WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

The Hell in a Cell Match changes careers forever. This Sunday, live on WWE Network, four Superstars will enter the infamous structure, but only two will emerge from it victorious. Who will be WWE’s alpha dog when Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker face off one final time? Can Roman Reigns finally silence Bray Wyatt inside the Cell? It won’t be easy outside of Hell, either – can Demon Kane save Corporate Kane’s job and defeat Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel, ECW Original Joey Styles and WWE.com editors forecast the action in our Hell in a Cell predictions. Let us know your picks in the comments below.

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Dolph Ziggler, Neville & Cesaro vs. Rusev, Sheamus & King Barrett (Kickoff Match)

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

@howardfinkel: You have six extremely talented Superstars squaring off once again in a return match from Monday’s Raw. Things did not fare well for Dolph Ziggler and his team then, so I’m looking to see them rebound to score the win against their opponents this Sunday. WINNERS: Dolph Ziggler, Neville & Cesaro

@JoeyStyles: As odd as this is to write, Rusev is the glaring weak link here. The Bulgarian Brute’s personal life has him distracted and thus, vulnerable. Only one week after conditionally accepting a marriage proposal from Summer Rae, TMZ exposed that Rusev had been engaged to Lana for a month. I expect Dolph Ziggler to score the pinfall over Rusev due to an unscheduled appearance by the scorned Summer Rae. WINNERS: Dolph Ziggler, Neville & Cesaro

Jeff Laboon: Dolph Ziggler, Neville & Cesaro have diverse, complementary styles, while the opposing trio specializes in dishing out black eyes. The combination of Ziggler’s finesse, Neville’s acrobatics and Cesaro’s strength will mesh perfectly. WINNERS: Dolph Ziggler, Neville & Cesaro 

Anthony Benigno: This rematch is only happening because Sheamus decided to give his team a dirty win. Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville won’t fall for the same trap again, though. WINNERS: Dolph Ziggler, Neville & Cesaro

Ryan Pappolla: I vote we bypass Halloween and go right into giving thanks for these six Superstars being holiday-packaged into one giant contest together. Brute strength beats out speed and athleticism in this one. WINNERS: Rusev, Sheamus & King Barrett

Dolph Ziggler, Neville & Cesaro: 4, Rusev, Sheamus & King Barrett: 1

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WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

@howardfinkel: How many more chances will The Dudley Boyz get to thwart the physical, verbal and, yes, musical barrage of The New Day? This Sunday should be Bubba Ray and D-Von’s “last chance saloon.” And they’re going to make it count. WINNERS: The Dudley Boyz

@JoeyStyles: The only way the most decorated tag team in history can add a tenth WWE World Tag Team Championship to their trophy case is to neutralize Xavier Woods. Unfortunately, unless Spike Dudley, Tommy Dreamer or Tazz shows up to silence him and his trombone, The New Day will retain the titles despite losing by disqualification. WINNERS: The Dudley Boyz

Jeff Laboon: The New Day’s mean streak has really opened some eyes. This trio has been running at a level that no one — including The Dudley Boyz — ever expected. The New Day leaves with their reign intact. WINNERS: The New Day

Anthony Benigno: If Xavier Woods is in? New Day. But after that 3D through a table on Raw, it doesn’t look good for the trombone-trumpeting tag-teamer, which means the WWE Tag Team Championship likely goes back to Dudleyville in a straight-up, two-on-two match. Cue “Taps” for The New Day’s reign. WINNERS: The Dudley Boyz

Ryan Pappolla: I keep picking The Dudley Boyz and they keep getting New Day’d. If the definition of insanity truly is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, then call me crazy. I’m going with those damn Dudleys. WINNERS: The Dudley Boyz

The Dudley Boyz: 4, The New Day: 1

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Divas Champion Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

@howardfinkel: As impressive as Charlotte’s dethroning of Nikki Bella was last month at Night of Champions, it will be equally impressive to see Nikki Bella regain the Diva’s Championship Sunday. A crafty customer inside the ring, Nikki will be at the top of her game, perhaps slipping over Charlotte with a quick pinfall victory. WINNER: Nikki Bella 

@JoeyStyles: This match will end in a disqualification or count-out, leading to Charlotte retaining the Divas Championship. Frankly, of all the matches on the pay-per-view, this is the one that most needs to be contested inside the Cell. WINNER: Charlotte

Jeff Laboon: Nikki Bella doesn’t take embarrassment well. She has been planning her strategy to get the Divas Title back for a month now, and at WWE Hell in a Cell, she puts her plan into action. WINNER: Nikki Bella

Anthony Benigno: Team Bella has been running roughshod over Charlotte for a few weeks now. If Raw is any indication, though, “Naitch’s” baby girl is done playing around. Nikki goes to the back of the line. WINNER: Charlotte 

Ryan Pappolla: After Charlotte and Nikki Bella’s Night of Champions contest, one could argue that a back-and-forth with the title is about to begin. But Charlotte has several reasons as to why that just won’t be the case. WINNER: Charlotte 

Charlotte: 3, Nikki Bella: 2

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Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens vs. Ryback

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

@howardfinkel: I’ve come to the conclusion that when it comes to Kevin Owens, less is more. He is so smart in going about his business, both in and out of the ring. Ryback will no doubt be primed to attempt to regain, but Owens’ savvy will allow him to defeat The Big Guy. WINNER: Kevin Owens

@JoeyStyles: Kevin Owens has retreated repeatedly when challenged to unscheduled fights by Ryback. It may be cowardice or it may simply be strategy. Regardless, I expect Owens to use an eye-poke, low blow or handful of singlet to steal a win and retain the Intercontinental Championship on Sunday. WINNER: Kevin Owens

Jeff Laboon: Ryback takes respect seriously. If you disrespect him, he won’t forget that any time soon. Kevin Owens is a great competitor, but The Big Guy works too hard to take this championship opportunity for granted. WINNER: Ryback

Anthony Benigno: Kevin Owens’ tour of punishment as the Intercontinental Champion has been thoroughly entertaining. That said, nothing short of a rake to the eyes is saving him from Ryback, and I’m pretty sure The Big Guy ain’t falling for that again. WINNER: Ryback

Ryan Pappolla: At Night of Champions, Kevin Owens outsmarted Ryback to become the new Intercontinental Champion. At Hell in a Cell, KO will out-wrestle and out-work The Human Wrecking Ball, retaining the title and continuing what will be one of the greatest reigns ever. WINNER: Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens: 3, Ryback: 2

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John Cena’s U.S. Open Challenge

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

@howardfinkel: I would like to see Dean Ambrose step up to the plate this Sunday and challenge John Cena. Ambrose is arguably WWE’s most underrated Superstar, and most certainly would be a perfect candidate for Cena to compete against, in what would be a first-rate match. CHALLENGER: Dean Ambrose

@JoeyStyles: Something in the sky tells me that Stardust will come after John Cena’s title, if for no other reason than that it has stars on it. Yes, this prediction has crossed the line into ridiculousness, but how could I possibly know who will walk through the curtain at WWE Hell in a Cell? What I am confident about predicting is that Cena will retain the star-spangled championship and defend it again this Monday night on Raw. CHALLENGER: Stardust

Jeff Laboon: Dean Ambrose owns the third-longest United States Championship reign in the title’s 30-year history. And that run only came to an end because of a 20-man Battle Royal. Ambrose steps up to the plate again at WWE Hell in a Cell. CHALLENGER: Dean Ambrose

Anthony Benigno: Ordinarily, I’d have picked any of the guys in the Kickoff, but they’re all spoken for. NXT veterans tend to give The Champ his stiffest challenges, so I’m going with a guy everyone thought we’d get at Night of Champions. Rev up that chopper, baby: Baron Corbin’s coming to town. CHALLENGER: Baron Corbin

Ryan Pappolla: The Miz’s path to victory in the WrestleMania 27 main event began with an impressive United States Championship reign in 2010. The A-Lister will look to begin that process again by, coincidentally, setting up a WrestleMania rematch between himself and The Champ. CHALLENGER: The Miz

Dean Ambrose: 2, Stardust: 1, The Miz: 1, Baron Corbin: 1

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Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell Match)

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

@howardfinkel: Their differences are varied by nature, but their goals are similar in scope: Tto do a number on their opponent. With no Wyatt Family members running interference, the advantage should favor Reigns. But I look for Wyatt to turn it up a few notches and score the victory! WINNER: Bray Wyatt

@JoeyStyles: If this match were not being held inside the Cell, I would pick Bray Wyatt. With these two Superstars trapped inside Hell, however, Roman Reigns will have Wyatt isolated and ripe for the Superman Punch, the Spear and ultimately, the win. WINNER: Roman Reigns 

Jeff Laboon: The Wyatt Family has held the advantage over members of The Shield since they first squared off in 2014. The reign of terror continues at Hell in a Cell when Bray Wyatt scores a career-defining win over The Big Dog. WINNER: Bray Wyatt

Anthony Benigno: One way or another, this rivalry ends inside Hell in a Cell. And after months of chasing his tail against The New Face of Fear, The Big Dog hits pay dirt and moves on to the next target. WINNER: Roman Reigns

Ryan Pappolla: It would be oddly poetic for a rivalry that has been defined by interference to finally end with a straight up one-on-one outing. Yet all of that feels just too easy. Somebody bails Bray Wyatt out of the Cell this Sunday. WINNER: Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns: 3, Bray Wyatt: 2

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WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Demon Kane

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

@howardfinkel: Kane’s “Jekyll and Hyde” personality has Seth Rollins wondering whether he’s coming or going. However, there’s no chance that Demon Kane will come out with the win, which means that Corporate Kane will be relieved of his administrative duties. WINNER: Seth Rollins 

@JoeyStyles: Kane has repeatedly gotten the best of the WWE World Heavyweight Champion by transforming from Corporate Kane to Demon Kane. He will not have the element of surprise on his side at WWE Hell in a Cell, though. Seth Rollins knows who he is facing, and he will find a way to slay the Demon and retain his title. WINNER: Seth Rollins 

Jeff Laboon: Kane has been greatly underrated for far too long. He has been quietly dominating WWE for 18 years now, but only has two WWE World Heavyweight Championship reigns to show for it. He’ll add No. 3 this Sunday. WINNER: Kane

Anthony Benigno: It has been a rough month for Seth Rollins, no doubt about it. But The Architect always comes through in the clutch, and he’ll do it again against The Big Red Monster. Kane had best update his resume, while Rollins’ will read, “And still …” WINNER: Seth Rollins

Ryan Pappolla: Seth Rollins is in the midst of a championship run that will be talked about for the rest of civilized time. It doesn’t matter which Kane shows up — Demon Kane, Corporate Kane, Musical Theatre Kane — Rollins will somehow prevail. WINNER: Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins: 4, Kane: 1

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The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (Hell in a Cell Match)

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 predictions

@howardfinkel: There is no love lost between these two iconic figures. When the dust settles, Brock Lesnar will come out the victor, in what should be a match for the ages! WINNER: Brock Lesnar

@JoeyStyles: Brock Lesnar has had The Deadman’s number since he debuted in WWE with Paul Heyman by his side more than a decade ago. The Beast has been doubly dangerous since returning to WWE three years ago. Sunday is the final chapter in the epic history of The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, and The Beast will further cement his place in history by beating The Phenom one last time. WINNER: Brock Lesnar

Jeff Laboon: Brock Lesnar has plenty of reason to be confident heading into his Hell in a Cell battle against The Undertaker. With so much on the line, though, don’t bet against the dead. WINNER: The Undertaker

Anthony Benigno: The Beast Incarnate, felled by a technicality at SummerSlam? How wonderfully absurd. But inside Hell in a Cell, with no rules to contain him, Brock Lesnar gets his definitive win against The Undertaker, and this epic tale shutters forever. WINNER: Brock Lesnar

Ryan Pappolla: It would seem a bit ill-conceived for a man (or Beast) to self-appoint himself a multi-week “Go to Hell” tour if he did not indeed plan on destroying the opposition at its final stop. Make no mistake, though, The Phenom will not go quietly into the night. WINNER: Brock Lesnar 

Brock Lesnar: 4, The Undertaker: 1

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