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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results for May 14, 2021

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The WrestleMania Backlash go-home edition of WWE SmackDown on FOX opens up with the usual intro video. We’re live from the WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Pat McAfee. We go right to the ring.

– We’re live in the ring with Jey Uso as fans start booing him when the music stops. Jey says his brother Jimmy Uso disrespected the head of the table last week, their cousin WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, so this week he leaves them no choice but to handle some family business. Jey then introduces Reigns, calling him the man who will handle Cesaro at WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday. The boos get louder as Reigns makes his entrance with Paul Heyman.

Reigns marches to the ring as we get a video package on last week’s show, including Cesaro earning his title shot and Jimmy’s return with the issues in the family. Reigns raises the title in the ring now as more pyro goes off while his music plays. The music stops and the “you suck!” chant gets louder. Reigns turns to Jey and says it’s clear they have some problems, one being Jimmy. We will get to him in a minute but Reigns has to address Cesaro first.


Reigns says he likes Cesaro. Like a lot of the boys in the back, he respects Cesaro as he’s a top tier talent. Reigns says we could say Cesaro is one of the best wrestlers in the world. Heyman agrees. Reigns says he is so much more than a wrestler, he’s The Tribal Chief. Heyman hypes him up. Reigns says with everything he does, there’s no way Cesaro could fulfill those roles. Reigns goes on about how there’s no way WWE and FOX want Cesaro replacing him. Reigns goes on about how their resumes don’t compare. He changes his tune to Jimmy now.


Reigns says it was simple, Jimmy got to see how it all works last week. The music immediately interrupts and out comes Jimmy to a pop. Jimmy is all smiles as he heads to the ring. Reigns, Jey and Heyman stare him down. Jimmy’s shirt says “Nobody’s B—h” on the front. Jey’s says “Right Hand Man” on the front. Jimmy says all he hears is Reigns running his mouth while his brother stands next to him, acting like his b—h. Fans pop. Jimmy asks if Jey likes his shirt, and says he’s got one for him when he’s ready to hop on the team. Jimmy says now is the time because he’s not sure if Reigns will make it past Cesaro this Sunday.

Jey speaks up and says Reigns is their cousin, asking Jimmy to please show respect to the family. Jimmy yells back and says he’s all about the family. Reigns says that must mean Jimmy is all about him because of all he’s done for the family. Jimmy says Reigns is part of the family but not all of it. Reigns asks Jimmy if he thinks Reigns can beat Cesaro. Jimmy isn’t trying to make this a thing but since Reigns is asking, no. Reigns asks Jimmy if he thinks he can fill Reigns’ shoes and beat Cesaro. Jimmy says he and Jey can. He asks if The Usos won the SmackDown Tag Team Titles and Reigns lost his title, would they be The Head of The Table? Reigns says that’s not how this works. He gets upset now and goes on about how he puts the food on the table, carries the burden of the company and is the face.

Reigns laughs at the idea of Jimmy thinking he can be the man around here. He taunts Jimmy, telling him to do what he does, show everyone you’re the man, show the whole world you can beat Cesaro. Reigns and Jimmy stare each other down. Reigns asks Jimmy if he can beat Cesaro. Jimmy turns to the stage and calls Cesaro out for a match, saying he’s been off for a year but he wants this match. The music hits and out comes Cesaro in a suit. Fans pop. Cesaro says the challenge is accepted. He tells Reigns he’s going to beat his cousin Jimmy tonight and then Sunday, he’s going to beat Reigns for the Universal Title. Cesaro’s music starts back up as Cesaro looks on from the stage and Reigns taunts him with the title from the ring. The Usos also look on..


– The announcers hype tonight’s match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles as we see what happened last week with the challengers, the champions and Reginald. We see Natalya and Tamina Snuka warming up backstage now. We go to commercial.


Shayna Baszler (C) and Nia Jax (C) vs. Natalya and Tamina – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships

Nia Jax is able to drop Natalya with a Samoan Drop, but Tamina is able to get the Superfly Splash while she’s down for the win and to win the titles.

Winners: Natalya and Tamina

After the match, Natalya and Tamina celebrate as the music hits. We go to replays. Kayla Braxton is in the ring with an emotional Natalya and Snuka now. Natalya says this was for anyone who felt like their dream passed them by. It’s never too late to fight for your dreams and she is so proud of Tamina. Snuka thanks Natalya and everyone else. The fireworks go off around the ThunderDome as Natalya and Tamina raise the titles in the air.

– We see Commander Azeez and WWE Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews backstage. Crews is headed to present Azeez with a Nigerian Medal of Honor. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and Cesaro vs. Jimmy Uso is confirmed for tonight. Kayla stops Paul Heyman backstage and asks if Jimmy can win. He doesn’t know about that but he does know Roman Reigns can beat Cesaro this Sunday.


We go back to the ring for a Nigerian Medal of Honor ceremony with WWE Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez. Music plays in the background as Apollo praises Azeez. The Commander is standing up on a podium. Crews talks about bringing honor to the title and to his home country. Crews goes on and says he will be champion for life. For Azeez’s hard work and loyalty, Crews presents him with a Nigerian Medal of Honor as the boos get louder. Azeez bends over as Crews places the medal around his neck.

Big E interrupts on the big screen and taunts Crews and Azeez, saying Crews stole the title but should not get too comfortable with it because Big E plans on taking it back. The music interrupts again and out comes Sami Zayn to the ramp. Sami pleads on the mic but Crews is fuming in the ring. Sami wants Crews to hear him out about the title. The music interrupts again and here comes Kevin Owens. Owens rushes the ring but he gets double teamed by Crews and Azeez.

Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler goes for a scoop slam, but Mysterio reverses into an inside cradle for the win.


Winner: Rey Mysterio

After the match, Robert Roode attempts to jump Rey before Dominik comes to his defense. Ziggler and Roode retreat.

Back from the break and Kayla Braxton is with Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio. Rey says they’re so close to winning the titles they can feel it, and he’s ready to win gold with his son. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode interrupt. They have words and Roode says Rey got lucky tonight, but that won’t happen on Sunday. They go on calling Dominik names but he says they can call him champion after Sunday. The Mysterios walk off as Roode and Ziggler raise the title, yelling at them. We go back to the ring and Michael Cole is interviewing Belair. Cole brings up Belair’s match with Bayley at WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday.


Belair talks about shining and getting hate, and how people have doubted her for her whole life. She asks where Bayley is tonight? Cole says he figured Belair would’ve asked that. Cole shows us a Progressive-sponsored replay from last week’s segment on the Throwback SmackDown. Bayley appears on the big screen now. She says she’s far away from Belair, joining us via satellite. They taunt each other and Bayley says she won’t get in the ring with Belair after last week’s vicious attack, unless it’s this Sunday at Wrestlemania Backlash when Bayley takes back her title. Belair says when she gets her hands on Bayley this Sunday it will be the roughest, toughest and quickest victory. Bayley keeps laughing.

Back from the break and Kayla Braxton is with Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio. Rey says they’re so close to winning the titles they can feel it, and he’s ready to win gold with his son. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode interrupt. They have words and Roode says Rey got lucky tonight, but that won’t happen on Sunday. They go on calling Dominik names but he says they can call him champion after Sunday. The Mysterios walk off as Roode and Ziggler raise the title, yelling at them. We go back to the ring and Michael Cole is interviewing Belair. Cole brings up Belair’s match with Bayley at WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday.

Belair talks about shining and getting hate, and how people have doubted her for her whole life. She asks where Bayley is tonight? Cole says he figured Belair would’ve asked that. Cole shows us a Progressive-sponsored replay from last week’s segment on the Throwback SmackDown. Bayley appears on the big screen now. She says she’s far away from Belair, joining us via satellite. They taunt each other and Bayley says she won’t get in the ring with Belair after last week’s vicious attack, unless it’s this Sunday at Wrestlemania Backlash when Bayley takes back her title. Belair says when she gets her hands on Bayley this Sunday it will be the roughest, toughest and quickest victory. Bayley keeps laughing.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. King Corbin

Corbin reversed a triangle choke to a pin.
After the match, Corbin stands tall as his music starts. He grabs his crown and puts it on to more boos. Nakamura turns Corbin around and drops him with a roundhouse kick. Nakamura then levels Corbin again with a Kinshasa as fans cheer him on. Nakamura’s music starts up as he taunts Corbin and keeps him down. Nakamura grabs Corbin’s crown, treats it like something really special, and then places it on his own head. Nakamura celebrates in the crown now as fans cheer him on.

Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez interrupt Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce in their office. He’s furious about their Nigerian Medal of Honor ceremony getting interrupted. Pearce is trying to figure out who Crews will wrestle next week and Crews can’t believe they would be rewarded with a match. Pearce makes Crews vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Big E in a Fatal 4 Way for his WWE Intercontinental Title next week. Crews is furious as he and Azeez walk off. There is more tension between Pearce and Deville. Deville walks off to end the segment.

– We see Jimmy Uso backstage walking for tonight’s main event. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and we see Shinsuke Nakamura backstage looking at himself in a mirror, admiring how King Corbin’s crown looks on him.

Cole and McAfee lead us to a new vignette from Aleister Black. He reads another chapter from the “Tales from The Dark Father” book. “The Lesson” is the name of this chapter. He talks about trial by fire and how it can consume or cleanse you. His father spoke of the cruelties of life, and taught him The Lesson. He was taught that he was wronged. He is a cruel man because you have deemed it to be. Father was cut from steel while he was made from dirt because he is chosen.

He goes on and says it is easier to take a seat to watch life than it is to take a stand against it. He says I could help you and teach you the lesson, but I won’t, because you’re not a participant, you’re a spectator. That ends the latest cryptic promo from Black.

– Jimmy Uso is backstage with Kayla now, asking about his first match in over a year. Jimmy says this wasn’t his idea and he saw his first match back being with his brother because they’re the hottest tag team in WWE, but now he’s not even sure of that. He goes on about Jey Uso being with Roman Reigns and says Jey doesn’t need him. Jimmy wonders what’s wrong with he and Jey being SmackDown Tag Team Champions while Reigns is the Universal Champion. He goes on and says if Reigns wants to see what he can do with Cesaro, let’s get it. Jimmy walks off.

Cesaro vs. Jey Uso

Cesaro wins by DQ when Roman attacks him from behind.

Winner by DQ: Cesaro

from the ring, about how he had the match under control. Jimmy storms off and Reigns follows. They argue on the ramp as Jey Uso watches from the ring. Jimmy says Reigns thinks it’s always about himself but now it’s not. Cesaro attacks Jey in the ring and beats him up but Reigns makes the save, taking Cesaro out. Reigns tells Jimmy to get his ass in here and help. Cesaro unloads on Reigns with uppercuts and goes for the Neutralizer but Jey makes the save and beats Cesaro down. Jey yells at his brother to get in the ring and help. Cesaro uppercuts Jey and goes to work on him but Reigns capitalizes, retreating to the floor to get out of harm’s way. Jimmy was also knocked off the apron by Cesaro.

Cesaro grabs Jey and points up at Reigns on the ramp, who is standing with Paul Heyman. Cesaro points at Reigns and drops Jey with a Neutralizer. Cesaro looks up at Reigns, talks some trash and drops Jey with another Neutralizer to send a message as Reigns stares at him from the ramp. Cesaro’s music hits and he taunts Reigns as Reigns raises the title on the ramp, talking trash back at Cesaro in the ring. The WrestleMania Backlash go-home edition of SmackDown goes off the air with Reigns and Cesaro yelling at each other.

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