WWE Hell In A Cell 2018 Predictions: Ronda Rousey Loses But Keeps Her Title
By Mat Elfring on
It's almost time for WWE's PPV Hell in a Cell--and you can check out our live coverage here. This year's event is taking place at the AT&T Center in Dallas, Texas, and the card is stacked with multiple title defenses for the eight matches currently booked. One of said matches will take place on the Kickoff Show, an hour prior to the main card. It should be a pretty exciting evening with multiple Hell in a Cell matches, one of which has Mick Foley as special guest referee.
On the Raw side of things, the Shield will have their hands full in two matches, one for the Tag Team Championships and one for the Universal Championship. Additionally, Alexa Bliss gets her rematch with Ronda Rousey. On Smackdown, Becky Lynch gets her shot at the Women's Championship against Charlotte, and Jeff Hardy will face Randy Orton in a Hell in a Cell match.
Obviously, we have a few opinions on what we think is going to happen during the evening as well. Check out all of our predictions for Hell in a Cell, which we will continue to update should new matches or new stipulations get added to the card.
Hell in a Cell match card:
- The New Day (c) vs. Rusev & Aiden English (Smackdown Tag Team Championship) [KICKOFF SHOW]
- Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell match)
- Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntrye (c) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose (Raw Tag Team Championships)
- Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
- Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch (Smackdown Women's Championship)
- Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss (Raw Women's Championship)
- AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe (WWE Championship)
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman (Hell in a Call match for the Universal Championship with Mick Foley as guest referee)
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The New Day (c) vs. Rusev & Aiden English (Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
The New Day just recently won the tag titles from the Bludgeon Brothers at Summerslam. However, they'll have to face Aiden English and Rusev, who have been extremely over during the past six months, at Hell in a Cell. This could go either way, as the New Day continues to be the tent-pole of Smackdown's tag division. However, it's time Rusev Day got a title, as the crowd still loves them--although some people could make the point his time has come and gone. Regardless, I'm giving the win to Rusev Day, in hopes that English will sing a fine song of victory.
Our prediction: Rusev Day wins
Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match)
Why is this a Hell in a Cell match? This is a bit of a head-scratcher. I guess it's so we can see Jeff Hardy jump off of things and attempt fate yet another time. There should be a lot of big spots in this match but neither of these men winning really does anything. Because Hardy lost the U.S. title and couldn't reclaim it, I'm giving him the win here.
Our prediction: Hardy wins
Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
The Bryan/Miz saga continues, but this time, it's a family affair. Both of the men's wives will be joining the fight in this mixed tag match. After their incredibly entertaining match at this year's Summerslam, it'll be interesting to see how this plays out now that Brie and Maryse are part of the match. In order to keep this rivalry going, which is needs to, Bryan and Brie need the win here.
Our prediction: Team Bryan wins
Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch (Smackdown Women's Championship)
I don't think it's any secret that I'm a big fan of Becky Lynch, as well as this storyline with Charlotte. Lynch, as a heel, needs a little bit of work but there is a lot of potential for her character to grow. She and Charlotte are going to put on an amazing match, and there is no question there, but it may be a time for a title change. In typical fashion, I'm giving the win to Becky Lynch, in hopes she can finally have a victory at a PPV. I couldn't tell you the last time she had a singles match win at a major WWE event.
Make sure to check out our video prediction as well.
Our prediction: Lynch wins
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss (Raw Women's Championship)
Bliss and Rousey's match at Summerslam was incredibly disappointing, as it was nothing more than a squash match. Rousey winning the title wasn't the problem, but Bliss getting not an ounce of offense in was. It made her look weak and Rousey overpowered. While I'm thinking Rousey will get the win here again, I'm truly hoping this will be an actual match and not just two minutes of Bliss getting beaten down.
However, new rumors surfacing are leading us to believe that Nikki Bella is going to interfere in this match, giving Alexa Bliss the win. However, it will be by way of DQ, so Rousey will keep the belt.
Our prediction: Bliss wins by DQ, Rousey retains title
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntrye (c) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose (Raw Tag Team Championship)
I'm not a big fan with the Shield reunion, but I'm also not a fan of Braun Strowman turning heel. However, putting the Shield up against Strowman, McIntyre, and Ziggler in two separate title matches is a pretty solid move for the PPV. By the end of the day, one of these two teams is going to walk out with both the Raw Tag Championship and the Universal Champion, and I'd personally like to see Ziggler and McIntyre have a longer run, so they're getting the win.
Our prediction: Ziggler & McIntyre win
AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe (WWE Championship)
The battle rages on between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. Their Summerslam match obviously wasn't going to be where it all ended, so the two will fight once again at Hell in a Cell. Strangely enough, as of this writing, this is still a normal match, as the last one ended with a DQ. Because of Joe's taunting and messing with Styles' homelife, he's going to break during this match, and Joe will get the win.
Our prediction: Joe wins by way of DQ
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman (Hell in a Cell Match for the Universal Championship)
Hey, Roman Reigns is main eventing another PPV, but at least this time, he has a championship. As I stated earlier, either the Shield or Strowman's group will walk away from Hell in a Cell with both championships. I don't think Mick Foley as the guest referee changes anything about how the match will play out, but I do see Strowman dominating Reigns one more time.
Our prediction: Strowman wins