WWE Hell in a Cell: Preview & Predictions
This Sunday, the WWE returns to PPV with Hell in a Cell, the Raw-exclusive show that will lead up to the co-branded Survivor Series PPV. The show will take place at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts and features eight matches with five championships on the line. And with three main event matches inside the ominous hell in a cell, this card should be one of the better ones of the year.
Match 1: Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, & Sin Cara vs. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, & Ariya Daivari – Pre-show 6- man tag team match
Six of the Raw-exclusive cruiserweights will get in the ring to display their talents for the fans in a pre-show match that is sure to entertain, but has no real story behind it. Personally, I have enjoyed watching Nese, Daivari, and Alexander in the work they have done so far. The rest have not interested me so far, but the division is still young and these guys should have plenty of opportunities to impress fans in the future.
Winners: Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, & Sin Cara
Match 2: Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows – Tag Team match
One of the less interesting matches on the card pits Amore and Cass against Anderson and Gallows. Their rivalry is a throwaway and this seemed like an excuse to get these guys on the PPV card. Amore and Cass have had the upper hand lately on TV so I predict Anderson and Gallows will get the pinball here.
Winners: Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Match 3: The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, and/or Xavier Woods) (C) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro – Tag Team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships
The best tag match on the card is obviously for the Raw Tag Team championships as The New Day will defend their reign against the newly formed team of Sheamus and Cesaro. The New Day have been on top of the division for well over a year now and are getting close to break the record for the longest title reign in WWE history. Sheamus and Cesaro battled each other recently in a best-of-seven series that ended tied. Then, Raw GM Mick Foley decided to pair them up and let them challenge for the tag titles. And while their dynamic has been fun, I don’t see them winning the belts just yet. Plus, I imagine that the WWE would like to let The New Day break the record for longest reign tag team champions.
Winners: The New Day
Match 4: Bayley vs. Dana Brooke – Singles match
This match was made after Bayley and Dana began feuding recently on Raw. And for as much as I like Bayley, this match could be horrible. Dana Brooke is still so green in the ring and has a long way to go to be on the same level as Bayley. To put it simply, I think Bayley gets the win and Dana will probably botch a few spots in what looks like it will be the shortest match on the card.
Match 5: TJ Perkins (C) vs. The Brian Kendrick – Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
These two meet in a rematch for the newest title in the WWE at Hell in a Cell. Perkins and Kendrick fought at the last PPV and had a good match, but I expect more out of this match. I have enjoyed both guys but I think a change is coming. In order to keep the division fresh and the stories entertaining, I think a new champion comes out of this match and Perkins must now fight to prove he deserved the title in the first place.
Winner: The Brian Kendrick
Match 6: Roman Reigns (C) vs. Rusev w/ Lana – Hell in a Cell match for the WWE United States Championship
Since Reigns has won the United States title, I have not cared about the championship at all. The story has been stuck in between too much else and I just lost interest. Although I have really enjoyed Rusev’s work. He has been great and if it wasn’t for him and the fact that the match is in the cell, I don’t think I would care. But I am thinking that Reigns will win in the end, so I’m still not too hyped for this match.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Match 7: Kevin Owens (C) vs. Seth Rollins – Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Universal Championship
The WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens has been battling Rollins since winning the title and this should be the end of this rivalry. Sure, both guys can put on a great match. But with the side stories involving Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and Chris Jericho, it seems like the right time for Owens and Rollins to go their deprecate ways. And that may be exactly what happens if any of these people interfere in this match. But, I still predict a great match that may be the best of the three cell matches. And in the end, Owens retains his title and will face a new challenge next. But if Jericho does appear, I just hope he makes an addition to “The List of Jericho.”
Winner: Kevin Owens
Match 8: Sasha Banks (C) vs. Charlotte – Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
History will be made at the Hell in a Cell PPV as Sasha Banks and Charlotte will be the first-ever women to compete inside the PPV’s namesake. The biggest questions leading into the PPV is whether this match will actually go on last and to what limits will these women go to make this match memorable. Charlotte is already one of the best female athletes in WWE’s history and can being in the cell is sure to bring out more creativity from the former champion. Sasha is also a great wrestler but her high risk moves do not look as refined as Charlotte’s. Safety is surely a huge concern for both of these women but I am positive that boundaries will be pushed and they will do something that will go down in history and forever change the thought of what women can do in professional wrestling. As for the winner, I am predicting that Sasha Banks will walk out of the cell still the champion. I don’t see the purpose of making a title change so soon again. In order to take Sasha believable as a champion, she really needs to hold the belt for longer than she did the first time. Also, she is in her hometown and if she wins, the crowd in Boston is sure to go crazy.
Winner: Sasha Banks
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