As WWE begins its trek in direction of the tip of the 2018 calendar yr, Hell in a Cell has a chance to wrap up some storylines from SummerSlam and set the course for some new ones with the corporate’s ambitions Tremendous Present-Down in Australia set to go down in simply a couple of weeks.
The brief eight-match card ought to make for a comparatively fast-paced present as the principle roster’s heavyweight, ladies’s and tag group titles will all be on the road in San Antonio, Texas. Two matches are set for the occasion’s namesake, Hell in a Cell, although just one can be contested for the title — possible in the principle occasion.
WWE Hell in a Cell will start dwell at 7 p.m. ET with a one-hour kickoff present that begins at 6 p.m. The occasion is predicted to wrap up between 10-11 p.m. CBS Sports activities can be with you all the means Sunday with dwell protection of Hell in a Cell, together with highlights, outcomes, grades and evaluation throughout all the occasion. For now, let’s take a take a look at our predictions and picks forward of the large night time from our CBS Sports activities specialists.
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WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 predictions
SmackDown Tag Group Championship: New Day (c) vs. Rusev Day (Kickoff Present)
Brian Campbell: For as a lot of a really feel good story as it’s to see Rusev out of the blue catapulted into so many title alternatives whereas concurrently watching Aiden English over obtain in his function, the division is simply extra enjoyable with an all-time nice group like New Day carrying the titles. Whereas they’re definitely over and established sufficient to not want them, the division has sufficient depth for them to maintain them and set course towards future feuds towards SAnitY and a rehash with the Usos. Choose: New Day retains the titles
Adam Silverstein: One thing’s bought to offer for Rusev. This man has competed for each SmackDown title over the previous couple of months and misplaced each match. He is gone from a WWE title match two exhibits in the past to the kickoff present in consecutive pay-per-view occasions. It seems that WWE placing the titles again on New Day was solely due to an harm suffered by Rowan of Bludgeon Brothers, which makes me assume there’s a nice alternative right here to offer Rusev & English some love. It’s counter to regular WWE reserving, however I believe we is perhaps in for a shock right here. Choose: Rusev Day wins the titles
Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match)
AS / BC: When WWE books Hell in a Cell matches, they typically have two reasonings: (1) there’s a huge headline-making spot deliberate, (2) it’s a blow-off to a feud. On this case, I’ve to imagine it’s each. Upon his return to WWE, Hardy made it recognized that he all the time wished to compete in HIAC, one of many few gimmick matches in which he has not participated over the course of his profession. It is also clear that Hardy has been hobbled for months, although he is finished a good job hiding his accidents. With brother Matt Hardy off TV and set for rehabilitation from illnesses of his personal, this can be a good alternative to write down Jeff off TV … particularly after he both misses a Swanton Bomb from atop the cell or Orton counters it into an RKO by a desk. Choose: Randy Orton wins
Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
BC: The introduction of their respective wives has added additional layers to this Miz-Bryan feud in hopes that the inventive group can lengthen the story all the way in which to WrestleMania 35. When it comes to this particular match, it will make rather more sense for the heels to proceed to get the higher hand to attract warmth. The blended tag group format additionally permits for Bella to take the pin in order to save lots of Bryan. Choose: The Miz & Maryse win
AS: This one can actually go both means. It makes extra sense for the heels to proceed successful in this feud, however Maryse is the competitor who can eat a pin — or submit — the simplest with out it damaging her transferring ahead. Bella is predicted to compete in some kind at Evolution; Maryse is just not. So towards my higher judgement, this might be the lone win for the faces till the tip of this feud. Choose: Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella win
Uncooked Tag Group Championship: Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
AS / BC: Although all the males’s titles on Uncooked are locked up in a singular feud, giving Ziggler & McIntyre the tag group gold was a good transfer as a technique of enhancing the titles and bringing them again to prominence on the crimson model. With Roman Reigns getting into as common champion and Rollins possible holding the intercontinental title for the foreseeable future, it makes essentially the most sense for the heels to maintain the straps. Do not look now, however this might be the match of the night time. Choose: Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre retain the titles
Uncooked Ladies’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
BC / AS: WWE continues to succeed in making each match Rousey is a part of really feel additional particular, which is why it is means too quickly to take the title off of her. At some point, her coaching accomplice and buddy Natalya will observe by on a storyline flip towards her, nevertheless it feels too early to assume Sunday is that day. Credit score Bliss for serving to this feud really feel recent and electrical of late. Choose: Ronda Rousey retains the title
SmackDown Ladies’s Championship: Charlotte Aptitude (c) vs. Becky Lynch
BC / AS: For all the controversy that has been stirred up concerning whether or not WWE was in error turning somebody as well-liked as Lynch into a heel, the performances turned in over current weeks on SmackDown from Lynch have greater than justified the choice. Turning Lynch dangerous hasn’t finished something to sluggish how red-hot she is for the time being, making it extra of a excellent time than ever for her to change into champion. Anybody nonetheless complaining about that is lacking the bigger level — Lynch is lastly getting the push followers have clamored for in current years and can find yourself being extra over and profitable in the long term for having changed into a bad-ass heel. Choose: Becky Lynch wins the title
WWE Championship: AJ Types (c) vs. Samoa Joe
AS / BC: Types has put collectively a phenomenal (pun supposed) run with the WWE title, holding it with a 310-day (and counting) reign, the second-longest for the title since 2006. And he is finished a nice job thwarting his competitors alongside the way in which. However this is the factor: Samoa Joe could also be the perfect factor occurring SmackDown proper now, and if anybody is a official and comprehensible menace to take the title off Types, it’s him. Joe is totally in Types’ head, and it will be straightforward to elucidate how Types was distracted and brought off his recreation. That stated, there are extra heels (Miz and Orton amongst them) as potential future contenders, and Types-Joe is already booked for the Tremendous Present-Down in Australia subsequent month. Actually, so long as it’s a good match, nobody will complain, nevertheless it this prediction is a bit extra of a need than anything. Choose: Samoa Joe wins the title
Common Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman (Hell in a Cell Match)
Mick Foley will function the particular visitor referee
BC: For as a lot as WWE has finished negatively of late with the way it promotes the common title — from Brock Lesnar holding it hostage to Strowman’s clunky heel flip and mishandling of the Cash in the Financial institution briefcase — it deserves credit score for the potential Sunday’s Hell in a Cell match needs to be memorable. The addition of Foley as referee on the 20th anniversary of his epic HIAC match provides a ton of instructions the end can flip. So does the involvement of each the opposite Protect members in addition to Ziggler and McIntyre. In the long run, Strowman’s reserving has been placed on pause lengthy sufficient this calendar yr. It is time for somebody as over and spectacular as Braun to rightfully put on the crown, if for any motive than to not stunt his momentum and waste his successful of the MITB briefcase. Choose: Braun Strowman wins the title
AS: I have been saying for months that WWE needed to chunk the bullet, put Reigns over Lesnar and transfer ahead with their push of Reigns as the corporate’s prime celebrity, even when followers rejected it strongly as soon as once more at WrestleMania. The rationale for this isn’t as a result of Reigns “deserves it” (although his work has been vastly underrated) nor as a result of followers ought to fall in line with WWE’s storytelling however moderately the one option to get previous this storyline is to permit it to transpire. In a related vogue, taking the title off Reigns after just one month can be dumbfounding. Strowman has been changed into a cartoon character by WWE, a man who lifts and topples stuff, yells and throws hissy suits destroying stuff in the backstage space. He is out of the blue a heel once more simply a few months after successful the Uncooked tag group titles with a 10-year-old child and now wants assist to take down guys he towers over.
Granted, Strowman shedding right here — after being defeated by Lesnar with a single F5 a few months in the past — would relegate him to extra of a Large Present function than a potential future most important occasion celebrity, nevertheless it’s just too early for him to beat Reigns regardless of the stipulation. I am down for it taking place in some unspecified time in the future, however Reigns actually simply bought the title and must marinate with it for a while. Choose: Roman Reigns retains the title