What matches are going to take place at WWE Hell in a Cell 2016? Raw’s second brand-exclusive event is set for October 30, 2016 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts and fresh off the heels of the Clash of Champions show, no matches have been officially confirmed at the moment. That shouldn’t stop us from trying to predict what the card is going to consist of, though. So let’s go ahead and test our psychic powers by trying to guess what matches are going to fill the lineup for the red brand’s next pay-per-view special.
WWE Universal Championship Match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins
Unless Seth Rollins is injured enough that he’s unable to compete, this is a guarantee. Since the event is a month away, I would assume WWE can simply allow him to rest up for the next few weeks and he’d be good to go by October 30th, so I’m not too worried. The trouble with this setup is since this event is branded with the Hell in a Cell name, there needs to be at least one of those matches on the card, and all signs should point to it being this one. If it isn’t, it’ll be the United States Championship fight, but that will come off as a bit of a disappointment in comparison. The downside, though, is if Rollins is a health risk, you don’t want to have him in a brutal cage match so soon after being injured.
As far as any alternative matches to take place in the event Rollins is unable to perform, I honestly can’t think of anything other than for Sami Zayn to step in. He and Owens have been feuding long enough that a Hell in a Cell match would feel justified and it would be something the fans would still be interested in seeing, rather than slotting in someone else who might be underwhelming for a main event.
United States Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Rusev
We all know this is happening again, which is why WWE chose to do the double count out route to prolong the feud. Rusev is somewhat entitled to another rematch, as he didn’t lose this one, and nothing is even remotely being built up as a replacement for either of these two to busy themselves with. It’s just a matter of time before they announce that this match is going to happen at Hell in a Cell, and it’s more of a question of whether it will be a normal fight or if it will take place inside the cage itself.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro
Once Mick Foley suggested this, it seemed to be an inevitability. Now that The New Day has moved past Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, they’ll have to go up against Cesaro and Sheamus. This could go either way, as WWE loves to put the tag titles on two feuding stars, but The New Day are over 400 days into their championship reign and just 70 or so days short of surpassing Demolition’s record. It would be a shame for them to get so close and not make the mark, particularly since there’s a built-in reason for Sheamus and Cesaro to lose by not being able to stay on the same page. Then, Sheamus and Cesaro could wrap things up with a gimmick match at Survivor Series, as they shouldn’t be on the same team in that scenario by any means.
Raw Women’s Championship Match
Sasha Banks is scheduled to have a title shot against Charlotte on next week’s episode of Raw, but the standard operating procedure is almost always for those television bouts to be more of a setup than anything else. Just as Roman Reigns and Rusev had a double count out, I fully expect to see Dana Brooke do something “controversial” to screw things up, leading to Charlotte retaining by disqualification or interference. After the fact, Mick Foley will do the responsible thing by granting Sasha yet another match, but at Hell in a Cell, and either Bayley will be ringside to offset Dana or they’ll simply repeat what happened a few weeks back by having Dana barred from ringside.
Cruiserweight Championship Match
In some fashion, the Cruiserweight Championship will find its way onto the card. T.J. Perkins defeated Brian Kendrick at Clash of Champions and is set to have another match with him next week on Raw, but unlike some of the other titles listed above, I don’t necessarily think this is going to carry over into Hell in a Cell. New members of the division are being added every week, so by the time Hell in a Cell rolls along at the end of October, I expect a new #1 contender to be established. Judging by the amount of use he’s had so far, Rich Swann stands out to me as the most likely candidate, but no matter who faces Perkins (or Kendrick, if he somehow wins the title on Raw), we should be in store for a good match.
POTENTIAL OTHER MATCHES
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Enzo and Cass were completely left off the card for Clash of Champions and I can’t imagine that happening yet again here at Hell in a Cell. Since Gallows and Anderson have lost numerous attempts to take down The New Day, the next best thing is for these two teams to start a feud with each other.
Braun Strowman or Nia Jax Squash
It’s become a weekly thing on Raw to see Nia Jax and/or Braun Strowman utterly destroy their opponents, and this carried over into the pre-show of Clash of Champions where Jax defeated Alicia Fox. I fully expect to see something like this continue with the Hell in a Cell kickoff. Perhaps this time, it’s Strowman who gets to beat somebody up in quick fashion like Sin Cara or Neville?
Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn
This week’s Raw didn’t feature Sami Zayn at all, nor did Jericho call him out or do anything to indicate their feud will continue, but their match together at Clash of Champions was good enough that WWE could easily take the lazy way out and continue the feud, picking up where they left off on next week’s episode of Raw. All it takes is for some dumb segment with Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson to end with Sami Zayn coming out to do the physical role—since the celebrities rarely participate in that fashion—and for Jericho to look humiliated as a result.
Those are my predictions for what we’re going to see, but what do you think? What is the Hell in a Cell card going to shape up to be? Drop your suggestions in the comments below!