The final WWE pay-per-view of the Thunderdome era is set for Sunday as Hell in a Cell will serve as the final stopping point before the company goes back to touring in front of live crowds next month.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre’s feud has spanned months on Raw, and Hell in a Cell will be the final stopping point for this longstanding rivalry. McIntyre, a two-time champion, earned the right to fight Lashley for the belt inside the steel structure with the caveat that if he loses, he can no longer challenge for the WWE title as long as Lashley is the champ.
Also on Raw, Charlotte Flair will go one-on-one with Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley in a rematch from their bout at Wrestlemania 36 last April. The two previously clashed in a triple-threat match for the title Wrestlemania Backlash, where Ripley pinned Asuka to retain the belt. Similar to this feud on the blue brand, Smackdown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair will once again clash with Bayley for the belt. After dispatching of the Bayley at Wrestlemania Backlash, Belair has had to deal with a barrage of mind games from the former champ, sparking the challenge for another title bout at Hell in a Cell. On Friday, it was officially announced that this match will take place inside of the cell.
In non-title action, Alexa Bliss continues to slowly unveil her creepy Lilly character and the first superstar in her crosshairs is Shayna Baszler. Bliss has spent weeks playing mindgames with the former MMA fighter and this match will give an indication of what to expect from Bliss throughout the summer.
An interesting twist to the PPV that happened this week came on Thursday when it was announced that the scheduled WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell match between champion Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio would actually take place on Friday Night Smackdown, marking the first time since 1998 that a HIAC match be featured on live tv. The Tribal Chief ended up submitting the veteran Mysterio to retain.
A late addition to the card is Seth Rollins and Cesaro, who will blowoff their long running rivalry. The two have been feuding since the beginning of the year and this PPV would be a perfect stopping point before spinning them off into different directions.
2021 Hell in a Cell full card
- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre: Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship
- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair: Singles match for the Raw Women’s Championship
- Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley: Hell in a Cell match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
- Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro
- Alexa Bliss vs. Shayna Baszler
- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn