The new era is all set and ready to go in WWE, with three blockbuster offerings this week. RAW, NXT and SmackDown all delivered in a major way, with a flurry of title matches during the shows.
The first-ever pay-per-view of this new era, Hell in a Cell, is all set to take place this Sunday, and as of now, only four matches have been announced for the PPV. WWE’s busy schedule with the season premiere of RAW, the debut of SmackDown and the upcoming Crown Jewel PPV has led to HIAC being shafted when it comes to proper feuds and rivalries.
We look at the WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 match card and give our thoughts and predictions on how it will go down this Sunday.
Event: WWE Hell in a Cell
Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
Time: Main show @ 7 pm ET and Kickoff show @ 6 pm ET
1. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper vs Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan
The two biggest babyfaces of WWE in recent memory team up to take on the eternal tag-team of Rowan and Harper. A saga that unfolded throughout the summer will reach its possible culmination at Hell in a Cell, as Reigns and Bryan both, have issues with the former Wyatt Family members.
Rowan has come into his own in recent weeks, delivering commendable performances and even picked up a victory over Reigns at Clash of Champions. Luke Harper’s surprising return at Clash of Champions has added to the mystery to this storyline.
It was heavily rumored that Daniel Bryan is the mystery attacker and the mastermind behind the whole operation. WWE could swerve the fans in a big way by having Bryan turn on Reigns during the match, and reveal himself to be the mystery attacker. Following this, Reigns can turn to the ready-to-return Usos, and form the Bloodline once again.
Prediction: Rowan and Harper win after Bryan turns on Reigns
2. SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley(c) vs Charlotte Flair
One of the latest additions to the card, the blue brand representatives of the Four Horsewomen will continue their never-ending rivalry with yet another title match for Flair. Bayley cheated her way to a victory the last time these two ladies met, at Clash of Champions last month.
Flair pinned Bayley on the debut episode of Friday Night SmackDown, which led to the inclusion of this match in the HIAC card.
Both these superstars have played second fiddle to the Sasha-Becky rivalry and will settle their own scores in the ring at HIAC. WWE is highly unlikely to give Flair a second straight pinfall loss on PPV.
Prediction: Charlotte Flair wins the title
3. Hell in a Cell Match For The RAW Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch(c) vs Sasha Banks
Yet another rematch from Clash of Champions, the deeply personal feud between Lynch and Banks will possibly reach its culmination inside the demonic structure. Their last encounter was highly enjoyable with a DQ finish, which led to the announcement of the Hell in a Cell battle.
Banks was part of the first-ever female Hell in a Cell match when she took on Charlotte Flair in 2016. Banks was unable to register a victory during that match and will use her experience to her advantage.
Becky Lynch is highly rumored to join SmackDown after the Draft, which takes place next week. In addition, Banks has moved up the ladder in WWE and with a new contract in her bag, she could become a 5-time RAW Women’s Champion.
Prediction: Sasha Banks wins the championship
4. Hell in a Cell Match For The Universal Championship: Seth Rollins(c) vs ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt
The hottest act in WWE currently, Bray Wyatt’s Fiend will wrestle his second match on WWE television. Wyatt has taken the wrestling industry by storm with his new persona and has taken down several legends in the last few weeks.
Seth Rollins won the Universal title for the second time at SummerSlam in August and defended it against Braun Strowman at Clash of Champions last month. However, the Fiend has been a great menace to the Architect.
How WWE handles this match will be quite interesting to see, as Wyatt’s current persona will be diminished if he takes a loss and Rollins has been the champion for around 10 weeks. Both of these superstars are at the very top in WWE, and a loss for either one of them will be quite surprising.
However, the hype surrounding Wyatt is tremendous right now, which could lead to WWE crowning him as the new champion inside Devil’s Playground. If WWE wants to make The Fiend look strong and still keep the title on Rollins, then there should be interference from some other superstar, leading to a new storyline with The Fiend.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt wins the Universal Championship
Four or five more matches are expected to be added to the WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 match card.