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Hell in a Cell 2016 predictions

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WWE Hell in a Cell will air live from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Oct. 30. The pay-per-view is scheduled to feature seven matches and a six-man cruiserweight tag-team match on the preshow.

All five Raw titles will be on the line including the United States Championship, Women’s Championship and Universal Championship, each of which will be defended in triple main event Hell in a Cell matches.

Here’s a look at the entire Hell in a Cell card including previews and predictions.

Six-man tag team match: Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara vs. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari

This one’s hard to call. Really, the only two consistent competitors in the Cruiserweight Division have been T.J. Perkins and The Brian Kendrick, both of whom will compete in the Cruiserweight Championship match later in the event.

Winner: Alexander, Dorado and Sin Cara

Personally, I think Cedric Alexander is the biggest potential star in this match. But as noted, there really hasn’t been enough going on with anyone other than Perkins and Kendrick. Let’s assume this is a way for Alexander to get momentum capturing the victory via pinfall.

Bayley vs. Dana Brooke

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(Courtesy of WWE.com)

“‘Memba Bayley in NXT?” “‘Memba wanting to see her get called up?” “Oh, I ‘memba!” Seriously, though, I know WWE shouldn’t overpush Bayley immediately, but saddling her in a feud with Dana Brooke? Are they trying to get “boring” chants or did they actually think that arm wrestling segment on Monday was going to get over? Even Bayley isn’t capable of carrying this feud to relevance, so let’s hope it ends soon.

Winner: Bayley

It has to be, right? Unless those rumors of Dana Brooke being WWE’s choice for a “female Roman Reigns” are true. Bayley may be an underdog who needs to build momentum, but there’s no way she should lose any feuds to Dana Freaking Brooke.

Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Man, several months ago I would have been so stoked for this. But since WWE has done all but literally cut the legs off of former Bullet Club members Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, it seems obvious how this will go. Last week’s segment of the duo cutting off Enzo and Cass’ microphones was entertaining and showed how over the babyfaces were while cutting a promo to a huge reaction even without mics.

Winner: Enzo and Cass

Like I said, Anderson and Gallows have been dormant. Meanwhile, it’s obvious Enzo and Cass are the most over babyface act in WWE, either equal or greater than New Day in terms of popularity. This could be another way to push the duo closer to a tag team championship reign.

Raw Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus

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(Courtesy of WWE.com)

Man, if there’s one thing I’ve gotten wrong in my predictions it’s been New Day’s matches. For whatever reason, I’ve assumed we’d see an end to the group’s W…W…E…World…Tag…Team…Championship reign for the past few months. And really, it’s because the team is so much bigger than the rest of the division by comparison. But at this point, it seems like WWE will milk the trio’s reign until they pass Demolition for the longest in company history.

Still, there is a chance that this begrudging alliance between Cesaro and Sheamus could develop into something. The odd couple tag teams need to win early and eventually come together as friends. A loss would likely mean they would be split up. Really, there wouldn’t be much to fight for if they just lose out of the gate.

Winner: New Day

New Day enters Hell in a Cell trailing Demolition’s single reign record by 45 days. That’s another month and a half of extending its reign. Perhaps if WWE hadn’t reminded us of how close they were to breaking the record, this would seem less predictable. But it’s obvious that the trio is going to surpass that plateau and extend its reign for a few more pay-per-views.

Cruiserweight Championship: T.J. Perkins (c) vs. The Brian Kendrick

As noted, Perkins and Kendrick have been the lone consistent thing about the Cruiserweight Division. TJP has been champion since its inception while the veteran Kendrick has challenged him since Raw’s first cruiserweight match. So far, both superstars have victories over each other but Perkins has one every time the title has been on the line.

Winner: T.J. Perkins

I still think WWE is going to establish TJP as champion a bit longer. Although I could see the veteran Kendrick winning to put the belt on a more recognizable superstar.

United States Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Rusev

Well, it seems like WWE is going all in on Roman Reigns as a midcard champion. And it will also continue Reigns’ feud with former U.S. Champion Rusev for the third consecutive pay-per-view. This time, the two behemoths will wage war in a Hell in a Cell match.

Winner: Roman Reigns

I guess there’s no reason for WWE not to extend Reigns’ reign as US champ. Perhaps that’ll be a way to keep fans from revolting against him too much. As long as he’s not the champion, everyone wins, I suppose.

WWE Universal Championship: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins

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(Courtesy of WWE.com)

Two former independent wrestling superstars and internet darlings will fight for Raw’s biggest prize (as is also the case on SmackDown). Man, 2016 is a great year for professional wrestling. Here’s what to watch for in this match otherwise: Chris Jericho. Jericho has thrown himself into this feud as both a rival to Rollins and Owens’ best friend/potential backstabber. It will be interesting to see how he gets involved in Sunday’s match even if he’s locked out of the cage.

Winner: Kevin Owens

I’m thinking it’s too early to take the title off of Owens. There has to be some kind of Jericho turn coming soon, but it would be best with the Prizefighter as champion. I’m not suggesting turning Jericho babyface unless that means he can be the same exact character and just fight heels, like Rollins has done for the most part. As for Rollins, he’ll probably remain close to the title picture, as has been the case since he won it in 2015. But it’s hazy as to what his next feud will be unless it’s Jericho.

Raw Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

WWE said its first all-female Hell in a Cell match would be its main event. Then it copped out with a “triple main event,” but according to CM Punk, only the last match is the main event. Far be it from me to call Phil Brooks a liar. So for the sake of argument, let’s assume this match does go on last as it should. Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair (yes they’re calling her Flair now) have had one of the longest, most entertaining feuds in WWE since their days in NXT. This match was destined to happen eventually as both were being booked as having the potential to headline a pay-per-view during their developmental runs. As far as recent history goes, Banks once again defeated Flair on an episode of Raw for the Women’s Championship. But the former champion has never lost a singles match on a pay-per-view. This should steal the show regardless, but the added Hell in a Cell stipulation is intriguing, especially with questions of how it will be used with two female competitors.

Winner: Sasha Banks

There’s absolutely no reason to take the title off of Banks now. If you want people to be sick of Flair, fine. But Banks has to be established as a credible champion. Somehow, the much smaller Boss is going to have to overcome the dominant second-generation superstar, whether it be using the steel structure or out-wrestling her. Either way, Banks has to come out of this match as champion if WWE is going to continue to push her as its top babyface.

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