This time next month, WWE will be back on the road in the United States, leaving behind the WWE Thunderdome and its digital fans, as well as a predominantly fan-less era of almost 16 months. But Sunday represents one more big night in front of the virtual WWE Universe, with three world title matches including two key Hell in a Cell clashes.
With simmering tensions that date back a full year, Drew McIntyre gets his last shot at regaining his WWE championship and avenging a WrestleMania 37 loss against Bobby Lashley inside the Hell in a Cell cage. Bianca Belair gets a moment in the spotlight as well, making her Hell in a Cell debut as she defends her SmackDown women’s championship against Bayley.
Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair renew their tensions over the Raw women’s championship, rounding out the trio of world title clashes.
Two more rematches from WrestleMania are on the docket as well, as Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn and Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro return for another round. And rounding out the card is a one-on-one match between Alexa Bliss and Shayna Baszler, which might resemble a supernatural thriller more than a traditional wrestling match by the time all is said and done.
Follow along throughout the night as Marc Raimondi and Tim Fiorvanti break it down, match by match.
Match in progress: Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro
Hell in a Cell match for the SmackDown women’s championship: Bianca Belair (c) def. Bayley
Recap to come
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Kickoff Show: Natalya def. Mandy Rose by submission
Natalya won — cleanly — with a Sharpshooter submission at about the 10-minute mark. The two had some clunky but effective reversals and transitions in the finishing stretch. It was not a bad match, on the whole. The finish was somewhat of a surprise, however, as Rose and Dana Brooke have seemingly been angling for a women’s tag team title shot against Natalya and Tamina. A Rose win could have furthered the program between the two teams.
What’s next: Probably the program continuing between the two teams, regardless of Sunday’s result. There isn’t a ton going on right now in the women’s tag team division. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke might as well be future challengers. Natalya and Tamina haven’t defended those belts since May 24. And two other possible tag contenders that had been lining up for a shot — Lana & Naomi and the Riott Squad — are out of commission courtesy of recent WWE releases of Lana and Ruby Riott.
Still to come…
Hell in a Cell match for the WWE championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
Raw women’s championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Alexa Bliss vs. Shayna Baszler
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn