May 14, 2021
Tampa, Florida (Yuengling Center)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Pat McAfee
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: Tamina & Natalya defeated Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) via Superfly Splash by Tamina on Jax to become the new champions
- Rey Mysterio defeated Dolph Ziggler via roll up
- King Corbin defeated Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall as Nakamura had him in a triangle hold
- Cesaro defeated Jimmy Uso by disqualification when Roman Reigns attacked Cesaro
In-Ring: Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, Cesaro
WWE SmackDown kicks off with Jey Uso in the ring. He says they call him the right hand man, main event Jey Uso. Last week, his brother disrespected the head of the table. This week, he leaves them no choice but to handle some family business. With that said, he introduces the head of the table, the tribal chief, the man who will defeat Cesaro at WrestleMania Backlash, his cousin, the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.
We see a clip of last week’s SmackDown involving Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Roman Reigns and Cesaro.
Out comes Roman along with Paul Heyman. All three men stand in the ring. Roman says they have some problems. He looks at Jey and tells him one of them is his brother. And they’ll get to him in a minute but he will talk about Cesaro first. Roman says he likes him, like a lot of the guys, he respects Cesaro. He’s a top tier talent. They could say he’s one of the best wrestlers in the whole world.
Roman tells Paul that he is so much more than just a wrestler. He’s the tribal chief, the head of the table. There’s no way Cesaro can fulfill the roles that he has. There’s no way WWE want Cesaro in his place. SmackDown doesn’t want that. Fox doesn’t want that. Reigns asks how many world heavyweight championship matches has Cesaro had. Heyman says zero and rightfully so. Reigns asks Heyman how many he has had. Heyman says his people are good with numbers and that number is 39.
Reigns looks at Jey and says it was simple. Jimmy got to see how it works. As he is talking, Jimmy’s music hits and out he comes. Jimmy says he is out here and all he can hear is Roman running his mouth while his brother acts like his bitch. Jimmy is wearing a “Nobody’s Bitch” shirt and tells Jey he has one for him in the locker room. And he’s not sure if their boy will make it passed Cesaro.
Jey gets heated. Roman says if they’re all about family, they’re all about him for everything he has done for their family. Jimmy says Roman might be part of the family but he is not all of it. Roman says to backtrack. He asks Jimmy if he thinks he can’t beat Cesaro. Jimmy says since he is asking, no, he doesn’t think he can beat Cesaro. Roman says but Jimmy can, he can fill his shoes.
Jimmy says no but together he and Jey can. If they win the Tag Team Championships and Roman loses his Championship, they would be the head of the table. Roman says that’s now how it works, that’s not their position. He is what he is and they are what they are. He is the tribal chief. Five time WrestleMania main event. He carries the burden of the company, he is the face of the company.
Roman asks Jimmy if he thinks he can do what he does. Roman tells him to do it, to do what he does. Represent like he represents. Take the Universal Championship and defend it against Cesaro tonight. Roman asks Jimmy to show them that he can beat Cesaro. Jimmy smiles and he challenges Cesaro to a match. Jimmy looks at Roman and asks if that was good.
Out comes Cesaro. He says of course, challenge accepted. He tells Roman that he will beat Jimmy tonight and on Sunday he will defeat him for the Universal Championship.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Tamina & Natalya
The bell rings and we are under way. Reginald distracts Tamina and Nia attacks her. Nia throws Tamina into the corner and Shayna is tagged in. Tamina with right hands and kicks. Natalya is tagged in as they double team Shayna. Natalya goes for the cover but Shayna kicks out. Tamina tagged back in. Tamina with a right hand knocks Shayna back down. Natalya tagged in.
They double teamShayna. Natalya goes for the cover but Reginald is on the ring apron as he distracts the referee and Reginald is kicked out of ringside. On the outside, Nia with a Samoan drop on Tamina onto the barricade. Back in the ring, Natalya is distracted as Shayna hits her with a knee to the face. She goes for the cover but Natalya kicks out.
Back from commercial, Shayna goes for the cover on Natalya but Natalya kicks out. Shayna attacks Natalya’s arm and tags Nia in. They double team Natalya. Tamina gets back in the ring as Nia goes for the cover but Tamina body slams Shayna onto Nia. Tamina is tagged in as is Shayna. Tamina with a cross body. A back elbow by Tamina as she climbs the first rope. She goes for a kick but Shayna blocks it and twists Tamina’s leg but Tamina drops her down. Tamina goes for the cover but Shayna kicks out.
Tamina climbs the top rope but Shayna up and kicks her. Nia is tagged in. Nia on the second rope, she goes for a suplex but Tamina fights back and she knocks Nia down. Natalya and Shayna are on the outside as Natalya hits her with a German suplex. Natalya gets in the ring as Nia hits her with a Samoan drop. As Nia is on her back, Tamina hits her with a Superfly Splash. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: New WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Natalya and Tamina
Kayla gets in the ring and congratulates them. Natalya says it’s never too late to fight for your dreams and she is proud of Tamina. Natalya gets emotional as Tamina thanks Natalya and says this is for their families. Pyro hits the stage as they celebrate in the ring.
Backstage: Paul Heyman
Heyman is walking backstage as he is stopped by Kayla. She asks him about earlier tonight. Heyman tells her to stop. Heyman says he doesn’t know if Jimmy can defeat Cesaro tonight. But what he does know is that Roman Reigns can and will defeat Cesaro on Sunday.
In-Ring: Apollo, Commander Azeez, Big E, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens
Crews says tonight, everyone will witness a special presentation. Trumpets play in the background. Apollo says time after time his Commander Azeez has helped him. With the help of Azeez, he has restored glory to the Intercontinental Championship and he has brought honor to his home of Nigeria.
Apollo says he may be the Intercontinental Champion for a long time. And so, for the Commander’s act of bravery and loyalty, he presents to him the most distinguished medal, the Nigerian Medal of Honor. Apollo grabs a medal of a glass box and places it around the Commander’s neck.
Big E’s on the big screen. He says what is this. He calls this a joke. He says Apollo still has to feel his power.
Out comes Sami Zayn and he says this is typical Big E. Always making a mockery of everything. Say what you will about Sami but he respects a good award ceremony. Apollo tells him off. Sami says the truth is they have a bit of a bone to pick as he is holding his Intercontinental Championship. And if he is a man of honor, he can give him a chance to reclaim it.
Out comes Kevin Owens. He walks down the stage and chases Sami into the ring. Apollo and Azeez attack Owens in the ring. Out comes Big E as he sends Azeez to the outside. Owens goes for a superkick on Crews but Crews moves out of the way and Kevin hits Big E. Kevin hits Apollo with the super kick. He hits Sami with the super kick. Big E hits Kevin with the Big Ending. He goes to hit Apollo with the Big Ending but Azeez helps Apollo, grabbing him to the outside.
Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler
The bell rings and we are under way. A side headlock by Dolph as he sends Rey to the ropes and a back elbow knocks Rey down. Rey back up and another head lock. He sends Rey to the ropes but Rey throws him to the outside. Rey with a slide splash onto Ziggler.
Back from commercial, Rey goes for a crossbody but Ziggler moves out of the way. Dolph goes for the cover but Rey kicks out. Dolph with another headlock. Rey with elbows as he gets out of it. He attacks Dolph’s left leg. Rey runs to the ropes but a back elbow by Ziggler. He goes for the cover but Rey kicks out. Ziggler pushing his knee into Rey’s back. Rey reaches the ropes as the referee breaks it up.
Ziggler slams Rey in the corner. He runs towards Rey but a kick to the face onto Ziggler. Rey with a tornado DDT. Rey on the ring apron and a right hand on Ziggler. Rey on the top rope but a right hand by Ziggler. Both men on the top rope as Ziggler goes for a superplex but Rey blocks it. Rey knocks Ziggler down. Mysterio with a sit down senton. He goes for the cover but Ziggler kicks out.
Rey gets Ziggler on the second rope. He goes for the 619, Ziggler moves out of the way and hits Rey with the Famouser. He goes for the cover but Rey kicks out. Ziggler goes for the super kick, Rey ducks and drops Rey on the second ropes. Rey goes for the 619 but Ziggler hits him with the super kick and both men are down. Ziggler slowly goes for the cover but Rey gets his arm on the ropes.
Ziggler slams Rey down onto the mat. Ziggler lifts Rey up but Rey rolls him up and gets the pin.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Roode goes to attack Rey as Dominik saves Rey. Roode and Ziggler are on the outside as Rey and Dominik celebrate in the ring.
Megan Morant is backstage with Cesaro. She asks him about his match tonight. Cesaro says it means the world to compete for the Universal Championship. Growing up as a kid in Switzerland, a lot of people thought he was crazy. Going to the United States, to the WWE. But he kept thinking he thinks he can. He’s not like Roman, he doesn’t ask people to acknowledge him. He says Jimmy needs to decide if he wants to be Jimmy Uso or like his brother, Roman’s cousin.
And as for Sunday, he knows he can get the win and the WWE Universe will call him the new Universal Champion.
Backstage: Rey & Dominik Mysterio
Kayla is backstage with Rey and Dominik. Rey says they are close to making history and he is ready for it. In come Ziggler and Roode. Ziggler tells Dominik that he told him already, he doesn’t belong in the business. Roode says that tonight, Rey got lucky but at Backlash, they will take him out for good. Roode calls Dominik baby Dom as Dominik says they can say what they want but on Sunday, they will call him baby Champ as he and Rey walk away.
In-Ring: Bianca Belair, Bayley
Michael Cole is in the ring with Bianca Belair. He says it’s been four weeks since she won the Championship and she will defend it on Sunday against someone who held the title for over a year. Bianca says she is the best and that’s not up for debate because when you shine like she shines, its not up for debate. Bianca asks Cole where Bayley is as we see a clip from last week. We see Bayley attacking Bianca.
Bayley is on screen laughing. Bianca asks her if she likes her hair because she wants to show her her braids. Bayley says she is far away from Bianca. Bayley calls Bianca an idiot if she thought she would be in the ring after she had viciously attacked her last week. Bianca says she is funny, she talks a good game but she better believe that when she gets her hands on Bayley on Sunday, it will be the roughest and quickest victory yet.
Bayley continues to laugh. Bianca tells Bayley she is mad because she was busy getting thrown down the ramp by the Bellas at WrestleMania while she was in the main event. Bayley says when she sees her throwing around her stupid ponytail, it feels like she is looking in the mirror of her own past. And on Sunday, this fairytale of hers will end for good.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. King Corbin
The bell rings and we are under way. Nakamura with a knee and a kick taking Corbin down. Nakamura climbs the second rope but a right hand by Corbin knocking him down. Corbin with elbows to the neck. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. Corbin sends Nakamura to the ropes but Nakamura with a kick to the face.
Nakamura with forearms and right hands. Corbin runs towards Nakamura but Nakamura ducks and gets an arm bar on Corbin. He turns it into a triangle but Corbin gets to his feet as he lifts Nakamura up, he drops Nakamura down and with the lock still in, Corbin gets the pin.
Winner: King Corbin
Corbin throws Nakamura to the outside after the match as he celebrates. Nakamura gets back in the ring and attacks Corbin from behind. He hits Corbin with the Kinshasa. Nakamura grabs Corbin’s crown and wears it.
Backstage: Apollo Crews, Adam Pearce, Sonya Deville
Sonya and Adam Pearce are backstage and in comes a furious Apollo Crews. He asks Adam what he will do about earlier tonight. Sonya tells him to watch out or else Adam will make him defend his Championship against them all, the same way he did with Roman at WrestleMania. Adam says that’s a good idea as he tells Apollo that he will defend his Intercontinental Championship in a fatal four way next week. Apollo leaves the room as Adam tells Sonya to never undermine him.
Promo: Aleister Black
A dark promo by Aleister Black airs.
Backstage: Jimmy Uso
Jimmy is backstage with Kayla. He says this isn’t his idea. He always thought his first match back would have been with his brother. But now, it’s Jey doing all of the work for Roman. Reigns even said it himself, he doesn’t need Jey for his success. He says he and his brother will be fine as long as Roman stay out of it.
Cesaro vs. Jimmy Uso
The bell rings and we are under way. A drop kick by Cesaro takes Jimmy down. Jimmy back up, Cesaro to the ropes and a shoulder block takes Jimmy down. A body slam by Cesaro. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. Jimmy back up as he fakes an injury to distract Cesaro. He hits Cesaro with a super kick followed by a Samoan drop. He goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out.
A head lock by Jimmy. He goes for a suplex but Cesaro blocks it. Cesaro with a suplex of his own. Both men back up but a kick to the back of the head by Jimmy. He goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out. Jimmy gets Cesaro in the corner, he goes for a splash but Cesaro moves out of the way. Cesaro goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. Cesaro goes for a spear in the corner but Jimmy moves out of the way. Jimmy with a clothesline takes Cesaro to the outside. Jimmy with a suicide dive through the ropes.
Back from commercial, Cesaro with a clothesline. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. Cesaro jumps off the second rope but a kick by Jimmy knocks him down. He goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out. Jimmy climbs the top rope but Cesaro with an uppercut. Cesaro climbs the top rope and a superplex. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out.
Jimmy rolls to the outside. Cesaro on the ring apron and a cannonball onto Jimmy taking him out. Cesaro with an uppercut as he throws Jimmy back in the ring. Roman Reigns attacks Cesaro from behind as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: By disqualification, Cesaro
Roman throws Cesaro over the announce table. Jimmy asks Roman what he is doing and why he had to make this about him. Roman goes face to face with him as Jimmy leaves the ring. Roman follows him as both men argue. Cesaro attacks Jey from behind in the ring. Roman gets in the ring and attacks Cesaro. Roman tells Jimmy to get in the ring and help. Cesaro with an uppercut onto Roman. He goes for the Neutralizer but Jey attacks Cesaro. Jey tells Jimmy to get in the ring.
Cesaro with an uppercut on Jey. Jimmy gets on the ring apron and Cesaro knocks him down. Roman leaves the ring. Cesaro grabs Jey and hits him with the Neutralizer. Cesaro tells Roman to do something. He grabs Jey again and hits him with another Neutralizer.