FOX Sports WWE Analyst
WWE Hell in a Cell ’22 was overwritten by Cody Rhodes Wrestled with a torn pectoral muscle for over 20 minutes. Yes, really.
Hell in a Cell also featured an excellent Raw Women’s Title Match, The Judgment Day maintained their dominance in a mixed tag team affair, and Mustafa Ali nearly won the United States Championship.
Before we tackle everything that happened to Cody Rhodes in the Main Event, here’s a quick recap of the match results:
– Bianca Belair pinfalled Asuka and Becky Lynch to retain the Raw Women’s Championship
– Bobby Lashley defeated MVP and Omos in a handicap match via submission after hurt locking MVP
– Kevin Owens defeated Ezekiel via pinfall after hitting The Stunner
– The Judgment Day (Edge, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley) defeated AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan via pinfall
– Madcap Moss defeated Happy Corbin with a pinfall
– Theory def. Mustafa Ali via pinfall after hitting the ATL to retain the US Championship
– Cody Rhodes defeated Seth Rollins by pinfall in a Hell in a Cell match
Moment of the night: Cody Rhodes reveals a torn pec
It was revealed during the kickoff show that Rhodes had completely torn his right breast tendon off the bone in preparation for the match.
Surprisingly, however, he still planned to compete.
When the show started, many wondered if that was really going to happen, but Cody somehow defied the odds by going to the ring for his match.
However, when The American Nightmare removed his jacket, the bruise on his arm/chest was obvious and an eerie silence fell over the arena.
No one believed he could actually wrestle like that, but…
Match of the Night: Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins – Hell in a Cell
This was one of the most compelling WWE matches of the last decade.
Seeing someone’s body injured so badly and knowing that they will most certainly need surgery soon lets every punch, blow, hit with a foreign object enter your body through the screen. In a scenario like this, no suspension of disbelief is required.
It’s all very real and very painful.
As crazy or dangerous as it may have been, you can’t help but respect Rhodes for risking everything to put on an epic match for the fans who paid to see him perform. It was also a satisfying conclusion to his return story.
Big props also go to Rollins.
Not a single soul wanted to see him win that match after Cody revealed that massive bruise, but he played it perfectly to his advantage by being the most vicious opponent possible.
The polka dots on his gear and Dusty Rhodes weight belt. Aim for the injury without hesitation. Pound out a sledgehammer à la Triple H.
It was all masterful.
Remaining question: Should the brand split be dropped for now?
With Rhodes sure to be out for the foreseeable future, Roman Reigns seemingly on a more limited schedule, and Randy Orton’s status up in the air, an argument could be made for ending the brand’s split.
As I wrote in my Friday SmackDown recap, SmackDown’s roster has been feeling thin lately. With Cody and Randy Orton now gone too, Raw will be similarly affected.
Combining the rosters to combat this might be the best course of action.
Additional Hell in a Cell Highlights:
Judgment Day had an impressive performance.
This was one of the better mixed tag matches in recent memory.
Mustafa Ali and Theory have great chemistry together.
Theory was clearly the favourite, but Ali did a fantastic job of making the fans believe he actually had a chance to win.
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Ryan Satin is a WWE Analyst for FOX Sports. Satin previously starred in FS1’s “WWE Backstage” and founded Pro Wrestling Sheet, where he was the editor-in-chief of breaking news stories.
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