The stipulation on the contract does say Hell In A Cell but the date now says Friday 18th of June as Rey Mysterio challenges Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship live on SmackDown.
In recent weeks Mysterio and his son Dominik have unwittingly become embroiled in Reigns’ own family drama as he tries to reign in cousin Jimmy Uso to stand with him and his right-hand man, Jey Uso. On the June 4th episode of SmackDown ‘The Head Of The Table’ interjected himself in the SmackDown Tag Team Title match between The Mysterios and The Usos. Reigns made his presence felt as he took his frustrations out on the younger Mysterio.
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio then appeared looking for revenge. Mysterio challenged Reigns to meet him inside the demonic structure, calling the WWE Universal Champion a “rat b*stard.”
Before Roman Reigns could respond to Mysterio’s challenge, the cruiserweight legend launched an attack of his own on Reigns. Mysterio laid into The Tribal Chief with a kendo stick before getting caught with a Superman Punch. Before Reigns could split Rey in half with a spear, Dominik Mysterio appeared with a kendo stick of his own as he sought to protect his father.
— WWE (@WWE) June 18, 2021
The match was however confirmed by WWE as one of two Hell In A Cell matches that would be taking place at the eponymous event on Sunday, June 20th. However, the company has now broken the news on social media that the Hell In A Cell match between Reigns and Mysterio will now take place on Friday Night SmackDown on Fox. There has been no given for the change but this now means that Drew McIntyre facing Bobby Lashley for the WWE Title is now the only match scheduled to take place at the pay-per-view inside the Cell itself.
This won’t be the first Hell In A Cell match ever on free television for WWE but it will be the first of its kind in SmackDown history. In the space of two months in 1998, there was two Hell In A Cell matches on Raw. In June Stone Cold Steve Austin teamed with The Undertaker to face Kane and Mankind only two weeks before the infamous King Of The Ring 1998 Cell match between Undertaker and Mankind. Then in August on Raw Kane and Mankind entered the Cell again, this time as opponents.