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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Roman Reigns beats Braun Strowman as the Shield win all the gold: WWE Hell in a Cell predictions

Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and AJ Styles to retain their respective titles as Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose become Raw Tag champions again in Sunday's event

Roman Reigns will successfully defend his WWE Universal Championship at Hell in a Cell on Sunday. Image courtesy of WWE
Roman Reigns will successfully defend his WWE Universal Championship at Hell in a Cell on Sunday. Image courtesy of WWE

Ahead of Sunday's WWE Hell in a Cell network special, which is being held at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, here is a rundown on the card and what to watch for.

The show is available on the WWE Network, which can be be watched via OSN Sports, with the action starting from 3am UAE time on Monday morning.

Roman Reigns to retain the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman in a Hell in a Cell match

Well, this is quite the match and lots of scenarios possible as Strowman becomes only the third man, after Rob Van Dam and John Cena, to cash in his Money in the Bank contract for a scheduled fight rather than cashing in an impromptu fashion.

Lets get the negatives out of the way. Turning Strowman heel feels rushed and does not gel with either his character or past story.

This feels like sacrificing Strowman's momentum in a bid to keep Reigns as the No 1 face, at least in WWE's mind.

That is not to say that Reigns should not be champion. This writer is glad he is being a given a chance to run with the belt after he finally beat Brock Lesnar.

Hindsight wise, the WWE ought to have had Kevin Owens win the contract off Strowman and he should have been the one to be the first feud for Reigns as champion.

Owens would be a more believable fit for linking up with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, and having Strowman as the wronged face trying to get revenge on him while getting back in the title picture could have been fun.

But, alas, that is what could have been.

Now for the positive. This should be a great match. Reigns and Strowman have had some great matches before and they have a good chemistry.

Add in Mick Foley as special guest referee, 20 years after that infamous spot when he was thrown off the top of the cell by Undertaker, and this has promise.

Foley will no doubt be brutalised by Strowman at some stage, and you can expect interference from Ziggler and McIntyre as well as Reigns's Shield brothers Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

The outcome may not be clean, but no way, after waiting more than two years for his fourth world title reign, is Reigns losing the belt just one month after winning it.

If other predictions come to pass then there should be a fun visual to close the show of Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins standing tall with all of Raw's major men's titles in their possession.

Strowman will follow in the footsteps of Cena, Damien Sandow and Baron Corbin in failing to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and what he does next will be fascinating.

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AJ Styles to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe deserves a run with a top title in WWE. He brings believable menace and intensity to every feud he is in.

This rivalry with Styles has been fun and he could quite conceivably walk out as champion on Sunday.

But, given the nature of this feud, with Joe making personal attacks on Styles and his family, this does not feel like a match that the champion can be beaten in without losing serious face.

It is possible Styles could drop the title and quickly regain it, but the WWE appear to be moving away from short title runs at present, and so Styles retaining and continuing his long reign, which stretches back to November, seems the most likely scenario.

Plus, Styles has more viable rivals ahead for the title then Joe does, with feuds with The Miz and Randy Orton both on the horizon.

Ronda Rousey to retain the Raw Women's Championship against Alexa Bliss

This result seems to be a case of how Rousey retains, rather than if she does.

There is no way she is losing the title ahead of next month's historic all-women's network special, Evolution, and the fact Bliss is already inserted in a match with Trish Stratus highlights that.

This is likely to be more competitive then their SummerSlam clash. A possible pre-match attack from Mickie James and Alicia Fox to weaken Rousey makes sense, allowing Bliss to have the early upperhand.

But Rousey will inevitably come back to get the win and move on to her next opponent at Evolution.

Charlotte Flair to retain the SmackDown Women's Championship against Becky Lynch

This may not have been the scenario that WWE planned for when Lynch attacked Flair post-match at SummerSlam but the Irishwoman has red hot momentum going into Sunday's match, with the crowd firmly behind her.

Lynch has been too often a forgotten figure in the women's division and it is great she is being able to show she is much more then just a happy go lucky babyface.

She will get the title, just not here. Flair squeaks out a win, possibly with a roll-up or by nefarious means, which may or may not be deliberate, to add even more intrigue to the feud.

These two will meet again at Evolution and having a wronged Lynch still hunting her former best friend is the way to go.

Randy Orton to beat Jeff Hardy in a Hell in a Cell match

These two first met in a singles clash in January 2008 and here we are 10 years on and both men are still going strong in the upper echelons of WWE.

The fact they are in Hell in a Cell screams that Hardy is going to do something crazy like attempting to do a swanton bomb off the top of the structure or something equally nuts.

Hardy will entertain but Orton is winning this. He needs it to revitalise his darker persona and will set him up for a coming feud with AJ Styles, which may still be for the WWE World Heavyweight title.

The Miz and Maryse to win their mixed tag match with Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella

Inserting their wives into the rivalry is a smart way of prolonging the Miz and Bryan rivalry without having another singles match immediately.

Miz won, with brass knuckles, at SummerSlam and logic screams that Bryan gets some revenge at some point.

But, Bryan and Brie Bella have largely had the upperhand here, and Miz and Maryse stealing victory here again would be a good twist.

Bryan will eventually get one over on the Miz, but having him frustrated a little bit more along the way will only make the belated victory that bit more sweeter.

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose win the Raw Tag Team titles from Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre

These four will almost certainly feature in the main event later in the evening.

This feels like just the start of a series of tag matches between this quartet and keeping the titles on Ziggler and McIntyre makes the most sense on paper.

But giving all the gold to the Shield would make for a great visual. With Reigns having the Universal title, Rollins the Intercontinental strap, having the tag team titles would highlight the faction as being dominant.

With a rumoured Ambrose heel turn on the horizon, giving the Shield their big moment as a faction, while they are together, would be a nice touch.

Not ideal for Ziggler and McIntyre to lose the titles so quickly, but keeping the Shield strong in the short term is a good move.

The New Day retain the SmackDown Tag Team titles against Rusev and Aiden English

Fun match on the horizon here, but one that should be predictable.

Rusev is hugely over still, but it is unlikely that New Day are dropping the titles they only just regained last month.

An action-packed encounter with the only intrigue being on if Rusev missing out again on a title, having lost to Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in July, takes out his frustration on English.

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