GSM: People have been complaining for years (myself included) about WWE's inability to create new stars and insert new faces into the top title picture. Well, we have a breakout star in Ryback, who has yet to suffer a loss since returning to WWE earlier this year, and people still complain.
That aside, I've absolutely loved the build-up of this feud over the last month. Sure, it's a bit soon to be having the match (much less inside Hell in a Cell), but it will undoubtedly be an intriguing main event.
CM Punk has been WWE Champion for nearly a year by this point, so having him lose the strap here will prevent him from snapping John Cena's record and advancing to the Royal Rumble against The Rock with major momentum.
That being said, there's no way that Ryback makes it the Rumble as WWE Champion, so if he were to win here, he'd have to lose it at some point soon. It's always possible that John Cena could interfere in this match to unintentionally costing Ryback the loss, but I assume they'd be hesitant in having a recently injured star jump back into action so quickly.
Neither guy should lose here, but chances are one of them might have to since there are no disqualifications or count-outs inside Satan's structure. Many have speculated that there's the chance that Brock Lesnar could return to attack Ryback and align with Punk, and as logical as that would be, there's no chance of that happening with the limited amount of dates Lesnar has left on his contract.
As big of a supporter as I am for Ryback, it's simply too soon for him to walk out with the gold here. Ryback could always take the loss in shady fashion and still be considered a legitimate performer. I'd love to see this match end in innovative fashion in the form of a no-contest, but if one of the two had to win, Punk would be my pick.
SiD: Quite possibly the most interesting match on the card, and the only match contested inside the Hell in a Cell structure, CM Punk takes on Ryback for the prestigious WWE Championship.
Ryback, a new, hungry superstar has set his sights on the most prized possession in the WWE, the WWE Championship. On the other side, CM Punk, who has been champion for over 300-plus days, is seemingly being one-upped in this entire storyline, as he hasn't found out a method to retain his WWE Championship. While this match will be fought in the brutal Hell in a Cell structure, it means one thing: no disqualifications.
Hence, everything goes, and I'd expect Paul Heyman to interfere multiple times. This is the hardest match to predict on the card, and I cannot help but wonder, will Ryback take his first loss here? Or, will CM Punk lose his WWE Championship?
We have to remember that the Rock has a guaranteed title shot at the Royal Rumble, and while he is destined to win that match, this match can change the proceedings at Royal Rumble 2013.
While I'm thinking that Ryback will somehow manage to win the title, my gut says that we'll have a dirty finish, and CM Punk would be the victor. Therefore, I'm going with CM Punk retaining the title by unfair means.
Massey: CM Punk has been the WWE Champion for well over 300 days. He will reach a year with that title and face The Rock at the Royal Rumble, there is no doubt in my mind.
John Cena is getting older and injuries to the poster boy of the WWE are getting more and more frequent. Therefore, I believe Hell in a Cell was to be a culmination of the constant feud between CM Punk and John Cena that has been over a year in the making. I think CM Punk would have won and finally cemented his place as top dog in the WWE.
This will now be saved for the Survivor Series and in the meantime WWE has seen fit to put their undefeated star in the ring with the self-proclaimed best in the world. Ryback has been on a ridiculous winning streak, exerting his dominant physique on increasingly demanding opponents.
CM Punk will win this match but it will be by the help of someone else, some form of interference will allow Punk to escape the cell with his life. This means Ryback can stay undefeated and Punk can continue his cowardly heel run.
Scaccia: Really tough to predict this one. On one hand, Ryback has an undefeated streak on the line and has also looked dominant ever since returning from injury. Punk has a lengthy title reign to continue and it would be a shame to drop the title at a PPV that is not one of the “big four.”
Ryback will need to look dominant and Punk needs to not look like a pushover.
That will be a tough thing to do. I think someone somehow interferes in this match and helps Punk win. Possibly Brock Lesnar to set up a future storyline between Lesnar/Ryback. At this point in time, I think Punk’s title reign is more important than Ryback`s undefeated streak. Punk wins.
Overall Consensus: Punk-4, Ryback-0