2009 – Although it first debuted in 1997, The Hell in A Cell PPV graduated into a full fledged PPV for the first time, broadcast from Newark, NJ. Buck Woodward filed the following PPV report:
Intercontinental Champion John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler took Morrison to the mat, and they traded hammerlocks, with Morrison cradling Ziggler for a two count. They went to the mat again, with Morrison grabbing a headlock and Ziggler rolling it into a pin attempt for two. Ziggler kicked Morrison in the gut and hit a right hand, then pulled him to the mat with a side mare. Ziggler hit a shoulderblock, and then the two ran the ropes, with Morrison hitting a dropkick after a leapfrog for two. Morrison slammed Ziggler and hit a handstand legdrop for a two count. Morrison applied a chinlock, but Ziggler got to his feet and hit Morrison in the neck. Ziggler applied a rear chinlock.
Ziggler switched to a side headlock, and kept Morrison on the mat. Morrison shoved it off and slid under Ziggler, tripping him to the mat. Morrison hit a springboard bodypress for a two count. Morrison hit a dropkick, then went for Starship Pain, but Ziggler rolled out of the way. Ziggler dropped an elbow for a two count, then hit a dropkick for another two. Ziggler applied a chinlock, then went into a reverse cravate. Morrison turned into it and punched Ziggler in the body to break free. Morrison slid under Ziggler and hit an uppercut, but then ran into a Ziggler powerslam for two.
Ziggler hit a rolling necksnap, then stomped him and yelled “New Champion” before choking him against the bottom rope. Ziggler kicked and punched Morrison, then rammed him head first into the mat by his hair. Ziggler slammed Morrison and got another two count. Ziggler hit a fireman’s carry takedown and arrogantly yelled at Morrison to get up. Ziggler hit a second takedown and got a two count. Ziggler yelled at him to get up again. Ziggler went for a slam, but Morrison floated around him and hit a DDT.
They traded punches as they got up, with Morrison getting the better of it. Morrison hit a clothesline and a leg lariat, then hit a standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Morrison went for a suplex, but Ziggler floated over and rolled him up for a two count, but the referee saw Ziggler grab the ropes for leverage. As Ziggler argued, Morrison rolled him up for two. Ziggler went for a sunset flip, Morrison rolled through and went for a knee, but Ziggler ducked it. Ziggler hit a jawbreaker for a two count. Ziggler put Morrison on the middle rope for a superplex, but Morrison punched Ziggler to the mat. Morrison jumped off the top and Ziggler went to dropkick him, but Morrison grabbed the legs, landed on his feet, and gave Ziggler a catapult into the corner for a two count.
Morrison went for the Flying Chuck kick, but Ziggler ducked it and hit a German suplex for a two count. Ziggler hit a Rocker Dropper for a two, and then yelled in frustration. Ziggler charged Morrison and got kicked in the face. Morrison went for Starship Pain, but Ziggler got up, grabbed Morrison and gave him a reverse slam to the mat for another two. There was a slight “This is Awesome” chant. Ziggler went for the Zig Zag, but Morrison grabbed the top rope and Ziggler crashed to the mat. Morrison hit a running knee to the head, then Starship Pain for the pin at the sixteen minute mark.
Winner: John Morrison.
2010 – WWE broadcast Raw. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
Match Number Five: Twenty Man Battle Royal featuring John Morrison, R Truth, Santino Marella, Vladimir Kozlov, Sheamus, John Cena, Heath Slater, Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, Darren Young, Zack Ryder, Miz, William Regal, Ted DiBiase, Mark Henry, Primo. (PHOTOS)
Everyone goes after Nexus but Evan Bourne is the first one eliminated after a pump kick from Sheamus. Sheamus eliminates David Hart Smith. Young kicks and punches Slater while William Regal is eliminated by John Cena. Santino gets punched by Miz. Morrison sends Gabriel to the apron but Gabriel with a forearm and he returns. Kidd goes after Slater. Sheamus tries to eliminate Primo while Miz eliminates Santino. Mark Henry presses Zack Ryder to the floor as he high fives the floor with his face. Henry eliminates Primo by press slamming him to the floor. Sheamus tries to eliminate Miz but Henry stops him. Slater punches Truth while Young goes after Sheamus.
Henry tries to press Barrett but Cena makes the save. Henry wants to know what the deal is and Henry is eliminated by the other members of Nexus. They yell at Cena about not helping him. Cena eliminates Otunga and Barrett yells at him. Cena and Barrett continue to argue while the match continues.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus works over R Truth while Morrison kicks Sheamus. Morrison with elbows to Barrett as he goes crazy on everyone. Sheamus and Barrett work over Morrison. We see footage of Vladimir Kozlov and Darren Young being eliminated during the commercial break.
DiBiase tries to eliminate Truth while Barrett has Morrison on the turnbuckles. Cena attacks Morrison and Ted goes after Barrett. Cena throws Ted off Barrett. Morrison punches Kidd and Kidd sends him into the turnbuckles. Cena punches Ted and sends him into the turnbuckles. Morrison and Truth go after Gabriel and Barrett while Sheamus tries to eliminate Slater. Morrison punches Kidd and then he goes after Sheamus and Slater. Morrison eliminates Slater with a clothesline. Gabriel with a kick to Morrison. Ted has Cena on the turnbuckles.
Truth and Morrison go after Barrett but Cena makes the save and he throws Morrison and Truth out of the way but not over the top rope. Kidd is sent to the apron but Morrison and Morrison with a springboard round kick to eliminate Kidd. Sheamus has Gabriel on the apron while Miz attacks Morrison. Miz with the Awesome Clothesline into the corner. Cena watches as he protects Barrett. Truth hits Miz from behind but Miz kicks Truth. Miz throws Morrison over the top rope but Morrison stays on the apron and then he uses a modified rana to eliminate Miz. Sheamus goes after Barrett while DiBiase goes after Cena. Gabriel wit ha boot to Morrison followed by a knee. Truth goes after Gabriel to help his tag team partner. DiBiase with a kick to Cena.
Cena goes after Sheamus to protect Barrett. Gabriel goes to the apron when Truth ducks. Truth with a kick to Gabriel that eliminates him. Truth gets back body dropped over the top rope to the floor by DiBiase. Barrett goes after DiBiase while Morrison goes after Ted and Barrett.
Barrett kicks Ted and throws him over the top rope. We are down to four with Sheamus, Morrison, Cena, and Barrett.
Sheamus and Morrison go after Cena and Barrett punches Morrison followed by a knee. Sheamus chokes Cena in the corner . . . fella. Morrison punches Barrett and then kicks him. Sheamus tries to eliminate Cena while Barrett his Morrison on the apron. Morrison with a kick to Barrett but he falls off the apron to get eliminated.
Cena with the two flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb. Cena finishes off the Legendary Sequence with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Sheamus with a uranage backbreaker to Cena. Sheamus goes for the pump kick but Cena misses and Cena knocks Sheamus off the apron to eliminate him.
We are down to the final two and it is Wade Barrett and his designated bodyguard. Barrett points to the bleachers to call his shot, or tell Cena to eliminate himself. Barrett tells him to go. Cena gets in Barrett’s face and then he has a change of heart and he walks to the ropes and he goes to the apron and jumps to the floor.
Winner: Wade Barrett