The top unexpected moments from Hell in a Cell 2022
Fans know that Hell in a Cell is always a great show. It is the first big event of the summer and the biggest match since WrestleMania back in April. This year was no different – the main cage match between Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins has become one of the most talked about in Hell in a Cell history.
Sometimes the things that happen in professional wrestling are so crazy that you would never have thought to bet on that outcome. And in all honesty, most people don’t even realize that you can actually bet on professional wrestling at all.
In some areas, it’s considered entertainment betting instead of sports betting but the reality is the same, no matter what it’s called. Sports betting in the United States is becoming more popular all the time and professional wrestling has started to attract more interested bettors.
Big events such as Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble, WrestleMania and SummerSlam draw more viewers and just like big title matches in boxing, they also draw more bettors. Betting on WWE events is kind of like an extra way to cheer for your favorite wrestler, especially if you can’t be there in person.
The main event of this year’s Hell in a Cell was preceded by a triple threat match to determine the WWE Raw women’s champion, a 2-on-1 handicap match, two singles matches – one to determine the WWE US champion – a no-holds barred match and a six-person tag team match.
There were plenty of great moments in each match. Some of the wins had been telegraphed over the past week or two but there were still plenty of surprising moments. Here are our picks for the top unexpected moments from Hell in a Cell 2022.
The most unexpected moment during the main event bout between Cody Rhodes and Seth “Freakin” Rollins wasn’t just one thing that happened in the ring, it was the fight itself. More specifically, it was how impressive the match was.
In fact, this was the first match in over a decade that earned a five-star rating from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer. Part of that high rating simply comes from the fact that it was a great fight. Plenty of weapons were used and we got to see a number of power moves.
The biggest factor, of course, was that Rhodes was able to compete so effectively with a legitimately torn pectoral muscle. The bruising across his chest was obvious and dramatic. Despite a serious injury – recovery from which will keep him out of the ring for at least nine months – he dominated the match.
That isn’t just showmanship or athleticism – that is also pure determination and will. Rhodes used his injury and his pain to show just what a person is capable of fighting through – cementing his place as a superstar in the professional wrestling world.
The Judgement Day vs. AJ Styles, Liv Morgan and Finn Bálor
The Judgement Day – Edge, Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest – showed up to settle Edge’s feud with AJ Styles. It was a chaotic match that changed pace frequently enough to keep the audience on the edge of their seats the entire time.
Many of the wrestling forums and pundits predicted that this match would see a new recruit added to the stable or that Edge would turn on his new underlings. It was talked about in some areas as if it was a foregone conclusion. The fact that this didn’t happen seems to have come as a huge surprise for many.
The biggest shocker of this match actually came a few days later on WWE Raw. Right when The Judgement Day should have been celebrating their win and basking in the glory of victory as a team, they turned on Edge.
Finn Bálor, who Edge had welcomed into the group just moments earlier, helped his new pals oust their old leader. Since The Judgement Day was such a newly formed group, no one was expecting it to turn on its leader so fast.
Bianca Belair vs. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
There were two surprises during this triple threat match to determine the WWE women’s champion. The first was that despite there being some big grudges going into the match and so much at stake, no weapons were used.
With three well-matched fighters in the ring, you would have expected at least one to pull out a chair. Asuka didn’t even use her signature green mist, which has helped her out of tight spots so many times before.
The other unexpected moment was how the match ended. In the final seconds, Becky Lynch pushed Bianca Belair out of the ring and was getting ready to pin Asuka and cement her victory. At the last moment, Belair returned to the ring, returned the favor to Lynch and pinned Asuka.
Looks like the feud between Lynch and Belair is about to really heat up.