Just two weeks removed from Night of Champions, the WWE seems to be shoving another established gimmick pay per view down our collective throats while simultaneously snatching another $45-55 from our wallets in the form of Hell in a Cell. I’m not saying that I’m not a fan of Hell in a Cell matches or even this ppv, I’m just opposed to seeing another big ppv event thrown in so soon after an important one just aired. Not only does it discourage people from shelling out the cash to purchase another one, it also takes away the importance of both events. Regardless of how I feel about the ppv I’ll still give my previews and predictions for the Sunday night at hand, even if I don’t happen to see it myself.
We know –
Triple Threat Falls Count Anywhere United States Championship Match – United States Champion Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz vs. John Morrison
Nexus Match – John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match – WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
World Heavyweight Championship Hell in a Cell Match – World Heavyweight Champion Kane vs. The Undertaker
Unified Diva’s Championship Match – Unified Diva’s Champion Michelle McCool vs. Natalya
Could be –
Grudge Match – CM Punk vs. Luke Gallows
United States Champion Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz vs. John Morrison
The clear cut favorite here is Daniel Bryan while the definite underdog as far as talent and ability go is The Miz while John Morrison falls somewhere in the middle. They all have their own abilities and advantages, The Miz with Alex Riley at ringside, Morrison’s Parkour, and Bryan’s advantageous submission expertise. Because of the type of match it is, Bryan definitely has the most advantage, but we can’t count out the other competitors. John Morrison and his Parkour have proven to be very formidable outside the ring and The Miz and Alex Riley have dominated Daniel Bryan numerous times in recent weeks.
Prediction – Daniel Bryan retains
John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
With Nexus banned from ringside once again, one has to think that the IWC’s most hated Superboy has the advantage here, but one would be a fool to count Wade Barrett out. He’s become a major main event player and the best thing that could happen for him is to get a clean (or even dirty) win over the WWE’s top superstar. Many IWC members will say that a heel turn for John Cena is well overdue while even more say that it’ll never happen as long as he sells the most merchandise and has as many young fans as he does. Although, no one ever said that if he joins Nexus that Cena will necessarily be a heel. He could easily hate the people he’s with and only go along with it because he has to until he figures a way out. There have been rumors that Nexus in its current form would end in October, although this is not confirmed, is subject to change, and could mean either outcome. The fun thing about this is that there are so many ways this storyline can go. Maybe Cena wins and Nexus disbands. Maybe he loses, joining Nexus and turning heel. Or maybe Wade Barrett wins and is dethroned by Cena as he comes into Nexus.
Prediction – Wade Barrett wins
WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
My analysis of this match is going to be very short because I can only see one possible outcome. Randy Orton will win the match. You can’t put the top title on your top face after a year being titleless and then strip it from him two weeks later. That being said, my prediction has a bit of depth.
Prediction – This may be a long shot but I’ll go for it anyway. After quite a bit of back and forth inside the cell, we’ll see a triumphant, albeit begrudging, return. Triple H’s music will play and he’ll storm out to ringside, watching the events inside the ring. Sheamus will watch the event unfolding outside the steel walls in disbelief as Orton creeps up behind him. BAM! One RKO and 1-2-3, Orton retains the title.
World Heavyweight Champion Kane vs. The Undertaker
Many WWE fans had predicted an Undertaker loss at Night Champions. Though I wasn’t one of them, I think we’re all in agreement when we plan on witnessing the beginning of another world title reign for the Deadman at Hell in a Cell. In relation to this, my question is what kind of role will the Father of Destruction, Paul Bearer, play in this destructive feud?
Prediction – The Undertaker uses his newly restored powers to win and claim another World Heavyweight Championship
Unified Diva’s Champion Michelle McCool vs. Natalya
I honestly don’t care much for this match. I’m not one of those that call Diva’s matches “bathroom breaks” and I like all of the Divas involved enough, it’s just that the division is so far down the drain that it’ll take a while to recover. I do like LayCool and I’m glad that they’re giving Natalya a push.
Prediction – Natalya wins by disqualification when Layla interferes and LayCool retains the title
CM Punk vs. Luke Gallows
This match had better be announced at the live premiere of Smackdown. The WWE has really disappointed me in recent months with their booking of Punk and he needs to end the SES ASAP.
Prediction – CM Punk wins and ends the Straight Edge Society
I feel like there should be one more match on the card in addition to the confirmed and possible matches I mentioned, and that could be either an Intercontinental Championship Match or a WWE Tag Team Championship Match, I think the latter is more probable. I can see the new tag team champions in yet another match with the Hart Dynasty and they’d better retain or I’ll be sorely disappointed.
Although we’re not even sure of the full card for this PPV, we can still look forward to the next event. WWE Bragging Rights. There will be plenty more build up for feuds leading up to October 24th making for a very interesting and investing PPV. What do you think? Will Nexus survive the night? Who will walk out of Hell in a Cell to gain their Bragging Rights?