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Predicting the match order at Hell in a Cell 2018

Predicting the match order at Hell in a Cell 2018

It’s one thing to predict the winners and losers at Hell in a Cell 2018, but how about taking a guess at the match order on that card?

WWE has announced 7 different segments for the main card of Hell in a Cell 2018, not counting the pre-show match between New Day and Rusev Day.

Here is my subjective view of how important each of these 7 segments rank on the Hell in a Cell card, ordered from most important to least important.

  1. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
  2. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
  3. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch
  4. Bryan & Brie vs. Miz & Maryse
  5. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton
  6. Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss
  7. Ziggler & McIntyre vs. Ambrose & Rollins

The four SmackDown matches are pretty much interchangeable in my mind. My initial attempt at this list put Brie’s match as the most of important of the group since it has received so much TV time in prime slots. I also dropped it to the bottom at one point since it seemed to have the fewest stakes, while putting Orton on top due to the cell gimmick. I ultimately settled on AJ and Joe for the top SmackDown spot, since it is a title match and I think it will be one of the longest matches of the night. I don’t know, I’m just throwing my hands up here for the most part in terms of ranking those four SmackDown matches.

Up to this point I have always ranked Ronda Rousey matches among the most important of the night due to her star power, but this one feels different. Her rematch with Alexa just doesn’t seem all that interesting or exciting to me, so I dropped it below those four SmackDown matches.

This PPV is actually very strong from top to bottom in terms of not having any matches that feel like unnecessary time fillers. The Raw tag title match is a clear step above the typical match that winds up at the bottom of this list, considering that Ambrose and Rollins are often positioned as upper card stars.

Main event

The main event of this card seems obvious. Reigns and Strowman are competing for a top title inside Hell in a Cell, with a Hall of Fame special guest referee. It’s hard to come up with a good argument for any other match in the main event spot. Barring some kind of incredible ring-busting or cell-breaking stunt from Jeff Hardy, I can’t think of any other scenario where Strowman and Reigns are not the main event.

The other Hell in a Cell match

It’s possible that WWE will bookend this card with the two Hell in a Cell matches, to keep them as far apart as possible. However, I’m a little hesitant to choose that route because WWE seemed to treat the first hour of Money in the Bank and Extreme Rules almost like extensions of the pre-show, filling it with the least important matches of the night.

Furthermore, I think there’s a good chance that Jeff Hardy performs some kind of breathtaking stunt, and so I think the cell match is better positioned towards the middle of the card.

I’m also going to put an unadvertised cool-down match or segment right after Orton’s cell match. There’s going to be some kind of crazy stunt from Jeff Hardy in the cell match, so I think WWE will follow it up with maybe an unadvertised R-Truth match or an Elias segment.

Considering that there are several SmackDown matches that are arguably more important than Orton’s cell match, I think Segment 3 is a good spot for it. They can start the show with a couple normal matches, then go for the big cell stunt with Jeff Hardy, put a cool-down in Segment 4, and then fill out the rest of the card with the most important matches.

That gives me the following card:

Segment 1:
Segment 2:
Segment 3: Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton
Segment 4: Elias segment?
Segment 5:
Segment 6:
Segment 7:
Segment 8: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

Opening match

The opening match of the night is usually one of the mid-level attractions with good work rate that doesn’t require a dedicated video package ahead of time to hype it up. The Ziggler tag team match probably fits that description the best.

I can’t really see WWE opening the show with Ronda Rousey or the WWE Championship.

Brie’s match is a strange one in that it has main evented multiple episodes of SmackDown, but it doesn’t really feel all that important and I can totally see it placed as the first match of the night.

The two tag team matches seem to fit into this spot better than everything else. I’ll put Ambrose and Rollins in Segment 1, because I think there is a chance that they have some follow-up backstage segments later in the show that somehow play into Roman’s main event match. It doesn’t really make sense for Ambrose, Rollins, Ziggler, and McIntyre to all stay away from the main event, so I expect some kind of backstage incident that will affect their potential availability during the main event. That means their match should happen as early as possible.

That gives me the following card:

Segment 1: Ziggler & McIntyre vs. Ambrose & Rollins
Segment 2:
Segment 3: Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton
Segment 4: Elias segment?
Segment 5:
Segment 6:
Segment 7:
Segment 8: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

Everything else

I have four slots left for Rousey, Styles, Flair, and Brie.

Segment 2 seems way too early for Rousey or Styles. I am opening the night with a tag team match in Segment 1, so I don’t want to put another tag team match in Segment 2. That means the best option for Segment 2 is Flair versus Lynch.

I want to put at least one match between Styles and Reigns, since I expect those to be the longest matches of the night. Rousey’s match should be the shortest, and so Segment 7 (right before the main event) seems like a good spot for it.

That leaves Segment 5 and Segment 6 for Styles and Brie, in some order.

Following whatever the cool-down content is in Segment 4, I think it makes the most sense to go with Brie’s tag match in Segment 5 rather than the WWE Championship. Just like I thought Brie’s match was a reasonable candidate to start the show, I think it’s also a good choice to come out of the cool-down segment with, before getting to a match with higher stakes (Styles vs. Joe).

Finalized card

So here is my final prediction for the match order at Hell in a Cell, along with guesses on the bell-to-bell match times.

Segment 1: Ziggler & McIntyre vs. Ambrose & Rollins (15 minutes)
Segment 2: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (14)
Segment 3: Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (17)
Segment 4: Elias segment?
Segment 5: Bryan & Brie vs. Miz & Maryse (13)
Segment 6: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe(18)
Segment 7: Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss (7)
Segment 8: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman (20)

That’s my prediction for the match order at Hell in a Cell. What’s yours?

Article Originally Posted By Cain A. Knight At Cageside Seats – All Posts

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