WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 Pay Per View Matches, Schedule & Predictions: Two Hell in a Cell Main Events, One Night, Zero Brock Lesnar
The WWE Championship won't be defended this Sunday, but the WWE Universe is scheduled to be treated with two Hell in a Cell main events.
U.S. Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. The Miz:
After chasing the Intercontinental Championship, The Miz has jumped ship to try to add another title reign with the U.S. Championship, currently held by Sheamus since May. Miz has had Damien Sandow continue to play as his stunt double to genuine comic moments. Miz, and Mizdow, have had wins over Sheamus in both non-title matches and tag matches, and it could signify trouble for Sheamus.
Fans are starting to support the stunt double work of Sandow, which may boost the odds of a Miz victory. Sheamus is in need of a good feud, and he could have it with Miz and Sandow. The prediction is for Miz to win, although it wouldn't be surprising if Sandow gets in the ring and cost Miz the victory.
Intercontinental Championship: Two-Out-of-Three Falls Match: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Cesaro:
Cesaro is challenging Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship after a surprising victory after just an European uppercut. Ziggler has had wins over Cesaro, but the "King of Swing" has plenty in his arsenal to beat down the champion.
Cesaro and Ziggler have potential to steal the show this Sunday and could have plenty of time to deliver due to the match stipulation. Ziggler will win but expect Cesaro to land one pinfall.
Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella:
The twin sisters will finally have their one-on-one match after Nikki betrayed Brie during the latter's match against Stephanie McMahon at "SummerSlam." The match does have a stipulation of loser becoming the winner's assistant for a month.
Nikki wins. Nikki will win cause the stipulation doesn't work if the fan favorite becomes bossy to the assistant unless it involves WWE-style comedy gags.
WWE Divas Championship: AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige:
The "frenemy" storyline has ended, but the two Divas are still feuding with each other. Paige has found a new friend with Alicia Fox, and Lee seems to be the lone wolf and fighting her own battles. This Sunday will be the third consecutive pay-per-view match between Lee and Paige.
Lee is now a three-time Divas Champion, tied with the most reigns with Eve Torres, believe it or not. Paige isn't far away as she's a two-time Divas Champion in less than one year. This Sunday's match has something new: the Fox element. She could either help Paige win a third reign or accidentally cost the Norwich native the match. As long as Lee and Paige have extended their feud, technically since April, it could continue further even to December's "TLC." It hard to predict the outcome as the WWE need to be careful not to have the championship become a game of hot-potato, but Paige will win.
WWE Tag Team Championship: Gold and Stardust (c) vs. The Usos:
The Dust brothers defend their tag team titles against the Uso brothers. The four men involved should know each other very well since they've had dozens of matches together is various fashion. The storyline hasn't particularly developed since their last match, but these are the top tag teams in the division especially as The Wyatt Family are on hiatus.
Gold and Stardust should win again on Sunday. Their reign hasn't particularly sparked any magic, but it's too early for the reign to end. The Usos are still popular, and it may be good that they continue chasing for the tag team titles. The prediction is for Gold and Stardust to keep their titles.
Big Show vs. Rusev:
The WWE continues to push the envelope with its U.S. vs. Russia storyline. Big Show has managed to knockout Rusev a couple times, and Rusev hasn't really been able to topple the giant. Rusev has been able to put down Mark Henry despite Big Show's support for the World's Strongest Man, but Henry reassured he won't interfere in Sunday's match.
Rusev wins. His winning streak continues, in terms of not being pinned or submission. Big Show is definitely a viable challenger to Rusev, not just based in height and weight, but with Big Show's history and legacy. A win for Rusev will further push the goal to have the Bulgarian Brute and Russian sympathizer as the top monster heel in the WWE.
Hell in a Cell: John Cena vs. Randy Orton:
The WWE Universe will once again see a Cena vs. Orton match. The match up basically was Orton's pick of the loser of the Contract-in-a-Pole match between Ambrose and Cena. To further attract attention to this match, in addition to the Hell in a Cell stipulation, the winner will be given a WWE Championship title shot against Lesnar in the future.
Cena and Orton are in limbo in terms of storylines. With the WWE Championship out of the picture, Cena's in need of a feud, and while he could have had Rollins, Ambrose rightly has the opportunity to fight his former Shield brethren instead. Orton has been limbo for months, having the slightly random or last-minute matches with superstars such as Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho. Orton also hasn't had his WWE Championship rematch after "WrestleMania 30." The obvious victory here is for Cena as Orton may have an altercation with Rollins.
Hell in a Cell: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
The two members of The Shield will fight once again after a memorable "SummerSlam" match despite the Lumberjack rules stipulation. Ambrose and Rollins have gone back and forth in attacking each other on the main shows, even on "Main Event" on the WWE Network. For Ambrose, he secured himself a match against Rollins by winning a Contract-on-a-Pole match against Cena.
Prior to the confirmation of Ambrose vs. Rollins in Hell in a Cell, I thought how long could they feud and could it last till WrestleMania. Ambrose and Rollins have remarkable chemistry together and that was evident at "SummerSlam" when they made their match memorable despite the Lumberjack rules. The two would even have a great match the following night that culminated in Ambrose's head meeting with concrete blocks. In Hell in a Cell, Ambrose and Rollins will steal the show, and they would've even in a standard one-on-one match. These two should have the last match of the night as symbolically it could represent the direction of WWE's future. I would like to see this feud continue, and as much as an Ambrose victory would be ideal, the victory will go for Rollins to build his heel persona.
How to Watch:
Television: Contact your cable or satellite provider for information on how to order the "WWE Hell in a Cell" pay-per-view with the broadcast set to begin at 8 p.m. EST.
Online: Live-coverage stream of "Hell in a Cell" begins at 7 p.m. EST with the "Kickoff" show, and it can be seen on WWE Network. The "Kickoff" show can also be seen on Facebook, Google+, Pheed, Pinterest, Twitter, WWE.com, the WWE App and YouTube.
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