WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 match previews featuring Punk vs Ryback, Sheamus vs Big Show and more!

Breaking down the entire WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 match card with complete previews for every advertised match on the card, featuring CM Punk vs. Ryback, Sheamus vs. Big Show, and more!

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WWE HIAC Preview: CM Punk vs. Ryback

WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Ryback in a Hell in a Cell match

CM Punk puts his 343-day reign as champion on the line against Ryback's undefeated streak as these two men enter into "The Devil's Playground" for the WWE Championship.

The road to Hell in a Cell

CM Punk started his second reign as WWE Champion at Survivor Series 2011, gaining his title back from Alberto Del Rio. Since then, he has beaten Del Rio, The Miz, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, The Big Show, and John Cena to remain champion. In that time, though, he was constantly playing second fiddle to Cena, The Rock, Brock Lesnar, and Triple H. Punk never felt he was getting respect he felt he deserved. So he "turned his back" on the WWE Universe, picked up Paul Heyman as a manager, and has been holding the blinged out title high above his head with pride.

Ryback has been on a path to stardom since debuting. While he began his tenure defeating local legends such as Benny Camer and Stan Stansky, he has quickly moved up the ranks. After taking out The Miz and Tensai, Ryback has now set his sights on the highest of prizes: the WWE Championship. John Cena's recent elbow surgery created a void at the top of the main event. It is a void that only the largest of men could fill.

It is a void that is the perfect size for Ryback.

On the Oct. 15 episode of Monday Night Raw, both Cena and Vince McMahon put their faith in Ryback to finally end Punk's reign. The rookie has proven he deserves the opportunity by twice beating down Punk to close the show. The WWE Champion, who had looked so strong during the past year, has been overshadowed by the monster named Ryback.

What's at stake?

This is a matchup between the unstoppable force and the immovable object, with only one able to leave Atlanta as our WWE Champion. Punk has been champion for almost a year. For that run to continue, however, he will have to go through one of his toughest opponents yet. A win against Ryback will help prove that Punk deserves the respect he demands. A loss here, and he will have to go back to Chicago with his tail between his legs.

Ryback, on the other hand, is in a win-win situation. No one expected him to be in this position so early into his career. Losing to Punk is nothing to feel ashamed about. As long as he goes in there and tries his hardest, he will look strong in the eyes of the fans. If he wins, though? He will become WWE Champion, a goal which every pro wrestler dreams about; nevertheless, one which most fail to achieve.

And he will have accomplished it in just a few short months into his career.

Can CM Punk retain his WWE Championship, or will Ryback prove to be too much to handle? The only way to find out is to watch Hell in a Cell tonight or check back here to Cageside for all the minute-by-minute coverage you desire.


WWE HIAC Preview: Sheamus vs. The Big Show

World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. The Big Show

Sheamus will defend his World Heavyweight Championship against The Big Show in a battle of fierce giants and devastating finishers.

The road to Hell in a Cell

Sheamus has been on an amazing streak since winning the Royal Rumble in January. He defeated Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds at WrestleMania 28 to become World Heavyweight Champion, and has not let go of the title since. He has successfully retained in a rematch against Bryan, a match against Dolph Ziggler, and multiple challenges from Alberto Del Rio. Sheamus has looked virtually unstoppable as the top Superstar on SmackDown.

The Big Show has been on a roller coaster this past year. He defeated Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Championship at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2011, only to lose it 45 seconds later to Daniel Bryan. He would then have a short run as Intercontinental Champion, followed by being John Laurinaitis muscle against John Cena. He most recently was in the WWE Championship picture, but failed to take the strap off of CM Punk.

The Big Show now has his sights set on Sheamus after winning a No.1 Contenders Match against Randy Orton on the Sept. 28 episode of SmackDown. Sheamus and Show have been at each other's throats since then, engaging in a political debate, a video game contest to measure how much force their respective finishers have, and a good old-fashioned stare down on Friday's (Oct. 26) SmackDown.

Both men have immense strength and devastating finishers. Sheamus' Brogue Kick can come from out of nowhere and has laid out many a fella wrestler. The problem is, he has to reach his opponents head for the Brogue Kick to be an effective finisher. With Show standing at 7 feet 1 inch tall, this will prove to be quite a challenge. Show's KO Punch may prove to be the better finisher. A shorter windup, and the ability to use his height to his advantage, could give "The World's Largest Athlete" the edge.

Waiting in the wings, however, is Dolph Ziggler. Having won the Money in the Bank briefcase in July, he has one year to cash it in for a championship match at any time and place. If Sheamus and Show manage to take each other out, don't be surprised to see his bleached blond hair come flying into the ring to steal the title.

What's at stake?

This is Sheamus' opportunity to prove that he deserves the World Heavyweight Championship. While he's had the strap for 209 days, there are some who say his competition has been less than elite. A decisive win against The Big Show, and he can prove all the doubters wrong.

Show, on the other hand, has been bouncing up and down the card for a while now. A victory to win the World Heavyweight Championship would give him some stability moving forward. By taking out Sheamus, he looks to dominate the SmackDown landscape. A loss would force him back down the card, perhaps leaving him to chase the United States Championship.

Then there is Dolph Ziggler. The key to a successful MitB cash-in is picking the perfect spot. Waiting for the right opportunity will give him championship gold. Fail to do that, and he might as well go back to his old job of cheerleading.

Who will leave Atlanta with the World Heavyweight Championship? Turn into Hell in a Cell tonight to find out or just check back here for all the coverage you'll need!


WWE HIAC Preview: Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio

Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio

Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio will square off in a match for pride, ego, revenge, and perhaps the chance to be next in line for the World Heavyweight Championship.

The road to Hell in a Cell

Orton's and Del Rio's paths have only crossed recently, but they have made up for their lack of history with a fierce hatred. Orton was scheduled to face The Big Show in a No.1 Contender's Match on the Sept. 28 episode of SmackDown. Del Rio, upset that he would not be getting another chance to challenge Sheamus for the title, took out his aggression by attacking Orton backstage. Orton tried his best to tough it out, but the sneak attack proved too much to overcome. Show would go on to win the match with a KO Punch. Del Rio would come out after the show faded to black and deliver yet another beat down, this one putting Orton out of commission for a few weeks.

"The Mexican Aristocrat" used the absence to crown himself "The New Apex Predator." Orton, understandably, did not take too kindly to this type of behavior. He came back with a vengeance on the Oct. 12 episode of SmackDown, attacking Del Rio and RKO'ing his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. Del Rio would prove to have a few tricks up his own sleeve, though, twice distracting Orton, so Wade Barrett could get the jump on "The Viper" on Friday's (Oct. 26) SmackDown.

Orton has promised to extract his revenge tonight in what surely will be an intense fight between two of the top WWE Superstars.

What's at stake?

While this match is not officially a No.1 Contenders Match, the winner here will be in the best position to challenge the holder of the World Heavyweight Championship. Del Rio has received multiple championship opportunities, each time coming up short. He keeps winning matches, though, and no one else has stepped up as a more worthy contender. Orton, on the other hand, has been away from the title picture for far too long. He is determined to fight his way into back title contention. A win here will give his stock the boost it desperately needs.

Watch Hell in a Cell tonight to find out who truly deserves the title of "Apex Predator."


WWE HIAC Preview: Eve vs. Kaitlyn vs. Layla

WWE Divas Championship: Eve (c) vs. Kaitlyn vs. Layla

Backstabbing and brawling abroad, three Divas will settle their differences tonight. Kaitlyn and Layla get the title rematches they have been waiting for. Will Eve be able to take home her title despite the odds being stacked against her?

The road to Hell in a Cell

Eve Torres seems to have rubbed every Diva in the locker room the wrong way. After rubbing elbows with former WWE Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis, Torres tried to get to another power position in recently-appointed SmackDown GM Booker T's cabinet.

Enter Kaitlyn, who she defeated to win that right. The seeds were planted.

In an episode of Raw leading up to Night of Champions, a Divas battle royal was scheduled to find a contender for then-champion Layla. Kaitlyn was able to take home the win, but the dirt sheets said this was caused by a botch when Eve fell from the apron when she wasn't supposed to.

Kaitlyn still did not get the shot at Layla, as she was attacked from behind at Night of Champions. Eve used her position to work her way into the title shot. She capitalized on this opportunity to become the new queen in the Divas division.

The win was somewhat tainted, as it was discovered that a blonde mystery assailant took Kaitlyn out. It was even more fishy when Aksana found a blonde wig in Eve's things.

Finally, some photographic evidence came out as Teddy Long, tired of Eve trying to undermine his position, showed Kaitlyn the photos on Eve's iPad. One thing lead to another and this is where we end up.

What's at stake?

Eve's position of power could very well rely on her gold. It won't hold much water to fire a champion of your company, but it could very well spell the end of her power trip if she loses the strap here.

Layla stands to further her legacy in the Divas division, having held the title previously and being one of the more notable champions. It would also be sweet redemption to best a long time rival in Eve.

Finally, Kaitlyn will have finally made her presence felt on the big stage. While she has seen screen time, winning the title would elevate her into a new position.

Be sure to check out this Divas match tonight at Hell in a Cell.


WWE HIAC Preview: Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. The Miz

A grudge match that was started under the watch of Larry King will be fought tonight, as WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston defends the trinket against the man he won it against, The Miz.

The road to Hell in a Cell

The Miz went Hollywood for a while, taking time off to film the WWE Studios production of Marine: Homefront. He made a surprise return at Money in the Bank to wrestle in the WWE Championship contract ladder match, sporting a new look sans fauxhawk. Unfortunately, Miz was unable to get the briefcase, as old rival John Cena grabbed the suitcase to earn a shot at the WWE Champion CM Punk.

The next week at Raw's 1,000th episode, Miz was given a shot at WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian. The Miz was able to use this opportunity to capture the strap to become the WWE's 25th Triple Crown Champion.

Miz maintained a stronghold on the title, defending it at SummerSlam against Rey Mysterio and in a fatal-four-way match at Night of Champions.

On an episode of Raw just a few weeks ago, Miz was a guest of Larry King's miniature talk show. He berated the long time television personality and his wife, prompting King to invite Kofi Kingston to be the new guest. After having water tossed on his face by King's wife, Kofi laid a beating on Miz that included a flying clothesline from the stage.

Prior to this, Kofi had been on sort of a rollercoaster ride through the WWE. He and his partner R-Truth lost their tag titles to Team Hell No at Night of Champions, leading to the team being put on a hiatus for the time being. He wrestled various competitors leading into his feud with Miz.

The two wrestled and jawed at each other a few times before they met up in non-title competition on the Oct. 15 edition of Raw. Kofi Kingston was able to win the match after a Trouble in Paradise that looked like it belonged in a mixed martial arts cage more than a WWE ring.

Just a few nights later on Main Event, Kingston was able to take home the IC title.

Miz enacted his rematch clause on the following episode of SmackDown, leading to the match tonight.

What's at stake?

Kofi Kingston's gold is on the line, but it also puts his standing in the locker room up for grabs. Should Kingston lose, it might be another ride on that rollercoaster for him. A Kingston victory can ensure him more exposure and more relevance.

The Miz is in a win-win situation here. While another loss to Kingston could affect his stock, it would just give him another road to get back to the top. A Miz victory would earn him the title he desperately wants back.

Watch WWE Hell in a Cell to see who takes home Intercontinental gold tonight.


WWE HIAC Preview: Team Hell No vs. Rhodes Scholars

WWE Tag Team Championships: Team Hell No (c) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars

In a battle between intellect and dysfunction, we will see the WWE Tag Team Championships up for grabs as the reigning, defending champions Team Hell No take on Team Rhodes Scholars.

The road to Hell in a Cell

Believe it or not, Kane and Daniel Bryan have not always been the lovely tag team that graces our television screens each week. In fact, the two were locked in competition for a few months prior to becoming a team.

The team was initially involved in a three-man race for the heart of former WWE Raw General Manager AJ Lee, with WWE Champion CM Punk being the other competition involved. This lead to a series of heated matches between Punk and Bryan, with Bryan falling short each time.

Unfortunately, Bryan also fell short on his proposal to AJ Lee. She ultimately spurned him for the aforementioned GM slot, leaving Bryan at the altar on the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw. She also denied Bryan's attempt to make a trilogy with CM Punk, instead opting for him to face Kane at Summerslam.

Bryan won the match, but his anger from being left at the altar built so much to the point that AJ enrolled Bryan in anger management classes with Dr. Shelby. The two eventually were set to have a "Hug it Out" match, in which the two did indeed hug it out.

And the legend was born, as the team worked their way up to a title shot at Night of Champions. It was there that the dysfunctional group bested Kofi Kingston and R-Truth to become champions. Since then, it has been smooth, dysfunctional sailing.

Their opposition formed in lieu of their disgust with Team Hell No. Rhodes and Sandow were laughing at the team having an argument backstage, where Team Hell No then challenged the group. They had a match that culminated in a DQ victory for Team Hell No after Rhodes clobbered Kane with a chair.

While running rampant on the midcard of the WWE roster, the group was entered in a Tag Team Championship tournament. After defeating the likes of The Usos and Team CoBro of Santino Marella and Zack Ryder, the group took on Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in the finals.

Team Rhodes Scholars took home the win and here we are.

What's at stake?

For Team Hell No, their gold that silences all the questions about their camaraderie is on the line. However, this could potentially make or break the partnership between the two. A loss here could put even bigger cracks in the unstable foundation of this team.

For Team Rhodes Scholars, this would mark a huge achievement in their meteoric rise in the WWE. The two have come into the Tag Team division and made an immediate impact, clinching contender status in only a few weeks. A win here would act as validation for the hype behind this team.

Tonight will serve as an interesting catalyst for the future of the WWE tag team scene. Team Hell No could still be an unconventional monster, but their standing could be usurped by the intellect of Team Rhodes Scholars.

Join us tonight in watching Hell in a Cell to find out!

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