What are you doing Sunday night?
I would hope you’re going to be relaxing before it’s time to make Monday your female dog and grind out another 40-50 for the family.
The San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns is quite an intriguing matchup. I can’t lie, but what if you DVR’d the game and watched some pro wrestling instead?
Maybe you haven’t tuned in since you were a youth but that’s okay. I’m here to catch you up rather quickly on a few of the superstars who will be “competing” in the Hell in a Cell matches from Sacramento, California this weekend.
We will also make our picks and maybe even a parlay on the winners.
At the time of this writing, there are only 3 fights have been announced so far. Following Friday’s Smackdown show, I’m sure there will be a few more added.
I’ve been reading up and fans are not happy about the last-minute surprises but I’m okay. We have three quality matches set to take place and I’m here with your betting odds and predictions for WWE’s Hell in a Cell.
The Divas kick us off with a hair-pulling, biting, scratching, fierce fight for the RAW Women’s Title.
Becky “The Man” Lynch-that’s really her nickname, will be taking on Sasha Banks. I’m not being derogatory towards muscular competitive women in sports entertainment.
Banks has recently turned heel and could have some help on Sunday on her way to a win. She is the challenger but a 3 to 1 favorite.
A tag team match has recently been added to the card featuring four of the WWE’s biggest stars.
Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns are the (-200) favorites.
The underdogs are Erick Rowan and Luke Harper with odds of (+150).
A lot can happen in a tag team affair. Any one of the four combatants could turn on their partner making it essentially 3 vs 1 and even by WWE standards, that’s not a fair fight.
The main event right now…this could change after Smackdown…for the Universal Heavyweight Championship.
Seth Rollins defends against Bray Wyatt or as he prefers to be known today as “The Fiend”.
I don’t believe this has anything to do with addiction to a particular substance per se but more so a fiend for fighting.
Again, the challenger is the underdog. It’s not often we see this phenomenon twice in one event but it appears the WWE brass wants a shakeup.
BetOnline has the lines for us.
Let’s get to the betting odds and predictions for WWE’s Hell in a Cell.
Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch
This one should be a lot of fun. Sasha is one of my favorite WWE women to watch wrestle and perform on the mic as well.
It is seamless for her.
Maybe, it’s because she is Snoop Dogg’s cousin.
Wikipedia told me that.
So, it must be true.
Born in Cali, she moved to the pro wrestling hotbed of Minnesota as a kid and later began her career in Boston, Mass.
She quickly came up through the smaller circuits including WWE’s NXT promotion.
She is a multiple-time champion so there is no reason the writers wouldn’t be giving her the belt at least once more.
She recently turned heel less than two months ago attacking Natalya. This is when the current beef with “The Man” started as Becky came to Natalya’s aid.
Becky got banged up, though, with a “steel” chair by the now purple-haired bad girl.
Could this be a bit of foreshadowing?
The oddsmakers think so.
This isn’t the first scrap between the two Divas, though.
I’m going with the oddsmakers here. Maybe we can hit a parlay with Sasha too.
Becky’s future with the company is uncertain and it appears that she is at least going to take an extended leave of absence in the near future.
Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
Okay, so Daniel Bryan and Rowan-not Roman were tight for a while as bad guys doing what they want when they want against who they want.
I’m not sure if they say that but it sounds like a wrestling promo, so why not?
Eventually, the original babyface or good guy, Bryan’s, conscience came into play…
I’ll spare you the Eminem lyrics.
After Rowan and his Budgeon Brother Luke Harper kept attacking Roman, Daniel decided he needed to do the right thing and came to the aid of Reigns.
This led to a match on Smackdown between Bryan and Rowan and as you might have already guessed, Harper interfered and this led to a victory for Erick Rowan.
Their celebratory beating of Bryan was short-lived as Reigns came to his rescue. He then asked the crowd if they would like to see a tag team match at the Hell in a Cell between the four men.
The answer was an emphatic “Yes!”
And here we are.
That Daniel Bryan has been putting on and will turn back heel with the quickness on Sunday and Reigns will subsequently get the beating of his life until Ronda Rousey’s husband Travis Browne storms the ring and puts the three devils in a triangle choke all at one time.
Okay, I made up the second part of that rumor but that’s how conspiracies are formed in the first place.
The fans seem to love good guy Daniel so maybe they will keep it that way and with a heel already winning in the women’s fight, we can assume the good guys take this one.
Bray Wyatt vs Seth Rollins
The fiend is (-500) to take the title?!
Born Windham Lawrence Rotunda…okay, wait a minute.
Why isn’t he just using that name?
The Fiend is cool and all but a giant of a man with that name couldn’t be more perfect.
Windham and Lawrence are both powerful names and Rotunda is synonymous with being round and/or as big as a room.
Just a thought…
Upon further investigation, I suppose he didn’t want to be overshadowed by his “fighting”. Blackjack Mulligan, who was a star wrestler many moons ago, was his grandfather and Barry Windham was his uncle.
I loved Barry. Dude had a lariat that would take the head off a horse.
Bray is a former high school state wrestling champion of the state of Florida at, get this, 275 pounds!
As of late, upon his return as “The Fiend”, he has become a bit of a legend-killer.
He attacked and mandible-clawed the owner of the move, Mankind or Mick Foley, and also went after Kurt Angle in the Olympian’s hometown.
What a jerk!
Then, after verbally calling out the champion Rollins, The Fiend paralyzed Kain with said claw.
It doesn’t appear that anything is going to slow down The Fiend and Sunday might be a long night for Seth at Hell in a Cell.
Yes, you can bet on scripted WWE matches!
I was as shocked as anyone when I learned this but it only adds fun and excitement to what can be a truly entertaining show.
One thing pro wrestling does for us is allow us to let go of the grip our minds and hearts have on truly competitive sports, even if it’s just for a few hours.
As a sports fan, I’ve added undue stress to my life at times but also moments of pure joy amid hours of nail-biting excitement.
WWE is theater. Nothing more, nothing less.
If we approach it in that way, we at least have our cuticles come Monday Night Football.
This week’s Hell in a Cell is historically one of the bloodiest and most gruesome of any WWE pay per view event of the year.
I can remember when Mankind and The Undertaker easily took 5-10 years off each of their lives to make us bloodthirsty fans happy. I know they made some good money too and further etched their names as legends in the “sport”.
Those two set the precedence and hopefully, the men and women that step inside the Cell Sunday night can take a trip to Hell and most importantly, come back alive.