WWE Hell in a Cell: Thoughts and Predictions
Wait what, another PPV?
Yes, it's quantity over quality these days in the WWE, and just a mere two weeks after Night of Champions, there is another PPV on Sunday. This time, the feature will be the once brutal Hell in a Cell, which has recently been renovated to look a bit more like a playground.
But for all that bashing, there are some intriguing matches on the card. The first ever triple threat HIAC match can have plenty of swerves involved, while we also get a Sin Cara vs. Hunico match. On top of that is the red-hot Mark Henry, who is hoping to stave off Randy Orton and his tendency to win immediate rematches for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Here are my match-by-match predictions and thoughts about this Sunday's show.
Divas Championship: Kelly Kelly (c) vs. Beth Phoenix
For the third PPV in a row, Beth Phoenix is looking to capture the title from that sneaky stunner Kelly Kelly. It probably comes as somewhat of a surprise to say that their last two matches were pretty good.
In divas terms, of course.
With this being the third straight attempt for Beth, I don't see how she can lose again. Beth is way too strong of a wrestler to fail at this conquest three separate times. Yes, Kelly has been more impressive than I ever thought she would be, but if Beth loses clean on her third try, she'll have to be out of the title picture for awhile. And we don't want that.
I feel like the company may have booked themselves into a predictable corner here, unless Natalya gets involved in some way, whether it's for or against Beth.
Winner: Beth Phoenix (New Divas Champion)
Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara
I pick Sin Cara. Done.
Okay I'll give some analysis even though the Internet community knows all about what happened, I'm not sure the common nine-year-old fan really knows what's going on. The kid probably thinks, "wow, two Sin Caras? Awesome!" and that's it.
I never really liked the buildup to this, especially when it involved a lot of staring. Maybe some pointing too. At least the bad guy switched things up so we can tell the difference when they're out there.
With all that being said, this match has tons of potential. That word has been used over and over again when we talk about the original Sin Cara, and he definitely has not reached his potential in the WWE. Nonetheless, I'll go with the bad masked man this time, so that it makes the win for the good guy that much sweeter when it actually happens.
Winner: Sin Cara...the bad one
Christian vs. Sheamus
This should be a good one.
It's a logical choice for this feud to happen; both guys are the number two face and heel on SmackDown right now. Since Christian is out of the title picture for the time being, and Sheamus is being built up towards the belt again, it makes sense to have them face off.
Given the way I just laid things out, it makes much more sense for Sheamus to win, especially given my predicted outcome in the World Heavyweight Championship picture. For Christian, he can move on to a possible feud with a guy like Daniel Bryan, who hasn't exactly won much since winning that briefcase. Christian can keep him relevant.
With the face turn of Sheamus deemed a success, the time seems right for him to enter the hunt for the title. A win here will send him on his way.
WHC: Mark Henry (c) vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match)
Damn, Mark Henry has been on the roll of a lifetime.
I don't think I fully appreciated the new Mark Henry until he spoke after his title win at Night of Champions. Right now, he's locked in, and even though his matches will never be five stars, I thought the psychology and storytelling of the NOC match was great.
The last time Randy Orton lost his title, he gained it back on the next PPV. Given that he is the guy on SmackDown, he could very well do that same thing on Sunday.
But he won't.
Mark Henry will win this match. Mark Henry will be dominant in this match. And at Vengeance, Mark Henry will face Sheamus and rekindle their feud from SummerSlam. It just doesn't make any sense to take the belt from him after two weeks when so much effort has been put into his new demeanor. I mean, the guy put Big Show and Kane on the shelf. I think he deserves the title for more than two weeks.
As for Randy, I wouldn't mind seeing him taking a brief step down, maybe even getting involved in the Intercontinental Title picture. Think of the effect a pinfall victory can have for Cody Rhodes if he can retain. It would ripen the kid up for a near future WHC feud.
For now, let Mark Henry run wild with this title. That is, until the Undertaker shows his face.
Winner: Mark Henry
WWE Title: John Cena (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk (Hell in a Cell Match)
Even though the progression of the match has endless possibilities, I see John Cena ending the night still the champ.
But it won't be easy, and it might even be chaotic.
There is no way this match stays contained to the cell. Too many people are going to be trying to get at the combatants inside. The short list includes Kevin Nash, Triple H, Johnny Ace and Awesome Truth. And hell, throw Mick Foley in there too. No, it wouldn't be relevant, but it would be cool.
We all know Punk and Cena can wrestle a hell of a match. We also know that Cena and Del Rio are decent in the ring together. So whatever happens, I'm looking for a lot of creativity in this first ever triple threat HIAC match. And after a good amount of back and forth brutality, the external forces will come into play.
I see either Kevin Nash or Awesome Truth coming out first, and that will lead to Trips and probably Laurinitis. Punk still has plenty of beef, so he will join the fracas. As all this is going on, Cena will sneak a win with a pin on Del Rio.
While things can go down in so many different ways, I just don't see the title being taken off Cena after just two weeks. But then again, the title has been changing places a lot these days.
Winner: John Cena
It wouldn't surprise me to see Mick Foley at some point, although it would be a stretch to get him involved in the storyline. The most likely scenario is for him to admit that he was the man behind silencing the microphone and all that jazz.
Don't rule out the Undertaker either. Yes, it's a long shot, but this man practically bleeds Hell in a Cell, and it's tough to imagine this type of event without him.
Can we actually see Zack Ryder on a PPV??? With only five matches announced, at least one more will probably be added around showtime. What better match than Ryder vs. Dolph? I don't think he will win, but it would be nice to see him out there.
On the other hand, Dolph could be going after the tag titles with Swagger. They've developed some type of dynamic, with Vickie Guerrero right in the middle of things.
Daniel Bryan, anyone? The man has the MITB briefcase, yet we barely hear from him. Not good.
Cody Rhodes might also be a late addition to the card in a possible rematch with Ted DiBiase. Their match at NOC was fine, and they could improve on that.
Yes, there have been plenty of prediction articles on Bleacher Report, but I feel that the more opinions we get out to the readers, the better. So feel free to share your predictions in the comments.