The yearly Hell in a Cell PPV comes around this weekend, just in time for Halloween. WWE has presented several memorable matches over the years, but the overall concept of a Hell in a Cell PPV hasn’t been successful.
Several matches have often found themselves taking place inside the barbaric structure for no reason, but this year stakes are high for all the three matches announced to take place inside the cell.
Apart from the three HIAC matches, WWE has failed to present solid matchups for the rest of the card, which exposes WWE’s top-heavy booking. It could also be a result of the draft taking place recently, which didn’t allow the creative to come up with stories for the characters.
We run down the WWE Hell in a Cell 2020 match card announced so far, and give our thoughts and predictions on how things will go down this Sunday.
Date: 25 October 2020
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Time: 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT
Where to watch: WWE Network
Kickoff Show | WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth (c) vs Drew Gulak
This is a last minute addition to the Hell in a Cell match card as WWE has officially announced on Twitter that R-Truth will be defending his 24/7 Championship against Drew Gulak in the kickoff show.
Without any doubt, R-Truth is the greatest WWE 24/7 Champion of all time. He has, in many ways, single-handedly made sure that the WWE Universe stays invested in the 24/7 title. Gulak has been on Truth’s tail for a while now, and we can except some fun moments on the PPV.
Prediction: Drew Gulak wins
Otis vs. The Miz: Winner Gets Money in the Bank Contract
In recent weeks, The Miz has been drafted over to Monday Night Raw, but the A-Lister has managed to continue his storyline with Otis. After coming between Otis and Mandy Rose and having his girlfriend moved over to Raw, Otis made it his mission to ruin The Miz.
This led to The Miz filing a lawsuit against Otis where he was hoping that he would be forced to hand him the Money in the Bank contract. JBL, who held the court sessions this week on SmackDown, ruled in Miz’s favor and Otis is forced to defend his Money in the Bank contract this weekend.
There were rumors that Vince McMahon is not interested in pushing Otis anymore and this could be a way to take away the MITB contract from Otis.
Prediction: The Miz wins Money in the Bank contract
Jeff Hardy vs. Elias
A feud that started months ago after Jeff’s return to WWE, was put on the shelf for a few months due to Elias’ legitimate injury. Elias returned during the draft episode and attacked Jeff Hardy, with their feud moving from Friday to Monday nights.
Jeff Hardy’s alcohol troubles have often been the central point of his storylines so far, and this one is no different.
Elias has often looked the part in WWE, both as a heel and as a babyface, but has lacked major victories to show for. This should be the start of a decent push for the highly talented star.
Prediction: Elias wins
Hell in a Cell Match for WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks
A rivalry which was months in making will finally come to its head at Hell in a Cell in a fitting stipulation for this superbly written story.
Although the duo had a clash earlier this month on Smackdown’s season premiere, a HIAC match is the perfect medium for this feud. It is unfortunate that WWE has to go ahead with this matchup in front of no fans, as both the stars have done a tremendous job with their characters in the last few months.
The duo had a groundbreaking matchup on NXT Takeover five years ago, and with roles reversed, they will surely deliver yet another classic matchup on Sunday.
This feud will surely go for more than just one match, which should result in a win for the champion for the time being.
Prediction: Bayley retains
Hell in a Cell Match for WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton
These two individuals have been fighting for the most prestigious title in the company for several months now, but their feud continues to impress with each passing week. There are several feuds that have gone stale after WWE extending them for several months, but it is surely not the case with this one.
Orton has been at the top of his game for several months now, and McIntyre has performed exceptionally well as the strong babyface champion (which WWE tried several times with Roman Reigns). This makes it a major dilemma for WWE when it comes to deciding the winner, and McIntyre should take up the win and continue his impressive run. However, expect a swerve from the chairman.
Prediction: Randy Orton wins
I Quit, Hell in a Cell Match for WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Jey Uso
The blood rivalry continues with never-seen-before stakes for this title match. The two cousins will collide in an ‘I Quit’ match inside the demonic structure, which is sure to be a contender for one of the best HIAC matches in the company in a long time.
The duo produced a tremendous matchup at Clash of Champions, with Uso proving his mettle as a singles competitor, and Reigns establishing himself as the No.1 heel in the company.
There is going to be violence of tremendous level in this matchup, and it won’t be a match for the faint-hearted. Reigns is winning the match for sure, and Uso is going to be brutalized, victimized, and conquered by his Tribal Chief.
Prediction: Roman Reigns decimates Jey Uso