The second annual WWE Hell in a Cell came to you, live on pay-per-view, from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. After thirteen years of animosity, jealousy, championships, triumphant returns, crushing defeats, and a sibling rivalry rooted in the depths of hell, Kane and The Undertaker would go to war once more as Kane would defend the World Heavyweight Title against the brother he thought he had finally weakened to a point of no return, The Undertaker inside “The Deadman’s Playground”, Hell in a Cell! The last time that Randy Orton was in a Hell in a Cell Match, he emerged as the WWE Champion and he would look to do it again as Randy Orton would defend the WWE Title against the former champion, Sheamus, inside Hell in a Cell! Since early June, the group now known as The Nexus has been reeking hell on the entire WWE, assaulting everyone to ring announcers to Superstars to WWE Legends and even assaulting WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, but from the get-go, the inaugural victim of The Nexus, John Cena, has butted heads with the seemingly unstoppable faction on several occasions, but now, at WWE Hell in a Cell, John Cena will have the opportunity to bring an end to the reign of terror The Nexus has brought as Cena would go one-on-one with the leader of The Nexus, Wade Barrett, in a match where, if John Cena loses, he will be forced to join the terror group, The Nexus, but if Cena wins, then The Nexus will be forced to disband and with the rest of The Nexus banned from ringside, whoever emerges victorious will get what they want with no questions and no debate! In a unique first time ever encounter, Daniel Bryan will make his first defense of the United States Title against the former champion, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz, as well as “The Guru of Greatness” John Morrison in the first ever Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere Match, meaning that whichever Superstar scores the first submission in the match, which can take place anywhere in the arena, will emerge as the United States Champion! The Unified Divas Title would also be up for grabs at the event as Michelle McCool, with the other half of LayCool, Layla, in her corner, would defend the Unified Divas Title against the second-generation competitor, Natalya!
- United States Championship: Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere Match: Daniel Bryan (c) def. The Miz (with Alex Riley) & John Morrison by The Miz submitting to Daniel Bryan’s LeBell Lock to retain.
- WWE Championship: Hell in a Cell: Randy Orton (c) def. Sheamus by pin following the RKO on the steel steps to retain.
- Edge def. Jack Swagger by pin following the Spear.
- John Cena Joins The Nexus or The End of The Nexus: The Nexus Banned From Ringside: Wade Barrett (with The Nexus and two "fans") def. John Cena (with Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, John Morrison, MVP, Goldust, Mark Henry, & The Hart Dynasty) by pin after a "fan" hits John Cena with a foreign object.
- Unified Divas Championship: Natalya def. Michelle McCool (c) (with Layla) by DQ after Layla throws her shoes at Natalya; Michelle McCool (c) retains.
- World Heavyweight Championship: Hell in a Cell: Kane (c) (with Paul Bearer) def. The Undertaker by pin following the chokeslam to retain.
Before the opening match, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz states that it is “ridiculous” because he was the “mentor” of both Daniel Bryan and John Morrison! Miz continues that no one would know who either of them were if it was not for him, but without Bryan or Morrison, he would still be a “huge star”, because he has the “star quality” and he will walk out of WWE Hell in a Cell as the United States Champion!
The opening match of the night would see the United States Championship on the line as Daniel Bryan would make his first defense of the prestigious title against “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz and “The Guru of Greatness” John Morrison in the first ever Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere Match! During the match, John Morrison would take advantage of an over ten foot dive off of the stage set-up by locking The Miz in, appropriately enough, the Texas Cloverleaf, but The Miz’s personally signed “apprentice”, would break up the hold and send Morrison spine-first onto the steel ramp! Daniel Bryan would then shove Alex Riley off of the ramp onto a cameraman before locking in the LeBell Lock on The Miz on the steel ramp, forcing The Miz to tap out once again to successfully retain the United States Title!
Then it was time for the first Hell in a Cell Match of the evening as Randy Orton would enter the demonic structure to defend the WWE Title against former champion, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus! At the end of a punishing war inside Hell in a Cell, it was Randy Orton coming out of nowhere to hit the RKO on the steel steps on Sheamus en route to successfully retaining the WWE Title!
The Superstar responsible for injuring both Rey Mysterio and Christian would appear on the show as Alberto Del Rio would make his debut pay-per-view appearance! Del Rio proclaims that he can afford to “buy” each and every WWE fans and states that he is “better” than all of them! However, Alberto Del Rio would be interrupted by Edge as Edge states that he is out there because he is in a fight against “stupidity”! Edge continues that parts of Del Rio are “extremely stupid”, like dressing up a chihuahua like Rey Mysterio and calls Del Rio’s scarf “stupid”! Del Rio threatens Edge to “choose his words very, very carefully” and Edge responds by calling Del Rio “stupid” in Spanish! Del Rio responds by saying that he is going to “hurt” Edge, but Edge says that the “existence” of Ricardo Rodriguez is “stupid” before ripping the sleeve of Rodriguez! Edge and Alberto Del Rio looked to be set to square off, but Jack Swagger would come out and state that what is “stupid” is a “Mexican and a Canadian arguing in a WWE ring”, while he is not even competing! Swagger then told Edge that his personal mascot is a “human being with medical bills”; medical bills that Edge is going to “pay”! Edge says that he will pay Swagger’s personal mascot’s medical bills, but he might as well pay Swagger and Del Rio’s as well! Edge would then try and attack Swagger, but Del Rio would come from behind and attack Edge, leading to Jack Swagger attacking Edge until the anonymous General Manager of RAW chimes with an email on a “new” and “improved” laptop and the email announces that the GM is forcing Edge to issue a public apology to the GM on RAW tomorrow night, but before that Edge will go one-on-one with Jack Swagger!
By order of the anonymous General Manager of RAW, “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge would go one-on-one with “The All-American American” Jack Swagger in an impromptu match! At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Edge coming out of nowhere with the Spear on Jack Swagger en route to picking up the win!
Backstage, Nexus members David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, & Michael Tarver and Otunga tells his teammates that he “trusts” Wade Barrett, but they need to make “absolutely certain” that The Nexus does not meet its end and, even though he did not talk to Barrett about it, their plan will “work” and they will not disqualified, which would win the match for John Cena and mean the end of The Nexus before saying that he will explain his plan to them on the way, despite the skepticism of his teammates! What does David Otunga have planned? Will the plan work or will The Nexus assist in their own demise?
Then it was time for a career-altering match as John Cena would go one-on-one with the leader of The Nexus, Wade Barrett, and, if John Cena loses, he will be forced to join The Nexus, but if John Cena wins, then The Nexus will be forced to disband, plus the other four members of The Nexus will be banned from ringside for, if they do not comply, John Cena will automatically win by disqualification! During the match, the rest of The Nexus would emerge, distracting John Cena long enough for Wade Barrett to take advantage, despite the frustration Barrett had with his group for coming dangerously close to causing him the match and inadvertently causing The Nexus to disband! The Nexus would then surround the ring, but a group of RAW and SmackDown Superstars, led by Big Show, would emerge as Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, John Morrison, MVP, Goldust, Mark Henry, & The Hart Dynasty would rush to ringside and attack The Nexus, ultimately chasing The Nexus away, leaving John Cena and Wade Barrett to determine their respective fates in a one-on-one match without distractions! Later on in the match, after John Cena had kicked out of the Wasteland and Wade Barrett kicked out of the Attitude Adjustment by John Cena, Cena would manage to lock in his STF, but when it looked like Barrett was moments from tapping out, what appeared to be a fan would jump in the ring, prompting the referee, as well as security, to jump on the fan, but as this happened, a second fan would jump the barricade and blast Cena with some sort of foreign object, which would allow Barrett to crawl to the cover and score a big win, meaning that John Cena will be forced to join The Nexus! What will happen now that John Cena is part of The Nexus? Who were the fans that attacked John Cena?
The Unified Divas Title was up for grabs at WWE Hell in a Cell as Michelle McCool, with Layla in her corner, would defend the Unified Divas Title against Natalya! In the end, it looked like Natalya was set to dethrone Michelle McCool after locking McCool in the legendary Sharpshooter, but Layla would resort to throwing her shoes at Natalya, leading to the disqualification win for Natalya, meaning that Michelle McCool retains the Unified Divas Title!
Then it was time for the main event as a thirteen year sibling rivalry to take a trip to hell as Kane would defend the World Heavyweight Title against revitalized brother, The Undertaker inside the demonic structure known as Hell in a Cell! During the match, it looked like Kane would once again defeat his brother after hitting the Tombstone Piledriver, but when The Undertaker kicked out, a frustrated Kane delivered a vicious uppercut to the referee! With the referee down, the Hell in a Cell would be opened in order to end to the injured referee and also to allow a fresh referee to call the match, but Paul Bearer would sneak inside of the Cell during this as the match continued! Upon seeing Paul Bearer at ringside and with The Undertaker still laid out from the Tombstone Piledriver, Kane would exit the ring and would proceed to stalk his father around the ring, ultimately forcing Paul Bearer to escape inside the ring! However, as Kane cornered Paul Bearer, The Undertaker would recover and deliver a big chokeslam to Kane! The Undertaker would then hone in for the final blow, the Tombstone Piledriver, but as Undertaker set up for the move, Paul Bearer opened the lid of the urn, which radiated a bright light that temporarily blinded The Undertaker! Once he regained the ability to see, The Undertaker would rise and Paul Bearer would find himself in between the two brothers! Then, with both Kane and The Undertaker looking, Paul Bearer would hand a confused Kane the urn and Kane would blast The Undertaker in the skull before planting The Undertaker with a chokeslam en route to successfully defending the World Heavyweight Title! With the urn, Paul Bearer, and the World Heavyweight Title, can anything or anyone stop Kane? What becomes of The Undertaker now that the urn that he derives his power from is in the possession of Paul Bearer, who has sided with Kane?