WWE Hell in a Cell 2013: Smart Projections for Top Feuds
After the huge disappointment that was Battleground, WWE has a tall mountain to climb for Hell in a Cell to come out as a success.
Following that event with another unsatisfactory show is unacceptable, so WWE has to plan ahead and try to work out the kinks before they happen, instead of just hoping that it will come together at the last minute.
So far, we've seen some indication that there was more effort put into this pay-per-view than the last, but where is this all heading?
If Battleground came out as substandard as it did and ended up leading absolutely nowhere, are the main selling points of Hell in a Cell going to have the same lack of direction by the end of the night?
Let's take a look at some of the main events and figure out what might be coming our way, good or bad.
Hell in a Cell Match: CM Punk vs. Ryback and Paul Heyman
The feud between CM Punk and Paul Heyman has been dragging on for several months now, so it's time for it to end.
Perhaps WWE planned on having this feud go on this long, but simply failed in the execution of the angle.
On the other hand, maybe WWE hasn't been able to think of what they want to do with Punk, so they've stalled and limped on in the hopes that it was good enough to keep going until an idea formulated.
Whatever the case may be, it has been on repeat mode for far too long.
All of the issues have built up to render this nowhere near as interesting as it was when it first began with Punk facing off against Brock Lesnar.
Hell in a Cell is a gimmick that typically ends feuds, so there can't possibly be an extension of this feud after this match.
Seeing as how Punk has come up short every time in this program, it's only logical for him to win here and exact revenge on Heyman.
World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio
The decision to have John Cena challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship came out of left field.
Before he left the active roster due to injury, Cena had relatively no connection to Alberto Del Rio.
Still, having Cena in a title match has become commonplace to the point where there's no need to really question the validity behind the choice.
Why is he getting a shot? Because he's John Cena. That's why. That's all WWE needs to tell us and we already know it.
Going into this match, Cena is being made to look like a returning hero who will be back on top in no time, while Del Rio isn't getting much of a spotlight put on him.
In fact, it almost seems like Del Rio is just a placeholder waiting to drop the title to Cena, possibly because WWE finally realized how lackluster his title reign has been.
It matters not that Del Rio is Cena's opponent, nor that he's the champion right now.
All that matters is that John Cena is in this match, as that's the only reason it will get a decent spot on the card.
Previous Del Rio matches weren't that important and were placed almost as filler on the past few pay-per-views, but as Cena is a huge focal point, that won't happen here.
If WWE plans on dragging this out and making an actual feud out of it, we could see Del Rio retain due to some kind of method that will make Cena look good, such as a disqualification or being counted out.
However, the most likely option is that Cena will simply walk out of Hell in a Cell with the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist.
WWE Championship: Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
The WWE Championship has been vacated for several weeks now, but this is where that comes to an end.
At Hell in a Cell, we will assuredly see either Daniel Bryan or Randy Orton become the new top of the food chain.
Which person's hand is special guest referee Shawn Michaels going to raise at the end?
More than likely, it will be Orton that will come out of this victorious.
Bryan has won the title two times just for it to be taken away from him, perfectly setting him up as someone who should be looked at as a main event player.
In comparison, Orton's temporary title reign was sparked by a cheap cash-in of his Money in the Bank contract, followed by subsequent losses.
This puts Orton at a disadvantage and makes him the prime target between the two that could use a bit of a boost to his credibility.
Granted, the likelihood that Orton will win this match in a clean fashion is slim to none, as there are far too many variables that could lead to his next title reign.
But whether it's because of Michaels accidentally kicking Bryan or purposely turning heel, Triple H or someone else interfering, some kind of a screwjob or just typical cheating, there is more energy to Orton leaving this event as the champion than Bryan.
What are your predictions for what is going to happen at Hell in a Cell? Do you think WWE will make the right decisions and go down the best possible route or is this going to be another disappointment like Battleground was?
Leave your ideas, theories and comments below and sound off on what you're expecting to see come Hell in a Cell!