For those of you who want just the quick results and don't want the details of matches, this is a quick recap of tonight's show. There are spoilers for tonight's show below. The full results can be found right here and you can find our preview over here!
Reminder: this is the last stop before Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view event, as well as our first live audience since early last year!
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap for 7/16/2021, airing LIVE from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Matches Tonight: Five
- Six-Man Tag Match: Universal Champion Roman Reigns & the Usos vs Edge & SmackDown Tag Team Champions the Mysterios. This was our first match of the night, and saw Reigns & the Usos win ahead of this weekend's Money in the Bank event. 8:15-8:28pm EST.
- Women's Tag Team Number One Contender Match: Shotzi & Nox vs WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina. Your winners and new number-one contenders for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships, Shotzi (Blackheart) & (Tegan) Nox! 8:49-8:54pm EST.
- SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Bianca Belair(c) vs Carmella. As anticipated by everyone except Carmella, Belair retained in a slow match. 9:04-9:15pm EST.
- Single's Match:Cesaro vs Otis w/ Chad Gable. Cesaro won in roughly a minute due to DQ. Match action? Otis does two moves, Cesaro does two, Gable causes the DQ. Pointless use of a spare commercial's allotted time. 9:23.5-9:24pm EST.
- Fatal Four-way Match: Big E vs Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins vs King Shinsuke Nakamura. With a commercial break in the middle of a short match, wasn't much ado 'bout nothing. Seth Rollins picked up the easy win after another throw-away match. 9:50-9:57pm EST.
Miscellaneous Non-Match Segments of Note:
- Welcome Back: We opened with a well-thought-out video welcoming us back, and featuring clips from generations past and present. Vince McMahon welcomed us back.
- Roman Entrance Tracker: Began entrance: 8:04pm. Reached ring: 8:09pm. Match began at 8:15 (after a 3 minute commercial break).
- Royal Occasion: We have our One True King in Shinsuke Nakamura. And now we have our Prince, as Finn Bálor returned and attacked a complaining Sami Zayn.
- Next Week: SmackDown will air live from Cleveland, OH as well as air matches live from the hip-hop festival in Miami.
- Women's Money in the Bank Build-up: After the women's tag number one contender match, MitB participants Zelina Vega, Liv Morgan, and Tamina brawled briefly.
- Surprises Tonight (Cheat Sheet): We had the return of Finn Bálor and the announcement that Toni STorm will debut next week. Was hoping for more, but Sunday should be massive!
- Alpha Academy: Cesaro interrupted a backstage promo, and Otis laid him out for it.
- Baron Corbin's Announcement: WWE's resident emo Superstar, Baron Corbin, made his way out just prior to the main event. He announced that he started a "CorbinFundMe.com" web page to raise money as his poor children have gone from eating Wagyu beef to Chef Boyardee. He implored Kevin Owens to donate to him, taking a jab at Owens by claiming "we know you don't spend any money on wardrobe." Owens answered with a stunner. This new Corbin gimmick has a lot of potential.
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