Since it's inception in 2009, Hell in a Cell has been a pretty lackluster Pay-Per-View. None of the shows were particularly bad, but none have been great. The card for this year's event looks pretty good on paper and I'm looking forward to the show tonight. It's about that time for my monthly predictions. I started doing these predictions at Battlegound and went 4-3, at SummerSlam I went 7-2 and at Night of Champions I finished 2-5 for a grand total of 13-10.
We start with a match that I'm not really looking forward to. I'm okay with Rusev in general because Lana is a hot heat magnet and Rusev sells like a champ. My big issue is that every single feud has to be based around USA vs. Russia. It made sense with Jack Swagger and, to a lesser extent, Mark Henry. It's dumb with Big Show. Show should just be trying to get retribution for Henry. Anyway, I don't expect much except for a Rusev win as his first loss won't be to Big Show.
The tag team division has been stuck in a rut in 2014 despite The Usos putting on great matches month in and month out. Their matches with The Wyatts and the Dust Brothers have been great but we're basically down to two teams. They should put on another good match, but with all of the flip flopping that the Intercontinental Title has gone through, I can see the Tag Titles doing the same before we get one more rematch.
Winners: The Usos
Despite good matches, Sheamus has had a lackluster run as United States Champion. I would love to see him move back towards the main event scene but I don't see him dropping the title to The Miz. I see Miz losing here and eventually leading to a feud where Damien Mizdow beats him. I just can't see The Miz as a guy who can viably beat someone like Sheamus.
If it wasn't for the Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins match, this would be my pick to steal the show. While it hasn't had the storyline that I would like and while it's super irritating that Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus just swapped opponents, this will be good. Giving two of the WWE's best workers the chance to go 2 out of 3 falls will do wonders for this show. The story is purely the IC Title and that's enough for me to get swept up in this match. I don't see another title change for this belt since we've had enough in the past four months.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Much like the Intercontinental Title, the Divas Championship has been traded like a hot potato during the Paige/AJ feud. Back in July AJ won it back only to lose it to Paige in August only to win it back in September. I would like to see the belt get a steady run but it should be Paige who gets that run. AJ's had the solidifying 300 day reign. Paige should've retained at Night of Champions, but there's hope that she wins here. She can be the Total Diva to win the belt because if no Total Diva can win the title, AJ may keep it forever.
Another show with two divas matches. The idea behind this was good because sibling rivalries usually come off well. Even the turn, while I expected it, was done well at SummerSlam. The work since then has been terrible.The matches haven't been bad, though they've just been tags but the acting has been god awful. Let's not forget the Jerry Springer debacle. Because of AJ and Pagie's chemistry issues, I actually expect this match to be better despite the terrible storyline work. The stipulation is what makes me see Nikki winning as a face forcing a heel to be her assistant doens't come off as well.
Winner: Nikki Bella
The WWE is billing this as a double main event because of the name value that both John Cena and Randy Orton have, but we all know the match that everyone wants to see. We've seen this a ton of times and their chemistry isn't great but this will be solid. Their last Hell in a Cell match was my favorite contest between the two and their Royal Rumble match this year wasn't bad. Expect this to be a paint by numbers Orton/Cena bout. I can see Cena winning but my goodness do I want Orton to win. Orton/Brock is WAY more appealing than Cena/Brock again.
Winner: Randy Orton
The one that everyone has been waiting for since the Shield split way back in the beginning of June. Seth Rollins won the best Lumberjack match ever at SummerSlam and the best thing to keep Seth locked in the ring is a Cell. This should be the best match of the night and I cannot wait for this. It's about time for Dean to win out and I see him winning here. Don't get me wrong, I think the WWE has bigger plans for Seth, but it's about time Dean beats Seth.
Winner: Dean Ambrose