WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 PPV Predictions
I don’t know why things seemed to have fizzled so much in my mind for WWE since SummerSlam, but it has. I think the writers mentally went on vacation and we’ve gotten some story lines that just haven’t worked or clicked, important people left off this PPV, and a focus on one match on the international pay per view in October.
Here are my predictions for the matches on the show this Sunday. If matches are altered or more matches are added, I’ll add edits!
The New Day (Champs) vs. Rusev & Aiden English –
SmackDown Tag Team Championship (Kickoff Match)
Here we are again with The New Day in a tag team championship match and I’m so tired of it. While the wrestling ability of all three members is nothing to scoff at, I’m just so tired of their shtick. I am aware they sell merch to impressionable children and are marketed as “whole family fun,” but I just want the pain to end. Their group commentary on Raw was enough for me to actually change the channel. I didn’t finish watching the match because I couldn’t take it anymore.
That being said, we know it’s time for Rusev to get some gold around his waist. I don’t think Aiden English is as worthy right now although he’s a decent mouthpiece. I was assuming English’s unsuccessful interference in multiple Rusev’s matches was leading to a split, but WWE Creative seemed to drop it all to push them as a team and it would indicate there may be a title change this Sunday. If not, why are these two even together anymore? Perhaps if Rusev and English lose, it’ll be English attacking Rusev out of frustration and Rusev will get his official face turn. I’m going to predict a title change, though.
Side note: with this match relegated to the Kick-off show, I’m going to assume many of the matches on the card are going to be given plenty of time to breathe.
Winners: Rusev and Aiden English
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntrye (Champs) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose –
Raw Tag Team Championship
This match could potentially foreshadow where WWE is going with the main event and it could be one of the matches of the night because of the four people involved.
I am a fan of Ziggler and McIntyre holding the championships and my gut tells me they took the belts from the B-Team to have a long run, leading more credibility to the team and growing faction. With the addition of Strowman to the group, I think this team is more dominate than The Shield.
Speaking of The Shield, I’m not the biggest fan of the group reforming. It’s clearly a ploy to get the fans to latch onto Reigns by having fan favourites, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose show their allegiance to the boring champ. At least Reigns is on Raw every week. Unfortunately, I feel Rollins has been dragged down and out of his hot singles run and Ambrose seems like he hasn’t left first gear since his return. It all just seems so forced.
While the action will be good here, I don’t want to see The Shield with all the gold. I actually want to see the other group of three with the gold. I know a split of either group isn’t happening soon and I’m sure this will continue on to Survivor Series. Hopefully the champs retain and I think they’ll do it via DQ.
Winners: Ziggler and McIntyre
Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match)
If you’ve read my columns in the past, you know I’m not a fan of Randy Orton. I find him to be completely boring in the ring and on the mic. That said, the heel work he’s done with Hardy has been great. So great, that it’s actually disgusting to watch him go to that unseen level where he was pulling on Hardy’s earlobe holes. Ugh…
With Matt Hardy taking some time away from the ring and retirement rumours swirling, I don’t think Jeff will be continuing that much longer in the ring compared to many on the roster, joining his brother. I swear one of Hardy’ bucket list items before he stepped away from the ring was to be in a Hell in the Cell match and we’re going to see it on Sunday. We know he’s a daredevil and we’re going to see something insane that we’ve never seen before. I mean, how do you top what happened to Foley and recently with Kevin Owens in that kind of match? I’m sure Hardy is thinking of it and will deliver.
I think Orton is going to win this match after Hardy almost kills himself trying to entertain and cement his legacy as one of WWE’s most fearless superstars. Perhaps Hardy is going to step away from the ring for a bit to rest his body and come back repackaged as one of his past personas. His mannerisms, vocabulary and more intense face paint seems to be pointing in that direction. I want Hardy to get the win as I think he deserves one this big over someone like Orton and in this kind of match, but most of the time you remember Jeff Hardy’s matches for what he did in them and not if he won them or not.
Winner: Randy Orton
Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
I think this stop-gap match in the Daniel Bryan/The Miz feud is a good idea to stretch out the feud between the two. Brie Bella looked really rough two weeks ago on Raw and thankfully she didn’t break her neck with the two suicide dives she did/attempted. Maryse is also fresh back in ring after almost seven years away (minus her being in the ring on Raw). Having The Miz and Daniel Bryan be involved to continue their story but not totally go at each other for the whole match is a good way to protect everyone involved.
If this story is going to continue, the heels need to continue getting cheap wins. Mayrse being able to gloat about having the win over Brie Bella and, in turn, giving The Miz more jabs at the couple, will be the perfect fuel for Daniel Bryan to get revenge on The Miz and the fans will eat it up.
Winners: The Miz and Maryse
Charlotte Flair (Champ) vs. Becky Lynch –
SmackDown Women’s Champion
Talk about some mis-matched writing here. Charlotte Flair is a natural heel and Becky Lynch has the fans behind her. Their talents and way they interact the fans basically makes the story between these two write itself. Instead, WWE is hell-bent on making Lynch the heel here and the fans are not buying it.
Charlotte is correct here, story line-wise, with the fact that Lynch shouldn’t be that hurt over her win and if Lynch expected Flair to just not try to win in the triple threat match at SummerSlam, that would have been pretty stupid.
I really like Lynch’s aggression she’s showing by throwing out the “good-girl” persona but it all could have still be built with the face/heel label switched. I really don’t know where WWE could go next if Lynch doesn’t win the gold here and I think WWE Creative will try and continue the heel push by having Lynch cheat to win. We’re seeing a title change here, people.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Ronda Rousey (Champ) vs. Alexa Bliss –
Raw Women’s Championship
I am impressed for Rousey’s performance in the ring so far for being so new to it all. On the mic, though, there’s a lot of work to be done. It contrasts huge with what Bliss can do on the mic these days.
It’s too bad that the quick move to put the belt on Rousey to make her look like the most dominant woman on the roster makes it impossible to think that there’s no one going to be taking the belt off her for a long time. Yeah, someone may win by DQ against her, but we won’t be seeing the championship coming off of Rousey. That’s too bad because it will be hard to get invested in any of her matches knowing she has no chance of losing the belt until a high marquee match at the Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
AJ Styles (Champ) vs. Samoa Joe – WWE Championship
I hate the inclusion of AJ Style’s family into this feud. I also found the whole Samoa Joe “story time” vignette on Smackdown to be cringe worthy.
You have two of the best wrestlers in the company (and the world) who are awesome on the mic, if they are just given total independence from the writing team, who are squaring off for what should be the most important title in the company. Unfortunately, instead of just focusing on fighting for the championship and mouthing off at each other about who the best in the world is, they write this family garbage won’t even be the main event of the show! What planet are we on?
Thankfully, once these two are in the ring, we’re going to see one hell of a match. Perhaps we’ll be seeing the best wrestling match of the night and they go at it for at least half an hour. We need a clean finish for this one no matter who wins.
While I’m a huge Styles fan, I think it’s almost time that Styles loses the belt, even if it’s just for a bit, to show that there are other dominate forces on the roster, especially Samoa Joe. Either man holding the belt is good for business and I want this story to focus on both men proving they’re the best. With a title loss due to Styles focusing too much on the family stuff, it will make a better second act. Maybe that’s why we’re being subjected to such a poor story in the first place. I’m going with my gut and saying there’s a title change here.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman – Hell in a Cell Match w/Mick Foley as Special Guest Referee – Universal Championship Match
I’m one of the many people that think they should have gone through with a Strowman championship win last year while he was red hot and way more over than Reigns. Strowman had the best of Reigns many times. Reigns failed numerous times against Lesnar and yet, he kept getting the chances where others came up short once and got pushed away for more Reigns. Is it any surprise there are a vocal segment of WWE fans that boo him due to the booking?
Add to all of this that Strowman has been up front when he was going to cash in his opportunity and made his presence known. Yet, The Shield saves Roman? The Roman that said he’d fight anyone, any time, anywhere? He gets saved by his buddies? C’mon…
To make it all clear, the “good guys” do the heel thing and are expected to be cheered while Strowman gets back-up and he’s supposed to be the heel in all of this? C’mon….
The addition of Foley to the match may make this interesting but I don’t see him taking any crazy bumps or hits. I think the addition of Foley to the match is to take the heat off of Reigns when Foley does something to inadvertently help Reigns get the pin on Strowman and to give Strowman some kind of out to force another match. Then again, where the hell do you go after a Hell in the Cell match? You can’t possibly make it any more extreme in this day and age on WWE TV.
Reigns won’t be losing the strap here because WWE wouldn’t have had him face Lesnar a billion times just to drop it at the next event. Just like Lynch, though, a talent with phenomenal crowd support is getting booked as the heel to make someone else try and look good and forced down the throats of viewers as the one you should love and cheer. I guess kids have to buy T-shirts, right?
Winner: Roman Reigns