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WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 predictions: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte

WWE returns to pay-per-view (PPV) -- if your cable provider is carrying the event, of course -- tomorrow night (Sun., Oct. 30, 2016) live from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with its Hell in a Cell event starting at 7:00 p.m. ET with the Kickoff show leading right on into the main course at 8 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.

Set for the card: A triple main event of Hell in a Cell matches, as the promotion is calling it, with Sasha Banks defending the Raw women’s championship against Charlotte, Kevin Owens puts the Universal title on the line against Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns battles Rusev for the US championship, and so much more.

Luckily for you Cagesiders, our staff of learned wrestling blowhards is here to help figure out just how the event is going to play out with predictions for each match on the card.

Let's get to it.


Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte

Geno Mrosko: Considering the way they’ve played hot potato with the title with these two — though they had good reasons, according to all the reports on it — another switch wouldn’t surprise here. It’s more likely, however, they destroy themselves to get the match over as the historic happening it’s been pushed as. Pick: Banks

Sean Rueter: Regardless of where this match happens on the card, it's clear WWE is very high on both these women. In the kayfabe-busting way their feud's been presented, winning or losing doesn't matter because they're breaking barriers and are positioned for even bigger things in the future. But someone has to get their hand raised, and I think The Boss needs the belt for a respectable run to give her a chance to be the transcendent star she and the company believe she can be. Pick: Sasha Banks

Kyle Decker: My biggest curiosity about this is placement on the card and how Sasha's hometown crowd will treat the main event if it's not the Women. As for who wins this, Charlotte's PPV winning streak complicates things, but it's hard to imagine that Sasha is going to unsuccessfully defend her title twice in a row. The Boss retains in her hometown and breaks the Queen's PPV streak. Pick: Sasha Banks

Cain A. Knight: I think this is the end of their feud, and that means Sasha is going to retain her championship after the most intense and grueling match in their rivalry. This is probably the most compelling match on the card, especially given how pumped up the hometown crowd will be as they root for the Boss to conquer the Queen, and it should be placed in the main event slot to really emphasize its importance. Pick: Sasha Banks

ReverendKain: Will it main event? Maybe. Will somebody take an ill-advised bump off the cage structure? Probably. Is it going to be way better than the build it got? Absolutely. I don't see Sasha losing the title with her hometown fans backing her, but it's gonna be a barnburner regardless. Pick: Sasha Banks

Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins

Geno Mrosko: I’m expecting something really dumb like Chris Jericho showing up with The List and pushing it against the cage for Rollins to read his name and that distraction being enough for Owens to get the win. Pick: Owens

Sean Rueter: More than anything else on the card this seems destined to prove that cages and cells don't prohibit interference. They've proven very hesitant to play the Triple H card, and the way they've set up Survivor Series makes me think they keep it in their pocket, here, too. So my hunch is that Jericho helps the champ retain, and their split will play out in the build to Toronto. Then Seth can win at December's PPV and prompt the return of Hunter to deal with his protege. Pick: Kevin Owens

Kyle Decker: Seth Rollins vs. Triple H looks to still be in the picture and that feud doesn't need a title. (Even though Seth is the only Shield member not to have a title match with Triple H.) Plus Jericho vs. KO is a future feud too and that could use the title to prop it up more than Aitch/Seth. Perhaps it'll be a List vs. Title match. Pick: Kevin Owens

Cain A. Knight: These guys always work their asses off and will probably have a great match, but their story needs to end very soon. Owens and Jericho have looked a bit like chumps this month in the sense that they lost a tag team match to New Day and then they were simultaneously pinned by Seth Rollins this past week on Raw. Owens needs a convincing win, and the apron powerbomb he nailed on Rollins will create an opening that causes Seth's downfall inside the cell. Pick: Kevin Owens

ReverendKain: This has got to be the Cell match with all the interference, right? Between Jericho's dangling plot thread, HHH looming over the whole proceedings, and even KO pushing the inaugural Hell in a Cell as his favorite, stuff's gonna happen. Rollins has completed the turn, but I reckon he needs some more time to marinate before he picks up a triumph. Pick: Kevin Owens

Roman Reigns vs. Rusev

Geno Mrosko: Pick: Pain

Sean Rueter: Probably the least suspenseful match on the card. Should be fun, but Roman isn’t losing with Murica on the line. Pick: Roman Reigns

Kyle Decker: I'd be shocked if Roman doesn't go over here. Pick: Roman Reigns

Cain A. Knight: I feel like every match these guys have is pretty much the same thing and I'm just not all that excited to see it yet again. I find Rusev to be the superior performer of the two and I think he will have to go above and beyond to make this match stand out compared to the other two cell matches. I think Roman Reigns is just in the early part of a lengthy reign as champ, so Rusev is probably going to eat a dozen spears and superman punches before getting pinned. Pick: Roman Reigns

ReverendKain: Roman's been to hell before, whereas Rusev just has a dopey looking dog. Check and mate. Pick: Roman Reigns

The New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus

Geno Mrosko: They’ve spent a lot of time on Cesaro and Sheamus as the “tag team partners who can succeed if they just work together but can they work together” but have spent just as much time pushing New Day chasing Demolition’s tag title record. The latter wins out. Pick: New Day

Sean Rueter: Everybody's with me now, right? E, Kofi & X have a date with the record books, and Cesaro & Sheamus have a feud to resume. Pick: New Day

Kyle Decker: Sheamus and Cesaro defeating the New Day on Raw pretty much telegraphs the champs retaining. But what do I know? My picks have been terrible with the tag championships. If there's one constant, it's that Sean Rueter has been lights out on his tag title picks. Pick: Whoever Sean picks

Cain A. Knight: This should be a really good match because it has three really solid wrestlers and one elite worker in Cesaro. But the storyline behind this one just doesn't click for me, and I think Cesaro is being wasted in a tag team role. Yet it's still better than being fed to Braun Strowman in a singles role, so I guess things could be worse for the Swiss Superman. Sheamus and Cesaro defeated New Day in a non-title match on Raw, and that's just to set up some 50/50 booking for this rematch. New Day isn't going to drop the gold to a makeshift tag team with no long-term sustainability. Pick: New Day

ReverendKain: Demolition's record is still a ways off, and although Cesaro and Sheamus have shown some real chemistry together, I can't see them making this change here and now. Pick: New Day

TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick

Geno Mrosko: It’s almost amazing how they’re still pushing the story that Kendrick is on his last chance when he’s had like 42 chances since returning to WWE. That said, I don’t see any title changes on the card that make sense other than this one. Pick: Kendrick

Sean Rueter: For one thing, I don't think TJP will let his old friend win. I do think he'll find a way to make video game puns. Beyond that, I'm going with fantasy booking, because I maintain the division needs a name-brand heel to chase. Pick: Brian Kendrick

Kyle Decker: This division has been so lackluster that it's tough to pick. Given that the division hasn't been highlighting anyone else and the closest to being seen are Rich Swann (who beat Kendrick) and Cedric Alexander, I think Kendrick wins here. He's more recognizable, has more of a character, and there are more potential match ups. Pick: The Brian Kendrick

Cain A. Knight: Here's the most likely championship change of the night. Brian Kendrick just lost a basic Raw match clean to Rich Swann. Afterwards Kendrick admitted that he's simply not good enough and that he desperately needs Perkins to just let him win this match. I don't really get how that's going to make either of these guys look good when Kendrick eventually wins the championship, but that's probably where this one is going. Pick: Brian Kendrick

ReverendKain: Kendrick can try to Game Genie his Atari Lynx but TJP's gonna do what Nintendon't and Neo Geo Pocket Color his Power Base Converter in order to really NES Advantage the crap out of Rygar, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. TurboGrafx-16. Get in the game! Pick: TJ Perkins

Enzo & Big Cass vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows

Geno Mrosko: I imagine they’ll want one of these teams for the Survivor Series squad and they won’t have a chance to get a rematch until December, so let’s go with the good guys. Pick: Enzo & Cass

Sean Rueter: Going off the theory the Realest Guys are loss proof and Anderson & Gallows new push desperately needs a 'W', this seems pretty clear cut. Then I remember it's WWE. But even they can't sign Karl & Luke just to make them jobbers, right? Pick: Anderson & Gallows

Kyle Decker: Both Club members have lost in single's competition, which is likely to keep Enzo and Cass strong when they lose tomorrow night. I also think any more losses for the Club is going to completely neuter them. They really need a win to be taken seriously and defeating the fan favorite team of Enzo and Cass will get them some of that desired heat. Pick: The Club

Cain A. Knight: Gallows and Anderson really need some rehabilitation after being dominated for months by the New Day in a story that was primary focused on testicles. Enzo and Cass seem to lose a lot of matches and so they'll probably lose this one too. Pick: Gallows and Anderson

ReverendKain: Man, I like the Club too much to not hope that Enzo and Cass clowning them this whole time is in service of them winning when it counts. Pick: The Club

Bayley vs. Dana Brooke

Geno Mrosko: It’s not an arm wrestling match, so... Pick: Bayley

Sean Rueter: If this pick isn't correct, nobody is getting a hug from me for at least a week. Pick: Bayley

Kyle Decker: Where does the winner even go from here? Nia Jax? Title match? I think that Dana is going to win here as they keep trying to elevate Brooke. Pick: Dana Brooke

Cain A. Knight: I look at this one as the women's version of Zayn versus Strowman, where the superior babyface worker is going to try her best but understandably struggle to deal with an extremely limited heel opponent who isn't skilled enough to put on an acceptable 10-minute match. This one will probably last 5 minutes, and hopefully Bayley will emerge on the other side injury-free and with a win. Pick: Bayley

ReverendKain: Are we sure this isn't another arm wrestling match? Or perhaps a strongwoman contest? If it's a pro wrestling match, there's no way Brooke picks up two in a row. Pick: Bayley

Cedric Alexander & Lince Dorado & Sin Cara vs. Tony Nese & Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari

Geno Mrosko: Pick: Flippy stuff

Sean Rueter: Ummm... people like guys with masks, right? Plus, Vince probably thinks he's THIS close to finally getting Sin Cara over. Pick: Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado & Sin Cara

Kyle Decker: Heels or faces? Heels or faces? I'll go faces. Pick: Alexander, Dorado, & Sin Cara

Cain A. Knight: This should be a fun match. There's really no story here, so the babyfaces will probably get the win after some really exciting fast-paced action. Pick: Alexander, Dorado, and Sin Cara

ReverendKain: Despite the other side being two-thirds of your 2008 King of Trios winners, I gotta go with Nese, Gulak, and Daivari, simply because with their indie careers still running, they clearly have a few extra lives built up. Pick: Nese/Gulak/Daivari

That’s how we see the card playing out.

How about you?

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