WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
March 26, 2021
St. Petersburg, Florida (Tropicana Field)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE SmackDown kicks off with highlights of the WWE Universal Championship match from FastLane.
Live in the Thunderdome, Daniel Bryan walks down to the ring with a steel chair. Bryan says everyone saw the truth, everyone saw the reality and everyone saw something that Roman said would never happen and had never happened before. Everybody saw Roman tap out. Bryan says Roman has never tapped out and last week he said he would rather die than tap out to somebody like him. Bryan says good news, Roman Reigns is alive and Roman Reigns tapped out to Daniel Bryan.
Bryan says in a perfect world, what that would mean is he would be standing in the ring as the Universal Champion. He would be standing in the ring knowing that he was going to main event WrestleMania but neither of those things are true. And the reason is because as he was making Roman tap out, Edge hit him across the back with a steel chair. He talks about how Edge has stated that Bryan has not been doing things right and how he should let people have Edge vs. Roman but the thing is that he has had enough.
Daniel says he is tired of letting everybody just have a dream match that they didn’t earn. He earned the Universal Championship match, he earned the Universal Championship and he earned being in the main event of WrestleMania. But he’s willing to earn it all again and here is what he is asking. Bryan says he wants a rematch against Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship and he wants it tonight. Bryan says he’s not leaving the ring until he gets what he wants.
Bryan grabs the chair and sits in the middle of the ring.
Back from commercial, Daniel Bryan is still in the ring. Out comes Adam Pearce who tells him he can’t give him a rematch tonight. Bryan asks if he didn’t see Roman tap out. Pearce says he saw it but unfortunately, the referee’s decision is final. Roman is the Universal Champion and the next time he will defend his title will be at WrestleMania vs. Edge. Bryan says he has a solution. How about he does Edge vs. Roman Reigns at WrestleMania and he immediately faces the winner for the Universal Championship. Pearce says he knows that would be unfair.
Bryan laughs and says it’s fine for him to fight 40 minutes in the Elimination Chamber and fight for the Universal Championship after that. There’s a double standard. Is that too difficult for Edge and Roman? WrestleMania is two nights. On night one it’s Edge vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship and night two, the winner of that match faces Daniel Bryan for the Universal Championship. Bryan says that is reasonable.
Edge’s music hits as he slaps the microphone out of Pearce’s hands and walks down to the ring. Edge asks for a microphone. He tells Bryan that for the last month, he watched Bryan talk about how this could be his last WrestleMania. But every match could be Edge’s last match. Edge says this is his dream and Bryan wants to take that away. But he won the Rumble, he outlasted everyone, Bryan included. Edge says Bryan lost twice to Roman Reigns while he won the Rumble. Edge calls Bryan a son of a bitch and tells him he doesn’t deserve a match/. Bryan takes Edge down but Edge gets back up and hits him with a spear.
With Bryan down, Edge grabs the steel chair and hits Bryan across the back with it. He throws the chair and slides to the outside of the ring.
Roman Reigns along with Paul Heyman and Jey Uso are backstage. Roman says to get him Adam Pearce as Heyman leaves the room. He tells Jey to go with him and to use force if he has to. Jey asks him if he is sure and Roman tells him what is Adam going to do, fire him?
The bell rings and we are under way. A running knee by Nakamura as he throws Seth in the corner. Right hands a by Nakamura and Seth onto the ring apron. Rollins hangs Nakamura on the top rope as Seth climbs the top rope. Nakamura trips him up and Seth falls onto the mat. A knee to the face by Nakamura. A knee to the back of the head by Nakamura onto Seth.
Back from commercial, a slingblade by Rollins. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. He slams Nakamura to the turnbuckle but Shinsuke bounces off and hits Seth with a flying kick. Right hands by Nakamura and kicks. Nakamura places Seth on the top rope and a kick to the back of the neck followed by a sliding knee. Rollins in the corner as Nakamura places Seth in between the two ropes and a sliding release German suplex by Nakamura. He goes for the cover but Seth kicks out.
Nakamura places Seth horizontally on the top rope, he goes for a flying knee but Seth moves out of the way and a knee by Seth. He hits Nakamura with the falcon arrow. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out.
Seth tells Nakamura he has to respect him. He sends Nakamura to the ropes but Nakamura with a knee to the head. Nakamura goes for the cover but Seth kicks out. Nakamura prepares for the Kinshasa as he runs but Seth moves out of the way and a forearm by Seth. He goes for a right hand but Nakamura ducks and lands an arm bar on Rollins but Rollins lifts Nakamura up and slams him. Rollins with the stomp on Nakamura. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Rollins attacks Nakamura after the match but out comes Cesaro. He hits Seth with the uppercut. He grabs Seth and tries to spin him around but Seth rolls out of the ring.
Roman is backstage and in comes Pearce. Reigns stands up and looks at Pearce. He tells Pearce the reason why he is here is because he wants him to understand that he gets him at WrestleMania for one night and only one title match. Now he can thank them. Pearce says he understands his points and he’s almost inclined to agree but there are other things for him to consider. He says everyone will have his decision by the end of the night as Pearce leaves the room.
Seth Rollins is backstage with Kayla and he says he is sick of it. He is sick of the disrespect and sick of being embarrassed by that failure Cesaro. He told Cesaro if he stepped in his lane again, bad things were going to happen and he is a man of his word. He challenges Cesaro to a match at WrestleMania. Seth says he will never be swung by Cesaro again as Cesaro attacks Seth. He spins Seth around with WWE officials trying to break it up. Cesaro accepts his challenge for WrestleMania!
It’s announed that Big E will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship vs. Apollo Crews on night two of WrestleMania.
Big E and The Street Profits vs. The Alpha Academy and Apollo Crews
The bell rings and we are under way. Dawkins and Otis are in the ring. A head lock by Dawkins as Otis sends him to the ropes. Dawkins with a drop kick but Otis is still on his feet. Ford is tagged in and they double team him but Otis is still on his feet.
A powerslam by Otis and Gable is tagged in. They double team Ford in the middle of the ring. A leg take down by Gable as he attacks Ford’s left leg. Ford on the ring apron as he knocks Gable away. Ford flies over the top rope but a Northern Lights Suplex by Gable but Ford kicks out. Crews is tagged in and he stomps on Ford. He sends Ford to the ropes and a back elbow. He goes for the cover but again Ford kicks out.
Crews with a vertical suplex but Ford lands on his feet and he knocks Crews down. Gable is tagged in and as is Big E. He knocks Otis off the ring apron and a belly to belly onto Gable. Big E with the big splash. He goes for the Big Ending but Gable reverses it into an arm bar but Big E gets out of it. A yurinagi by Big E. He goes for the cover but Crews breaks it up. In comes Crews and all hell breaks loose.
Crews is tagged in as he and Big E are the legal men. Crews with the Olympic slam on Big E. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Apollo Crews and The Alpha Academy
Edge asks Pearce backstage what kind of ship he is trying to run with this whole Daniel Bryan thing. Pearce says his responsibilities are to WWE, not to himself, Bryan or Roman. He has to make the decision and at the end of the night, that is what he will do. Edge says he hopes Pearce makes the right decision or else.
The Kevin Owens Show – Kevin Owens with Sami Zayn
Kevin Owens says these past few weeks, he tried to make it clear to Sami that even if he doesn’t believe in his conspiracy theories, he still has his back. And what he got for it was Sami nearly kicking his head off his shoulders. So this week, he has a question and the only person that can give him an answer is Sami Zayn. He calls Sami out to the ring.
Out comes Sami with his crew. He says he is sorry for what he did last week. He truly is, he had no business kicking him. It’s just that this conspiracy stuff has gotten to him and he crossed the line. He says the answer to the question Kevin wanted to ask was that he is sorry.
Kevin says that’s not what he wanted an answer to. Sami says his question is despite the misunderstanding, can Kevin still be part of this documentary? And the answer is yes and he is about to drop a bombshell right now. He says next week he is having a red carpet premiere for the release of the trailer for his documentary which will expose the entire conspiracy by the WWE against him. He tells Kevin there is more. He’s probably aware that he is going back and forth with Logan Paul. And he’s into the documentary.
Sami says Logan will help his documentary get the exposure and Logan Paul will be on SmackDown next week. He tells Kevin he can be included in it too.
Kevin says he doesn’t care about his documentary, about Logan Paul, about if he is sorry. Sami cuts him off and tells Kevin he owes him an apology. Kevin tells Sami the only reason he has allowed him to stand in his ring for this long without beating him senseless is because he wants an answer now. And the question is him vs. Kevin, one on one at WrestleMania. Yes or no? Sami tries to talk is way out of it as Kevin corners him in the ring as Sami accepts.
Owens says but now that he has his answer, he will beat him senseless as Kevin attacks Sami. He hits Sami with the stunner as we cut to the back.
Bryan is backstage with Pearce and he tells him he knows the pressure he is under because he was SmackDown general manager before. But deep down, Pearce knows what the right decision is and he just has to make it as Bryan walks away.
We see highlights of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match from FastLane.
Bianca Belair is backstage with Kayla as she’s asked about Sasha’s slap from FastLane. She says she is bigger and stronger than Sasha and she could have retaliated but then Sasha wouldn’t have made it to WrestleMania. And her mother told her that sometimes she has to be the bigger person to handle her business and on Sunday, she was the bigger person to handle her business for WrestleMania.
Belair says she will end Sasha’s reign at WrestleMania but she has unfinished business with Natalya and for anyone watching, to keep their kids out of the room because of what she is about to do.
Bianca Belair vs. Natalya with Tamina
The bell rings and we are under way. A dropkick by Bianca as she gets Natalya in the corner. Right hands by Bianca followed by a shoulder block and Natalya rolls to the outside. Natalya gets back in the ring as Bianca goes for a right hand but Natalya ducks and she drops Bianca. She goes for a dropkick but Bianca moves out of the way. Bianca with a jackknife cover but Natalya kicks out. A bodyslam by Bianca as she climbs the top rope.
Bianca on the top rope as Sasha’s music hits. She distracts Bianca who is on the ring apron. The referee is distracted as Tamina knocks Bianca down.
Back from commercial and Sasha is on commentary. A hurricanrana by Natalya. She goes for the cover but Bianca kicks out. Right hands by Natalya as Natalya climbs the second rope but Bianca brings her down and a suplex by Bianca. Both women down. A shoulder block by Bianca followed by a drop kick. A back elbow by Bianca followed by a spinebuster. She goes for the cover but Natalya kicks out.
Bianca goes for a moonsault but Natalya moves out of the way and it’s a slight botch as Bianca still lands on her. Both women back up and a huge clothesline by Natalya. She goes for the cover but Bianca kicks out. Natalya drops Bianca down but Bianca kicks her away. Both women run towards each other and knock each other down. Bianca rolls to the outside of the ring.
Sasha gets in Bianca’s face as Bianca slaps Sasha, knocking her down. Bianca gets back in the ring and a right hand by Bianca. She hits Natalya with the KOD. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Bianca Belair
Sasha hits Bianca with the Backstabber after the match, knocking her down.
Edge storms into Roman’s locker room. Roman tells him it takes a lot of balls to do what he just did and he almost respects him. But he has to get to the point. Edge tells him they have to talk as Bryan is trying to take their spotlight. Edge tells him if Roman has the stroke that he says he has, he should use it because if Bryan is involved, Edge might just pin Bryan for the title and not Roman. Edge walks away and Roman is left thinking.
Dolph Ziggler with Robert Roode vs. Rey Mysterio with Dominik Mysterio
The bell rings and we are under way. Ziggler gets Rey in the corner and hits him with the big splash. Ziggler goes for another splash but Rey moves out of the way. Rey with a kick to the side of the head. He goes for the 619 but an elbow by Ziggler. He lifts Rey up but right hands by Rey and he throws Ziggler over the top rope and onto the outside.
Rey jumps off the ring apron but Ziggler catches Rey and he throws Rey over the barricade. Dominik checks on Rey but Ziggler with a super kick on Dominik.
Back from commercial, Ziggler in control in the ring. He places Rey on the top rope and goes for the suplerplex but Rey knocks Ziggler down. Rey with a senton off the top rope takes Ziggler down. A kick to the side of the head by Rey as he goes for the cover but Ziggler kicks out. Rey runs towards Ziggler but Ziggler plants him face first. Ziggler with the famous-er. He goes for the cover but Rey kicks out.
Ziggler goes for the super kick but Rey ducks and trips Ziggler up. He goes for the 619 but Roode gets in the ring and as does Dominik. Roode throws Dominik to the outside and Rey with a dropkick onto Roode. Ziggler with the ZigZag onto Rey. He goes for the cover but Rey kicks out. Ziggler goes for a gutwrench but Rey throws Ziggler onto the second rope and hits him with the 619. Rey with a splash off the top rope. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Adam Pearce walks down to the ring and out comes Roman Reigns along with Paul Heymn and Jey Uso.
Back from commercial, Reigns and Pearce are in the ring. Edge’s music hits and out he comes. All three men are in the ring as Daniel Bryan’s music hits. All four men in the ring. Pearce says he understands everyone’s concerns. He says he understands why Roman and Edge would not want to compete twice in one night. And why they would not want to wrestle both nights. All of those things make sense but what Dnaiel Bryan says also makes sense.
Pearce says Bryan is right when he said that there was a double standard and that he deserves a chance at the title. Roman will defend the title one time at WrestleMania, he is right. Pearce says his decision is that at WrestleMania, for the Universal Championship, it will be a triple threat match. Edge and Roman Reigns are unhappy as Bryan is smirking. Bryan and Edge start to fight. Bryan knocks Edge down and Roman hits Bryan with a Superman punch.
Roman tells Jey Uso to get a chair. Just as he does, Edge spears Roman and knocks Jey out. Edge grabs another chair. He hits Jey with it as Roman rolls out of the ring. Bryan still down. Out come WWE officials as Edge hits them with a chair. He places the chair in the middle of the ring and sits down as Bryan is outside of the ring with WWE officials.