WWE SmackDown coverage

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results for May 21, 2021

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The post-WrestleMania Backlash edition of WWE SmackDown on FOX opens live with Michael Cole welcoming us to the ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. He’s joined at ringside by Pat McAfee. Cole introduces a Parade of Champions on the stage. We see new SmackDown Tag Team Champions Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, WWE Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews with Commander Azeez, and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya and Tamina Snuka. Cole hypes tonight’s Fatal 4 Way for the Intercontinental Title, saying it will be the main event.

Cole sends us to Sonya Deville in the ring. She welcomes us to an extra special SmackDown. She talks about the news that broke today on WWE leaving the ThunderDome to return to the road, back where WWE belongs, back to the fans. Deville says Adam Pearce is on the ground scouting locations for the tour. We see mainstream media coverage of today’s announcement. Deville hypes the Parade of Champions and introduces each champion but Crews calls for the music to be cut. He’s not happy about having to defend in a Fatal 4 Way tonight, but says he will retain and will unleash destruction on Big E, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Deville introduces Belair last among the champions on the stage.

Deville now calls on fans to welcome the WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. The music hits but out comes Paul Heyman to the stage instead. Fans are already booing. Heyman says the Parade of Champions is nice but it’s not a parade of champions, it’s a parade of title holders. He points at each champion and calls them a title holder, and says Reigns is not a title holder, he’s a champion, not just a champion, THE champion, the preeminent champions, of all of WWE, and all of sports entertainment. Heyman says when fans buy tickets to these upcoming events, they will do it with confidence that WWE is represented by a preeminent champion like our Tribal Chief. Heyman says Reigns will not be involved in this Parade of Title Holders, but there will be a Parade of Champion later tonight, at Reigns’ leisure. Heyman thanks Deville and heads back to the back to boos.


Deville says that’s the first surprise of the evening, but probably not the last. She calls on the fans to applaud the champions one more time. Bayley hits the ring to interrupt. She’s mad she wasn’t recognized for her title reign through the ThunderDome era. She takes a shot at Dominik first, for riding his dad’s coattails. She then knocks Natalya and Tamina, but says what’s up to Apollo and Azeez. She then addresses Belair and says she cheated at WrestleMania Backlash, calling her a criminal for stealing the title. Bayley wants Deville to strip Belair of the title. Belair comes down the ramp and hits the ring, and they have words. Bayley wants her rematch. Bayley goes to exit the ring but Belair is attacked behind by Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. Natalya and Tamina run down to make the save but the heels get the upperhand. Bayley, Jax and Baszler stand tall as we go to commercial with fans booing.


Natalya, Tamina Snuka and Bianca Belair vs. Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Bayley

Baszler gets the win for her team with the Kirifuda Clutch on Natalya.

Winners: Bayley, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler

After the match, Baszler and Jax stand tall together as the music hits. We go to replays. The babyfaces limp up the ramp as the heels stand tall in the ring.


– Kayla Braxton is backstage with Big E. He hypes tonight’s main event and says this is what he asked for, a chance to show he is the best among the very best. He will stand in the ring with dogs tonight and this will sharpen his iron. He goes on with the promo and says when he leaves the arena tonight, he will leave no doubt tonight that he is our rightful Intercontinental Champion and you’ve got to feel that. Big E keeps getting hyped up to end the interview. McAfee hypes tonight’s main event again.


– Cole talks about Roman Reigns’ win over Cesaro at WrestleMania Backlash. Reigns will be here later tonight. Back to commercial.

We go to another Aleister Black vignette. He reads from the “Tales From The Dark Father” book now and this is Chapter 4: Beautiful Pain. Father’s blessings are painfully etched on his body. His pain serves a purpose. There is no lying with pain, it is honest, it is truth. Where would we be without this truth, without this functional armor of agony? So lets hear it for the bleak, desert of misery we hide our deepest, darkest sins. Sins that you embody. Father always said there isn’t an art to being evil. This full of cruel thoughts and evil dreams. You all live proudly in your cesspool of sins and denial because it’s all you are, it has become your identity, to be lonesome and blind. You are sick and dying animals and it is time for me to separate the weak from the strong as father taught me. It is time to cull the herd. This vignette focused on tattoos and had Black showing off some of his ink, yelling out with fire/candles around him.

We go back to the ring and out comes King Baron Corbin. Cole shows us how Corbin defeated Shinsuke Nakamura last week, but Nakamura stole his crown after the match. We also see Nakamura’s social media posts that show him wearing the crown while out & about this week. Cole and McAfee joke about Corbin’s bald head. Corbin takes the mic and says he was going to come out and not speak, to let his actions do the talking, but now he can’t help himself after seeing the video. That was the most disrespectful thing he’s ever seen. He says Nakamura calls himself the King of Strong Style but he is no king. All fan watching t home will not know what this is like but a real king wears $40,000 watches, drives a Ferrari, and owns mean dogs of war. Not some fat, shabby cat. A real king respects the crown, so tonight he’s going to punish Nakamura, grind his face into the canvas with the heel of his boot, then take back his crown and send it off to have it clean & polished, then put it back where it belongs, right on top of the head of the one true king of WWE. Fans keep booing Corbin as he calls Nakamura to the ring.

Music interrupts and it’s Rik Boogz (Rik Bugez, Eric Bugenhagen) from WWE NXT, playing an electric guitar. He introduces himself and says he came to rock with the real king of SmackDown, Shinsuke Nakamura. Boogz starts playing along with Nakamura’s theme as he makes his way out, wearing Corbin’s crown. We go to commercial with Nakamura heading to the ring.

King Corbin vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Nakamura wins with the small package.


Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

– After the bell, Boogz joins Nakamura on the ramp and plays along with his theme as Corbin seethes in the ring. Nakamura poses with Boogz on the ramp to end the segment.

– Jimmy Uso enters Sonya Deville’s locker room and says The Usos are ready to get back together and move forward as the best tag team of the century. They are ready to do it big. She asks if he’s checked with his brother Jey Uso and he says he wouldn’t be here if he didn’t know Jey has his back. Jimmy says they want the smoke, they want The Street Profits. Deville makes the match for next week and Jimmy is all for it. He walks off.


We go back to the ThunderDome and out comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Jey Uso and Paul Heyman. Reigns stops on the stage and raises the title in the air as pyro goes off. They head to the ring as Greg Hamilton does the introduction. Reigns enters the ring and raises the title to more pyro as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Kevin Owens is backstage. He cuts a promo on the main event and goes on about how he plans on living up to the “Prizefighter” nickname tonight. Owens says when it’s all said and done, he plans on being a three-time Intercontinental Champion. We go back to the ring and Reigns has a mic. Cole leads us to a Progressive-sponsored replay from WrestleMania Backlash, showing how Reigns retained over Cesaro in the main event, plus what happened after the match with Cesaro and Seth Rollins. Fans chant “Roman sucks!” now amid the boos. Reigns sees himself as a humble man, and teaches his sons about humility. He doesn’t like to brag on live TV, so he’s going to take this chance to allow his Special Counsel to celebrate him. Fans boo louder.

Heyman takes the mic and says this is a unique surprise as he has a moment here to honor our Tribal Chief. Heyman goes on praising Reigns for being undefeated and conquering some of the opponents since returning to WWE, including “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman, among others. He touts the stacked pin on WWE Hall of Famer Edge and Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 37, and how Reigns sent Bryan into a Bella retirement. Heyman goes on with the praise and says Reigns’ wish is his command, then asks what else can he do for his Tribal Chief? Reigns orders Heyman to bring him his cousin. Heyman yells at the timekeeper to hit Jimmy Uso’s music. Cesaro’s music starts up instead.


Cesaro comes to the stage in a suit, wearing a sling on his arm. Reigns says to cut this bum’s music. Cesaro is in a bad mood tonight. He says he was in the back and all he heard was this annoying yapping in his ear. Reigns asks Cesaro what he’s going to do, and says he can break Cesaro’s other arm. Cesaro says that’s just a flesh wound and he’d fight Reigns with no arms. Cesaro proposes a match with Reigns at Hell In a Cell. Reigns asks if he really wants to do this again. Rollins suddenly runs down and attacks Cesaro, sending him into the barrier and then the steel ring steps.

Fans boo as Rollins unloads on Cesaro, stomping away and beating him up at ringside. Officials run down and order Rollins to the back. He goes up the ramp while referees help Cesaro up at ringside. Rollins runs back down the ramp and attacks Cesaro. Rollins grabs the hurt arm and slams Cesaro down to the floor by it. Rollins delivers a big Stomp at the bottom of the ramp. Cesaro clutches his arm as referee Charles Robinson checks on him. The other officials back Rollins away through the timekeeper’s area. Rollins jumps over the barrier, runs back over to the bottom of the ramp and this time delivers a Stomp to Cesaro on the steel. Fans boo him some more while Cesaro is laid out face-down. Rollins watches with a crazed look in his eyes. Medics bring a stretcher down the ramp for Cesaro as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and we see what just happened with Cesaro and Seth Rollins. Megan Morant is backstage with Rollins. He says he doesn’t know what happened out there because he blacked out. Medics pushed Cesaro by on a stretcher and Rollins grabs him, yelling at him and blaming him for everything. The medics push Cesaro on ahead as Rollins repeatedly asks him when he’s going to learn.

Dominik Mysterio vs. Robert Roode

Mysterio wins with the 619 along with the frog splash.

Winner: Dominik Mysterio

After the match, Rey and Dominik celebrate in the middle of the ring as the music hits.

– Jey Uso is walking backstage when Jimmy Uso approaches to tell him about next week’s match against The Street Profits. Jey isn’t happy his brother made a tag team match without telling him first. Jimmy says he’s looking out for his brother after Roman Reigns said he doesn’t need him. Jimmy points to how capable Jey can be on his own, including his Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal win. They go on back & forth, and Jey says he still needs to tell Reigns about the tag match. He walks off and Jimmy looks disappointed. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and the announcers hype the return to touring in July.

– Roman Reigns is backstage with Paul Heyman when Jey Uso walks in. Jey tells him about next week’s match against The Street Profits, and says he had nothing to do with it. Reigns asks who “we” is and goes on about Jey being selfish. Reigns says this is “we” and everything “we” do represent the family. Reigns hugs Jey and says something in his ear. Reigns pulls away and has an angry look on his face. He walks away to end the segment.

– The Street Profits are backstage now. They mock The Usos with Montez Ford doing an impersonation of Jimmy Uso last week. Angelo Dawkins says it won’t be pretty what they do to The Usos next week. They go on getting hyped up for next week’s tag team match and declare that they want the smoke.

– Sami Zayn is with Kayla Braxton now. Sami cuts her off and accuses her of filling his head with bad thoughts right before he goes out to the ring. He calls her a corporate hack and propagandist, and says he knows what she’s up to. He goes on about the alleged conspiracy against him and says his documentary is coming out soon. Sami says no matter what anyone says, he will win back his Intercontinental Title tonight. The persecution of Sami Zayn will end tonight, he says. Sami exits the Gorilla Position.

Apollo Crews (C) vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn – Intercontinental Championship

Big E comes back into the ring but the lights are suddenly low. Fog fills the ramp area now. Aleister Black suddenly appears. He takes his robe off and enters the ring. Crews grabs a distracted Big E’s leg, allowing Black to nail Black Mass to Big E, dropping him. Crews takes advantage and pins Big E for the win to retain.

Winner: Apollo Crews

After the bell, Black looks on from the stage and exhales. Crews starts to celebrate as his music hits. We go to replays. Crews stands tall over Big E, raising the WWE Intercontinental Title in the air as Azeez stands behind him. Black looks on from the stage as Crews poses in the corner to celebrate. The post-WrestleMania Backlash edition of SmackDown on FOX goes off the air.

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