Hell in a Cell kicks off the home stretch of WWE’s 2020 calendar, and the fallout from the three matches inside the giant red cage will likely shape the path WWE will take all the way to WrestleMania 37 in 2021. Will Drew McIntyre go an entire calendar year helping to carry the company as WWE champion? Or will Randy Orton finally win his 14th world title and have McIntyre and the whole Raw roster chasing him over the next few months?
While Roman Reigns is a prohibitive favorite heading into his Universal championship defense against Jey Uso, the big question is how far he’ll take his destruction and aggression into the “I Quit” match. Uso has another opportunity to bolster his stock in what’s become a breakout 2020.
Then there is the long-awaited clash between Bayley and Sasha Banks. Bayley, the longest-reigning SmackDown women’s champion in history, has carried that title for over a year, most of which was spent with Banks by her side. Together, they were the most consistent and entertaining attraction of Raw and SmackDown’s “Performance Center” era. Their shared history in the ring, including their revolutionary NXT TakeOver match in 2015, and willingness to put everything on the line in big matches, makes this an easy pick to steal the show.
Follow along throughout the night as Tim Fiorvanti breaks down the entire card, match-by-match.
Match in progress: Hell in a cell match for the Universal championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Jey Uso
Drew Gulak had a brief opportunity to showcase his submission skills with a variety of different holds. But R-Truth, after channeling his “childhood hero” John Cena’s offense for a stretch, rolled Gulak up for the pinfall and then absconded from the ring as the Lucha House Party and Akira Tozawa gave chase out of the arena.
What’s next: R-Truth is a 42-time 24/7 champion, and he’ll certainly keep that number growing by exchanging the title back and forth in all sorts of humorous settings and circumstances. Having the title change in a “real match” would seemingly defeat the purpose. Gulak will win the title again, but this match was pure filler.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 25, 2020
Still to come:
Hell in a cell match for the WWE championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton
Hell in a cell match for the SmackDown women’s championship: Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks
One member of Retribution vs. One member of the Hurt Business