WWE Hell in a Cell: Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre go to war

June 21 (UPI) -- WWE Champion Bobby Lashley defended his title against Drew McIntyre inside the unforgiving Hell in a Cell structure at WWE's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event.

The brutal main event on Sunday featured the use of steel chairs, steel steps and kendo sticks as Lashley and McIntyre battled each other. The Hell in a Cell structure is a giant red cage with a roof that keeps both competitors locked in.


Lashley was accompanied to the ring by his manager MVP, who got involved by handing the champ his cane so that it could be used as a weapon.

The violent confrontation eventually led to the referee being knocked out, causing a second referee to unlock the cage door in order to enter the ring and officiate the match. MVP also slipped through and stopped the new referee from counting to three when McIntyre was pinning Lashley.

McIntyre got revenge by nailing MVP with a Claymore and continued to assault him outside the ring. Lashley attacked from behind and applied the Hurt Lock, which McIntyre escaped from by smashing the champ through a table.


McIntyre, back inside the ring, got ready to use the Claymore on Lashley but MVP had recovered and grabbed the Scottish Warrior's foot. Lashley took advantage of the situation and was able to roll up McIntyre to earn the three count and remain WWE Champion.

McIntyre, due to a contract he signed to have the match, can no longer challenge Lashley for the WWE Championship.

SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair defended her title against Bayley, also inside the Hell in a Cell structure.

Bayley brought out two kendo sticks that were taped together and placed them horizontally through the cage. Belair, however, was able to smash Bayley through the kendo sticks with a Spinebuster.

Bayley later introduced a small ladder to use as a weapon. Belair once again used her opponent's own items against her and delivered a Senton onto Bayley as she laid on the ladder. Belair then won the match and retained the SmackDown Women's Championship after performing the K.O.D., which also sent Bayley into the ladder.

Also at Hell in a Cell, Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley defended her title against her rival Charlotte Flair.

Flair was able to deliver the Natural Selection but Ripley was able to kick out. The Nightmare then later responded by performing the Riptide, but Flair was able to place her boot on the rope in order to break up the pinning attempt.

Flair locked in the Figure Four submission hold, but was not able to turn it into the Figure Eight as Ripley escaped to the outside ring area. The match then ended in a disqualification after Ripley used part of the announcer's table to attack Flair with. Ripley remains the Raw Women's Champion.

Other moments from Hell in a Cell included Women's Tag Team Champion Natalya defeating Mandy Rose; Seth Rollins defeating Cesaro; Alexa Bliss defeating Shayna Baszler and Sami Zayn defeating Kevin Owens.

The demented Bliss was able to use her supernatural powers to mind control Baszler's tag team partner Nia Jax, who was watching the action from ringside along with their manager Reginald. Bliss used Jax to slap Reginald and won the match after delivering a Sister Abigail followed by Twisted Bliss.

Hell in a Cell will be the last WWE pay-per-view event to take place inside the ThunderDome. WWE will soon be hitting the road again with live fans in attendance. The next pay-per-view event, Money in the Bank, takes place on July 18.

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