WWE Smackdown Results – May 14, 2021 – The WrestleMania Backlash go-home edition of WWE SmackDown on FOX opens up with the usual intro video. We’re live from the WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Pat McAfee. We go right to the ring.
– We’re live in the ring with Jey Uso as fans start booing him when the music stops. Jey says his brother Jimmy Uso disrespected the head of the table last week, their cousin WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, so this week he leaves them no choice but to handle some family business. Jey then introduces Reigns, calling him the man who will handle Cesaro at WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday. The boos get louder as Reigns makes his entrance with Paul Heyman.
We go to a video package recapping what happened last week between The Usos and Reigns.
Paul takes the belt back from Roman and then Paul hands Roman the microphone.
Roman says we clearly have some problems and that being your brother. Roman says he will get to him in a minute. Roman says he will address Cesaro first. Roman says he likes Cesaro, like a lot of the boys in the back, he respects him. He is a top tier talent. Roman says Cesaro is one of the best wrestlers in the world. Roman says he is so much more than a wrestler. Roman says he is the tribal chief, the head of the table, and so much more.
Roman says that Cesaro could not fulfill all of those roles. Does WWE want Cesaro in his place? Does Smackdown want that? Does Fox want that? Let’s look at the facts and the resume. How many World Championship matches has Cesaro had? Paul tells Roman zero and he says rightfully so and Roman agrees. Roman asks Paul how many title matches has he had. Paul says his people are good with numbers and he tells Roman 39.
Roman wants to move on to Jimmy. Roman says it was simple. He got to see how it works… Jimmy’s music interrupts.
Jimmy says he is out here so let’s rap. All he can hear is the tribal chief jaw-jacking while his brother acts like your bitch. Jimmy asks Jey if he likes the shirt and he has one for Jey when he is ready. Jimmy says he doesn’t know if Roman will make it past Cesaro on Sunday.
Jey says that is their cousin, the head of the table. He wants Jimmy to show respect to the family. Jimmy says he is all about the family. Roman asks if Jimmy is all about family so he is all about Roman because of what Roman did for the family.Jimmy says that Roman might be part of the family but he is not all of it.
Roman wants to back track and he asks Jimmy if he doesn’t think that Roman can beat Cesaro. Jimmy says he isn’t trying to make this a thing but if you are asking, no he doesn’t think Roman can beat Cesaro. Roman asks Jimmy if he can beat Cesaro and fill his shoes.
Jimmy says together him and Jey can. Jey asks what if they win the tag titles and you lose the Universal Title, they become the head of the table. Roman says that is not what happens. Roman says he is who he is and you are who you are. Roman says he is the tribal chief, a five time Wrestlemania Main Eventer. I put food on the table. I handle responsibilities that you cannot.
Roman says Jimmy thinks he can do what he does. You think you can be the man around here. Roman tells Jimmy to do it and do what he does. Represent like he represents. PUt the Universal title on the line against Cesaro tonight. Smackdown is yours now. Show that you can defend the title against Cesaro. Show us that you can beat him. Can you beat Cesaro?
Jimmy tells Cesaro that he has been out for a year and he is ready to lock it down and he makes a challenge for Cesaro. He wants to know what is Cesaro’s response and then he asks Roman if that is good enough. Cesaro comes out and he accepts the challenge. Cesaro tells Roman he will beat Roman’s cousin Jimmy tonight and he will beat Roman on Sunday for the Universal Championship.
We take a look back at what happened last week when Natalya and Tamina stuck their nose in the tag champs’ business.
We see Tamina and Natalya in the back as we go to commercial.
Natalya and Tamina vs. Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Back from the break and out come WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler with Reginald. Natalya and Tamina Snuka are out next as Greg Hamilton does the introductions.
Jax starts off by going to work on Snuka in the corner, beating her down. Jax tosses Snuka across the ring to her corner and in comes Baszler. Snuka fights out of the corner and knocks Baszler into the opposite corner. Natalya tags in as Snuka drops Baszler with a headbutt. Natalya with a basement dropkick to Baszler for a 2 count.
Snuka tags back in for the double team, dropping Baszler with a clothesline. Natalya tags in for more double teaming, sending Baszler into a big Samoan Drop from Snuka. Natalya covers for 2 but Reginald gets on the apron for a distraction. The referee ejects him to the back.
Jax and Snuka start brawling at ringside now. Jax sends Snuka into the barrier with a big Samoan Drop. Baszler drops Natalya in the ring with a knee to the face for a close 2 count. We go to commercial with Natalya and Snuka trying to recover.
Back from the break and Natalya gets double teamed. Jax drops an elbow for a 2 count as we see Snuka still down on the outside. Jax continues dominating Natalya now. Baszler tags in for another pin attempt. Baszler softens up Natalya’s elbow now as fans boo. Jax tags back in for another big double team. Snuka runs in but Baszler stops her. Jax covers Natalya but Snuka slams Baszler on top of her to break the pin up. Snuka waits for the tag now as Natalya crawls.
Jax also crawls and in comes Baszler with Snuka. They go at it and Baszler goes for the Kirifuda Clutch but Snuka gets out and levels her with a big crossbody. Snuka yells out and keeps fighting. Baszler grabs a kick and twists Snuka’s ankle around. Snuka kicks her away with the other foot for a 2 count. Snuka drops a knee and goes to the top. Baszler cuts her off with a kick to the head. Jax tags back in and climbs up for a superplex to Snuka. Tamina resists and fights back, headbutting Jax to the mat. Baszler attacks from the apron but Natalya pulls her to the floor and hits a big German suplex to the barrier.
Natalya helps Snuka from the apron now but Jax pulls her in and hits a Samoan Drop. Snuka follows up with the Superfly Splash from the top, nailing Jax for the pin to win the titles.
Winners and New WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Natalya and Tamina Snuka
After the match, Natalya and Tamina celebrate as the music hits. We go to replays. Kayla Braxton is in the ring with an emotional Natalya and Snuka now. Natalya says this was for anyone who felt like their dream passed them by. It’s never too late to fight for your dreams and she is so proud of Tamina. Snuka thanks Natalya and everyone else. The fireworks go off around the ThunderDome as Natalya and Tamina raise the titles in the air.
— Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez walk in the back as we go to commercial.
— We are back and Jimmy Uso versus Cesaro is official for tonight.
— Paul Heyman walks in the back and Kayla ambushes and freaks out Paul. Kayla asks Paul the question that Jimmy asked. Paul says he is sick of hypotheticals. He does not know if Jimmy can beat Cesaro tonight, but he knows that Roman can and will beat Cesaro on Sunday.
In the Arena:
Commander Azeez is standing on a giant box while Apollo Crews announces that this will be a special presentation. The swarm of gnats coming after him since he became the Intercontinental Champion, but every time, his Commander Azeez has swatted them away. With this man, he has restored glory to the Intercontinental Championship and he has brought pride for his home country of Nigeria. Crews says he may be the Intercontinental Champion for Life. Crews tells Azeez for his act of loyalty, he gives him the most distinguished medal, the Nigerian Medal of Honor.
Crews gives him the medal and Azeez gleams.
Big E is in the back on the TitanTron and he calls this ceremony a sham. Big E tells Crews not to get too comfortable with his Intercontinental Title. Crews will still have to FEEL HIS POWER.
Sami Zayn comes out and says that is typcial Big E to make a mockery and joke about everything. Sami says he enjoys a good award ceremony.
Crews says that Zayn is disrespecting him and Azeez.
Sami says that Crews has his Intercontinental Title and Crews should give him his chance to get his title back.
Kevin Owens’ music plays and Owens chases Zayn into the ring and Crews and Azeez attack Owens. Crews with punches while Azeez holds him.
Big E goes after Azeez and Azeez misses the Nigerian Nail and Big E sends Azeez over the top rope. Owens with a super kick to Big E and Crews. Zayn runs into a boot and Owens with a stunner. Big E with a Big Ending to Owens and then Azeez pulls Crews out of the ring to safety (until we get the inevitable Fatal Four Way Match on Sunday).
— Michael Cole reminds us about the match that was not between Dolph Ziggler and Rey Mysteiro last week when Rey’s large adult child Dominik took his place in the match because Dolph insulted Dominik’s manhood.
— Rey Mysterio makes his way to the ring with his son Dominik as we go to commercial.
Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler
They lock up and Dolph with a clean break. They lock up again and Rey with a waist lock. Dolph gets to the ropes and Rey with a break. Dolph with a waist lock and a side head lock. Dolph with a shoulder tackle. They lock up and Dolph with a side head lock and take down. Dolph with a shoulder tackle and side head lock. Dolph with a forearm across the bridge of the nose. Rey sends Dolph through the ropes to the floor and Rey with a drop kick through the ropes. Rey with a sliding splash off the apron as we go to commercial.
We are back and Dolph punches Rey. Rey with punches after blocking a punch from Dolph. Rey misses a springboard cross body when Dolph moves. Dolph rakes the eyes. Dolph with a reverse exploder for a near fall. Dolph with a reverse chin lock and arm bar. Rey with an elbow and punches to the leg. Rey with a forearm to the back but Dolph with a back elbow and Dolph gets a near fall. Dolph with a bow and arrow and Rey gets to the ropes to force a break. Rey gets his boots up when Dolph charges into teh corner. Rey with a tornado DDT and both men are down.
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