- WWE Hell in a Cell will emanate from the AT&T Center in San Antonio on September 16th
- Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman’s match for the Universal Championship will headline the event
- Who will end the night with gold in their grasp?
WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 will be the tenth installment in the pay-per-view’s history and is on tap to feature one of the most star-studded lineups to date.
For the first time since SummerSlam in August, the Superstars of SmackDown Live and Raw will come together for an exciting night of co-branded action. Already multiple matches have been confirmed for the card and fans have started to speculate who will win in each contest.
WWE Championship Match Odds: AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe
AJ Styles and Samoa Joe stole the show with their exceptional outing at SummerSlam and are bound to steal the show again at Hell in a Cell. It’s unlikely they’ll headline the pay-per-view over the Universal Championship match, but fans can nevertheless expect them to have the best bout of the night for the second straight month.
The odds are too close to call, and although Styles is currently favored to defeat Joe, it isn’t a slam dunk that he will retain his title. Joe has been on the roll of his career in recent months and is owed a run with the world championship eventually.
Regardless of the result, this feud should continue through WWE Super Show-Down in early October, where it has been announced they will do battle again.
Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match Odds: Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman
Roman Reigns beating Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam was hardly in doubt, though it was unknown who The Big Dog’s first feud would be with as champion coming out of the event. It was revealed the next night that Mr. Money in the Bank, Braun Strowman, would step up to the plate to challenge for the gold at Hell in a Cell.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for WWE to ruin any momentum Strowman had as a fan favorite by turning him heel, solely in an effort to get Reigns universally cheered by the audience. The odds aren’t in Strowman’s favor at Hell in a Cell, either, because fans have Reigns emerging victorious over The Monster Among Men as of now.
As deserving as Strowman is of a Universal Championship reign, it’s way too soon to take the title off of Reigns, therefore making him the safe pick to win.
Raw Women’s Championship Match Odds: Ronda Rousey vs Alexa Bliss
It should come as no surprise that Ronda Rousey is dominating Alexa Bliss in the betting odds heading into their next one-on-one encounter for the Raw Women’s Championship. Their clash at SummerSlam was fairly one-sided, to say the least, and ended in a decisive victory for The Rowdy One.
WWE has given fans zero reason to believe that Bliss has a fighting chance of upsetting Rousey at Hell in a Cell.
Furthermore, WWE has given fans zero reason to believe that Bliss has a fighting chance of upsetting Rousey at Hell in a Cell. The build to their bout, albeit entertaining, has seen Rousey get the better of Bliss at every turn and establish that she is the single most dominant entity in all of Raw’s women’s division right now.
Rousey has barely scratched the surface of what she’s capable of in the champion role and should have a stranglehold on the strap at least through the remainder of the year. Bliss will merely be a minor roadblock for Rousey en route to WrestleMania 35.
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella vs The Miz and Maryse
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The long-running rivalry between Daniel Bryan and The Miz has been among the strongest stories WWE has told all year. They took their bad blood to new heights at SummerSlam when Miz resorted to underhanded tactics to beat Bryan, but Bryan made it clear on the subsequent SmackDown Live that their feud was far from over.
They’ll wage war again at Hell in a Cell, but this time, their wives Brie Bella and Maryse will be involved as well. Miz and Maryse have shown in the recent weeks that they’ll go to great lengths to prove their superiority over Bryan and Bella, including attacking one while the other watched.
Bryan vs Miz for the WWE Championship would be the perfect match to do at WrestleMania 35 with Miz becoming the new No. 1 contender to the title at Super Show-Down and Bryan then winning the Royal Rumble. In the meantime, a victory in a mixed tag team affair won’t matter much, so awarding the win to Bryan and Bella makes the most sense.
Hell in a Cell Match Odds: Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton
Upon his highly anticipated comeback to WWE at Extreme Rules, Randy Orton immediately set his sights on Jeff Hardy, signaling a change in character in the process. He cemented his heel turn two days later on SmackDown by brutalizing Hardy and almost tearing his ear apart, much to the dismay and disgust of the audience.
Hardy pulling off something insane inside Hell in a Cell is virtually guaranteed, but so is Orton walking away the winner considering his history in the Cell.
It seemed to be a strange decision at first to put their match inside Hell in a Cell at the pending pay-per-view (especially over Styles vs. Joe), but the video packages that aired this past week detailing their disdain for each other made it clear that their feud could be contained only by the satanic structure.
Orton returning to his roots as a heel has been a refreshing change of pace for him, and Hardy loses nothing in defeat given how popular he is with the WWE Universe. Hardy pulling off something insane inside Hell in a Cell is virtually guaranteed, but so is Orton walking away the winner considering his history in the Cell and the current odds reflect that.