WWE SmackDown kicks off with a graphic paying tribute to the late
great ďThe NaturalĒ Butch Reed.
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We see clips of last Sundayís WWE Royal Rumble matches where Bianca
Belair and Edge won their respective matches.
Romanís music hits and out comes the WWE Universal Champion Roman
Reigns along with Paul Heyman and Jey Uso to the ring. Roman says
heís not big on the past, not a fan of recapping but if you didnít
see the Rumble, he beat Kevin Owens. Roman looks at Jey and tells
him like he said he would because heís a man of his word. But enough
about the past, itís the future. Roman says the future is Edge.
Reigns says if you win the Rumble match, you get a first class
ticket to the main event of WrestleMania. And last time he checked,
whoís the main event around here? Heyman points to Roman as Roman
says thatís right. Which brings him to his issues. Him, the tribal
chief, the heado f the table, teh best of the best, the WWE
Champion, the main event. Why are you going to Raw or waste your
time on NXT when you know you will come to SmackDown. Romanís show.
Edge should beg him, sell him as to why he should allow him on the
island of relevancy.
Roman says his second issue is why is he out here first? Where is
Edge? You make the mistake of disrespecting him all week but him
being a nice guy, he will let that slide. But youíre going to make
him wait? Youíre going to make the head of the table wait? Heyman
tells Roman that Edge is here Roman tells him to get Edge out here.
Heyman tells the WWE staff to put the pyro and music for Edge as
Heyman is informed something by a WWE staff member. Heyman speaks to
Roman and Roman is not happy. Reigns says Edge isnít here. Edge must
think heís a fool. Does he look like a fool? Does he look like
someone who wants to play games? Why would Edge play games as Roman
Reigns says the last man that played games with him his name was
Kevin Owens and heís no longer here anymore because he whooped his
ass. Roman says Owens is history, gone. Roman tells Edge he has
something to tell him nicely. He tells Edge that Edge will give him
his decision by the end of the night. Roman drops the microphone and
leaves the ring.
Dominik Mysterio with Rey Mysterio vs. King Corbin
Baron Corbin attacks Dominik and Rey from behind as they make their
way down to the ring. Corbin throws Rey off the stage as he beats up
on Dominik. Corbin makes his way down to the ring.
Back from commercial and the referee rings the bell. Corbin goes for
a clothesline but Dominik ducks and hits him with a clothesline.
Dominik goes for the cover but Corbin kicks out. Corbin grabs
Dominikís leg, picks him up and slams him. Right hands by Corbin.
Rey Mysterio is getting treated by WWE officials near the stage.
Back in the ring, Corbin slams Dominik into the turnbuckle as
Dominik falls to the mat. Corbin goes for the cover but Dominik
kicks out. Corbin with a sleeper arm bar but Dominik fights out of
it. Dominik runs to the ropes and a back elbow by Corbin knocks him
down. Corbin working on Dominikís left arm but Dominik gets to his
feet and right hands but Corbin throws him to the ropes. A kick by
Dominik as Corbin runs towards Dominik but Dominik lowers the top
rope and Corbin to the outside. Dominik jumps off the top rope and
onto Corbin on the outside. Rey slowly starts to walk down to the
Back from commercial, Corbin goes for a vertical suplex but Dominik
with knees to the face and a neck breaker takes Corbin down. Dominik
goes for the cover but Corbin kicks out. Both men back to their
feet, Corbin runs towards Dominik but Dominik ducks and Corbin on
the second rope. Dominik runs for the 619 but Corbin catches him
with the Deep Six. He goes for the cover but Dominik kicks out.
Dominik in the corner, Corbin goes for an elbow but Dominik moves
out of the way. Dominik on the top rope, Corbin goes for a
clothesline but Dominik throws him to the outside.
Dominik in the ring with a suicide dive onto the outside. Rey under
the ring as he grabs Corbinís leg but the referee doesnít see him.
Dominik with the 619 onto Corbin. He goes on the top rope and lands
the frog splash. Dominik goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
Kayla is backstage with Big E as he pops up on screen. She asks him
about his match later tonight. Big E says his entire life he had to
fight and thatís what he signed up for when he won the
Intercontinental Championship. Much like Lady Liberty, bring your
hungry, your tired and poor. Because tonight, we are going to fight.
He says they ainít ready, Kayla.
Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro
The bell rings and we are under way. Bryan with kicks onto Cesaro
but Cesaro with right hands. Both men exchange uppercuts and a drop
toe hold by Bryan followed by a kick onto Cesaroís arm. Cesaro runs
towards Bryan but heís throws to the outside. Bryan on the top rope
and a cross body onto Cesaro on the outside of the ring. Bryan
throws Cesaro back in and climbs the top rope. Bryan with a drop
kick takes Cesaro down.
The yes kicks by Bryan in the middle of the ring. Shinsuke Nakamura
is backstage watching the match. An uppercut by Cesaro takes Bryan
down. Several more uppercuts by Cesaro but Bryan reverses one of
them into a take down and the Yes lock by Bryan but Cesaro reverses
it and slams his knee into Bryanís back. Cesaro busted open on the
side of his head.
Cesaro goes for a corkscrew uppercut but Bryan catches him with a
kick. A kick to the head onto Cesaro as Bryan goes for the cover but
Cesaro kicks out. Bryan stomping on Cesaro in the middle of the
ring. Bryan goes for the running knee but Cesaro catches him as he
throws Bryan in the air and lands a back breaker. Cesaro swings
Bryan around the around and Cesaro gets the sharpshooter onto Bryan
as Bryan taps out.
Bryan is down in the corner as Cesaro fist pumps him.
Kayla is backstage with Bianca Belair. She is asked about her
parents as we see an Instagram post of her parents celebrating
Biancaís Royal Rumble win. Bianca says her family has been there for
her and she wants to make them proud. And even if they might not
walk down the aisle with her at WrestleMania, theyíll still be there
with her. Kayla asks her who she will face at WrestleMania. Bianca
says this is the biggest decision of her life and she has many
people telling her she should take time to make her choice.
Bianca says but this is WrestleMania and she will make her decision
Seth Rollins returns to WWE SmackDown next week.
Bayley vs. Ruby Riott with Liv Morgan
Billie Kay joins the commentary team. The bell rings and we are
under way. Bayley throws Riott in the turnbuckle but Ruby with a
right hand. A kick to the head by Ruby as she goes for the cover but
Bayley kicks out. Right hands by Ruby as she jumps off the
turnbuckle but Bayley catches her and throws her face first into the
top turnbuckle. Bayley goes for the cover but Ruby kicks out.
Ruby holding her elbow as Bayley attacks it. Bayley with an arm bar
but Ruby slams her into the turnbuckle. Bayley placed on the top
rope and Ruby tosses her off the top rope. Both women down as they
get back up and Bayley throws her onto the bottom rope. Bayley on
the outside and she tries to powerbomb Ruby who is on the ring apron
but Ruby kicks her away. Bayley stuns Ruby. She gets in the ring and
goes back to attack the bad shoulder as Billie tries to get involves
and that distracts the referee and Bayley. Billie and Liv Morgan
argue on the outside.
Bayley slams her knee onto Rubyís neck and onto the mat. She goes
for the cover and gets the pin.
Billie Kay grabs her resumeís and approaches Bayley as she gives her
Edge is shown backstage.
Bianca Belair is introduced to the ring. She says when she won the
Rumble, her whole life changed overnight. Ever since Sunday,
everyone keeps calling her and congratulating her on the win. She
says you have Asuka who is the Raw champion. And you have Sasha
Banks, the SmackDown champion. Thereís a reason why sheís excited
every time she got to team with her. But if she wants to put the EST
in WrestleMania, she has to do it her way.
Belair is interrupted by Reginald. He comes out and says if she says
Asuka, he could see that. And she could defeat Asuka. But if she
says Sasha Banks, well, she knows she canít beat Sasha. Reginald
gets in the ring and says she canít beat Carmella as Carmellaís
She tells Bianca that Reginald is a wise man even when he gets a
little over excited. But donít forget that she beat Sasha in her
first match against her. Which means that she beat Sasha Banks
twice. And despite all of the hype, she can do the same thing to
Sasha Bankís music hits. She tells Carmella sheís going to stop
looking in her rear view and start focusing on the road ahead. She
tells Bianca she has her attention. Sheís been in two Royal Rumble
matches setting records every time. And on Sunday she lasted nearly
an hour stating her claim to main event WrestleMania.
Banks tells Bianca she has been watching her. She knows she is the
strongest when she picked up Otis. She saw her run passed Bayley,
she knows she is the fastest. But the best? She doesnít think so.
Sasha tells her if sheís going to choose her to choose her. She has
it all but she doesnít have the Womenís Championship. Reginald gets
in between them and he tells Bianca she got lucky when she won the
Rumble. And if she decides to face Sasha, she will lose.
Bianca whips Reginald with her hair and Reginald goes to the outside
of the ring.
Roman is sitting with Jey backstage and Heyman tells him Edge is
Kayla is backstage with Sami Zayn who is there with his crew. Sami
says ever since his Intercontinental Championship was robbed of him,
countless injustices have happened against him. But tonight, he will
reclaim his Championship and his status as the undisputed Champion
of the people.
Chad Gable and Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
The bell rings and we are under way. The Street Profits are watching
the match backstage. Gable and Ziggler start the match as both men
wrestle on the mat. An arm bar by Ziggler but Gable with a drop toe
hold. The Street Profits are providing commentary during the match.
A right hand by Gable who knocks Roode off the apron. A dropkick by
Ziggler. He geos for the cover but Gable kicks out. Roode is tagged
in and they double team him. Roode with a drop kick. He goes for the
cover but Gable kicks out. A sleeper by Roode in the middle of the
ring. Roode goes for a clothesline but Otis is tagged in.
Otis knocks Roode down. He throws Roode across the ring. In comes
Ziggler who is pan caked down. A clothesline by Otis onto Ziggler. A
big splash onto Roode in the corner. Otis with the caterpillar.
Gable is tagged in. Ziggler pushes Otis off the ring apron. Ziggler
gets in the ring but a roll up German suplex by Gable. Roode with
the Glorious DDT. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
Michael Cole mentions how 33 years ago, the most watched wrestling
match ever between Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan took place where
33 million people watched it. We see a clip of the match.
Hulk Hogan cuts a promo with Jimmy Hart backstage. He says Edge has
a decision of a lifetime. He can pick Drew McIntyre r Roman Reigns.
He says Edge was his tag team a partner, Edge has won the love and
loyalty of the millions of Hulkamaniacs.
Edge is backstage with Shinsuke Nakamura.
Intercontinental Championship Match Ė Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews vs.
The bell rings and we are under way. Sami rolls to the outside. A
head lock by Crews but Big E sends him to the ropes and a back elbow
takes Crews down. In comes Sami and right hands onto Big E. He sends
Big E to the ropes but a back body drop by Big E onto Sami. Apollo
with a headbutt onto Big E followed by a German suplex. Crews with
three German suplexes. He goes for the cover but Big E kicks out.
Sami with a right hand onto Crews but a clothesline by Crews takes
Sami down. A big splash by Crews onto Big E and onto Sami. He goes
for another splash on Big E but Big E moves out of the way. Big E
with a splash on Zayn. He throws Crews onto the ring apron. Big E
runs to the ropes but Sami grabs Big E to the outside. Right hands
by Sami but Big E slams Samiís head onto the ring apron. Apollo with
a flip over the top rope onto Big E on the outside. Apollo on the
ring apron and a moon sault onto Big E.
Back from commercial, Sami is beating up on Big E in the ring. He
knocks Crews off the ring apron. Sami goes for the Blue THunder Bomb
but Big E blocks it. Apollo off the top rope with a drop kick onto
Sami. A bely to belly by Big E onto Crews. Sami jumps onto Big E and
a sleeper hold but Big E flips him down. Big E with the Big splash
onto Sami and Crews. Sami rolls to the outside. Big E goes for the
Big Ending but a step up enzighuri onto Big E. Crews runs to the
ropes ut Big E throws him to the outside. Big E slams Sami onto the
mat. He goes for the cover but Zayn kicks out.
Big E gets Sami on the ring apron and lands the big splash. Crews
knocks Big E down. Crews on the top rope and a frog splash onto
Sami. He goes for the cover but Sami kicks out. Crews runs towards
Sami but Sami with an elbow. Crews grabs Sami but Big E grabs Crews
and a German suplex. Crews rolls to the outside and Sami on the ring
apron. Big E runs towards Sami but a knee by Sami. Big E down and
the Helluva Kick by Sami. He goes for the cover but Apollo drags
Sami to the outside.
Sami beats up on Apollo on the outside as he argues with the
referee. Apollo grabs Sami and right hands onto Sami. He gorilla
presses Sami into the time keeper area. Apollo gets back in the ring
and the Big Ending onto Crews. He goes for the cover and gets the
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Big E
Edgeís music hits and out comes the 2021 Menís Royal Rumble winner.
Edge says for the last 7 months, while he was grinding through
rehab, he was dreaming. Every road mile he logged, he was dreaming.
He dreamed of coming back home. He was dreaming of winning the Royal
Rumble and main eventing WrestleMania. He was dreaming of taking
back something he never lost, something he feels is his. Last Sunday
at the Rumble, he came in at number 1 and outlasted 29 of the best
superstars in the world. Now he finds himself in the main event of
WrestleMania but what champion does he choose?
He says does he pick Drew McIntyre? Finn Balor? Roman Reigns? Edge
says he asked his family he gets one answer. He asks his friends, he
gets another answer. Romanís music hits. Roman comes down to the
ring with Paul Heyman and Jey Uso.
Edge tells Roman he had to bring back up. Edge says heís out here
alone. Roman tells Edge, man to man, he gives him his word, without
his blessing, Paul wonít make a move on him. Edge says heís in
Romanís head already and thatís why Jey is out here. Roman tells Jey
he has this. Heyman and Jey leave the ring.
Roman steps up to Edge and tells him thatís his pass. But he
disrespected him, therefore he disrespected his family. He tells
Edge to acknowledge him. Acknowledge him as the champion of choice.
He tells Edge to say his name. Kevin Owens attacks Roman from behind
and gives him the stunner and leaves.