WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 Preview | Bonehead Picks

WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 Preview

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Once Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam last month, the WWE Universe knew there would be a changing in the guard so to speak. With Reigns as champion, you would now have your Universal Champion on television every week and things would then end up changing as a whole for the company.

Who knew they would change this much?

Braun Strowman aligning with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre after The Shield re-formed and cost Strowman an opportunity at cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase was something no one saw coming. Strowman had been one of the more popular baby faces in the company since WrestleMania, so turning him heel was puzzling but a must if fans were to see The Shield as top baby faces. Putting Reigns back with his Shield brethren is the only way Reigns will be cheered in any sort of way, so it is the only logical option.

The Bellas returning also provided us with a bit of a surprise. Their return to in-ring action is bringing a blast from the past, but not necessarily in a good way. They’re a reminder of the “divas” era and that isn’t a good thing. Although, Brie working with husband Daniel Bryan saves her from the boo birds. Nikki Bella, especially with a potential match with Ronda Rousey on the horizon, hasn’t been so lucky in avoiding the jeers of the WWE Universe.

There’s so much more to discuss, but why talk about it here? Let’s discuss in our match preview, match by match. Don’t want to forget anything!


Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse – 

After The Miz picked up the shocking win over Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam thanks to the help of his wife Maryse, a defeated Daniel Bryan received encouraging words from his wife Brie and things took off from there. Miz imitated Daniel Bryan’s retirement speech on the Smackdown after SummerSlam, prompting Brie Bella to charge the ring and slap the taste out of Miz’s mouth.

Really cool stuff.

This now adds an extra layer to the already intense rivalry as these two husband and wife duos will clash in the squared circle.

Just like when Nikki Bella and John Cena emerged victorious over Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania, Bryan and Brie will do the same.


Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match) – 

These two veterans have faced off plenty of times prior with Orton usually on the winning end of things, especially during their 2008 feud.

This has been one of the more enjoyable story lines between both brands as of late, allowing Jeff Hardy to once again emerge on to the main event scene while also giving Randy Orton new life as a full fledged heel.

Orton picks up the victory by possibly bringing back the punt to the skull, something that is vital for this heel run to work as we march towards the end of the year.

It’s also a near foregone conclusion Hardy will jump off the top of the cell or do something ridiculous.


Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntrye vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose – 

The Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre pairing has been an outstanding idea since they partnered up back in April. Their chemistry is great and now brings some life back into the tag team division. WWE goes through flows in which their tag division is either really good or really poor; imagine it like a roller coaster. We just finished a low point in which Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel reigned as champs and now we are back on the high again.

It doesn’t appear likely Ambrose and Rollins win the belts only because Rollins is already the Intercontinental champion. However, it would feed into the WWE locker room hating on The Shield if they DID win the titles.

So, Ambrose and Rollins will win the tag team titles in convincing fashion.


SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Rusev & Aiden English – 

I hate writing this, but I believe we are going to see a Rusev and Aiden English split, with English turning heel.

I hope not, because Rusev and English as a unit is a great pairing, but everything over time runs its course. This is one of those things.

New Day retains.


WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe – 

Man, the rivalry between Styles and Joe has gotten so personal, it gets near cringe worthy to watch. That’s how you know a good story is being told.

These two have fought for nearly two decades. Two decades. They know each other inside and out and yet, their matches never get old. There’s always some type of new wrinkle in the fold.

Can Samoa Joe win his first WWE title?

I had predicted he would at SummerSlam, but instead WWE decided to get more run out of the program with these two, which makes all the sense in the world. Styles has been champion for nearly a year and I still see a Samoa Joe vs. Daniel Bryan feud playing out for the title.

Think Styles retains here, but next month or leading up to Survivor Series Joe finally captures the gold.


Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss – 

Another squash match upcoming?

As sad as it is for Alexa Bliss, it just doesn’t seem like it can go any other way.

Rousey retains.


SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch – 

Heel Becky Lynch could be the most over female talent in a long time. The fans love her and believe she deserves to be the champion. Problem is the fact Charlotte is the current champion and doesn’t appear to be dropping the title any time soon. Every loss for Lynch as time moves forward will further the WWE Universe’s longing for Lynch to become champ.

WWE may not have realized prior what they had on their hands here, but a potential final match at Evolution could surely help sell the building out.

Charlotte retains.


Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman (Hell in a Cell Match with Mick Foley as Special Guest Referee) – 
I am still not entirely clear if Braun Strowman cashed in his briefcase here or not, because even though he handed it to acting GM Constable Baron Corbin, there has been no official announcement of Strowman using his opportunity. This could end up being the swerve if Strowman does in fact lose here, which seems entirely plausible based on the match stipulations. It’s almost a guarantee Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose all get involved here, causing a major cluster of chaos. Having Mick Foley as referee is going to add to the nostalgia, but you also know he is going to take some type of bump in the process.
It would be stunning if Reigns loses, especially with everything going on with his Shield buddies. Just wouldn’t make sense after the match with Brock. Reigns isn’t a transitional champion.
We all know that.
Hence why I am going back to my Strowman never officially cashing in his contract scenario. Opens it up to an ongoing story line.
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