WWE HELL IN A CELL PREVIEW
By Marco Cerino
It has only been a couple weeks since Night of Champions thrilled the WWE Universe from
Chicago, but the stakes can’t be higher as Dallas prepares for Hell in a Cell. While I don’t like having the
PPVs so close together, or that not all the matches are in the cell, I’m excited for a solid card and
intriguing matchups tonight. Let’s take a look at the action set for tonight!
WWE UNIFIED WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: MICHELLE MCCOOL (C) VS. NATALYA
Michelle McCool and her BFF Layla have their stranglehold on the Divas division and look to
continue this dominance Sunday night. However, Michelle will face her stiffest challenge in recent
memory against Natalya Neidhart. Natalya is the most technically savvy Diva in recent memory and will
have the leverage advantage over the taller champion. The challenger has a very strong base and will try
to keep this match on the mat. Michelle will have to execute at length and use her long limbs to keep the
challenger at a distance. Having Layla at ringside should give Michelle an advantage. If the referee
dismisses the co-champion from ringside, the tide could turn. Tonight may be the one time a Divas
match during a PPV shouldn’t be a time to make a sandwich or stop watching the show. Expect solid
wrestling that will test both the champion and challenger.
PREDICTED WINNER, AND THE NEW UNIFIED WOMEN’S CHAMPION: NATALYA
TRIPLE-THREAT SUBMISSIONS COUNT ANYWHERE MATCH FOR THE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP:
DANIEL BRYAN (C) VS. THE MIZ VS. JOHN MORRISON
I think this match could steal the show for a couple reasons. First, I think we FINALLY have seen
John Morrison make his heel turn (a move that’s been predicted since March). Second, this match pits
three young wrestlers in a unique challenge of their catch wrestling skills. That would clearly favor the
seasoned champion who earned the moniker of “best in the world” for his immense chain-wrestling
talents. John Morrison has shown impressive athleticism and is well suited for this match with his
gymnastic background. I have no idea how the Miz is going to fare in this contest that doesn’t suit his in-
ring, mat wrestling prowess. Two weeks ago he failed to retain his title against his nemesis Bryan. He will
also face his former tag-team partner Morrison. His only chance is to reunite with Morrison and wear
down the smaller champion. The match will hinge on how often and how far the wrestlers get out of the
ring. Creativity and risk will come into play as the three men battle throughout the American Airlines
Center in Dallas. Expect an exciting battle and a wild finish that will have the Universe talking.
PREDICTED WINNER, AND STILL THE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: DANIEL BRYAN
JOIN THE NEXUS OR DISBAND THE NEXUS: WADE BARRETT VS. JOHN CENA
The WWE Universe has waiting for this match-up and they will get it when John Cena faces the
leader of the group that has cost him the WWE Championship and made his life generally unpleasant.
Now the face of the WWE battles the leader of the Nexus in a high-stakes match fit for the Old West.
Cena must join Nexus if he loses but Nexus must disband if he wins. This will be a power match that
favors neither man. Cena has won nine world titles with a toughness and physical style that’s hard to
match, while Barrett has made his bones as a European bare-knuckles fighter. Barrett is unafraid of the
WWE’s standard bearer and has shown no respect to the veteran. However, Barrett will have to enter
this fight alone, as any interference from the Nexus will cause their undoing. Cena will have to use all his
experience to outwit the brash Barrett. His future, and perhaps the competitive balance of the WWE,
hangs in the outcome.
PREDICTED WINNER: JOHN CENA
HELL IN A CELL MATCH FOR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP: RANDY ORTON (C) VS. SHEAMUS
The rematch from the Six-Pack Challenge pits two men who belong in a cage. The Celtic Warrior,
who has never lost a one-on-one match for the WWE title, faces the Viper, who ended his second reign
two weeks ago in Chicago. Orton has been in the Cell before, taking the WWE title from John Cena last
year in Newark, NJ. (I was there, pretty good match) Sheamus has shown he fears nothing but the
menacing structure will leave visible marks on his porcelain skin. Sheamus doesn’t own a pinfall victory
against the Viper, as their two matches this year have ended in disqualifications and Sheamus retaining
the WWE title. This will be a physical contest and the man who uses the cage best should have the edge.
If experience counts, Orton has that. However, no two Cell matches are the same and this one could be
an epic brawl.
PREDICTED WINNER, AND STILL THE WWE CHAMPION: RANDY ORTON
HELL IN A CELL MATCH FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: KANE (C) VS. THE
How do you take a great rivalry and make it a better? Simple: put the challenger in his signature
match. The Undertaker has defeated his brother before in the Cell but this is the strongest Kane has
appeared in over a decade. He will need all his evil power and might as he faces a rejuvenated Phenom,
bolstered by the return of Paul Bearer and the mystical urn he carries. The Undertaker looks to have his
stamina back and his dark magic restored. This will be a brutally physical contest between two men who
hate each other. The Cell is the Dead Man’s domain and he is very confident entering this match. Kane’s
mindset is always tempestuous and the return of his father can only make the storm worse. If Kane can
harness his rage and continue his dominance over the Phenom, he can leave Dallas as the World
Heavyweight Champion and perhaps end the rivalry once and for all. Yeah, good luck with that.
PREDICTED WINNER, AND THE NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: THE UNDERTAKER