Dolph Ziggler (C) and Drew McIntyre (C) vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose – Raw Tag Team Championship
This match really doesn’t have a backbone behind it other than that it just a match between a feud between six people, and two of them happen to be title holders. What I fail to understand is why The Revival couldn’t have gotten this match. They are owed a Raw Tag Title opportunity after being blindsided by Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler. The B Team get their rematch and The Revival are all of a sudden just afterthoughts. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler just won the titles, and if this was any other team they were facing, I’d say that they would retain. However, for the sake of the story, it’s almost like Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have to win here. I mean, WWE has already shown that they don’t care for about 90% of the roster considering that they could just stick anyone that’s not a main eventer out for a 30-on-3 beatdown at a moment’s notice. The only way to capitalize on the theory that barely anyone who’s not a Shield member doesn’t matter is to end the night with The Shield holding all the belts. Seth Rollins as Intercontinental Champion, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins holding the tag titles, and Roman Reigns as Universal Champion. It’s happening.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
Ronda Rousey (C) vs. Alexa Bliss – Raw Women’s Championship
Hopefully, I’m not the only one who thinks that Becky Lynch as a heel is the hottest thing one can ever lay their eyes upon. Becky Lynch just has that added edge to her character that she’s needed for some time, and I just love the visual of her beating up Charlotte Flair whenever she feels like it. While the feud really should be centering around Charlotte Flair as a heel and Becky Lynch as a face, I’m not going to complain. The only thing I hope is that these two women are allowed to work up to their full capacity because there’s no reason why this can’t be a great back and forth match if it gets the time it needs to tell its story thoroughly. Predicting the winner here is difficult. Charlotte Flair just won the title, and I’m not sure if WWE has the fortitude to put the title on Becky Lynch already so soon after turning heel.
In my opinion, this match is either going to have a double DQ or have Charlotte Flair win by another fluke, simply because I believe the feud is going to go into WWE Evolution or Super-show. I’m thinking Becky Lynch takes the title from Charlotte Flair then, but the thrill is in the chase and the anticipation of wanting to see Becky Lynch hold the women’s title that she hasn’t held in over two years will make the wait worth it. Just not this Sunday.
Winner: Charlotte Flair or Double DQ
The New Day (C) vs. Rusev and Aiden English – SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Can we just give the SmackDown LIVE tag team division a standing applause for making tag team wrestling feel, you know, important again? The tournament has been chock full of non-stop, high-paced action with all of the teams making it seem like being tag team champions matter. Whereas on the Raw Tag team division, teams are given title matches for the sake of narrative, jobber tag teams get to hold the titles spending months getting fluke victories and there is no sense of urgency. I am looking forward to this match because The New Day especially has been on fire in 2018, and I believe that Rusev and Aiden will be a good pair for them. I would like to see Rusev and Aiden English as tag team champions, but beating The New Day is a completely different story. If this was a multi-tag team match, then I can see Rusev and Aiden English winning. Unfortunately for Rusev and Aiden English, The New Day are on a bit of a hot streak, and I don’t see them dropping the titles this Sunday. I’m just hoping for a hard-worked back and forth affair. And you know what? I think we will.
Winner: The New Day
Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy – Hell in a Cell Match
Don’t get me wrong, this feud has been completely okay, and I’m digging the Randy Orton heel turn a great deal. I also like the energy Jeff Hardy is still able to convey in his matches and his willingness to still do big spots at his age. However, can someone explain to me what exactly about this feud constitutes that they settle their differences inside Hell in a Cell? Is it Randy Orton’s fetish for wanting to rip Jeff Hardy’s ear off? This feud is based completely on arbitrary reasons. Randy Orton wanted to remind us how dangerous he can be and because we apparently forgot Randy Orton is now going to destroy every one of our heroes, one by one. Jeff Hardy doesn’t like that so he’s going to defend himself.
I’m not sure I am mentally prepared for the image of Jeff Hardy Swanton Bombing his back right onto Randy Orton’s body from atop the Hell in a Cell cage. I’m just afraid that this spine is going to completely pop out of his back upon impact. Jeff Hardy has been taking incredibly dangerous bumps all of his life, and he’s still doing it late into his 40s just to show us that he can still do it. I just want him to take care of himself. I’m also concerned that this match is just going to be one of those long, drawn-out, methodical Randy Orton main event style matches from years past. And am I crazy to think a Hell in a Cell match really isn’t for a guy like Jeff Hardy?
He seems to just be a guy that should just be used for a momentary pop and normal matches. Jeff Hardy isn’t a believable threat inside Hell in a Cell, if you guys know what I mean. Randy Orton is winning simply because it makes more sense for him to win, and Randy Orton still needs to look strong, I suppose. Again, there’s nothing wrong with this feud, but surrounding it inside Hell in a Cell feels like a waste.
Winner: Randy Orton