October 4, 2009
Countdown to WWE Hell in a Cell
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff
Somewhere, Count von Count is laughing. "One Hell in a Cell match! Ah-ah-ah. Two Hell in a Cell matches! Ah-ah-ah. Three Hell in a Cell matches! Ah-ah-ah."
The WWE creative team? Probably not laughing as much.
The challenge of coming up with three, intriguing, competitive and entertaining Hell in a Cell bouts must be causing ulcers.
To help them out, the SLAM! Wrestling staff is throwing out some last-minute advice with their picks for the pay-per-view tonight.
Chris Sokol: This pay-per-view is based on and named after The Undertaker's speciality match, so this match looks like an easy one to call. I predict 'Taker getting the win, taking the gold and continuing his feud with Punk through the December pay-per-view.
Andy McNamara: Iím sure this will go on last and should be a phenomenal battle. Punk will solidify main event status by taking a severe beating, but somehow coming out with the title.
Greg Oliver: Punk is one of the best things on WWE TV, a refreshing change from, say, a guy who first won a world title when Punk was 13. It will be a mistake to take it away from him, but WWE has painted itself in a corner here. Undertaker wins, but it's his last run with the title, and it'll be short like his first reign in 1991.
Chris Sokol: I'm calling outside interference on this match, possibly from Ted DiBiase's brother again, leading to Orton recapturing the gold and setting up a four-man team (The Dibiases, Rhodes and Orton) to take on Cena, DX and a partner of their choosing at Survivor Series.
Andy McNamara: Three Hell in a Cell matches on one card is, of course, overkill, and I think that this will be the one to get the least heat from the live crowd. Cena Iím sure is scheduled in for a long title run so heís not losing it here.
Greg Oliver: There has to be something significant that happens here beyond the match, otherwise they have been doing a dance they have been doing for far too long. Perhaps Orton goes so psycho that Ted DiBiase saves Cena? Or will Rhodes go good? Or Cena loses it completely and gets so violent that he is "suspended." My hunch is the first, that even if Cena retains that DiBiase takes a significant step away from Orton. I just can't picture exactly how DiBiase survives his own Hell in a Cell match to get here.
Chris Sokol: DX tapped out at Breaking Point, so I see them gaining a mesaure of revenge and totally destroying Legacy inside Hell in a Cell. As I stated with the Cena vs. Orton match, something will happen later in the night to keep this feud rolling into Survivor Series.
Andy McNamara: This can be a huge turning point in the careers of Rhodes and DiBiase. Hopefully, DX is ready to do the right thing and pass the torch. A win for them means nothing, but would push Legacy to that next level of legitimacy. I will play optimist and pick Legacy.
Greg Oliver: Since HHH is the de facto commander-in-chief, and he made the gesture of putting over young talent at Breaking Point, he gets his ego back in line here, waltzing to a victory.
Chris Sokol: Swagger and Miz are going to get greedy and turn on each other during the match, leading to Kofi picking up the pieces and retaining his title.
Andy McNamara: This could be match of the night if they are given time. Swagger grabs gold, and splits off to feud with Kingston. Miz doesnít need a belt with his heel persona right now.
Greg Oliver: Three rising stars battle for a title belt fighting for meaning again. Not a bad scenario at all. I'll take Swagger to win.
Chris Sokol: With Rey Mysterio just coming off a suspension, I doubt they are going to put a belt on him right away. Jericho and Big Show will get the win here and keep their belts.
Andy McNamara: Iím thinking some sort of DQ finish to keep this feud going. Y2J and Big Show are way too good of a team to take the straps off them yet. Batista and Rey win, but via DQ.
Greg Oliver: Mysterio's public punishment after his drug test failure will be to be squashed here, annoying Batista, and setting up a short program between the two babyfaces. Jericho & Big Show retain and continue to entertain on whatever program they choose.
Chris Sokol: Dolph Ziggler will eventually capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship, just not on this night. Morrison gets the win in this match-up.
Andy McNamara: A couple of terrific young talents who will hopefully be given some time to showcase their athleticism. Ziggler has come up short time and time again so I think he pulls off the upset to put Morrison back in the chaser role.
Greg Oliver: I just get a sense that somebody in power just doesn't want either of these guys to succeed, so I don't think this match will get the time or the attention it deserves. Morrison will retain regardless.
Chris Sokol: I'm going with Mickie James.
Andy McNamara: Meh, not too much interest in this one as the womenís division continues to be stale. Mickie retains.
Greg Oliver: The proverbial popcorn match goes to the champion. Fox might be a decent champ down the road, but she's only just pulling out of the driveway.