WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
March 12, 2021
St. Petersburg, Florida (Tropicana Field)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE SmackDown kicks off with clips of last week’s show. We see Daniel Bryan get the win vs. Jey Uso in a steel cage match where earned a Universal Championship match vs. Roman Reigns at FastLane.
Edge’s music hits as he makes his way down to the ring. He says tonight there is the contract signing but there are some things he needs to talk about. For the past few weeks, some people have spoken about him. Roman Reigns said that a man like Edge shouldn’t face a man like him. He has kids, he’s a family man, whatever excuses he has. But he finds it amusing because he picked up on something that flew over a lot of people’s heads. He says for weeks Roman said acknowledge me. To acknowledge him as the main event for WrestleMania. Edge said he made his choice and that was Roman. He says Roman is the head of the table but a head of the table on a show where Edge is the carpenter at.
And that brings him to Bryan as Roman mentioned Daniel. Edge says that last week Bryan mentioned he deserves to be in the main event of WrestleMania more than Edge because he wrestled more than him in the past 3 months, because he loves this business. Edge says when they were wrestling once a week, he was wrestling 4-5-6 times a week vs. The Undertaker, Mr. Perfect, The Undertaker, Terry Funk. Eddie Guerrero, over the time frame of four decades. He’s back not because he has to be but because he loves this.
Edge says like everyone else, he has to wait to see who wins at FastLane to know who he will face at WrestleMania. Out comes Daniel Bryan to the ring. Bryan says Edge got affected by what he said last week and that wasn’t even his intention. He says he was expecting Edge to respect him for the first time for having gone into business for himself.
Bryan says he has an infinite amount of respect for everything Edge has done. He sees how hard Edge has worked, how much he loves the business, how hard he fought to get back here. But to be completely honest, when he wanted to challenge Roman, it wasn’t about Edge. Bryan says he allowed himself to go into what might be his last WrestleMania on the back burner and that’s when he decided to put it all out there if this were to be his last one. He is going to give it everything he has to be in the main event of WrestleMania. And the thing is that Edge has his spot at WrestleMania, this isn’t about him. Bryan says if he wants to main event WrestleMania, he has to get the win vs. Roman at FastLane. And that is why he went into business for himself.
Edge says he should have made himself clearer. Roman has already beat Bryan at Elimination Chamber. And a win is a win. And he won the Rumble, a match which Bryan was in. He says he has mutual respect for Bryan, he just doesn’t like how Bryan did this. He says Bryan is better than this but he’s not better than him. Edge looks at Bryan as he leaves the ring.
The Street Profits, Dominik and Rey Mysterio vs. The Alpha Academy, Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode
Gable, Otis, Ziggler and Roode attack The Street Profits, Dominik and Rey from behind as they are making their way down to the ring.
The bell rings and we are under way. Dawkins and Roode start the match. A bulldog by Dawkins followed by a dropkick. Gable gets in the ring and a dropkick onto Gable. Ford is tagged in as they tag team Roode. Dominik is tagged in and they double team Roode. He goes for the cover but Roode kicks out. A knee by Roode as Gable is tagged in. Dominik is sent to the ropes but a hurricanrana takes Gable down as Gable tags Otis into the match.
Dominik on the ring apron, he jumps off the top rope but a double axe by Otis takes him down. Gable is tagged in. They double team Dominik. Gable with a suplex as he bridges into the cover but Dominik kicks out. Roode is tagged in. Roode lifts Dominik up for a suplex but Dominik reverses it into a tornado DDT. Ziggler and Dawkins are tagged in. Dawkins with a clothesline. He runs to the ropes and a corkscrew elbow. He throws Ziggler across the ring and knocks Otis off the ring apron.
Dawkins with a spinebuster onto Ziggler and Ford is tagged in as he climbs the top rope. Gable distracts the referee as Roode pushes Ford off the top rope and onto the outside.
Back from commercial, Ford and Ziggler are in the ring. Ziggler with a sleeper hold as Ford starts to fade. Roode distracts the referee, Dawkins is tagged in but the referee didn’t see the tag. Ziggler drags Ford into the opposite corner and Roode is tagged in. A backbreaker by Roode as he goes for the cover but Ford kicks out. Otis is tagged in and they double team Ford.
Otis slams Ford into the turnbuckle. Gable is tagged in as he knocks Dawkins off the ring apron. Gable goes for a German but Ford lands on his feet and Rey is tagged in. He knocks Gable down. Rey knocks Roode and Ziggler off the ring apron. Rey with a DDT takes Gable down. He goes for the cover but Otis breaks it up. Dominik on the top rope and he goes for a cross body but Otis catches him but Rey jumps off the top rope with a sit down senton knocking Otis down. Rey drops Gable onto the second rope. He goes for the 61 as Gable tags himself in and hits a spinebuster on Rey. All 8 men fight in the ring and it ends with Rey and Dominik hitting the 619 on Roode. Ford jumps off the top rope as he switches direction off in mid air and lands a frog splash on Roode. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: The Street Profits, Dominik and Rey Mysterio
Jey Uso is backstage as he sees Paul Heyman. He tries to get into Roman’s locker room and Heyman distracts him from going in to see Roman. Jey gets the vibe and tells him he has some things he has to take care of first and Heyman tells him that would be great and Roman would be happy to see him when he’s done.
We get a clip of Molly Holly being announced as the first inductee into the 2021 Hall of Fame.
Kayla is backstage with Seth Rollins. She shows him a clip from two weeks ago where Cesaro spun Seth around in the ring. Seth asks her why they are talking about this. What everyone forgets is he went out there to help Cesaro. He’s been a success in the WWE but not like Seth. He went out to help him and he got embarrassed, disrespected and mocked by Cesaro and social media for the past few weeks. He says he is done with Cesaro, he is the biggest waste of potential he has ever seen.
She says Cesaro lived up to his potential last week when he got the win vs. Murphy and he has a rematch vs. Murphy again tonight. Seth is happy to hear about the rematch and walks away.
We see a segment where Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler took Reginald on a shopping spree. They are in a men’s suit store. Reginald tries out a blue suit while Nia helps him out and Shayna is sitting on the chair. Reginald tries out a grey checkered suit. Next up is a maroon blazer as Nia takes a selfie with him. A beige suit is next for Reginald followed by a purple blazer. He poses for Nia as she slaps his butt. After that is a light grey checkered suit and he sits on Nia’s lap.
Reginald asks where what he could possibly do to thank her as she smiles.
Cesaro vs. Murphy
Before the match, Seth grabs a chair and sit on the ramp. The bell rings and we are under way. Right hands by Cesaro into the corner. Out comes Murphy and he spears Cesaro into the opposite corner. An uppercut by Cesaro. A boot to the face by Cesaro knocks Murphy onto the ring apron. Cesaro climbs the second rope and grabs Murphy but Murphy pushes Cesaro down and rolls to the outside. Cesaro to the outside but a flying knee to the face by Murphy.
He throws Cesaro into the ring and Murphy climbs the top rope but Cesaro with a dropkick drops Murphy to the ring apron. Cesaro grabs Murphy from the ring apron and suplexes him off the second rope into the ring. An uppercut by Cesaro followed by another one. He goes for a third but Murphy with a kick. Murphy jumps off the second rope as Cesaro catches him and swings him around. Seth runs to the ring and attacks Cesaro as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: By disqualification, Cesaro
Rollins hits Cesaro with the stomp and hits him with a second stomp. He grabs a chair and places Cesaro’s head in between the chair. He goes for a curb stomp as WWE officials stop him. Seth goes backstage and he sees Shinsuke Nakamura as both men go face to face.
Kevin Owens is walking backstage and he’s stopped by Sami Zayn. He tells Kevin that Kevin has known for years how WWE has conspired against him and he has decided that he wants Kevin in his documentary. Kevin says he has his KO show tonight. Sami tells him they are going to expose it all and they will post it everywhere. Kevin tells him he will think about it and walks away.
Jey is walking backstage and he is stopped by Edge. He tells Jey that he has known him since he was 10 and he has known his family for a long time. He asks him what he is doing. He says years ago, he saw a match with his brother and it showed him that he still loves this. He asks Jey what his dad thinks about this, playing lap dog to the big dog. Jey tells him he needs to fall in line and go to his family because when Roman gets him at WrestleMania, he won’t have anything to enjoy. He tells Edge great talk as Edge walks away.
Kevin says the last few months were rough for him, physically and mentally. He says he’s not down and out because you just keep fighting and that is what he will keep doing. But enough about him. Tonight is about his two guests, Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks. He introduces Bianca to the ring. He thanks Bianca for being here and introduces Sasha Banks to the ring.
All three of them sit on their separate chairs in the ring. Owens says at FastLane they have a chance to make their match at WrestleMania even bigger because they could walk in to WrestleMania as Women’s Tag Team Champions. He says John Cena and Shawn Michaels did something similar years ago at WrestleMania. And if they do that, it would help cement their legacies but they have to get the win vs. Shayna and Nia at FastLane which they were not able to do at Elimination Chamber. But that could be because they have some underlying tension, they’re both out here to prove to the world that they are the absolute best.
Owens says there might be tension because of what is going on between Reginald and Sasha. She says it’s not her fault Reginald has a crush on her. Bianca says the problem is that Reginald could be a problem for them. Sasha says she won many Championships and that is why she is like the Michael Jordan of the Women’s division. And maybe one day Bianca can be the LeBron James. And would the EST have accomplished so much had it not been for the road that the BEST paved.
Bianca says she respects Sasha’s accomplishments but her accomplishments are her own. Sasha didn’t help her win the Royal Rumble win it. Sasha says because she wasn’t in it and if she was, she would have stopped her. Sasha says she will walk in and out of WrestleMania as two belts Banks when she beats Shayna and Nia. Bianca tells her good and great but to be clear, Bianca might be walking down the road that she paved but she is in her own lane. Nia’s music hits and out she comes with Shayna and Reginald.
Natalya’s music hits and out she comes with Tamina.
Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair vs. Tamina and Natalya
Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Reginald are on commentary as the bell rings. Tamina and Sasha are in the ring. Right hands by Tamina and Natalya is tagged in. A slap by Sasha and a deep arm drag onto Natalya as Natalya rolls to the outside. Sasha with a baseball slide and she throws Natalya back into the ring. Reginald stands up and gets Sasha’s attention. Sasha gets back in the ring and Natalya knocks her down.
Reginald walks across the announce table. Tamina is tagged in and she stomps on Sasha in the corner. Natalya is tagged back in and a snap suplex onto Sasha. She goes for the cover but Sasha kicks out. A headlock by Natalya but a jawbreaker counter by Sasha and Bianca is tagged in. A dropkick takes Natalya down.
Bianca with a spinebuster. She goes for the cover but Reginald gets on the ring apron and distracts the referee. Natalya with a clothesline onto Bianca. Reginald gets on the table again as Sasha climbs the table and she chases Reginald. Sasha back in the ring as Natalya knocks her down. Bianca with a right hand onto Natalya as Tamina rolls Bianca up and gets the pin.
Winners: Tamina and Natalya
Bianca and Sasha argue on the outside as Bianca tells Sasha that they lost because of Reginald and because of her. Sasha looks in the ring as Reginald, Tamia and Shayna taunt her.
Bianca and Sasha are backstage arguing. Sasha tells Bianca she won’t take the blame because Bianca took the L and she calls her a rookie.
Big E, on crutches and a neck brace makes his way onto the stage. He gets rid of the crutches and neck brace and walks down to the ring. Big E says as he laid up in a medical facility because of Apollo and the ring steps, he had plenty of time to think. He hopes that Apollo knows what he did because he crossed the line. He opened pandora’s box. There is no coming back from this he says. There is no sorry to fix this. He can’t put the genie back in the bottle because Apollo made him go Biblical. Big E says it’s eye for an eye. Now once Apollo steps on his lawn, he will bulldoze his house. Beating Apollo now is not enough. Now he has to end him.
He tells Apollo that he wants what he worked for and now Big E is ready to give it to him. He is ready to give Apollo what he deserves. And they don’t need to wait because he challenges Apollo to a match right now for the Intercontinental Championship. Big E looks at the ramp and yells at Apollo telling him to come and get it. Big E says he is not surprised but he got all dressed up to defend his Intercontinental Championship and that’s what he will do.
Big E extends an open challenge to whoever wants the match.
Out comes Corbin dressed in a suit. He tells Big E if he will open a challenge, he’s not dressed to fight but he has no problem tearing up this $10,000 suit or putting some scratches on his rolex. Out comes Sami Zayn who says he accepts the challenge. He and Corbin argue as he tells Corbin that Corbin did not yet accept the challenge. He says this is the perfect ending to his documentary, him getting his Intercontinental Championship back. He tells Big E challenge accepted.
Big E calls them fools and tells him whoever gets in the ring first gets the match. Sami runs into the ring first and he taunts Corbin. He turns around and Big E with a belly to belly as Sami falls to the outside. Corbin yells at Sami.
Intercontinental Championship Match – Big E (c) vs. Sami Zayn
The bell rings and we are under way. Big E with knees to the body but Sami with a kick and a headlock. Big E sends him to the ropes and a back elbow by Big E takes Sami down. He goes for the cover but Sami kicks out. He slams Sami into the turnbuckle. He runs for a spear but the knees by Sami takes Big E down. Right hands by Sami as he chokes Big E on the second rope.
Sami climbs the second rope and he lands an elbow to the face. He goes for the cover but Big E kicks out. Sami back on the second rope and he jumps but Big E catches him. He throws Sami around the ring and Sami rolls to the outside. Big E grabs Sami and throws him into the ring apron. Big E yells Apollo and hits Sami. Big E gets in the ring to break the referee’s count. He gets on the ring apron and jumps for the big splash but Sami moves out of the way.
Back from commercial, Sami with a sunset flip power bomb off the second rope. He goes for the cover but Big E kicks out. Sami sends Big E to the ropes and goes for the clothesline but Big E runs through it and hits him with a clothesline taking Sami down. Big E hits Sami with the Big Ending. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Big E
Apollo’s music hits and he attacks Big E from behind. Apollo with the Olympic slam takes Big E down.
Nia and Reginald are backstage talking and in comes Kayla. Nia tells Kayla that she’s interrupting and asks Kayla who raised her. Nia makes fun of Sasha and Bianca about how they were shocked. Reginald tells Nia that she should challenge Sasha for the SmackDown Women’s Championship next week and she could walk into WrestleMania as a double champion. She tells Reginald she likes his thinking and tells Kayla to read the room and that three is a crowd.
WWE Universal Championship Contract Signing – Roman Reigns with Paul Heyman and Jey Uso, Daniel Bryan
Adam Pearce tells them they all know why they are here. He says he has the contract and asks who would like to sign first. He places the contract on the table as Roman gets in his face. Pearce pulls up a chair for Roman as Bryan sits on his chair.
Roman tells Bryan that he doesn’t want to do this. He gets it, he did everything he was supposed to do. Roman says a few weeks ago and last week, he said yes but this week, he’s not feeling it. And Roman isn’t going to sign it. Bryan says he is excited and he signs the contract. Bryan says who would have thought that Roman Reigns is not a man of his word. Maybe that changed last week because for years everyone thought that Daniel was better than Roman but Roman never thought that. But last week, he proved it because he did something that Roman could never do. And that is that he made Jey Uso quit.
Bryan asks Roman if that made him doubt himself and asks Roman if he’s afraid to sign the contract. Bryan says he is the self proclaimed head of the table. Roman gets angry and asks Heyman for a pen. Roman signs the contract. Bryan tells Roman he is going to tap him out ust like he tapped Jey Uso out. Jey throws the table over to the outside. Jey gets in Bryan’s face and he tells Pearce that this match needs a special enforcer, someone to call this match fair and square.
Edge’s music hits and he says that’s a great idea. How about next week, for the first time in 11 years, it’s Edge vs. Jey and the winner gets to be the special enforcer at FastLane. Adam Pearce makes it official and it will be Edge vs. Jey Uso and the winner will be the special enforcer at FastLane. Edge gets in the ring and throws the microphone onto Roman. Edge throws Roman to the outside as Bryan throws Jey to the outside and Bryan hits Edge with a running knee.