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WWE Hell in a Cell: Predictions and Preview

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This Sunday will see the WWE Raw roster invade the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts for Hell in the Cell. This PPV is a Raw-exclusive event and I’m not expecting anything special from this event.

Here is my predictions and preview for Hell in the Cell:


Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, and Sin Cara vs. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, and Ariya Daivari

This match was announced earlier this week as one of the Preshow matches. Since the Cruiserweights have appeared on Raw after the Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network this summer, they have not been booked well. I understand that the Cruiserweight division is very small and there isn’t much wiggle room for WWE creative. They can do better with what they have. I see the team of Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, and Sin Cara getting the win in a match that I don’t expect anyone to care about really.

Winner: Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, and Sin Cara

Dana Brooke vs. Bayley

This was also announced earlier this week as the second preshow match. Bayley had a nice run when she was initially called up but since Clash of Champions has been in this awful feud with Dana Brooke. The problem I have is Dana Brooke is still incredibly bad since she has been on the main roster, yet for some reason WWE still wants to push her. Obviously, this won’t be a long feud and Bayley will have bigger opportunities later on, but I guess with how weak the woman’s division is on RAW, this was the next best option. I see Bayley getting the win and hopefully wrapping this feud up soon.

Winner: Bayley

Main card

The New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus for the WWE Tag Titles

The New Day have held the titles for over 430 days and are close to breaking the record of the legendary tag team of Demolition that lasted over 470 days. I’ve been saying they should’ve dropped the belts since the middle of July as I feel they are over enough with the WWE Universe and don’t need the titles. However, WWE obviously wants them to break Demolition’s record and I don’t think that is right. The WWE has great teams in the tag team division and none of them can succeed while New Day holds the belts. I think their reign ends on Sunday when they lose to the pairing of Sheamus and Cesaro. After their best of seven series ended in a draw, Raw General manager Mick Foley decided to put them as a Tag team and as he put it, “ You get the best magic when two guys are on total opposite ends.” I am paraphrasing what Mick Foley said, but the gist of what he was saying was that the best tag teams are two random wrestlers put together.

I see Cesaro and Sheamus winning, but I see them being a short reign.


Cesaro and Sheamus are your new WWE Tag Team Champions.

TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Title

I said it before with the Preshow match and I’ll say it again. Since the Cruiserweights have become a fixture on RAW, WWE Creative has done nothing memorable with them. I said in my previous Raw PPV predictions piece that I figure Brian Kendrick will take the belt off of TJ Perkins, I figure that to be the case on Sunday. Even if it isn’t going to be a lengthy run, by putting it on someone like Kendrick who has the veteran level of the Cruiserweight division and there are some WWE fans who know of him, it automatically adds credibility to the belt.

Winner: Brian Kendrick is your new Cruiserweight Champion

Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows

Since both of these teams have been in WWE, I figured one of them would have been tag team champions. I see Enzo and Big Cass winning this match, but I see this feud as a whole get 50/50 booking. What gets interesting with this match is what WWE does with the team that loses. More than likely one of these teams are going to get into or back into the Tag team title picture.

Winner: Enzo and Big Cass

Roman Reigns vs. Rusev (w/Lana) for the United States Championship in a Hell in a Cell

This match is being touted as being part of the triple main event and is one of three events to take place inside the demonic structure. I see Roman going over and retaining here. My hope is this is the last time that these men will have a match in this program. Unfortunately, this feud has done nothing for either wrestler.

Winner : Roman Reigns retains

Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Title in a Hell in a Cell

Some are saying that this should close out the PPV. The big thing I’m curious to see is do we see a Triple H sighting. We got to this point because of Triple H interference and thus “helping” Kevin Owens to capture the belt. It’s also been reported that we are heading towards a Triple H/ Seth Rollins match to happen in the next few months. It would be better to see more seeds being planted towards that match. In regards to this match, I see Owens retaining as WWE is behind him. While he has not been a good Champion, apparently WWE likes him and will continue to keep the belt on him for at least the remainder of 2016 calendar year.

Winner : Kevin Owens retains

Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair for the WWE Woman’s Title to be in a Hell in the Cell 

Since the concept of Hell in a Cell began back in the late 90s, the WWE has never put two women in that structure. That will change on Sunday as Charlotte and Sasha Banks will be the first women to have a match inside a Hell in the Cell. I expect Sasha Banks to retain here, but due to how weak the woman’s division currently is on RAW, I don’t expect this to be the last match.

Winner: Sasha Banks retains

Overall, I’m not expecting there to be any memorable moments or things that I can remember this event down the road. I also don’t see this being monumental because some could see this as a “Throw away PPV,’’ as it will be the last PPV for RAW as they will join Smackdown Live for Survivor Series in November. What are your predictions for Hell in a Cell, let us know in the comments.

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