On October 3rd, 2010, WWE put on its annual Hell in a Cell Pay per View, which would be headlined by two Hell in a Cell matches, one for the WWE title, and the other for the World Championship.
Match 1: The Miz v. John Morrison v. Daniel Bryan (Submissions count anywhere match for the US Title)
Hell in a Cell kicked off with one of the most anticipated matches on the card, pitting Daniel Bryan against his former mentor the Miz, and the up and coming superstar John Morrison. The Miz walked to the ring declaring that he mentored both Bryan and Morrison, and if they were not part of his life, he would still be an amazing superstar, while they would have been nothing without him. Morrison and Bryan focused on trying to catch the Miz eventually knocking him out of the ring. Bryan and Morrison then focused on each other, exchanging some chain wrestling as well as a leg submission lock applied by Bryan. The Miz took advantage and attacked both of his opponents. Bryan and Morrison quickly retaliated and were able to double team the Miz. Morrison got knocked to the outside while Bryan punished the Miz inside of the ropes with kicks and leg locks. Morrison returned with a few submission attempts of his own. The Miz and Morrison battled to the outside, and into the crowd and up the stairs to the lower elevated levels of the arena. The Miz utilized the stair rails to put a submission hold on Morrison, only to be stopped by Bryan. All three now battled on the outside, making their way toward the entrance way side of the arena. The Miz wheeled out one of the equipment boxes, running over Morrison with it. Then he planted Bryan on top of it and wheeled him full speed into the elevated isle way, sending Bryan flying. The battled near the ramp continued as The Miz nailed the Skull Crushing Finale finisher on Morrison on the floor. He attempted to do the same to Bryan on the top of the entrance way, but Bryan reversed with a judo throw. While the two were winded and out, Morrison climbed up to the overhanging entrance steel scaffold and leapt from over 20 feet in the air to land a cross body on The Miz and Bryan. He then locked the Miz in the Texas Cloverleaf submission, only to be taken out by Alex Riley and thrown down the isle. Bryan took advantage of the situation by throwing Riley into a cameraman and off the isle way and locking in the cross face submission on the Miz in the isle way, causing the Miz to tap.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Match 2: Randy Orton v. Sheamus (Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship)
In a strangely timed match, Orton and Sheamus battled inside and outside of the ring inside the cell. Inside the ropes Orton slowed down the match by attempting a pin fall and dropping a big knee on the challenger. Sheamus was able to counter Orton’s attack and proceeded to attempt to rub Orton’s face in the side of the cage. Orton blocked him, and the two fought around ringside. Orton used the ring steps to knock out Sheamus by nailing him in the head with them. Orton took Sheamus back into the ring where he attempted to suplex the challenger, who was able to block Orton and plant him on top of the ropes, and then ran into him to knock him into the side of the cell. Back in the ring, Orton attempted to fight back, but Sheamus dominated for several minutes. Sheamus took Orton outside and rammed him multiple times into the sides of the cell, and dropped him chest first onto the steel ring steps. Back in the ring, Sheamus locked in a scissor submission on Orton to try to make him submit. Orton battled out but not for long, as Sheamus continued to focus on the champion’s injured midsection. Orton was able to get back on the offensive, and continued to reverse Sheamus’s efforts to lock in holds on him. Orton found a moment to attempt the RKO, but Sheamus wisely reversed with a knee to Orton’s midsection. Sheamus brought the steel steps into the ring, and attempted to use them, only to be power slammed on them by Orton. Orton went for the pin, but Sheamus kicked out. Orton continued to try to use the stairs, but Sheamus forced the fight to the outside. When they were back inside Sheamus climbed on the ring steps and dropped Orton on his knee over the steps. He then nailed Orton with a running kick, but Orton kicked out of the attempted pin fall. Sheamus went under the ring and got a chair, and wailed on Orton, then attempted a pin again, but once again failed. He attempted to hit Orton with the chair again, but Orton ducked and hit Sheamus with the RKO. Sheamus rolled out of the ring, escaping the pin. Orton went outside and attempted to punt Sheamus’s head, but the challenger escaped and nailed Orton with a big kick. Sheamus got Orton back in the ring, but Orton once again kicked out of the attempted pin. Sheamus pulled Orton up to attempt to hit the High Cross by climbing the ring steps, but Orton reversed. Sheamus tried again, only to be caught by Orton with an RKO on the steps. Orton went for the pin and retained his title. To celebrate, Orton climbed to the top of the Cell, raising his belt.
Winner: Randy Orton
Alberto Del Rio came out to ringside and ran down the Texas crowd. He claimed that he took out Rey Mysterio and Christian, and that he wondered who would be next on his list. This prompted Edge, the crusader against all that is “stupid”, to come out and confronted Del Rio. Edge pointed out several things about Del Rio that he found stupid, and as the confrontation was about to get physical, Jack Swagger entered to confront Edge. After some angry quips, Edge went after Swagger, but was attacked by Del Rio. Del Rio left the ring as the anonymous general manager sent an email, which Michael Cole read. He said that Edge would be apologizing the following night on RAW, but for now, a referee was on his way, and Edge would wrestle Swagger right now.
Match 3: Jack Swagger v. Edge
Swagger dominated the match with a weakened Edge, until he attempted to hop over the ropes on the Edge, who nailed Swagger with a kick to the face. Edge proceeded to hit Swagger with several moves and pin him. Swagger kicked out and attempted to lock Edge with an ankle lock several times, finally successfully locking it in, but Edge made it to the ropes. The superstars continued to battle back and forth. Edge looked to take advantage by going to the top rope, but Swagger caught him with a belly to belly from the top. Swagger attempted an unsuccessful pin, so Swagger continued on the offense. Edge was able to reverse Swagger’s efforts and hit him with the spear to get the win.
Match 4: John Cena v. Wade Barrett (if Cena wins NEXUS disbands, if Barrett wins Cena joins NEXUS)
Cena and Barrett engaged in several lock ups and exchanging several offensive moves and pin fall attempts to start the match. As Cena was starting to achieve control, the rest of the NEXUS members showed up at ring side. Considering their interference stipulated Barrett’s automatic loss, this was surprising to all. Cena turned his attention to them, as Barrett knocked him to the outside. Barrett then questioned NEXUS as to why they are there and told them to leave, but NEXUS didn’t budge. Barrett got Cena back in the ring and went on the offensive. Barrett assaulted Cena with everything from punches and kicks, to submission maneuvers. When Cena finally regained the upper hand, the NEXUS members surrounded the ring. It wasn’t long before the Big Show, followed by the entire locker room sped down to ringside and fought off the NEXUS. As the smiling Cena looked on, officials escorted the superstars from ring side to the back. As Cena attempted to hit the Attitude Adjustment, Barrett reversed into an underarm suplex. After some unsuccessful pin fall attempts, Barrett missed an elbow drop from the ropes on Cena, and Cena headed to the top ropes himself. Barrett got up before Cena could do much and attempted a superplex. Cena forced Barrett’s hands off and dropped Barrett to the ring, nailing him with a flying leg drop. Cena went for the pin, but Barrett kicked out. Before Cena could pull off another move, Barrett caught him up on his shoulders hitting him with Wasteland, his finisher. Cena shocked Barrett by kicking out. As Cena was getting up, he quickly caught Barrett with the Attitude Adjustment and went for the pin, but Barrett kicked out. Cena was able to hook the STF on Barrett in the center of the ring. As he had it hooked on, someone from the crowd jumped in the ring and had to be held down by the officials. As the ref was occupied, someone came out of the crowd and hit Cena over the head with something knocking him out. Barrett quickly went for the cover as the ref was paying attention again, and pinned Cena. The two people involved in the interference were not shown up close, but did resemble two of the NXT season 2 rookies. The shocked Cena slowly made his way to the back.
Winner: Wade Barrett (Cena must join NEXUS)
Match 5: Natalya v. Michelle McCool (Divas championship)
Michelle and Natalya exchanged advantages in the match, with Natalya overpowering Michelle, while Michelle was able to lock Natalya down with the use of her long legs. When Layla got involved Natalya held her by the hair and moved out of the way when Michelle delivered a kick, resulting in Layla catching the brunt of Michelle’s kick. Natalya went for the pin but Michelle kicked out. Michelle took advantage again, and went for the cover, but Natalya kicked out this time. Natalya soon locked in the sharpshooter which Michelle reversed, but Natalya turned it back. Layla threw a shoe into the ring prompting the ref to give Natalya the disqualification victory.
Winner: Natalya (by Disqualification)
Match 6: Undertaker v. Kane (Hell in a Cell for the World Championship)
Kane struck first as Undertaker was entering the Cell. The two first battled on the outside of the cell but then went back in, continuing the fight around ringside. The Cell was locked and the brothers continued to battle in the ring. Undertaker rammed Kane in the corner with a body splash, and then hit him with the Snake Eyes face first drop into the turnbuckles. Kane soon was able to grab a chair and reverse the offense, but not for long as the fight once against spilled to the outside where Undertaker took turns slamming his brother into the steel steps and into the cell. On one of his attempts however, Kane reversed Undertaker’s whip in, and threw his brother into the steel steps. Kane then viciously assaulted Undertaker’s legs by hitting them repeatedly with a steel chair. Lifting the Undertaker to the apron Kane was able to swing Undertaker’s legs against the steep ring post. On the outside Kane beat on the Undertaker, and attempted to splash him into the side of the cage, but Undertaker moved, and Kane ran himself into the side of the cell. Undertaker hit Kane with a few blows on the outside and threw him in the ring. As Kane lay in the ring with his head on the apron, Undertaker dropped a big leg drop on him. As Undertaker got in the ring, Kane was able to fight him off and take advantage by once again going after Undertaker’s legs. Undertaker kept trying to fight Kane off, including when he was placed on the top ropes for a superplex. However, after resisting the defense, Kane was able to hit his brother with the superplex anyways. Then Kane headed to the top ropes, and hit the Undertaker with a clothesline, but when Kane crawled over for the pin, Undertaker surprised him by locking in the Hell’s Gate submission hold. Kane was able to escape by slithering out of the ring. As both men were back in the ring, they knocked each other down, but both rose with the vintage rise into a sitting position and exchanged blows, which ended with the Undertaker hitting Kane with a choke slam. Kane kicked out of the pin fall attempt, so Undertaker went for the Last Ride, but Kane reversed and went after Undertaker’s legs again. Attempting to pin Undertaker also didn’t work, so Kane continued his onslaught on the weakened Undertaker. As Kane was pounding Undertaker’s head in the corner, Undertaker walked out of the corner with Kane on his shoulders and hit him with a power bomb. Kane kicked out of the pin fall attempt that followed as well, Undertaker however powered Kane up to set him for the Tombstone pile driver, but Kane reversed and hit Undertaker with the move instead. When Undertaker kicked out of the pin fall attempt, Kane snapped and nailed the ref, knocking him out. The officials on the outside called for help getting the ref out. In the meantime Paul Bearer, who earlier on was instructed by the Undertaker to stay out of the cell, was able to sneak in. Kane saw him and followed him around ringside, threatening Bearer into getting into the ring. In the ring, Kane threatened Bearer as he cowered in the corner. Undertaker however took the time to rise and stun Kane with a choke slam. Undertaker rolled his eyes back and stood over Kane indicating the end. The lights went as Undertaker lifted Kane for the Tombstone again, but Paul Bearer opened the urn and a blinded the Undertaker temporarily by flashing a bright light from the urn in his face. Paul Bearer handed the urn to Kane who hit Undertaker with it, following that up with a choke slam on his brother to get the pin.