Bobby Lashley is in the ring, and the crowd is chanting his name. Lashley says it didn’t need to end this way with MVP. For a long time, he considered MVP to be his family. At Hell in a Cell, they had every advantage against him, but he overcame it. You never say anything when your enemies make a mistake. The biggest mistake MVP made was stabbing him in the back. It felt damn good to put MVP in the Hurt Lock. Now that he has MVP and Omos in his rearview mirror, Lashley was thinking about what is next.
WWE United States Champion Theory comes out. Theory doesn’t know what authority allowed Lashley to come out and steal his spotlight, but this is his time. Theory deserves the spotlight, not Lashley. Lashley is only out here because someone helped him win his match. Theory is out here because he won his match all by himself. Theory gets in the ring and tells Lashley to get out of “his ring.” Theory says he wants a selfie first. Lashley says this ring belongs to him and they can settle this like gentlemen. Theory says they can have a match, but first, he can check out his bicep. Theory poses, so Lashley flexes his enormous bicep. Lashley says if Theory is so confident he can beat him, he can put the United States Title on the line. Theory says Lashley doesn’t deserve a title match. Sure, he’s beaten Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, and Randy Orton, but he hasn’t beaten Mr. McMahon’s protege, the youngest United States Champion in WWE history. Theory goes to take a selfie, so Lashley boots him out of the ring. Lashley tells him to take a walk.
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WWE United States Championship: Theory (c) vs. Mustafa Ali
Mustafa Ali, the hometown boy, gets a thunderous ovation. They lock up, and Theory wrenches the arm. Ali quickly twists out and chops Theory. Theory gets out of the ring to regroup. Theory gets in and applies a side headlock. Ali whips him off, but Theory shoulder blocks him down. Theory hits the ropes, but Ali comes back with a hurricanrana. Ali hits a pair of arm drags, and Theory desperately gets out of the ring to recover. Theory looks frustrated. Ali attacks and hits a wild cross-body block from the top rope to the floor. Theory soon shoves Ali and hits a flapjack into the ring post. Theory has him in the ring and punches away at him. Theory angrily charges, but Ali hits a drop-toe-hold into the turnbuckles. Ali goes to the top rope, but Theory knocks him off to the floor.
Theory gets Ali in the ring and punches away at him. Theory attacks him in the corner and hits a fallaway slam for a two-count. Theory takes him down and stomps him. Ali rolls him up for a two-count. Ali quickly responds with a spin kick to the head. Ali flips over Theory, ducks a clothesline, and hits a wild diving clothesline. Ali avoids an avalanche and hits a neckbreaker. Theory quickly fights back and goes to the top rope, but Ali cuts him off. Theory pushes him off, but Ali lands on his feet. Ali grabs his knee in pain. Theory dives, but Ali superkicks him for a near fall. Ali boots Theory back and goes to the top rope, but Theory comes back with a springboard Spanish Fly for a near fall. They trade pins with neither coming out on top.
Ali gets out of a slam before hitting a huge DDT. Ali goes to the top rope, but Theory crotches him up there. Theory goes for the ATL, but Ali counters into an STF! Theory reaches out and grabs the bottom rope to break the hold. Ali comes back with a DDT and goes to the top rope. Ali goes for a 450 Splash, but Theory moves. Theory chop blocks the injured knee and hits A-Town-Down for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and still WWE United States Champion: Theory
Since making his shocking return to Monday Night Raw Mustafa Ali has done nothing but jump through hoops to get his opportunity at Theory and his United States Championship.
After rolling up The Miz in his return match, the A-Lister and Mr. McMahon’s prized protégé have undermined Ali at every turn. First by joining forces to gang up on Ali in a 2-on-1 Handicap Championship Contender’s Match, then by abusing his power to make The Miz a special guest referee in bouts against Ciampa and Veer Mahaan.
Despite the odds, Ali did not let up in his pursuits for Theory and the United States Title finally earning his one-on-one match after Theory jumped Ali in a title opportunity match for the disqualification victory. After thoroughly pummeling Ali, Theory granted him his title match right then and there, picking up a fairly quick, if not controversial, victory. WWE Official Adam Pearce soon revealed, however, that WWE Chairman himself Mr. McMahon believed that Theory should defend his title against Ali in a fair fight at WWE Hell in a Cell.
Can Ali teach Mr. McMahon’s protégé a lesson in determination or will Theory come up with a new scheme to retain his title?
Find out at WWE Hell in a Cell, streaming live on Sunday, June 5, at 8 ET/5 PT on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.
Mustafa Ali vs. Ciampa – If Ali wins, he earns a future WWE United States championship match
The bell rings and we are under way. Theory is on commentary. A chop to the chest by Ali. Ciampa to the ropes and Ciampa with a shoulder block. Ali on his feet and Ciampa with a knee to the face. He goes for the cover but Ali kicks out. A chin lock by Ciampa in the middle of the ring. Ali gets out of it but Ciampa with a clothesline. Ciampa climbs the second rope and hits him with an elbow. He goes for the cover but Ali kicks out. Ciampa goes for a clothesline but Ali moves out of the way and he hits Ciampa with a clothesline. A boot to the face by Ali and Ciampa to the outside. Ali with a suicide dive. Ali climbs the top rope as Theory trips him up.
Winner: By disqualification, Ali
Theory throws Ali into the ring steps after the match. Theory tells him they’ll have their United States title match right now.
WWE United States Championship – Theory (c) vs. Ali
Back from commercial, Theory slams Ali face first into the turnbuckle. Ali kicks Theory away and hits him with a jumping DDT. Ali climbs the second rope but Theory hits him with the A-Town Down. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Still WWE United States Champion, Theory
Adam Pearce walks down and tells Theory that while Mr. McMahon appreciated what he did, at Hell in a Cell, it will be Theory against Ali in a United States Championship match.
Kevin is backstage with Ali as Ali tells him he is hurting but all this pain he is feeling, he will make sure it is worth it. He has been through hell and back to earn this opportunity. He doesn’t stay down, he gets back up. And at Hell in a Cell, he won’t stay down. He is walking out of his home town of Chicago as the new United States Champion. Theory hits him from behind and takes a selfie.