WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 Previews and Predictions
It has been a mixed bag of sorts heading into this PPV. On the one hand, it’s a Hell in a Cell PPV with only one title match in a cell. And then arguably the match that arguably needs it the second most, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte isn’t scheduled to be inside the cell. Oh WWE your booking never ceases to amaze us. Here are our previews and predictions for Hell in a Cell 2018.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — New Day (c) vs. Rusev Day (Kickoff Show)
Rusev’s Day has smoldered off of popularity as, much like so many others, WWE never took advantage while they were over. Rusev will likely survive to lose this series, but Aiden English on his current projection will likely flounder if they break up after this. New Day don’t need this win, and it would be nice to see the underdogs pull one out when it matters. But WWE is going to WWE, and because this is on the pre-show, I can’t see it having any critical impact.
Predicted Winners: Markus: New Day, Adam: New Day
Raw Tag Team Championship — Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
I don’t think WWE will give The Shield all of Monday Night’s gold. However, Seth Rollins is carrying the IC belt and doesn’t even need to defend it on a PPV. Doing the hot potato with titles between Seth and Ziggler would be pretty stale booking for the past few months. I’d like to see Ziggler and McIntyre have a nice reign outside of having to go against The Shield. I know Raw’s Tag Team division has been booked into oblivion, so now’s the time to rehab a new team for them to go against.
Predictions: Markus and Adam: Ziggler and McIntyre
Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
If Bryan and Brie don’t win, I’ll be shocked. You have to keep the feud going until at least the Rumble, so here we go.
Predictions: Markus and Adam: Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella
Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match)
Jeff is going to Swanton Bomb off the cage. I’m not sure if Randy can RKO him out of it because of physics, but if they can find a way, they’ll do it. And I’m all for seeing it as well.
Predictions: Markus and Adam: Randy Orton
Raw Women’s Championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Squash match. Anything else would probably ruin the mystique of Rousey too soon. Maybe some interference or backstabbing by Natalya may give Bliss the win, but no way it’s a clean win for Bliss tonight.
Predictions: Markus and Adam: Ronda Rousey
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky Lynch
Ahh, WWE when will you sometimes learn to allow the fans to dictate the web and flows of stories. You tried to paint Becky as a heel, and now you’re trying to slap the Stone Cold mantle on her? Yikes. There hasn’t been a consistent build for Becky heading into this. I think Becky needs this because her last year has been mostly forgettable. Charlotte should have to chase a title for a while, but with Evolution coming up this is probably a huge tossup.
Predictions: Markus and Adam: Becky Lynch
WWE Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe
WENDY! Samoa Joe has been cutting some great promos lately, and I’d like to see him leave tonight with the belt. They’ve been playing AJ’s title run up recently, which may mean he could be dropping it soon. Samoa Joe needs a title run on the main roster, and this more psychotic character would be an excellent precursor to a strong heel run.
Predictions: Markus: Samoa Joe, Adam: AJ Styles
WWE Universal Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman (Hell in a Cell Match)
If WWE spent three years propping up WWE to give Roman a belt just for him to lose it in a month, then I don’t know what this company is anymore. There may be some shenanigans to put Braun over in this match, but I think Reigns needs a christening match. Beating the Monster in a cage after slaying The Beast would be a potent 1-2 punch start to a title reign. If only WWE’s endgame wasn’t so obviously written on the wall.
Predictions: Markus and Adam: Roman Reigns
We’ll catch you guys tonight on Twitter @TheHowPod. We hope WWE can deliver a good post-Summer Slam PPV. They’ve been slacking these last couple years. Peace.