Hell in a Cell 2015 – Picks + Predictions

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Six-Man Tag Team Match
Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville vs. Rusev, Sheamus & King Barrett

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This match only has the slightest of storylines for the competitors. Currently, Neville and Barrett are not feuding. Neither are Cesaro and Sheamus. Lastly after RAW and especially after this week’s SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler and Rusev are not feuding.

On one side of this, I’m cool with this match and why each person is in their respective team. They’ve all have had a history with one another and also, relatively recently. Cool. Also, one team, good guys, the other, bad guys. Fine.

What annoys me is how the Rusev/Ziggler feud ended. I told you all that I can take a long storyline, prefer it even. The way this feud ended, almost how I thought it would, was with Rusev and Lana getting back together. However, that isn’t what I have a problem with, as that’s what I both thought and wanted to happen. What makes it terrible isn’t that it ended with a bad match, but that it was ended because of TMZ/social media! WHAT THE?!

One thing to come out of this atrocious ending is that it’s gotten Tyler Breeze to the main roster and now he’s feuding with Dolph Ziggler. That, however, is for another time.

My pick for this match is the team of Rusev, Sheamus & King Barrett.

Hell in a Cell Match
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt

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This time around, I’m looking at my pick from a different angle: the history of this match. I grew up with this kind of match being full of scary, supernatural, monstrous competitors. Guys like The Undertaker, Kane and Mankind – they’re what made this match for me. Not to say guys like Shawn Michaels don’t put on a good match within the Cell, but for me the former list of competitors added more to the spectacle of it. I would have to add Bray Wyatt to that list of monsters, even though he doesn’t have the power of lightning or fire. He’s someone who would’ve fit right in during The Attitude Era.

I look forward to this match, specifically because it brings me back to a time when wrestling was – dare I say – real. At least real to me.

That’s what it is for me with this pick – it combines the way I see or feel about this match and the kind of character I feel best belongs with it.

My pick for this match is Bray Wyatt.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Seth Rollins vs. Kane

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Stipulation: If (Demon) Kane loses, (Corporate) Kane is fired from being Director of Operations.

I don’t think the stipulation adds much of anything to this match. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume we’re all already on the same page. Obviously, Kane isn’t going to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

My pick for this match is Seth Rollins.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz

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I don’t think you need me to tell you about how great The New Day is because, well, NEW… DAY… ROCKS!!! Since returning to the WWE, The Dudley Boyz haven’t really been impressing me.

Every match with them is more of the same – they come in, have a typical tag match, their opponents get the upper hand for a bit, but then they make a quick recovery and hit the 3D. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Also, they at least attempt to put someone through a table. They haven’t been blowing me away and I like them. On the other hand, New Day keeps cutting great promos, having great matches, and most importantly, keeping the crowd alive. Every time they’re out there, the crowd is hot.

The Dudleyz came back to reinvigorate the tag team division, but frankly, so far, they’ve missed the mark. They would have been better suited to elevate The Ascension or Los Matadores or something. With the way things are in the WWE, they just don’t fit in anymore. Maybe it’s really the Dudleys who need reinvigorating, and this current crop of teams in the WWE are just the ones to do it for them.

My pick for this match is The New Day.

Divas Championship Match
Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella

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This is another one of those matches where the champion has just won the title. I don’t see a reason to over analyze it. I don’t really care if Charlotte loses, however I also don’t want Nikki Bella to hold the title again. Maybe if Nikki had retained against Charlotte at Night of Champions, I would be more inclined to want her to remain the champion but that isn’t the case.

My pick for this match is Charlotte.

Intercontinental Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback

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In recent weeks, Ryback has been looking hungrier than ever. However, for the simple fact that Owens recently won this title, I think he’ll be keeping it. It’s unfortunate, because The Big Guy has been looking seriously ferocious.

My pick for this match is Kevin Owens.

John Cena’s United States Championship Open Challenge
John Cena vs. ???

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Short and sweet, I don’t care who his opponent ends up being.

My pick for this match is John Cena.

Hell in a Cell Match
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

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I have two reasons to pick Undertaker, and one to pick Brock. We’ll start with The Dead Man. The first is because of the way I feel about this match, which I have already covered. The second reason is because he hasn’t been around like Brock has. He’s a part-timer, who also happens to have absolutely no problem putting someone else over.

Since SummerSlam, The Beast Incarnate been doing more of what he usually does: completely destroying people. That’s how he rolls. He’s managed to maintain looking, acting, and flat out being strong.

That’s why my pick for this match is Brock Lesnar.

P.S, The 2015 edition of WWE’s Hell in a Cell will air on the WWE Network, live, at 8PM on Sunday night, October 25th. At the very least, it should be a pretty interesting show. 
Robert Esposito