WWE is gearing up for "The Grandest Stage of Them All," as the road to WrestleMania 37 continues on tonight's episode of Friday Night SmackDown.
Featured below are complete WWE Friday Night SmackDown results for April 2, 2021.
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN RESULTS (4/2/2021)
The show kicks off with a recap of the main event of WrestleMania 37 being changed to a triple-threat match on last week's show and how Edge brutally attacked Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan.
From there, the regular intro to the show gets us started and we shoot inside the ThunderDome where Michael Cole and Corey Graves welcome us to the show and inform us that we are one week away from WrestleMania 37.
Edge Has Found The Rated-R Superstar In Himself Again
Now we hear the familiar sounds of "The Rated-R Superstar's" theme song as WWE Hall of Fame legend Edge makes his way down to the ring.
He grabs a mic and his music cuts off. He says what happened at Fastlane and what happened last week here on SmackDown, the chaos and destruction, it didn't need to happen.
Edge says maybe he was kidding himself thinking he wouldn't hit any speed bumps on the way to his journey from retirement back to the main event of WrestleMania. He says he was so focused on Roman Reigns that he didn't see Daniel Bryan coming.
Lesson learned, he says. He mentions Daniel Bryan has all these scenarios and goes on to list them, such as the many options Adam Pearce had to weigh when making his decision regarding the WrestleMania main event on last week's show.
He says he had a lot of time for reflection this past week and he finally liked what he saw. He saw a guy backed in a corner who does what he has to do. He says he finally looked in the mirror and saw The Rated-R Superstar. He calls himself a man that Reigns and Bryan both aspire to be. He says he is a Hall Of Fame legend. He says he is finally, once again, The Rated-R Superstar and the ultimate opportunist.
Edge talks about how good it felt to hold the steel chair in his hands last week. He says he was this close to taking them both out with a conchairto. He says that time will come again and when it does, he will not hesitate. He drops and the mic and walks off.
Edge Isn't Worried About Daniel Bryan Possibly Getting Beaten
Backstage, Edge is approached and asked about the street fight between Jey Uso and Daniel Bryan scheduled for tonight's show and how it might just be a ploy to take Bryan out of the match at WrestleMania.
Edge claims he doesn't care if he gets beat senseless and he can't make it to WrestleMania. He says he won't feel badly at all. He'd be overjoyed. He walks off.
The Alpha Academy & The Dirty Dogs vs. The Street Profits & The Mysterio's
Chad Gable is on the mic with Otis standing next to him in the ring when we return inside the ThunderDome. The Alpha Academy of Otis and Chad Gable vow to peak at the perfect time.
The bell sounds and out comes The Dirty Dawgs, the reigning SmackDown Tag-Team Champions Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. As the top dogs in the blue brand tag division address their fatal four-way title defense on next week's show.
From there, the theme of Rey and Dominik Mysterio plays and out they come to the ring as well. A split-screen promo is shown with the Mysterio's talking about their aspirations of winning the gold is shown as they head down to the ring.
They stop and are joined by their partners for this special bout, as The Street Profits -- Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford -- make their way out to a ton of solo cups. They also get the split-screen promo treatment as they make their way down to the squared circle for this week's opening match.
Dolph and Dominik kick things off for their respective teams. We see both guys battle back-and-forth early on and within seconds, the action spills out to the floor with the baby face foursome hitting exciting high-flying dives splashing onto their opponents at ringside as we head to a mid-match commercial break.
We're back from the break and we see the heels have gained some footing in this match, as the offensive momentum has shifted into their favor. We see Otis tag in and go to work on one-half of The Street Profits as Corey Graves talks about the new overly aggressive side of Otis brought out by Gable.
Roode tags in and goes to work on Dawkins, picking up where Otis left off. He then tags in Ziggler, who adds some further punishment before bringing things full circle and tagging the big man, Otis, back into the bout. Otis twists at the dome of Dawkins as Graves mentions that he's trying to snap his head clean off of his shoulders.
Instead of that happening, however, Dawkins fires up and fights his way back into competitive form before making the sorely-needed tag to his Street Profits partner, Ford. Ford takes the hot tag and comes in cleaning house, taking out any-and-everything that moves. He hits a standing moonsault for a near fall that is broken up by Ziggler.
This brings in everyone else now, as Mysterio and Roode brawl from the ring to the floor, as do Ziggler and Dominik. Back in the ring, Ford nearly pulls off the win with a roll-up attempt on Gable. Gable kicks out. Ford heads to the top-rope but comes back down. Gable makes the tag to Otis and hits a German suplex on Ford. Otis heads to the second rope and hits a flying bulldozer for the 1-2-3.
Winners: The Alpha Academy & The Dirty Dawgs
Backstage: Paul Heyman Approaches Adam Pearce & Sonya Deville
Backstage, we see Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville standing around when up walks Paul Heyman. He talks about being here on business.
He talks about the Street Fight between Jey Uso and Daniel Bryan tonight. He says it could affect Bryan's career and could even disturb the main event at WrestleMania.
Pearce tries saying his piece, however Sonya Deville interupts him and says he makes a good point. Heyman says Jey Uso can't be held responsible for what he does tonight.
Seth Rollins & Cesaro Face-To-Face
Burn it down! Seth Rollins makes his way down to the ring in street clothes as highlights of him being swung 22 times by Cesaro are shown, as well as the fallout from the following weeks where Rollins attacked and lost his cool only to be attacked and swung again by Cesaro backstage last week.
Rollins settles into the ring and is wearing a big forced cheesey grin as we head to commercial. When we return from the break, Corey Graves has joined Rollins in the ring and Cesaro has already made his way to the ring as well.
Graves sets the stage for their match at WrestleMania. Rollins picks a bone with Graves for starting with Cesaro but then says he can go ahead. Cesaro is asked if this will be the breakthrough moment he has been promising when he meets Rollins in the ring at WrestleMania.
This Saturday at WrestleMania he can not fail, says Cesaro. Next Saturday, right? Cesaro says he can feel something in the air. He sings about swinging Rollins again. Rollins tells Graves I told you so and mentions how he should have started with him first.
Rollins says you can't shake him with songs about swings or Graves trying to get hot mic moments. Rollins points to the WrestleMania sign and says his track record on "The Grandest Stage of Them All" speaks for itself. He mentions some of his greatest WrestleMania moments and compares them to other iconic moments such as Stone Cold vs. The Rock and Hulk Hogan bodyslamming Andre the Giant.
Cesaro says he will not only beat Rollins at WrestleMania, he will embarass him. Rollins laughs it off, saying he is unshakable at WrestleMania. Cesaro says he may be unshakable but he isn't unswingable. He and Graves joke about how many times he spun Rollins, which leads to Rollins finally losing his cool.
Rollins says he is up here and Cesaro is down there and at WrestleMania he is going to beat him so bad that he is going to have nothing to fall back on. He warns Cesaro for provoking him time and time again. He threatens to end things for Cesaro right now. He gets in Cesaro's face to try and intimidate him. Cesaro simply says, "Take a swing!" Rollins drops the mic, seething in anger, and exits the ring.
Backstage: Carmella, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
We see Carmella warming up and stretching backstage as WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler walk past her.
Nia makes a comment about Carmella not treating her guy Reginald very well and continues walking. We head to another commercial break on that note.
Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya
When we return from the break, Shayna Baszler is in the ring alone warming up as Nia Jax and Reginald are introduced on guest commentary for this one-on-one showdown.
From there, the theme of Natalya plays as she makes her way down to the ring accompanied by Tamina. The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with our second match of the evening.
Nattie backs Shayna in the corner and slugs away. Baszler tries swinging back but her legs are taken out from under her by her more experienced opposition. Literally seconds later we see each lady trading roll-up pin attempts when Nattie locks up Baszler and holds on for the three count. Surprising finish.
After The Match: All Hell Breaks Loose!
Once the match ends, the commentators react like Buster Douglas just knocked out Mike Tyson. Nia Jax hits the ring and a post-match beatdown of Nattie and Tamina begins.
The Riott Squad hit the ring to even up the odds of justice and now Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose hit the ring as well. They go to work hitting high spots and now Naomi and Lana make their way out, hitting some high spots of their own in some shine spots.
Tamina gets back involved and takes over with help from Natalya. They hit a modified Heart Attack and are the last two left standing. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler are shown watching on from the top of the entrance ramp as the rest of the women who came out are laid out. Carmella keeps getting shown backstage watching on.
Logan Paul Has Arrived ...
We see Sami Zayn in his Sunday best attire hanging out backstage waiting on the arrival of YouTube star Logan Paul. He pulls up and exits his car and Zayn reacts like a kid meeting Santa Claus in their local mall as we head to another commercial break.
The Red Carpet Premiere Of Sami Zayn's Documentary Trailer
We return from the break to Sami Zayn standing in the ring which is decked out with a red carpet and some nice chairs. Zayn is wearing his shiney Sunday best and he is in a good mood this week, folks.
Zayn welcomes us to the red carpet world premiere of the trailer of his new documentary. He says he's going to be proven right and it's going to be so sweet. He hypes up his guest, who he puts over huge, Logan Paul.
The YouTube sensation makes his way down to the ring and Zayn goes in for a big hug. He asks him to take a seat. Logan thanks Zayn for inviting him and says it's exciting to be here in a WWE ring inside the ThunderDome.
Zayn says he loves how Logan is open-minded. He says they are fast becoming friends. He says he doesn't want to put him on the spot, but asks him to be his guest at WrestleMania. Logan says it would be a pleasure. Zayn jumps for joy, literally, and Paul tells him not to hurt himself.
He tells Logan he'll get to see first-hand what he does to that back-stabber Kevin Owens. He says that's for another time. He then stands up and introduces the trailer of his documentary. We hear a big drum-roll and then the green preview approved for all audiences screen flashes and the trailer airs.
It wraps up by saying Justice for Sami is coming soon. Zayn is super excited after it airs, calling it a masterpiece and saying bravo. Logan looks like he just saw a ghost and is finally discovering what he is dealing with. Zayn asks Logan what he thinks about it.
Logan says it was something. He says it was a lot to take in. He then breaks the news to Zayn that backstage he was approached by Kevin Owens. He mentions how Owens told him that they've been friends for a long time and basically how Zayn is losing his mind.
Zayn loses his cool and says he doesn't care what Owens thinks, he already knows what he thinks. He says he's his guest of honor so he wants to know what Logan Paul thinks. He says he can tell he put a lot of effort into it. Before he can say anything else, Kevin Owens knocks him out. Logan Paul keeps saying "Whoa" into the mic as Owens tells Zayn to his face off-mic that he is going to continue to get this if he keeps acting crazy.
He walks past Logan and pushes him out of the way and exits the ring, heading to the back as his music plays. Logan looks surprised and stares around.
Backstage: Edge Approaches Adam Pearce & Sonya Deville
Edge approaches Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville backstage. He tells Pearce he sure does have a knack for making matches. He mentions last week's happenings and then says he actually had a good idea when he made the Street Fight between Bryan and Uso for tonight.
He informs him that he will be at ringside for the match providing special guest commentary.
Backstage: Sami Zayn Gives Kevin Owens A Receipt
We see Kevin Owens walking backstage when he is approached and asked about hitting Sami Zayn with a Stunner during the closing moments of his Red Carpet Premiere of his documentary trailer.
As Owens talks about it being a message to anyone inside or outside of WWE that he can hit his Stunner on anyone at any time, in comes Zayn ambushing and attacking Owens, giving his former longtime friend a receipt.
Zayn storms off, saying Owens ruined everything and vowing to end him when they meet in the ring at WrestleMania.
Carmella vs. Bianca Belair
Carmella's theme hits and she makes her way down to the ring as Corey Graves acts like he is seeing the single most attractive human being on planet earth. Michael Cole takes us into a pre-match commercial break.
We return from the break to the aforementioned Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens backstage segment and then a video package is shown before Bianca Belair talks with Kayla Braxton backstage before her one-on-one showdown against Carmella.
Kayla asks Belair about the video package that just aired showing her history with Sasha Banks leading up to their title match at WrestleMania. Belair says she has been waiting to see the real Sasha Banks. The ruthless one who does what it takes. She says that's the one she wants to face so she has no excuses when she beats her.
She says first things first, however, she has to deal with Carmella. She promises she isn't looking past her but instead through her because she's ready for WrestleMania.
Belair's music hits and she makes her way down to the ring for our next bout in the women's division. As she steps through the ropes, she is attacked by Carmella before the bell even sounds to officially start this match.
Carmella yanks Belair out to the floor and slams her head first into the steel steps. Belair is laid out as Carmella gloats and we head to a commercial break before this match even formally gets started.
We're back from the break and we are informed by Cole that during the break the ref did officially start this match. We see Carmella on the back of Belair as she continues to dominate The EST of WWE. Belair finally gets her off her back, only to be sent into the corner and followed in with a Bronco Buster by Carmella.
The action continues with Carmella putting the boots to a defenseless Belair in the corner of the ring as the ref warns her and the ThunderDome is filled with boos from the fans. She charges right into a thunderous clothesline from Belair. Belair follows up with a drop kick and a warning not to touch her hair before kicking and punching away at her like crazy.
Carmella cuts Belair's comeback short and goes back to work on her. She stops to gloat a bit too long, however, and gets hit with a K.O.D. from Belair. 1-2-3. The EST of WWE scores the victory.
Winner: Bianca Belair
After The Match: Sasha Banks Confronts Bianca Belair
Belair gets confronted by "The Boss" Sasha Banks immediately after the match, as the SmackDown Women's Champion approaches her from behind out of nowhere.
The EST of WWE tells The Boss not tonight. She points to the WrestleMania sign and Banks exits the ring saying okay. They stare each other down.
Backstage: Roman Reigns & Paul Heyman
From there we shoot backstage where we see Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman sitting on the couch in their locker room as a graphic flashes across the screen reminding us about the Street Fight tonight between Jey Uso and Daniel Bryan, with Edge providing guest commentary at ringside during the match.
As Reigns and Heyman sit patiently, Cole and Graves plug the main event one more time and then we are taken into another commercial break.
Backstage: Baron Corbin With A Message For Drew McIntyre
We return from the break to some announcements for matches scheduled for next week's Raw and SmackDown, including King Baron Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre.
From there, we head back inside the ThunderDome where we see Baron Corbin backstage. He talks about Bobby Lashley's offer for WrestleMania when referencing his attack on "The Scottish Warrior" last week.
He mentions his plans to take out McIntyre this Monday in their match and then move on to take the WWE title at WrestleMania.
Backstage: Apollo With A Unique Challenge For Big E.
Now we shoot to a different part of the backstage area inside the ThunderDome where we see Apollo, who has a message for Big E.
Nigerian Drum Fight -- an ancient dual created by his ancestors to make things right. No rules just a beating that sounds like a drum. He formally challenges Big E. to this type of match at WrestleMania.
Apollo vows to beat Big E. like a drum and capture the Intercontinental Championship on "The Grandest Stage of Them All."
Backstage: Paul Heyman Confronts Edge
We see Edge standing around backstage when Paul Heyman approaches him. He talks about the odds being against Edge even more if there's two more opponents instead of only one at WrestleMania.
He continues to make it clear to Edge that if Daniel Bryan is taken out tonight, Edge's chances at capturing the title from Roman Reigns are greater.
Edge finally cuts Heyman off. He tells him he doesn't know what he has planned but he's going out to the ringside area to do commentary.
Street Fight (Edge On Commentary)
Daniel Bryan vs. Jey Uso
We hear the familiar sounds of the entrance theme music of "The Rated-R Superstar" as Edge makes his way down to the ring with a serious look on his face. The commentators plug the Street Fight main event and then we head to a pre-match commercial break.
When we return from the break, the guests for tomorrow morning's installment of Talking Smack are announced and then we shoot live inside the ThunderDome where Michael Cole formally introduces one-third of the main event of WrestleMania Sunday -- Edge.
Graves asks Edge about things as Jey Uso's theme hits and one-half of this week's Street Fight main event makes his way down to the ring as Cole does the presenting sponsor reads for tonight. Edge puts over Jey as someone Reigns needs more than he needs Reigns.
The familiar sounds of the theme of Daniel Bryan plays as the ThunderDome is filled with "Yes!" chants from the WWE Universe as the leader of said-chant sprints to the ring and immediately gets after it, as the bell rings to officially kick off our main event Street Fight.
Uso quickly turns the tide and shifts the offensive momentum in his favor, taking it to Bryan and knocking him out of the ring and out to the floor. Uso goes out after him as Edge warns them both not to look at him. Bryan starts fighting back but is cut off. Uso throws Bryan into the ring barricade. He picks him up and slams him into it again.
Jey looks at Edge and "The Rated-R Superstar" warns him not to look at him either. Uso rolls Bryan back into the ring and grabs a steel chair. He heads over to the ring with it but Bryan drop kicks it into his face. He hits the ropes again and goes for a dive, but dives right into a chair shot from Uso, who had recovered in that short amount of time.
Uso heads into the ring with the steel chair and starts blasting Bryan with it over and over again. He unfolds the chair and puts Bryan's leg in it. Graves says he's got to like the sight of this. Edge says he's not complaining. Uso heads to the top-rope and looks to hit a flying stomp on the chair folded around Bryan's leg. Instead, Bryan rolls out of the way in time.
Bryan picks up the chair and starts wearing out Uso with it, pummeling him out of the ring with chair shots when out of nowhere, the familiar sounds of the entrance theme of Roman Reigns plays. Reigns makes his way out accompanied by Paul Heyman. Edge says there's the man he should be facing in a one-on-one match at WrestleMania. Cole says he's not and reminds him that it's a triple-threat match. We see Reigns take a seat in a chair at the top of the ramp as we head to a mid-match commercial break.
When we return from the break, we see Bryan blasting Uso with repeated "Yes!" kicks in the corner of the ring. He backs up but runs right into a super kick from a waiting Uso. Uso wedges a steel chair in the corner of the ring. He rams Bryan into it and then delivers some brutal ground-and-pound to follow-up on the attack. Roman Reigns is shown smiling as he watches on at the carnage taking place in the ring.
Uso goes out to the floor and under the ring. He pulls out a tool box and in it he grabs a steel chain. He heads into the ring with it and clotheslines Bryan with the chain. He whips him with it and heads to the top rope. He hits a flying frog-splash off the top-rope and goes for the cover, only for Bryan to kick out at two. Uso rolls Bryan out of the ring and out to the floor. He follows out after him and slams him head-first into the ring apron. He then whips him into the steel ring steps.
As Edge talks about fearing no man while talking to Graves and Cole, Uso over-hears him and says he should fear some men. Edge tells him to pay attention to what he's doing. Uso slams Bryan head first into the steel steps. Edge continues talking with his super serious voice about being forced into a triple-threat match but not fearing any man. Cole asks him about that contradictory statement, which only angers "The Rated-R Superstar" even more.
Meanwhile Bryan recovers and hits a suplex on Uso off the steel ring steps. He goes under the ring and grabs a steel chair. He blasts Uso across the back with it over-and-over again as Edge watches feet away. Now Bryan slams Uso's head off the announce table over and over again as Edge watches inches away.
Bryan rolls Uso back into the ring and heads to the top-rope. He connects with a missile drop kick off the top. Bryan fires up, pounding the mat and waiting for Uso to get up. Uso gets up to his knees and finds himself the recipient of a series of "Yes!" kicks to the chest. Bryan grabs the steel chain brought into the ring by Uso earlier in the bout. He wraps it around his elbow and pounds the living hell out of Uso with it. He then puts Uso in the "Yes!" lock and yanks away. Uso taps out.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After The Match: WrestleMania Opponents Go To War!
Once the match wraps up, Bryan heads right out of the ring and blasts Edge with a dropkick while he is still seated at the announce table. He drags Edge over to the ringside area and slams him face-first into the ring post over-and-over again.
Bryan looks up and sees Reigns still seated at the top of the entrance ramp. Bryan sprints up as Reigns gets up out of his seat. Bryan blasts Reigns with a running knee to the grill that drops him. Bryan puts Reigns in the Yes! lock as the champ tries to crawl away.
He ends up stuck in the lock as Bryan yanks back with everything he's got as the champ screams out in pain. Eventually a bunch of refs come out and breaks things up. Bryan heads back into the ring and leads the WWE Universe in a Yes! chant as his music plays and the camera flashes over to show Reigns and Edge both laid out. The show goes off the air on that note.
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