WWE SmackDown Results – May 7, 2021 – Tonight’s Throwback WWE SmackDown on FOX opens up with a throwback-style intro video. We cut to a classic opening video with The Rock and others featured. We’re live from the WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as pyro goes off. There’s throwback theme music and graphics. The SmackDown fist is also there on an updated set. Michael Cole welcomes us to the show and he’s at ringside with Pat McAfee, who is dressed like a young WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. They lead us to a look back at the August 26, 1999 SmackDown main event between The Rock and Triple H, which was the first main event of SmackDown. They tout how there have been 1,133 SmackDown episodes in a row. Cole says we will make more magic tonight.
– We go to the ring and out comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns with Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. Greg Hamilton does the introductions as they stop on the stage and Reigns raises the title to pyro. We take a look back at what happened last week between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, followed by Cesaro’s involvement.
Paul says that Roman Reigns has asked him to eulogize the career of his victim, Daniel Bryan. We shall do so with a ten bell salute. Paul says they will do it themselves instead of having the schmucky time keeper do it.
Roman is handed the mic and he stands around for about a minute before he speaks.
Roman says he is a man of his word. I did what I said I would do. I put everything on my back and I carried it. Because of this, you should acknowledge me and celebrate me. I give everyone what they want. I give Fox what they want. I give Smackdown what it wants. I gave Daniel Bryan what he wants. Daniel did not want to be here so I smashed him, pinned him, and got rid of him. If he wanted to be here, all he had to do was acknowledge me. He wouldn’t so we got rid of him. With his absence, we have replaced him. We have replaced him with someone who will acknowlege him.
Jimmy Uso makes his way to the ring and Jey is all smiles. Jimmy hits the ring and celebrates with his brother, then Reigns, even Heyman. The celebration is interrupted by Cesaro. He comes to the stage and says you can never replace Bryan, no offense to Jimmy. Cesaro says he has no time tonight for Reigns because he has to focus on the match with Seth Rollins, which is more important than… Rollins suddenly attacks from behind and they brawl to the ringside area. Producers and officials come down to break things up. The music hits and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long to interrupt, playa.
Long announces that Adam Pearce has granted him some power, and if Cesaro can beat Rollins tonight, he will earn the title shot against Reigns at WrestleMania Backlash. Holla, holla! Reigns attacks Cesaro from behind from the ring, and Rollins follows up by tossing Cesaro into the steel steps. Rollins brings Cesaro in the ring and beats him down in the corner as fans boo. We go to commercial.
Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro
If Cesaro wins, he gets a match against Roman at WrestleMania Backlash
Back from the break and Seth Rollins is unloading on Cesaro. The Usos watch from ringside. Rollins keeps control and nails an early Slingblade for a 2 count.
Rollins goes on and hits a flying knee for another close 2 count. Rollins takes it out and sends Cesaro into the barriers. We see WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman watching backstage. Cesaro tries to mount offense back in the ring now but Rollins kicks the knee out and keeps control for another pin attempt. Cesaro ends up overpowering Rollins with a big suplex of his own.
Cesaro with big uppercuts from corner to corner. The Neutralizer and the Cesaro Swing are blocked but Cesaro keeps control. Rollins sends Cesaro to the apron off another block. Cesaro rocks him and goes to the top. Jey distracts from the apron and Rollins runs up to the top, nailing a huge superplex, holding it into a Falcon Arrow for a close 2 count in the middle of the ring. More back and forth with Cesaro fighting back and staying in it as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cesaro slams Rollins for 2. Rollins rolls him over for a close 2 count. Cesaro with the Sharpshooter applied now. He goes to turn it into the Crossface but Rollins counters with a neckbreaker. Rollins goes for the Stomp but Cesaro avoids it. Rollins comes right back and levels Cesaro for another close 2 count.
Cesaro with more offense. He goes for a super Gutwrench suplex from the top but it’s blocked. Rollins follows up with a Buckle Bomb but Cesaro comes out of the corner with a big clothesline and they both go down. Cesaro with strikes as The Usos look on. Rollins fights back but Cesaro uppercuts him. Rollins launches Cesaro over the top rope to the floor. Rollins rolls out as Jimmy Uso distracts the referee. Rollins tells Jey Uso he’s not Reigns so stay out of his business.
Rollins rolls Cesaro back in and then drops Jey. Jimmy comes over and superkicks Rollins. Cesaro launches himself from the ring to the floor, taking Uso down. Cesaro brings Rollins back in and hits the Neutralizer in the middle of the ring for the pin to win and earn the title shot at WrestleMania Backlash.
After the match, we see Roman Reigns watching from a monitor in the back and he’s not happy. Back to commercial.
Seth Rollins tells Roman Reigns that Jimmy cost him the match. Seth wants to know if he should be pissed at Roman or at Jimmy. Roman says he knows where Seth is coming from but you need to know where I am coming from. Jimmy screwed you over, but you screwed me over by losing. I will take care of my family. Seth tells Roman that if he doesn’t handle it, Seth will.
— We take a look back at the Supermarket Brawl between Booker T and Steve Austin from December 2001.
Teddy Long is in the back with Sonya Deville and he thanks Sonya for the stipulation for Cesaro tonight. Sonya says when she heard that Adam wasn’t going to be here, she knew that she could trust Teddy. She says she has his back.
Sami Zayn shows up and he says it is good to have someone from outside involved. Sami mentions the conspiracy and he asks for a match for the IC title. Teddy says Sami can face The Undertaker! Teddy puts Sami in a tag match with Apollo Crews. Teddy says that Sami will be facing Kevin Owens, Big E, The Street Profits,and Shinsuke Nakamura. Sami says that is five on two, but Teddy says it is a ten man tag match. Sonya tells Teddy that Otis and Chad Gable and King Booker… King Corbin as his partners. Teddy tries to get Sami to dance.
Roman Reigns is in his office and JImmy and Jey enter. Roman tells Jimmy he has been here for an hour. I put the spotlight on you and I put you with us and you screw it up. You had a lot of time to get this right. I had time off and I came back and changed the game. You came back and missed. I have to clean up your mess and treat you like a baby. Roman asks Jimmy if he understands. Jimmy tells Roman he won’t be talking to him like he does to his brother. Jimmy says he ain’t nobody’s bitch.
We go to commercial.
Ruby Riott vs. Carmella
Back from the break and Ruby Riott is in the ring with Liv Morgan. Out next comes Carmella.
Carmella with offense and a moonwalk early on. Riott drops her and fights back. Carmella blocks a suplex and lands bad but slams Riott to the mat. Carmella talks some trash to Morgan while beating Riott down to the mat.
Riott fights up and out, then drops Carmella with a STO for a 2 count. Riott goes to the top but Carmella jumps up and rocks her. Carmella kicks Riott to the mat and uses the ropes for leverage on a 2 count as Liv points it out. Carmella kicks Liv off the apron but Riott rolls her for 2. Carmella with a 2 count now. Ruby with a 2 count of her own again. Carmella goes right into the Code of Silence submission for the quick win.
— We take a look back at Edge and Hulk Hogan winning the tag title in July 2002.
— Bayley makes her way to the ring as we go to commercial.
— We are back with a look at the Big Show being superplexed through the ring in June 2003 in Orlando.
In the Arena:
We go back to the ring and out comes Bayley as the announcers hype her WrestleMania Backlash match against SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair. Cole says Bayley is out here to celebrate the women’s champions of WWE. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Cole shows us how Brock Lesnar and Big Show made the ring implode for the first time on the June 12, 2003 SmackDown episode. We go back to the ring and Bayley has a mic. Bayley says to be in a WWE ring you have to be a Superstar, not that she would expect we sheep to know about that, but that doesn’t make you a great champion, and she would know because she’s the longest-reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion. She’s not here to talk about herself, she’s actually here to pay tribute to some of our women’s champions. Bayley shows us WWE Hall of Famer Alundra Blayze on the big screen now. She says Blayze is no Bayley, but she did hold the title for 3 years. WWE Hall of Famer Jacqueline is shown next and Bayley gives her significant praise as well, but says her two reigns were not as big as Bayley’s lengthy reign. We see WWE Hall of Famers Lita, Trish Stratus, Beth Phoenix, Molly Holly and Ivory now, and last but certainly not least, our current SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair.
Bayley says Belair is so happy and full of potential, but so naive and blind to the world around us. Bayley says if Belair isn’t careful she will wind up like the other women – not on Bayley’s level. Bayley hopes Belair doesn’t take this personal because she’s looking out for Belair. She sees insecurity in Belair’s eyes. Bayley goes on and says she will be Belair’s first challenger but she will also beat her for the title at WrestleMania Backlash, and show us she was right about her all along.
The music interrupts and out comes Belair swinging her hair. Belair asks if she can live because Bayley just can’t let her be champion. Belair is living her best life and it’s just about to get better at Backlash. Belair laughs at the idea of her being insecure. She says Bayley wishes she was insecure. Belair says her confidence bothers Bayley, and empowers she and her fans, so thank you Bayley for your concern, but you should be worried about yourself. Belair says she’s on her way to becoming the new longest-reigning champion and if Bayley thinks Belair is losing at Backlash then… Bayley starts laughing. She tries to tackle Belair out of nowhere but Belair blocks it.
Belair with shoulder thrusts in the corner now. Belair unloads with kicks now, then tosses Bayley across the ring by her hair. Bayley gets up but Belair dropkicks her, then does a kip up for a pop. Bayley kicks her leg and then grabs her by her ear ring. Belair screams out and fans boo Bayley. Bayley takes Belair down by her ear ring again, talking trash and taunting her. Bayley keeps Belair down by standing on her hair. Bayley grabs Belair again and drops her on her face, then exits the ring laughing.
Jey asks Jimmy if he meant what he said about being Roman’s bitch. JImmy says he meant it. We were the greatest tag team. Jey says what Roman does benefits the family. Jimmy says Jey is doing things for Roman. Jey says Roman being champion makes them strong. Jimmy says that if Jey goes to Roman he would say that he doesn’t need Jey but Jimmy says he needs Jey. Jimmy says they should become the Tag Champions so they can represent the family.
— We go back to the ring and out comes Rey Mysterio with Dominik Mysterio. Back to commercial.
— We are back with John Cena’s debut on Smackdown in June 2002.
— Dolph Ziggler says there are no better throwbacks than them. They could be heroes in any era. Dolph says that Rey and him could go toe to toe all night long. You don’t belong here. You are a legacy and you are Flounder. You don’t belong in this industry or company. You are just Rey’s kid.
Dolph asks Dominik if he is going to cry. Rey lets Dominik take over.
Dominik Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph pushes Dominik and Dominik pushes back. Dolph slaps and punches Dominik. Dominik slaps Dolph and hits a drop kick. Dolph goes to the floor and Dominik goes to the apron and Dolph trips Dominik on the apron. Dolph with a slam on the floor. Dolph sends Dominik back into the ring. Dominik pushes Dolph and Dominik blocks a punch and he punches Dolph. Dolph with a kick and neck breaker. Dolph with a Jericho cover for a near fall. Dolph with a slam. Dominik counters a hesitation DDT with an inside cradle for the three count.
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
— Kayla Braxton is in the back and she is with Reginald with Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. Kayla asks Reginald why did he choose a match against Tamina. He says Tamina left a sour taste in his mouth last week. Next week, Nia and Shayna will destroy Natalya and Tamina when they defend the titles.
— We are back with an old school WWE Ice Cream bar commercial. We take a look back at Arnold appearing on Smackdown in November 1999.
— Roman Reigns is thinking in his chair. Paul Heyman shows up and he tells Paul to bring him his cousin. Paul asks which one and then he realizes he asked one too many questions.
Reginald vs. Tamina
Reginald takes off his jacket after the bell rings and Reginald with a back flip and he goes to the floor and bounces around ringside. Reginald jumps off the apron and then he gets into the ring. Reginald flips away from Tamina. Tamina grabs Reginald by the hair and she flips Reginald over and Reginald backs into the turnbuckles. Reginald goes through the legs but Tamina grabs Reginald by the hair. Reginald is sent into the turnbuckles and Tamina does not charge into the corner. Reginald goes to the ring post and Reginald flips over Tamina.
Reginald starts to dance and Tamina with a super kick. Tamina goes to the turnbuckles but Nia pulls Reginald out of the ring and Shayna pushes Tamina off the turnbuckles. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by DQ: Tamina
After the match, Shayna and Nia work over Natalya and they hit the running boot and side slam combination. Shayna stomps on Tamina’s elbow and Nia with a Samoan drop into the ringside barrier.
— Apollo Crews is with his team and he says he will lead his team into battle using his leadership skills. Alone we are vulnerable, but together we are unbreakable. We see Big E with his team. He says they put their difference aside. The people standing across the ring from us are going to feel the power.
We go to commercial.
Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Big E, Montez Ford, and Angelo Dawkins vs. Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Apollo Crews, Otis, and Chad Gable
Gable and Dawkins start things off and they lock up and Gable and Dawkins with waist locks and standing switches. Gable with a head scissors and Dawkins escapes. Dawkins with a head scissors and Gable escapes. Gable with an arm drag and Dawkins with an arm drag. Ford tags in and hits a drop kick. Ford gets a near fall. Crews tags in and he slams Ford. Zayn tags in and he punches and kicks Ford. Zayn chokes Ford in the ropes. Zayn punches Ford and Zayn with an Irish whip but Ford floats over and hits a drop kick. Ford with a wrist lock and Big E tags in. Zayn says he wants Crews but Corbin is tagged in.
They lock up and Big E with a side head lock. Big E with a shoulder tackle and Corbin bounces off the ropes and takes Big E down with a clothesline. Big E with a back elbow and he gets a near fall. Corbin backs Big E into the corner and Zayn punches Big E and Owens goes after Zayn and they fight on the floor. A lot of people are fighting on the floor and Owens with a frog splash off the apron onto Zayn.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Otis works on Owens’ neck. Owens with an elbow and chop. Otis with a punch to the midsection and an Irish whip. Otis with a splash into the corner and Crews tags in. Crews gets Owens up on his shoulders and Owens escapes. Crews avoids a stunner and Crews with a kick. Owens with a reverse atomic drop and an enzuigiri. Big E kicks Gable and Otis with a clothesline as he hides behind the ringside barrier. Owens with a spinning heel kick and Nakamura tags in and he kicks Zayn, who also tags in. Nakamura with kicks to Gable and he knocks Corbin off the apron. Zayn hits Nakamura from behind and Nakamura with a spinning heel kick. Zayn knocks Ford and Dawkins off the apron. Nakamura puts Zayn in the ropes and hits a sliding German suplex.
Nakamura with a side kick off the turnbuckles for a near fall. Corbin sends Nakamura to the floor. Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex to Corbin. Crews with an enzuigiri and German suplex to BIg E. Owens with a stunner to Crews. Otis pulls Owens out of the ring and Owens with two super kicks. Gable with a German suplex on Owens. Ford with a flip dive onto Otis. Nakamura runs into a back elbow. Nakamura with a kick but Corbin with End of Days for the three count.
Winners: Baron Corbin, Otis, Apollo Crews, Sami Zayn, and Chad Gable
Roman Reigns is in his locker room and he says all this hard work we put in. The responsibility that I have given you. You were there every time. We did it for our family. We do it because we love each other. Roman tells Jey he loves him and he loves his brother. That is why he wants to give him the same opportunities to rise to the occasion. I need to know where he stands and we are going to find out now.
We go to commercial.
–We are back with a look at Eddie Guerrero driving with Vince McMahon in July 2004.
In the Arena:
We go back to the ring and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is out with Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. Fans are already booing as Heyman hands Reigns the mic.
Reigns says this is not how he envisioned the night. It was simple – Reigns tells Jey he thought he would bring “your brother” back in and… The Usos’ music hits and out comes Jimmy Uso. Jimmy takes the mic and asks Jey where he stands. Jimmy recalls the “I Quit” match Jey lost to Reigns, and how he wouldn’t quit until he saw Reigns about to hurt his brother. Jimmy shows us a video package on the big screen, with highlights from the Hell In a Cell match between Reigns and Jey.
Jimmy says he never would’ve said he quits to Reigns, no matter what, but he doesn’t want Jey to get mad at him for saying this. Reigns asks if that is what this is all about. Is Jimmy stuck on the past? Reigns says he and Jey were moving forward. Reigns says he’s not going to go back & forth with Jimmy, it’s simple – fall back in line, stand with us, and acknowledge me or you can take your ass home. And when you turn on the TV, you’re going to have to explain t your kids why you’re sitting there with them, watching The Tribal Chief and THE Uso.
Jimmy drops his mic and starts backing away, exiting the ring as some fans cheer him on. Jimmy stops on the ramp and thinks it over. Jey leaves the ring and walks over to him, saying this will be easy if Jimmy just acknowledges Reigns and then they can get back to doing their thing. Cesaro suddenly attacks Reigns from behind in the ring, unloading on him to a big pop.
Cesaro beats Reigns down in the corner. Jey runs in to make the save but Cesaro drops him with ease. Jimmy watches from the ramp but finally runs in and attacks Cesaro from behind to make the save. Cesaro levels Jimmy with the huge uppercut in mid-air. Cesaro goes back to Jey and nails The Neutralizer in the middle of the ring. Cesaro goes back to Reigns and drops him with a Neutralizer now. Fans go wild for Cesaro as his music hits and he leaves the ring. The Throwback SmackDown goes off the air with Cesaro smiling from the stage as Reigns and The Usos try to recover from the mat.
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