It’s one thing to predict winners and losers Hell in a Cell 2022but how about guessing the order of matches for the event?
Hell in a cell takes place tomorrow night (Sunday, June 5) near Chicago, Illinois, with the main card starting at 8 p.m. ET on Peacock.
WWE has announced seven different segments for the main card of this event. Here is my subjective view of the importance of each of these seven segments, ranked from most important to least important.
- Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins
- Bianca Belair vs. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
- Judgment Day vs. AJ Styles, Liv Morgan, Finn Balor
- Bobby Lashley against Omos and MVP
- Madcap Moss vs. Happy Corbin
- Ezekiel vs. Kevin Owens
- Theory against Mustafa Ali
The two potential main event matches are Rhodes vs. Rollins inside Hell in a Cell, or Belair’s defense against the Raw women’s championship. The women’s title story has been the main event of several recent episodes of Raw, but in some ways, Belair’s triple threat match feels like he’s there to delay a singles rematch with Lynch. The cell gimmick is more important than the title on this card, so I’m putting Rhodes in the main event.
The opening game of the night is usually one of the mid-tier attractions with a good work-rate that doesn’t require a dedicated video package up front to publicize it.
Theory vs. Ali is a high work rate match that could potentially open up a map, but the build behind the match is terrible. Omos should never open a PPV. Matches with Owens and Corbin are also not suitable for this location. I guess that means I open Hell in a cell with Judgment Day.
This gives me the following map:
Segment 1: Judgment Day vs. AJ Styles, Liv Morgan, Finn Balor
Segment 7: Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins
One of the less important matches of the night usually ends in split 2. In this case, I choose the worst work rate match, which means Omos.
The middle of the map is too thin to save Belair for segment 6. I’ll put it in segment 5 instead.
Madcap’s match has the No Holds Barred gimmick, meaning it’ll likely get more time than expected from a Moss vs. Corbin match. I’m going to put it in Segment 4. Consecutive No Holds Barred and Raw Women’s Championship matches in Segments 4 and 5 will serve as the anchor in the middle of this card.
That leaves Owens and Theory in segments 3 and 6, in some order. I will put the highest work rate match (Ali) in segment 3 to clear the palace after Omos. Owens vs. Ezekiel is more about character work than the actual in-ring match, so I think it’s good to sandwich them between the best two matches near the end of the card, in segment 6.
So here is my final prediction for the order of matches at Hell in a cellas well as guesses on bell-to-bell match times:
Segment 1: Judgment Day vs. AJ Styles, Liv Morgan, Finn Balor (18 mins)
Segment 2: Bobby Lashley vs. Omos and MVP (9)
Segment 3: Theory vs. Mustafa Ali (8)
Segment 4: Madcap Moss vs. Happy Corbin (13)
Segment 5: Bianca Belair vs. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (17)
Segment 6: Ezekiel vs. Kevin Owens (11)
Segment 7: Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins (24)
This is my prediction for the order of matches at Hell in a cell. What is your?