Alberto Del Rio vs CM Punk vs Dolph Ziggler vs Jack Swagger vs John Cena (partially found master tape footage of untelevised Hell in a Cell match; 2011)

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John Cena pinning Jack Swagger to retain the WWE Championship.

Status: Partially Found

On 26th September 2011, professional wrestler John Cena defended his WWE Championship against Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger in a fatal-5-way inside Hell in a Cell. Occurring at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, it is notable for being the only instance of an untelevised Hell in a Cell match, which occurred following an episode of Raw.


Heading into the match, John Cena was the defending WWE Champion, having won the belt from Alberto Del Rio at the 2011 Night of Champions event on 18th September.[1] Cena was scheduled to defend the title from Del Rio and CM Punk at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on 2nd October.[2] On the go-home show of Raw on 26th September, Punk defeated Del Rio in the main event, only for the Cell above them to lower downwards, with Cena also entering the ring. By the time the show went off-air, Del Rio stood tall, having bashed both his opponents with a steel chair.[3]

However, the show was not over for those in attendance at the Sprint Center. It was announced that a prone Cena would immediately defend the title in the Cell, facing not only Del Rio and Punk, but also Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, who were to challenge Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Hell in a Cell.[4][5]

The Match

The match itself was brief for a Hell in a Cell bout, lasting just five minutes.[4] Based on the available footage and imagery, the structure itself saw little usage.[4] It appeared to be a fast-paced encounter; Cena began his comeback, hitting a Five Knuckle Shuffle on Del Rio, and attempted to perform an Attitude Adjustment on his opponent. However, Del Rio to countered with a Backstabber. Punk suddenly took advantage of a vulnerable Del Rio to perform a Go To Sleep, only for Ziggler to execute a Zig Zag on him. Swagger would then turn on his partner, putting on an ankle lock. But this allowed Cena to achieve the Attitude Adjustment on Swagger, which was ultimately enough for the win via pinfall to retain the belt.


This Hell in a Cell encounter was the only instance of the match to not be televised by 2020.[6] Prior to 2017, only amateur footage of the match was available, with the master tape lying somewhere within WWE's tape library. However, to promote the 2017 edition of Hell in a Cell, WWE released a few photos and a segment of the match.[7] The rest of the master tape footage prior to Cena's comeback has never been publicly released by the company.



Segment of the master tape.

Amateur footage of the match.


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