A mere two weeks ago we were treated to the Night Of Champions PPV, which by all accounts was a lot better than most of the PPV's we have seen thus far this year. The only real let-downs for me were CM Punk getting beaten by Big Show (and his stupid bandana) and the Tag Team Turmoil match. The rest of the PPV was generally great stuff.
It is therefore a positive thing that Hell In a Cell looks ready to start where Night Of Champions left off, with a simply superb array of potential matches. I love the fact that all 5 matches are important in some way, and that Hell In a Cell will perhaps up the stakes in terms of violence. Please WWE, let the competitors break out of the cell in at least one match.
I am lookiong forward to every match on the card (which is a rarity) and this could easily win the PPV of the year 2010 award.
However, knowing WWE I do not want to get my hopes up too much.
On that sobre note, let's start predicting!
If I had to place a bet then I would say this will open the show because WWE seem to like to begin and end gimmick PPV's with the gimmick match itself, and lets face it the other main-event is far more interesting.
That being said this should be a decent contest given the time, and all signs point to Orton retaining. I also believe that this is the most likely PPV for a HHH return, so I see him either costing Sheamus the match, or coming out after the match. Either way it all equates to the same thing: Sheamus gets a beat-down. Which is funny because that is all he seems to get these days.
If HHH does return then this will probably main event the PPV.
Should be entertaining enough, and expect the viper to retain here.
Winner: Randy Orton (Still Champion)
WWE have officially made this match a Triple Threat Falls Count Anywhere Submission match. This is an example of great booking, it adds another dimension to the match and makes it far more interesting. As a matter of fact, this could easily steal the show.
Again, all the smart money here points to the recently crowned champion retaining, and this match certainly plays into Daniel Bryan's hands. All three of these guys can put on a good match, and I expect this match to go all over the arena.
I do not want to see Miz tap out again, it would make no sense to make him look weak if he is about to enter the world title picture. I therefore see Morrison succumbing to Bryan's tame finisher.
I could also imagine a beat-down on Bryan by The Miz and Riley post match, I would enjoy that personally.
Winner: Daniel Bryan (Still Champion)
The fact that Natalya is finally getting a title shot makes this a worthwhile match for me. Many believe her to be the best wrestler in the division, I believe she can prove that to me on Sunday Night.
This could be a contender for divas match of the year if WWE actually decides its worth more than 5 minutes of the PPV. If WWE make it 10 minutes or more then I will be very pleased. LayCool are always good to watch, and Michelle is one of the best wrestlers in the division. Unlike the tag division, the diva's division still has some life left, this could be the start of the revival.
Do I think Nattie will win? Probably not, after all McCool only became Unified Champion two weeks ago, but it is a great chance for Natalya to let WWE know what she is capable of. I expect the win to be dirty with interference from Layla, which should act to prevent Natalya from looking weak.
Winner: Michelle McCool (Still Champion)
Another example of clever booking from WWE. If this were a standard singles match I would have no interest, but these stipulations make the match worthwhile.
This is an immensely difficult one to call. To be honest, Nexus have become a bit dull as of late, but if Cena is forced to join the yellow and black brigade then it could create some brilliant television. Cena could play a role comparable to Shawn Michaels when he was forced to work for JBL in early 2009.
On the other hand, does it make sense to have the face of the company join Nexus? How can Wade Barrett beat John Cena when outside interference is barred?
If I am to speak sense here then the only way surely that Barrett can beat Cena is if Cena allows him to do so, this would in turn initiate the biggest heel turn of the decade. I have had issues with turning Cena heel however, and I do not believe it would be a good business move with all the revenue WWE makes from a babyface Cena.
So, it looks like this match could go anywhere. However, if you look at this years Survivor Series poster you will see that it features The Nexus. Is that proof positive of a Barrett win? Or is it just an out-dated poster?
These PPV's tend to require a balance of heel and face wins, at the moment (according to my predictions) the faces are dominating. So maybe one big heel win would balance it out.
Winner: Wade Barrett
Surely this match has to main-event the PPV, it could well be the climax of one of the biggest feuds of the year, and the return of Paul Bearer has doubled its importance.
I said whilst writing my Night Of Champions predictions that Kane would beat Undertaker at that event, and then The Undertaker would win at Hell In a Cell. Nothing has changed, and the return of Paul Bearer re-affirms that.
Some might be thinking that Bearer's allegiance is in question, but my argument is that it is way too early to turn Bearer heel immediately after his return. He has to establish his character to the younger kids first for a heel turn to mean anything. It is also rumoured that Undertaker wanted Bearer at his side towards the end of his career.
It would also be bad booking to have Kane win, Undertaker is one of the faces of the company and he should not lose cleanly to the same opponent twice in a row. Kane is very good, but The Undertaker always has been the better performer and competitor.
Now onto the match, simply put it should be brutal. I expect this match to be up to the standard of Undertaker vs. Edge from Summerslam 2008, if not better. If only WWE could remove the PG rating for one night, but then again WWE was PG in summer 2008 so it shouldn't make any difference.
This is my pick to be match of the night, and I fully expect Undertaker to come out victorious with Paul Bearer at his side.
Winner: The Undertaker (New Champion)