Best and Worst Case Scenarios for WWE Hell in a Cell

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2013

Best and Worst Case Scenarios for WWE Hell in a Cell

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    With WWE's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view just over 24 hours away, there is a sense of intrigue surrounding the show that has been missing for the last two events.

    A lot of the intrigue surrounds possible outcomes and angle advancements for the top matches on the card.

    Will Daniel Bryan finally thwart the attempts of The Authority to keep him down by winning the WWE title? Can CM Punk finally get his hands on former friend Paul Heyman and bring their conflict to an end? Will John Cena's first match back from triceps surgery net him gold?

    As is the case with any of WWE's major pay-per-view productions, there are best and worst case scenarios for every match on the card.

    What are those scenarios for Sunday's show and why are they that way?

    Find out after the jump.

WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

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    Best Case Scenario

    After months of being screwed over and beaten down by The Authority, Randy Orton and The Shield, Daniel Bryan finally captures the WWE Championship by defeating Orton inside the confines of Hell in a Cell.

    Since the conclusion of SummerSlam this past August, the top angle in sports-entertainment has been Bryan's quest to regain the title that was stolen from him when Triple H delivered a Pedigree and Orton cashed in Money in the Bank.

    Every trial and tribulation he has had to endure existed only to make the moment he finally wins the title that much more special.

    If Bryan does not win the title Sunday night, fans may very well grow tired of watching him try and repeatedly fail.

    Worst Case Scenario

    Interference from The Big Show and Triple H overshadow the finish of the match.

    Over the last three weeks, the conflict between Triple H and Big Show has stolen quite a bit of attention away from Bryan and Orton. From the knockout punch the night after Battleground to Show driving a semi truck into the arena this past Monday on Raw, their rivalry has been treated like the main one while Bryan and Orton's quest for championship glory has become somewhat secondary.

    If Big Show and Triple H get involved Sunday night and the main event becomes an overbooked mess, the new WWE Champion becomes irrelevant, regardless of whom it is that hoists the title overhead at the end of the night.

    Bryan would be able to recover due to his connection with the audience but Orton is still trying to find his footing in his latest stint as a heel and irreparable damage could be done to his character.

World Heavyweight Championship Match: John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    Best Case Scenario

    John Cena defeats Alberto Del Rio and captures the World Heavyweight Championship. Irate over his loss, Del Rio attacks the new champion, targeting his previously-injured left arm and locking in the cross arm breaker. With the new titleholder clearly injured, Damien Sandow emerges, cashes in Money in the Bank and wins the championship.

    The easiest path WWE can take during Sunday's World Heavyweight Championship match is to have John Cena return from injury to beat Alberto Del Rio and win the title. It is a formula that has worked for the company countless times before but it is also a formula that is played out.

    Also played out is Del Rio's run with the champion. As great as he has been between the ropes in 2013, he has lost a ton of momentum and the apathy that he is greeted with on Raw and SmackDown has hurt the prestige of the championship.

    The above scenario involving the interjection of Damien Sandow into the title picture would accomplish two things. First, it would freshen up the title picture. Cena and Del Rio have fought each other on many occasions but Sandow's involvement with both men is limited. The fresh matchups would be something that the World title in particular could really use.

    Second, it gets fans talking about the World Heavyweight Championship again. One of the most prestigious and celebrated titles of all-time, it in implausible that the strap has become so unimportant in today's WWE. The involvement of Cena and back-to-back title changes would immediately revitalize the title and reinvigorate fan interest in the belt.

    Worst Case Scenario

    John Cena or Alberto Del Rio wins by disqualification or count-out

    The absolute worst booking decision that could be made on the entire Hell in a Cell pay-per-view is a disqualification or count-out finish in the World title match to warrant a rematch between Cena and Del Rio at Survivor Series.

    That finish has been used so many times to continue feuds over the title that wasting Cena's return on it would be ridiculous.

Hell in a Cell Match: CM Punk vs. Ryback and Paul Heyman

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    Best Case Scenario

    CM Punk defeats Ryback and Heyman and brutally assaults his former friend to bring to a close their months-long conflict.

    The rivalry between CM Punk and Paul Heyman has been one of WWE's best in 2013, but it has also overstayed its welcome. The introduction of Ryback to the angle in September at Night of Champions really should have helped evolve the story but a sub-par workrate from the big guy, which has caused some to question if he has regressed as a worker, has dragged down the entire story.

    On the other hand, it is time for Punk to move on from this rivalry and do something more important elsewhere on WWE programming. The lack of star power involved in the feud with Heyman has made the whole ordeal seem like a midcard rivalry. Punk, one of WWE's biggest and brightest stars, deserves better than that.

    Defeating Ryback and destroying Heyman would bring an end to the story and allow Punk to do something else.

    Perhaps rebelling against The Authority is in his future.

    Worst Case Scenario

    Ryback and Paul Heyman win

    The angle cannot survive another month. It has lost a considerable amount of momentum in recent weeks and the fans have grown tired of waiting for Punk to finally get his revenge. There is no new direction the story can be taken in to ensure that fans remain invested in it.

    Ryback and Heyman winning Sunday night would mean some sort of rematch at Survivor Series and several more weeks of running in place. The story is ready to end and waiting to bring it to a close will only adversely affect the feud.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Rhodes Brothers vs. The Usos vs. The Shield

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    Best Case Scenario

    The Rhodes brothers retain in a hard-fought match

    Cody and Goldust are riding a wave of momentum that few other WWE Superstars have at this point. They capitalized on their opportunity at Battleground and had a fantastic match against Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of The Shield. Two weeks later on Raw, they won the tag titles from the same competitors in a Match of the Year candidate.

    The brothers Rhodes have been a bright spot on WWE programming in recent weeks and Cody has been exuding a confidence that was missing in years past.

    Taking the titles from the brothers would not necessarily be a bad thing. Rollins and Reigns were outstanding champions. They made the titles, rather than the other way around. The Usos, on the other hand, have never had a chance to run with the gold and have done enough to warrant their first title reign.

    But Cody and Goldust are as hot now as they have ever been so it makes more sense to leave well enough alone. Run with them as long as the crowd is willing to support them, then make the change.

    Worst Case Scenario


    The WWE Tag Team Championship match is the one bout at Hell in a Cell with no bad outcome.

Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans

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    Best Case Scenario

    The Real Americans destroy Los Matadores, put an end to the terrible gimmick and move on to the tag team titles

    Los Matadores may be one of the worst gimmicks in recent WWE history, but it is over with a large portion of the audience and until they turn against it, Fernando and Diego will continue to receive the biggest push of their careers.

    Which is unfortunate for fans in the year 2013 who are forced to endure a gimmick straight out of 1992.

    Ideally, the infinitely more talented Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger would demolish their opponents Sunday night and move onto a program with the tag team champions, whomever they may be, shortly thereafter.

    Sadly, and realistically, Los Matadores win.

    Worst Case Scenario

    Cesaro or Swagger takes a head scissors from El Torito, thus killing any heat or momentum they had leading into the show.

    It was bad enough watching members of 3MB have to sell offense from El Torito. If Swagger and Cesaro, who are much further up the card than those Superstars are asked to do the same, it could easily kill any chance they have to ever advance past a certain spot on the card.

Divas Championship Match: Brie Bella vs. AJ Lee

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    Best Case Scenario

    AJ Lee retains her title after botched interference from Nikki Bella, setting up an eventual split between the sisters.

    Brie Bella cannot afford a clean loss to AJ Lee if there is any intent for her to continue to be a top contender to the Divas title. The crowd is already having a tough time relating to her as a babyface. Having her lose decisively to AJ will only hurt the audience's ability to buy into her as a threat to the Divas title.

    The lack of reaction for Brie is a bit disappointing, however. Like her, her sister or Total Divas or not, she has improved her in-ring game by leaps and bounds and has had a few really good matches against AJ in recent weeks.

    Speaking of recent weeks, there have been a few hints that Nikki may be becoming a bit jealous of her sister, who has received title shots and racked up big wins over that period of time. On more than one occasion, Nikki has jumped into the ring to celebrate with Brie in an attempt to get the spotlight on herself.

    A split between the sisters would be interesting, if nothing else, and would give Brie an excuse for losing.

    Worst Case Scenario

    Brie Bella wins the Divas title solely to add a happy ending for the first season of WWE's Total Divas program.

    If Brie Bella wins the Divas title Sunday night and the company has legitimate plans for her as champion, then that is fine.

    If she wins just to hype Total Divas, it is a major mistake. AJ has been the most marketable, most over Diva on the roster for the last two years. To bring her title reign to a premature end just to benefit a reality show that has nothing to do with the WWE product on Monday and Friday nights would do her a great disservice. 

Intercontinental Championship Match: Big E. Langston vs. Curtis Axel

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    Best Case Scenario

    Big E. Langston caps off his recent babyface turn with a win over Curtis Axel and his first championship.

    Curtis Axel simply as not connected with audiences, despite a renewed push, an Intercontinental title reign and a relationship with Paul Heyman as one of his new clients. His in-ring work is very solid but he has struggled mightily to elicit any kind of reaction from the audience. Worst yet has been his inability to alter his in-ring work to get the fans to invest themselves in the match.

    Langston, on the other hand, has a physical, high-impact style that can immediately wake an audience up and elicit a reaction from them. His unique combination of power and speed is matched only by someone like John Cena, who does not have the thickness of the physical specimen Langston.

    At this point in his career, Langston is a far better choice to carry the Intercontinental title and rescue it from the irrelevancy it has fallen into in recent months.

    Worst Case Scenario

    Curtis Axel retains the Intercontinental Championship with a clean pinfall victory over Langston

    The absolute worst idea for the Hell in a Cell Kickoff match would be for Axel to pin Langston clean, without any sort of interference.

    Langston is not only a solid wrestler, he is a performer in ways that Axel simply is not. Throwing away Langston's first big match post-babyface turn to give Axel another heat-less win would be a major mistake that could conceivably kill off his heat.