According to a recent report from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Roman Reigns’ opponent at the upcoming June 20th Hell in a Cell PPV has been revealed.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that Roman Reigns will defend his Universal Championship against WWE legend Rey Mysterio at the upcoming pay-per-view event.
During the 4th of June episode of Friday Night SmackDown, the reigning Universal Champion Roman Reigns attacked Rey Mysterio and his son Dominik in an attempt to prevent The Usos from losing consecutive matches to the duo following their unsuccessful SmackDown Tag Title challenge earlier in the night.
There has been speculation surrounding Reigns’ opponents moving forward on SmackDown following his victories over the likes of Cesaro and Daniel Bryan, however, this new report appears to confirm the working plans just two weeks away from the brutal PPV event.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter report states:
“Dave Meltzer has confirmed that Reigns defending against Mysterio is the direction for WWE’s next pay-per-view event, which takes place on June 20.”
The full announced card for WWE’s Hell in a Cell PPV is currently:
- Bianca Belair vs. Bayley – SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
- Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair – RAW Women’s Championship Match
- Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre – WWE Championship Match
WWE also recently confirmed that their annual summer spectacular SummerSlam will break tradition and be held on a Saturday with the event taking place on Saturday 21st of August 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The stadium which is the home of the Las Vegas Raiders NFL franchise is yet to hold any kind of combat sports event. The Raiders played their first game in their new home in September of 2020 but there were no fans in attendance during the NFL season due to COVID protocols.
WWE released the following press release on June 6th confirming the August 21st date for SummerSlam:
LAS VEGAS TO HOST SUMMERSLAM®
AT ALLEGIANT STADIUMSTAMFORD, Conn., June 5, 2021 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that SummerSlam will take place from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 21 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, marking the first time the annual event has been held at an NFL stadium.
Located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium is a state-of-the-art global events destination and home to the Las Vegas Raiders. SummerSlam will be one of the first sporting events held at full capacity at Allegiant Stadium with tickets on sale Friday, June 18. Fans interested in an exclusive SummerSlam presale opportunity can register at www.summerslam.com/presale.
“Coming out of the pandemic, it was important to us to have a big event like SummerSlam in Las Vegas. We expect to deliver a great night of sports entertainment for the people of the city and a boost in foot traffic for the casinos and local businesses,” said Nick Khan, WWE President & Chief Revenue Officer and Las Vegas native.
“The Raiders are thrilled to join WWE in hosting SummerSlam at Allegiant Stadium in August,” said Raiders President Marc Badain. “WWE is a leader in global entertainment, and to host one of its signature events in the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World is a perfect fit. The Raiders look forward to SummerSlam and a full schedule of events and entertainment to come at Allegiant Stadium.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to host SummerSlam for the very first time and welcome WWE, its Superstars and the WWE Universe to Las Vegas this August,” said Steve Hill, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Live entertainment and sporting events are returning to the destination in a big way, and SummerSlam is the perfect addition to the Las Vegas summer calendar.”
SummerSlam will stream live exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.