life tonight. Rosenberg says Becky needs this title to reinvigorate herself. Booker says Charlotte is goodt but she’ll have to be very good tonight.
Next up is the mixed-tag match is Daniel Bryan, Brie Bella, The Miz, and Maryse. Reosenberg says this is one of the longest running rivalries in WWE and fans are excited to see it culminate. Booker says Bryan might be too angry with The Miz. Booker says he thinks The Miz will continue his excellent year, as does Coach. While Paige and Rosenberg think the Bryan’s will take it.
David Otunga has joined the panel to discuss Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy. He talks about Jeff sticking his finger in the ear and he’s gone to that dark place. Paige announces that this match will open the PPV tonight. Rosenberg says the reason we love WWE is because we get dream matches like this. He then says Randy can’t prepare for someone like Jeff Hardy, because he doesn’t have fear. Coach thanks Paige for the announcement and turns attentions.
It’s time to talk about the WWE Championship. We see Samoa Joe’s nursery rhyme promo that covers the whole rivalry. Otunga likens this feud to the Eminem/MGK rivalry, as it’s personal about families and whatnot. Rosenberg says AJ got too emotional at SummerSlam, which could cause him again. Otunga asks if AJ is fighting for his title, or his family. Coach says that’s the brilliance of Samoa Joe’s mind games.
Next up for discussion is Alexa Bliss challenging Ronda Rousey for the Women’s Championship. Alexa appears in a split-screen interview. Coach asks her how she feels about Ronda saying she is the best. Bliss says Ronda has a huge ego and probably thinks she is the best at eating cereal and the best at turning oxygen into carbon dioxide. Paige asks Alexa how she plans on beating her. Alexa makes fun of Paige and says she left Ronda in agony last week. And the headlines will read “Ronda Rousey loses her first title defence”. Otunga goes to ask a question but Alexa says no and walks off.
Kofi Kingston starts the match with Aiden English. Kofi is forced to the corner but hits English with a rolling kick, followed by a leaping stomp. English tags Rusev into the match. Rusev slams Kofi into the corner and unleashes some thrusts.
Rusev catches Kofi as he springboards off of the ropes, hits him with some knees, then lands a fallaway slam. Rusev tags English back in and he beats on Kofi in the corner. Rusev comes back in and whips English into Kofi in the corner. Rusev grounds Kofi with a front headlock. Kofi fights to his feet but Rusev shoves him to the corner and unleashes some right hands. He lifts Kofi onto the top rope but Kingston catches the Bulgarian with a tornado DDT! Kofi and Rusev both make tags.
Big E catches English with a belly-to-belly suplexes, followed by two more. E lands a running splash but Rusev returns to the fray and takes out Big E with a spin kick. Kofi returns but gets taken out with a back body drop by Rusev. Big E runs at Rusev but gets caught with a head kick for a near-fall. Rusev takes to the corner and runs for the Machka Kick, but E avoids it. Big E throws Rusev over the top rope, English makes the blind tag, then E spears Rusev through the ropes. English then flips over the top rope onto Big E. English gets him back into the ring and hits his facebuster DDT for a near-fall.
Kofi tags back in and hits a double team double stomp to English for a near-fall. English throws Kofi over the top rope and Rusev hits him with a kick on his way down. Rusev gets him back in the ring and hits a diving headbutt, and English follows-up with a splash for a near-fall. English then applies The Accolade to Kofi Kingston. Big E runs into make the save but Rusev superkicks him. Kofi starts to fight out, so Rusev runs in but gets immediately tossed out of the ring by Kingston. English then hits the ropes and Kofi catches him with Trouble In Paradise for the win!
Mick Foley is interviewed by Mike Rome as special guest referee. Rome asks how emotional this night is for Foley. He says very emotional, especially when he walked out there and saw the cell. He says there’s been a few nights in the past 20 years when he woke up in a cold sweat because it. However, tonight is about Corbin walks up and welcomes Foley to Hell In A Cell. Corbin says he appreciates Foley being ready to go so early. Mick offers Corbin some advice but he doesn’t want it.
The final match up for discussion is the main event, Universal Championship match between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. The panel don’t get anytime to discuss it after the video, so it’s time for the main card!
WWE Hell In A Cell 2018 kicks off with a video package. We go live to the arena in San Antonio, Texas.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring and steps inside the new, red, Hell In A Cell structure. Jeff Hardy is out second.
The bell rings, and Hardy immediately runs at Orton and punches him into the corner. Orton turns the tables around kicks him and uppercuts him into the ropes. Hardy falls to the apron, and Orton snaps him off the top rope. Orton then hits the ropes and knocks him off the apron into the cell. Orton goes outside and tries to slam his face onto the cell, but Hardy blocks it. Jeff then sends Orton headfirst into the cell before sending him headfirst into the turnbuckle. Hardy then throws him into the cell, and Orton hits the ring post.
Hardy goes outside the ring, under the rings and pulls out a table. Hardy puts it in the ring, but Orton grabs it before clotheslining him on the floor. Orton gets Hardy in the ring, but Jeff uses the table and slams it into Orton’s ribs at ringside. Orton grabs a chair, while Hardy grabs a ladder. Hardy drives the ladder multiple times into Orton’s ribs to take him down. Orton quickly cracks the chair off Hardy’s back and punches him down. Orton sets the chair up at ringside and grabs Hardy. Orton goes for an RKO onto the chair, but Hardy pushes him off. Hardy then jumps off the chair to do Poetry in Motion.
Hardy gets in the ring with Orton and hits a donkey kick before hitting a slingshot corner dropkick. Hardy pulls him to the center of the ring for a two count. Hardy splashes him and signals for a Swanton Bomb. Hardy goes to the top rope, but Orton cuts him off. Orton connects with a top rope superplex and slowly covers him for a near fall. Both men take a few moments to pull themselves to their feet. Hardy gives Orton a back elbow and connects with Whisper in the Wind for a near fall. Jeff heads back outside and sets up the ladder upside down at ringside. Hardy tries to suplex Orton onto it, but Orton counters with a front suplex onto the supports of the ladder! Orton gets him into the ring for a near fall.
Orton grabs a chair at ringside and cracks it off Hardy’s back. Orton takes a few moments before hitting him a second time. Orton talks some trash and rips off Hardy’s mesh shirt. Orton then cracks the exposed back two more times. Orton takes Hardy’s belt, decorated with steel studs, and smacks it off his back for a two count. Orton rakes his boot on Hardy’s face before grabbing the ladder. A “Let’s go Hardy” chant fires up, and Orton looks disgusted. Orton sets up a ladder, but keeps it on its side. Orton sandwiches Hardy in between the ladder faces and pulls his head through a rung. Orton then tries closing the ladder and stomping it to hyperextend Hardy’s neck. Orton pulls him out of this for a near fall.
Orton applies a chin lock, and the crowd gets behind Hardy. Hardy fights up to his feet and elbows out. Hardy has a whip reversed, but he comes back with a running forearm. Hardy connects with an inverted atomic drop, hits a double leg drop to the midsection, and a low dropkick to the face for a near fall. Hardy gets a “DELETE” chant going and tries for a Twist of Fate, but Orton pushes him off and hits a scoop powerslam for a near fall. Orton covers again for the same result. Orton smiles and rolls out of the ring. Orton looks at a few weapons at ringside before going to a toolbox and pulling out a screwdriver. Orton gets in the ring and grabs Hardy by the hair. Orton ties up his arm and looks at the ear lobe of Hardy, already deformed by a gauge. Orton puts his finger in the hole before putting the screwdriver inside. Orton begins to twist the screwdriver, ripping into the ear lobe! Hardy gets to his feet and low blows him to get out of it.
Hardy smacks Orton with his belt a few times before unloading some chair shots on his back for a near fall. Hardy goes to the top rope, but Orton cuts him off and crotches him. Hardy collapses to the mat and rolls to the apron. Orton’s back is bleeding from the metal studs of Jeff’s belt, legit like 40 little holds bleeding. I think Jeff was meant to stay on the top rope but Orton improvises and gives him a hanging DDT from the ropes as usual. Orton’s back leaves a bloody impression on the mat. Hardy somehow comes back with a Twist of Fate and stomps on the chair to flatten it out. Hardy lays it on Orton’s chest, heads up to the top rope, and gives him a Swanton Bomb… but Orton kicks out! Jeff can’t believe it!
There is a big chunk of skin and meat hanging out of Orton’s leg – I don’t know how he got that cut. Hardy gets a ladder in the ring and pulls out another table as well. Jeff sets up the tall ladder in the ring before setting up a smaller ladder next to it. Hardy then sets up a table. Hardy gives Orton a Twist of Fate and lays him on the table before climbing the smaller ladder. Hardy considers leap-frogging the bigger ladder to leg-drop Orton, but instead he climbs the taller ladder and grabs the roof of the cell and hangs on a support beam. Hardy starts swinging back and forth, then lets got and falls down but Orton moves and Hardy crashes through the table! The referee starts to yell and tells Orton to back off. The cell starts to rise, and Orton is furious. Orton tells him to stop and covers. The referee won’t count, but Orton tells him to do his job. Finally the referee counts the pinfall.
A stretcher comes down and the cell raises as Orton wanders around the ring. EMT’s help Jeff onto a stretcher and we see replays. There’s a strange air in the arena, like the fans don’t know what to make of the finish. Orton’s music hits and he leaves with his mangled leg and back. The fans give Jeff an ovation and chant his name as he is stretchered off.
We get an interview with AJ Styles. Kayla Braxton asks Styles how he will stay focused tonight, after everything Joe has said. Styles says he can’t wait for the match to start, he’s laser focused. He says he’s walking in as WWE Champion, ripping Joe’s heart out, and walking out as Champion.
The match gets underway and Becky takes Charlotte down. They engage in gator rolls before getting back to their feet and now it’s Charlotte’s turn to take Becky down. They separate and stare at each other. They exchange more amateur wrestling holds until Charlotte shoots Becky into the ropes but eats a shoulder tackle. Bit of a cringe-worthy botch before both women looks for her finisher to no avail.
Charlotte goes to work on the leg of Lynch until the Lass-kicker forces her to the corner. Charlotte turns the tables and lands some shoulder tackles in the corner until Lynch moves and she hits the turnbuckles hard. Becky then knocks Charlotte from the ring with a springboard kick, and follows-up with a diving forearm from the apron. Becky gets Charlotte back inside for a two-count. Beck starts working on Charlotte’s arm but Charlotte hits a nice roll-up for a near-fall. Becky grounds Charlotte with an armlock as the fans chant her name. Charlotte fights out but Becky quickly takes her down and hits a running leg-drop, followed by an elbow drop. A second leg drop misses and Flair follows-up with a knee drop to the back of the head.
Becky is thrown over the top rope onto the apron, where she wrings Charlotte’s arm around the rope. She tries to get back in but Charlotte knocks her to the floor. Charlotte lands a baseball slide dropkick. Both women get onto the apron and trade hands until Becky slams Charlotte down, shoulder first on the apron. Becky gets her back inside for a two-count. Becky looks for the Dis-Arm-Her but Charlotte reverses with a roll-up. Flair then catches Becky with a backdrop. Both women are down.
They both get to their feet and Charlotte chops Becky against the ropes. Becky responds with a spin kick. Becky looks for a springboard kick in the corner but Charlotte pushes her away, and follows-up with a big boot and they both fall down. Charlotte looks for the moonsault from the top rope but Becky moves out of the way. Becky looks to apply an armbar but Charlotte stands up and slams Becky down with a sit-out powerbomb for a near-fall. This match is really heating up!
They both get to their knees, then their feet, exchanging punches to cheers and boos. Becky gets the better of the exchange, then hits a hammerlock reverse DDT for a near-fall. Becky goes to the top rope and dives for a missile dropkick but nobody’s home, Charlotte grabs her by the legs and applies a Boston crab. Becky crawls o the ropes and flips Charlotte over into the bottom turnbuckle. Becky then leaves the ring and wraps Charlotte’s arm around the ring post. She gets back inside but Charlotte rolls her up. Becky kicks out and immediately applies the Dis-Arm-Her but Charlotte crawls out of the ring to force the break. They both get to their feet again and Lynch looks for a spear but Becky reverses into a pin attempt and gets the three count!
Lynch celebrates after the match. Charlotte stands up and they stare at each other. Charlotte offers her hand to Becky, to lift it in a show of respect but instead Becky holds her title high and talks trash to the Queen. The fans chant “Becky!”. A really good match.
The announcers give a medical update on Jeff Hardy, simply saying he has been taken to hospital and has severe abdominal pain.
We see a replay of The New Day Vs. Rusev and Aiden English from the pre-show. We’re backstage and see New Day celebrating with their titles. Rusev licks a silver bell and rings it. In walks a guy wearing a tuxedo shirt and hands them two bottles of champagne. Kofi disappears, then returns as his new blonde-haired reported persona. He asks them what is next for New Day. Big E says next is Australia, where they face The Bar, but tonight they celebrate. He grabs a cooler, full of pancakes, and pours it over the head of the hand who brought them to champagne.
Ziggler and Rollins start things off. They lock-up and battle for control. Rollins takes Dolph down but he escapes and knee’s Seth in the face. Rollins forces Ziggler to the corner and tags Ambrose. The Lunatic and Rollins hit some double-team moves, before Rollins tags back in and they hits a leg split. Ziggler rolls from the ring as Seth looks for The Stomp.
Ziggler tags McIntyre as soon as he gets back in the ring. The big man knocks Rollins down with a shoulder tackle. The Lunatic Fringe tags in and squares off with the Psychotic Scotsman. They trade a few shots before Ambrose stiff kicks McIntyre in the knee to take him out. Dean hits some crossface strikes before a distraction from Ziggler allows McIntyre to regain control. Ziggler tags in and continues to control the pace against Ambrose, keeping him grouned. Ambrose uses his power to drop Ziggler onto the top rope and makes the tag to Rollins, who comes in hot with flying forearms and a flying kick. Seth knocks Dolph out of the ring with a kick but Drew trips him when he goes for a suicide dive.
Ziggler capitalises with a snap DDT for a close two count. Rollins gets beat around the ring by Ziggler, who then tags McIntyre and he keeps the pressure on. McIntyre then takes him down before working on the arm. Rollins tries to fight out, but they keep him grounded. Ziggler talks a little trash to Ambrose before taunting Rollins. Ziggler jumps on the back and applies a sleeper hold. Rollins nearly fades away, but he eventually counters out with a slam. McIntyre tags in, and Rollins quickly sends him out of the ring.
Rollins goes for a tag, but McIntyre pulls Ambrose off the apron. McIntyre gets in the ring and hits an inverted Alabama Slam, but Ambrose breaks up the pin. McIntyre is furious. Rollins flips through a back suplex and makes the tag to Ambrose, but Ziggler was distracting the referee so it wasn’t seen. The fans aren’t happy. McIntyre and Ziggler double-team Rollins while the referee argues with Ambrose. Ziggler tags back in and punches Rollins in the corner as Ambrose gets more frustrated in the corner.
Rollins rolls under a clothesline, leaps high, and tags Ambrose in! The Lunatic unloads on McIntyre, stomping him down in the corner. Ambrose hits the ropes and clotheslines Drew down. Ambrose looks for a suplex, but McIntyre blocks it. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but McIntyre fights it. Ambrose takes him down for a two count. Ambrose goes to the top rope, but he kicks Ziggler away. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds off the apron, but McIntyre knocks Ambrose to the floor. Ambrose quickly sends McIntyre headfirst into the ring post before sending Ziggler into the barricade. Ambrose gets to the top rope and jumps, but McIntyre counters with a belly-to-belly suplex into the corner.
Rollins and Ziggler are tagged in, and Seth hits a springboard clothesline before knocking him out of the ring. Rollins goes for a suicide dive, but Ziggler and Drew catch him. Ambrose then connects with a suicide dive to take all four of them out! Rollins and Ziggler get in before being counted out. Ziggler looks for another snap DDT but Rollins reverses into a falcon’s arrow for a near-fall. Rollins signals for a Stomp, but Ziggler moves. Ziggler tries for a famouser, but Rollins reverses into a turnbuckle powerbomb. Dean runs in to cut McIntyre off. Rollins knees McIntyre in the back, but then Ziggler rolls him up for a two count. Ziggler quickly connects with a Zig-Zag for a near fall.
Ziggler and McIntyre look for a Claymore Kick/Zig-Zag, but Ambrose pulls Dolph out of the ring. Rollins superkicks McIntyre and hits a frog splash for a near fall. Rollins and Ambrose isolate McIntyre and try for a double-team superplex, but Ziggler pulls them off. Rollins gets him out of the ring and tries for a plancha, but Ziggler moves. McIntyre hits a diving clothesline and kips up. They go for a Doomsday Device, but Ambrose fights it off. Rollins blind tags in, and McIntyre and Ambrose tussle out of the ring. Rollins leaps to the top rope, hits a superplex on Dolph, and tries for a falcon arrow, but McIntyre comes in and hits a Claymore Kick halfway through the move! Ziggler rolls over and picks up the win.
What a finish! We see Braun Strowman watching the match on a TV backstage, and he’s smiling. Mick Foley walks in and Strowman asks what he wants. Foley says Strowman may not think the Cell match tonight won’t change him but it will. He won’t be the same after tonight. He asks Strowman to appreciate his authority tonight. Strowman says all Foley has to do is count three, and if he does that he won’t have a monster problem.
Styles attacks Joe right off the bat, punching him into the corner. Joe then forces AJ into the opposite corner and unleashes some headbutts, elbows, and heavy jabs. Joe floors AJ with a kick to the chest. Styles fights back and hits Joe with a b-e-a-utiful dropkick. Joe rolls from the ring and Styles climbs out after him.
AJ runs along the apron and hits a sliding knee to Joe’s face. Styles hits Joe’s head on the announce table before getting back inside to break the referee’s count. Styles follows-up with a baseball slide to Joe, knocking him backwards and into the announce table. Styles gets him back into the ring and looks for a Phenomenal Forearm but Joe rolls from the ring. Styles waits for Joe to move closer, then looks for a Phenomenal Forearm to the outside but Joe kicks him in mid-air. Joe follows-up with a big boot, then throws Styles into the steel steps.
Back inside the ring, Joe slows down the pace and chops AJ inside out. Joe stays in control and stomps AJ in the corner. Styles comes back with some kicks to the leg of Joe. The Samoan Submission Machine reverses a whip into the corner, then follows-up with a splash and an enziguiri. Joe knocks AJ from the ring, then hits a huge suicide dive that made AJ bounce off of the announce desk!
Back inside the ring, Joe scores a two-count. Joe applies a chinlock but AJ fights out and runs at Joe, only to be shoulder tackled into next week! Joe goes right back to the chinlock. Joe takes AJ to the top rope and wants to land a superplex but AJ slips through his legs and cuts Joe’s legs out from under him. Styles gets to his feet first and unleashes a flurry of punches and kicks to Joe, followed by a running forearm in the corner, then another on the mat. AJ hits a springboard reverse DDT for a near-fall!
Styles looks to hit a springboard moonsault but Joe gets his knees up. Joe then grabs AJ and hits a powerbomb for a two-count. AJ kicks out but Joe holds on and turns it into a Boston Crab. He then transitions into an STO, and then a crossface! Styles gets to the bottom rope. Joe and AJ trade shows in the middle of the ring, then AJ lands an incredible torture rack bomb to Joe! Styles rolls onto the apron and hits a springboard 450 splash for another near-fall!
AJ then grabs Joe and looks for the Styles Clash but Samoa drops him down, catapults him into the ring post, and hits a massive clothesline for a near-fall. The clothesline cut AJ’s mouth it seems. Joe sets AJ on the top rope and looks for a Muscle Buster but AJ slides down his back, and looks for the Styles Clash but Joe kicks him away. Joe connects with a huge enziguiri to AJ in the corner and floors him. Joe wills AJ to his feet, swings for a clothesline but AJ ducks and lands a Pele kick. Styles gets to the apron and leaps for the Phenomenal Forearm but Joe catches him with the Coquina Clutch! AJ reaches for the ropes but Joe takes him to the mat. AJ rolls over with the momentum and Joe’s shoulders are on the mat for the 123!
Joe thinks he has won until the referee tells him what happened. Joe is incensed, he believes AJ was passed out in the hold. He grabs the WWE Championship and holds it up. Styles then turns him around and lands a Pele kick to knock AJ from the ring. We see the replay and AJ Styles was tapping out on the others side of the referee’s point of view! Samoa Joe should be Champion!
We get an interview with The Miz and Maryse. The Miz accuses Brie Bella of inserting herself into this match as a publicity stunt for Total Bella’s. Maryse says Brie has laid her hands on Miz twice now, because she knows he won’t hit her back, but she will. The Miz says the two of them are WWE’s hardest hitting couple and they hold up their fists. He kisses Maryse and tells her she is the best, to which she says “I know”.
Brie Bella will start against Maryse. The circle the ring but then Maryse immediately tags in The Miz, meaning Daniel Bryan is in the match by default. Maryse distracts Bryan, and Miz big boots him. Miz punches him down in the corner and taunts the crowd. Miz sends him to the corner, but Bryan backflips over him and hits a flying elbow. Bryan punches away at him in the corner before sending him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Bryan takes Miz down for a YES! Lock attempt, but Miz gets out of the ring. Miz taunts him from ringside. Bryan tags Brie in, so Maryse is in the match. Bella gets in the ring, but Maryse tags Miz right back in. Brie gets frustrated as she leaves the ring for Bryan to return.
They circle the ring, and Bryan blocks a kick before taking him down. Bryan punches away at him before hitting the ropes, but Miz turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Miz hits a few of Bryan’s running dropkicks in the corner and mocks the “YES” chant. Miz hits his patented corner clothesline before going to the top rope. Bryan sweeps the feet, and Miz nearly falls to the floor. Bryan pulls him back up and hits a super hurricanrana. Bryan gets a “YES” chant going and tries for the Busaiku Knee Kick, but Miz moves. Bryan applies a YES! Lock, but Maryse breaks it up. Brie runs in and chases Maryse around the ring, but Maryse gets away. Bryan counters a Skull Crushing Finale into a roll-up for a two count.
Bryan hits a running dropkick in the corner, but Miz avoids a second one. Miz comes back with a Reality Check for a near fall. Miz digs his knee into the spine and applies a chin lock. Bryan fights up, but Miz backs him to the corner and shoulders him. Miz looks at Bella before hitting some kicks in the corner. Miz puts him on the top rope, but Bryan knocks him off. Bryan goes for a diving head-butt, but Miz moves and Bryan’s head bounces off the mat. Miz stops Bryan from making a tag and punches away at him. Miz sends him into the ropes, but Bryan holds on. Miz charges, but Bryan drops him over the top rope to the floor.
Brie tags in, so Maryse is in the match. Maryse looks terrified. Miz gets in between them, and Bella punches at Miz before sliding through his legs and hitting a baseball slide on Maryse. Bella bounces Maryse off the commentary table before Bryan hits a flying knee off the apron, which seems to have cut Miz. Bryan heads out of the ring but The Miz sends him into the barricade. Brie gets Maryse in the ring and hits a Thesz Press before connecting with a missile dropkick. Miz breaks up the pin, which causes Bryan to get back in the ring and punch Miz. Bryan yells, “Nobody touches my wife!” Then he and Brie start hitting simultaneous the YES! Kicks, but Miz and Maryse roll out before the final kick.
Bryan and Brie leave the ring and grab Miz and Maryse before they walk off and abandon the match. Brie gets Maryse in the ring and hits a running knee to the face. Miz storms in to break things up but Bella sends Maryse into Miz to knock him out of the ring. Maryse then rolls Brie up for the win!
Bryan and Brie are shocked after the win, while Miz and Maryse celebrate on the ramp. Two for two for the Mizanian’s!
Alexa Bliss is out first, along with Mickie James and Alicia Fox. Ronda is out second, flanked by Natalya, and we get ring introductions for both ladies.
The bell rings and Ronda takes Alexa down with a headlock. Alexa tries to fight out by hitting the injured ribs of Ronda. Rousey then gets Alexa in a unique pin attempt but Bliss kicks out. Ronda floors Bliss with a straight right but again Bliss knocks her back with a kick to the ribs.
Rousey flips Alexa over and considers the armbar but Fox and James at ringside distract her. Bliss goes for a kick but Ronda grabs her and throws her over her head. Ronda then grabs the arm and looks to apply the armbar but Bliss gets her feet to the ropes, and she gets dragged from the ring by James and Foxy. Rousey goes out after Bliss, and causes her to fall in fear when she turns around. Rousey then throws Bliss back into the ring.
Mickie and Foxy distract Rousey once again and Bliss runs at her but Ronda sidesteps it and Bliss flies through the ropes and takes out her pals! Ronda goes out and tries to bring her back inside but Bliss trips her up. Bliss then goes to work on the ribs of the Champion. Alexa throws Ronda to the corner and connects with some shoulder thrusts, as well as a swift kick. Ronda is doubled over in pain. Bliss hits a snapmare, then applies an abdominal stretch. Ronda tries to fight to her feet as Alexa yells for her to give up.
Rousey climbs to her feet and gets Alexa onto her shoulders. Ronda’s ribs give way and Bliss climbs off, then slams Ronda onto her back, head-first! Bliss then drives her feet into Ronda’s back and pulls her by the arms. Bliss throws Ronda into the corner and kicks her. Alexa goes to the top rope but Ronda hits her, then climbs up and looks for a superplex but Alexa slides down and kicks Ronda into the tree of woe. Alexa follows-up with a dropkick to the ribs for a two count. Bliss applies another abdominal stretch.
Rousey flips Alexa over to escape but Bliss follows-up with a dropkick. Bliss then drags her over to the ring post, slides out, and pulls Ronda around the post by the arm and leg. Alexa gets back into the ring and the referee is distracted as James and Foxy pull Ronda across the ring post again. Natalya has had enough and she runs around, then suplexes Foxy on the floor! Meanwhile James climbs on the apron and has Ronda by the hair, but Rousey turns it around and throws her into the ring post and James spills to the floor. Ronda turns around and both her and Bliss hit a double crossbody!
Both women are down and Ronda’s ribs are hurting bad. Alexa gets Ronda to her feet but the Champion looks for a roll-up. Bliss kicks-out and hits a kick to the gut. Bliss then unleashes several punches to the gut before mocking Rousey. Ronda then gets angry and twists the arm of Alexa, before landing a gutwrench suplex! Rousey pulls herself up using the ropes and punches her own ribs to psyche herself up. She unleashes a flurry of punches to Alexa and flips her over. She runs at Bliss in the corner but eats a big kick to the gut. Alexa swings a punch but Ronda grabs the arm and hits a swinging Samoan drop. Ronda then takes the arm and applies the armbar and Bliss taps!
Natalya and Rousey celebrate after the former’s first title defence. That was a great performance from Rousey, she sells really well. Bliss retreats with James and Alicia Fox.
The announcers send thoughts and prayers to the people in Virginia and the Carolina’s being affected by Hurricane Sturge.
We see Samoa Joe storm into Paige’s office backstage, and he’s furious. He says that he should be WWE Champion. She says he isn’t, so he should calm down. She tells him that he can face AJ again, in three weeks, at the Australia Super Show Down. Joe says that isn’t good enough. He needs AJ, and he needs no disqualifications, no count-outs. Paige says she agrees, and there needs to be a winner. To which Joe says there will be and walks off.
Mick Foley comes out as the special guest referee for the WWE Universal Championship match. The fans chant his name. We get ring introductions for both men and they’re right in each others faces. Braun grabs the title from Roman as he’s being introduced and talks trash – which the fans cheer. Roman hits Braun and the fans boo.
The bell rings as Roman hits Braun, and then again. Roman punches him into the corner but then Strowman throws Roman away. Braun looks to splash Reigns in the corner but the big dog kicks him. Strowman responds by throwing Reigns into the ring post. Reigns stands on the apron but Braun shoulder barges him off and Reigns slams into the side of the cell.
Braun goes out of the ring and slams Roman into the cell wall again. Strowman tosses Roman into the ring post, then the cell wall again, all while a girl in the crowd screams bloody murder. Braun gets Roman back into the ring but Roman hits him twice, then knocks him from the ring with a flying forearm. Roman climbs from the ring and rounds the ring post but Braun charges and tackles Reigns against the cell. Braun bounces Roman off of the apron, then the steel steps, and again, and again.
Strowman grabs the steel steps and looks to hit Roman but the Champion dropkicks him. Strowman lays across the apron and Reigns hits a drive-by kick. Braun stumbles around the side of the ring and Roman looks for a Superman punch but Strowman catches him and chokeslams the Champ on the apron! Strowman then lifts the apron and pulls out a Kendo stick but that’s not what he wants. He goes back under and grabs a chair but Reigns has the Kendo stick and beats on Braun until it breaks.
They get back into the ring and Roman betas Braun around with the chair. Strowman finally grabs the chair and shrugs Roman off, then runs at Reigns in the corner but nobody’s home and he spears the ring post. Roman hits a DDT on the steel chair but it barely scores a two count. Roman then runs and hits a Superman punch but Braun doesn’t fall. Roman hits another and Strowman doesn’t go down. He looks for a third but Braun catches him and lands a chokeslam for a two count – Foley counted a little bit too fast and almost got a three count.
Braun lifts Roman up but the big dog drops down and kicks him. Roman connects with a third Superman punch that floors Braun for a near-fall. Strowman rolls from the ring, so Reigns slides out and grabs a table from under the ring. After sliding the table into the ring, Roman “oooohhaaaa’s”, runs around three corners of the ring to Spear Braun but instead he gets clocked with the steel steps! Strowman throws the steps into the ring and hits Roman with them again for a very close two count.
Strowman lifts the steps again and hits Roman square in the chest as he lays on the mat, then tosses them out of the ring. Strowman lifts Reigns up by the vest, gets him on his shoulders and hits a running powerslam but Roman kicks out! Strowman is frustrated, so he decides to set-up the table in the corner. He lifts Roman for another running powerslam but Roman gets down and hits two more Superman punches, followed by a Spear through the table! He pins but Braun kicks out! That’s five Superman punches, if you’re counting.
Suddenly, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre are down at ringside and want into the ring. Rollins and Ambrose come down and start brawling with them around the cell. They beat the hell out of Ziggler as he tried to escape, then take the top off of the announce table. McIntyre returns and fights them off, then take the lid of of a second announce table. McIntyre and Ambrose brawl over the barricade, meanwhile Ziggler scales the cell and Rollins follows after him. Rollins and Ziggler get to the top of the cell and brawl. Rollins looks for s suplex but Ziggler fights it off. Drew McIntyre starts climbing the cell as well. Suddenly, Ambrose is climbing as well, and he has a Kendo stick on his back.
All four men are brawling on top of the cell as the fans chant “This Is Awesome”. Ambrose floors them both with the Kendo stick until McIntyre catches it and they brawl. Both men go down following a double clothesline. There are two men on the mat inside the cell, and four men down on top if it. Ziggler begins to climb back down and Rollins joins him. The two of them get halfway down and start throwing hands and slamming each others head on the side of the structure. They hit their heads together and both men fall from the cell through the tables at ringside!
Incredibly, Brock Lesnar’s music hits and out comes The Beast with Paul Heyman! Heyman asks the referee to open the door but Brock doesn’t wait, he kicks the door off the hinges! Brock then walks up the door and into the ring. Heyman sprays pepper spray into the face of Mick Foley. Meanwhile Lesnar grabs the piece of table and beats it over the backs of Reigns and Strowman! Brock then lifts Strowman and hits an F5. He grabs Roman and hits an F5 onto Strowman! Lesnar roars as the fans chant “Suplex City!” Lesnar then walks out and leaves. Reigns and Strowman are down inside the ring, Foley, Ziggler, and Rollins are down outside of it, and Ambrose and McIntyre are down on top of it. A new referee comes down and calls for the bell because neither man can continue.
That’s it for Hell In A Cell 2018! Let us know what you thought of that shocking ending! We’ll be back here tomorrow night for Monday Night Raw!