The Rope Break #19: WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 Predictions

By Curtis Suthard – 10/7/2017

 

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The Rope Break #19:

WWE Hell In A Cell 2017 Predictions

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This Sunday, WWE’s Smackdown brand is planning on raising a little Hell with 8 solid matches, which include not one, but, two Hell in a Cell matches. Looking at the line up, I think this show has the potential to be fantastic. So, let us take a look at the card and along the way, I’ll throw out some predictions as to who I think the winners will be. Will I base my picks on my long years of wrestling knowledge or will I let my emotions dictate the winners and losers? Spoiler alert: As always, my emotions will override some matches. Especially if Rusev is involved.

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Kickoff Match: Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin VS. The Hype Bros.: So, the Hype Bros. are still a thing? The cracks are beginning to show, though, as Mojo seems to be sick and tired of losing and isn’t so hyped all of the time anymore. On the other hand, Shelton Benjamin’s return to WWE and partnership with Chad Gable has been pretty fun. Even though I was beginning to dig Gable’s singles matches, I think that these two guys work well together as a team. There is every chance that we could see Gable & Benjamin work their way up the ladder in the Tag Division (which on Smackdown seems to only have 2 rungs, New Day & Usos, for now) and win the titles. Momentum, seems to be on their side. The Hype Bros seem to be heading in quite the opposite direction with either Mojo turning heel on Ryder or, possibly, both guys turning heel on everybody. Which, honestly, wouldn’t be too bad. They could be a good heel team, if handled properly.

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My Pick: Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin

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Bobby Roode VS. Dolph Ziggler: Okay, so NXT’s former top heel, Bobby Roode, is now a mellow and self-assured good guy on the Main Roster and the consummate underdog that suffered from bad booking constantly, yet had the fan’s support regardless, Ziggler, is a bitchy heel who whines about all show and no substance? Hmmmm…whatever? I really don’t get Ziggler’s whole current heel shtick. More than that, it sort of falls flat, in my opinion. Roode, is clearly riding high off of the momentum and popularity that he built for himself in NXT (not to mention that Entrance Theme! Maybe Ziggler is right?) but, seems to be a bit directionless since debuting on the Main Roster. One would think that after all of these little segments that have been given to Ziggler to heel it up, he would be due a win to legitimize this gimmick. But, I just don’t see that happening here, as the spotlight seems to be more firmly fixed on Roode’s Gloriousness, for now.

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My Pick: Bobby Roode

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Rusev VS. Randy Orton: Oh, WWE, how you toy with my emotions. Randy Orton has had a crappy year, so far. Being forced to job out to Jinder Mahal over and over, having a dirty refrigerator dropped on him in Bray Wyatt’s grungy farmhouse/newly separated-guy bachelor pad and feuding with Aiden English a bit too much has all but made Orton seem a bit irrelevant. That’s a real shame. The only guy who seems to be drawing the short straw a bit more often than Randy, though, is my Main Man, Handsome Rusev. What did the Bulgarian Brute do that was so wrong? Can “The Powers That Be” really seemingly hold a grudge this long? Don’t answer that. Everything screams at me that it should be a no-brainer that Randy has this one in the bag. But, I can’t betray my heart. MACHKA!

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My Pick: Rusev

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Baron Corbin VS. A.J. Styles (WWE U.S. Championship): Speaking of guys that haven’t had an easy couple of months: Baron Corbin gets a shot at A.J. Styles and the US title and we all try to act as if we care. Look, I was touting the improvements that I thought Corbin was making as a performer. And, I was a bit annoyed at the way that he lost the Money in the Bank briefcase and then got steamrolled by the Cena Machine for seemingly just being a jerk on social media and possibly backstage. He went from riding high and steadily making his way up the ladder to getting humiliated in the ring. So, with all of that being said: Does anyone out there really think that Baron Corbin stands a chance of winning the US title off of one of the best wrestlers in the business today? Maybe. Weirder things have happened and Corbin may be due to get back on track. Winning this match would definitely do just that. I just can’t see it happening. Though, it could free up Styles to begin a rise back up to the Main Event and WWE Championship title scene. Which would be just fine with me.

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My Pick: A.J. Styles

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Charlotte Flair VS. Natalya (Smackdown Women’s Championship): I’m happy to see Natalya finally reigning as Women’s Champ. Really, I am. But, Charlotte is bound for the top of the heap and this will probably be just the right time for it, now that Charlotte is back from her hiatus due to her father’s health issues. Of course, there is every chance that Natty could retain and drag this feud out a little bit longer. It isn’t really like there is a whole lot of anything else going on there, in Smackdown’s Women’s Division. On the other hand, there is also the possibility that Carmella could cash in and pull the rug out from whoever may win. If that were to happen, I guess it could ignite something for the Division. Even though Carmella’s Money in the Bank win and everything that has come from it, has sort of been a snore-fest.

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My Pick: Charlotte Flair

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The Usos VS. The New Day (Smackdown Tag Team Championships Hell in a Cell Match): Speaking of a feud that is propping up an entire Division. The only negative thing that I possibly see coming from this match, would be the repeated claims that this match will be the grand finale for the feud between these two teams. If that were to be true, that would be terrible, as these two teams have been having some of the best tag matches that I have seen in a long time in WWE. Granted, as a long time wrestling/WWE fan, I am very desensitized when the announce team claims that this could be the “Final Chapter” to a particular feud. How many times did we hear that about Orton VS. Cena? Anyway, I would be willing to bet good money on this match being incredible and possibly the best match of the night. Both teams almost always deliver. As much as I’m digging the Usos in their current heel personas, I just don’t see Smackdown’s Tag Division going forward with the Usos leading as long as The New Day is on the same roster.

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My Pick: The New Day

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Kevin Owens VS. Shane McMahon (Hell in a Cell Falls Count Anywhere Match): The build for this match has been great. A month or so ago, when it became apparent that this feud was building, I’ll admit to being pretty indifferent about it. I love Owens. But, I really don’t want to see Shane taking another guy’s “spot” in a possible major feud. I don’t dislike Shane, don’t get me wrong. He just doesn’t really appeal to me. With that being said, Owens and Shane (with the assist from Vinny Mac) have built this feud properly and hooked me. I’m sure that this match, much like the last, has the potential to blow everyone away and I hope that it lives up to the hype. The only odd thing about this one is when the “Falls Count Anywhere” stipulation was added to a Hell in a Cell match. Isn’t the enclosed cage that surrounds both the ring and most of the ringside area in A Hell in a Cell match, intended to keep all of the action centered there? It’s not like that stipulation needed to be added just to give Shane an excuse to climb up the Cell and jump/fall off of it. The only thing that I could guess is that there may be some chance that the pin could occur on top of the Cell or one of the guys could get knocked or thrown off of the Cell and the other would be forced to pin his downed opponent where he lay. I was a bit ambiguous as to who may take the tumble off of the Cell there, because I think that the real swerve here could be that it turns out Owens is the one to take the fall. When it comes to the winner though, I’m torn. Owens could get the win and regain some momentum, maybe working toward a WWE Championship match opportunity. On the other hand, Shane could get a win which could draw this feud out a little longer. I’m honestly not sure which way I land on this one? But…

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My Pick: Kevin Owens

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Shinsuke Nakamura VS. Jinder Mahal (WWE Championship Match): Last month, at Summerslam, it seemed to me that Nakamura’s title reign was all but set to begin. We didn’t get it at “The Biggest Party of the Summer!” much to almost everyone’s dismay. So, could WWE be set to toy with our emotions once more, not only making us endure an even longer Jinder Mahal title reign? Definitely! Everything in me is shouting, at full volume, “Don’t fall for it, again!” Nakamura is going to get the WWE Championship, eventually…I hope. I just don’t know how long that may take. The build for this one has been sort of awkward and weak. So, I’m not too jazzed about this match. The real excitement with this match and it’s outcome, comes from the possibility of the feuds that could come from a Nakamura title reign and I am down with that. So, I’m going to give it another try.

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My Pick: Shinsuke Nakamura

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So, that is, as they say, that. WWE: Hell in a Cell 2017 has a good card with the very real possibility for more than a few awesome matches and I am honestly a bit excited for it. Check back here on Monday, following the show for another Rope Break and my review of the show. Be sure to check us out on our Facebook page and consider giving us a Like and/or Following us there. Check out some of our podcasts where we cover all sorts of Nerd-related topics. I’m looking forward to doing a weekly/semi-regular Rope Break podcast in the next month or so on our channel. Also, check out the Curt’s Corner section on our site BY CLICKING RIGHT HERE, for more Rope Breaks, Rope Break: RETRO and my Crappy Movie Reviews. More stuff is being added all of the time.

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