This Sunday, October 28th, the WWE presents Hell In A Cell from Atlanta, Georgia. Hopefully the WWE hasn't backed themselves into a booking mess. There's a real possibility that this PPV could fall flat, even could be a train wreck, or the WWE could pull it out and give us something spectacular. I'm not recommending that everyone go out and buy HIAC, I don't want that on my head!
This month I will be joined by Gesus with full predictions, Alex Barie and Robbie will be adding their basic predictions at the end. Make sure you tell us all what you think will happen at HIAC!
No need to worry my fellow readers, the best part of predicting is back! No more going into your pay per view not knowing what is going on. I am sorry I have left you for so long. I will do my best to never let it go this long. I have been very busy but let’s just jump on into this possible train wreck of a ppv. Well after this reminder, I am giving my opinion on the build of this pay per view and how I would book the ending based on my Fantasy Booking.
Ken Predicts – US Title Match – Antonio Cesaro (c) vs Justin Gabriel
I find it interesting that Cesaro isn't on the card, he is US Champ right now, so I'm suspecting this will be the unscheduled match. It only makes sense. It also only makes sense for Cesaro to retain, I just hope this match is better than the one they had on RAW!
Ken's Predicted Winner – Cesaro
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Cesaro
Gesus Predicts - US Title Match – Antonio Cesaro vs Justin Gabriel
Now this match isn’t on the official card. That is confusing to me since they have put on some good matches. I am huge Cesaro fan, despite what my wife may say under her breathe. I hope they get enough time to put on a good match wedged between all the other scheduled matches. I don’t see the title changing hands, but short of the tag match, if you want to see wrestling put everything aside for this match.
Gesus' Predicted Winner - Cesaro
Ken Predicts - WWE Intercontinental Championship Match - Kofi Kingston (c) vs. The Miz
I am expecting a lot from this match. That match on RAW between these two was sick, and then Miz was knocked silly. But before Miz was knocked out, these two left me with my jaw hanging open. I'll fully admit that I didn't see their IC Title Match on Main Event, and I think the WWE dropped the ball by announcing Kofi's win, even though Richard broke the news earlier. I do plan on watching the match, I just haven't made it there yet, but I'm sure it was sick because these two have seemed to bring the best out in each other lately. That being said, I don't want to see this feud end here, nor do I want Kofi to have a short IC Title reign. I see some sort of kooky, strange or unexpected thing happening to end this match, but nothing that could upstage any strange endings that could come later in the night. Either way, Kofi will retain.
Ken's Predicted Winner – Kofi
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Kofi
Gesus Predicts - WWE Intercontinental Championship Match - Kofi Kingston (c) vs. The Miz
I am actually excited for this match. I think the build has been a bit intriguing. Finally bringing a little significance to the title. I wonder, like many things in WWE, how long will it last? While I think the stock has fallen for Miz, I think Kofi’s stock has fallen further. The difference between the two’s fallen stock is because Kofi got buried by Orton in a very childish “STUPID STUPID STUPID” way. Miz is just a case of bad booking. My position on Miz is conflicting. I really like the Miz, at least I try to anyway. His relationship with Maryse makes it really hard for me to like him but that’s a little personal. I am also not a fan of Kofi. I don’t know why, but I am not entertained by him in the ring. His ring work has yet to evolve. Every match he is in, we have already seen. This match is going to be more of the same that we have seen on Raw. They have given this match away too much on free TV to make me care too much. Then again, I have written more on this match than I will on other matches most likely.
Gesus' Predicted Winner - Kofi
Ken Predicts - Singles Match - Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton
How many moves will be hit in this match? Ten, maybe? I'm not at all looking forward to this match. Not only is ADR at the bottom of my list, Orton has lost a lot of respect he'd earned over the past couple years. Not only has his ego gotten him in trouble backstage, his matches have turned very 'five moves of doom.' We're used to that from Cena, but he's 'the face of the WWE', and Orton has lost his status. To me that says Orton needs to pick up his game, but he hasn't been. Honestly, I'd rather watch Barrett work the ring these days, and I wasn't a fan of his for quite a while. Honestly, I don't think this match will hold my attention well unless one, or both, of these guys step it up in a big way. Stacy said it and I agree, this is a throwaway match, there's really no meaning behind it. We've been watching Smackdown, yet we still don't feel at all invested in this feud. Because I have to pick a winner, I'm going with Orton. He's back from taping his movie (I think), and will most likely be pushed harder (unfortunately), so he'll win this one.
Ken's Predicted Winner – Orton
Stacy's Predicted Winner – ADR
Gesus Predicts - Singles Match - Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton
This is a match I don’t care about. ADR’s ego and unwillingness to be in this sport long term shows in the ring and has hurt him backstage. He was one of my favorite heels. Now, though, I could care less. Also, I am sure all of you know how I feel about Orton. I don’t care about this match. The only good thing about this match is that it may be long enough for a proper bathroom break leaving the Divas match to grab a beer. Orton will win, as per usual...yawn.
Gesus' Predicted Winner - Orton
Ken Predicts - WWE Tag Team Championship Match - Team Hell No (c) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
This is one of my favorite matches on the card. Team Hell No has made such a huge splash, but Team Rhodes Scholars have been rushing up behind them. They're such different teams, and that's making this feud so much fun! Honestly, I think THN will retain, but it will be by sheer accident, not by them working as a team. Maybe it will be a DQ, but this will not end with THN winning because they worked as a team, even though I do think they will retain. I think the ending of this will be questionable enough that Team Rhodes Scholars will have reason to come back and continue fighting with them for the belts.
Ken's Predicted Winner – Team Hell No
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Team Hell No
Gesus Predicts - WWE Tag Team Championship Match - Team Hell No (c) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
Not much to say about the build that hasn’t already been said. Though I fear that after weeks of getting over with their Anger Management Therapies, they’re going stale. Their gimmick is falling hard and I feel it’s more due to poor writing due to the talent both Kane and DBD have. In my opinion they can’t quite find their footing as either face or heel. I feel the people are getting a bit confused or maybe it’s just me. As for Rhodes Scholars, what a magnificent team! I am missing a bit being as I don’t watch Smackdown regularly. I feel like they are a solid tag team, and if WWE knew their butt from a hole in the ground they’d give these two a more prominent role on TV. This has all the makings to be the show stealer match of the night. I think Rhodes Scholars should take these titles and push them as a tag feuding with Team Friendship. Side note Team Hell No just sucks as a name, Team Friendship is way better. They could be feuding a few months and maybe dissension growing between Kane and DBD. They could ultimately have a showdown on the grandest stage at Wrestlemania. Then again that’s how I’d be booking this. Either way I don’t think RS will win so my prediction is Team Friendship.
Gesus' Predicted Winner - Team Friendship
Ken Predicts - Triple Threat Match for the WWE Divas Championship - Eve (c) vs. Kaitlyn vs. Layla
It's time that things are going to get ugly. On Smackdown there was some issues between Layla and Kaitlyn, and I see those carrying over to this match. I'm hoping that these three are given the time and booking to work the ring hard, as they all have been the past couple weeks. As much as I don't want to see it happen, I think Eve will retain. That way Kaitlyn can come back with even more proof to get her one on one match with Eve and become the Divas Champ then.
Ken's Predicted Winner – Eve
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Layla/b>
Gesus Predicts - Triple Threat Match for the WWE Divas Championship - Eve (c) vs. Kaitlyn vs. Layla
The Divas have really tried to put on quality television lately with some solid wrestling. Sadly it’s just Eve carrying the division now that Beth is leaving. They’re really dropping the ball on Natalya as well. This storyline has just been bad, as well, but at least they’re trying. I really don’t care how this match ends but I feel like Eve should win.
Gesus' Predicted Winner - Eve
Ken Predicts - World Heavyweight Championship Match - Sheamus (c) vs. Big Show
Will Big Show pull off finally winning the WHC? And if he does, who will be able to take Big Show down? I'd love to see Big Show win and have one more run with the WHC, but I really don't know how they could pull it off with Big Show in the role he's been in recently. When he was face it was possible to see someone beating him somehow, but right now he seems virtually unstoppable. The only way I could see Big Show being beaten is in an Elimination Chamber Match, but will they let him carry to February? Wait, I see it! Hear me out. Big Show will win the WHC from Sheamus, but he won't walk out of HIAC as WHChamp. I'm not sure if his title reign will be longer than 45 seconds, but I'll be shocked if it is. Big Show will win, but after the match he will eat yet another brogue kick – or Mark Henry will come out and take out Big Show in some way, or Kane, or Bryan (he's sure ticked off a lot of people recently) - and Ziggler will swoop in, cash in his MITB contract and defeat Big Show. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm always the one in the Live Blog who doesn't believe that the MITB will be cashed in, but I'm calling it for this one!
Ken's Predicted Winner – Big Show → Ziggler
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Big Show
Gesus Predicts - World Heavyweight Championship Match - Sheamus (c) vs. Big Show
This match I didn’t really care for since I feel like they’re turning Sheamus into a boring character. I do think he is better heel, but he is turning into the Cena like cheesy face. Big Show is also letting his age show. He can’t go like he used to and it’s quickly getting boring to see. If I were to book this, and I will explain more in the Punk versus Ryback match, but I would put Show over for the title. Shake up the title scene and set up a nice feud for Survivor series. Also I wouldn’t have Ziggler cashing in you’ll see why later.
Gesus' Predicted Winner - Big Show
Ken Predicts - Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship - CM Punk (c) vs. Ryback
I think that this match will be the clincher of the night. Either they will book this match beautifully, or it will be the biggest mess we've seen in years. Hopefully creative will be able to pull this off. Personally, I think their only choice would be to look back 15 years to the debut of HIAC in the WWF. HBK and Taker had been abusing each other all over the place and the only structure that could guarantee a clean win would be the demonic HIAC – or so they thought. HIAC did what it should in keeping Trip and Chyna from costing Taker the match, but then Kane debuted, led to the ring by none other than Paul Bearer. Kane ripped the door off the cage and nailed his brother with a tombstone. HBK had been virtually beaten by that point, but he was able to crawl over and flop across Taker's prone body. Who other than Brock could come down, rip the door off the cage and destroy Ryback? While I don't want to see Ryback's streak to end, and I'm sure VKM doesn't want that to happen, I don't know how to get around that unless the ref calls for an interference DQ. That's one I just can't figure out, but VKM is much sneakier than I am about twisting his own rules to what he wants at any specific time.
I do want to address something I've been seeing all over the web since Ryback was announced to face Punk. So many people think Ryback can't handle a match like this, that he doesn't have to skills to work the ring with Punk. I can't say that Ryback's been tested as a main event worker on the bigger PPV stages, but he does have the skills and does know how to work the ring well enough to hold his own with Punk. I've gone back this week and watches older matches with Ryback in them, and I have to say that I'm rather impressed with his ring work. He does have the skills to work this match, the question that comes up for me is – Will creative/bookers/TPTB in the WWE actually book this match so Ryback can show off some of those skills? I'll be highly surprised if Ryback actually gets to show off many ring skills. I think he'll be sent in to dominate, then get beaten down by Brock, then something screwy happening so Punk retains his WWE Championship, possibly also retaining Ryback's streak somehow.
Ken's Predicted Winner – Punk retains
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Ryback
Gesus Predicts - Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship - CM Punk (c) vs. Ryback
Man oh man, can anyone say train wreck? As many have said, this is a booking nightmare. I could see them going a few ways, but ultimately resulting in how I would book the next few weeks of TV going into Survivor series. First could be Ryback gets assaulted back stage and unable to compete throwing Cena into the match, making it not so much of a booking nightmare, then revealing who attacked him mid match. More on that reveal as I go on. Second I would keep Ryback in the match and compete with Punk. Then, when Punk looks like he is in fear of losing, have Lesnar surprise entrance, have the cage mysteriously lift to let him in and help out Punk. Then Cena will come out and be Super Cena. Then Big Show runs in. Then Sheamus shortly after. This could ultimately get the match thrown out where no one loses face. Before you get crazy, according to my research there have been 2 HIAC matches that ended no contest. While they were both on free TV, and never a PPV, anything could happen. In the ring would be faces Sheamus, Cena, and Ryback, while the heels would be Punk, Show and Lesnar hopefully ultimately standing tall.
This would set up perfectly for some must see TV on Raw. Have the heels come out and declare themselves as Heyman Guys, and that they dominate the title scene and control WWE. At first I was trying to come up with 5 guys to be Heyman guys and was stuck on ECW alumni then I realized it would be great if Vickie was in cahoots with Heyman, and Ziggler never cashed in so he could be a part of the 5 man team for Survivor Series. There will remain one more man, and that’s where I am drawing blanks. I am hoping it’d be someone good. I think it’s to early for Antonio Cesaro, and Barret would just make no sense. Let’s remain optimistic.
As for the faces, we would have Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus. There are a few guys we could get in their team and the options are more open for it. Maybe Orton and that’d set up ADR being the whipping boy on the Heyman team. Not really sure, but this would be a great way to get the title to bypass a PPV, and create must see TV.
Gesus' Predicted Winner - No Contest
Alex Barie Predicts -
Kofi retains - His title reign has to last longer otherwise it would be worthless.
Randy wins - Thinking he will go for the World Title soon.
Rhodes Scholar wins - Team Hell No can't last too long.
Eve - She retains.
Sheamus wins - Nothing to special about the match.
CM Punk wins - There has to be a swerve as there will be an outlandish finish.
Robbie Predicts -
IC Title Match – Kofi Kingston
ADR vs Orton – Orton
Tag Team Championship Match – Team Hell No
Divas Title Match – Eve
World Heavyweight Championship Match – Big Show, Ziggler cashes in and defeats Big Show to become new WHC!
WWE Championship Match – Punk
This PPV looks like a waste of time and money. The go home show was terrible, and the build was lackluster, thanks to the HIAC match. Though I am hoping WWE will blow us out of the water, like they have so many times this year with bad cards. I know my booking seems a bit crazy but it sparks hope into a PPV that really stinks. I hope to see you all in the Live Blog.
Honestly, until I watched Smackdown last night, I had completely forgotten there was a PPV this weekend. That's not a good thing for the WWE. I'm a dyed in the wool wrestling fan, I call myself a wrestling junkie, yet I forgot it was a PPV weekend. RAW was a piss poor go home, but hopefully the WWE has something up their sleeves for Sunday, otherwise there will be a lot of very unhappy fans at 11pm when it's over. Either way, come join us for the WNW Live Blog, I can guarantee it will be an interesting evening, even if it's all because of good talk, if not good wrestling.
KB, Gesus, Stacy, Alex & Robbie