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Pay Per View Preview – WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

This Sunday, it’s time for WWE’s Hell in a Cell Pay Per View, where feuds have been traditionally shoe-horned inside one of wrestling’s most dangerous gimmicks simply because of the name of the show. At least this year, they’ve found two long-running blood feuds that at least could justify taking place inside the dreaded Cell. With WWE facing record-lows in TV ratings and John Cena reportedly set to take some time off following this show, we could be looking at the start of a new direction for WWE. Hey, anything’s possible, right? But if you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all your Hell in the Cell informative needs, look no further than our exclusive preview of the Pay Per View! With that said, let’s take a look at the card.

8. Cesaro, Neville, and Dolph Ziggler vs Rusev, Sheamus, and King Barrett

This match was added to the pre-show at the absolute last minute, and only exists because Randy Orton separated his shoulder and may miss significant time, thus cancelling the planned Orton and Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper and Braun Strowman tag match. The six men in this match have absolutely nothing better to do on this Pay Per View than fight the same match they did on this Monday’s Raw (perhaps it should be subtitled “Six Guys Who Already Lost The John Cena US Open Challenge”, which would be accurate). Although, in the case of Dolph Ziggler and Rusev, they may find that a relief after the garbage they were forced to slog through for the last few months. The intrigue in this match may come from outside factors: it looks like newly debuting Tyler Breeze (who showed up on Smackdown with Summer Rae as a manager; apparently stuff happens on Smackdown sometimes) has an issue with Ziggler, and Cesaro started been receiving overtures from Stardust over the past week for some reason. In any event, the heel team has won all the matches up to this point, so there’s an excellent change that the good guys will come away with a victory, and hopefully move on to feuds that actually mean something.

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/six-man-tag-28061205 Source: WWE.com

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/six-man-tag-28061205 Source: WWE.com

7. The Dudley Boyz vs The New Day – WWE Tag Team Championship

It’s time for yet another go-round between the most decorated tag team in wrestling history and one of the best things going on in WWE right now. Oddly, despite every other title match between these two teams ending with Xavier Woods interfering to cause a disqualification, there are no additional stipulations on this match. We’re still all waiting with bated breath for the inevitable Tables Match, but we’d put real money on that not happening until the TLC Pay Per View in December. In the meantime, can they really justify continuing to give The Dudley Boyz title shots if they aren’t going to win them? This seems like the last chance for Bubba Ray and D’Von, so there are good odds that they’ll win the titles here. It won’t have the satisfying climax of putting every member of The New Day through tables to win the titles, but maybe we can see that in the re-match.

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/new-day-dudley-boyz-28014470 Source: WWE.com

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/new-day-dudley-boyz-28014470 Source: WWE.com

6. Charlotte vs Nikki Bella – WWE Divas Championship

If there is any good left in the world, Charlotte retains the title here and we finally move on to a feud over the Divas title that doesn’t involve the Bella Twins, which would be the first time in over a year that has been the case. But with Survivor Series coming up, there’s some worry that the teams of the Divas Revolution will stick together for one more big multi-way elimination tag match at the next Pay Per View. To which we say, can we just move on from Team Bella for a little while? Could Nikki maybe join her boyfriend on his extended vacation? Maybe, instead of bringing up a bunch of talented female wrestlers and continuing to write feuds that boil down to “women be crazy, am I right?” we could start pushing Sasha Banks as one of the greatest things to hit professional wrestling in a long time and actually have people interested in the long wrestling matches that the women are being afforded now. Don’t get us wrong, we love the longer matches, but it would be nice if anything that happened during them actually mattered (and also wasn’t just a vehicle for talking about Total Divas).

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/charlotte-nikki-bella-divas-championship-28014299 Source: WWE.com

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/charlotte-nikki-bella-divas-championship-28014299 Source: WWE.com

5. Kevin Owens vs Ryback – WWE Intercontinental Championship

If Kevin Owens can hit Mark Henry with a pop-up powerbomb, then he can hit that move on anyone. And since he did do exactly that on Monday, Ryback stands little chance against the Intercontinental Champion. This match literally exists because WWE is incapable of writing feuds over a title that don’t involve re-match clauses, and while we applaud them for consistency, was anyone really looking forward to another Ryback-Owens match? The last one was decent, for a Ryback match, which is like saying your painful skin rash didn’t itch as much as it usually does, but Owens needs to be moving on to better matches while he waits for Sami Zayn’s shoulder to heal so they can resume their eternal battle. Maybe after Ryback, he could fight one of the six guys in the kick-off match who could all have great matches with him? Of course, by just offering this opinion, we’ve probably doomed Owens to a three-month feud with The Big Show, and we’re sorry for that, but it had to be said.

And once again, we get it, WWE, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That doesn’t mean you have to dress Ryback up like a giant, misshapen bottle of Pepto Bismol.

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/kevin-owens-ryback-28014649 Source: WWE.com

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/kevin-owens-ryback-28014649 Source: WWE.com

4. John Cena US Open Challenge

With WWE failing to book a feud for Cena that would provide him with an opponent for his last Pay Per View before his long-rumored winter hiatus, we’re down to the old fashioned mystery opponent, which, as always, can run the gamut from “shocking debut” to “Oh look, it’s Chris Jericho again” to “Is there a chance WWE would put the US Title on Braun Strowman?” The early money seems to be on Tyler Breeze, who debuted on Smackdown and has a ready-made feud with both Dolph Ziggler and Rusev (two former US Champs and Cena victims) going forward. But if we’re completely fantasy booking, we’re going to take the dark horse pick and go for Samoa Joe, who could have followed Breeze from NXT seeking vengeance for being cost his chance at becoming #1 Contender to the NXT Title. Also, Joe’s a known friend of Cena and a guy who probably should be on the main roster, already. Odds are low, but if it happens, we’ll look like geniuses, so it’s worth the risk.

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/us-open-challenge-28045059 Source: WWE.com

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/us-open-challenge-28045059 Source: WWE.com

3. Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt – Hell in a Cell

Now that we’re actually at the match, we can probably ignore the last couple of weeks, where WWE suddenly decided the next step on the Roman Reigns Rebuilding Tour was sending him out to die by cutting lengthy, rambling promos in front of a live audience. Fortunately, there will be no promos cut inside the Cell, and we expect Reigns and Wyatt to bring everything, up to and including the kitchen sink, into this match, in an attempt to show off their skills. There’s a good chance that the rest of the Family (including the suddenly-appearing Erick Rowan) will get involved, especially now that they don’t have anything else going on. Hopefully the only guy on Roman’s side, Dean Ambrose will be enough to balance the scales, and we’d say there’s a better-than-even chance that somebody takes a big fall (having Ambrose leap onto Strowman from a high place might be the best plan for taking the big man out of the equation). Ultimately, Reigns should finally get his big victory over Bray, and don’t be surprised if he’s lined up as the next challenger for Seth Rollins as early as Monday night on Raw.

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/roman-reigns-bray-wyatt-27992612 Source: WWE.com

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/roman-reigns-bray-wyatt-27992612 Source: WWE.com

2. Seth Rollins vs Kane – WWE World Heavyweight Championship

There is no reality where Kane wins the WWE World Title in 2015, so it’s unfortunate that he’ll be taking down Corporate Kane with him. As a silver lining, there’s a chance that this might be Kane’s swan song, which would almost make the last month of Seth Rollins being treated like an incompetent moron worth it. Hopefully Demon Kane disappears along with his Corporate counterpart, but we wouldn’t hold our breath on that. Kane will likely put out the effort and Rollins will wrestle like the plucky, high-flying babyface he continues to play during his big matches, and the result probably won’t be a horrible, un-watchable match. However, the winner isn’t and shouldn’t be in doubt, as Rollins retains once more against middling competition. Maybe this will finally get The Authority off his backs, and they’ll stop “testing” him for whatever obscure reason they have this month.

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/seth-rollins-kane-28001063 Source: WWE.com

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/seth-rollins-kane-28001063 Source: WWE.com

1. The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar – Hell in a Cell

WWE has promised us that this is the absolute last time that these two men will face each other, and given what happened to a similarly-aged Sting at Night of Champions, we can only hope they’re not being unfortunately prophetic in regards to The Undertaker’s chances at surviving the match. Not that we’d ever wish something like that upon anyone, but we are worried about the Dead Man’s ability to survive what is being set up to be an even more brutal affair than their SummerSlam bout. This match was allegedly originally supposed to wait until WrestleMania, but word is that declining Raw ratings led to WWE deciding to move it up (despite Brock and Taker barely appearing on TV before the Pay Per View, which means it didn’t actually help ratings at all). In any event, given that Taker has been reduced to kicking Brock in the crotch to even have a shot against him, the smart money is on Brock to win, and then both men disappear until WrestleMania, as they should have after SummerSlam in the first place.

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/undertaker-brock-lesnar-27952850 Source: WWE.com

http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2015/undertaker-brock-lesnar-27952850 Source: WWE.com

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