Last night during “Hell in a Cell” in Los Angeles, CA, former WWE star Alberto Del Rio answered WWE United States champion John Cena‘s “open challenge” and ended up winning the US title. Here is the full recap of the match itself:
WWE United States title match: Alberto Del Rio vs. WWE United States champion John Cena
We go to the ring and out comes WWE United States Champion John Cena for his US Open Challenge. Fans start singing their own version of Cena’s song as he hits the ring.
Cena says he had a horribly long and boring promo planned but he’s ready to get down to business. Cena says he’s still the man to beat and kicks off the special edition US Open Challenge. Jack Swagger’s music hits and out comes Zeb Colter on a scooter.
Zeb has the music cut and the crowd was clearly expecting someone bigger. He says some people like Cena and some don’t. Zeb says it’s time for people from different backgrounds and different countries to come together. It’s time for Cena to lose the United States Title to someone who will do more with it than Cena ever has. Zeb introduces Cena’s opponent and out comes Alberto Del Rio to a big pop.
Lilian Garcia does formal ring introductions and they lock up to go at it. Fans chant “welcome back” to Del Rio. Del Rio takes control early on as Zeb looks on. Cena comes back and kicks Del Rio as they go to lock up. Cena takes it to the corner with rights and lefts. Cena charges in the opposite corner but Del Rio side steps and sends Cena to the mat. Del Rio works on the arm now.
Cena dodges the move on the ropes from Del Rio and Del Rio flies out to the floor. They come back in and Del Rio catches Cena in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a 2 count. Del Rio keeps control and goes to the top for a big right hand and a 2 count. Del Rio keeps Cena down and works on the arm. Cena fights back but Del Rio ends up hitting the running enziguri for a 2 count. Del Rio goes back to the top for another right hand and a 2 count. Del Rio prepares for a cross armbreaker but Cena nails a big clothesline. They get up and trade shots in the middle of the ring. Cena with shoulder tackles and slam. Cena calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and nails it. Del Rio slides out of the Attitude Adjustment and hits a Backstabber. Del Rio with a huge kick to the face for the win.
Winner and new WWE United States champion: Alberto Del Rio
– After the match, Del Rio celebrates as Cena is down on his back in the ring. Del Rio shakes hands with Zeb and raises his arm at ringside. They leave together.