John Cena had returned to WWE at Money in the Bank and on the next night, he challenged Roman Reigns for a match for the Universal Championship at Summerslam. On Smackdown after MITB, he once again addressed his challenge but Reigns rejected the idea.
Roman Reigns rejected the challenge when the inaugural Universal Champion, Finn Balor came out to challenge the champion. Reigns immediately accepted the challenge and the two were set to sign the contract on 30th July 2021 episode of Smackdown.
During the contract signing, Reigns signed the contract but Balor was not able to do so. Baron Corbin who has been having very rough days, attacked Balor before he could sign the contract. Corbin tried to steal the contract and sign it so that he could earn some money through his match but John Cena would come out and do the same.
Cena came out and attacked Corbin and then signed the contract himself to finally get the match he deserved. After the segment, Paul Heyman met Adam Pearce backstage and asked if the contract was acceptable. Pearce said that the contract was accepted and the match was made official for Summerslam.
Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship reign
Roman reigns has been the Universal Champion for the past 1 year. He had won the Universal Championship at Payback and has taken out everybody in his way since then. He has defeated many men like Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan, Edge, and many more.
John Cena’s return could be the end of the Universal Championship reign of the Tribal Chief. Though it was very hard to say that Cena would become the champion keeping in mind his busy Hollywood schedule, WWE could be planning change the champion.