The WWE’s annual card featuring caged calamity was back tonight with an extremely interesting lineup topped by WWE Champion CM Punk putting his gold up for grabs in the main event against unbeaten behemoth Ryback. In the WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 headliner, Punk was out to make good on his claim of being “the best in the world” by taking out the much larger man who had his way with the title-holder in recent weeks.
Things looked good for Ryback throughout the bout, even going so far as to “Hulk Up” and recover from an attack with a Kendo Stick, but Punk ultimately emerged with his title-reign in tow after the referee landed a low blow, then dished out a quick-count for the pinfall victory. As might be expected, Ryback reacted poorly to being screwed over, decimating the official and eventually hitting Punk with a “Shell Shock” finisher on top of the cell.
Also scheduled for Hell in a Cell, Sheamus failed in his attempt to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against the Big Show, fighting valiantly before being caught with a K.O. Punch while trying to deliver a Brogue Kick. Both men dished out a ton of damage on the other with each landing a finisher prior to the final sequence leading to the strike-based stoppage.
The surprisingly successful team of Kane/Daniel Bryan each remained the “tag team champion” against the duo of Damien Sandow/Cody Rhodes though by way of disqualification rather than actually defeating their opponents. The end came when Kane decided to beat down Rhodes/Sandow despite not being the legal man in the ring, teasing dissent in the ranks of “Team Hell No”.
A rundown of winners/losers from the evening’s action can be found below:
Randy Orton def. Alberto Del Rio via Pinfall (RKO)
Cody Rhodes/Damien Sandow def. Kane/Daniel Bryan © via Disqualification
Kofi Kingston © def. The Miz via Pinfall to Retain Intercontinental Championship (Trouble in Paradise)
Antonio Cesaro © def. Justin Gabriel via Pinfall to Retian U.S. Championship (The Neutralizer)
Rey Mysterio/Sin Cara def. Primetime Players via Pinfall (619/Dropping the Dime)
Big Show © def. Sheamus via Pinfall to Win World Heavyweight Championship (K.O. Punch)
Eve © def. Layla/Kaitlyn via Pinfall to Retain Divas Championship
CM Punk © def. Ryback via Pinfall to Retain WWE Championship (Low Blow)
PHOTO CREDIT – WWE