Hell in a Cell Predictions

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Hell in a Cell comes your way Sunday, and chances are, things won’t quite look the same way the following night on RAW.  This Pay Per View has a transitional feel to it, in that there’s a good chance we won’t see half of the superstars in 3 of the top matches 24 hours later.  And if you sensed it from my debut column, we’ll have a World Champion move in another direction after a title program lasting one month – a rarity these days.  Let’s get to our Hell in a Cell predictions and take a sneak peak into how’ll they’ll transition with Survivor Series on the horizon.

Kick Off Show 6-Man Tag Match
Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville vs Sheamus, King Barrett & Rusev
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How far will management go in their punishment of Rusev after the Bulgarian Brute broke kayfabe and got engaged to Lana  Just ask the other 5 participants in this pre-show throwaway match, who’ve all fell victim to the creative team’s writers block.  The faces should get the win seeing how the heels came away victorious just this week, but keep an eye out for Tyler Breeze, who made his debut on Smackdown and appears to be on a pretty-boy crash course with Ziggler.

WWE Divas Title Match
Charlotte (c) vs Nikki Bella:
Nikki deserves her rematch, but the WWE Universe is more deserved of this Divas Revolution we’re being forced to hashtag with minimal substance.  Once the Bellas are removed from the equation, a closer semblance of said Revolution will take shape.  That requires Charlotte to retain, which I believe she will, so that the focus can shift to higher caliber Divas matches (see Banks, Sasha) and intriguing storylines (see Paige).

WWE Tag Team Title Match
The Dudley Boyz vs The New Day:
This is the toughest match on the card to predict in my opinion.  Yes, even harder than the main event.  This result, to me, is contingent on the outcome of the U.S. Open Challenge, which I’ll delve into more in a minute.  And I don’t think JBL has been wasting his breath touting the Dudley’s as potential 10-time tag champs.  If one member of the New Day (Big E) does not come away with the United States championship, then they retain here.  If he does, then the L.A. crowd can pop nostalgically for Bubba Ray and Devon’s 10th title reign.  Sure, New Day is hot enough to hog all the gold, but splitting one belt among the three has heel-ish comedy potential written all over it.

Intercontinental Title Match
Kevin Owens (c) vs Ryback:
Owens retains.  The only intriguing element to me is seeing if a rumored Owens-Dean Ambrose rivalry sparks after Hell in a Cell.

Hell in a Cell Match
Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt:
How about Erick Rowan’s big return Monday night huh? Anyway, another rivalry that will conclude on Sunday that should entertain but could infuriate.  A Reigns victory likely propels him back to the main event which worked so well the first time around.  Trouble is, he might be the only (non part-time) option.  I’d like to see Wyatt go over and let the Family terrorize the roster, but I don’t see it happening.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Seth Rollins (c) vs Kane
Kane’s last World Title reign came 13 years into his tenure as the “Devil’s Favorite Demon.”  We all thought he was well past his prime.  And that was in 2010!!  This has been Kane’s finest work since that reign, as his split persona routine has provided levity to a championship program that doesn’t have to carry the day.  Very few believe he’ll go over on Sunday, but if he does, he’ll likely only serve as a transitional champ to Sheamus who, though lurking in obscurity, does still carry the Money in the Bank briefcase.  Rollins wins… with Triple H (longshot) or Roman Reigns (realistically) waiting for him.

U.S. Open Challenge
John Cena vs ???
The most consistently entertaining segment on RAW has been Cena’s open challenge.  That brief moment between “you want some? come get some” and when the challenger’s music hits reminds you why you like wrestling.  The challenge has featured long-awaited debuts and 5-star matches.  And by all accounts, it’ll come to an end on Sunday, or at the very least the next night on RAW due to the current champ going on hiatus until December.  So who gets the rub? I’m removing Dolph Ziggler from the equation because of Breeze’s promotion, but don’t count out a Cena-Dolph program upon the former’s return.  So then who?

– Big E: Detailed above.  The New Day has been on fire lately.  Cena has always been a fan, and if you recall, E’s main roster debut involved a Big Ending to the face that runs the place.

– Dean Ambrose: The very first U.S. Open challenger could prove to be the last.  Ambrose’s dance card just opened up thanks to Randy Orton’s shoulder, nixing their tag match against Luke Harper and Braun Strowman.

– Samoa Joe: Truth be told, I’ve been waiting for Joe to answer the challenge for a few weeks now, and no better place to make your big league debut.  I might have been inclined to put James Storm or Tyler Breeze here, but Breeze made his intentions known on Smackdown, and Joe probably resonates more than Storm at the moment.

– Daniel Bryan: I wouldn’t bank on it, but the table is set for the Yes Movement to reignite.  In the same arena Bryan defeated Cena for the WWE Championship no less.

My money would be on Big E, but won’t be disappointed with any of those choices.

Hell in a Cell Match
Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker:
Not only did Bryan capture gold at the Staples Center, but even more recently, Lesnar decimated Cena in this very venue in the most lopsided main event in history.  Is it out of the question to expect a similar result from a real-life prized fighter against a 50-year old who’s winding down?  However it plays out, I have a feeling we’ll get a glimpse into our first Wrestlemania mega-match at the conclusion of this one.  Perhaps two.  We may not see either superstar on WWE programming for a while after Sunday, but we may get a foreshadowing into their dance partners in Dallas.

I’m giving the nod to The Deadman.  (Thanks to either Sting, Kane, or Bray Wyatt)

 

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