More WWE Hell in a Cell PPV Predictions
Hey everybody, it’s Joseph Nocera back again for another set of preview and predictions for Gerweck.net. In this article, I’ll be giving my thoughts, previews and predictions for this Sunday’s upcoming WWE pay-per-view event, Hell in a Cell. This PPV has six matches advertised and it’s looking like a great show. So lets not waste anymore time and get straight into it!
NOTE: I am just a columnist writing my own opinions and thoughts. I have no insider information and no leaked spoilers on what’s taking place this Sunday. All opinions and predictions come from me, nobody else.
C.M. PUNK VS. RYBACK – WWE CHAMPIONSHIP – HELL IN A CELL MATCH:
This match has been the focal point of Hell in a Cell for 2012. After C.M. Punk and John Cena competed to a draw last month at Night of Champions, it was revealed that John Cena needed elbow surgery that would leave him out of action for up to 4-6 weeks. John Cena made the challenge to Punk for a match at Hell in a Cell, but Punk refused the offer. WWE Legends such as Mick Foley and Jim Ross attempted to persuade Punk to accept Cena’s offer and to cement his legacy inside the Cell, but Punk continued to refuse. On both occasions Punk was stopped by Ryback, who is somebody who has yet to lose a match since his WWE debut all the way back in April. A few weeks ago on Raw, WWE Chairman gave C.M. Punk the option of choosing who he wanted to face at Hell in a Cell: Ryback or John Cena. After a week, Punk had not revealed who he wanted to face, so later that night on Raw a contract signing was held and after John Cena told Punk that Ryback should get the opportunity, Ryback signed the contract and it was made official: C.M. Punk vs. Ryback inside Hell in a Cell. Over the last two weeks, Ryback has gotten the better of the WWE Champion. Ryback has been on an incredible roll over the last few months, defeating the likes of Tensai, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, David Otunga, along with former WWE and World Heavyweight Champions The Miz and Dolph Ziggler. This match is definitley C.M. Punk’s biggest challenge to date. Punk has had an incredible role over his reign as WWE Champion. He has held the title for nearly a complete year and since winning the WWE Championship, he has defeated the likes of Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Mark Henry, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Big Show and John Cena. This match is incredibly tough to call and I feel sorry for the creative team for having to book this match. It’s tough to call. If Ryback wins, we can kiss C.M. Punk vs. The Rock at the Royal Rumble goodbye. If Punk wins, Ryback’s ‘FEED ME MORE’ undefeated streak gimmick goes down the toilet. I believe that there may be some outside interference in this match. It wouldn’t surprise me to maybe see somebody like Brock Lesnar appear and attack Ryback, costing him the WWE Championship. It has been rumoured that Brock Lesnar has been contacted to appear at Hell in a Cell. I believe that this could lead to a future Ryback vs. Lesnar match, possibly at Wrestlemania 29. My pick for an interference is between Brock Lesnar and maybe a returning Mark Henry. Then this could lead to a Ryback/Cena vs. Punk/Henry at Survivor Series. Although, it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw John Cena added to this match as well. I see C.M. Punk retaining the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell, then going on to defend the championship against John Cena at Survivor Series in 3 weeks or as I said before, maybe a tag match between Ryback/Cena vs. Punk/Henry or another interfering person. As for Ryback, i’m not quite sure what he will move onto after this. I do see great things happening to both men heading towards Wrestlemania.
PREDICTION: C.M. PUNK RETAINS THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
SHEAMUS VS. BIG SHOW – WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP:
This match has had the most build up leading up to Hell in a Cell. After Big Show returned to WWE after a few weeks off, he made it clear that he was hunting down the World Heavyweight Championship. Later that night, he went on to defeat Randy Orton in a number one contender’s match to earn a World Heavyweight Championship match at Hell in a Cell. Over the weeks leading up to this, the argument between Sheamus and Big Show has been, which finishing move is more devastating, Sheamus’ Brogue Kick, or Big Show’s KO Punch. Both moves are very devastating, with Big Show knocking out the likes of Undertaker, John Cena, Kane, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho as well as many other WWE Superstars. The Brogue Kick is no different, the move is the same move that won Sheamus the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 28 against Daniel Bryan. This match is incredibly tough to call. Sheamus has been a very dominant champion and 2012 has easily been the best year of his career so far. While on the other hand, Big Show has been extremely dominant since being reinstated earlier this year. I’m expecting a good match out of these two superstars. It won’t be anything memorable in my opinion, but it will still play a big part in the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if Big Show got the pinfall and won the World Heavyweight Championship, but I don’t see it happening. I expect to see Sheamus pull off a Brogue Kick and retain the World Heavyweight Championship. A lot of WWE fans are expecting to see Dolph Ziggler cash in on the winner of this match. I don’t see it happening at Hell in a Cell. Given the fact that Zigler has said numerous times that he would cash in at the PPV completely ruins the Money in the Bank surprise factor. So I am predicting that Sheamus will leave Atlanta and Hell in a Cell still as the World Heavyweight Champion. I believe that this will lead to a rematch at Survivor Series, where we will see Dolph Ziggler cash in and win the World Heavyweight Championship.
PREDICTION: SHEAMUS RETAINS THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. RANDY ORTON:
I’m expecting this match to be the snoozefest of the night. Alberto Del Rio has been on a roll of boring PPV matches as of late. The feud Del Rio had with Sheamus went over four months, and it felt like it went for four years. Randy Orton hasn’t been the same, entertaining competitor he was when he was a heel. It just seems like he doesn’t care much about his current character and his time as a babyface. Both of these men have accomplished a lot throughout their careers. You have Alberto Del Rio, who is a former 2 time WWE Champion, Mr. Money in the Bank and the 2011 Royal Rumbler winner. And then you have Randy Orton, a former 9 time WWE and World Heavyweight Champion, former Intercontinental Champion, former World Tag Team Champion, and 2009 Royal Rumble Winner. This whole feud started when Randy Orton gave Del Rio an RKO after Del Rio claimed that Orton didn’t deserve to compete in a number one contender’s match. Later that night, Del Rio attacked Orton before his number one contender’s match with Big Show. Over the weeks leading up to Hell in a Cell, both Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio have been getting the better of each other. I don’t see this match stealing the show, and I don’t expect this match to be memorable. Both men are great wrestlers, and this match may surprise me and may be match of the night, but i’m not expecting a 5 star classic out of these two. I’m expecting Randy Orton to pick up the win after hitting an RKO. I think we will see some interference from Ricardo Rodriguez, but it will backfire on both Del Rio and Rodriguez. I see this feud continuing up until Survivor Series where I hope to se these two men captain both of their teams for the Survivor Series Elimination Match. I am also hoping we see a Randy Orton heel turn soon and to possibly see a future World Heavyweight Championship feud between Orton and Dolph Ziggler. But as for Hell in a Cell, i’m expecting to see Randy Orton pick up a big victory over the former WWE Champion.
PREDICTION: RANDY ORTON WINS
EVE VS. KAITLYN VS. LAYLA – WWE DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP:
This match is a blessing in disguise. It is great to see that WWE have finally opened their eyes and are creating story lines and putting the focus on the Divas division. This whole feud began last month at Night of Champions when Kaitlyn was supposed to challenge Layla for the Divas Championship. Earlier in the evening, Eve found Kaitlyn injured after somebody had attacked her. Afterwards, Booker T named Eve as Kaitlyn’s replacement. Later that night, Eve defeated Layla and won the Divas Championship. Over the weeks after that, Layla and Kaitlyn continuously tried to convince people that Eve wore a blonde wig. It was then revealed this past week on Smackdown that Aksana was the one who attacked Kaitlyn after receiving a message through Eve’s iPad. Eve continued to deny the allegations. After an argument, Booker T then went on to announce that Eve would defend her Divas Championship at Hell in a Cell in a Triple Threat Match against the former champion Layla, and the diva who never got her rematch on PPV, Kaitlyn. I’m glad that WWE have put a focus on the Divas again, and WWE really need it considering that they’ve lost so many this year, including The Bella Twins, Kharma, and most recently, Kelly Kelly. And with Beth Phoenix rumoured to be leaving the company soon, WWE really need to put a strong focus on the division. I don’t see Eve losing the championship this Sunday. Why? Because she is the only top diva in the company with an established character. Kaitlyn still needs to work on her skills in the ring, and it would be pointless to put the championship back on Layla considering she lost it 6 weeks ago at Night of Champions. I see Eve picking up the win after pinning Kaitlyn. Then for Eve, I can see her possibly feuding with Natalya, or maybe Alicia Fox. We will see what the future holds, but it’s good to see that the Divas division has some promise again.
PREDICTION: EVE RETAINS THE DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM HELL NO (KANE & DANIEL BRYAN) VS. TEAM RHODES SCHOLARS (CODY RHODES & DAMIEN SANDOW) – WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP:
I gotta say, it is great to see how much the WWE Tag Team division has improved over the last couple of months. Over the last four weeks, we have seen a tag team tournament to determine the number one contenders for Team Hell No and the WWE Tag Team Championship. The tournament featured 8 teams: Rhodes Scholars, Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara, Prime Time Players, Santino Marella & Zack Ryder, Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd, Kofi Kingston & R-Truth, The Usos & Primo & Epico. This past week on Raw, Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow (Team Rhodes Scholars) defeated Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio to win the finals of the tournament and became the number 1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship. This match looks great and may be the match that steals the show. It wouldn’t surprise me if we saw new WWE Tag Team Champions this Sunday. Cody Rhodes has held four WWE Tag Team Championships with three different partners: Ted DiBiase, Drew McIntyre and Hardcore Holly. Damien Sandow is yet to hold championship gold in WWE as of yet, but he has shown that he may very well be a future champion in WWE. Kane and Daniel Bryan have just been amazing, their promos, backstage segments and matches have been extremely entertaining and a lot of fun to watch. The title reign has been great, but i’m predicting that we see new WWE Tag Team Champions this Sunday night. I love Kane and Bryan as champions, but I believe that giving the belts to Sandow and Rhodes would be great for the tag team division and take it to another level and can create a lot of great feuds. I’m predicting that Rhodes Scholars pick up the win and the Tag Team Championship after Sandow pins Daniel Bryan. This will then lead to Kane attacking Daniel Bryan and leading to a match against each other at Survivor Series in three weeks. But as for Sunday, i’m predicting that we see new WWE Tag Team Champions at Hell in a Cell.
PREDICTION: DAMIEN SANDOW & CODY RHODES WIN THE WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
KOFI KINGSTON VS. THE MIZ – WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP:
This match has the potential to be the best on the show. Both of these men are superstars that are going to one day be the faces of the WWE and two of the brightest stars in the WWE today. You have Kofi Kingston, a four time and current Intercontinental Champion, former WWE and World Tag Team Champion and a former two time United States Champion. Then you have The Miz, a former WWE Champion, former WWE, World and Unified Tag Team Champion, former Intercontinental Champion, former two time United States Champion and competed in the main event of Wrestlemania 27. This feud began a few weeks ago on Raw after Kofi Kingston embarrassed The Miz on his birthday on Raw during the Larry King talk show segment. This then led to Miz agreeing to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Kofi Kingston on WWE Main Event. On Main Event, Kofi Kingston went on to defeat Miz in a great match to win the Intercontinental Championship. The match has had little to no build up since their match on Main Event. Kofi defeated Michael McGillicutty this past week on Raw, while The Miz competed against Ryback on Raw and then Yoshi Tatsu on Smackdown. I see this match being an entertaining fight and a match that will keep the crowd on the edge of their seats. I’m expecting to see Kofi Kingston retain the Intercontinental Championship this Sunday. As for Miz, i’m expecting to see him get pushed back up to the main event level and I hope that we see him get placed in a good feud before the end of 2012. But as for Sunday, i’m expecting Kofi Kingston to retain the Intercontinental Championship this Sunday at Hell in a Cell.
PREDICTION: KOFI KINGSTON RETAINS THE WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
There you have it, my previews and predictions for Hell in a Cell. Hope you guys enjoyed reading and I hope to hear your thoughts. If you guys want to talk about Hell in a Cell, WWE, TNA, or any other wrestling topics that you’d like my opinion on, feel free to follow me on Twitter: @JoeyWWEfan. Hope you guys enjoy Hell in a Cell!