Friday Night Smackdown 5/21/2021


Sonya Deville was standing in the ring to start SmackDown. She announced that WWE is going back on the road in July. Deville then talked about the current champions.

All the champions except Roman Reigns were standing on the stages. She introduced each one as part of the parade of champions.

Deville got to Apollo Crews, but Commander Azeez demanded they cut the music. He handed the mic to Crews.

Crews noted he could lose the title without getting pinned. Regardless, he promised to defeat all of them. Deville thanked Crews and then introduced the WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair. Deville then introduced the tribal chief and Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Reigns' music hit, but Paul Heyman walked out instead. He mocked the parade of champions and said they're all just title holders. Reigns isn't a titleholder. He's the preeminent champion of the WWE Universe. Heyman promised that the fans would gladly purchase tickets to see Reigns. Heyman noted Reigns would have his own parade of champions at his leisure. Bayley jumped in the ring and noted that Belair used her ponytail to beat her. She demanded that Deville strip Belair of the title. Belair heard enough and marched down to the ring. She got in Bayley's face, but Bayley backed off. Bayley said it's not time. Suddenly, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax jumped Belair from behind. All three beat her down until Natalya and Tamina jumped in for the save. The heels overpowered the faces and beat all three down. They focused their beat down on Tamina.

Bayley, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler defeated Bianca Belar, Natalya, and Tamina

**1/4

Michael Cole noted that Raw's Jax and Baszler are appearing because of the quarterly draft-to-draft invitation....(Some many things to say, but let me not)

The heels were firmly in control and cut off Natalya from her corner. Jax slammed down Natalya for a near fall.

Belair got the hot tag and ran wild. She avoided Baszler with a moonsault and hit a spinebuster.

Belair climbed to the top rope, but the heels dragged Baszler out of the ring. Belair changed direction and hit a crossbody to the floor, but she seemed to injure her knee on the landing.

Back from the break, Bayley worked over Belair's knee. Belair fought back and tagged in Tamina.

Tamina ran wild and tagged in Natalya. Tamina rocked Bayley with a superkick, and Natalya locked on the sharpshooter. Baszler made the tag and broke up the hold.

Belair attempted a handspring moonsault, but Bayley dragged her out of the ring. Bayley then hit the Bayley-to-Belly on the floor.


Natalya knocked Bayley off the apron, but Baszler took advantage. She locked on the Kirifuda clutch on Natalya for the win.

In the back, Kayla Braxton interviewed Big E about his upcoming match. Braxton noted Big E's in a good mood. He noted he's going to be in the ring with dogs. Big E promised to win the Intercontinental championship.

Aleister Black read from the Tales of the Dark Father again. Black read from the next chapter, The Beautiful Pain.

It focused on the story behind his tattoos and the lessons his father taught him. He said the people are sick and dying animals. It's time to separate the tweaking from the strong.


Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Rick Boogs) defeated King Corbin

***

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Nakamura and Corbin had a fine match. It dragged at times and had the typical distraction finish.

King Corbin made his way to the ring. They recapped Shinsuke Nakamura taking King Coribn's crown and wearing it throughout the week. Corbin was furious and talked about being a real king. He mocked Nakamura for taking a picture with a cat. Corbin promised to punish Nakamura and take back his crown.

Rick Boogs interrupted playing his guitar. He then introduced Shinsuke Nakamura.

The match started during the commercial break. Corbin had the early advantage and hit a powerbomb on Nakamura.

Nakamura recovered and hit a sliding knee for a near fall. Corbin avoided Nakamura and hit a German suplex for a two-count.

Nakamura briefly fought back, but Corbin hit the Deep six for a very close near fall. Boogs started playing Nakamura's music on his guitar. Corbin became distracted, and Nakamura rolled him up for a near fall.

In the back,


Jimmy Uso approached Sonya Deville. He noted The Usos are ready to get back into the tag team division. Jimmy wants the smoke. Deville asked if Jimmy's sure that Jey is ready to reform the team.

Jimmy's certain Jey's got his back. Deville agreed and announced The Usos vs. The Street Profits for next week.


In the back, Kevin Owens talked about the fatal four-way title match tonight. He promised to win the title and become a three-time Intercontinental Champion.


Roman Reigns, Jey Uso, And Paul Heyman Segment

Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and Jey Uso made their way to the ring. They recapped Reigns beating Cesaro to retain the title at WrestleMania Backlash. It also included the post-match beat down. They piped in loud "Roman sucks" chants. Reigns called himself a humble man and said he doesn't like to brag on live television. Instead, he's going to let his advisor Heyman celebrate him. Heyman was excited and thanked Reigns for the surprise. Heyman pointed out that Reigns sent The Fiend to Raw, pinned Kevin Owens, and made history when he pinned Daniel Bryan and Edge at the same time. Heyman noted that Edge hasn't been back since WrestleMania and ended Bryan's career. He praised Reigns for beating Cesaro on his own. Heyman said it's a career highlight to acknowledge Reigns. Heyman noted he'd do anything for Reigns. He asked Reigns what he wants him to do for him next. Reigns demanded to see his cousin. Heyman yelled for Jimmy Uso to come to the ring. Cesaro's music and he came out with his arm in a sling. Reigns demanded they cut off his music. Cesaro noted he's looking for Seth Rollins in the back. He heard Reigns talking, so he decided to come out. Cesaro demanded another title shot and challenged Reigns to a match at Hell In A Cell. Reigns laughed and asked if he should break Cesaro's other arm. Suddenly, Seth Rollins jumped Cesaro and attacked the arm. He viciously beat him around ringside. Referees and officials ran out and separated them. Rollins ran back to the ring and continued the attack. He hit the curb stomp on Cesaro at ringside. Referees and officials pulled Rollins off again. Rollins walked away but ran back and hit one more curb stomp. Medical personal ran out with a stretcher. Reigns and Heyman were great in this segment. Back from the break, they recapped Rollins attacking Cesaro and hitting two curb stomps on the ramp. In the back, EMTs were taking Cesaro away on a stretcher when Rollins ran over to him. He yelled at Cesaro. Rollins blamed him for making Rollins act like this.

Dominik Mysterio (w/Rey Mysterio) defeated Robert Roode (w/Dolph Ziggler)

**3/4

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This was a fun short match.

They recapped Rey & Dominik Mysterio beating Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode to win the SmackDown Tag Team titles. They showed Aalyah Mysterio and her mother celebrating the win at home.

Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler walked out. Roode pointed out that Rey did all the work on Sunday. He said, bring your son to work day is over and that Dominik doesn't belong in the WWE.

Roode wasted no time and attacked Dominik. He backed Dominik into the corner and hit two suplexes. He attempted a third, but Dominik countered into a small package for a near fall.

Roode and Dominik fought on the top rope. Dominik pushed Roode to the mat and followed up with a cross body for a near fall.

Dominik attempted a tornado DDT, but Roode pushed him off. Roode went for a powerbomb, but Dominik set up for the 619.

Ziggler distracted Dominik, but Rey attacked him at ringside. Roode rolled up Dominik for a near fall.

The finish came when Dominik hit the 619 on Roode and followed up with the frog splash for the win.


In the back, Jimmy Uso approached Jey Uso. Jimmy celebrated and noted they got a match with The Street Profits.

Jey didn't like that Jimmy made the match without asking him. Jimmy noted Jey won the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal without Reigns.

Jey thought about it and decided he needs to tell Reigns about the match next week.

Michael Cole and Pat McAfee discussed fans returning in a few weeks. McAfee was so excited that he jumped to his feet.

In the back, Jey Uso approached Roman Reigns in his dressing room. Jey pointed out that Jimmy made the match without asking him.

Reigns talked about everything they've done together. Reigns whispered in his Jey's ear and walked off.

The Street Profits talked about The Usos in the back. They mocked The Usos and promised to defeat them next week.


Behind the curtain, Kayla Braxton approached Sami Zayn. He called her a corporate hack, and he knows what she's trying to do.


Zayn promised to regain his title tonight.

They announced Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler against WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina on Raw this Monday.


Fatal Four-Way: Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews (w/Commandar Azeez) defeated Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Big E

***1/2

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This was a good match with everyone working hard. They worked at a fast pace.

Owens went after Zayn at the bell. They rolled to the floor and brawled around ringside.

In the ring, Big E rocked Crews with a back elbow. Owens took advantage and caught Big E with a step-up enziguri.

Zayn jumped Owens and choked him on the top rope. Big E recovered and pulled Zayn to ringside.

Big E placed Zayn and Crews on the apron and hit the big splash.

Back from the break, Crews hit a suplex on Big E for a near fall. Crews hit everyone in the ring but focused his attack on Big E.

Big E fought back and hit a belly-to-belly on Crews, Zayn and Crews again. He went for a splash, but Zayn caught him with a boot to the face.

Zayn avoided the pop-up powerbomb, but Owens hit a fisherman's neck breaker for a near fall.

Owens climbed to the top rope, but Crews cut him off. Big E gave Crews and Zayn a German suplex. Owens then hit a frog splash on Crews for a close near fall.

Owens took over and hit a cannonball in the corner on Big E and Crews. Zayn recovered and hit the blue thunder bomb for another close near fall.

Zayn climbed to the top rope, but Crews and Zayn cut him off. Zayn avoided Owens and jumped off.

Big E went for the Big Ending on Zayn, but Owens hit a superkick on both. He then hit a pop-up powerbomb on Crews for close two-count.

Zayn took out Owens on the floor. In the ring, Big E caught Zayn with a uranage and hit the Big Ending on Crews.

Azeez pulled Big E out of the ring to break up the pin attempt. Big E fought back and sent Azeez into the ring post.

Big E jumped back in the ring, but the lights dimmed, and smoke filled the arena.

Suddenly, Aleister Black walked out of the smoke. Big E was shocked and confused. Crews then grabbed Big E's legs, and Black hit the Black Mass on Big E. Crews then pinned Big E to win the match.


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