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Hell in a Cell (2012)

Hell in a Cell was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It was held on October 28, 2012 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] It was the fourth annual Hell in a Cell event. The event drew a total of 199,000 buys, which is an improvement over the previous year's event which drew 182,000 buys.[3]

Hell in a Cell (2012)
Promotional poster featuring CM Punk
DateOctober 28, 2012
CityAtlanta, Georgia
VenuePhilips Arena
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The lead up to the event featured a tag team tournament to decide the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
SmackDown Team Rhodes Scholars
(Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow)
9/28 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
Raw Team Rhodes Scholars Pin
10/8 Team CoBro 3:07
Main Event Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd 5:59
10/3 Team CoBro
(Santino Marella and Zack Ryder)
Raw Team Rhodes Scholars Pin
10/22* Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara 13:02
SmackDown R-Truth and Kofi Kingston 4:29
10/5 The Prime Time Players
(Darren Young and Titus O'Neil)
Raw The Prime Time Players 3:32
10/8 Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara Pin
Raw Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara Pin
10/1 Primo and Epico 9:38

(*)-The final was originally scheduled for October 15 but was postponed due to Mysterio's illness.


The professional wrestling matches at Hell in a Cell featured professional wrestlers performing as characters in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, WWE. Storylines between the characters played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown.[4][5]

The main program involved CM Punk defending his WWE Championship against Ryback, contested inside Hell in a Cell. At Night of Champions the previous month, CM Punk and John Cena fought each other to a draw when Cena left his shoulders down while pinning Punk, making it a double pin. Following this, he continuously challenged Punk to a rematch, even while recovering from an arm surgery earlier in the month; Punk refused to accept. All the while Ryback, who was undefeated since re-entering WWE in April (not including his time as the character Skip Sheffield), had attempted to confront Punk with Punk usually escaping. This culminated on an episode of Raw where WWE Chairman Vince McMahon arrived and forced Punk to choose whether he wanted to face John Cena or Ryback. However, when Punk took too long to decide, with Cena's endorsement, McMahon made the decision for it to be Ryback. It was announced that it would be a Hell in a Cell match.

At Night of Champions, Layla was originally set to defend the WWE Divas Championship against Kaitlyn, but at the event, Kaitlyn was attacked by a villainess in a masked disguise. Eve Torres replaced Kaitlyn and defeated Layla to capture the Divas Championship, and after Eve's successful defenses against Kaitlyn and Layla on back-to-back editions of Raw, Aksana was revealed as Kaitlyn's attacker on the October 26 edition of SmackDown, committing the attack under Eve's orders. It was later announced that Eve would defend the Divas Championship at Hell in a Cell in a Triple Threat Match.


Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English commentators Michael Cole
John Bradshaw Layfield
Jim Ross
Spanish commentators Marcelo Rodríguez
Carlos Cabrera
Interviewers Josh Mathews
Matt Striker
Ring announcers Tony Chimel
Justin Roberts
Ricardo Rodriguez (Del Rio only)
Referees Mike Chioda
John Cone
Jack Doan
Scott Armstrong
Brad Maddox

Lilian Garcia was involved in a car accident before the event in Los Angeles, California, Tony Chimel substituted for her. When Jerry "The King" Lawler had been recovering from a heart attack, Michael Cole was joined in commentary by John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jim Ross.

Preliminary matchesEdit

The event opened with Randy Orton facing Alberto Del Rio. Orton won the match after Del Rio missed an Enziguiri and performed an RKO on Del Rio for the pin.

Next, Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against Team Rhodes Scholars (Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes). Kane was disqualified after he attacked Sandow and Rhodes, meaning Team Hell No retained the title.

After that, Kofi Kingston defended the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz. Kingston executed Trouble in Paradise to retain the title.

In the fourth match, Antonio Cesaro defended the United States Championship against Justin Gabriel. After countering a Suicide Dive with a European Uppercut, Cesaro executed the Neutralizer on Gabriel to retain the title.

Next, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara faced the Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil). Mysterio and Cara won after Mysterio performed a 619 and a diving splash on Young.

After that, Sheamus defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Big Show. Big Show dominated Sheamus throughout the match. Big Show executed a Chokeslam on Sheamus for a near-fall. Sheamus executed White Noise on Big Show for a near-fall. Big Show executed a WMD on Sheamus for a near-fall. Sheamus executed a Brogue Kick on Big Show for a near-fall. Sheamus attempted a second Brogue Kick but Big Show avoided the move and executed a second WMD on Sheamus to win the title.

In the seventh match, Eve Torres defended the WWE Divas Championship against Layla and Kaitlyn in a Triple Threat match. In the end, Eve executed a senton bomb on both Kaitlyn and Layla, pinning Layla to retain the title.

Main eventEdit

In the main event, CM Punk defended the WWE Championship against Ryback inside Hell in a Cell. Ryback gained the early advantage but Paul Heyman distracted Ryback, allowing Punk to spray Ryback with a fire extinguisher. Punk attempted to attack him with a steel chair but Ryback countered with a big boot, causing the chair to hit Punk, and threw Punk into the cell wall. Punk attacked Ryback with a Kendo stick but Ryback was unaffected and performed a Meat Hook Clothesline on Punk. Ryback attempted Shellshocked but the referee Brad Maddox inexplicably stopped Ryback and attacked him with a low-blow. Punk pinned Ryback with a roll-up as Maddox made a fast count, thus Punk retaining the title. After the match, Maddox attempted to escape from the cell but was attacked by Ryback. After chasing Heyman, Punk attempted to escape by climbing the cell but Ryback followed him and executed Shellshocked atop the cell.


Maddox explained on Raw that he had intentionally cost Ryback the match as a way of making a name for himself and 'becoming famous' after he had been told that he would never achieve his initial dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. Maddox then demanded a WWE contract and a match with Ryback; Mr. McMahon sarcastically replied that Maddox would be given a 'million dollar contract' if he was able to beat Ryback. The match took place the following week, with Maddox being defeated in a squash match and leaving the arena in an ambulance. Ryback then continued his feud with CM Punk, and went on to challenge for the title once again at Survivor Series in a triple threat match with John Cena. It was later revealed on an episode of Raw that Paul Heyman had paid Brad Maddox to make an interference in the match and help CM Punk retain the title.


No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Randy Orton defeated Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) Singles match[6] 13:40
2 Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) defeated Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) (c) by disqualification Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship[7] 11:11
3 Kofi Kingston (c) defeated The Miz Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship[8] 10:21
4 Antonio Cesaro (c) defeated Justin Gabriel Singles match for the WWE United States Championship 07:22
5 Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara defeated The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) Tag team match 12:27
6 Big Show defeated Sheamus (c) Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship[9] 20:26
7 Eve Torres (c) defeated Kaitlyn and Layla Triple Threat match for the WWE Divas Championship[10] 07:33
8 CM Punk (c) (with Paul Heyman) defeated Ryback Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship[11] 11:21
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match


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  9. ^ "World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs. Big Show". WWE. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
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  11. ^ Murphy, Ryan. "WWE Champion CM Punk vs Ryback vs Derick Salas(Hell in a Cell Match)". WWE. Retrieved 2012-10-15.

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