WWE Hell in the Cell 2017 Predictions
One paper, this year’s Hell in a Cell PPV seems like a pretty decent card but some of the build-ups have been lackluster and some of these matches we’re seeing for the third time or more. Hopefully we can get a clean slate after this show.
As usual, if anything changes or is added before Sunday’s show, I’ll make some edits on here, so check back often. As well, I’ve added a few thoughts about Raw at the end of this prediction feature.
Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros. – Kick Off Show
If any match screams “Kick-Off Show,” it’s this one. Why Shelton Benjamin got brought back to be in a tag team with someone recently split-up from a tag-team partner that could have been huge is totally beyond me. It really symbolizes how off the rocker WWE Creative have been this year with their decision making (hell, look at Jordan – he’s now tagging with Matt Hardy). The only reason this match is happening is because Gable and Benjamin need to be on TV and be a catalyst to the break-up of the Hype Bros. If they don’t break up here, they’re turning heel.
Winners: Gable and Benjamin
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
I’ve enjoyed the humorous and lighthearted (at times) Rusev from the last few weeks. I’m actually enjoying the idea of Aiden English being his crony, too. If you’ve followed my wrestling features, you’ll know how much I detest boring Orton so I’m always looking for him to take a loss.
Each man has a quick victory over each, so expect this one to be the rubber match that will go about 10-12 minutes. Orton doesn’t need the win here at all and WWE needs to build Rusev up again – something they could have done at Summerslam and moved on with by now. I could see English joining Rusev at ringside and be the reason why Rusev wins. Clean or dirty, this one is going to the Bulgarian Brute.
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
The boring crap Ziggler has been written to do on TV has been appalling. His beef is that people who are at an entertainment show enjoy the wrestlers entrances and it masks what they do in the ring? Sure. Someone tell WWE Creative that people boo the wrestlers they don’t like regardless of what their entrance is. If WWE Creative is totally behind everything they’ve asked Ziggler to do over the past month, they will have ZIggler come out with absolutely no graphics or music.
Bobby Roode is a fresh face on Smackdown and I’m really surprised they went with him as a face because he portrays a cocky, arrogant heel so well. I’m sure they’re doing this to try and sell merch and milk the entrance of Roode’s for all it’s worth before turning him. Let’s call it the Enzo and Cass effect.
Roode isn’t losing his first huge profile match, especially to a guy WWE has been so directionless with. What a difference a year makes, huh, Ziggler?
Winner: Bobby Roode
The New Day (Champs) vs. The Usos –
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match Inside Hell in a Cell
Ugh…The New Day. How many times do I have to reiterate my disdain for them? Instead I will focus on the positive that this match may actually be the match of the night. I think it’s great these two teams are facing off inside the cell because while I can’t stand The New Day’s demeanor, them and The Usos will deliver.
The Usos are so badass that if they cannot win inside Hell in the Cell then I have no idea where they go next. The New Day can do dick and fart jokes with other teams after this and move on from the championship picture. I’m basing my prediction more on what I want to see here than what will probably happen. I’m hoping, though!
Winners: The Usos
Natalya (Champ) vs. Charlotte – Smackdown Women’s Championship
While I like seeing Natalya with the championship, there’s always that feeling that she’s nothing more than a placeholder until Carmella cashes in her Money in the Bank briefcase. Charlotte getting pinned on Smackdown on Tuesday foreshadows the usual WWE booking where the person pinned wins the belt on the PPV. I still think with Carmella looming over the championship every week, we may see her cash it in. I hope so because those backstage segments are growing tiresome.
Winner: Charlotte then the MITB cash-in that Natalya will interfere with
AJ Styles (Champ) vs. Baron Corbin – United States Championship
John Cena defeated Corbin at Summerslam in under eight minutes. AJ Styles has defeated John Cena numerous times and has kicked out of some of Cena’s best maneuvers. Corbin has not. This match will not go more than ten minutes with AJ doing whatever it takes to make Corbin a believable threat for maybe half of the match. Unless Styles gets screwed somehow, there’s no title change happening.
Winner: AJ Styles
Jinder Mahal (Champ) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – WWE Championship Match
Isn’t it sad that THE title in WWE is being billed second to a match featuring the boss’s son?
Isn’t it sad that the WWE championship isn’t good enough to be fought for inside Hell in the Cell?
Isn’t it sad that this whole feud has been built around Mahal making fun of Nakamaura’s facial expressions and spewing blatantly racist comments at him?
Isn’t it sad that WWE didn’t book Nakamura as someone so irate and offended by such garbage that he wants nothing more than to tear Mahal apart, win the championship, and then beat Mahal with it?
Isn’t it sad that a championship reign was booked solely for the purpose of business with and in another country and not best for business in the ring and will probably continue?
Isn’t it all just…sad?
Winner: Jinder Mahal
Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens – Hell in the Cell
While I have enjoyed the build-up to this match, it boggles my mind that we’re going to have Vince McMahon’s son probably headline a PPV. It also boggles my mind that the McMahons book themselves on TV to have better endurance than more than half the roster.
When Owens attacked Vince McMahon a few weeks ago and kept attacking Shane McMahon on Tuesday, both of them would not stay down for the brutal assaults by Owens. Other wrestlers on the roster would be instructed to stay down and sell. To me, it does the same negative thing to wrestlers as bringing in celebrities to beat them up and get the better of them.
Kevin Owens, though, should be on cloud nine. He’s in a feud with a McMahon and got to actually lay his hands on Vince (and make him bleed). He’s getting amazing heat and his profile and stock in the company couldn’t be higher. I could argue this whole feud and match is better for Owens than a championship right now. With that being said, Kevin Owens needs to win this match. I could understand with all the fowl things he’s done, Owens deserves his comeuppances but because he’s a) not going against a wrestler on the roster and b) Shane McMahon probably going back to being a Commissioner after this feud, there’s no story to tell if Shane goes on his way. Owens would then be left to face someone on the roster after losing to someone who is barely in the ring and not even a professional wrestler.
Shane McMahon announced that a falls count anywhere stipulation has been added to the match which basically guarantees the match leaving confines of the cell. I know it usually does, but that’s just blatantly telling people that you’ll be seeing the participants leave the match and that the pin will occur outside the ring. If that is the case, what’s the point of the cage? Is it just so Shane can do a huge spot or be the victim of one? I’m guessing so. We rarely see blood anymore, so they’re not using the cage for that. Actually, that’s something that has been lacking from Hell in the Cell matches – blood. It helps tell the story that this match is the be all and end all and is the most violent match two participants could be in.
So, with the falls count anywhere stipulation, could someone potentially help Owens or Shane? Could Triple H show up and interfere on someone’s behalf depending on what the motive is? Could WWE actually write Sami Zayn in to help Owens and let Zayn tout the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality? Actually, I think that would be cool seeing how Zayn isn’t doing too much.
I know people have been saying that Owens may move to Raw after this and maybe that’s what will happen if he loses so the loss won’t mean much on the other show. Then again, he just got moved over to Smackdown, so I don’t see the rationale behind moving him back to Raw. Owens could be the Smackdown‘s biggest bad-ass heel if he wins the match and is booked as the crazy person who can just snap like he’s been booked over the last few weeks. I’m going with what I think has to happen for the biggest payoff.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Quick Thoughts on Raw
Holy hell, Monday’s show was boring. Here are a few quick thoughts:
- Strowman has just beat the tag champs over two weeks and for what? The payoff better be huge.
- Why is Matt Hardy relegated to now teaming with Jason Jordan? Matt should be given an opportunity and Jordan should be traded back to Smackdown for Benjamin so American Alpha can reform and Benjamin can flourish on Raw. It’s OK to make mistakes, Vince.
- Speaking of mistakes, we’re seeing a 38 year old Mickie James being subjected to jokes about her age? She’s younger than some of the male wrestlers. This is nothing more than James being subjected to “Piggie James” version 2.0 by WWE Creative. What a bunch of shit. This would never be a story line with the men.
- I’ll continue to say that Elias will be the next big thing. Man, that guy is awesome.
- So The Bar looks to be teaming up with The Miz so it can lead to a Shield Reunion? Mon Dieu. I think a reunion of The Shield would be a decent thing but I’m not sure how the hatred towards Reigns will affect it. There should be a reformation only if there was a group so powerful and/or sinister it would justify the group coming together again. The Bar and The Miz hardly seem to be that threat. Perhaps WWE is doing it to try and get people behind Reigns before he’s on his own again as we head towards January and the road to WrestleMania.
- It seems after 10pm (my Eastern time zone) WWE is saying the show is over but the last hour is for commercial revenue and to give the USA Network another hour of programming. They need to book stronger or go back to a two hour show.