Ladies and gentlemen, I am the Baumeister, and welcome once again to a WWE Network Special Breakdown. This time, it’s Hell in a Cell. Two Cell matches are on the docket, as well as all titles on the line. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the matchups for Hell in a Cell.
Hell in a Cell XXXII: Brock Lesnar (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Undertaker (1-1)
WWE has a noted habit of forgetting or neglecting their own history for their own personal promotional purposes. In this case, it’s the previous history between Undertaker and Lesnar in the early stages of the Brand Split Era. In fact, this is the second encounter between these two inside the demonic structure. If there’s anyone that can be placed as the face of the Cell, it’s the Undertaker. This year’s match will mark Undertaker’s 13th entrance into the sadistic structure. However, between Lesnar and Taker, I’m going to go with Lesnar for the victory here. Lesnar has been dominate since his return in 2012, and in their overall 1 vs 1 battles, Lesnar holds the edge in victories with a 4-3-1 record over the Undertaker. WWE is going to continue Lesnar’s dominant streak. I’m just hoping that WWE plays it safe in this match to keep both competitors healthy for the long-term.
Hell in a Cell XXXI: Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Roman Reigns (0-1)
Where else can this feud go? Hell in a Cell is usually the end point of any feud. These two have been going at it of and on since late 2013, whether it’s a part of the Shield/Wyatt feud, or on their own in singles competition. WWE is bound and determined to push Reigns as the next top guy on the roster, no matter how the crowd rebels against the idea. And if the records are any indication for how this match is going to go with Reigns having a 14-7-2 advantage over Wyatt, then this is going to be a no brainer. Reigns is going over here, and hopefully moving on to a brand new feud.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins (121st champion, 10th defense) (1-1) vs Kane (1-1)
The stipulation here is that if “Demon” Kane loses, then “Corporate” Kane is relieved of his duties as Director of Operations. Now, I don’t now about you, dear reader, who is reading this, but I am enjoying Kane’s new character tweak. Sure, it’s very hokey, but Kane is making it work with his delivery during promos. That said, it seems like a lot of people have lost faith in Rollins as champion, if the dirt sheet reports are to be believed. WWE is incredibly guilty about relying on veterans to draw viewers in, but can’t sustain those viewers with underdeveloped characters and badly developed plot points (wait, this is starting to sound like one of my wife’s book reviews). Rollins has the upperhand advantage in their overall series with a 9-6 record over Kane. It might be time to take the title off of Rollins, but I don’t see that happening here with Kane. I’m going with Rollins to retain the title and move on to a better suited challenger for the gold.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens (154th champion, 3rd defense) (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Ryback (0-2)
Except for the United States Championship, Owens has made good on his promise on being a prizefighter. There’s a lot of development that could be down with his character down the road, but for right now, it works perfectly. Especially with the underused tactics of eye raking/poking to pick up the pinfall via roll-up. However, Ryback has had Owen’s “number” in their rivalry, going 3-1 in their career interactions so far, most of them having to do with Owens getting counted out or disqualified. Owens is going to find a way to pull out the victory and retain the title, much to the chagrin of the Big Guy.
WWE United States Championship Open Challenge: John Cena (47th champion, 6th defense) (2-3) vs Unknown
The rumor mill has sprinted on with the rumor that John Cena is leaving for a couple of months, and that same rumor mill (and the IWC for that matter) are all speculating that Cena is going to drop that United States title. If the rumors are 100% true (because we all know that it’s not completely true until it actually happens), then Cena would most likely be dropping the title here. Here’s the fun part, who is it going to be? Since Cena regained the United States Championship, his open challenge challengers have been Ziggler and the New Day. It really could be anyone. But, whoever it is, I’m picking Unknown to walk out of Hell in a Cell the new United States Champion.
WWE Tag Team Championship: New Day (56th champion, #4th defense) (Big E: 1-0; Kofi Kingston: 3-1) vs Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray: Hell in a Cell debut; D-Von: Hell in a Cell debut)
Third time’s the charm? That’s what the Dudley Boyz have to be thinking with this challenge for the Tag Team Titles. Twice it has been foiled by the 5th wheel on the match, Xavier Woods. The New Day is super hot with the crowd right now. Sure, they started off colder than absolute zero, but with an attitude change, the New Day have taken charge of the Tag Division. However, the Dudley Boyz have the upper hand in this feud, going 5-3 against New Day since re-arriving back into the tag scene the night after SummerSlam. In fact, I think the titles changing hands here will actually be a good thing for The New Day (better than when they lost the tag titles the first time). Dudley Boyz win the titles here.
WWE Divas Championship: Charlotte (26th champion, 1st defense) (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Nikki Bella (1-0)
Ever since we’ve gotten the belt off of Nikki, we still have yet to shut her up. Night in and night out, she’s squawking around on the microphone, “gracing” the world with her grating voice and her ignorant ideas. It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Nikki Bella. And as much as I was excited about the Diva’s Revolution, its quickly become a flop mainly because of the typical Divas booking that the main roster Divas have seen for years. I’m going with Charlotte here, whether clean or getting attacked by Paige to retain the title via disqualification.
Pre-Show: Dolph Ziggler (1-2), Cesaro (1-2) and Neville (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Rusev (1-0), Sheamus (2-2) and King Barrett (1-0)
First of all, the pre-show match was supposed to be Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton vs Luke Harper and Braun Strowman. Those plans vanished when Orton has been reported to have a shoulder injury (Luke Harper has also been absent from TV for the past week due to personal issues). So, we get this match, which we happened to have gotten during this past RAW, in which Rusev, Sheamus and Barrett picked up the win I see a reversal of fortune here, with Team Ziggler pulling out the win here.
Some other fun tidbits:
- Lesnar/Taker is the second 1 vs 1 rematch inside the Cell structure, with the first one being Orton vs Cena.
- Plenty of newcomers in Hell in a Cell. Last year, newcomers went 2-2. Let’s see if the newcomers (numbering 7), will make things different.
Until next time, I am The Baumeister.