The Usos and Sheamus def.
Goldust, Stardust, and The Miz via pinfall
Alicia Fox def. AJ Lee via pinfall
Rusev def. Big E via submission
Brie Bella def. Summer Rae via pinfall
Cesaro def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall
The Authority def. Dean Ambrose and John Cena via pinfall
Randy Orton and John Cena
The Authority started the show with Triple H announcing that the winner of the Orton and Cena Hell in a Cell match will earn the top spot as the next contender to face Brock Lesnar for the championship. Randy Orton hit the ring later to state why he will win Hell in a Cell while criticizing John Cena. Cena interrupted and entertained the crowd with jokes at Orton’s expense. He made it clear that his new mission was to take on Lesnar again and regain the title. Paul Heyman interrupts in order to remind both superstars that the beast isn’t anything to overlook and brush off. And that both performers should avoid his client for their own good. After growing tired of Heyman’s babble, Cena goes for the AA on Heyman, but decides not to follow through. Orton, on the other hand, had no problem dishing out an RKO to both Cena and Heyman. The segment ended with Orton looking as vicious as ever as a heel. There just isn’t enough time to push a feud between Orton and Cena, so the match is relying more on their previous history to sell it. This segment was great at selling their match at Hell in a Cell as personal.
Rusev vs Big E
There was nothing special about the match itself, but having a soldier run in to the ring to protect the United States flag at the end was a good touch. Rusev is all about cheap heat. And although the spot was scripted, it did its job well enough to push the Rusev and Big Show match forward.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Mick Foley
John and Dean had a funny little exchange before this segment. It kind of showed the comedic side of both of them and was worth mentioning. Dean hit the ring with a dummy dressed as Seth Rollins and began to torture it. The real Rollins interrupted the show while also addressing the “You sold out” chants that filled the arena. And just when you thought things couldn’t get any more intense with these two face to face, we were treated to a special guest appearance by the legendary Mick Foley. If anyone could hype up a Hell in a Cell match, it’s Mick Foley. He did a great job of selling Dean as a threat in the match, while not taking away from Rollins’ in ring ability. In all honesty, the segment was kind of cringe worthy before Foley. The dummy segment seemed less funny and more sadistic for Dean. It would have worked better for him as a heel, but just seemed awkward for him as a face. It actually reminded me of Al Snow a little for some reason. Ambrose and Rollins didn’t get a chance to properly build up to the Hell in a Cell considering John Cena’s involvement in their feud took a lot of focus off of them. So Foley’s appearance really helped push their match at Hell in a Cell. But I believe the feud should finally come to a close at the event.
The street fight at the main event ended predictably with the cage lowered over the ring. Aside from it being a really good match with a lot of moments to sell the main events at Hell in a Cell, the highlight was the curb stomp delivered to Randy Orton. There has been hints of tension building between Orton and Rollins. And that moment was a great way to kick it off in to an official feud for after Hell in a Cell. If Orton wins his match against Cena, the world title could find its way in to their feud.
The go home Raw did a great job of selling the Pay Per View this Saturday. But with that aside, the show was pretty entertaining on its own. Best match of the night goes to Cesaro vs Ziggler in my opinion.