WWE Hell In A Cell: (Preview)
Will W. Erins
The one time a year where WWE‘s Superstars put their bodies through hell is rapidly approaching in little less than three weeks away. Many rivalries that were built up from Clash of Champion seems to be coming to a head this time around which will build up new rivalries in the process for Survivor Series next month. Speaking of Survivor Series, in a breaking news portion SmackDown Live‘s, GM & Commissioner (Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon) issued a challenge to RAW in a set of three 5-on-5 ‘Traditional Survivor Series matches. One match will be Tag Team, another is Singles, and the final proposed one is Women’s style. We may hear an answer next week on during RAW or probably sooner, but it is exciting to know that these traditional Survivor Series matches.
Despite the challenge being laid out by Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon, the focus for right now is the upcoming WWE Hell in a Cell PPV as a few more matches have been announced during and prior to Monday Night RAW.
WWE Universal Championship
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins – Hell in a Cell
Since Rollins has returned it seems like something is holding him back to capture the big one. After SummerSlam when former Universal Champion, Finn Balor a Fatal 4-Way match for the vacated title would change the landscape as Triple H would ensure Kevin Owens‘ victory by assisting in the elimination of Roman Reigns as well as betraying Seth Rollins in the process. There would be no explanation from the COO as he simply has disappeared. One could imagine that Triple H may have something to do with the match come HIAC, but at this point, it’s all speculation. For a month, an exchange of barbs in words and physicality has been waged between the two. Now RAW’s GM Mick Foley has granted Rollins his match against Owens for the Universal title, but this time, it will all come to an end inside Hell in a Cell .
WWE United States Championship
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Rusev – Hell in a Cell
It’s typical for WWE to bring real-life situations into the mix as creative would bring Rusev/Lana‘s wedding in a segment. It would result in Lana‘s face being smashed into her wedding cake and Rusev in a rage defending his wife’s honor. At SummerSlam, the match wouldn’t happen since Reigns & Rusev wouldn’t break up the brawl prior to the match. At Clash of Champions, they would battle and Reigns would win his first WWE United States Championship. Now with Rusev invoking his rematch clause the two will settle the score at Hell in a Cell. Many can disagree how this rivalry has been handled but it can’t be argued that they these two athletes have been putting everything they have into this rivalry.
WWE ‘RAW’ Women’s Championship
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte
There’s no describing the development of the Women’s division in the past months and this feud between Banks & Charlotte since the brand split. The Women’s title has been switching back and forth between these two talented athletes that it all comes to a head as they go one-on-one inside the demonic structure for the first time ever. Last week, Charlotte and Sasha Banks would compete in the main event of Monday Night RAW for the Women’s title with Sasha Banks walking in another amazing showing from both women the new champion. This past Monday, Charlotte would quickly accept the challenge issued by Banks and RAW General manager, Mick Foley would make it official and historic as these two will be the first two women to compete inside Hell in a Cell match for the Women’s title.
WWE ‘RAW’ Tag Team Championship
The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
For 410+ days and The New Day is YOUR W. W. E. TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!! It’s safe to assume that WWE has no plans to end The New Day‘s championship reign anytime soon. However, if the creative plans are to push Sheamus and Cesaro as a viable team then, those titles may be around some new waist soon. During the second segment of RAW this past week, New Day cut a promo on Cesaro and Sheamus. New Day‘s Xavier Woods would also mention that their team would do battle at the Hell in a Cell PPV. Need I remind you of Mick Foley‘s offer that whoever displayed the strongest and determined ability would get a title shot. It seems these two will be getting their reward after that war they had at Clash of Champions that went to a no contest. It’s tricky to pin who may win especially this random team being put together and New Day‘s title reign.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
TJ Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick
The Cruiserweight Classic (CWC) was a simple reminder that the athleticism of sports entertainment will never die. Given the fact that 32 competitors were from all over the world added a special international feel to the tournament. In the end, TJ Perkins would emerge victorious becoming the first-ever CWC winner and Cruiserweight Champion (since it was defunct back in 2007; Hornswoggle was the last champion). It would then, forge a new Cruiserweight Championship lineage making Perkins the first-ever to hold the inaugural title.
At Clash of Champions, TJ Perkins would defend his newly won title against his friend who helped him throughout his career. Kendrick would turn his back on their friendship after a supposed friendly handshake of respect would turn into him headbutting TJ Perkins. On this past episode of RAW, it was announced that Perkins would defend his championship against Kendrick at Hell in a Cell settling a friendship that’s filled with jealousy and animosity.
With Hell in a Cell in less than two weeks, there’s still some matches that may become a part of the PPV event. Bayley and Dana Brooke have been at war with each other and wouldn’t surprise me if it became a match on the card. Same goes with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows exiting the Tag title picture to focus their rage on Enzo Amore and Big Cass. Whether those matches will be announced or not more development will happen sooner than never.
WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. This will be a RAW brand exclusive show and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets.