WWE Hell in a Cell delivered a highly forgettable undercard and a short-changed show from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., although in essentially what amounted to one-match show, shorter pay-per-views tend to be a better idea than the six-hour marathons they typically are.
Hell in a Cell saw yet another Seth Rollins match end in fan revolt as Rollins was inexplicably disqualified after using a sledgehammer to strike The Fiend while the monster was buried under a sea of weapons. What was a brilliantly told story will forever be remembered for an ugly, controversial finish.
Charlotte defeated Bayley to become the new SmackDown women’s champion while the Kabuki Warriors captured the Women’s Tag Team Championship with a little help from Asuka’s debuting green mist.
Both premieres of Raw and Friday Night SmackDown garnered impressive viewership, with Raw up 16% and Friday Night SmackDown up 84%.
- September 30, 2019—2.571 million viewers
- September 23, 2019—2.210 million viewers
- September 16, 2019—2.272 million viewers
- September 9, 2019—2.130 million viewers
- September 2, 2019—2.507 million viewers
- October 4, 2019—3.869 million viewers
- September 24, 2019—2.099 million viewers
- September 17, 2019—2.064 million viewers
- September 10, 2019—2.061 million viewers
- September 3, 2019—2.507 million viewers
WWE Hell in a Cell Key Competition:
- Sunday Night Football: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs
- Major League Baseball American League Divisional Series—Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals
From the Forbes WWE Vault:
WWE Total YouTube Viewership for WWE Raw this past Monday: 18,162,591 views (up from 9,089,034)
- Most-Viewed: Brock Lesnar Brutally Attacks Rey Mysterio and his Son (8,287,399 views)
- Least-Viewed: AOP Reveal their Unforgiving Life Philosophy (93,398 views)
- Median Viewership: 405,178
WWE Total YouTube Viewership for Friday Night SmackDown: 15,221,494 views (down from 5,526,169)
- Most-Viewed: Cain Velasquez Brings the Fight to Brock Lesnar (5,909,362 views)
- Least-Viewed: Bray Wyatt “Tears Apart” Seth Rollins on Firefly Fun House (288,723 views)
- Median Viewership: 1,064,894
Estimated Live Gate for WWE Hell in a Cell: $1,323,792
WWE Hell in a Cell Results: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Becky Lynch def. Sasha Banks—WWE Raw Women’s Championship inside Hell in a Cell
Sasha Banks’ meteora into the ladder was one of the most creative spots I’ve ever seen inside Hell in a Cell.
Sasha Banks’ meteora onto a seated Becky Lynch was another one of the most creative spots I’ve ever seen inside Hell in a Cell.
At one point, Becky Lynch rolled up Sasha Banks for a nearfall. No Hell in a Cell match should end in a rollup ever, she should know better.
Sasha Banks’ meteora onto Becky Lynch through a table...
Very rarely has an opening match come off as such a main event. This was incredible.
Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan def. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan—Tornado Tag Team Match
Daniel Bryan is a babyface and all, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be out here doing “yes” chants again. At least not during his entrance.
Luke Harper has the saddest man bun in pro wrestling.
By the end of this match, I was thinking to myself “He missed it! Brett Maher missed it! Packers win!”
Post-match, fans initially wanted Bryan and Reigns to feud, but as soon as they went into the “Hug it Out” bits, much of the Golden 1 Center ate out of their hands.
Randy Orton def. Ali
I’ve heard a lot of quiet Randy Orton matches, and I’ve heard a lot of quiet Ali matches, but this was among the quietest each have had.
It looks like Randy Orton and Ali are doing a “WWE legend underestimated up-and-comer” series of matches that will hopefully end in Ali scoring an upset victory over Orton.
Michael Cole promises to show us the "highlights" of Kofi Kingston's loss this past Friday, as if there's a reel they put together from that 9-second match. That's amazing.
Asuka and Kairi Sane def. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Michael Cole reminded the viewing audience that Asuka won the inaugural women’s Royal Rumble. Like, literally reminded us, because I honestly forgot all about that.
Kari Sane dramatically walked the plank only to poke Nikki Cross in the eyes. Killed me dead. *Laugh-cry emoji*
Asuka and Kairi Sane winning the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships is great and/or it only makes me think Asuka and Kairi Sane threatened to go to AEW. Now, if we could just do something about that theme music.
The War Raiders and Braun Strowman def. The O.C. by Disqualification
Seeing Braun Strowman alongside The War Raiders made me realize that maybe they should have been brought in alongside Strowman so it wouldn’t take as long for people to care about them.
Fans booed the DQ finish to this match as if they didn’t want it to end.
Tamina is your new WWE 24/7 champion. She went into hiding for months and it all built to her striking at the perfect time. Great long-term storytelling.
Chad Gable def. Baron Corbin
As a professional comedian and as somewhat of a Baron Corbin apologist, I submit the man should never tell another joke again ever.
The fact that this “STD” chant is still, um, catching on should make Baron Corbin very nervous.
Chad Gable and Baron Corbin have a special kind of chemistry, with or without crowd participation.
After the biggest singles win of his career on pay-per-view, Greg Hamilton announced Chad Gable as "Shorty Gable." After the match, Chad Gable told backstage interviewer Kayla Braxton “call me Shorty.” This is death.
Charlotte def. Bayley—WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Bayley had an unintentionally hilarious exchange with a fan where she over-enthusiastically asked if he wanted to seethe Bayley Buddies. Here was his response.
I could be completely off base with this, but I’m here for tantrum Bayley.
The Fiend def. Seth Rollins by Disqualification—WWE Universal Championship
Prior to this match, Seth Rollins cut a promo saying he was going to burn it down. It was a garden-variety Seth Rollins promo, but after delivering his catchphrase he uncertainly said “at least I hope so.” WWE is really going all the way in on this Fiend gimmick.
WWE made the lights red for the entirety of this match and I was just waiting for the “turn the lights on!” chants from the live arena. Instead, they just chanted “Yowie Wowie!” This guy is over as hell.
Outside of The Fiend, the scariest thing in this match was Seth Rollins overshooting a Frog Splash through a table and landing on his face.
Bray Wyatt brought out his mallet from the Firefly Fun House and the next time I see Triple H with that tiny little sledgehammer he’ll look like a fool.
The less The Fiend sold for Seth Rollins, the more unglued this crowd became.
The story of this match was Seth Rollins trying to murder The Fiend and failing miserably.
This crowd really, really, really didn’t want Seth Rollins to win this match. Technically he didn’t, and yet they revolted. Rightfully so.