WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 in a Nutshell: HBK Turns On Bryan, Orton Wins WWE Championship - Wrestle Newz twitter google

WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 in a Nutshell: HBK Turns On Bryan, Orton Wins WWE Championship

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 took place at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida and featured a total of nine matches, including the highly anticipated main event Hell in a Cell match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. Also, the WWE Universe witnessed Alberto Del Rio defend the World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena, who made his Superman-esque return from elbow surgery. Here are the overall highs and lows from Hell in a Cell:

Best Match: The three best matches of the night were John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The Shield vs. The Usos and the main event WWE Title match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. It’s very difficult to pick a winner for the best match of the night award, as it is a toss-up between the Three Team Tag match for the Tag Team Titles and the Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton bout. As always, Bryan and Orton delivered. Both superstars were extremely vicious and it was a hard-hitting battle with plenty of twists and turns. In the end, HBK turned on his former student, hitting him with Sweet Chin Music, which allowed Orton to pick up the win. The Cody Rhodes/Goldust vs. Shield vs. Usos match was out of this world and showed the WWE Universe just how amazing tag team wrestling can be. There were some awesome spots, including Cody Rhodes hitting Seth Rollins with a Superplex onto the outside of the ring. Both Cody and Rollins landed in a sea of the other wrestlers in the match and the crowd couldn’t believe what they had just seen. I know these awards are supposed to have a clear-cut winner, but I truly can’t decide which match I enjoyed more. What was your favorite match of the night? The Tag Team match or Bryan vs. Orton?

Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening Three Team Tag Team match, the crowd chanted “this is awesome” after Cody Rhodes Super-Plexed Seth Rollins into a crowd of competitors. After CM Punk hit a flying elbow onto Ryback who was lying on a table, the crowd started to chant the Second City Saint’s name. During the Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena match, the crowd chanted “USA” “USA” “USA”. Del Rio hits a huge German Suplex and Cena lands on his neck really bad. Of course, during the main event match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, the crowd chanted “YES” and “Daniel Bryan” at the top of their lungs.

Superstar of the Night: It may not be a popular decision, but the superstar of the night has to be John Cena for overcoming the odds (again) and defeating Alberto Del Rio just two months after returning from elbow surgery. This was a bittersweet moment for many wrestling fans. On one hand, I don’t think anybody wanted Alberto Del Rio to be the World Heavyweight champion anymore. On the other; John Cena returned to the ring and is now the World champion. The good thing is that Cena is staying away from WWE Title and bringing much needed prestige back to the World Championship, and Cena sold his elbow injury well throughout the match. Cena and Del Rio worked tremendously well together and put on one hell of a performance. It will be refreshing to have a new World champion and especially intriguing now that Cena won’t be in the WWE Title picture for a while.

Fan Sign of the Night: This is the part of the review where readers can comment on what their favorite crowd signs were. What were some cool, funny and clever signs that you saw during the Hell in a Cell PPV?

Jobber of the Night: Fandango and The Great Khali can share the award for jobber of the night. The Mixed Tag match they competed in was all about Summer Rae and Natalya, and both of the male competitors barely did anything throughout the match. Fandango won his debut match against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 29, and look far down the ladder he has fallen. It’s a shame.

Upset of the Night: The only real noticeable upset that happened during Hell in a Cell was Summer Rae pinning Natalya. This was Summer Rae’s very first WWE televised match and she beat the most talented Diva on the roster. Summer Rae didn’t look spectacular, but it’s nice to see the WWE giving some other Divas a chance to shine. Can’t wait until NXT’s Paige makes it to the main roster and shakes things up!

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: Without a doubt, the holy sh** moment of the night was HBK turning on Daniel Bryan, hitting him with Sweet Chin Music, and proceeding to count to three when Randy Orton pinned him. There was a lot going on in the match and there are a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered tomorrow night on Raw. Basically, Daniel Bryan hit Orton with his flying knee finishing move. At the time, Shawn Michaels took a ref bump and was not able to make the three-count. Shortly after, Triple H got into the ring to check on HBK and when he got up, Bryan hit the COO with his finisher. As Bryan was celebrating with the crowd, HBK hit Sweet Chin Music and Randy Orton made the cover to become the new WWE champion. As the PPV went off the air, HBK was disgusted and didn’t stop to celebrate with his best friend. Who knows why HBK turned on Bryan? Even though it was an expected moment, it was still shocking to see.

Worst Match: The worst match of the night was the Mixed Tag Team match between The Great Khali/Natalya and Fandango/Summer Rae. Surprisingly, Summer Rae and Natalya worked pretty well with each other considering it was Summer Rae’s first match, but I just can’t stand watching Khali compete in the ring. With every step, it looks like his legs are going to collapse under him and he is slower than The Big Show eating a jar of molasses. He is more of a sideshow attraction instead of a professional wrestler and when he has a match, you know it’s going to be awful. Am I being to disrespectful? What are your thoughts on The (not so) Great Khali?

Logic Fail of the Night: At Hell in a Cell, I didn’t find anything too illogical that happened. Kane coming out and attacking the Wyatt Family made sense, but then he attacked The Miz, which was really random. Is Kane going to be a babyface? Or is the Big Red Machine going to go on a path of destruction and tear apart anybody who stands in his way…or in the same ring for that matter. What was your logic fail of the night? Let me know in the comments section below.

Tweets of the Night:




Commentary Lines of the Night: “I’ve heard rumors that Summer Rae is quite the master of the grapple” – JBL. “Ambrose says that he is slightly off….and highly unpredictable” – Michael Cole. “Bulls don’t change skin, John” – Michael Cole dropping some knowledge on JBL.

LOL Moment of the Night: To me, the LOL moment of the night happened during the battle between Dean Ambrose and Big E. Langston. Ambrose was slapping Langston in the chest for a good 20 seconds and then all of a sudden, an upset and disgruntled Ambrose screams out “TURN ME AROUND!”. Can you guess what happened next? Yeo, Langston turned Ambrose around and started attacking him. You could have been a little quieter, Dean. The second funniest moment of the night was Paul Heyman’s individual entrance. It was brilliant.

Overall Lowlights: The Great Khali/Natalya vs. Fandango/Summer Rae, Dean Ambrose vs. Big E. Langston, AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella, HBK turns on Daniel Bryan.

Overall Highlights: Cody Rhodes/Goldust vs. The Usos vs. The Shield, Kane returns, Paul Heyman entrance/promo, CM Punk vs. Ryback, CM Punk gets revenge on Paul Heyman, Zeb Colter promo, John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio, Bob Backlund Millions of Dollars Dance, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton.

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  • Aaron

    WWE has begun the burying of Daniel Bryan! All he does is deliver the best matches!

    • Mr. Creative

      I agree Bryan is clearly one of the best. Early on I enjoyed his work & wrestling. Though I would of preferred to see Bryan win as I am sure many of us would love to see, I do not see it as ‘burying’ him. Bryan is still hot with the crowd. As long as he has that connection & heat with us the WWE Universe he will always be “awesome” “best” “champ” in our eyes. When this started many of us knew that the storyline would unfold in way that had Bryan climbing up the mountain to an eventual victory. I still feel & know we will get to see Bryan as WWE Champ. The “Corporation” will (as R-Truth may say) Get Got! lol. I see Bryan’s win happening either at WM or shortly before it & retaining at Mania. After a long ‘struggle’ let’s all hope they keep the strap on Bryan for a good while after he does win it. We got 4 PPV’s before WM30 so hang in there. Hopefully it will be worth it & then we all in unison can chant: YES! YES! YES!

      • Aaron

        The way HHH talks to him during promos is borderline!

    • I think they are just prolonging the inevitable. Bryan will have his crowning moment at WrestleMania!

  • Poppy’s Hammer

    Called it ages ago when this whole corporation feud started, obviously knew HBK would be involved and “screw job” Daniel Bryan. Glad they went this route just like they did with Shane and Austin, ended up a bit better to keep this going until around next year if possible.

  • Mr. Creative

    I agree on many of the points you make. The tag team, the WHC & main event matches were all very good. Like or dislike Cena he definitely shined tonight. Coming back so soon is an achievement. It will be interesting to see how the WHC picture unfolds with him back in it. As much as I wanted to see Bryan to win I had a feeling HBK would do a slight turn. Though it was obviously HBK did not do a full blown turn. Clearly there is more story to tell & hopefully he will redeem himself later on. He is a Legend after all. I rather wanted to see a Natalya vs Summer Rae match, but that would of ended with Natalya winning. With Khali I agree that his in ring work is very limited & is hard on the eyes. His comedy acts are sometimes enjoyable. I say keep him in backstage or onstage skits or as an ‘friend’ cheering on other talent. I don’t see it being disrespectful, you are just calling it for it what it is, perhaps from a business standpoint. It’s just that there are other stars in the back that have more talent in the ring or equal talent that deserve the opportunity to shine. I feel Santino’s recent association with Kahli is also not necessary. Santion can stand on his own without Kahli or Hornswoggle. Besides I liked hornswoggle more as a loveable mischievous heel. Anyhow I still would like to see Santino’s character develop more on a serious note focusing on his MA talent. I wonder if Bob Backland will become the PTP’s new ‘voice’ or manager? That would be interesting to see. Yes Kane is back & he is not in a friendly mood that is for sure. It will be good to see Monster Kane back, besides his new movie will be coming out. So Kane’s evil is back in business.

    • Bob Backlund as PTP’s manager would be outrageous…not yet sure if it’d be a good or bad thing. Glad you agree with most of my points. The PPV was decent, but nothing spectacular.

      • Mr. Creative

        :) Yeah I know Backlund as manager would be outrageous. It was just when the idea of it popped in my head I pictured as being funny. I am not seriously suggesting they do that. lol.

  • frank_costanza

    LOL at HHH not taking the bump on Bryan’s finish and the missed Sweet Chin Music. At least the back-to-back botches in the main made me laugh during a disappointing outcome.

    • tt2000

      HHH should be embarrassed. He botched that horribly and this storyline is going down the drain fast thanks to him. This looked so promising the first few weeks after Summerslam but it’s getting horrible now.

      • KingBack

        The HBK and Bryan botch was way worse.
        HBK didn’t even hit him. He just kicked straight out in the air.

    • Triple H always sells like that. Did Bryan even hit him in the face though? My feed was a bit slow.

    • Jay Ess

      Glad to know that I wasn’t the only one laughing at how Triple H sold that knee. He sold it exactly like a wrestler who does more booking than actual wrestling would have.

  • HBK turning on Bryan has to win most predictable moment of the year.

    • JMD

      i still have a feeling, based on how HBK walked out, that he did what was required/requested of him, but he did not like it.

      Kind of like Big Show knocking out Dusty….he did it because, at the time, Steph was hanging his debts over his head. Makes me wonder if there won’t be more to this, like Hunter has leverage on Shawn and that’s why he did what he did.

      I mean…if it was a full on heel turn, don’t you think Shawn would have been a bit more celebratory? Unless he was OK to turn, but pissed that his turn gave the belt to Orton….though that would be kind of stupid i think.

      how they explain the “why” is a big one here. hope they don’t screw it up

      • I’m excited for Raw. A lot will be explained.

      • jcice13

        I think that HHH and Steph will have some type of blackmail on HBK and that will be the reason for the kick, last week I suggested that maybe some photo shopped pics of HBK with a woman something along those lines

    • I know what you mean. I didn’t think it would be THAT obvious…or there would be some more twists and turns.

  • tt2000

    Natalya is not the most talented diva. She is awful. She may be good in the ring technically but that’s everything she has going for her because she can’t talk, she doesn’t have a character and, this is just my opinion, she’s really annoying. She simply doesn’t have what it takes to get over. An AJ/Kaitlyn match is twenty times better than a AJ/Natalya match or Kaitlyn/Natalya. AJ is the star of the division and will be for a long time even when the trash like nikki and brie gets replaced by the awesome NXT divas.

    I thought the Big E/Ambrose match was pretty good. Big E still needs some work but he’s going to be a big star. I 100% believe that. Very likely the first black WWE champion.

    • Mrs. Ambrose

      I have to disagree Natalya is a good wrestler.

      • Definitely the best wrestler on the Divas roster. But not the most charismatic. That goes to AJ.

        • tt2000

          What has she ever done? Has she ever done anything entertaining? Divas aren’t even allowed to wrestle long matches so her technical prowess is irrelevant. And so many people think she’s so amazing but she has a history of botched spots. That AJ sharpshooter and subsequent reaction was just another example of her inablities.

    • James Scully

      Are we not considering The Rock half black all of a sudden?

      • tt2000

        Rock is not black. He’s samoan and he doesn’t look black enough to get prejudice or racism. He also doesn’t have the skin tone or the facial structure.

        • He’s half black! It doesn’t matter what he “looks” like or what “facial structure” he has.

    • I respect your opinion. What I meant by the most talented was that she is the best wrestler on the Divas roster. You’re right, she doesn’t have that it factor, but she is the best wrestler on the Divas roster right now.

  • fj2305

    Boring PPV all the way… I saw that 2 years ago …. and one year ago…… I wanna see new faces holding the 2 major titles… I am sick of it…

    • I think Cena winning the World Title was a nice change of scenery now that he isn’t going to part of the WWE Title picture. I’d take Cena over Del Rio to be honest.

      • fj2305

        I’d rather see Sandow as the World Champion that Cena, I have seen that 14 times!!! 14 times!!! I just wanna see someone else holding the WHC than ADR/Cena/Show/Sheamus… It should be time for Cesaro/Ziggler/Barrett/Sandow/Cody/Ambrose/McIntyre or even Ryback to hold the WH Championship, seriously they are again buried alive beyond Super Cena who again gets one of the 2 major titles handed to him on the silver plate… I saw ADR vs. Cena 2 years ago… I saw Ryback vs. Punk one year ago… I saw DBry got screw up over and over again… I really have something else to do wasting my time on WWE presents their newest PPV edition called RePlay!!! The only thing that stood out for me was Big E Langston’s performance and the PPV Opener, the rest was aweful… in my opinion …

      • Damian Starr

        Setting up for cena to put over Sandow down the line??

  • Edynol

    I think it was a solid PPV all around. Not the greatest, but far from the worst I’ve seen. Also, I wouldn’t give Dean such a hard time about his shouting there, he was probably just caught up in the moment. Gotta take into consideration that this match was probably thought up right on the spot because of Axel’s injury and Langston needed an opponent. And Dean was a good choice since his partners had a match and he didn’t and he’s the US champ which is about the same as being IC champ today. And honestly, this was a way better match than Axel would have had against Big E.

    Also, my favorite line of the night was JBL accusing Rey of being El Torito. Had me laughing for a good while! lol!

  • TheHotDogKing1

    Was it a heel turn for HBK, or more so just avenging his friend, Triple H who was hit? And did HBK feel Bryan purposely pushed Orton into him? I find it difficult to believe HBK will go into full heel mode…

  • jcice13

    I didn’t see it..so did HBK know he was kicking Bryan or was it because he was in a stupor and thought it was Orton???

  • xXwindsofchangeXx

    Slower than Big Show eating molasses? I’d think that Big Show would eat molasses (or anything else, for that matter) pretty quickly…

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