WWE Hell in a Cell takes place this Sunday night with cage matches and a WWE championship match that nobody wants to see yet Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker will rematch one of the bloodiest HIAC matches in WWE history.
It is difficult to get amped up about Hell in a Cell after what some feel has been some of the worst promoting of a special event on WWE television in quite some time. One face-to-face between the Undertaker and Lesnar and some corny angles between Seth Rollins and Kane have left fans wondering what there is to be excited about on Sunday’s event.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar Hell in a Cell
You’d never know it on television but this is a rematch of one of the greatest Hell in a Cell matches in company history. Lesnar defeated Undertaker at No Mercy 2002 leaving the arena with the WWE world heavyweight title and the blood of the Undertaker all over his body. It was a massacre which is highly unlikely to be repeated Sunday.
I loved their match at SummerSlam. It was everything it should have been and more. While it certainly left me wanting to see a third match in this series, I didn’t expect it to come so soon. I’d expect a competitive match like their SummerSlam match. Maybe they throw in some gimmicks like they did at No Mercy with the chair and the steps? Nonetheless, there haven’t been many bad Brock Lesnar matches since he came back a few years ago and I don’t expect that to change Sunday.
Who goes over? Brock won at Mania and Taker got a contested win at SummerSlam. Logical booking would have Lesnar win since he will be going on to bigger things at Mania. However, there is talk of a John Cena vs. Undertaker match at Mania. A win here by Taker greatly helps that match. This will probably be the end of Taker until Mania while Lesnar will have time to put this loss behind him. Plus, a loss here could actually play into a bigger story. I am going with Undertaker. Some will complain but at the end of the day Lesnar beat him at WrestleMania which is a much bigger win than anything done between these two since.
Seth Rollins vs Kane for the WWE world championship
I can’t think of another WWE title match in recent memory that has received more fan backlash than this one. Fans just aren’t into it which is highly ironic because a few months ago this match could have been red hot. Here is a case where the WWE waited too long to pull the trigger on this match and they are paying a high price for it.
Seth Rollins is on a roll. As WWE champion he has had several very good-great matches on PPV. Unfortunately I see that streak coming to an end. Kane isn’t bad, but his style isn’t necessary made to bring out the best from Seth. At the same time, I could see Rollins using that as motivation for some kind of personal challenge to have the best match on the show. I do think the match will be better than expected for that reason alone.
Does Kane have any chance of leaving the arena with the WWE world title? I don’t think so but you really never know. Kane has won the WWE championship in the past where he was a large underdog so anything is possible. My suspicion is that this will lead into a rematch at Survivor Series so I expect either a screwy ending or Seth to get a cheap win.
John Cena’s U.S. Title Open Challenge
This is a strange one. It is easy to get excited and come up with all kinds of fun scenarios but at the end of the day, surprises rarely deliver in these situations. See Chris Jericho showing up as Ambrose and Reigns’ mystery partner. The only caveat here is that Cena is leaving the company for several weeks so logic would dictate that the company would book a big angle and title change here.
I would have guessed Dolph Ziggler or Kevin Owens as the mystery challenger here but both are already booked on the undercard. Cesaro is probably a likely candidate for the spot. There is a buzz about renewed interest in pushing him and he had two excellent matches with Cena on RAW. Chris Jericho is another possibility as well.
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell Match
End this feud now! It’s interesting because I think this feud had a lot of potential, but something just isn’t there. Kind of like all of Bray’s feuds and programs when you think about it. With Bray Wyatt, you always have to expect some kind of cheap finish in a cage match. Yet, the company seems focused on pushing Reigns to WrestleMania so a cheap win or loss makes no sense whatsoever. I could envision a finish which sees Dean Ambrose turning on Reigns to cost him the match, although with Cena on hiatus and Randy Orton on the D.L. that probably is less likely than ever. I’ll go with Reigns for the win!
Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match
Seth Rollins vs. Kane for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Kane loses his director of operations job if he fails to win the title)
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell match
John Cena defends the U.S. Championship in an Open Challenge.
Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship
New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback for the Intercontinental Championship
Cesaro, Neville, and Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev, King Barrett, and Sheamus