Hell in a Cell 2021 is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. It will take place on June 20, 2021, and will be broadcast from the WWE ThunderDome, hosted at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida—it will be WWE's second and final pay-per-view held at the Yuengling Center as well as the final pay-per-view broadcast from the ThunderDome as the company will resume live touring with fans in mid-July. It will be the 13th event under the Hell in a Cell chronology and the first to be held in June, as the event is generally held in October.
Hell in a Cell is an annual gimmick pay-per-view (PPV) and WWE Network event produced by WWE since 2009, generally held in October. The concept of the show comes from WWE's established Hell in a Cell match, in which competitors fight inside a 20-foot-high roofed cell structure surrounding the ring and ringside area. The main event match of the card is contested under the Hell in a Cell stipulation. The 2021 event was moved from the October slot to June, which will only be the second time for the event to not be held in October; the first time was the 2018 event, which was held in September. The 2021 event will be the 13th event under the Hell in a Cell chronology. It is scheduled to be held on June 20, 2021—the previously scheduled date for Money in the Bank, which was moved to July 18—and feature wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that began affecting the industry in mid-March 2020, WWE had to present the majority of its programming from a behind closed doors set. Initially, Raw and SmackDown's television shows and PPVs were done at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. A limited number of Performance Center trainees and friends and family members of the wrestlers were later utilized to serve as the live audience. In late August, these programs were moved to a bio-secure bubble called the WWE ThunderDome. The select live audience was no longer utilized as the bubble allows fans to attend the events virtually for free and be seen on the nearly 1,000 LED boards within the arena. Additionally, the ThunderDome utilizes various special effects to further enhance wrestlers' entrances, and arena audio is mixed with that of the chants from the virtual fans. After being hosted at Orlando's Amway Center and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, the ThunderDome was relocated to the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida in April 2021. On May 21, WWE announced that they would be returning to live touring in mid-July, thus Hell in a Cell will be the final pay-per-view to be presented from the ThunderDome.
The show will include matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands, while storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
At WrestleMania Backlash, Bobby Lashley defeated Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman in a triple threat match to retain the WWE Championship. The following night on Raw, MVP and Lashley issued an open challenge to anyone on the WWE roster except McIntyre and Strowman. Later in the main event, it was revealed that the open challenge was just to face Lashley rather than a title match. The New Day's Kofi Kingston answered the challenge and defeated Lashley thanks to McIntyre's distraction. The following week, Adam Pearce scheduled a match between McIntyre and Kingston where the winner challenging Lashley for the WWE Championship at the Hell in a Cell, but it ended in a no-contest after interference from Lashley and MVP. A rematch between the two for the following Raw with a stipulation if Lashey and MVP are at ringside, Lashley would be suspended for 90 days without pay.
At WrestleMania Backlash, Rhea Ripley retained the Raw Women's Championship by defeating Asuka and Charlotte Flair. The following night on Raw, Flair confronted WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville, demanding another opportunity at Ripley for the Raw Women's Championship as Flair did not take the pin in the triple threat match. Pearce and Deville stated that if Flair won her match against Asuka, they would consider it. However, Flair lost the match thanks to a distraction from Ripley, but defeated Asuka the following week. A match between Ripley and Flair for the title was scheduled for Hell in a Cell.
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|Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre||Preview|
|Bianca Belair vs. Bayley||Preview|
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
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- Hell in a Cell 2021 Official website
- [ Hell in a Cell 2021 Pre Show on WWE Network]
- [ Hell in a Cell 2021 on WWE Network]
- [ Hell in a Cell 2021 Pre Show at CAGEMATCH.net]
- [ Hell in a Cell 2021 at CAGEMATCH.net]
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