Roundtable: WWE Hell In A Cell 2021 Preview

Hell In A Cell 2021 - Bobby Lashley vs Drew McIntyre
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WWE Hell In A Cell 2021 is almost upon us and as for every PPV, we have asked the great and the good of the Hooked On Wrestling team to come together to share with us their thoughts on how the PPV will go down.

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WWE Championship Match: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre (Hell In A Cell Match)

Bobby Lashley Drew McIntyre
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Paul Benson: Considering how in to this rivalry and both guys I was going in to WrestleMania, it is incredible how apathetic I feel now. I guess that’s what happens when they spin their wheels doing the same thing for ten weeks. I really can’t bring myself to care what happens here but this is a preview article so I better take a swing. Lashley needs to keep his title a fair bit longer yet (and potentially keep it for an upcoming Brock Lesnar showdown) but McIntyre can’t lose to the guy again, can he? McIntyre needs to lose the match after interference from whoever his next feud will be. That feud should be fresh but someone he can beat to build his momentum back. Let’s throw a curveball and say it will be Keith Lee.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Chris Hatch: The fact that you know you’ll get a performance from both men involved in this match is at least a positive here. McIntyre taking the tumble from the top in last year’s match with Randy Orton also means these guys will know how to get a highlight clip out of the match. Unfortunately the “play that same song” element of this loses some interest, but hopefully both men will get what they need to out of it. I see the same result as McIntyre had last year, with Lashley walking out with the title to keep him on the road to SummerSlam.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Marc Hemingway: If McIntyre loses he can’t challenge for the title while Lashley is the champ, and that’s what needs to happen. Then on Raw on Monday McIntyre announces he’s off to Smackdown to have a go at Reigns’ belt. THEN when Lashley is saying ‘there’s no one left to face me’ Brock Lesnar comes out and sets up a SummerSlam match. Lashley retains, all this goes down just as I mentioned. I will accept nothing less.

Winner: Bobby Lashley


Raw Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

Rhea Ripley Charlotte Flair
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Paul Benson: What is even going on in this feud? I think Flair is a heel but does that mean Ripley is a face? Or is she slightly less heelish than her opponent? I honestly do not know and due to the flat nature of this build, nor do I care. I still want to see Ripley do very well and I would like to see her retain the belt for the time being to carry in to better feuds down the line. I still think there is a star in there but my gosh do they need to define her character quickly.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

Chris Hatch: Alright, I’ll subscribe to the theories that the slow, nearly flat build to this match and the way ‘The Queen’ has interjected herself back in to the title picture so quickly means she walks out of this one back on top. That’s not to discount Ripley, who I’m a massive fan of. Over the last few years her body of work has been excellent, but since winning the belt it doesn’t seem like she’s had the feel of a champion. She’s certainly got it in her, and it could be she’s just being stifled by creative and not quite being herself at the moment. Either way, however much she’s surely capable to leading the division, it feels like Flair goes back to the top in this one.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

Marc Hemingway: Ripley needs the win here to regain the credibility that seems to have been missing for a while. I’d love to see her come out and absolutely destroy Flair, bringing back that passion that helped her team win at WarGames back in 2019. Up until Raw this week there was hardly any momentum going into the PPV for either woman. Ripley to win, but probably by disqualification to keep them fighting until SummerSlam.

Winner: Rhea Ripley


SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley (Hell In A Cell Match)

Bianca Belair Bayley
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Paul Benson: A rematch from WrestleMania Backlash here but this time inside the cell for….reasons. Why not though eh? Belair is still getting herself over as a champion so why not cement that by going over Bayley again? I don’t love it but nor do I hate it. Belair wins of course as she will be moving on to bigger challenges soon enough. Could that be another match with Sasha Banks? I suspect that come SummerSlam she might be facing off with someone a bit more…Manly.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Chris Hatch: Bayley certainly falls in to the category of ‘a safe pair of hands’ inside the squared circle, and whilst this may have run a little longer than it should the way it will help Belair build as a title holder makes it extremely worthwhile. Whereas it feels like Flair needs to replace Ripley as the star-power champion going in to SummerSlam, it absolutely feels right to keep building Belair up with the strap going in to the hottest show of the summer. It will be a solid match inside the cell without ever troubling the classics of the genre, with Bayley doing exactly what will be required of her in giving Belair another step up the proverbial ladder.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Marc Hemingway: With the match now being inside Hell in a Cell, it’ll give Belair plenty of chances to hit some high spots and impressive moves. I don’t see her dropping the belt any time soon and she needs to put away Bayley decisively to be able to move on to a new feud. Bayley will still look strong even in losing, but if Belair drops the title her WrestleMania journey would feel like a waste. Belair to win and retain.

Winner: Bianca Belair


Alexa Bliss vs. Shayna Baszler

Alexa Bliss Shayna Baszler
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Paul Benson: This feud is silly beyond belief and not even close to being ‘so bad it is good’ either. It’s been a total mess and a waste of all involved. Let’s say Bliss wins this because she uses her new found mind-control over her opponent and uses Baszler to take out her partner and Bliss’ latest foe, Nia Jax.

Winner: Alexa Bliss

Chris Hatch: I’m not going to pretend to get this. Pretty sure I’m not alone, and it feels like this match won’t particularly help either competitor moving forwards. Assuming rumours of a return of The Fiend are true, then Bliss picks up the win here. It really doesn’t feel like any good can come from this match is Baszler, and I’ll sound like a broken record saying what a shame that is.

Winner: Shayna Baszler

Marc Hemingway: I hope they don’t go overboard with the tricks and smoke and mirrors and everything. Surely Bliss can’t be winning this if it’s a straight one on one fight? Maybe Nia Jax interferes on behalf of Bliss and that sets up Jax vs. Baszler? It’s a strange one to think about, really no idea who’ll win. But I want Baszler to get the victory. 

Winner: Shayna Baszler


Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn

Kevin Owens Sami Zayn
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Paul Benson: I’m not entirely sure what to write here. It is Owens vs. Zayn so it will be awesome but it feels like filler and this combo in a match against each other should NEVER be filler. Did Owens’ slightly strained interaction with Big E on this week’s SmackDown hint at a heel turn? Am I overthinking it? Could these two be pairing up again? Or am I just desperately trying to make myself care?

Winner: Sami Zayn

Chris Hatch: From matches with mediocre build at best to a match thrown together on the SmackDown before. “Those two aren’t booked? They’ve been good before, let’s give them a few minutes”. It could turn out to be genius, as with less time they’d have to come out the blocks all guns blazing. It just feels too last minute, and doesn’t feel strong enough even with another match added to replace the title match that’s been taken from the show. Anyway, Kevin Owens up in this one for me.

Winner: Kevin Owens

Marc Hemingway: Honestly, I thought this was going to be Owens vs. Apollo Crews. Surely Crews and his Commander will be getting involved at some point? Maybe taking out both Owens and Zayn to make a point. Yeah, let’s go with that, the match is declared a no-contest due to Crews interfering.

Winner: No contest


Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

Cesaro Seth Rollins
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Paul Benson: There is literally two matches on this show that isn’t a rematch of one of the last two shows. Even one of those has two women in it that made up two thirds of a triple threat match at WrestleMania Backlash. Talk about WWE holding back ‘the good stuff’ until the fans are back. Anyway, Cesaro is 2-0 in this series and I don’t think WWE let him stretch that lead. Expect another great match and a Rollins win.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Chris Hatch: Again, these two men know how to have a really good match. But we’ve seen it and are ready to move on. I’m not going to go against the grain here, and call shenanigans for Rollins to pick up a victory and start levelling the score. This feels a long way from the title-challenging Cesaro we witnessed for such a short period of time, and I don’t see this match helping him get back to that level any time soon.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Marc Hemingway: Cesaro is already 2 – 0 up in this feud, so must be Seth’s turn to take one. Probably with some sort of heel tactics to keep Cesaro looking good and to carry on the feud until SummerSlam. Rollins wins.

Winner: Seth Rollins


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