At Hell in a Cell, John Cena made a miraculous early return from a tricep injury to defeat Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. Returning months ahead of schedule, Cena reclaimed a title that he had not held in nearly five years.
At WWE Payback, Alberto Del Rio reclaimed the World Heavyweight Championship from Dolph Ziggler, capitalizing on his opponent’s recent concussion with a controversial and unrelenting assault that left the WWE Universe watching in discomfort. By the end of the match, the tables had turned. Del Rio had earned the Chicago crowd's raucous ire, while Ziggler gained their support.