WWE Hell in a Cell 2013: Full Card Predictions After Battleground
The wounds the warriors suffered at Battleground will still be fresh when WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 arrives.
Several stories remain unfinished as we head into the next pay-per-view, including the fight for the WWE Championship and CM Punk's appetite for revenge. The first-ever Battleground left fans with the taste of disappointment lingering in their mouths, and Hell in a Cell will do its best to alleviate that with only a three-week build.
Screwy finishes and near-climaxes from Battleground will lead directly into the final chapter of some of WWE's current narratives.
Highlighted by a match inside Satan's Structure and a new challenger for the World Heavyweight Championship, Hell in a Cell is in a position to outclass and outshine both Battleground and Night of Champions.
Big Show vs. Triple H
Big Show is going to pay for his actions at Battleground.
Daniel Bryan raced toward victory with the Yes Lock clamped on Randy Orton when Big Show yanked the referee out of the ring. The giant then went on a punch frenzy, knocking out Bryan, Orton and Scott Armstrong who came down to replace the injured referee.
Some of those punches appeared to be inspired by Triple H's orders and others were clearly Big Show revolting.
Since planting Bryan into the mat at SummerSlam, Triple H's tyranny has claimed a number of victims, but Big Show has suffered more than anyone throughout this storyline. He's been made into a fist-swinging puppet, embarrassed in front of the WWE audience and left crying in the ring.
The giant nearly took his revenge on the COO on the Raw before Battleground; at Hell in a Cell, the tormentor and the tormented go to war.
Triple H will be furious about how Big Show wrecked the Battleground main event and look to teach the big man a lesson. Big Show's tolerance for abuse has been maxed out and he'll be looking for a knockout blow on Triple H.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Cody Rhodes (World Heavyweight Championship)
The world champ retained in an applause-worthy match against Rob Van Dam. Alberto Del Rio needs a new challenger, and Cody Rhodes is the ideal man for the job in a number of ways.
Del Rio and Rhodes have already proven how great they can be in the ring together, shown by matches like their clash on Main Event from Aug. 14. More importantly, Rhodes is white-hot after winning his job back.
The Rhodes family saga has been the most compelling story of the last month.
The heat of the spotlight turned up on Rhodes as his family suffered at the hands of Triple H, The Shield and Randy Orton. It felt very much like a way to launch Rhodes into the main event picture. Rhodes gets a shot to follow up his emotional win at Battleground with another huge victory.
As a bonus, the threat of Damien Sandow cashing in on his former best friend adds to the uncertainty and excitement of the world title bout.
The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores
Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro ended Battleground with reason to celebrate.
The Real Americans not only defeated Santino Marella and Great Khali, but Cesaro created one of the most memorable moments of the night when he swing Khali around in an impressive display of strength. This limited amount of momentum will make a feud with Los Matadores a touch more meaningful.
The bullfighters' foreignness makes them a perfect rival for Zeb Colter's team.
Colter no doubt has issues with Los Matadores and will look to take them out. On the other hand, Fernando and Diego will look to make an impact. Hell in a Cell offers Los Matadores their first pay-per-view bout, an initial clash in a possible extended rivalry.
CM Punk vs. Ryback
After all the time WWE has spent showcasing the hatred between Paul Heyman and CM Punk, it's hard to fathom all that ending with a low blow and a fluky win.
Punk got the best of Ryback and Heyman by kicking "The Big Guy" in the onions at Battleground, which should only anger both his foes. A feud that stretches back to mid-June, when Brock Lesnar attacked Punk, has one more showdown before it reaches its conclusion.
Heyman will demand a rematch citing the injustice of losing to an illegal move.
Ryback is sure to call Punk a bully for his actions and the two will square off once more. A more convincing victory this time around caps off this rivalry and Punk can begin to seek out championships rather than hunt for revenge.
Tamina Snuka and AJ Lee vs. The Bella Twins
AJ Lee and her bodyguard go up against the two women they overpowered and outsmarted at Battleground.
The Divas champ earned a cheap victory when Tamina Snuka distracted Brie Bella by choking her sister on the outside of the ring. The personal nature of AJ and Brie's feud increased after that incident and both Bellas will be looking to dig their claws into both AJ and Tamina.
WWE has seemingly abandoned the Natalya/AJ rivalry before it fully ignited. Instead, it looks as if the company is continuing AJ vs. Brie and this tag match is a way to do that with some variety.
The Shield vs. The Usos (Tag Team Championship)
On Sept. 16, The Usos became the No. 1 contenders for the tag team titles by winning a Triple Threat Elimination match. They have yet to claim their earned title shot, mostly because The Shield was busy trying to keep the Rhodes family out of WWE forever.
With their loss at Battleground, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins look vulnerable, making a matchup with The Usos more enticing.
This is certainly a match we've seen before, but as their Money in the Bank pre-show battle demonstrated, these two teams have excellent chemistry. WWE needs only tap into the hatred between these teams that has already been building to make a familiar clash the kind that steals the show.
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell for WWE Championship)
The climax is almost upon us.
A feud that had its beginnings in clashes in June, including a memorable Street Fight, appears to be headed for its end. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton have battled for the WWE Championship for three pay-per-views in a row with the latest ending in a no-contest.
Big Show's interference led to the WWE title remaining vacant, delaying the climax of this rivalry.
Hell in a Cell offers WWE the perfect vehicle to escalate this rivalry and have this match feel different than Orton vs. Bryan at either Night of Champions or Battleground.