Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio’s Hell in a Cell match looks like it will be taking place a little earlier than expected.
WWE announced tonight that Reigns will now defend his Universal Championship against Mysterio in a Hell in a Cell match on this Friday’s episode of SmackDown. The match had originally been set for this Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
The announcement of the match being moved up was made after Mysterio tweeted that he can’t wait any longer to face Reigns. Mysterio wrote: “It’s eating me up inside. I can’t wait any longer. I want the Hell In A Cell match tomorrow night. @WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle”
Reigns then responded to Mysterio: “Sunday. Friday. Any day. Makes no difference to me. It’ll be my pleasure to disgrace what’s left of your family name tomorrow night inside Hell in a Cell! My Special Counsel @HeymanHustle will handle the paperwork. I’ll PERSONALLY handle the warfare! @WWE #Smackdown”
On SmackDown two weeks ago, Reigns attacked Rey and his son Dominik and caused their SmackDown Tag Team title defense against The Usos to end in a disqualification. Reigns beat down Rey and Dominik after the match.
Rey issued the Hell in a Cell challenge to Reigns on SmackDown last Friday. Rey then attacked Reigns with a kendo stick, but Reigns fought him off. Dominik appeared and attacked Reigns with a kendo stick of his own, but Reigns fended off that attack as well. Reigns then powerbombed Dominik from the ring to the outside.
After the powerbomb, Rey hit Reigns with a kendo stick and then went to check on Dominik. Reigns kicked Rey in the head before officials came out and got between Reigns and the Mysterios.
Here’s the updated lineup for this Friday’s SmackDown:
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Hell in a Cell match: Universal Champion Roman Reigns defends against Rey Mysterio
Kevin Owens & Big E vs. Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin in the Battle for the Crown (possession of Corbin’s crown is on the line in the match)
Angelo Dawkins vs. Otis