Roman Reigns will officially defend his WWE Universal Championship against John Cena at SummerSlam after Cena signed the contract that was originally intended for Finn Balor on the latest episode of SmackDown on FOX.
The show opened with Cena cutting a promo about Reigns and responding to comments made by Reigns on SmackDown from last week. Cena claimed that Reigns was just a scared little kid who feared failure and was afraid to fight Cena because of how Cena would make him look like.
Cena had just finished his promo when Baron Corbin interrupted him. Since losing his crown to Shinsuke Nakamura a few weeks ago, Corbin had become a dignified self-pity mess who demands money from everyone he sees, and the movie star Hollywood star John Cena was no exception. Cena only had a few dollars on him, which annoyed Corbin. Corbin called Cena sold out, and Cena hit him with an attitude adjustment in return.
Later in the show, a contract signing took place. The signing was intended to set up the SummerSlam Universal title match between Finn Balor and reigning champ Roman Reigns, but things didn’t quite go to plan. Balor and Reigns took their places at the table (Reigns was seated at the head of the table, obviously) in the ring, and Reigns tried to intimidate Balor.
“If you sign this contract I will SMASH you and send you straight back to NXT“, said Reigns. But Balor was not deterred by Roman’s rude speech. As the first-ever Universal Champion was about to put pen to paper, he was ambushed from behind by the Baron Corbin.
Corbin took Balor out of the equation, and his intentions became clear when he took the contract and went to sign it himself, presumably assuming a match with Roman Reigns would end his financial troubles. Unfortunately for Corbin, John Cena arrived just in time. Cena ejected Corbin from the ring and signed the contract himself.
Of course, that’s not how contracts work. But later that night, WWE official Adam Pearce dismissed Paul Heyman’s protests and officially confirmed that John Cena would face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam 2021 in Las Vegas on August 24.
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