WWE Smackdown Results – May 21, 2021 – Tonight’s WWE SmackDown 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.
Bayley makes her way into the ring and asks why is Sonya celebrating these champions without acknowledging her since she was champion for 380 days and a double champion. You should be thanking me for putting this company on my back, especially you Dominik. Bayley says she used to look up to Natalya and Tamina and then you get relevant by winning the title. Bayley says hello to Apollo and Azeez. Bayley says the cheater should be acknowledging her. You used that pony tail to win the title at Wrestlemania and you wrapped it around her leg to win at Backlash. Bayley demands that Sonya strip her of the title.
Bianca Belair makes her way to the ring and she tells Bayley to take her title. Bayley says it is not time and she will do it when she is ready.
Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax attack Bianca from behind and then Natalya and Tamina make their way to the ring to help out. Shayna with a boot to Tamina while Nia has Tamina up and then Nia with a side slam.
Bayley, Jax and Baszler stand tall as we go to commercial with fans booing.
Natalya, Tamina, and Bianca Belair vs. Bayley, Shayna Baszler, and Nia Jax
Nia sends Tamina to the mat and hits an elbow drop for a near fall. Nia slaps Tamina and then Shayna tags in. Shayna punches Tamina. Shayna with a snap mare and kick for a near fall. Bayley tags in and kicks Tamina. Tamina with a head butt and Bayley backs Tamina into the corner. Bayley goes for a suplex but Tamina blocks it and Tamina with a suplex of her own. Natalya tags in and she kicks Bayley and connects with a forearm followed by suplexes. Bayley avoids a slam and pulls Natalya down by the hair. Shayna tags in and she works on the wrist. Shayna hyper-extends the arm. Nia tags in and Nia with a slam and she gets a naer fall.
Bianca and Shayna tag in and Bianca with a drop kick and shoulders in the corner. Bianca goes for a slam and Shayna escapes and goes for a Kirifuda Clutch. Bianca flips over Shayna and hits a spinebuster. Bianca goes up top and Bayley and Nia pulls Shayna to the floor and Bianca with a cross body but Bianca holds her knee as we go to commercial.
We are back and Bayley with a spinning toe hold as she works on the injured leg. Bayley with a double overhook. Bianca gets back to her feet and Bianca sends Bayley to the floor. Bayley keeps Bianca from making the tag and then she knocks Natalya off the apron. Bayley misses an elbow and Bianca tags in Tamina. Tamina with punches and she sends Bayley into the turnbuckles. Tamina with a clothesline and she knocks Nia and Shayna down on the apron. Tamina with a power slam and Natalya tags in and hits a drop kick followed by a German suplex. Tamina tags back in and Natalya with a catapult into a super kick from Tamina. Bayley gets her hand on the ropes to stop the count.
Natalya tags back in and Bayley avoids the discus clothesline. Shayna tags in and Natalya puts Bayley in a sharpshooter. Shayna wiht a boot and Tamina with a head butt. Shayna avoids a sharpshooter. Natalya with a discus clothesline to Bayley. Tamina with a super kick to Nia. Shayna with a clothesline to Tamina. Bianca with a clothesline to Shayna. Bayley pulls Bianca to the floor and Natalya punches Bayley but Shayna with the Kirifuda Clutch and Natalya taps out.
Winners: Bayley, Shayna Baszler, and Nia Jax
Kayla Braxton is in the back with Big E. Big E pops up and she points out that Big E is in a good mood. She asks how has Big E been so positive with these drawbacks. He says he will be in the ring with dogs. They are future Hall of Famers. This is what he wanted to have his iron sharpen iron. He is amongst the very best. He will leave no doubt that he is your rightful and deserving Intercontinental Champion.
– Cole talks about Roman Reigns’ win over Cesaro at WrestleMania Backlash. Reigns will be here later tonight. Back to commercial.
— It is time for Aleister Black.
he mentions Chapter Four. Father’s lessons are painfully etched on his body. This pain serves a purpose. There is no lie with pain. it is honest and it is truth. Where would we be without this truth and this armor of agony. Let’s hear about where we keep are deepest and darkest sins. Sins that you embody. Father always said there isn’t an art to being evil. This is full of cruel thoughts and evil dreams. You live proudly in your cesspool of sins and denial because it is all you are. It has become your identity. To be loathsome and blind. You are sick and dying. It is time for me to separate the weak from the strong. As Father taught me, it is time to cull the herd.
In the Arena:
King Corbin makes his way to the ring and he has something to say. He says he wasn’t going to say anything and he was going to let his actions speak for him. He says he saw Nakamura wearing the crown. Nakamura may call himself the King of Strong Style, but he is not a king. A real king wears $40,000 watches and drives a Ferrari. A real king has dogs of war, not a cat. He says he will punish Nakamura and grind Nakamura’s face into the mat with his boot.
Rick Boogs (Rik Bugez, Eric Bugenhagen) from NXT comes out playing his guitar and he says he is here to rock with the real king. Boogs introduces Nakamura while playing Nakamura’s theme song on his guitar and they both head to the ring as we go to commercial.
King Corbin vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The match is joined in progress and Nakamura with punches and Corbin with an Irish whip and clothesline. Corbin clotheslines Nakamura over the top rope back into the ring. Corbin with kicks to the back. Corbin with a power bomb for a near fall. Corbin punches Nakamura in the corner. Corbin chokes Nakamura in the corner and then he mocks Nakamura. Corbin with a knee to the midsection. Corbin with a chin lock and arm bar. Corbin with a back elbow for a near fall. Corbin with punches to Nakamura. Corbin goes for a slam but Nakamura escapes and hits a spinning heel kick followed by a lungblower and a sliding knee. Nakamura with an STO for a near fall.
Nakamura sets for Kinshasa and Corbin moves and sends Nakamura into the turnbuckles. Corbin with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Nakamura with a jumping knee and Corbin with Deep Six for a near fall.
Boogs starts to play his guitar to distract Corbin. Nakamura avoids End of Days and gets the three count with an inside cradle.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Sonya Deville is in her office and Jimmy Uso says that the greatest tag team is ready to welcome everyone back to the Uso Penitentiary. Sonya asks if Jey is ready because he is with Roman. Jimmy says they are together and they want the Street Profits. Sonya says that match needs to be hyped so next week, The Usos versus The Street Profits.
— Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring wiht Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. After their long entrance, we just go to commercial.
We are back and Kevin Owens says in his first two years in WWE he was called a prize fighter because he won more titles than anyone. He will do that tonight. He does not care if he power bombs Sami so hard that he cannot spell conspiracy. He will give Big E a Big L. He will hit a dozen stunners on Apollo Crews. He will take care of Azeez if he tries to get involved.
— We see what happened last week during and after the main event, when Seth Rollins attacked Cesaro.
In the Arena:
We are finally back in the arena and Roman Reigns is ready to speak.
Roman says he believes himself to be a humble man. In fact, I take every opportunity I can to teach my sons about humility. I don’t like to brag so I will use this opportunity to allow my special counsel to celebrate me.
Paul says this is a unique surprise. He says he has a moment to acknowledge your tribal chief. Undefeated since his return to WWE. Scared the Fiend to Raw. Humanized the Monster Braun Strowman. Baptized his cousin into the championship bloodline. KO-ed Kevin Owens. Had the most celebrated victory when he pinned both Daniel Bryan and Edge. Took personal pleasure in banishing Daniel Bryan off Smackdown into a life of Bella retirement. Then the Backlash against the strongest and most talented grappler on the Smackdown roster, Cesaro. Your champion beat Cesaro on his own with no one’s help at Cesaro’s own game. My tribal chief, it is a career highlight not only celebrate but acknowledge the most dominant champion in WWE and in sports, Roman Reigns.
Paul asks what else can he do. Roman asks Paul to get his cousin. Paul tells the production people to play Jimmy’s music, but Cesaro’s music starts up instead and he makes his way to the stage.
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.
— We are back with some moments ago… We cut to the back where Seth Rollins is asked about what just happened. Seth says he blacked out. He sees Cesaro on the stretcher and he wants to know why is he making him do this.
Dominik Mysterio vs. Robert Roode
Before the match, Robert Roode tells Dominik not to let that win get to your head because your dad did all the work. This Bring Your Son to Work Day thing is over and once and for all I prove that you don’t belong here.
Roode with a suplex and a second one. Dominik counters a suplex and gets a near fall with an inside cradle. Roode with a knee and hard Irish whip followed by a shoulder into the corner. Roode puts Dominik on the turnbuckles and Roode with a punch. Dominik pushes Roode off the turnbuckles a few times and Dominik with a cross body for a near fall. Dominik with a back elbow to Roode and Roode pushes Dominik away on a tornado DDT attempt. Roode goes for a power bomb but Dominik with a head scissors and Roode goes into the ropes. Dolph gets on the apron and Rey sends Dolph’s leg into the steps.
Dominik goes for a sunset flip and Roode drops down and gets a near fall. Roode is sent into the turnbuckles and Dominik with a 619 and frog splash for the three count.
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
Jey Uso is in the back and Jimmy shows up and he tells Jey that next week they face the Street Profits. Jey is not happy that they have a tag match without consulting with him. Jimmy reminds Jey he won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal without him. Jey says he needs to tell Roman about the tag match.
We go to commercial.
Roman Reigns is in his room and Jey tells Roman about the tag match next week and he had nothing to do with it. Roman stands up and he wants to know who is ‘we’? Roman whispers that Jimmy is being selfish. Everything WE do represents our family. Roman hugs Jey and whispers something In Jey’s ear and then walks away.
The Street Profits are in the back. Montez does his Jimmy impression. Angelo says he is going to disrespect them, respectfully. He asks Jimmy if he can trust his brother. Angelo says it won’t be cute what they do to the Usos next week.
— Sami Zayn is in the Gorilla position and Kayla shows up and Sami freaks out being called a former champion. Sami says he does not expect any less because she is a corporate hack. Sami says she is trying to minimize him. He will never forget that conspiracy. No matter what you say or what anyone does, he will reclaim his Intercontinental Champion.
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