David Stephens previews the WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 PPV

WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 Preview
October 27, 2013
By: David Stephens of Wrestleview.com

Men. Hell. Tights.

Los Matadores v. The Real Americans

Los Matadores should pick up a quick win over their North of the Border opponents. The auxiliary characters are the real treats in this feud. El Torito shall continue with mini gores and Zeb Colter shall continue spouting xenophobic rhetoric. Joy.

WWE Tag Team Championships
The Shield v. The Usos v. The Rhodes Brothers

This match could go five ways to Sunday. The trick will be whether or not Cody and Goldust can hold on to their momentum. It’s one thing to win emotionally driven matches, it’s quite another to put together a string of Championship defenses. The Usos will look to be explosive. The three-way aspect probably benefits them more than any of the other teams. Look for one of the Usos to try and sneak in a late tag and steal a pin. The Shield will have a game plan; the problem is that they do not have the numbers advantage. The formula of this match may make their hopes of regaining their lost Championships more difficult.

WWE Divas Championship
AJ Lee v. Brie Bella

AJ has cemented her status as one of the most memorable Divas of this generation. She has actively been on top of the roster for the better part of two years — and that’s just the wrestlers she’s been dating on screen (I have a really solid Andrew Dice Clay impression (in my head (see, I admit things (I just had to Google the plural form of parenthesis and then decided not to use it (okay I’ll share it’s parentheses which I find amusing because it’s just the changing of an “i” to an “e” (I’ve become lost in these parentheses (found a reason to use it after all)))))) that made my sentence sound far funnier than my fingers typed). Despite the tattoo, it may just be time for Brie to take the Title. Brie has started to incorporate certain elements of Daniel Bryan’s character into her ring work. Bella is starting to make a connection with the audience during the match. That’s not an easy task for a Diva.

Hell in a Cell
CM Punk v. Ryback & Paul Heyman

This match should be watched with great anticipation. The storybook is porous with possibilities. The openings are endless. As of this afternoon Curtis Axel has withdrawn from his match against Big E. Langston. The WWE App felt the need to buzz my pocket with that alert. There will much skullduggery afoot. The result of this match is very difficult to predict. While the promo work has been solid leading to this match, the storyline is starting to hobble a little bit. The problem with focusing on Punk and Heyman’s relationship is that it diminishes interest in the actual matchup between Punk and Ryback. Not that I’m claiming that’s a bad thing. In fact, Punk’s downfall may be the result of that same reasoning. Not enough focus on the things that could severely injure the body. Punk needs to focus more on Ryback. Because he’s a beast. I wouldn’t be shocked if this turned into a cluster at the end of the match. If Curtis runs down I would not be surprised if CM Punk had a cavalry of his own. Big E. Langston, Kofi Kingston & R-Truth have all helped or have been involved with Punk lately.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena v. Alberto Del Rio

Cena comes back, Del Rio reinjures his arm, Cena is gone. It’s possible that all sorts of craziness could occur. Maybe even a Damien Sandow sighting. There is so much speculation about this match that it’s hard to peg down which man has it in him for the victory. It’s just difficult to imagine a world in which Alberto Del Rio is not able to take Cena out. I’ll suspend my disbelief but Rio’s submission expertise and MMA dabbling would seem to ensure that he can target a damaged arm.

Hell in a Cell
WWE Championship
Special Guest Referee: Shawn Michaels
Daniel Bryan v. Randy Orton

Shawn Michaels was a dangerous addition to this feud. Unfortunately it has taken a lot of attention away from the Title. This match is far more about the direction of the company than it is about the Title. At least that was the intention. The thorn in the side of that strategy might be John Cena. Providing Cena can escape his match against Del Rio without being put back on the shelf – how relevant is this match? After all, this whole storyline has been built around needing to have a “face of the company” while Cena was away. If Cena truly is back and healthy then this match is not really about crowning a new face. It’s about the Title at that point – a Title that has been absent so long that some fans have lost interest. Bryan has a lot of room to run and his former trainer should help him finally hold the Title in his hands. For the evening.

David Stephens

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