WWE Hell In A Cell Preview: The Cell Will Not Contain Them

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Look, we all know Hell in a Cell matches -- or matches inside any sort of "structure" aren't really about confining the contestants or keeping outside influences out of the match.

But if you had any doubts, tomorrow night when Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon meet in the Hell in a Cell main event of the same-named pay-per-view, it will be contested under Falls Count Anywhere rules. There's a variety of reasons for this, but most of all, it allows for the two to have more options to make the match memorable.

Let's take a quick run through the card for the pay-per-view.

Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens in Hell in a Cell

I can't pretend to be overly excited about the match, but the storyline has been plenty compelling. In fact, it's been nearly the only reason to regularly tune in for Smackdown, which has been floundering as of late.

Owens drifting to his most dangerous self, attacking Shane and Vince McMahon and Sami Zayn has been great. He remains one of the best performers in the world and it's shown regularly.

I don't know what to expect from Shane, I can't pretend his performance against Undertaker in the cell was particularly inspiring, even if McMahon gave his usual wild spot, but AJ Styles brought out a surprisingly good match with Shane at WrestleMania.

The story may be enough to boost this one, and god only knows what to expect from Shane in a big match.

Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura For The WWE Championship

WWE has long relied on their ability to flip the switch with wrestlers. Shoot them up the card when they feel it's time, pull them back down when that time has passed and then shoot them back up again.

Jinder Mahal has proven the exception to this time-honored practice. His push to WWE champ after a career spent as an afterthought at best has flopped with the fans. They don't care and they're not buying into the title reign.

The unfortunate reality with Shinsuke Nakamura is that he hasn't exactly lit the world on fire since transitioning to the "WWE Style." He had some very underrated matches with Bobby Roode in NXT, and of course, his showstealer with Sami Zayn. But most of his time under the WWE umbrella has been uninspiring. Though, to be fair, he has been saddled with some less than thrilling opponents, Mahal included.

This feud has stunk, and was taken to a new level of bad when Mahal drifted into racist promo territory. The sooner the program is over, the better -- for both men.

This showdown should end things, and logic seems to dictate keeping the belt on Mahal for the foreseeable future, especially with headlines such as "Jinder Mahal, WWE Live return to India this December" and "Jinder Mahal comes home to India this October" littering WWE.com.

Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair for the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship

There's not much negative to say about this. Charlotte not being immediately handed the Smackdown title when she moved to the brand was a solid decision and Natalya -- while not quite the "in-ring great" some brand her as -- has more than earned a little run as champion.

This should be a fine to good type of match but the deep Smackdown women's roster would benefit from a championship run from Charlotte. Of course, Carmella has the Money In The Bank briefcase still and she's just waiting for her moment.

New Day vs. Usos in Hell in a Cell for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship

I've fawned over this rivalry a ton and I don't plan to stop any time soon. They've turned in great matches, they have near-perfect chemistry in and out of the ring -- remember, they turned a WWE Rap Battle into good TV -- and now they've added the cell to take this match to the next level.

I'm sold.

AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

The story of Baron Corbin as a guy who just keeps screwing up in big moments is an interesting twist for a character with his type of presentation. Here he is, big, mean and seemingly woefully incompetent.

His failed Money In The Bank cash in was more than a slight stumble, losing clean to Tye Dillinger on the go-home show before he faces AJ Styles was yet another misstep.

Styles has played up that Corbin is exactly that guy. Now, it's up to Corbin to step up.

Styles is a true genius in the ring and he can bring out the best in anyone, so this shouldn't disappoint.

Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler

A resounding "meh" here.

Ziggler being that "first guy" for the NXT champ after coming up to the main roster is a thing we've seen and he's a plenty capable performer. But the presentation of Ziggler claiming to maybe be the best in-ring performer ever taking on a guy who is nothing more than a catchy entrance isn't thrilling.

Roode is good. Ziggler is good. But the story here hasn't gripped me. The match should be fine though, so there's that to cling to.

Randy Orton vs Rusev

Poor, poor Rusev.

He's a stud. He can work his ass off, he can talk and he's not "Handsome Rusev" for nothin'. Unfortunately, he's stuck in WWE hell. They can't figure out what to do with him and he's being saddled with Randy Orton, who is having one of the most uninspiring years for a "top guy" in recent memory.

In a just world, Rusev wins in a walk and goes on to do big things once again.

This is not a just world, it's an unjust Universe.

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