When the wrestling season makes its way to October, fans everywhere know what that entails.
Wrestling’s most fearsome structure/match stipulation rears its terrifying head once more for a special themed event. And that structure just so happens to be the biggest steel cage of them all – the Hell in a Cell! 2019’s installment of the annual October PPV will feature two major title matches within the infamous cage – one for the Raw Women’s Championship and another for the Universal Championship. Fans can also expect to see a lineup of other title matches and grudge bouts during this event that will hopefully hype the crowd in between both HIAC matches. This year’s HIAC may just see the coronation of two new champions for Raw’s biggest Superstars.
Read up on those major predictions and more as we break down every announced match for Hell in a Cell 2019.
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: So the booking for this feud has been…uneventful, to say the least. Bayley and Charlotte Flair’s title match at Clash of Champions was a complete waste of time thanks to a screwy finish. And just days before this event, Charlotte simply got the winning pin over Bayley during a tag team match and earned herself a title shot. Been there, done that obviously. Let’s just hope both women actually get enough time to deliver a quality matchup we know they’re capable of. Since the new era of SmackDown on FOX has officially kicked off, I can totally see Charlotte claiming the title once again and taking her place as the #1 female wrestler on the Blue Brand.
Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Predictions & Winners: So WWE actually found a way to salvage the most convoluted storyline of the year. At Clash of Champions, the MIA Luke Harper finally came out of hiding and reunited with his Wyatt Family/Bludgeon Brother ally for a combined assault on Roman Reigns. Since that shocking moment transpired, Reigns has found an unlikely ally in the form of Daniel Bryan. Bryan has been forced to quell the beast he once championed as a partner now that Erick Rowan has left him behind. Now that Harper has returned and Bryan is a part of the proceedings, I finally have two reasons to care about this tag team matchup.
With such a major babyface dream team in tow, you would think they’d be the ones to walk away with the victory here. But I think WWE is in for the long haul with Rowan in 2019 – this has been his biggest push in the company thus far and I don’t think they want to derail it so soon. Putting Harper alongside him will further his ascent and make him even more of a major player on the Blue Brand. I envision a situation where Reigns and Bryan’s partnership will fall apart near the closing moments of this match due to their lack of chemistry. Harper and Rowan will take advantage of this and be the ones to claim victory.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks (Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: This may be hard to fathom for some, but Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks ended up delivering the best match at Clash of Champions with a non-finish to boot. The toughest ladies on the Raw brand took their fight to the outside and crushed each other with steel chairs while the crowd went into a frenzy. Everything that took place before the major ref bump was especially enjoyable thanks to the satisfying ring work delivered between the ropes. Because of the chaotic ending, it made all the sense in the world for Becky and Sasha to lock up once again inside the Hell in a Cell.
Judging by the quality of both ladies’ previous PPV bout, I’m expecting an amazing rematch here. With the added elements of the massive steel cage, relaxed ruled and legal weaponry, Becky and Sasha are capable of easily improving upon their last encounter. I predicted a title change for their Clash of Champions matchup, but I was obviously wrong since the challenger nabbed a win via DQ while the champion retained. I think this HIAC match will mark the moment where “The Man’s” triumphant reign as Raw Women’s champion will come to an end. Becky has definitely enjoyed a good run, but Sasha’s shocking return and rejuvenated career need to maintain its hot streak with a title win. WWE surely knows this, which is why I think the big title change will take place here.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Universal Championship)
Predictions & Winner: The showrunner for the “Firefly Fun House” is the most interesting part of WWE programming these days. Bray Wyatt recently made his return and instantly grabbed my attention with his unique approach to backstage promos and sick new face mask. After witnessing him live at SummerSlam, I was thoroughly convinced that Bray’s comeback is hitting on all cylinders. Although I think him challenging for the Universal Championship is happening way too soon, I’m not mad at this matchup taking place. Seth Rollins just can’t catch a break with these super dangerous contenders nowadays, huh?
I kinda wish that whole Brock Lesnar speedbump didn’t disrupt Rollins’ Universal title reign. It really made no sense for Rollins to drop the title and win it back a mere month later just because. Rollins deserved to hold the title with an undisturbed hiccup from Brock, honestly. I say all that to say this – Rollins getting the title back in August just so he can lose it two months later is so messed up. Judging by that sentence, you know who I’m picking as the winner here. With such a hot gimmick change and a renewed interest in Bray, it’s clear that “The Fiend” is being set up to reign as Raw’s new top champion. And I bet he won’t be relinquishing that title until next year’s WrestleMania. Rollins is taking an L here, folks.