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This year’s Hell in a Cell pay per view will break new ground as it will host the first-ever female cell match. If you thought Bayley v Sasha Banks main eventing a takeover was big, this is miles bigger. The only thing that can top it is if we have a female main event at WrestleMania. This is a step in the right direction, and I eagerly anticipate what Charlotte & Sasha have in store for us.
Elsewhere, The Universal Championship will be on the line as Kevin Owens takes on Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns will defend the United States Championship against Rusev.
This a prediction blog and this is the league table so far:
Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorade & Sin Cara vs. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari
RIF: Alexander, Dorade & Sin Cara
Joe: Alexander, Dorade & Sin Cara
Michael: Alexander, Dorade & Sin Cara
Dan: Alexander, Dorade & Sin Cara
Good choice for the pre-show, as the cruiserweights tend to fire up a crowd. Straight forward victory for the face team. Cedric Alexander has buckets of potential. I wish Neville had a role in the revamped cruiserweight division.
WWE United States Championship
Hell in a Cell
Roman Reigns © vs. Rusev
RIF: Roman Reigns
Joe: Roman Reigns
Michael: Roman Reigns
Dan: Roman Reigns
Reigns and Rusev have thought each other on multiple occasions now that it’s becoming tiring. Reigns is the clear favorite to win, but I have no idea when he’s going to lose the title. I think it will probably be before the Royal Rumble because he’s likely a favorite to win that match, of course. I just don’t see Reigns leaving this match with the title unless there’s a lot of interference. I think the Universal Title match will be the one with a lot of interference, so this will probably be clean. Reigns wins to put an end to this feud.
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
You know things aren’t going right when fans are chanting ‘boring’ during a Bayley segment! Do I like Dana Brooke? Sure, she’s okay I guess. I think she has a great look and may turn out to be a good WWE performer someday. However, the build-up to this match has been poor in part because of her. Fans chanted “boring” on Raw because Dana is boring and it has hurt Bayley just being in this feud. The story has been basic where Dana has gotten the upper hand on Bayley at every turn. Bayley’s selling a shoulder injury. I think she’ll overcome that and get the win.
On a side note, who here thinks that Bayley should feud with Stephanie McMahon? She can be the plucky underdog trying to prove her worth and get a fair shake from her horrible boss. Plus, if Stephanie is ever going to get comeuppance for her years of tormenting people, who better for the job than Bayley?
Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows vs. Enzo & Cass
RIF: Anderson & Gallows
Joe: Anderson & Gallows
Michael: Enzo & Cass
Dan: Enzo & Cass
This is most likely to be the opener of the main PPV as Enzo is first class at firing up a crowd. I think both teams will be in that Survivor Series tag match anyway, so it’s not like the win is going to be significant. It’s just another tag match. They should have a stipulation where the winners become team captain of the Raw Survivor Series tag match. I’m going with Gallows & Anderson because they each lost singles matches in the last two weeks. A win here could be the remaking of them since they’ve been booked so poorly after AJ joined Smackdown.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
The New Day © vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
RIF: The New Day
Joe: The New Day
Michael: Cesaro & Sheamus
Dan: The New Day
Imagine if Cesaro & Sheamus suddenly fool everyone and have it be shown that they were secretly working towards winning the tag titles since Foley put them together. Then you can have a strong new heel tag team and The New Day can play chase and give them more of a renewed sense of urgency that I feel they need. However, I don’t think that’s the long-term goal for WWE right now. The New Day are a cash cow and are here to stay and will just keep marching towards Demolition’s record. I’m sure the in-ring work will be solid until the inevitable finish.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
TJ Perkins © vs. Brian Kendrick
RIF: TJ Perkins
Joe: TJ Perkins
Michael: TJ Perkins
Dan: TJ Perkins
I’ve been heavily invested in this feud. It’s a shame this storyline has been buried to the segment right before the main event each week. Kendrick is really playing up this angle of being 37 and his last shot perfectly. The backstage segment with him and Perkins last week where Kendrick told Perkins he needed Perkins to lay down for him was the best segment on Raw. The emotion from Kendrick felt real, which will make it even more impactful during the match no matter what route they take. I can envision Perkins overcoming Kendrick in a spirited contest and Kendrick comes close but just not close enough, then you’ll feel Kendrick’s pain at the end of the match, wondering if that really was it for him. It can go either way, but I’m playing it safe and sticking with a TJ Perkins victory.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Hell in a Cell
Sasha Banks © vs. Charlotte
RIF: Sasha Banks
Joe: Sasha Banks
Michael: Sasha Banks
Dan: Sasha Banks
The big debate is whether this will be the main event. Personally, this is the match that I think should go on last because it’s the feud most deserving of Hell in a Cell on the Raw brand. I like the idea of these women in the main event match of the show. It really says a lot about how serious WWE is taking its women’s division if they not just main event a pay per view but to have it contested inside of a Hell in a Cell!
There has been a rumor floating around about Charlotte wanting to do some move off the top of the cell but Vince shot the idea down. I hope they don’t do anything too crazy. I almost put “stupid” there, but I don’t want to use that word because I think they’re very smart wrestlers. It’s just that Sasha did have a back injury that they thought was serious and she came back within a month. I just don’t think it’s necessary to take crazy bumps into the cell or fight on top of it.
I’m eagerly anticipating this match. Sasha Banks and Charlotte are by far the two stand out performers on the main roster. Expect either one of them to win female of the year in this year’s Rif Rasslin’ Awards.
WWE Universal Championship
Hell in a Cell
Kevin Owens © vs. Seth Rollins
RIF: Kevin Owens
Joe: Kevin Owens
Michael: Kevin Owens
Dan: Kevin Owens
What they need to do here is to come up with a finish that keeps the title on Owens and doesn’t hurt Rollins. Since Owen’s ‘best friend’ Chris Jericho isn’t booked on the show, he’s most probably going to be involved in this match somehow. I assume Owens vs. Jericho is in the pipeline and it leaves Rollins with nothing to do, I can see them going ahead and using this match to set up Rollins vs. Triple H for the Royal Rumble. In my perfect world scenario, I would have both men brawling on the outside of the Cell somehow and then go to the top. Jericho comes out at that point and joins up top. He helps Owens, but somehow Jericho ends up getting thrown off or knocked down somehow. Either by Owens on accident or by Rollins and Owens just stands by and does nothing. That sets up Jericho finally giving up on Owens as best friends. Then when they get back in the Cell, here comes Triple H to cost Rollins the match, just as it looks like he’s going to win. Problem solved.
There you go, guys. My predictions for this year’s Hell in a Cell PPV. Feel free to post your predictions in the comment section below, and I’ll be back again on Monday with my random thoughts on the show.