WWE had Bobby Lashley defeat Xavier Woods in the first Hell in a Cell match on this week’s Monday Night Raw in 23 years.
As a result, the WWE Champion became the first person to win back-to-back Hell in a Cell matches on back-to-back nights.
This came after WWE moved Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Rey Mysterio from Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV event to Friday’s episode of SmackDown. As a result of WWE booking another Hell in a Cell match on Raw, this also marked the longest consecutive stretch of Hell in a Cell matches in history as there were four gimmick matches across three different shows.
It was previously reported that the USA Network was unhappy about FOX getting a Hell in a Cell match as it took a match away from the PPV event that aired on Peacock. Both Peacock and the USA Network are under the NBC Universal umbrella. It appears not only to make them happy, but also to help boost viewership for Raw, WWE made the decision to book this non-title Hell in a Cell match.
Lashley will defend the WWE Title against Kofi Kingston at the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view event next month.