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Hell in a Cell 2017 Match Card and Predictions

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Hell in a Cell 2017: Final Match Card and Predictions

Can you believe that it’s already time for another pay-per-view? Unfortunately, compared to the hype of Asuka’s debut at TLC, this PPV seems lackluster. No matter; some extremely intriguing stories have come to a head. This Sunday, the Smackdown superstars will find themselves in the heart of Detroit. As the end of the fiscal year approaches, many stories are beginning to wrap up. So, what should fans expect to see? Let’s take a look at our match card.

Chad Gable/Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros. (Kick-off)

The show is set to start with a little tag-team action. Gable seems to have lost a ton of momentum after splitting from Jason Jordan. Forcing him to team up with Benjamin almost seems like the writers are at a loss with him. Meanwhile, the Hype Bros never seem to get a decent push, even when their popularity is at its peak. Sadly, both teams here really need a win.

However, to keep Shelton Benjamin relevant, I fully expect to see him pull off the win here. What I would love to see more, though, is a Chad Gable heel turn. That might be exactly what he needs in order to stay afloat.

Prediction: Benjamin and Gable

The Return of the Fashion Files

Heck. Yes. Okay, so this isn’t really a match. But I’m still excited to see this happen, and it certainly deserves to be acknowledged. Finally, the silly gimmick these two men have made work so well for them is returning to TV. Hopefully, this is a sign that we’ll see more from them. Perhaps a bout for the tag titles in the near future? Well, we can hope.

Randy Orton vs. Rusev

Why? Who asked to see this? After the awful excuse for a match between these two at SummerSlam, I really think we ought to be spared of this. It’s too bad that this is the route Rusev is going down, because he truly was a talented wrestler. His credibility since his feud with John Cena is nearly non-existent. Whatever is going on with Rusev’s  unfortunate booking as of late is really unfortunate.

Unfortunately, as much as I want Rusev to be the winner here, I don’t think that’s going to be the case. In any event, the best I can hope is that somehow, some way, these two will put on a decent match with story-telling.

Prediction: Randy Orton

Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler

Admittedly, good ‘ol Ziggy has been making me laugh out loud while doing some amazing heel promos. Taking digs at Undertaker, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels has made him stand out much more than he has in quite some time.

But, for reasons unknown, the WWE creative team thinks that he would be a perfect match for the glorious Bobby Roode. Just when Dolph is finally finding his footing, they have him toe up to the former NXT champion. To me, this makes no sense. Both men need this win, and if Dolph loses yet again, I can’t help but feel all of his hard work will be for nothing. On the flip side, Bobby Roode absolutely needs to win so that casual fans can understand and relate to him.

The best way to go about this might just be for Dolph to somehow get disqualified. That way, he can still look like a threat in a heel way. No doubt, the two will definitely put on a phenomenal show. This has match-of-the-night potential. The way Dolph’s career has been heading, though, makes me think that he will be looking for his release following Wrestlemania.

Prediction: Unfortunately, I think Bobby Roode is going to win this one clean.

AJ Styles (c) vs. Baron Corbin (United States Championship)

Hmmm. This one is a bit of a red herring. AJ Styles is arguably the best wrestler in the business today, and since winning the United States Championship, he’s brought meaning back to the belt. Much like when Cena held the title, fans actually care that the belt exists.

Sadly for Baron, the Phenomenal One will out-wrestle him without a problem. AJ will make him look good, of course, but the flaws that Baron Corbin has will be highlighted as AJ is much more advanced.

Additionally, Baron Corbin hasn’t exactly been on the “good” list. Since a failed MITB cash-in, rumors began that he had some true backstage heat with John Cena. Which, ultimately, lost him the chance at holding the gold.

As much as Baron needs a belt to help pick up his momentum, I just really don’t see him winning against AJ.

Prediction: AJ Styles

The New Day (c) vs. The Usos (Tag Team Championships)

With the belts being hot-potatoed between these two teams, it wouldn’t really be all that surprising if the Usos took a grab at it again. However, I think that they are trying to set up a feud between the New Day and Breezango for a go at the belts. Since both teams are hilarious, that would certainly make for excellent programming.

Not to mention, 2017 hasn’t been a good year for tag teams. Not sure what the officials were thinking while they were breaking up good, solid teams.  There hasn’t been a lot of competition for the Usos or the New Day, so here’s hoping that another team finally gets put into the mix.

Prediction: The New Day

Natalya (c) vs. Charlotte (Women’s Championship)

Finally, Natalya has gotten her chance at the belt. Much like Becky Lynch’s run with it, her time at the top has been underwhelming. As talented as she is, there just isn’t enough there to make her seem like a true champion.

For whatever reason, the WWE also likes to regurgitate the story that the Flair family were the rivals of the Harts. Even before the draft happened, there was a minor storyline between the women involving that hairy detail. And, at the end of the day, we all know that the Flair family ends up trumping the Harts.

I am truly hopeful that Carmella cashes in her briefcase after Charlotte wins the belt in an extremely heelish way. Perhaps smack her in the head with it during her celebration, then asking the ref to ring the bell? I can just imagine the promo on Tuesday’s show she would give about how she was able to take out one of the greatest women wrestlers of the time.

Unfortunately, I don’t think the WWE creative is sold on Carmella quite yet. Soon, though. Soon.

Prediction: Charlotte

Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Championship)

I can’t believe Jinder is still holding on to his gold. I hated the way he was brought in, and I hated that he won the belt at all. Although I’m not impressed by him whatsoever, he is definitely slowly getting over with fans. So, good for him.

It’s no secret that Jinder was given the title to appeal to the Indian fans. Additionally, Shinsuke Nakamura is having a difficult time adjusting to the “WWE style” of wrestling, even though the King of Strong Style was hugely over with the NXT fans. On the main roster, he hasn’t quite gotten the hang of the politics. And, as is normally the case, the officials are at a loss with how to properly book a foreign character.

I expect Nakamura to lose this one and challenge AJ Styles for the US belt later. AJ is a better suited match-up for the guy, anyways. As much as it pains me, Jinder Mahal isn’t going to be losing the title anytime soon.

Prediction: Jinder Mahal

Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens (HIAC Match)

After the loss to Goldberg, Kevin Owens has been kind of lost in the shuffle. Granted, he had a great relationship-turned-rivalry with Chris Jericho, but since then he hasn’t had much going for him. But, after headbutting the chairman himself, KO has potential to get to an entirely new level.

Much like the feel of a Stone Cold and Vince McMahon feud, Shane and Kevin Owens could do a fantastic job here. Shane is a known spot-monkey and risk-taker, while Kevin is another top performer in the company. Put the two together, plus amazing promo work, slap a steel cell around them, and magic could happen. I’d actually really like to see this feud continue after the match.

However, I’m kind of thinking that if the rumors are true, Kevin Owens may be making the hike back to RAW. And, if that’s the case, I expect a stipulation to be added. If KO loses, he has to leave the blue brand.

Prediction: Shane McMahon

Alright, folks, there we have it. With the PPV coming up, who do you think are going to be our winners? Do you expect any swerves? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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