With WWE's 2018 offering of Hell in a Cell, it's about that time to make our bold predictions for some of the night's most important matches.
The card has actually shaped up to be a memorable one with some key matchups and moments that could be remembered for a while. Between Hardy's potential jump off a cell to Mick Foley as a guest referee, there will be plenty to discuss when all is said and done. The trick for WWE is making sure the event itself is better than the television programming leading up to it. On Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, WWE will get a chance to make history.
Getting out of the way that we think both tag teams will hang onto their respective titles, if we take a look at the key matchups, here is our feeble attempt to predict the outcomes.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman (Universal championship)
Likely the main event of the evening, the match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman won't be as technically sound as some of the matches that came before it but something interesting is bound to go down with Foley as the guest referee.
The chances are, the ref will somehow botch a call or intentionally give the win to Roman Reigns, leaving Strowman with a loss and failed cash in of his Money in the Bank contract.
Bold prediction: while WWE doesn't condone bleeding, expect Roman to be covered in red.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe (WWE championship)
The second installment in this feud, expect AJ Styles to hold onto the WWE Championship but only because of a disqualification on the part of Samoa Joe. He'll be seeking revenge and while it would normally cost him a chance at the title, AJ will take such a beating he'll demand a third and final encounter.
This match won't be taking place inside a cell but it might be the most brutal match of the night.
Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
The mixed tag match that will feature The Miz and Daniel Bryan but include their wives is sort of a filler in this feud. It was natural to include them but their involvement really isn't all that important. The hatred between these two wasn't heightened or lessened because of it and it's just another chapter, one that WWE has to write and move on.
This won't be a pretty match and the chances are one of the women will get the pin over the other. We'll go with Brie, only because The Miz took the first round and Brie and Bryan winning would even things up.
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss (Raw women’s championship)
Rousey versus Bliss will likely be a shorter match but potentially not as short as some are expecting and not as one-sided. Rousey has finally shown some weakness since taking over the Women's Division and Bliss seems to have enough craftiness to last a little longer and make things interesting.
At the end of the day, Rousey will still win.
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky Lynch (SmackDown women’s championship)
Becky Lynch deserves to win here based on how much she's been overlooked by WWE in past year and how well she's taken to her character change the past few weeks, but she likely won't. Charlotte is too important to take the belt off of her and WWE will probably try to sell the idea that another Lynch loss will send her over the edge, which could be fun.
Anything that gives us more of Lynch as a heel, we're completely in favor of.
Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell)
This is not only Jeff Hardy's chance for revenge when it comes to the storyline, but this match — one that takes place inside a cell — will be Hardy's chance to do something that's been on his bucket list of matches before he calls it a career.
While Hardy is dealing with nagging injuries and it would be wise for him not to do anything insanely crazy, he probably will and between a high-risk leap off the cage and the ever-present Shinsuke Nakamura, Hardy will create his moment but it probably won't turn out for him.