WWE Hell in a Cell 2012: Match Predictions You Can Take to the Bank
At Cell this Sunday, everyone will be wondering what will happen between CM Punk and Ryback.
Will the WWE have Punk drop the title, or will they have Ryback lose his first match?
Still, while seeing what the WWE decides to do with Punk and Ryback might seem like the biggest draw for this pay-per-view, there are still several other matches that might end up stealing the show.
Who will be the one standing with the Intercontinental title after Kofi Kingston and the Miz clash?
Will Team Hell No retain their titles?
Who will end up winning between Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton?
Hell in a Cell might not be a packed card like some of the previous pay-per-views, but there are still some good matches that could be worthy of a pay-per-view, if done right.
Here are predictions for every match that you can take to the bank.
Eve vs. Layla vs. Kaitlyn: Divas Championship Triple Threat Match
Every pay-per-view needs a divas match. And every divas match ends up being short and boring.
Expect this match to be no different.
Does anyone at this point even care about this feud in the divas division?
It's good for Kaitlyn, who is being placed in the Divas Division spotlight now because she was the original No. 1 contender after Eve had slipped off the side of the ring during the Battle Royal before Night of Champions.
The Divas division is still lacking and has been for a while now. This match was thrown on the card relatively late and won't be anything special.
Predicted winner: Eve
Since the match is a triple threat, more than likely Eve will retain the title. We might find out who attacked Kaitlyn at Night of Champions, but does anyone really care at this point?
Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio
Will there be any real winner when Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio clash at Hell in a Cell?
Sure, one of them has to win, but how good will this match turn out to be? The buildup for this brawl has been horrible, and the fact that it is not a hell-in-a-cell match, but a regular match at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view takes away whatever possibility this match had to be good.
Who really wants to see a SmackDown/RAW caliber match during a pay-per-view event?
Yes, Orton vs. Del Rio will be nothing special and will end up being just like a RAW or SmackDown match.
Look for Ricardo to get involved some point during the match and even cost Orton the win. It's hard to determine, though, who the winner will be.
Del Rio had been constantly losing at pay-per-views when he would go up against Sheamus, so the WWE might be looking to give Del Rio a shot in the arm and make him seem like more of a title contender.
At the same time, though, Orton has a huge fan following, and that alone might be enough for the WWE to have the Viper win this matchup.
Could this match end up being good? Possibly, but with better matches on the card, it will be hard for Del Rio and Orton to stand out.
Predicted winner: Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio will gain some momentum, and with Orton possibly turning heel, a loss to Del Rio could be the catalyst for a meaner Viper.
Kofi Kingston vs. the Miz: Intercontinental Championship Match
Kofi Kingston vs. the Miz for the intercontinental title might end up stealing the show. Both of these wrestlers are fantastic in the ring and have a decent feud going as well.
The match, like most of the ones on the card, will not be hell in a cell, which takes away from what these two would be able to do in that type of match.
Still, this is a brawl for the title and worthy of being on a pay-per-view. The WWE has really stepped up when it comes to the intercontinental title lately, by building a decent feud around the belt. This could be considered a solid push for Kingston, but he's been with the WWE for so long now that this feels long overdue.
Look for the match to be similar to their Main Event bout, except bigger and better. Kingston has a high flying, explosive style. Mix that with the Miz and his ability to sell bumps, and you have the makings of a great match.
The real question, though, is who will be the winner? This match could go either way. Regardless of who wins, hopefully their feud continues.
These two wrestlers are making the intercontinental title interesting again. Expect them to up the ante at Hell in a Cell.
Predicted winner: The Miz
This might seem like a push for Kofi right now, but I don't think the WWE is set on pushing him too far. Miz wins, and their feud continues for a little longer.
Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars: Tag Team Championship Match
Oh WWE, how you tease us with glimpses of a fantastic tag team division.
Will the match between Team Hell No and Team Rhodes Scholars be good? It should, since these two teams are part of a revival of the tag team division.
All four of these wrestlers are great on an individual level. Combining them might set up the possibility that they will have the best match of the night. Again, though, one of the major problems with themed pay-per-views is when not all of the matches on the card follow the theme.
This is another match that won’t have a hell-in-a-cell structure, and instead of the possibility of having a fantastic tag team, hell-in-a-cell brawl, we have to settle for a regular tag match.
Sure, it should still be a great match, but you have to wonder what these four would do inside Satan's Structure.
The match itself should be interesting. It will more than likely have comical moments as Daniel Bryan and Kane struggle to work together in order to retain their tag team titles.
Rhodes and Sandow will also deliver and should work extremely well with Kane and Daniel Bryan.
Predicted winners: Team Hell No
Hopefully Team Hell No manages to retain the tag team titles. With their constant arguing and fighting, losing the titles might be the last straw for Team Hell No. They have played a huge part in the tag team division revival, so hopefully they can keep their reign going longer.
Sheamus vs. the Big Show: World Heavyweight Championship Match
Finally, the WWE decided to give Sheamus a new opponent at a pay-per-view. The old Alberto vs. Sheamus match went stale after their first pay-per-view brawl.
Can the Big Show step up and deliver where Del Rio failed, though?
Sheamus has been World Heavyweight champion for some time now, so perhaps the WWE is getting set to let Big Show reign on SmackDown.
Or maybe neither of them will walk away with the belt, and instead, Dolph Ziggler will end up cashing in his contract.
The buildup to this match has been decent. It's the Brogue Kick vs. The WMD. While it seems like this match won't be inside the cell either, Big Show vs. Sheamus is a refreshing match for the title.
Big Show might also be brought in as a way to help get Sheamus over a little more, like Show was used for Cena.
This match should end up being a typical brawler fight, with these two slugging it out in the ring. This fight would probably enter a whole other level if it was inside Satan's Structure, or even a no-DQ match, but alas, this will just be a regular match with the title on the line.
Will it be a good bout? Who knows? But at least it's not Del Rio and Sheamus again.
Predicted winner: Sheamus
Sheamus needs some competition, and if this match turns out to be decent, expect to see Show and Sheamus brawl again down the road. Ziggler probably won't get the chance to cash in his contract, since everyone is expecting it.
And with Randy Orton hopefully turning heel soon, Sheamus will need to retain the title so that Orton will eventually get his shot at the Great White.
CM Punk vs. Ryback: WWE Championship Match
CM Punk vs. Ryback is the main event of Hell in a Cell, and the main reason to buy this pay-per-view.
It's not because this match is expected to be the fight of the year, but no one really knows how this match will work out. Will Punk and Ryback be able to deliver? Or will it fail to meet all expectations, and be a complete waste of time?
Will this match end cleanly and possibly ruin Punk's title reign or Ryback's undefeated streak?
Will John Cena or even Brock Lesnar play a role in the ending of this match?
With so many questions surrounding CM Punk vs. Ryback, watching how this match turns out is the main draw for Hell in a Cell.
It would be hard to see the WWE having Punk drop the title to Ryback, who is simply a replacement for a recovering John Cena. At the same time, though, it's hard to see the WWE ruining Ryback's undefeated streak.
Expect this match to end in some type of disqualification, even though a Hell in a Cell match has a no-disqualification rule. How will the WWE be able to pull off the ending to this match, when neither wrestler can be DQ’ed?
The WWE will find some way to end this match so Punk walks away with the title and Ryback isn't officially beaten.
Predicted winner: CM Punk
Ryback is a replacement, plain and simple. It would be meaningless to ruin Punk's title reign to someone who is just filling in for Cena. Expect Punk to somehow retain his title, while Ryback remains undefeated.