It’s that time of year again where WWE’s most intense rivalries must be settled within Hell in a Cell.
Taking a look at the current landscape of WWE presents two prime candidates for three feuds that need to climax within the terrifying structure – Bayley vs. Sasha Banks, Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton, and Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso. With the pride of every participant and two important championships on the line, it’s only right that those four individuals settle their differences in the most intimidating steel cage in all of professional wrestling. We’re quite sure that a number of other beefs will be settled at this year’s Hell in a Cell event as well.
So let’s get into all of those announced bouts and predict who will come out on top on October 25.
Jeff Hardy vs. Elias
Predictions & Winner: Elias certainly has his gripes with the “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy. A few months ago on SmackDown, WWE’s current rock star legend was forced to go on a long hiatus after a car accident put him on the shelf. The culprit looked to be Jeff, but it was clear to everyone with a single brain cell that Sheamus set everything up to make Jeff look like the one responsible for Elias’ injury. Now that Elias is back, he doesn’t care about who was truly behind his unfortunate accident – he just wants to get his hands on Jeff and enact his revenge in a feud that’s part of his resurgence on Raw.
This one could go either way, honestly. Elias just returned from injury and could certainly use a comeback win to cement himself as a big player after being drafted to Raw. Jeff just moved over to Monday nights too and a win here could push him right into a big title opportunity sooner rather than later. Jeff’s stock is solidified enough though, so he doesn’t even need a major PPV win to place him in a championship situation. His undying popularity and years of amazing performances have guaranteed him big chances during his current WWE run regardless of his win/loss record. Elias needs this victory in order to ascend the Raw ladder and set himself up for bigger things down the road. I think WWE knows that, which is why I’m picking Elias as the victor here. Elias’ late 2020 run looks to be something major, I presume.
Otis (MITB Holder) vs. The Miz (with John Morrison) (Winner Gets Money in the Bank Contract)
Predictions & Winner: Pretty crazy to fathom how Otis went from being involved in one of the better WWE storylines of the year to one of the worst. I enjoyed every minute of Otis finally winning the heart of Mandy Rose…then WWE muddled things up by sending her to Raw and keeping Otis on SmackDown. Mind you, this came after Otis’ triumphant Money in the Bank briefcase win. So after all those warm moments for the big lovable oaf took place, WWE saw fit to book him and Tucker in a silly storyline with The Miz and John Morrison. After sitting through a bevy of unfunny skits, meaningless matches, and horrid courtroom drama between the two teams, we’ve now arrived at this PPV bout. Yay…
It’s pretty evident that WWE is looking for a way to take the MITB briefcase off of Otis and place it on someone far more credible. However, I don’t think that honor will be going to The Miz. This is just a stopgap match before WWE finally finds someone who’s worthy of relinquishing Otis of his prize. As for this matchup, Otis will retain his MITB briefcase and most likely run into a bunch of new challengers over the next couple of months. Honestly wouldn’t be too upset if Aleister Black ended up relinquishing Otis of his title opportunity.
Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks (Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Predictions & Winner: The War to Settle the Ultimate Score Between Former BFF’s is Finally Official! For the majority of 2020, everyone who followed Bayley and Sasha Banks’ blossoming championship partnership knew where all roads were headed. When the big breakup finally took place, it was brutal and straight to the point. Bayley sacrificed her former bestie to go it alone and continue running the Blue Brand as the unstoppable SmackDown Women’s Champion. Now that Sasha has stepped into the role of a returning and avenging babyface, she’s fully prepared to enact her revenge in the most vicious way possible. The biggest WWE feud of 2020 will now meet its definitive conclusion inside the Hell in a Cell.
I think we all have a clue as to who will leave this bout as the winner. Bayley’s been running through the Smackdown’s women’s division as the champ since October of 2019! Her past rivals didn’t really have the pedigree needed to end her reign, which is why it was so hard for fans to take most of her PPV title matches seriously. But now that Sasha is stepping up her to relinquish her of her well-defended title, it’s pretty easy to see that “The Boss” will surely succeed. Now’s the perfect time to bring Bayley’s long championship reign to a close and do it in the most epic way possible. My money’s on a Sasha win that’s easy to see from a mile away. Now, will she be able to hold onto her newly won SmackDown Women’s championship beyond her first title defense? The jury’s always out on that one.
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship)
Predictions & Winner: Mr. RKO just won’t quit, will he? After getting his ass handed to him at Clash of Champions by all the legends he wronged over the past few months, Randy Orton sought out revenge by engaging in a backstage assault of them all. But that’s just the first part of his master comeback plan. Now he’s setting out to take on the WWE Champion Drew McIntyre in another special stipulation bout in a bid to right the wrongs done to him at Clash of Champions. After Randy laid down the challenge, Drew has decided to get back in the race and square up with his most hated rival of 2020.
Do you know what this feud reminds me of? The epic three-match series between Batista and Triple H that took place in 2005. The three bouts they engaged in took place at WrestleMania 21, Backlash, and Vengeance. And in all three of those clashes, Batista took the W. So far, Drew has defeated Randy in their past two title bouts. And honestly, my gut’s telling me that Drew will succeed at earning a clean sweep in their series by defeating Randy in this Hell in a Cell match. Randy may have the most experience as a HIAC competitor, but he’s not the chosen one of WWE at the moment. Drew’s WWE Championship run has been one of the more entertaining facets of the company in 2020 and I don’t see it ending anytime soon. Drew’s going over Randy in their third (and I’m guessing final) match just like Batista did to Triple H.
Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Jey Uso (Hell in a Cell “I Quit” Match for the WWE Universal Championship; If Jey Uso Loses, He and Jimmy Uso Will Have to Take Orders and Acknowledge Reigns as The Tribal Chief)
Predictions & Winner: Jey Uso has to be applauded for putting up a valiant effort at Clash of Champions. He stood up to his bloodline kin and did his best to weaken him enough to wrest the Universal Championship from his grasp. But it was all for naught – Roman Reigns claimed the title of “Tribal Chief” by destroying his cousin and retaining SmackDown’s richest prize. But Jey isn’t quite finished with Roman just yet. And frankly, I’m happy that he’s back in the title hunt once again. Jey will step up to Roman in a rematch for the Universal title that will surely have its stakes raised since it’s taking place within Hell in a Cell. To say that Jey has his work cut out for him would be a massive understatement.
Unlike their Clash of Champions meeting, I think Jey will put up a much bigger fight this time around. With the presence of weapons and the Hell in a Cell itself, Jey will have all the extra assistance he needs to do way more damage to his comparatively stronger foe. I can see this match breaking down into a brutal brawl full of plunder and jaw-dropping high spots on behalf of Jey. Even with all those advantages on Jey’s side, I still get the feeling that he will fail to defeat Roman. Roman will shake off all the damage done to him and dominate Jey to the point of putting him down for the count. This match has the ability to surpass its Clash of Champions predecessor. And it’s pretty clear that the victor of that match will emerge as the same winner here.