There will be excitement. There will be pain.
No, the Greek God of Wrestling isn’t referring to the Eagles-Cowboys clash Sunday night. He’s referring to WWE’s Hell in a Cell, which takes place Sunday (8 p.m., preshow at 7 p.m.) on WWE Network.
Three matches at Hell in a Cell will take place inside the hell in a cell cage, which, for the uninitiated, also includes a roof of metal and chain link fencing. In Achilles Heel’s mind, that’s too many of the same type of match. Having three hell in a cell matches removes the uniqueness of this type of match, which should be reserved for the culmination of only the bitterest feuds. (This is the same reason I always criticize TNA’s Lockdown, which features steel cage matches for the entire card.)
There are only so many different types of spots you can do in a hell in a cell. The last thing WWE should want is for the hell in a cell match to become routine.
Having said that, there is plenty to look forward to at Hell in a Cell. Kevin Owens defends the WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins inside hell in a cell. Both Owens and Rollins should excel in this environment. Expect Owens to retain, possibly with Chris Jericho getting involved in the finish.
Sasha Banks defends the Raw Women’s Championship against Charlotte (now being listed on wwe.com as Charlotte Flair) in a hell in a cell match. This is the first women’s hell in a cell match, so it’s a historic match. Expect Sasha to retain the title.
The third hell in a cell match pits United States champion Roman Reigns against former champion Rusev, who has been tremendous during the buildup to this match. Of all of the wrestlers involved in the ill-fated League of Nations, Rusev has done the best job of restoring his former credibility. He actually has caused fans to cheer for Reigns, which is quite an accomplishment for a heel these days. Reigns should win, but, if WWE wants to do a title switch, this match would make the most sense – unless Jericho costs Owens his title against Rollins. This should be an extremely physical match.
There are two other title matches at Hell in a Cell. The New Day defend the RAW Tag Team Championship against the mismatched team of Sheamus and Cesaro. The Greek God of Wrestling thinks we may see a title change in this match.
The other title match pits T.J. Perkins against challenger Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship match. A title change is also possible here. It would be a nice reward for Kendrick for a terrific career.
Two other matches include Enzo Amore and Big Cass against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and Bayley vs. Dana Brooke. Bayley should defeat Brooke. The outcome of the tag team match may depend on what happens in the tag team title match. It doesn’t make sense to bury Gallows and Anderson with another loss; however, if Sheamus and Cesaro take the tag team titles from New Day, an Amore and Big Cass victory may make more sense.
There will be a six-man cruiserweight match during the Hell in a Cell kickoff show. Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara will oppose Drew Gulak, Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari. This should be a fun, hard-hitting match.
Hell in a Cell should be an enjoyable event. If you’re looking for something a little less physical and with less bitterness and hatred, watch the Eagles-Cowboys game.
ORTON TURN? The Greek God of Wrestling isn’t quite sure what to make of Randy Orton delivering an RKO to Kane, costing the Big Red Machine his match with Bray Wyatt on Smackdown. Later in the show, Orton said, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”
Could Orton be joining the Wyatt Family? Having Orton join Luke Harper as a henchman would make the Wyatt Family incredibly dangerous and powerful. On the hand, Achilles Heel has a suspicion that Orton is merely going undercover, infiltrating the Wyatt Family before getting revenge.
TIME TO PLAY THE GAME: Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series on Nov. 20 in Toronto is official. The only thing that bothers me about this match is it sometimes seems as if the match is being used to promote WWE’s video game instead of the other way around.
TNA TURMOIL: Bobby Lashley will get a return match against TNA World champion Eddie Edwards, and Cody and Brandi Rhodes defeated Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis-Bennett in a battle of married couples, but the real action in TNA took place away from the arena, as the lawsuit between Billy Corgan and Dixie Carter continues.
SABRE PART OF CHIKARA CARD: CHIKARA will make its final 2016 appearances in Philadelphia next Saturday (Nov. 5) with a day-night doubleheader at The Wrestle Factory, located at 4711 Wingate Street.
At “Counting Backwards” in the afternoon (2 p.m.), heralded independent wrestlers Zack Sabre Jr. will square off with Juan Francisco de Coronado. Other matches include Drew Gulak battling Lucas Calhoun, and the team of Dasher Hatfield and Heidi Lovelace facing Icarus and Mark Angelosetti, Hatfield’s former tag team partner.
In the evening (7 p.m.) at “Like Phantoms, Forever,” Hallowicked will defend the Grand Championship against Ophidian. Princess Kimberlee takes on Max Smashmaster, and there are a whole bunch of matches involving various ants – Missile Assault Ant, Bullet Ant, Soldier Ant and Fire Ant.
WWE INVADES JERSEY: There will be plenty of opportunities to see WWE and WWE stars in New Jersey during the next few days. On Sunday (Oct. 30), Jimmy and Jey Uso will appear at iPlay America in Freehold from 9 a.m.-noon. Meanwhile, you can meet Smackdown Women’s champion Becky Lynch on Sunday (10 a.m.-noon) at Adventureland Store in Voorhees. Advance purchase of tickets for admission, autographs and photo opportunities is recommended for both appearances.
If you’re looking to see WWE stars in the ring, there will be a card Sunday (5 p.m.) with the Smackdown crew at PPL Center in Allentown. That should end in time to watch the Eagles game or the main portion of Hell in a Cell. On Monday, the Smackdown crew will be at Sun National Bank Center (7:30 p.m.) in Trenton.
If you’re willing to drive a little further, WWE World champion A.J. Styles will be at the Cricket Wireless Store in Passaic from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Smackdown is later that night in Newark.
CLASSIC PARTNERS: The first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic wrapped up with victories by the team of Kota Ibushi and T.J. Perkins, replacing the injured Hideo Itami, and the team of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa posting victories.
Gargano and Ciampa will face NXT Tag Team champions The Revival (Scott Dawson, Dash Wilder) in the quarterfinals. In other quarterfinal matches, Ibushi and Perkins will battle the new team of Sanity. Austin Aries and Roderick Strong will square off with TM-61, and No Way Jose and Rich Swann will battle the Authors of Pain. The tournament final will be Nov. 19 at NXT Takeover: Toronto.
GETTING HIS KICKS: A match between NXT champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Austin Aries was stopped recently after Nakamura kicked Aries in the face. Aries tweeted out a shot of his swollen eye the next day. It was gross. Really gross.
KING OF THE RING: The Undertaker was in Cleveland for the Cavaliers’ home opener. Before the Cavaliers got their championship rings, many of them posed for photographs with Undertaker.
HARDCORE CAGE MATCH: House of Hardcore 22 on Dec. 16 at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia will feature House of Hardcore’s first steel cage match, a battle between Tommy Dreamer and “Broken” Matt Hardy. Other matches include John Hennigan (formerly John Morrison) vs. Fenix, Tony Nese vs. Lio Rush and Sami Callihan vs. Brian Cage.