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Backstage news on when WWE decided to move Roman Reigns vs. Rey Mysterio match to SmackDown

WWE surprised fans when they announced late Thursday night that the Universal Title Match between champion Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio would take place on Friday’s episode of SmackDown instead of the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event this Sunday as originally scheduled.

This comes after Mysterio tweeted that he could not wait until Sunday and he wanted the Cell match on Friday. Reigns responded and accepted the date change. Some fans thought this could be a bait and switch to pop a big rating for SmackDown with the speculation that the match ends in a no contest and still takes place at Hell in a Cell.

That’s not the case. Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there’s “no involved reason that made any sense” as to why the date was changed and he was told, “there were just a bunch of discussions on Thursday.” Those discussions ended with “let’s do it on SmackDown.”

As it stands right now, Reigns is not scheduled to wrestle at Hell in a Cell.

There were only five matches announced for Hell in a Cell before this match was moved so more matches will be announced tonight.

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