Instead of our typical prediction podcast, the crew at HTC took a little time to analyze each match up and post them for your reading pleasure. Feel free to debate our choices or make your own choices below in the Comments section.
Best 2 out of 3 Falls for the Intercontinental Title
– This one really is a 50/50 toss-up. I hope these two get close to 20 minutes to showcase their abilities in the ring. Bad News Barrett is expected back soon and I could see both of these men feuding with him upon his return. Ziggler should sell Cesaro’s offense like a Champ. I would say right now I’m leaning Ziggler but would not be surprised to see Cesaro win as well.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler
– Wow. What a match this is going to be. Both of these guys can go, and while Rollins/Ambrose is going to be why most people watch this, I will not be surprised if this match steals the show right out from under them. While WWE has a habit of pushing both of these guys down, one of them absolutely has to win here so that’s a huge deal. This is my hardest prediction to call. I think Cesaro is due a win here, but an electric come back from Ziggler setting up a win could really get the crowd hot. On the other hand I think Cesaro could garner a lot of cheers with his move set too, and them simply being who they are will be good enough to help the crowd stay strong no matter who wins. It’s a toss-up. I’ll go Cesaro.
– I love that this match had a pretty decent build going into this PPV. Dolph Ziggler is the perfect Intercontinental Champion and Cesaro is the perfect threat to that belt. In the glory days of the IC title, I could absolutely see Ziggler and Cesaro wrestling each other every night across the country and the matches just getting better and better. Of course that’s not the way it is anymore but yet these two men have wrestled numerous times on TV & people are STILL looking forward to their match on Sunday. As far as a winner goes, I wouldn’t be surprised if Cesaro won since the WWE appears to be inching the spotlight closer and closer to him. On the other hand, where does Ziggler go if he loses the belt? Like I said before, he’s the perfect IC Champion and makes anyone who steps in the ring with him look like a main eventer. That’s why I’m going with Ziggler. I won’t be upset or shocked if Cesaro leaves with the belt; I just see more avenues for Cesaro to explore compared to a titleless Ziggler.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
WWE United States Championship Match
– I thought we would get Miz and Mizdow a little longer before they teased a break-up between these two. But it looks like they are planting the seeds already. I think Sheamus retains here. Then we have Mizdow talk about how he beat Sheamus and deserves a Title shot. He gets one, but Miz costs Mizdow the match. Sheamus presumably, finally, hopefully moves on to a feud with Rusev.
– Obviously the most exciting thing about this feud is Damien Mizdow on the outside of the ring which honestly doesn’t really help make the people care about either of these guys. I don’t see this being a standout match on the card, but it probably sets up more dissension between The Miz and Mizdow with Mizdow helping Miz pick up the win and Miz continuing to ignore his helpful ways. It will hopefully eventually lead to WWE letting Damien take the championship down the line and regain a little self-respect.
Winner: The Miz
– It’s hard to look at this match on paper and not be annoyed that The Miz has another chance to be a secondary champion. The truth is, without Damien Sandow, I don’t believe The Miz would have any momentum going into this match. Let me clarify something though – I’m not saying that Damien Sandow is the only thing getting The Miz over right now. What I am saying is that The Miz character (& the performer) works better with a sidekick. The different times he was truly over was with Big Show as “Show-Miz”, with Alex Riley where he won his only WWE Championship and now with “Mizdow”. I say this because I believe Sandow will play a HUGE part in the finish. I’m going to say that The Miz somehow sneaks Sandow into the match & Sandow accidentally ends up getting the pin on Sheamus. Don’t ask me how (I’m guessing it will entail a lot of “suspending our disbelief”) but this would be a great way to get to The Miz versus Damien Sandow (as a babyface) without putting another championship on Miz and elevating Sandow with the US title. Poor Sheamus will just have move on to a feud with Rusev.
Winner: Damien Mizdow
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
– Remind me again why the Dust Brothers are Champs? I see the Usos regaining the Titles again here and moving on to a feud with the Bray Wyatt lead Ascension in the coming weeks. I still think having the Ascension debut and beat The Usos who would have been Champs for over 7 months if they kept the Titles would have been better from a storyline point of view.
WINNERS: The Usos
– I remember thinking not so long ago that the WWE was building up a kind of fun, exciting tag division but these teams are very familiar with each other. There is no tag team really on the main roster that WWE has shown us is ready to take on either of these teams, so I almost think it could be a case of them switching the titles back and forth. Also, if WWE is actually going to bring up the Ascension soon though as I’ve thought for a while, it could mean The Usos win so they have a face team to destroy for the titles, but I’ll stick with The Dusts.
Winners: Goldust and Stardust
– Oh where oh where have our tag teams gone? There are these two teams that have been putting on stellar matches for the last 6 months but where’s the variety? There’s Los Matadores and…. and….. um…… Slater-Gator? What happened?! There once was a time where credible tag teams ruled the ring with organized chaos that delighted the WWE Universe. We were talking a “revival” and instead we received Hornswoggle in an alligator costume to deal with the Bull. The division is on life support and may truly need an Ascension to save it. As far as this match, I don’t really care. I’m still waiting for when Stardust turns on Goldust & that doesn’t seem to happening on Sunday so I’m sticking with them retaining.
Winners: Gold & Stardust
(Loser must become the winner’s personal assistant)
– This storyline has really been kept out of the spotlight in recent weeks. I think the WWE knows the negative reaction the live segments got and were afraid to do anymore. From a story point of view, it makes no sense for Brie to win and then have Nikki be her assistant. Nikki wins, Brie is forced to be her assistant, then gets her win back at Survivor Series. These two have both been improving in the ring so I’m looking forward to see if it shows here.
WINNER: Nikki Bella
– The best thing that’s come out of the feud between the twins is the sign on Raw from this past week that said “I wish you’d died in the womb Nikki Bella – Philosopher”. A match like this is made for the heel to win. What would Brie as a good guy force her sister the bad guy to do if she were to win the match? Brie will win next month when they fight again, but Nikki has this one in the bag.
Winner: Nikki Bella
– This feud has had more coverage on Total Divas than RAW, Main Event or SmackDown. Its been a slow burn on the reality show compared to the quick turn and random tag matches that we’ve seen on RAW. Either way, only the people who watch TD are somewhat curious as to the outcome and how they’ll use it on Total Divas. Oh and Nikki Bella is winning this because why would a babyface win with this stipulation. Also, these two may surprise a lot of people with what the match quality could turn out to be.
Winner: Nikki Bella
WWE Divas Championship Match
– I think both of these women are great wrestlers, but it is time for each one to move on. Paige is going to be on Total Divas next season, so I see AJ retaining here and going on to a feud with Charlotte, who I think gets called up soon. Paige and her new BFF Alicia Fox go on to getting involved with their fellow Total Divas counterparts.
WINNER: AJ Lee
– I really want to be excited for this match because I’m still excited that two very talented women’s wrestlers are competing for the championship. I love watching AJ and Paige compete but this match has no fun new angles. I appreciate both Alicia Fox as a female competitor but it doesn’t add anything exciting to the mix for me. I think AJ picks up the win here because I do not think WWE is going to flop the title around between the two again here. They have to introduce a new competitor for the title and they have to do it now.
WINNER: AJ Lee
– AJ wins & retains and Paige begins feuding with someone else – but they HAVE to be a cast member of Total Divas since Paige is the new addition to the reality show.
Winner: AJ Lee
– The last two weeks have actually made Rusev the face here. First, Rusev gets double teamed after winning via DQ because the faces interfered. Then last week a fan charges the ring and he attacks him, which is what I would expect any wrestler to do. Fans shouldn’t be allowed to charge the ring. Yes, I know it was a plant to get Rusev some cheap heat, but it didn’t work. And it also forced us to watch a Big Show crying promo. Rusev gets the win here after Mark Henry comes out and turns on Big Show. Can we finally get a Rusev/Sheamus program please?
– There is no reason for Rusev to lose here and not continue dominating the standby players WWE keeps throwing at him. They just had the damn Rock confront him, he’s not going to lose to The Big Show. Mark Henry will likely have his mandatory yearly heel turn here and make it a fishy victory for Rusev, but it’ll be a victory none the less.
– I can’t say enough good things about The Big Show and how he’s carried this feud & rebooted Rusev’s career. The Bulgarian Russian was floundering after his lackluster feud with Mark Henry and somehow the Big Show came along & made people CARE again. And Rusev is an athletic monster! You know the new “superkick” he’s been using lately? That’s just the tip of the Rusev iceberg. Once he loses & starts wrestling a wider variety of wrestlers then maybe, juuuust maybe, he’ll avoid the Vladimir Kozlov path for a little while longer.
CO-HELL IN A CELL MATCH MAIN EVENTS:
JOHN CENA vs RANDY ORTON
DEAN AMBROSE vs SETH ROLLINS
(Winner is the #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship held by Brock Lesnar)
– If this goes on last, I would really like to see the crowd just walk out and leave in disgust. The added stipulation and the “double main event” promotion makes me think this goes on last. This all depends on when Brock Lesnar is coming back. If Lesnar is going to fight at Survivor Series, Randy Orton will get the win since that show is in his hometown. If Lesnar isn’t coming back til the Rumble, this one is going to Cena. The optimist in me hopes that this one goes to Randy Orton, but I don’t think we see Lesnar again until the Rumble. I want to see a Lesnar/Orton match since it has never happened. But we get Cena/Lesnar again because Cena wins here.
WINNER: John Cena
– As a wrestling fan we’re asked to suspend out disbelief for a lot of things, but I’m offended that I am supposed to believe the winner of this match deserves to be the #1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s title. I suppose I could listen to a case for Orton because he did win at the last PPV and he has had some decent momentum as of late, but Cena has no business in this match. Outside interference or not he lost to Brock Lesnar TWICE. Then he lost a contract in a pole match to a man who is likely going to win his match. He does not belong in this hunt. Only in the wrestling world. I do think they’ve been really trying to make it look like Orton could win here, but I think it’s Cena taking home the victory and riding to another Lesnar match that he will lose. I would actually like to believe Orton has a chance, but I’m a realist and John Cena has lost his last two PPV matches and an important contract match on Raw. I can’t see him losing again.
Winner: John Cena
– So even though John Cena failed to defeat the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in the last two pay-per-views and then lost a contract match for the match he REALLY wanted against Seth Rollins, his consolation prize is a shot at the number 1 contendership… What. The. Hell. Honestly, I’m all for a Randy Orton/Brock Lesnar match since we’ve never seen it before. Plus I absolutely loved it when Orton and Heyman started talking about OVW and how they all debuted the same year. Randy Orton would easily have the crowd behind him & that’s a tough task against Lesnar. It appears as if even the common fan is getting a little annoyed with the absentee WWE Champion and it’ll be interesting if the WWE tries to address that. Back to the match, I can’t see either guy winning cleanly but with all of the past being brought up, I’m guessing we get a triple threat match between Lesnar, Orton and Cena soon.
WINNER: NO CONTEST
– I talked about wanting to see this feud end inside Hell In A Cell months ago. And despite a few bumps in the road, we finally got here. Ambrose’s comedy hijinx worked until the past week. Of course, a crappy RAW may have aided in the crowd’s displeasure. These two should steal the show and put on one hell of a match. Assuming this is the end of the feud, I think Dean Ambrose finally gets his win over Rollins here. Where both men go next is anybody’s guess.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose
– This is going to be a great match. I generally like to keep my expectations low, but these are two incredibly talented, hungry, motivated individuals. They have a lot of experience fighting each other and I don’t think either one has let us down in their matches since hitting the main roster. They WANT this, and if you’re a wrestling fan who has hope for the future you should want it too. While I doubt that it will end the show, it should because having Cena/Orton follow it will make that match even more intolerable. Even if it’s good, it won’t be this. As for who is going to win, I don’t think it can end any other way except for Ambrose winning. He’s already lost to Rollins, and Rollins still walks away as Mr. Money in the Bank. A loss here for him doesn’t hurt him at all, but a loss for Ambrose could really hurt. All he’s wanted is to get his hands on Rollins and now he’s got him all to himself. It’s going to be close and it’s going to be physical, both of these guys willing to do whatever it takes to show us all that they’re definitely the future, and when the dust clears Dean Ambrose should get what he wants.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
– In what clearly should be the last match of the night, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have been waiting for this night their whole careers. If they don’t go on last because Brock Lesnar shows up or something else big happens in the Cena/Orton match, I think that’ll just motivate Rollins and Ambrose even more to upstage everyone else on the show. There’s no doubt in my mind that these two men are walking into Hell In A Cell without fear and are looking at the Cell not as a monstrous metal structure but as a playground where they begin to carve out their legacy. It’s going to be a damn fun match, what I like to call a “shut it down” match. It’s where I put away the computer, exit out of Twitter on my phone, throw my feet up and watch what will hopefully be an instant classic. As for the winner, it could go either way. Seth Rollins is without a doubt the “golden boy” right now are rightfully so. He was given the chance to run as a heel and act completely different from anything he did in FCW, NXT or on the main roster and he surpassed expectations. While I still don’t know how or when he’ll ever get a chance to cash in his briefcase, I believe Rollins is the right man to be carrying the golden ticket. Dean Ambrose has blown into the #2 babyface spot and hasn’t looked back. I have a feeling all the nerves that flared up when Roman Reigns went down while Daniel Bryan is out are probably settled by now. Ambrose came straight from a movie set to the WWE handing him the Holy Grail; a microphone. Suddenly he was allowed to cut promos, his OWN promos, in his own style, wrestle his own/different way and the WWE Universe saw the new anti-authority, anti-hero born before their very eyes. Ambrose’s stock has skyrocketed & everyone is happy about it. Now put these two men who are at the height of their careers right now in a main event inside Hell In A Cell. It’s going to be special.
WINNER: IT DOESN’T MATTER TO ME SINCE THE MATCH WILL BE AWESOME BUT I’LL SAY DEAN AMBROSE