Hell in the Cell goes down this Sunday, part of what I called the doldrums of Fall for WWE events. Unlike Night of Champions last month, this one actually has a little drama to it and some implications for the near future. This is also the second year in a row that we're getting two Hell in a Cell matches with Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins followed up by John Cena vs Randy Orton. We also get four title matches, a second Diva's match, another victim for Rusev and the conspicuous absence of the WWE World Champion Brock Lesnar. As is the case with today's WWE, the in-ring action will be mostly very good and the storyline stuff will be up for interpretation as to its quality. If you're a regular WWE storyline basher you will likely find fault with the show; if you're not then you should be fine with what transpires as long as you personally like the results. What do I think is going to happen? Here goes:
- Hell in Cell: Cena vs Orton - The big stipulation here is that winner gets the next title shot against Lesnar. I've seen some complaints that this match is going to be the main event, largely from the usual Cena-hating suspects. Get over yourselves, already. Cena goes on last because people other than you want to see him up top. And besides, you're going to get your wish here as Orton will be winning the match. Of course, the Cena-haters will give John exactly zero props for putting somebody over yet again (this will be the fourth time he puts Orton over since last December). I'm supremely confident in the result here because Cena already faced Lesnar twice so a third time with the same result (Lesnar walking out as champ) would be major overkill. Orton wins here, gets the title shot, and that will lead into a program with Rollins as rumored and hinted at.
- Hell in Cell: Ambrose vs Rollins - This is a hard one to figure, as there are reasons for both guys to win. Rollins won their first match so Dean getting the favor returned makes sense. Then again, this kind of match is an easy place for match deciding interference from the Authority, be it Triple H or Kane, on behalf of Rollins. I'm betting on Ambrose here, given my call for the main event. A Rollins loss plus an Orton win adds to the drama leading to their eventual blowup. This should be a great match and could join the Hell in a Cell matches that everyone remembers years later.
- Tag Team Title Match: The Usos vs The Dust Brothers - These two teams work great together, the match should be excellent. I got the Dust Brothers retaining the titles here. I really hope this culminates in a TLC match either at TLC in December or at WrestleMania.
- US Title Match: Sheamus vs the Miz - I have no idea here, really. Sheamus has held the title for a while now, so having him drop it probably isn't a bad idea. Miz is coming off the Intercontinental title program with Dolph Ziggler, and would be fine as U.S. champ. I like his Hollywood character and Damien Sandow is a hoot as the stunt double. I just don't want another 24 hour title reign for him (he's had two of those in the past two years already). I got Sheamus retaining the title by some kind of disqualification; I think he's a big enough deal that him losing a title should come under a different set of circumstances.
- Intercontinental Title Match: Dolph Ziggler vs Cesaro (two out of three falls) - This could be the sleeper match of the night. Both are great performers. I got Ziggler winning here. The two out of three falls format allows Cesaro to get a win in one of the falls and still look strong.
- Rusev vs Big Show - Show jobs to Rusev here, to continue the march towards being fed to Cena at WrestleMania 31.
- Divas Title Match: AJ vs Paige - These two have good matches, so this one should be, too. Expect Alicia Fox to get involved on Paige's behalf some kinda way, but for AJ to keep the title.
- Nikki vs Brie Bella (loser has to be the winner's personal assistant) - Nikki wins, but Brie will use her personal assistant job to cost Nikki future matches. We've seen this movie before.