Friday Night Smackdown 5/28/2021


Universal Champion Roman Reigns approached The Uso in his locker room. He asked about their plan and end goal.

Jimmy Uso said the end goal is winning the tag team titles. He pointed out that all of them would be champions. Jey Uso seemed uneasy standing between them.

Reigns wished them good luck. Jimmy walked off feeling excited. Reigns then turned to Jey and told him they're going to need it. He asked Jey if jimmy speaks for him. Jey promised Reigns that he's with him. Reigns told Jey to tell his brother that. This was an awesome segment.

The Street Profits made their way to the ring. Ford said tonight is the clash of the titans. He noted they felt flattered when The Usos chose them for their first match back. They talked about The Usos entrance early in their careers. They then imitated The Usos doing their entrance.


Ford admitted they're facing a different Usos tonight. They mocked the problems between The Usos and Reigns.

The Usos' music hit, and they walked to the ring. Jimmy ran down their history and past success. Jey yelled at them not to talk about Reigns again. He said they posted to Instagram that this is a dream match. He then welcomed them to the nightmare.

The Usos promised to win and then focus on the tag team titles. Angelo Dawkins pointed out they're not a stepping stone.

The two teams had an intense face-off.

This was a good opening segment. Both teams were great here.


The Usos defeated The Street Profits

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The Usos and Street Profits had a really good match. They started at a slow pace, but it picked up towards the end.

Michael Cole and Pat McAfee discussed The Usos having ring rust. They showed Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman watching the match in the back.

The Street Profits had the early advantage. Dawkins dropped Ford onto Jimmy for a near fall. The Usos regrouped, and Jey tagged in.

Ford avoided Jey with a series of backflips. He mocked Jey. Jey charged at Ford, but he took him down with an arm drag. Dawkins slowed the pace down and worked over Jey's arm.

Jimmy tagged in and had the brief advantage. The Street Profits took over and sent The Usos to the floor. At ringside, Ford and Dawkins grabbed the Usos and tossed them into the announce table and barricade.

Back from the break, Jey dragged Ford under the bottom rope and threw him into the barricade. The Usos were firmly in control. They isolated Ford and cut him off from his corner.

Ford tried fighting back, but Jey applied a sliding chin lock. Ford fought back and caught Jey with an enziguri sending him to the floor.

Jimmy prevented Ford from making the tag. Ford recovered and hit Jimmy with an enziguri. Ford attempted the tag, but Jey pulled Dawkins off the apron. Jimmy then hit a Samoan drop on Ford for a near fall.

Back from the break, Jey attempted a superplex, but Ford fought back. Jey knocked Ford to the apron. Ford recovered and leaped off the top rope. Jey avoided, and they collided in the middle of the ring.

Dawkins got the hot tag and ran wild. Jimmy tried climbing to the top, but Dawkins cut him off. In a crazy spot, Ford ran across the ring and dove over the corner onto Jey at ringside.

Dawkins recovered and hit the twisting neck breaker on Jimmy for a close near fall. Dawkins caught Jimmy with the spine buster. Ford went from the frog splash, but Jey pulled Jimmy out of the way. Dawkins charged at Jey at ringside.

Jimmy then rocked Ford with a superkick for the win.


In the back, Megan Morant interviewed Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. They admitted that their WrestleMania Backlash plan was flawed.

Roode said tonight is going to be different. Ziggler promised they would win the titles later.


WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina defeated The Riott Squad

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This was okay, although they didn't show the pre-match attack. They kept the match short.

The match started during the commercial break. Only the champions got an entrance.

The Riott Squad was firmly in control. They isolated Natalya and cut her off from her corner. Regardless, Tamina wasn't standing on the apron. Eventually, Michael Cole explained that The Riott Squad jumped Tamina before the match. They showed none of this for some reason.

Riott attempted a pin, but Tamina jumped back in the ring. Tamina tagged in and ran wild on the heels. Tamina went from the superfly splash, but Riott cut her off.

On the floor, Morgan countered Natalya's discus clothesline. In the ring, Tamina knocked Riott off the top with a headbutt. She then hit the superfly splash for the win.

In the back, The Usos approached Adam Pearce. They were both happy and requested to face the winners of tonight's tag team titles match next week. Pearce agreed, and The Usos celebrated. Jimmy walked off. Jey then had a moment of realization.


SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair defeated Carmella

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Belair and Carmella had a good match.

Behind the curtain, Kayla Braxton interviewed Carmella. She promised to beat Belair and end her fairy tale.

Bayley joined Cole and McAfee on commentary. Bayley was great on commentary. She kept yelling that Belair cheats by using her hair to win.

Carmella had the brief advantage, but Belair fought back. They fought around ringside. Belair then press slammed Carmella back in the ring.

Carmella grabbed Belair by the hair and dropped her face-first on the apron. Carmella slowed the pace down with a chin lock.

Belair fought back and hit a backbreaker. She followed up with a shoulder tackle.

Carmella hit a flying cross body off the top, but Belair rolled through, stood up, and hit a fall-away slam for a near fall. Belair missed a charge in the corner and went shoulder-first into the ring post.

Carmella caught Belair with a superkick on the apron. Carmella went for the code of silence, but Belair avoided it. Belair then hit the KOD for the win. Cole said the Bel-lock-a wins. Bayley then started yelling at Cole and said her name is Bianca Belair. That was funny.

Bayley stood on the announce table and laughed at Belair.

In the back, SmackDown Tag Team Champions Rey & Dominik Mysterio discussed winning the tag team titles and promised to retain them tonight. Rey told Dominik that he's proud of him.

They aired a SummerSlam commercial with the date 8.21.21.


Seth Rollins Segment

Rollins came down to the ring in a very flashy green and purple suit. He demanded that Cesaro come to the ring so they can finish their feud. Rollins then started laughing. He noted that Cesaro's not there tonight because of the beating he gave him last week.

Rollins is happy Cesaro's not there, so he can't ruin his birthday. He apologizes to Cesaro for not being able to join the festivities. They recapped Rollins attacking Cesaro last week and injuring him.

They piped in loud "you suck" chants. Rollins noted his people got exclusive audio from Cesaro's hospital room. He played the audio and then laughed for what felt like several minutes.

He claimed that he blacked out last week. Rollins only remembers looking over Cesaro on the stretcher. He had a serious tone and said the fans deserve some of the blame.

Rollins blamed the fans for supporting Cesaro. He then sang happy birthday to himself. This was a typical Rollins promo that dragged at times.


Non-title: Kevin Owens defeated Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews (w/Commander Azeez) via DQ

**1/2

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This wasn't much of a match. They barely had any time and a bad finish. Owens and Crews worked at an insanely fast pace for their short match.

Michael Cole noted that Owens could earn a title shot if he wins.


Owens jumped Crews at the bell. He hit a cannonball in the corner. Owens then followed up with the Swanton bomb for a near fall.

Crews jumped off the top, but Owens avoided and hit a superkick. Crews avoided the pop-up powerbomb, but Owens hit the stunner. Azeez jumped in and hit the Nigerian Nail on Owens for the disqualification. They announced Owens as the winner but pointed out that Crews is still the champion.

Officials and referees checked on Owens after the match.

Roman Reigns spoke to Jey Uso in the back. Reigns asked Jey if he really wants a shot at the tag team titles next week. He tried to convince Jey to stick with him.

Reigns called him Main Event Jey. He then pointed out that with Jimmy, he's back to the opening match. Reigns noted a lot changed for Jey while Jimmy was injured.

Reigns told Jey that people are going to go back to asking him which cousin is he. This was a nice callback to Reigns and Jey's feud last fall. Jey admitted that he never thought about it that way. Reigns said maybe he should because Jimmy isn't thinking that way.

This was another good segment involving these guys.


Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Chad Gable (w/Otis)

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Rick Boogs played Shinsuke Nakamura to the ring. Nakamura came out wearing King Corbin's crown.

They recapped Nakamura stealing King Corbin's crown.

Nakamura and Gable had a fine match, although they kept it short.

Otis jumped Nakamura before the match. Gable had the early advantage, but Nakamura fought back. Gable attacked the arm and threw him into the turnbuckle.

Nakamura avoided a moonsault, but Gable landed on his feet. Nakamura attempted the Kinshasa, but Gable fought back. Corbin walked down and took his crown back.

Gable rolled up Nakamura for a near fall. Nakamura jumped to his feet and hit the Kinshasa for the win.

After the match, Boogs jumped Corbin from behind and took the crown back.

In the trainer's room, Kevin Owens could barely breathe but demanded a match with Apollo Crews. Adam Pearce agreed and banned Azeez from ringside.


They showed Rey Mysterio getting ready for his match in the back.

Back from the commercial break, Rey was down on the ground and severely injured. He couldn't even get up to his feet.

In the ring, Ziggler said they didn't attack Rey because they want to challenge for the titles.

Roode pointed out that if the champions can't compete, Rey & Dominik forfeit the titles. Roode noted Dominik wouldn't fight them by himself.

In the back, Dominik noted Rey fought for him a week ago, so he's going to fight alone. Dominik then walked to the ring to compete in the match without a partner.


SmackDown Tag Team Champions Dominik Mysterio defeated Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

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On commentary, Micahel Cole and Pat McAfee wondered if Ziggler and Roode jumped Rey. They both admitted it could have been someone else.

Dominik attacked the heels at the bell. Ziggler quickly recovered and hit a superkick to take over. The heels slowed the pace down and beat down Dominik.

Dominik briefly fought back, but Roode rocked him with a back elbow. Roode missed a knee drop. Dominik crawled to his corner, but there's nobody to tag.

Ziggler jumped Dominik and dragged his face against the top rope. He followed up with a neck breaker for a near all. Dominik fought back and sent the heels to the floor. He followed up with a plancha wiping them both out.

Dominik jumped off the top rope, but Ziggler avoided it. Dominik went for the 619, but Roode grabbed his leg. Dominik knocked down Roode and went from the 619 again. Ziggler avoided the 619 and hit the famouser for a near fall.

Roode and Ziggler hit a neckbreaker/powerbomb combo. Roode put Dominik on his shoulders and went to tag Ziggler.

Suddenly, Rey Mysterio's music hit, and he walked to the ring. Ziggler was distracted. Dominik took advantage and rolled up Roode for the win.

After the match, The Usos walked to the ring and had a face-off with The Mysterios. Romain Reigns watched from the back and seemed disappointed as the screen faded to black.


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