WWE Smackdown Results – April 16, 2021 – Tonight’s Smackdown episode begins with look back at the main event from Wrestlemania 37 Night Two for the Universal Championship.
We’re live from the WWE ThunderDome at Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida, as Michael Cole and new commentator Pat McAfee welcome us to the show. Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and winner of the 2021 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, Jey Uso, make their way to the ring.
Roman says they put a lot of eyes on Smackdown. For the new viewer, why don’t you tell him about the men he beat in the main event of Wrestlemania.
Paul mentions Edge, an 11 time world champion married to a Hall of Famer and a Hall of Famer. Then you have Daniel Bryan, a five time world champion, married to a Hall of Famer and sure to be a Hall of Famer some day, but it may come soon after you stacked both men up to beat them. It was like a handicap match instead of a Triple Threat Match in the main event of Wrestlemania.
Roman says he called his shot. He said he would smash them, stack them, and pin them one two three. Then they acknowledge me (as Roman shows us his shirt that says just that). Roman says they will never put him in another Triple Threat Match because of what I did to them. No one wants to face me. They are Hall of Famers and I smashed them and stacked them before pinning them. If I am doing that to men like that, who wants me next.
No one wants to put their reputation on the line, it’s not worth it, no one is on his level. Reigns says they fulfilled the obligation, they opened his show, SmackDown, so now Heyman can tell them to cut the check. Let’s go. They go to leave but the music interrupts and out comes Cesaro.
Cesaro enters the ring and Reigns gets in his face, all business now. Cesaro stares back and then looks at the title on Reigns’ shoulder. Cesaro walks over and grabs a mic as Reigns, Heyman and Uso exit the ring, not concerned with what Cesaro has to say. Fans boo Reigns and crew. They go all the way to the back now while Cesaro’s music is still playing. Cesaro was left hanging and doesn’t get the chance to speak on the mic as we go back to the announcers with Cesaro’s music still playing.
– Still to come, a look at the single most impressive moment in WWE history, which Cole doesn’t name. We go to commercial.
Back from the break with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville in the back. Cesaro stops by since he wasn’t given a chance to talk in the ring. Cesaro asks them if they saw what Roman did to him. He calls Roman a son of a bitch and he says that he will step up to Roman and he does not care if it is not a title match. He wants a match tonight. Sonya tells Cesaro she will check with Roman.
Otis Dozovic vs. Rey Mysterio
Otis with a running body block followed by a shoulder tackle. Otis gets Rey up and presses him over his head. Otis drops Rey face first to the mat. Otis tosses Rey under the bottom rope to the floor and Rey with shoulders to Otis from the apron and he drops Otis on the top rope. Rey goes to the turnbuckles but Otis crotches Rey and puts him in the tree of woe. Otis with kicks. Otis goes for a shoulder but Rey pulls himself up. Rey with a seated splash and a running knee to Otis for a near fall. Rey with a kick and Otis refuses to be Irish whipped. Otis catches Rey on a springboard cross body and Otis with a standing power slam.
Otis goes to the turnbuckles and misses a frog splash. Rey sends Otis into the ropes and Rey with another drop toe hold and a 619. Rey goes to the turnbuckels and he hits a crucifix bomb for the three count.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
— Kayla Braxton is in the hallway with Paul Heyman and someone on a ladder fixing the lights as we go to commercial.
Kayla Braxton is with Paul Heyman, but the guy on the ladder is gone. She asks if Roman will accept the challenge. Paul says that we do not grant wishes to Neanderthals. Paul says there was no rain delay on Saturday. They were tears from angels anticipating the beating that Roman would give to Daniel Bryan and Edge. When we got back to Roman’s locker room, there were tears from above, and tears from the locker room. Seth Rollins had to lower himself to face someone like Cesaro. A billion dollar body with a ten cent brain and this is who gets in the face of the Tribal Chief? Cesaro is physically capable but let’s stop this before it gets out of the station. Let’s give Cesaro what he wants. Cesaro one on one in the main event against THE MAIN EVENT… Jey Uso.
In the Arena:
Sami Zayn makes his way to the ring as we take a look at what happened at WrestleMania 37 with Kevin Owens and Logan Paul.
Sami says he sees all of the headlines except for the one that is most accurate. SAMI ZAYN SCREWED AGAIN. Wrestlemania was supposed to be his vindication because all of the stars were alligned, especially his star Logan Paul. Logan was supposed to expose the conspiracy but that was not how it went down. Logan Paul’s mind was poisoned by Kevin Owens and the WWE Universe talking bad about Sami Zayn. It was poisoned by management and Michael Cole. Everybody got in his head. Sami says he could sense it. He felt Logan pulling back when he hugged him in the ring. Sami says he was worried about Logan during the match, and that was the only reason why Kevin was able to squeak out a victory over him. Sami says he will not be denied his vindication. He tells Kevin to give him what he wants. There are no distractions. No toxic fans in the stands. No Logan Paul to distract him. That is why you aren’t coming out…
Kevin Owens’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring. But first… We go to commercial.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
The bell rings and Zayn goes to the floor. Zayn returns to the ring and Owens goes to the floor. Owens goes back in and Zayn goes to the floor and Owens follows. Owens sends Zayn into the announce table and he chops Zayn when they return to the ring. Owens kicks Zayn in the corner. Zayn with an Irish whip and Owens with a clothesline and back senton. Zayn goes to the apron when Owens goes for a cannonball. Zayn drops Owens on the top rope. Zayn with punches to Owens. Zayn chokes Owens in the ropes but Owens with a chop.
Zayn with a kick in the corner. The referee warns Zayn and Zayn with punches. Owens punches back and Zayn with a jaw breaker. Zayn with a chop. Zayn with a kick and Owens with a clothesline. Owens drops Zayn on the top rope and he bounces to the mat. Owens with punches. Owens puts Zayn on the turnbuckles and he chops Zayn. Zayn with elbows and he hits a sunset flip power bomb for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and they fight on the turnbuckles and Zayn with an elbow. Zayn misses Owens and rolls through but Owens with a super kick for a near fall. Owens with a swanton for a near fall. Zayn goes to the floor in anticipation of a pop up power bomb. Zayn crawls up the ramp but Owens stops Zayn and sends him into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Owens with a knee. Zayn lands on his feet on the pop up power bomb attempt. Owens with a package Ushigoroshi for a near fall. Sami misses a clothesline and Owens misses a stunner. Zayn goes to the floor and he rakes the eyes.
Zayn goes up the ramp and gets counted out.
Winner by Count Out: Kevin Owens
After the match, Owens grabs Zayn on the floor and brings him back into the ring and hits a stunner.
Apollo Crews is in the back with Commander Azeez. He says Nigeria has been celebrating since he won the title. He says he would give Big E a rematch tonight, but Big E is not here and it is because of two words… NIgerian Nail.
We see the footage from Sunday.
Apollo asks if you saw that. This is his Commander Azeez, a former member of the Nigerian Elite Guard. If anyone comes for his Intercontinental Title, you will be stopped by the Nigerian Nail.
— The Street Profits come to the ring as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins are in the ring with a blue carpet and balloons on the ring posts. Montez starts to sing and he says the feeling is right. Angelo says it is time to do some spring cleaning on the tag team division and they will get their titles back. Ford says that isn’t the only reason they are raising their solo cups. They got some inspiration over the weekend. Montez says it was a night for the ages. He says there was one match that he will tell his grandchildren about and it is the Smackdown Women’s Championship Match.
We have a video package for the match including the post match celebration.
Angelo says he got the feels. Montez says the party isn’t quite over. Montez says on Saturday he shared a genuine moment and they want to share this moment with all of you tonight. Montez brings out the new Smackdown Women’s Champion… Bianca Belair!
Bianca says she feels like she has been floating since Saturday night. She says she has been so blessed. Despite the setbacks and struggles, she never thought this moment would be possible. She says her family has been making history for generations, so she learned from them that you can change the game. If you asked her a year ago if she would have main evented Wrestlemania and won the Smackdown women’s title . . . I probably would have said yes. That isn’t cockiness, it is just who I am.
If you can dream it, you can do it. I went to Wrestlemania and I showed up and showed out. It isn’t just about me. Sasha Banks. Thank you because there is no one I would have rather shared the spotlight with than you. We both made history. If you ever try to forget it, I left you with a little something to remember me by. This is more about Sasha too. This moment is so much bigger than that. It is for the little girls watching in Raymond James Stadium and the ones watching at home thinking that could be them. We are just getting started creating history.
Montez wants a group hug.
Bianca says it is time to drop them cups and throw those tissues away because you have to win the tag titles because we only wear gold in this house.
— Sasha Banks is in the back with Sasha Banks and Sasha says Bianca… Sasha cannot think of what to say and she walks away.
Bayley says that Sasha probably wants a rematch but she cannot say anything. Bayley says that while she was saving both nights, Bianca was in the ring crying. She was crying because she didn’t think she could win. Bayley says Bianca isn’t the type of champion you want. There is one way to fix it and that is to restore dignity to the title. I need to challenge Bianca and take her title.
Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler make their way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Ziggler and Dawkins start things off and Dawkins with a waist lock and Ziggler goes to the ropes for a break. Ziggler with a drop kick. Dawkins with a punch and Ford tags in. Ford with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Ford gets another near fall. Dawkins tags in and he goes to the turnbuckles for a double sledge to the arm. Dawkins works on the arm with a wrist lock. Ford tags in and comes off the turnbuckles with a double sledge to the arm. Roode tags in and Roode and Ziggler collide. Dawkins tags in and they hit a double flapack to Roode and then they do the same to Ziggler and he lands on Roode. Dawkins with a twisting splash followed by a bulldog and clothesline.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Dawkins gets a near fall on Roode. Dawkins with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Dawkins with a corkscrew back elbow but he misses the twisting splash into the corner. Ziggler is knocked off the apron by Dawkins and Roode with a spinebuster for a near fall. Ziggler tags in and knocks Ford off the apron and hits a neck breaker on Dawkins for a naer fall. Roode tags in and kicks Dawkins in the ribs. Roode with a kick. Roode gets a near fall and then tags in Ziggler. Ziggler with a chop. Dawkins blocks a drop kick and he catapults Ziggler into the turnbuckles.
Roode tags in and so does Ford. Ford with clotheslines and he brings Ziggler into the ring. Ford with drop kicks to both men and he hits a flipping shoulder tackle on Roode followed by a drop kick to Ziggler. Ford with a belly-to-back suplex and he follows with a standing moonsault for a near fall. Ford with a flip dive and Dawkins makes the tag as Ford flies. Dawkins with Annoitment and Ford tags in for the Seven Star Frog Splash but Ziggler makes the save. Ziggler sends Dawkins to the floor and Ford knocks Ziggler off the apron.
Ford punches Roode in the corner and Ziggler makes the tag but Ford does not see it. Ford floats over and Ziggler with a Zig Zag for the three count.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
After the match, Roode and Ziggler recover and take the titles as we go to replays. The music plays as Ziggler and Roode celebrate at ringside.
Cole shows us Cesaro’s UFO to Seth Rollins once again and keeps calling it the single most impressive moment in WrestleMania history. Kayla is backstage with Cesaro now, asking about Paul Heyman’s negative comments from earlier. Cesaro thinks Heyman is right – Cesaro has buck teeth, a slack jaw, and he’s not the smartest person in the world, he does look like a neanderthal, but Heyman is wrong about one thing – Cesaro does belong in the ring with Roman Reigns. He’s going to prove that tonight by beating Jey Uso.
– We see Roman Reigns backstage talking to Paul Heyman and Reigns looks annoyed. Jey Uso paces behind them. Reigns tells Jey to teach Cesaro a lesson tonight. Back to commercial.
Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya
They lock up and Natalya with a side head lock and waist lock. Shayna is pulled to the floor when Natalya goes for a sharpshooter. Natalya with a front face lock. Shayna with a wrist lock and Natalya with a reversal. Shayna with a waist lock and take down into a cross arm breaker. Shayna misses a stomp to the elbow and Natalya goes to the floor. Natalya drops Shayna on the ropes. Shayna with a kick to Natalya for a near fall. Natalya with a back elbow and discus clothesline. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter and Nia gets on the apron and that distracts the referee. Shayna with a kick and Shayna almost collides with Nia on the apron. Natalya with a rollup for the three count.
After the match, Tamina punches Nia.
— We take a look back at the UFO for the 37th time (not in a row)
— Roman Reigns is in the locker room and Jey Uso says that Cesaro is a one move man. Can you do that no arm airplane spin without any teeth. Tonight, I have to get you. I will show you why I am called Main Event Jey Uso. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and announced for Talking Smack tomorrow with Paul Heyman and Kayla Braxton are SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, WWE Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews, and SmackDown Tag Team Champions Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler.
Jey Uso vs. Cesaro
Cesaro with a take down and then he catches Uso on a leap frog for a tilt-a-whirl back breaker and he gets a near fall. Uso pulls Cesaro into the turnbuckles and wraps the arm in the ropes. Uso goes for a super kick but Cesaro blocks it and sends Uso to the floor. Cesaro comes off the apron and is met with a super kick as we go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro with punches. Uso with a Samoan drop and he gets a near fall. Uso kicks Cesaro in the arm and connects with an uppercut. Uso wraps the arm in the ropes. Uso with a suplex attempt but Cesaro blocks it and Cesaro with a deadlift suplex. Uso sends Cesaro to the apron and Cesaro with a punch and he goes to the turnbuckles for a cross body and he gets a near fall. Uso with a thrust kick. Uso gets more near falls. Uso goes to the turnbuckles but Cesaro recovers and drop kicks Uso. Cesaro goes for a superplex and Uso blocks it. Csearo is knocked to the mat but Cesaro with an uppercut and a deadlift super gutwrench suplex for a near fall.
Uso blocks the Gotch Style Neutralizer. Cesaro with a springboard European uppercut for a near fall. Cesaro tries to get Uso set up for the Giant Swing and he connects with a European uppercut but misses one and Uso with a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Uso punches Cesaro. Cesaro wtih European uppercuts aplenty and he hits a discus clothesline for a near fall. Cesaro signals it is swing time and he gets Uso up and around. Seth Rollins attacks Cesaro and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Cesaro (by disqualification)
After the bell, fans boo louder as Rollins exits up the ramp. Cesaro slowly gets up as Rollins stops on the ramp and looks back at the ring, yelling about Cesaro embarrassing him. Rollins yells that Cesaro got lucky one time and this isn’t over, nothing is over until Rollins says it’s over. Fans continue booing Rollins as we go to replays. Rollins continues screaming from the stage as Cesaro looks on from the ring. The post-WrestleMania 37 edition of SmackDown goes off the air.
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