2022 WWE Hell in a Cell results, grades: Cody Rhodes toughs out grotesque pectoral tear to beat Seth Rollins

Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins played a Hell in a Cell match to remember at WWE’s title event. rhodes vs rhodes Rollins 3 headlined a solid, well-paced sports night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

The rivalry between Rhodes and Rollins has continued since Rhodes made the leap from AEW and returned to WWE at WrestleMania 38 in April. The two superstars delivered a bold, thought-provoking performance in what would be arguably the last entry in this pocket of their rivalry. Rhodes suffered a complete chest laceration shortly before the event. The images were disturbing as Rhodes’ chest and biceps turned a deep purple. Rhodes bit and overcame the pain to secure a third straight win over Rollins.

Rhodes and Rollins closed Hell in a Cell with a bang, but credit also goes to the three women who opened the program. Raw women’s champion Bianca Belair pushed through in an action-packed triple threat with Becky Lynch and Asuka. The champion was repeatedly on the brink of losing her championship, but ultimately outsmarted Lynch.

CBS Sports was with you all the way through the event, providing updates and highlights as the action unfolds in the live blog below.

2022 WWE Hell in a Cell results, numbers

Raw Women’s Championship — Bianca Belair (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Asuka: Belair was constantly in danger of losing her championship. She was clearly the most impressive appearance of the match. Asuka and Lynch retaliated with quick exchanges and opportunistic pinfall attempts to try and wave the title away from WWE’s EST. Lynch nearly won the title after dropping a guillotine leg on Belair from the middle rope. “The Man” continued to roll the competition and punished Belair with a leg drop on the top rope. “The Empress of Tomorrow” finally found its groove, nearly landing a pinfall on Lynch after a series of thumping blows. A standing moonsault from Belair held both Asuka and Lynch almost simultaneously. The trio teased a Tower of Doom, but Belair did a back flip and ate a Codebreaker from Asuka, who also delivered one to Lynch. Asuka struck both women with a shiny wizard and clamped a double ankle lock on her opponents. The Man Handle Slam looked to scare Belair away for good, but Asuka saved the day. The less experienced Belair closed the show by using Lynch’s tactics against her. Lynch planted Asuka with a Man Handle Slam, only for Belair to throw her enemy out of the ring. The champion pinned a defenseless Asuka to keep her title. A great way to start the evening. Fast action, fluid and creative attack. Everyone delivered great. Bianca Belair def. Asuka and Becky Lynch via pinfall to retain the Raw women’s championship. Class A

Bobby Lashley vs. Omos and MVP (disability competition): Omos tried to lure Lashley into a struggle of strength against strength. The veteran leaned on his MMA background and striking advantage against his bigger foe. MVP only tagged himself when Lashley was on the ropes and was quickly gone when Lashley built momentum. Omos repeatedly extinguished every fire Lashley lit. Outside the ring, Omos built up steam and pushed Lashley through the barricade. “The Almighty” barely beat the referee’s 10 count, only for MVP to swarm him. Cedric Alexander — who was chased out by MVP earlier in the evening after offering to help his former Hurt Business boss — interfered with the match. Alexander distracted Omos long enough for Lashley to overthrow his gigantic opponent with a spear. He applied the Hurt Lock to MVP to force a tap. After the match, Lashley took the replica WWE championship from a fan and declared himself the champion. A solid effort from all involved. Lashley def. MVP and Omos via submission. Grade B-

Ezekiel vs. Kevin Owens: Ezekiel nearly shocked the world by knocking Owens down with a flying knee and dropping the elbow from the top rope for a near count. Owens took back control on the outside and slashed Ezekiel’s forehead. Owens showed off his fantastic athleticism and landed a perfect springboard moonsault. Owens’ obsession with Ezekiel’s identity distracted him, allowing Elias’ brother to punish him with big corner spats and a spine. Ezekiel landed a second flying knee that Owens folded for another near fall. A super kick, cannonball in the corner, and firecrackers secured the win for the wicked Canadian. A very fun midcard match that keeps the ball rolling in this unexpected hit feud. Owens final Ezekiel via pinfall. Grade B

AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan vs. Judgment Day (Edge, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley): The two teams battled for kick-off with a hodgepodge of good guys taking control. Styles propelled Morgan through the air to land a flashy hurricane on Ripley. Doomsday punished Morgan and Balor early, distracting their enemies from gaining the upper hand when momentum slipped. A Pele Kick from Balor eventually gave him the opening to make a tag. The crowd, after witnessing Balor being knocked down at length by Edge and Priest, roared to life as Styles entered. “The Phenomenal One” rattled his signature punches and slams on Edge and Priest as Morgan knocked out Ripley. Styles eventually clocked Edge with the phenomenal forearm, a move he hadn’t been able to land on his rival since before WrestleMania 38 in April. Priest saved his team by interrupting the pinfall. Former teammates Morgan and Ripley came in next. Morgan’s speed repeatedly surpassed Ripley’s strength until Ripley changed the pace with a nasty suplex. The match escalated into another six-person brawl that ended with Balor, Morgan and Styles ducking into their opponents outside. Balor took in Edge’s spear and had it lined up for a battling Coup de Gras. Ripley stood between Balor and Edge long enough that on Judgment Day her leader could smash Balor with a spear for victory. A solid match without much to complain about. Judgment Day (Edge, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley) def. Finn Balor, AJ Styles and Liv Morgan via pinfall. Grade B

Madcap Moss vs. Happy Corbin (unrestricted competition): No love was lost between these friends who became enemies. The action immediately spread outside. Corbin chokeslamed Moss into the ring apron. Corbin provoked the crowd in Chicago when he repeatedly punched Moss with a steel chair. Corbin drilled Moss in the back of the neck with the chair, taking advantage of Moss’ storyline injured neck. Corbin grabbed a new chair and dug it down Moss’s throat. This drew chants of “bastard” from the audience. Moss ducked when a sprinting Corbin head-first collided with a chair in the corner. Fans broke into “we want tables” chants, but Moss settled for a seat. Moss got his reward with repeated chair shots to Corbin’s back and torso. A DDT to the steel seat nearly secured the win for Moss. At the edge of the ring, Corbin wrapped a chair around Moss’ neck and threw it on the announcer’s table. It seemed the end of days was near for Moss when Corbin grabbed the steel stairs and leaned them into the corner. Moss took advantage of the silence, lifted Corbin and slammed him up the stairs. Moss carried out the ultimate revenge on Corbin. He wrapped a chair around Corbin’s neck, dropped the steps on the chair and pinned down his defenseless rival. A fun brawl that showed Moss’s villainous side, despite the feud being unspectacular. Madcap Moss def. Lucky Corbin via pinfall. Grade B-

United States Championship — Theory (c) vs. Mustafa Ali: The Chicago audience stood firmly behind their hometown hero Ali. Theory is Vince McMahon’s chosen one and the youngest American champion in WWE history. Ali is an underrated superstar who spent months on the couch vocally demanding his WWE release. Ali defeated Theory early in the match. When Theory finally took control with strikes and slams, the crowd loudly chased him out. Both men showed their athletic ability. Ali backflip off the top rope and landed a super kick on an aerial theory. The champion jumped up and landed a seated springboard Spanish Fly. The hometown hero also fired a sweet tornado DDT. The crowd came alive as Ali thwarted Theory’s finisher and locked up an STF that the champ nearly tapped. A tilt-a-whirl DDT from Ali raised the stakes and a 450 splash attempt brought the crowd to their feet. Theory dodged the air raid and landed his finisher for a clean win over the challenger. Both competitors looked slick in the ring. The real contrast between Theory and Ali, plus the fan’s investment, makes the match even more beautiful. A great move to have the grubby villain beat the hometown hero, but the feeling that WWE will never really commit to Ali is hard to shake off. theory final Mustafa Ali via pinfall to retain US Championship. Rank: B+

Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins (Hell in a Cell contest): All credit to Rollins for the fantastic heel work. Rollins entered the ring dressed in polka dots to mock “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, Cody’s father. Rhodes took off his coat and revealed a badly bruised right chest and biceps. Rhodes suffered a legitimate complete chest laceration before the event. Rhodes didn’t shy away from the attack, landing a Cody Cutter early in the match. Rollins definitely didn’t shy away from the injury and dug a kendo stick into the injured muscle before hitting it with it. Rhodes refused to make up for the injury and landed a clothesline with his injured half. Rollins tortured his opponent physically and psychologically. Rollins donned Rhodes’ jacket, grabbed his opponent’s weight belt, and hit the legitimate injury repeatedly. Rollins dragged a table into the ring as the crowd burst into chants of “Thank you, Rollins!” Rollins had a good hold on the ropes and launched the ropes in hopes of landing a frog splash on Rhodes through the table. “The American Nightmare” rolled aside when Rollins took loot.

Rhodes dragged a bull’s rope into the match, causing Rollins to cling. A throwback to stipulations in the era of Dusty, Rhodes and Rollins abused each other with the rope and cowbell while they were both tied up. Rhodes hit his last move as the pain rippled through his body, but it wasn’t enough to put Rollins away. Rollins then threw Rhodes through the table with a power bomb, but Rhodes managed to kick out on his injured side. The sheer toughness drew chants of “This is awesome!” of the Chicago public. Rhodes nearly defeated Rollins with The Pedigree, a move Triple H gave to Rollins. A curb by Rollins again swung the pendulum in Rollins’ favor. Even louder “This is awesome” chants from the audience. Rollins landed the Cross Rhodes on the fan favorite, only for Rhodes to fire back with the same move. Rhodes kicked a sledgehammer out of Rollins’ hands, landed two consecutive Cross Rhodes and overpowered him with the sledgehammer to win the match.

What a fantastic match. Any tribute to Dusty Rhodes is a treat. The dots and bull rope were a welcome addition to the game. The multiple Cross Rhodes thins out Rhodes’ finisher, but we’re splitting her up when you consider how great everything else was. Rhodes and Rollins had a hall pass to take it easy with the severity of Rhodes’ injury. Instead, they worked a legitimate problem into the contest’s story. It may have been inadvisable and uncomfortable, but it makes you feel. Pro wrestling is at its best when it makes you feel. Cody Rhodes def. Seth Rollins via pinfall. Quality: A+

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