Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte: WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 Match Preview, Prediction

Tom Clark@tomclarkbrFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2016

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Sasha Banks and Charlotte will make history on Sunday at WWE Hell in a Cell 2016.

WWE fans have been talking about their upcoming Hell in a Cell match from the moment it was booked, and it's a spot that the two athletes deserve. The women's revolution has meant so much to so many, but Banks and Charlotte are the two who have made it all come together.

They are the Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair of the women's division, and they have earned the main event at Hell in a Cell.

WWE is promoting a triple main event for Sunday, however, which means that the women's match may or may not go on last. This may have been a disappointment to some who were anxious to see the women get their due, but this is much more than anyone could have expected.

A major pay-per-view match is one thing, but Hell in a Cell is something else.

Many fans consider this to be the biggest night in the history of women's wrestling. Working the main event of Raw was important, but competing inside Satan's Structure is something that women in WWE have never done before.

This is the kind of match that could make or break the careers of anyone in the company, and that includes the men.

In fact, this is the proving ground for any Superstar who wants to be on top in WWE. To work inside the cell and perform at a high level merits respect, and that is exactly what Charlotte and Banks will do. They have taken advantage of every opportunity, and they've done it because they want to be the best.

Stealing the show has become second nature for them, and they do it every time they meet.

But much more is at play here than just their desires to enhance women's wrestling. Banks and Charlotte have done well at carving out their own identities and turning fans in the right direction. The roles are established here, and that's a good thing.

In an era when so many fans insist on booing the babyfaces and cheering the heels, Charlotte and Banks are old-school. 

Charlotte is the villain, and she's good at it. The fact that she's the daughter of The Nature Boy has only helped her cause. If fans believe she's had an easier path because of who she is, that's been a plus for her.

Nothing draws heat from the crowd like arrogance and entitlement.

She's cocky and brash, and when she speaks, it's as if she's doing everyone a favor. She cuts promos because she wants to remind fans of just how perfect she is and how much they should love her. She's the queen of the women's division because, in her mind, she was born to wear the crown.

Fans cannot deny her athleticism and desire in the ring, but they hate her for everything else.

The flip side of the coin is Banks, who has excelled as the underdog. She may be as cocky as her rival, but she's also humble. She's worked hard to get where she is, but she has full confidence in her abilities. She's on top because she's the best, but she also knows how dangerous Charlotte can be.

When Banks smiles, the fans react because she is a likable and relatable champion.

Banks and Charlotte have the kind of chemistry that most Superstars only dream of. They fit together in all the right places and complement each other well. This rivalry will go down as perhaps the best one of 2016, thanks to the efforts put forth by both Superstars.

So who will walk out of Hell in a Cell as the Raw women's champion?

Charlotte will eventually wear the gold again. It's a title that she and Banks could well trade back and forth for the duration of their careers. They're destined to be lifelong adversaries, and Hell in a Cell is the next chapter in their story.

However, Banks should retain the championship on Sunday.

She has fought too hard to lose the belt now and could possibly keep it until Survivor Series or perhaps even into 2017. The drama of the chase will always be there, and Banks was great in the role, but she's yet to fully explore everything she can do as the champion.

Banks and Charlotte have made magic on so many different occasions, and they will do it again at Hell in a Cell. This time, they will not only steal the show, but they will also make history in the process.

                 

Tom Clark can regularly be seen on Bleacher Report. His podcast, Tom Clark's Main Event, is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Android, Windows Phone and online here.

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