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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results for July 9, 2021


We begin with Jimmy Uso trying to enter Roman’s room backstage before Paul Heyman stops him and says Roman is busy because he has to handle something. But he’ll address him and get Jimmy’s attention tonight. Jimmy asks if he’s serious. Paul says yes as Jimmy leaves. Paul’s smile turns into a stare as the camera pans to the intro.

Roman says there’s a lot that he didn’t like about last week, and what he hates the most is Edge being a liar saying he’s in his head and that’s he’s afraid of him. Fear can sometimes happen, so for many 20 seconds, there might have been a little doubt. But that propelled him just like every other piece of adversity. And what happened?

He smashed them. He stacked them. And he printed a shirt because of it. The only reason he got to him a few weeks ago wasn’t out of fear, but it was because of a lack of focus. He wasn’t even a thought in his mind because he was focused on his cousins. And speaking of family, now’s a good time to handle business. Out comes Jimmy Uso.

Jimmy asks Roman where he was last week and suggests he was on vacation. Roman says he wasn’t on vacation even though he’s earned one. He was doing his job and what he couldn’t. Out comes Jey Uso.

Jey tells Jimmy to focus on what they do best and to get back to work, which is becoming tag team champions. Roman said that’s all he ever wanted and he can’t choose what they want to hear. They do everything together, on the same page and no one can touch them if they do it Roman’s way. Roman drops the mic and hugs both Jey and Jimmy.

Baron Corbin is backstage when Kayla Braxton approaches. She asks about tonight’s Money In the Bank qualifier against Shinsuke Nakamura. Corbin says he needs to win this match. His life is a mess. He’s lost his crown, his car, he’s missed house payments and is close to having his house foreclosed on. He goes on about winning Money In the Bank again and says winning is the only opportunity he has at turning his life back around. A somber Corbin walks off.

We go back to the ring and out comes Baron Corbin walking with no entrance. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes Big E to watch the match from ringside. He sets up his couch near the announce table. Big E is already confirmed for the Money In the Bank Ladder Match. They air a video package showing recent events that have Corbin down & out. We see video from earlier today of King Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs arriving in a Mercedes G-Wagon. This is Corbin’s car that was repossessed last week. Corbin seethes in the ring as Boogs comes out to begin Nakamura’s entrance. Boogs starts playing and out comes Nakamura to join him.

We see Big E and McAfee enjoying foot baths at ringside as Boogs performs. Corbin snaps and attacks Nakamura at the bottom of the ramp as Nakamura does his entrance. Boogs makes the save and Corbin is sent into the barrier. Boogs checks on Nakamura as we go to commercial.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin – Money In The Bank Qualifier 

Nakamura wins with the Kinsasha and qualifies.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura 

The Usos are talking backstage. Jimmy apologized to Jey and Jey said it’s cool and that Edge actually might bring the family closer together. He also asks Jimmy to think about handling some business before Roman does.

We go back to the ring and out come WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya and Tamina Snuka. Cole says they have been challenged by a new tag team making their debuts. Back to commercial.

Natayla and Tamina come out and talk about how they were told they were being challenged to a non title match and don’t see it as a surprise that they were targeted. Tamina tells them to get out here, and sure enough, Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox from NXT arrive.

Natalya and Tamina vs. Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blockheart

Nox and Blockheart gain the upset win after Blockheart hits a senton on Natalya.

Winner: Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blockheart 

After the match, Nox and Blackheart celebrate in the ring as the music hits. The champs look on from the floor, disappointed.

– Megan Morant is backstage with Edge, asking if he has comments on Roman Reigns and The Usos reuniting. Edge says he will save his comments for later when he goes to the ring to call Reigns out. He takes shots at Reigns and The Usos, then mentions that this won’t be a happy family reunion, and that’s a spoiler, not a prediction.

– We go back to the ring and out comes Sonya Deville. Cole talks about Bayley being out of action for 9 months with an injury. Deville is here to announce Bayley’s replacement for the Money In the Bank match against SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Deville is in the ring. She says this is an announcement she never wanted to have to make. She then announces Bayley’s injury and sends us to a video message from Bayley. Bayley says this sucks because everyone wanted to see the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion win her title back. She goes on and says now that she thinks about it, the fans don’t care about her at all. She did this to get better for Money In the Bank, and this is all your fault. Bayley doesn’t give a damn who her replacement is because they won’t be better than her.

Deville then announces that Belair will not defend her title at Money In the Bank. Instead, she will defend next Friday night on SmackDown in Houston. Deville brings out Belair’s opponent and it’s Carmella. Carmella brags and goes on about how beautiful and talented she is. Liv Morgan interrupts and she’s not happy. She goes on about how Carmella didn’t earn this shot. She yells at Deville for favoritism and says she can’t just appoint Carmella to a title match. Carmella interrupts and they have words. Liv threatens to slap Carmella again.

Deville gets loud with Liv and says if she would listen, she’d find out Deville was about to name her as Carmella’s replacement in the Money In the Bank Ladder Match. Deville says Liv deserves it, but if she doesn’t turn and get out of her ring now, she might lose the chance. Liv turns and says she hopes Carmella wins the title next week because when she wins the briefcase, she’s cashing in on Carmella. Liv leaves and out comes Belair. They trade looks on the stage but Liv tells her to have at it.

Belair says she’s not sure if Bayley’s injury is real, but she respects Bayley’s competitive skills, and looks forward to finishing what they have going when Bayley returns. Belair says she’s glad to accept the title match for next week. She tells Carmella she will see her next week. Belair raises the title in the air as her music hits. Carmella talks trash from the ring.

Paul Heyman approaches Roman Reigns backstage and says they have a problem – Edge. Heyman says Edge plans on pulling Reigns’ punk card tonight and calling him out to the ring. He also questioned Reigns’ manhood, Heyman says. Reigns looks on and he’s not happy.

Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins – Money In The Bank Qualifier 

At one point in the match, Cesaro gets busted open. He keeps trying to fight back and attempts to hit the Sharpshooter, but instead he opts to an uppercut, but Rollins rolls through for a Curb Stomp for the win.

Winner: Seth Rollins

The Usos are outside Edge’s locker room and wants to jump him but Jimmy stops Jey and says they should wait for him to come out. We go to commercial.

Back from commercial, The Usos are still outside Edge’s locker room and they eventually decide to go in, but he’s not there.

Kayla Braxton is backstage with Seth Rollins. He celebrates his Money In the Bank spot and says Cesaro is not on his level, as he is the present and the future. Rollins ends up mocking Roman Reigns. Rollins then rants about how he might just cash in at Money In the Bank to win the Universal Title, despite the match with Edge, and says he should be the one to face Reigns now. Rollins turns around and Edge is standing there. Edge says Rollins hasn’t changed since 2014. Edge goes on and says he’s about to do something Rollins would never do – call Reigns out. Edge walks off.

– Cole leads us to a video showing how Otis has dominated as of late. Chad Gable is backstage with Otis now. He doesn’t care if you’re a top star like Edge or Roman Reigns, or The Street Profits, no matter who the opponent is, if you step to Alpha Academy, the result will be the same. Otis looks at the camera and says he and Gable will destroy anyone.

– We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Edge to a big pop. Edge hits the ring and poses as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Edge is in the ring. He mocks Roman Reigns and The Usos for their reunion earlier. Edge doesn’t care how many minions Reigns has, he’s winning the title at Money In the Bank. He says anyone who gets in their way will look like this… we see how he did Jimmy Uso last week. We see Reigns, The Usos and Paul Heyman watching backstage now. Edge goes on with a harsh warning to Reigns about Money In the Bank. Edge gets hyped up and calls Reigns to the ring, saying he’s pulling his punk card. Edge asks where Reigns is.

We see Reigns, Heyman and The Usos backstage again. Reigns stands up and tells The Usos to stay here so he can handle this on his own. Reigns takes the Universal Title from Heyman and walks off. Heyman follows him. Edge paces around the ring, yelling at Reigns to come out. We see Reigns and Heyman in the Gorilla Position now. Reigns hands the title to Heyman. Heyman wishes Reigns wouldn’t do this but Reigns heads to the ring by himself, no title in hand. We see The Usos backstage watching. They’re worried that this is a trap. They head out of the room, apparently to the ring. Reigns marches down the ramp, staring Edge down.

The Usos’ music hits and out they come. Reigns is surprised when they meet him at the bottom of the ramp. Reigns says he told them to stay back. Reigns says he’s going to handle this with Edge. Jimmy and Jey encourage Reigns, telling him to lay Edge down. Edge waits and calls Reigns into the ring. Reigns takes his jacket off and slowly enters the ring, stopping on the apron as Edge invites him in with open arms.

The Usos’ music hits and out they come. Reigns is surprised when they meet him at the bottom of the ramp. Reigns says he told them to stay back. Reigns says he’s going to handle this with Edge. Jimmy and Jey encourage Reigns, telling him to lay Edge down. Edge waits and calls Reigns into the ring. Reigns takes his jacket off and slowly enters the ring, stopping on the apron as Edge invites him in with open arms.

Edge and Reigns face off in the middle of the ring. Edge strikes first and they start brawling. The Usos hit the apron and are about to come in to help Reigns but the music of SmackDown Tag Team Champions Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio hits. The Usos watch the ramp and wait for a fight, but Rey and Dominik come from the other side of the ring with steel chairs. They unload on The Usos, destroying them at ringside with the chairs.

Edge gets the upperhand on Reigns in the ring now. Rey and Dominik continue to dominate The Usos at ringside with chairs. Rey gets taken out with a superkick. Edge drops Reigns with a big DDT in the middle of the ring. Uso has also taken Dominik out now. Edge readies for a Spear now but The Usos stop him and double team him. Rey makes the save, then Dominik joins in. Dominik with a double 619 to The Usos. Edge hits a Spear on Jey. Reigns has retreated to the top of the stage now, watching what is happening in the ring. Edge goes to bring a chair into the ring but he breaks the steel rod off it instead. Rey and Dominik hold Jey down on the mat as Edge brings the steel rod in, using it to apply the Crossface on Jey, pulling back to tighten the hold. Jey fades with the steel rod in his mouth. Reigns looks on from the stage as Edge stares at him. Edge finally breaks the hold and stands back up.

We go to replays now. Edge takes the mic and warns Reigns – one week, one week! Edge drops back down with the steel rod, applying the Crossface on Jey once again. Edge then applies the same hold to Jimmy in the middle of the ring. Jimmy taps as Edge tightens the hold with the rod. Reigns watches from the ring. Edge goes back to Jey and applies the hold on him once again as The Mysterios help. Reigns turns his back and heads backstage, stopping once to turn back and look at the ring. The final SmackDown of the ThunderDome era goes off the air with a crazy Edge looking on at Reigns walking out.

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