After possibly the biggest week in recent pro wrestling history, WWE seeks to keep the fans focused firmly on their product with this year’s edition of Hell in a Cell.
Not since the now-infamous December to Dismember event in 2006 has there been a WWE show with less lead in hype than this Sunday’s pay-per-view. With only four matches announced as I’m currently writing this, it’s hard to argue that the company’s attention may have been more fixated on not only the duel premieres of both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown but also the beginning of the “Wednesday Night War” with AEW. Normally, I’d declare this dramatic lack of lead up as death sentence for Sunday’s show, but this is also an event that will feature possibly the biggest gimmick in wrestling since “Broken” Matt Hardy in its main event.
WWE has undoubtedly gone full speed with pushing Bray Wyatt since the news broke that Seth Rollins would be defending his Universal Championship against “The Fiend” within the notorious Hell in a Cell.
From subliminal, split second images of “The Fiend” appearing between commercials on both NBC and Fox respectively to Wyatt guest starring on Good Morning Sacramento, there’s no denying that WWE intends for Bray to be the focal point of this Sunday’s show. This fact alone could explain the lack of announced matches, as the WWE could very well be trying to keep anticipation high for the main event up until the moment the opening bell rings.
With all that said, and the extreme lack of matches adequately addressed, we here at TWM feel that you fine fans are still deserving of damn good predictions article. So, today we’ll be covering the four matches we know for sure will be taking place Sunday, and we’ll finish up with a few things that could happen. The introduction’s out of the way, so let’s jump right into predictions for Hell in a Cell 2019!
Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper
This one’s been a wild ride, hasn’t it? Beginning as a “whodunnit” style angle involving attempted attacks on Roman Reigns, this storyline has evolved over recent weeks into the tale of a former lackey hell bent on recieving respect. Not only has this angle given mega stars like Reigns and Bryan something to do other than chasing titles, but it’s also spotlighted the amazing talents of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. However, I know I can’t be the only person thinking this sudden return to babyface ways by Daniel Bryan could very possibly be a ruse. In my opinion, Roman and Daniel will dominate throughout the match as they’re expected to, but at the last moment, Bryan will stab Roman in the back revealing himself as the mastermind behind everything that’s happened so far.
Prediction: Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Charlotte Flair vs Bayley (c)
Just over twenty four hours away from Hell in a Cell, WWE has announced that Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley will face Charlotte Flair in a rematch to their meeting at Clash of Champions. It’s easy to think WWE would put the respective women’s titles on the former inaugural tag champions, especially with them both playing heel roles at the moment, but I personally think this spells another title reign for the lady from the Queen’s City.
Recently there has seemed to be a kind Ric Flair apology campaign in force since the legend threatened to sue the company for use of the term “The Man”. Not only has the Nature Boy been seen frequently on WWE programming as of late, but Charlotte was even introduced by rapper Offset (known for the single “Ric Flair Drip”). If this is, in fact, an attempt to appease Charlotte’s legendary father then her beating Bayley is almost a forgone conclusion.
Prediction: Charlotte Flair
Hell In A Cell Match, Raw Women’s Championship – Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch (c)
The Boss versus The Man. The prodigal daughter has returned from sabbatical, and she’s dead set on being champ! For Banks, this will be her second time entering the ominous confines of Hell in a Cell, but it certainly seems as though first-time Cell combatant Becky Lynch is intent on making this encounter decidedly more personal than Banks first experience with Charlotte Flair.
Since Banks’ suprising return to WWE programming, she and Lynch have clashed on nearly a weekly basis with neither woman gaining a clear upper hand. In most cases, such a back and forth angle would make a prediction almost impossible, but we have to also remember that Sasha came back to WWE for a reason. How does the biggest wrestling company in America convince a talent to leave Japan in favor of returning to a company they publicly declared displeasure in? More money, more push, and slap a title around that waist for good measure!
Becky Two Belts and “The Man” were great while they lasted, but after Sunday, it’ll be Sasha Banks sporting the Raw Women’s Championship.
Prediction: Sasha Banks
Hell In A Cell Match, WWE Universal Championship – “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins (c)
The main event we’ll all be tuning in to see! Do dark days lie ahead for the WWE Universe, or will Vince and Co. drop the ball on the best gimmick they’ve had in a decade? I hate to say it, folks, but this one is tough. On one hand, it makes all the sense in the world for us to see “The Fiend” assume full power by capturing the Universal Title, but many of us also know what usually happens when we want something from WWE. The massive push Bray has recieved in recent months is alone enough to almost guarantee his victory this Sunday, but where do you go from there? With no clear motive apparent behind “The Fiend’s” repeated attacks on multiple WWE legends and current stars alike, is capturing the Universal Championship really the ultimate goal for Wyatt? I’m gonna say it’s far too early for Bray’s gimmick to already be achieving his ultimate goal, and therefore this Sunday will see Seth Rollins become the “Fiend Slayer”.
Prediction: Seth Rollins
And there it is, ladies and gents. Short and sweet, as I promised, but let’s wrap things up with a few possibilities of what we could expect from the rest of Sunday’s show.
The events of Smackdown’s Fox debut are sure to be at the top of the topic list throughout the night. Whether it’s a response by Lesnar or a first-time WWE promo from Cain Velasquez, time will definitely be given to this unexpected feud. Then you have the similar crossover feud seen developing between Braun Strowman and professional boxer Tyson Fury. Is it possible WWE are attempting a better variation of the Mayweather/Big Show debacle from a few years back?
And what about Kofi? How will the “People’s Champ” respond to being defeated in short order? This could very possibly be the beginning of The New Day finally splitting. Lastly, let’s not forget how many championships could be on the line at Hell in a Cell. It’s extremely likely we’ll see a possible triple threat match for the Cruiserweight Championship featuring Lio Rush, Humberto Carrillo, and reigning champ Drew Gulak. But, as I said before, this is all hearsay at this point.
Hell in a Cell is shaping up to be one of WWE’s most surprising pay-per-views to date, or a complete unmitigated disaster, but until it’s over and done with we’ll just have to wait in anticipation. So, until next time, I’ll bid you farewell the only way I know how.
May all your kicks be super, and every frog splash five stars!
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