WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
August 6, 2021
Tampa, Florida (Amalie Arena)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Pat McAfee
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
We go into the Amalie Arena for Friday Night SmackDown presented by Progressive.
Sasha Banks makes her way to the ring, and Michael Cole falls all over himself shouting, “It’s Boss Time!” Banks struts her way to the ring, and some fireworks go off. Banks greets the Tampa crowd and says, “The Boss is back in business.” That means it’s Boss Time on SmackDown. She came back for the spotlight that she deserves. She’s back for the spotlight that she created. Banks promises that she’ll never let anyone steal her spotlight ever again.
Video Package: Sasha Banks attacks Bianca Belair last week on WWE SmackDown
Banks is laughing at the end of the footage. The crowd boos her. Banks says she exposed Bianca Belair last week, and it was so easy. For the past few weeks, she’s watched Belair make so many mistakes. After watching Carmella and Zelina Vega take advantage of Belair, she came out to save the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Without Banks, there’s no ESPYS or WrestleMania. Banks states that she is the greatest of all time. Any other athlete would have thanked her for turning them from a rookie to the reigning champion, but Belair had to diss her. There was no “thank you” coming out of her mouth. While she was at home, she thought of the disrespect Belair showed her week after week. Banks returned to make Belair pay.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair makes her way to the ring. The crowd gives her a great ovation. Belair says Banks won’t be standing or talking when she gets in the ring. Banks thinks that Belair is nothing without her, but Belair shoots that down. The last time she checked, Banks begged her to choose her after the Royal Rumble so they could main event WrestleMania and make history together. It’s not that Belair didn’t give her credit. Banks just doesn’t want her to shine. Belair rolls into the ring, so Banks rolls out. Belair asks where she’s going. Was it something she said? Is she going to take another four months off? Banks says she can do whatever she wants when she wants. When you’re a legend, you can do it. Belair says Banks is one of the great-EST to ever lace a pair of boots. If Banks wants the title, it’s on!
Zelina Vega’s music hits, and she storms down the ramp. Vega says this is not happening right now. Vega tells Belair to look at her when she’s talking to her. Is that ugly braid tied too tight? Is she lost because she can help find her in this situation? Belair warns her not to come into the ring. Vega stays on the apron. Before Banks swooped in like the ratchet little vulture she is, Belair accepted Vega’s challenge. Vega asks what Belair will do. Banks eggs it on. Belair says Vega wasn’t talking to Banks. Vega was talking to Belair because she’s the champ. Belair says she’ll see Banks at SummerSlam. Belair says she’ll fight Vega tonight! Vega smiles and nods.
Bianca Belair will defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Zelina Vega tonight. Michael Cole incorrectly says she’ll face Sasha Banks tonight.
Rey and Dominik Mysterio are backstage. Rey says he knows Dominik is hungry, but now that they have a Tag Title match against The Usos at SummerSlam, they need to be more strategic. Last week, Dominik helped him when he needed it. They can’t lose the momentum they have. Dominik says he won’t let Rey down and doesn’t need his help tonight.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos make their way to the ring. Jey Uso will face Dominik Mysterio next.
Finn Balor will face Baron Corbin later tonight.
SmackDown Tag Team Champion Jey Uso vs. Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio
Charles Robinson calls for the bell, and the match begins. They lock up, and Uso backs Mysterio to the corner. Mysterio ducks a right hand and punches away at Uso. Uso applies a side headlock. Mysterio whips him off, but Uso shoulder blocks him down. Mysterio soon leapfrogs Uso and dropkicks him down. Mysterio forearms him and scales the ropes for a diving arm drag. Uso quickly takes Mysterio down with a big back elbow. Uso hits a backbreaker for a two count. Uso hits a scoop slam and waits for Mysterio to get up. Mysterio blocks a right hand and punches him. Uso quickly floors him with one straight right hand. Uso and Mysterio fight outside the ring. Uso puts Mysterio on the apron and goes for an attack, but Mysterio jumps over it. Mysterio knocks him back and slides out of the ring to hit a sunset flip powerbomb into the barricade!
We come back from the break to see Uso applying a chin lock to Mysterio. During the commercial break, Jimmy Uso got a cheap shot in while Jey distracted the referee. Mysterio fights up from the chin lock, but Uso hits a back suplex into a neckbreaker for a near fall. Uso gets fired up and goes for a running hip attack in the corner, but Mysterio moves. Uso lifts Mysterio, but Mysterio elbows out. Mysterio connects with a neckbreaker for a two count. Mysterio connects with a springboard moonsault block for another near fall. Mysterio tries to duck an enzuigiri, but Uso still grazes him. Mysterio sends Uso into the corner and then into the ropes. Mysterio connects with his father’s signature 619. Jimmy Uso goes to attack, but Rey Mysterio wipes him out with a seated senton off the steel steps.
Mysterio jumps off the top rope, but Uso avoids it and superkicks him down. Uso goes to the top rope and connects with a diving splash for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: SmackDown Tag Team Champion Jey Uso
Footage is shown of Seth Rollins viciously attacking Edge with a camera last week. Rollins said if he couldn’t be the Universal Champion, then neither can Edge.
Edge is walking backstage. He’s asked for a response to Seth Rollins last week. Edge says Rollins is a selfish bastard. The issue between him and Rollins goes way further back. When Rollins gets here, he can meet Edge in the ring. Edge will show him what a rotten, selfish bastard he can be.
Rick Boogs is playing his guitar. Boogs says he is here to rock with the one true king in WWE: King Nakamura! King Nakamura makes his way to the ring, and Pat McAfee dances on the commentary table. Nakamura will face WWE Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews in a Championship Contenders Match next.
WWE congratulates John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on the successes of their movies.
John Cena will return next week on SmackDown.
Championship Contenders Match
King Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez
Footage is shown of Commander Azeez taking out Rick Boogs last week. Cesaro then took out Azeez. Nakamura then hit Crews with a Kinshasa for the victory.
The bell rings, and they trade waistlocks to start off. Nakamura takes him down but misses a kick. Crews kicks him in the midsection and shoulder blocks him down. Crews hits the ropes, but Nakamura kicks him down and drops a knee for a two count. Nakamura charges, but Crews mistimes a flapjack into the top rope. Crews clotheslines Nakamura down and hits a scoop slam for a one count. Nakamura knees him in the midsection and lays him across the top rope. Crews avoids a knee and kicks him back. Crews goes to the top rope, but Nakamura kicks him in the side of the head. Nakamura knees him in the midsection on the top rope and hits a running dropkick for a two count. Crews elbows Nakamura in the head and lifts him, but Nakamura gets out. Nakamura knees and kicks him in the head, but Commander Azeez pulls Nakamura out of the ring.
Winner by Disqualification: King Nakamura
Nakamura kicks Azeez off the apron before throwing Crews into him. On the other side of the ring, Rick Boogs plays a riff and Nakamura’s music.
Kayla Braxton is outside WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns’ dressing room.
Video Package: John Cena takes his SummerSlam opportunity last week.
Paul Heyman walks out of the dressing room and asks what Braxton wants. She wants a comment from Roman Reigns about what transpired last week. Heyman says John Cena is thieving oxygen from Reigns on the island of relevancy and now a SummerSlam match. This contract is a joke. If he attacked Tom Brady before signing his $75 million contract, does he get the $75 million if he signs it? Cena does not deserve this match. The Tribal Chief has nothing to say about John Cena. Heyman turns into Big E, who is holding his Money in the Bank contract and laughing heartily. Heyman looks afraid and goes back in the locker room.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Tamina is in the ring holding both belts with Natalya out.
Bianca Belair against Zelina Vega will now be a Championship Contenders Match…
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Tamina vs. Tegan Nox w/ Shotzi Blackheart
Tegan Nox knocks Tamina back to the corner and hits a back elbow. Tamina explodes out of the corner with a takedown. Tamina head-butts Nox down and throws her to the corner. Tamina misses a hip attack in the corner. Nox dropkicks Tamina into the corner and stomps away at her. Nox connects with a pair of cannonballs in the corner for a two count. Nox misses a Shining Wizard. Tamina superkicks Nox and lifts her. Blackheart shoots a fake missile from her tank, distracting Tamina. Nox rolls Tamina up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Tegan Nox
WWE Officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are backstage when Zelina Vega walks in. She wants her SmackDown Women’s Championship match tonight. They said they couldn’t make a last minute title shot. Vega says Bianca Belair accepted her challenge twice. Deville says it doesn’t matter if Belair accepts. Belair doesn’t make matches around here. Pearce says Vega can earn her way to the title and face the winner of the SummerSlam match. Vega says she’ll prove she can beat Belair tonight.
Edge makes his way to the ring. We’ll hear from him, next.
Edge thanks Tampa for the great reaction he got. From his understanding, Seth Rollins isn’t here tonight. Go figure. Rollins is apparently nowhere near here. Edge doesn’t blame him. It wouldn’t work out too well for Edge if Rollins was here. Edge would be in jail for what he does to him. Edge was going to let the past be just that until Rollins literally cost him the Universal Championship at Money in the Bank. If the roles were reversed, he’d have done the same thing. When he looks at Rollins, it’s like looking in a mirror of his past. When he looks in Rollins’ eyes, they both know it won’t end well for them… but it’s gotta end. If Rollins were here tonight, it would end.
Seth Rollins appears on the screen laughing. Rollins says it’s the Ultimate Opportunist. Edge really thinks he’s got it all figured out, except last week when he smashed Edge’s face with a camera. They are a lot alike and drawn together in this inevitable dance. If the Ultimate Opportunist was half the man that the Architect is, he’d know you always have to have a Plan B. Edge says he’s got a Plan B: they fight one-on-one for the first time ever at SummerSlam. Rollins says he’s got Edge wrapped around his little finger. Rollins calls the shots. The SummerSlam match… Rollins has to think about it. While Rollins is thinking, maybe Edge should as well. What is Edge getting himself into? Edge knows what happens to people when Rollins stomps faces into the mat that have healthy necks. What will happen to Edge if he does it three times with his fused neck? Edge’s career will be done. Rollins doesn’t know what kind of future Edge will have as a husband and father.
Edge tells him to keep his mouth shut. Edge says he looks like a fever dream of Russel Brand, a preacher, and Colonel Sanders. Edge helped eliminate Rollins from the 2020 Royal Rumble and eliminated him at the 2021 Royal Rumble. Rollins should have finished the job in 2014. Rollins can’t fill Edge’s footsteps. Rollins is just Edge Lite. Rollins says he’s had enough. He’s not a lite version of anything. Rollins is better than Edge in every single way. If Edge wants him one-on-one at SummerSlam, then he’s on. Edge looks pleased.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Finn Balor, who feels he was robbed of his SummerSlam opportunity. Balor says he was close to signing a Universal Championship contract until Baron Corbin got involved. That contract was signed by John Cena. Corbin has sunk so low and should mind his own business. Balor will teach him a lesson the hard way tonight. When he’s done with Corbin, he’s got a bone to pick with John Cena.
The Street Profits make their way to the ring. They’ll face Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode next.
Tag Team Match
The Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
Footage is shown of Roode and Ziggler beating the Street Profits for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship this past January.
Montez Ford starts against Robert Roode. They lock up, and Ford takes him down. Roode avoids a kick and a standing moonsault. Roode takes Ford down and sends him to the corner. Ford slingshots over Roode and dropkicks him down before dropkicking Ziggler off the apron. Roode quickly takes Ford down with a sambo suplex for a two count. Ziggler tags in. Ziggler and Roode hit a double-team leg sweep/knee combo. Angelo Dawkins breaks up the pin. Roode tags back in and kicks Ford down. Ford fights back with a step-up enzuigiri.
Dawkins and Ziggler tag in. Dawkins clotheslines him and hits an avalanche. Roode runs in, but Dawkins hits a flapjack. Dawkins goes for a powerbomb on Ziggler, but Ziggler counters into a roll-up for a two count. Dawkins hits a double underhook spinning neckbreaker, but Roode breaks it up. Ford is thrown out of the ring. Roode is clotheslined out by Dawkins. Ziggler hits Dawkins with a famouser for a near fall. Ziggler comes out of the corner, but Dawkins hits a big spinebuster. Ford tags in and hits a ridiculous frog splash for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Street Profits
Photos are shown of Bianca Belair with Megan Thee Stallion.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair makes her way to the ring for her non-title match against Zelina Vega next.
Championship Contenders Match
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair vs. Zelina Vega
Belair takes it right to Vega to start, but Vega fights back. Belair takes Vega down and punches away at her. Belair grabs Vega by the hair. Vega punches her, so Belair bounces her off two corners. Vega blocks a third and rolls her up for a two count. Belair lifts her with a double chickenwing, but Vega slides off and sends her into the ropes before stretching her. Vega releases and Belair knocks her down to the floor. Vega gets back on the apron, so Belair knocks her back down. Sasha Banks makes her way to ringside as Belair lifts Vega over her head. Vega hits a hurricanrana on the floor and gets her in the ring for a two count.
We come back from the break to see Belair fighting back at Vega and hitting a handspring standing moonsault for a two count. Vega applies a sleeper hold, but Belair knocks her off. Vega jumps back on her back for a sleeper, but Belair powers her into a suplex. Belair goes for another suplex, but Vega counters into a DDT for a near fall. Vega kicks Belair back and kicks her out of the ring. Vega dives off the apron for a hurricanrana, but Belair powers her up and slings her into the barricade. Belair puts her on her shoulders for the KOD and the victory.
Winner by Pinfall: SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is sitting backstage. Paul Heyman tells him that Finn Balor versus Baron Corbin is next.
Finn Balor makes his way to the ring. The main event of SmackDown is next.
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
The bell rings, and Corbin runs to the corner. Corbin says he was desperate for an opportunity and apologizes. Balor doesn’t accept.
Corbin quickly takes it to Balor and punches away at him in the corner. Balor comes back with an overhead kick and gets pumped up. Balor attacks Corbin, but Corbin grabs him by the throat. Balor connects with a Sling Blade and sizes him up. Balor hits a Woo Dropkick and goes to the top rope. Balor connects with the Coup de Grâce for the easy victory.
Winner by Pinfall: Finn Balor
Finn Balor grabs a microphone. Three years ago, he’d have smiled and accepted what happened last week. That Finn is dead. This Finn isn’t smiling. This Finn wants to face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. If he has to go through John Cena to do it, then that’s what he’s willing to do. Name the place and time…
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman.
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns stands in the ring with Paul Heyman. Finn Balor stares. A “Cena” chant picks up. Reigns says his special council addressed his position about last week. Reigns understands why Balor is out here running his mouth about John Cena. Reigns tried to help him and give him an opportunity. When Balor comes out on Reigns’ show, keep the Head of the Table’s name out of his mouth. Reigns throws his microphone at Balor and turns away. Balor shoves Reigns out of the ring.
Reigns is infuriated. Reigns calmly gets back on the apron and stares at Balor. The Usos then attack Balor from behind and double-team him with stomps. Jimmy Uso holds Balor up while Jey punches away at him. They hit him with a big Samoan Drop. Reigns gets off the apron and leaves Balor to his cousins. Jey Uso goes for a splash, but Balor pulls Jimmy down. Jimmy takes the splash. Balor attacks both Usos. Balor gets them out of the ring and hits a somersault senton. Reigns turns and looks from the ramp. Balor challenges him to get in the ring.
Reigns takes his jacket off and angrily makes his way to the ring. Balor knees Reigns getting in the ring. Reigns sends Balor to the ropes, but Balor hits a Sling Blade. Balor sizes Reigns up, but The Usos get back in the ring. Reigns hits a Superman Punch. Jey hits an Uso Splash after. Reigns punches away at Balor and applies a guillotine. Balor taps out. The Bloodline stands tall in the ring.