Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship
So this week on Raw, the Monster Among Men turned heel and confirmed a title match with Reigns for Hell in a Cell. He even gave up his MITB briefcase! The fans love Strowman despite his angry energy while they just can’t seem to rally behind Reigns despite how badly the WWE wants them to. Strowman says he wants this match at Hell in a Cell in order to avoid interference from the Shield… even though he now has buddies of his own in the form of Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. It should be a great match, considering the size of Strowman and the skills of Reigns. We still think Reigns keeps it. The WWE wants him to be champ too badly.
Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles for the WWE Championship
After weeks of Samoa Joe getting way too personal with Styles, reading letters from his wife, talking to Wendy Styles on the phone, and insulting The Phenomenal One’s abilities as a husband and father, they’ll both let their tempers loose in this match. We feel like Styles will hang on to the title for some reason. Hopefully, it won’t end in a DQ like their SummerSlam match. Hell in a Cell is a great way to keep the steel chairs out of this one (or not).
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship.
This one should be fun. Alexa Bliss is great on the mic and she’s fun to hate. Rousey is coming into her own as a big personality on Raw and the fans absolutely adore her. Nobody is tired of seeing Rousey onscreen (by a long shot), so she won’t lose her title at Hell in a Cell – at least we don’t think so – because that would be a catastrophe. Expect it to be a good match though!
The Miz and Maryse vs. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella in a mixed tag team match
They are really hyping this match up, but it seems a little weird, right? Like, we just want to see a fair fight between Daniel Bryan and Miz, no brass knuckles included, after all these months of tension-building. Adding the wives – two women who we haven’t seen in a match recently – just gives either man an excuse for losing. It could still be interesting though… We see the Miz and Maryse winning this one just to keep all that animosity brewing. And did you hear they have a reality TV show? Oh, you have? They don’t mention it a lot or anything…
Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy.
Despite there being no US Championship on the line – Nakamura seems to only show up for a quick Kinshasa now and then – we’ll finally get to see these Orton and Hardy fight for real. As in, under circumstances other than a sneak attacking, sucker punching, promo-interrupting scenario. We’ll call this one for the babyface though. Let’s just hope there’s no more gauged ear hole pulling. Yuck!
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
Look, we know the WWE wants her to be a heel, but the fans still love Becky Lynch. And it was pretty unfair for them to bring in Flair after months of absence only to have her steal the title right from under the Irishwoman’s nose. Lynch had been racking up wins and street cred trying to get her title back and then her best friend won it instead. Obviously, this storyline makes the fans rally around her. We love the Queen, but we think the WWE will bow to the fans – Lynch will take the title at Hell in a Cell.
Predicted Matches and Rumors
The Shield (Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins) vs. Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler. Seems that the local advertising by the AT&T Center in San Antonio leaked this match, but you could see it coming from a mile away. No doubt we’ll hear more from these guys in the coming weeks, even though the latest Raw tried to throw us off the scent by having them fight Reigns for a change instead. Still, not a total shocker.
The New Day vs. TBD for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Will it be The Bar or The Revival or maybe even Rusev Day who takes on the pancake loving trio? Nobody looked as tough as the Bludgeon Brothers, but it’s good to have a few new champs in the house. The B-Team is out of the mix and we think it would be weird to have Rusev and Aiden be champs when they (or at least Rusev) fight separately so often right? We’re thinking The New Day will hold on. We haven’t seen quite enough of their antics (and dance moves) yet!
Bobby Lashley vs. Elias. Can these guys stop talking and singing and just fight it out already? Please?
Need-to-Know Details: WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 is a Pay-Per-View event going down on Sunday, September 16th, live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Things kick off with a pre-show at 6PM and the main card starts at 7PM EST.