Welcome one and all to a special go-home edition ofFriday Night SmackDown! With SummerSlam less than twenty-four hours away--airing live on the Peacock network, and officially sponsored by Domino's pizza--this is it, folks. This is the final chance for our Blue Brand to make a statement heading into tomorrow night's mega event. Again, SummerSlam is tomorrow (Saturday) night, not Sunday which will be NXT TakeOver 36. As we've reported all summer, this event is expected to be pre-pandemic WrestleMania level of big. Only time will tell if Vince goes all out.
Enough babble! Your host tonight is the original Rajahmaniac, Mike "Semi-Elite" Hogan. I'll be with you all night, or until 9:58pm when FOX kicks us out. You can expect updates roughly every 5-7 minutes after the initial update.
So what's our card got in store for us, you ask? Our official preview is up, and tonight we can expect final statements from John Cena and Edge, separately one must assume, as well as Rey Mysterio vs Jey Uso ahead of their tag team title clash tomorrow night.
All this and much more, next on SmackDown! So with all that said, let's get things started! For those of you who want just the results and not the novella, click here!
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Live Results (August 20, 2021): Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
Show Opener: Are You Ready For a Good Time?
Michael Cole & Pat McAfee welcome us to a jam-packed arena here in Phoenix. We waste no time, though, as there's lots to do!
In the Ring Promo: Edge
Edge comes out to a hot crowd and pauses on the stage, urging Phoenix, and makes his way to the ring. The in-house crowd is the hottest we've had since the pandemic (though probably not quite as enthusiastic as those other guys in Chi-town). We get a video that runs down Seth Rollins' recent comments about Edge, denigrating his character and wishing he had ended Edge's career--and ending with a promise to do so this time. Edge speaks after a decent chant for him. Edge addresses Rollins by way of camera. He states that Seth's words resonated with him, and even thought it was 7 years ago when Rollins stomped Edge's face into the Money in the Bank briefcase, he still feels it today. He mentions that he was worried in 2014 about his wife and kids. And last week, Seth threatened all of those things again--meaning, ending Edge's career and leaving his family destitute, presumably. Edge continues. "I know what that Curb Stomp can do to me. I do have a triple fusion in my neck. I know that if you hit that Curb Stomp it probably ends my career...my way of life...the father I need to be." Some loud asshat is booing, but the crowd is behind Edge. "At the end of the day, I know they're just that (Seth,) they're just mind games." He tells Seth that when he looks in Rollins eyes, he knows Rollins means everything he says. He tells Rollins that Seth is an all-time talent, but he's pushed Edge into a dark place. The crowd pops at this. "You have pushed me into a place I don't like to go because it is so hard to come back. And because, if I'm being truthful, it's because I like it. You have made me find a place in my heart where the blood runs black." Fitting, as this feels like an Aleister Black promo. "You see, I do see clearly on this day. I see that at SummerSlam, I don't just have to beat you. I have to break you. I have to humble you. And Seth--oh, Seth--at SummerSlam I am going to burn. You. Down." He drops the mic and the crowd pops, as they did to about every sentence he spoke.
Backstage: the Mysterios
The weirdness continues, as Dom tells Rey that he knows Rey will win tonight, and Rey chastises Dom for saying that. He mentions that Dom almost lost last week because he got distracted. He tells Dom to keep his head in it, and stay alert, and watch his back out there.
Singles Match: Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik vs Jey Uso w/ Jimmy
Rey and Dom come out first. Rey, a Grand Slam champion who's held fourteen titles in the WWE, rides his son's back briefly. They both pose in the ring as we await the Usos. We cut to a view of them backstage, their tag titles on display, as Jimmy fires Jey up. We head to a commercial break ahead of this match. After the break, the Usos make their way out. The bell rings and Jey slaps a side headlock on Rey. Rey escapes but is sent out the ring when Jey catches Rey on a rope rebound with a shoulder thrust. Dom and Jimmy both move over, but no conflict engages between the two. Rey and Jey pick up the pace in the ring, running off ropes and leapfrogging until Rey drives Jey into the mat with a Hurricanrana! Jey hangs in there and counters a headscissors, taking Mysterio to the mat. Jey locks a headlock on Rey as the crowd does loud dueling chants for both the Mysterios and the Usos. Very good crowd tonight. Jey lifts Rey up in the Electric Chair position, but Rey pummels Jey's face with fists. Rey fights back with a headscissors, leaving both men down. We head to yet another commercial break after four minutes, at most.
Back from the break. Jey has Rey in a headlock and we're informed that Jey's controlled throughout the break. Jey with a pop-up Samoan Drop followed by a close two. Jey sets Rey on the top rope. Rey throws a right to try to fight him off, but Jey gets the upper hand. Jey sets Rey up for a middle-rope Samoan Drop but Rey covers with a Hurricanrana for a close two! The crowd is hot for both teams tonight. Sorry but after 18+ months of no crowd, it's nice to see a rowdy one (in the WWE). The crowd with dueling chants as Jey and Rey look for strikes. Rey ducks under a clothesline and connects with a springboard cross-body for a close two! Jey drives Rey into the turnbuckle then throws Rey up and hits a wicked, modified neckbreaker, covering for yet another close two. Rey rolls to the apron while Jey composes himself in the ring. Rey stands on teh apron and Jey tries to bring him in. Rey with a right hand. Rey runs up top and hits the top rope Senton! Rey runs off the ropes and looks for a tilt-a-whirl but Jey blocks. Rey quickly modifies and repositions, using the momentum for a helluva DDT that nearly picked up the three! The crowd is hot. Jey charges Rey. Rey looks for the 6-1-9 but Jey blocks. Jey rolls up Rey. Dom reaches through and pushes him, allowing Rey to reverse the move. Rey covers but the referee Charles "Lil' Naitch" Robinson catches Dominik trying to help his dad win with momentum help. The ref catches him and bans Dom from the ringside. Before he can leave, the Usos attack the Mysterios. Rey is sent into the ring and Jey hits the Uso splash to pick up the win.
Your Winner, Jey Uso!
Last Week on As the Corbin Burns:
We're treated to clips of Baron Corbin, in an act of desperation, attacked Big E and stole his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Singles Match: Kevin Owens vs Baron Corbin
Corbin comes out with the Money in the Bank (MitB) briefcase, looking more ramshackle than usual. We head to a commercial break. Owens makes his way out. The bell rings and Owens takes Corbin down almost immediately, following it up with a pair of leaping Sentons. Owens strikes Corbin in the corner. Corbin comes out with a chop. Corbin successfully connects with his Misdirection Clothesline and attempts a cover but doesn't even get a one. Corbin mounts and pounds Owens. Corbin takes Owens to the corner and drives his head into the turnbuckle. Corbin with big rights to the abdomen from the former Golden Gloves winner. The crowd with a light "You're still broke" chat, haha. Owens takes control, driving Corbin out to the ringside floor. Owens with a diving Senton onto Corbin. Owens sends Corbin into the ring and climbs the ropes, but Corbin rolls out to the apron. Corbin with an old school rope-assisted dropping choke. Big E, looking slim makes his way out! Corbin runs to the announce table to get the MitB case but Big E catches him and attacks him, causing the DQ.
Your Winner by Disqualification, Baron Corbin!
After the Match
Big E beats Corbin at ringside and takes his case back, walking away. Corbin attacks Big E from behind and steals the MitB briefcase once again, fleeing the arena.
Backstage Interview: Kayla Braxton w/ SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair
We get a video package that shows the contract signing last week, during which Zelina Vega and Carmella served as "witnesses" and helped Banks attack Belair. Belair tells Kayla not to even say the name Sasha Banks in front of her. Belair describes how she's going to dismantle Vega and Carmella--she's having two matches tonight--and tells us she's the nastiEST, meanEST, etc.
Women's Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox vs Women's Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina
Shotzi & Nox make their way out first on their tank, howling their way to the ring. We head to break. Afterwards, we're told that Jake Paul will be on Moist TV on Raw this coming Monday. Or maybe it's Logan Paul. Whichever. Our tag champs make their way out, ready to fight. Nox, Shotzi and Natalya are all in new ring gear. We start with Tamina and Shotzi. Tamina sends Shotzi into the ropes and drops her with a back elbow on the rebound. Shotzi is pounded into the champ's corner. Tag and double team move that sends Shotzi into the turnbuckles. Nattie with a pin attempt for a two. Shotzi looks for a tag but Tamina's beaten Nox down in a corner. Tamina stands on the apron as Nattie pushes Shotzi's neck to the bottom rope, standing on it for the full five-count warning from the ref. Nattie goes to working holds, focusing on the neck with headlocks and sleepers. Shotzi tries to fight out of it but Nattie sends her down to the mat fast. Natalya with a Snap Suplex for a two. We're reminded that Natalya's returned only three weeks after a minor muscle tear. Shotzi reverses a rebound strike into a neckbreaker. Nox is still not on the apron. Natalya crawls towards her corner but Shotzi runs over, hitting a Kitchen Sink knee to stun Tamina. Nox out of nowhere, running along the apron and diving onto Tamina, taking her down. Shotzi rolls up Natalya, picking up the win. I don't think Nox was even tagged in.
Your Winners and NEW Number One Contenders, Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox!
In the Ring Promo: Seth Rollins
Rollins makes his way out...in a plain white suit, tie and shirt. No funky patterns. Rollins addresses Edge's comments earlier tonight, and tells us that Edge is just making excuses for why he'll lose tomorrow. Rollins mocks him about his neck and family as excuses for losing. "Edge, Edge. Listen to me man." The crowd with loud boos, both digital and in-house. "Please, listen. There is no shame in your shortcomings, Edge." The crowd with a huge Edge chant. Rollins snaps, "You already heard from Edge, now shut your mouths and listen to me! There is no shame in being beaten and broken by this business, there is no shame in being a loving father and family man, and there is no shame, Edge..." He's interrupted by ten thousand fans chanting "You suck!" He waits for it to die down. "There's no shame in finding the darkness that guided you, Edge...but without that darkness, you cannot get on my level. And the both of us know that part is dead and gone." He's interrupted as the lights go out and red lights flicker around the ring. We hear Edge's old Brood theme music. Edge is then shown on the Tron. He warns Rollins that at night is when the monsters come out to play. The lights cut on and Rollins is immediately dropped by a huge gush of what looks like chocolate syrup or motor oil. It completely covers Seth in a "Brood bath" as commentary calls it, and makes a huge mess in the ring. The crowd with a loud "holy shit" chant, so long Fox has to mute it briefly.
Singles Match: Montez Ford w/ Dawkins vs Otis w/ Gable
The Street Profits begin making their way out and we go to a break. After the break and a rundown of tomorrow night's SummerSlam (don't say we didn't remind you it's Saturday, not Sunday) card, we finally get the Alpha Academy Entrance. Otis is billed as 5'10 and 330lbs. He's still rocking a spot-on Festus impersonation. Our competitors ready up and the bell rings. Ford with a big right slap to Otis. Otis throws a right but Ford ducks under. Ford tires to take Otis to the corner but Otis with a huge right to the ribs that stumbles Ford. Ford runs off the ropes and hits a clothesline on Otis, but the big man doesn't budge. Ford with the same move again, and again Otis only staggers briefly. Ford looks for a third but Otis catches him with a speedy elbow. Ford rolls to the apron. Otis strikes Ford off. After a few moments, Ford enters the ring and starts his comeback. Dropkick followed by a rope-assisted high kick to Otis. Gable looks to interfere but Dawkins neutralizes him at ringside. Ford with his skyscraper Frog Splash, covering for a two--Otis breaks the pin attempt by popping Ford up and off him. Otis with a big strike to Ford's ribs. Otis with the corner splash to pick up the win.
Your Winner, Otis!
Tag Team Match: Intercontinental Champion King Nakamura w/ Boogz vs Apollo Crews w/ Cmdr. Azeez
Rick Boogz is up on the stage with his double stacks. He welcomes the One True King of WWE, then plays the lead guitar part of Nakamura's theme. Together they make their way down to the ring, and Pat McAfee is up on the table, air-guitaring to the theme himself. We head to a break. We return from break and Crews has already made his way out with Azeez. We start with Boogz in what I believe is his SmackDown wrestling debut, and Crews. Boogz and Crews jockey for control with neither man really taking the upper hand. Crews with a cross-jacket arm lock but Boogz screeches high-pitched and throws Crews off. Both men make tags. Azeez leaps over the ropes into the ring. Nakamura and Azeez clash, Nakamura looking for a running knee. Azeez is pretty agile for his size. Nakamura with a middle-rope leaping knee that drops Azeez. King Nakamura calls for the Kinshasa and attempts it, but Azeez counters and drives the king into the mat. Azeez tags in Crews and Nakamura tags in Boogz. Loud "Boogz" from the crowd. Nakamura streaks across the ring to take out Azeez, allowing Nakamura to pick up the win.
Your Winners, King Nakamura & Rick Boogz!
After the Match: Pat
Benatar McAfee, Nakamura & Boogz Celebrate
Boogz hops up on the announcer's table. Both he and Nakamura celebrate, leading Pat McAfee to rock out with them on top of the desk as well. This dude really loves his job! We head to break, with SmackDown Women's Champion Belair's two matches coming up next--and just twenty-four hours ahead of SummerSlam!
Singles Non-Title Match: SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair vs Zelina Vega w/ Carmella
When we return from break, our champ is in the ring. Zelina Vega makes her way out, accompanied by Carmella. Vega and Belair lock up. Belair easily dominates this match early on. Carmella causes a distraction, allowing Vega to roll-up Belair for a 2.9. She seriously almost pinned her. Vega eventually looks for a top rope headscissors but Belair's strength comes into play as she reverses it into a single-armed Powerbomb. Belair sets Vega up and connects with the KOD (Kiss of Death) to pick up the easy win.
Your Winner, SmackDown Women's' Champion Bianca Belair!
Singles Non-Title Match: SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair vs Carmella w/ Zelina Vega
Before the match, as Belair celebrates defeating Vega, Carmella sneak attacks the champ and leaves her laid out with a pair of Superkicks as we go to break! Back from the break. The bell rings and Carmella looks to capitalize on a counter slam, getting two on the pin attempt. Carmella puts her back to Belair in the corner and rapid-fires back elbows into the champ. Belair and Carmella slow the pace. Carmella tries to attempt a Belair suplex into a sleeper. In an incredibly impressive feat of strength, Belair counters, locks Carmella in an Exploder Suplex hold, then audibles it into a lengthy stalling Brainbuster Suplex! Belair with a right to Carmella. Carmella looks for a Superkick but Belair blocks it and lays Carmella out with a big right. Belair cartwheels off the ropes, back flipping and crashing down into Carmella for another close pin fall! Carmella with a headscissors submission hold, over the ropes, as the ref counts and warns her. Carmella with a low Superkick and covers for two. Belair gets her second wind and hits a powerful suplex. Belair with the KOD and picks up the win!
Your Winner, SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair!
Face-to-Face Main Event Segment: Universal Champion Roman Reigns and John Cena
Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman make their way out to the ring. Roman gets a big pop at first, but the digital (piped-in sound) audience boos. Reigns hoists his title up to a mix of boos and cheers. John Cena's music hits and the crowd goes absolutely wild. Cena comes out to the biggest pop from the in-house crowd tonight. Cena poses with a kid who had on Cena merch before hitting the ring. The crowd is eating this up.
Both men have mics. The crowd with a Cena chant. Throughout this, the crowd employs "What?" chants as appropriate, as well as a mix of boos and cheers. "Let's go Roman/Let's go Cena" dueling chants as both men just look at each other. Roman speaks. "A lot of people," and he pauses as boos drown him out. "Exactly the point I'm going to make. A lot of people say a lot of stupid things (to me) and that's exactly what John did last week, right? ...You came out here and said a lot of dumb stuff." He tells the crowd to pop for Cena, and they do. "It's great, right? But I'm not going to allow this man to lie to you...to misinform you. This man thinks he can pin me one, two, three! Wise Man (referring to Heyman), when's the last time I lost?" Heyman tells the 355-day champion that no one has beaten this Roman Reigns. Roman shrugs and smugly smiles. "And there you have it!"
Cena speaks, playing to the crowd, telling Roman that everyone's either Team Roman or Team Cena. Cena tells Roman that Roman doesn't get it, or understand what he's in for tomorrow night at SummerSlam. Cena mentions that people speculate Cena won't win because he's got a movie role. Cena tells Roman that the movie bit is true, and tomorrow Cena's going to take his title and go film his movie so Roman has to sit here, embarrassed. He tells Roman that he's lost control and he's stuck in an egomaniac bubble and needs to be brought to Earth. Cena tells Roman "I'm not here to promote movies, I'm here to demote your ass! This is a match you never wanted, and it's a match made for me...I've told people the same thing for twenty years, Never. Give. Up." Big pop. "And the reason you're so frustrated is that's all I have to do tomorrow...you get distracted? 1, 2, 3. You make a mistake? 1, 2, 3." He pledges to break the all-time championship tomorrow thanks to Roman Reigns, becoming a seventeen champ. Cena then states that tomorrow, SmackDown will not have a champion until WrestleMania (as he'll be off filming movies) thanks to Roman Reigns. He continues to reiterate that he has to simply outlast Roman and pick up the one, two, three.
Roman tells Cena that he gets it--Cena's doing movies and likes to do dress up, but Cena should have smartened up. Roman explains that he smashes people so bad, the WWE can't use them anymore. Roman tells Cena that he could go to Hollywood and do movies, the whole nine yards. He asks Cena if Cena thinks he's better. "It's Vegas, right," Roman asks, "let's raise the stakes. Either I'm leaving that stadium as Universal Champion or I'm leaving WWE." The crowd and announcers are shocked. Both men shake hands--and Roman looks for a sneak attack, attempting a Samoan Drop. Cena counters it and rolls Roman up as the crowd counts "one, two, three." We end our show with Cena backing up the ramp, all smiles, telling Roman repeatedly that Roman can't see Cena.
And that does it, folks--WWE's last words ahead of the biggest event of the Summer, and the biggest event in the WWE in nearly two years. Don't forget SummerSlam airs Saturday, TakeOver 36 airs Sunday. Just a final reminder!. Have a great weekend and stay safe out there, Rajahmaniacs. See you all this weekend in the PPV threads and again Monday Night for Raw.
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