WWE SmackDown coverage

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results for July 16, 2021


We begin the show with a video package of WWE missing the fans.

Out comes Vince McMahon to a thunderous pop. He simply asks us where the hell we’ve been and leaves.

Roman Reigns and The Usos vs. Edge and The Mysterios

Reigns got a huge pop and was followed by the Usos. The Mysterios come out to a great reception and then Edge gets an even more enormous pop.

After a series of counters, Jey Uso rolls up Mysterio for the win.

Winners: Roman Reigns and The Usos

After the match, The Usos jump the Mysterios. Edge comes in with a chair and lays both of them out. Reigns comes in with a Superman Punch and knocks out Edge.

He kicks off the end of the chair like Edge did to him, but Edge surprises him with another Spear, and he applies the cross face with the broken chair piece. Roman is in agony and Edge eventually makes him tap. He poses with the Universal Title.

In the back Kayla finds Edge and Los Mysterios, she wants to talk with Edge. Edge says he wished making Roman tap just now would make his title fight easier, but he knows that isn’t true. Sunday he’s going to have to go to places he’s maybe never been, and the last thing he has to do in this industry is win the Universal title, but here’s Seth Rollins laughing to interrupt him. Rollins says Roman might be the most self absorbed megalomaniac he’s ever seen but Roman has Edge’s number.

But on Sunday Rollins will be Edge’s biggest fan, because Rollins is going to win the Money in the Bank ladder match, and then finish what he started 7 years ago when he had his boot on Edge’s neck but didn’t pull the trigger. Nothing would be sweeter for Rollins than cashing in on the man who made Money in the Bank famous.

Out comes Sami Zayn. He has the courage to talk about how he’s been excluded. That’s not true Zayn, I’d exclude you from oxygen if I could and I’m not shy about saying so. He runs down the shiny distractions, but for over a year he’s been the victim of a conspiracy. But it’s fine because tonight he’s got the fans in his corner, and the people have seen it all and now he needs them all to stand up and make “them” know the conspiracy wont stand. He tries to get a “Justice for Sami” chant and is marginally successful but it peters out quickly. He’s not surprised, the yee haws of Texas aren’t on his side, but he doesn’t need them he needs justice. If there were justice in the world he’d already have the briefcase. His diatribe is cut off by the return of Finn Balor. Balor heads to the ring and circles Zayn. Zayn welcomes Balor back then tries a cheap shot, but Balor plants him with the 1917, hits a shotgun drop kick, then the Coup de Grace and Balor stands tall.

Shotzi Blockheart and Tegan Nox vs. Natalya and Tamina

Liv Morgan and Zelina Vega come out and cause a distraction. Nox is able to cradle Natalya off that distraction for the win.

Winners: Natalya and Tamina

The bickering from Morgan and Vega was a serious distraction, and there were some serious camera issues. I’m not sure the tag teams have the best chemistry, but they were here to set up an angle more than anything.

Post match Tamina drops Vega with a super kick, but Morgan is able to avoid her charge and head into the ring where she drops Natalya with a Codebreaker to stand tall.

Bianca Belair walks in the back, her match with Carmella is next. She walks by Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, and ignore them just like everyone else as we head to break.

Bianca Belair (C) vs. Carmella – SmackDown Women’s Championship 

Belair gets the hair whip and finishes Carmella off with the KOD.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Alpha Academy is backstage now. Chad Gable talks about guiding Otis and then about how they see everyone cower in fear of Otis when they walk through the locker room. Gable mentions how Otis will beat Cesaro tonight. Gable asks Otis what they smell in the locker room. Otis says they fear smell. Cesaro walks up and says he smells bull, just like he smelled bull when Gable had that list of potential victims of Otis last week. Cesaro says it’s a good thing he wasn’t on that list. Gable says they weren’t even thinking of Cesaro, but congratulations because Cesaro just earned Otis’ full attention. Otis drops Cesaro with one shot into the wall. Cesaro is down trying to recover as we go back to commercial.

Otis vs. Cesaro

Otis charges in the corner but Cesaro moves and Otis hits the ring post. Otis is sent out now. Gable runs in and grabs Cesaro from behind, slamming him with a German suplex. The referee calls for the disqualification.

Winner by DQ: Cesaro 

After the bell, Cesaro fights Gable off and nails the big uppercut. Fans count as Cesaro delivers the Cesaro Swing to Gable in the middle of the ring now. Otis makes the save and beats Cesaro down. Gable barks orders as Otis destroys Cesaro and delivers the Vader Bomb from the second rope. Fans boo as Gable and Otis stand tall together. Otis apparently has some blood coming from his nose.

We see what happened earlier tonight in the six-man opener. We also see Edge’s earlier backstage interview on how he plans to capture the WWE Universal Title from Roman Reigns at Money In the Bank on Sunday. Kayla Braxton knocks on Reigns’ locker room suite now and out comes Paul Heyman. She brings up Edge and Heyman cuts her off. He says Edge sinned tonight, but he will confess and atone for those sins this Sunday at the pay-per-view, and then have those sins beaten out of him by Reigns. Heyman goes on and says what he just gave Kayla was not a prediction, it was a… Big E interrupts, yelling his usual intro but this time about how he’s going to be the Money In the Bank contract holder after Sunday. Big E jokes that it appears that Edge has “a hold” of Reigns. Big E gets a good laugh at his own joke, asking Heyman if he gets it.

– The announcers hype tonight’s Fatal 4 Way.

– We go back to the ring and Baron Corbin is introduced. A somber and disappointed Corbin walks to the ring with no entrance. Cole says Corbin has a special request. Back to commercial.

Big E vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens

Rollins gets the victory when he Curb Stomps Big E into a ladder for the win.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Seth climbs the ladder and poses with the briefcase as SmackDown goes off the air.

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