Pro Wrestling Examiner is on top of tonight's WWE Hell in a Cell pay per view live from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The show is headlined by Daniel Bryan facing Randy Orton for the vacant WWE Championship inside the HIAC cage with special guest referee Shawn Michaels.
WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match w/ Special Referee Shawn Michaels
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
On the final segment of RAW this week we saw Daniel Bryan hold his own on the microphone with WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, the evil Randy Orton, and his corporate tormentor WWE VP of Talent Relations Triple H. After getting screwed out of the WWE Championship at every pay per view for the last three months, Bryan finds himself in a point of no return situation. The bearded wrestler took the WWE by storm this summer and his clean victory over John Cena was truly a moment to see at Summerslam. Yet with Triple H’s immediate interference, a Randy Orton Money in the Bank cash-in, and a series of disappointing PPV endings have left the WWE fans asking if Bryan can win the title with no outside factors throwing it off. Bryan has to win this Sunday inside the Cell or he may never be seen as a credible challenger for the WWE Championship, even though he’s widely seen as one of the best wrestlers on the planet.
This of course is compounded by the addition of Shawn Michaels taking on the impacting duties of special guest referee. The Heartbreak Kid made himself the x-factor this week on RAW, sighting his past as Bryan’s trainer in his early days and his well documented friendship with Triple H. HBK’s action in Miami will be critical to the outcome of this HIAC match for the vacant WWE Championship. Let’s just make it clear: Michaels is giving someone Sweet Chin Music during this match but who that is not clear at all.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan finally claims the WWE Championship in a manic match inside Hell in a Cell. Shawn Michaels and Triple H will see some conflict, Orton will be his predatory self, but this Examiner sees a lot of WWE fans chanting “YES!” at the American Airlines Arena at the end of the night.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Alberto del Rio (c) vs. John Cena
John Cena is back, yet his return tonight at HIAC does not seem to have the world-moving fanfare we saw when he made an unannounced return at the 2008 Royal Rumble after a neck injury. Now making another earlier-than-expected return from an arm injury after dropping the WWE title to Daniel Bryan at Summerslam, Cena is once again positioned in a main event title bout against Alberto Del Rio. Cena may be the biggest wrestling star in the world but this match feels far too predictable from every angle, but it still has the hook of seeing if Cena is 100% or if his latest comeback will see him struggle. Del Rio’s submission finishing hold the Cross Arm Breaker could prove to be a twist when you consider that Cena is fresh off rehabbing a torn tricep. Prediction: John Cena supermans his way to the World Heavyweight Championship, but does not come out of this match looking his best. There will be visible cracks in Cena’s armor when this one is done.
Hell in a Cell Match
CM Punk vs. Ryback & Paul Heyman
This feud though intense and engaging seems to have run it’s course after Punk got to brutalize his former manager Paul Heyman at Night of Champions. Now of course Ryback interfering and costing Punk the win gave another chapter to the story, but the followup at the Battleground pay per view left most fans feeling like an end to the Punk/Heyman war should be in sights. Both Punk and Heyman were red hot on the mic this week on RAW with their maniacal promos, so the story is still moving but the end of the road should be tonight in Miami. Punk of course has to deal with the monster Ryback and the conniving antics of Heyman in the violent Hell in a Cell cage, which seems daunting but should lend to a lot of metal mayhem. Prediction: Punk destroys Ryback and sends Paul Heyman to hospital, clearing his slate so he can get on the path to Wrestlemania 30.
Triple Threat Match for WWE Tag Team Championships
Goldust & Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The Shield vs. The Usos
The tag team match between the Usos and the Shield on RAW this week may been held back by Cody Rhodes and commentator JBL going on a tirade of jokes but the tension created in a post-match brawl made this undercard title match seem intriguing. Jimmy and Jay Uso have languished in the up and down tag team division now for years, but have never captured the WWE Tag Team Championships. WWE giving these two a shot at the gold is a sign of a long talked about ‘revitalization’ of tag team wrestling on RAW and Smackdown. With the recent title change, the Rhodes Brothers returning to take the titles, and the Shield still a very on-their-game team this match has all the elements to deliver an entertaining performance. Prediction: Cody Rhodes and Goldust continues to reign.
WWE Divas Championship Match
AJ Lee (c) vs. Brie Bella
The rumor mill has Brie Bella and her main event fiancee Daniel Bryan both winning gold on this event, so the championship celebration can be documented for the ‘Total Divas’ reality show. That would make sense, but there just does not seem to be a lady to who can fill AJ Lee’s petite size boots as the reigning WWE Divas Champion. Her presence on the mic and the ring is unparalleled according to fans chatting on social media, and she’s been featured on RAW in the last two years in a way that deviated from the isolated roles that most of the WWE divas usually play. Brie’s turn to a babyface has not lit many new fires, but her athleticism and finesse in the last few weeks on RAW shows, so it seems like a toss up. Prediction: Brie Bella goes all the way and upsets AJ to become the new WWE Divas Champion.
The WWE Hell in a Cell Pre-Show on Youtube.com and WWE.com will feature a
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match with Curtis Axel (c) vs. Big E Langston. The match launches the formerly heel Langston into a babyface role challenging for a title, and saw the big man get the rub of C.M. Punk as a tag team partner two weeks ago. The momentum seems to clearly be on the side of Langston after Axel’s lackluster run as champion which saw him lose to CM Punk on RAW several times. Prediction: Langston conquerors Axel to win his first championship in the WWE.