WWE SmackDown kicks off with highlights of last weekís show.
April 23, 2021
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Live in the ThunderDome, Cesaro is in the ring. As he is about to
speak, out comes Seth Rollins. He calls Cesaro the man of the hour.
He says he came out to congratulate him because he did it. He
reached and fulfilled his potential and that is becasue he was in
the ring with Seth at WrestleMania.
Seth says he took Cesaro all the way to the promise land and he asks
Cesaro where his thanks is because he hasnít gotten it. He heard
Cesaro talk about wanting to move on from him and to go after the
Universal Championship. Seth says this is not over because nothing
is over until he says that itís over. And concerning WrestleMania,
if mother nature and God himself hadnít converged and created a rain
delay, Cesaro would not have gotten the win. Seth says on his worst
day and on Cesaroís best, he couldnít beat him again.
Cesaro says heís having a great day and what would make it better is
if Seth would step in the ring and he can prove to him that he can
beat him right here and right now. Seth walks down the ramp and says
maybe he should teach him a lesson.
Jey Usoís music hits and out comes Jey to the ramp. He tells Cesaro
that he should listen to Seth. He challenged the head of the table
Roman Reigns and Roman brushed him off. He doesnít deserve to be in
the same ring as him, Roman or Seth again. He says if he didnít get
the message last week, he will show him tonight.
Seth tells Uso to back off and they can work together. They can
strike together. Uso agrees.
Cesaro is in the ring as Jey and Seth circle the ring. Daniel
Bryanís music hits and out comes Bryan to the ring. He and Cesaro
are in the ring. Bryan asks them where they are going. He says
Cesaro came out because he wants a Universal Championship match.
Seth came out because he is embarrassed and upset that Cesaro beat
him at WrestleMania. And Jey came out because Roman told him to. But
he came out to make sure Cesaro finally gets what he deserves.
Seth and Jey start to walk away. Bryan says he has an infinite
amount of respect for Cesaro because he has worked harder than
everybody. Harder than him, than Seth, than Jey and even Roman
Reigns. The only reason Roman is at where he is at is because of
family connections while Cesaro hasnít gotten a break. Bryan asks if
Roman will come out but probably not since Roman doesnít like to
wrestle. Roman will come out and the three of them will try to
attack them and beat them to a pulp. Bryan says if someone wants to
come out to fight, they can.
Romanís music hits and out he comes with Paul Heyman. Roman says
Bryan should be talking about the work he put on him at WrestleMania
and he had even called it. Smash them, stack them, pin them. Roman
calls Bryan a loser. And the fact that Cesaro is letting Bryan talk
for him means that he is a loser. To everyone else, they are legit
but to him, the tribal chief, they are losers. Bryan is a
WrestleMania main event loser. Cesaro is like a casino loser, he is
a loser with bad luck. But Bryan is just a stupid loser. He says
Bryan is surrounded by people who want to beat his ass.
Cesaro and Daniel Bryan vs. Jey Uso and Seth Rollins
All four men are in the ring fighting. The referee is in the ring
but the match hasnít started just yet. The referee calls for the
ball and we are under way.
Bryan with a suplex on Jey. He goes for the cover but Jey kicks out.
Cesaro is tagged in. An elbow by Cesaro. He goes for the cover but
Jey kicks out. Cesaro knocks Seth off the ring apron. He turns his
attention back to Jey. He lifts Jey up and a vertical suplex. He
goes for the cover but Jey kicks out. Seth tags himself in. An
uppercut by Cesaro followed by right hands. He goes for a splash but
Cesaro moves out of the way. A slingblade by Seth. He goes for the
cover but Cesaro kicks out.
Seth throws Cesaro in the corner and Jey is tagged in. They double
team Cesaro. A stomp by Jey and Seth is tagged in. Once more they
double team Cesaro. A headlock by Seth as Cesaro tries to fight
back. A boot to the face by Seth. He jumps off the second rope and
but Cesaro catches him and a backbreaker by Cesaro. He tags Bryan
Bryan with a dropkick off the top rope. He knocks Jey off the ring
apron. Bryan with the yes kicks. He goes for another one but Seth
ducks. Seth goes for the overhead kick by Bryan catches him and a
German by Bryan. He goes for the cover but Seth kicks out. Bryan
goes for the running knee, Seth catches him as Jey catches him. The
buckle bomb by Seth. Jey with the splash. He goes for the cover but
Cesaro breaks it up.
Jey and Seth throw Cesaro to the outside and a double suplex on the
Back from commercial, Seth has Bryan tied up on the bottom rope. He
places Bryan on the ring apron and a kick to the head by Seth. He
rolls Bryan back into the ring and goes for the cover but Bryan
kicks out. Seth with a forearm to the back of the neck. He goes for
the cover but again Bryan kicks out. Jey is tagged in and they
double team Bryan. A right hand by Jey and Bryan in the corner. A
Samoan drop by Uso. He goes for the cover but again Bryan kicks out.
Seth is tagged back in.
He throws Bryan in the corner and a knee to the face by Seth. He
taunts Bryan, he runs towards Bryan but Bryan moves out of the way
and both men collide, going down. Cesaro and Uso are tagged in.
Cesaro with an uppercut followed by right hands. Cesaro with a
spinning clothesline. He goes for the cover but Jey kicks out. A
spine buster by Cesasro as he tries to swing Jey but Jey grabs the
bottom rope. Cesaro flies off the second rope and a flying corkscrew
uppercut. He goes for the cover but again Jey kicks out. Cesaro
throws Jey in the air and an uppercut. He goes for the cover but
Seth breaks it up.
Bryan gets in the ring as he and Seth fight . Seth is thrown to the
outside and Bryan with a suicide dive onto Seth on the outside. Jey
knocks Cesaro to the outside. Jey goes for a suicide dive but Cesaro
with an uppercut. Cesaro climbs the top rope, he jumps but Jey hits
him with a super kick.
Back from commercial, Cesaro with a sharpshooter on Seth but Jey
with a superkick breaks it up. Jey climbs the top rope but Cesaro
with an uppercut slows him down. Seth starts to walk away up the
ramp. Jey on the ring apron as Cesaro hits a superplex off the top
rope from the ring apron. Bryan is tagged in. He hits him with the
running knee. Bryan goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Daniel Bryan and Cesaro
Bryan grabs a microphone after the match and calls Roman out. Jey
tries to attack them from behind but Cesaro knocks him down and
swings him around. Jey slowly gets up and Cesaro hits him with an
uppercut. Bryan tells Cesaro Roman might be afraid after all of
Cesaro grabs a microphone and says they are waiting. Bryan says this
shows what kind of a champion Roman is and he wonít even save his
own cousin. It shows everyone what kind of a family man Roman truly
is. Bryan tells Roman to swing Jey again. Cesaro starts spinning Jey
around again and drops him. Bryan says Roman still hasnít come out.
Bryan asks if Roman is afraid. he knows he couldnít beat Kevin Owens
without Jeyís help. He couldnít beat him without Edgeís help. He
couldnít beat Edge without Jeyís help. And he canít beat Cesaro.
We cut backstage to Sonya and Adam Pearce. In comes Apollo who says
this is nonsense, why does he have to defend his Intercontinental
Championship tonight. He says he defeated Big E, he wonít defend it
against him. Pearce says when Big E can, he will challenge Apollo
Crews for the Championship. Either him or his opponent for tonight,
Jey is backstage and in comes Kayla. Jey says he feels sick and
thatís enough disrespect by Cesaro. He says stepping up to the head
of the table, he will get put down.
Nia Jax with Shayna Baszler and Reginald vs. Tamina with Natalya
The bell rings and we are under way. Nia lifts Tamina up and slams
her in the corner. A headbutt by Nia followed by a splash. Nia
talking trash but Tamina with a right hand. Tamina takes Nia down
and more right hands by Tamina.
Nia next to the ropes as Tamina tried to pick her up but Shayna
holds onto Niaís leg. Nia rolls to the outside and Tamina throws her
into the barricade. Shayna gets in Taminaís face. Tamina throws Nia
back in the ring. Reginald on the ring apron, Tamina is distracted.
Tamina kicks Shayna away who is next to the ring apron.
Tamina with a superkick on Nia. She goes for the cover and gets the
Kayla is backstage and she is with Kevin Owens. She asks him about
his match tonight. Owens says it has been years since his last match
for the Intercontinental title. He says he is more than thrilled, he
is delighted. He says he wasnít expecting this opportunity but he
wonít turn it down. He will gladly be the one to knock Apollo down.
In comes Big E. He says Kevin jumped the line. They both know
that this is his match and his title. Kevin says because of
WrestleMania. Kevin says Big E is right, he should be getting a
rematch but it wonít be tonight. Because tonight, itís his
opportunity. He says he will go win the belt and after that it will
be his title. Both guys sarcastically laugh.
Adam Pearce is backstage and in comes Bryan. He asks Pearce if he
will make the match between Roman and Cesaro. Adam says itís not
easy but he will try. Bryan tells him to do more than just try.
Intercontinental Championship Ė Apollo Crews (c) with Commander
Azeez vs. Kevin Owens
The bell rings and we are under way. A leg take down by Owens in the
middle of the ring. Owen switches into a side headlock. He gets
Crews up and another headlock. Crews tries to turn it into a cover
as Kevin lets go of it. Owens with another headlock in the middle of
the ring. Crews sends Kevin to the ropes and a dropkick by Owens.
Apollo in the corner and a chop to the chest by Owens followed by
right hands. The referee breaks it up and a kick by Apollo. He gets
Kevin into a side headlock. Owens sends him to the ropes and a
forearm by Owens takes him down. A senton by Owens followed by a
clothesline taking Apollo to the outside. Kevin is about to go for a
suicide dive but Azeez stands in his way. Kevin gets on the ring
apron and Apollo trips him up.
Crews gets Owens back in the ring and a snap suplex by Crews. He
goes for the cover but Apollo kicks out. Right hands by Crews and he
throws Owens to the outside. Crews to the outside. He goes for a
moonsault but Kevin moves out of the way and Owens hits him with a
superkick. He throws Apollo back in the ring. Owens with a senton
off the top rope. He goes for the cover but Apollo kicks out.
Sami Zaynís music hits and out comes Sami down to the ring.
Back from commercial, Sami is on commentary. Apollo and Owens are
fighting on the second rope. Apollo knocks Owens down. Apollo on the
top rope, he jumps, Owens moves out of the way and Kevin hits him
with a superkick. Owens goes for the cover but Apollo kicks out. A
chop to the chest by Owens but Crews lifts Owens up and throws him
on the top rope. A clothesline by Crews. He goes for the cover but
Owens kicks out.
A kick by Apollo followed by a German suplex. A second German by
Apollo followed by a third German suplex. He goes for the cover but
Owens kicks out. Apollo goes for a big splash but Owens moves out of
the way. Owens with a release German. A cannonball by Owens in the
corner. A second cannonball by Owens. He goes for the cover but
Apollo kicks out. Owens goes for the Stunner but Crews goes for the
Olympic slam, Owens blocks it and a superkick by Owens. He sends
APollo to the ropes and a popup powerbomb. He goes for the cover but
APollo kicks out.
Owens climbs the top rope but Apollo rolls to the outside. Owens
with a frog splash onto Apollo. He throws Crews back in the ring.
Azzeez on the ring apron distracts Owens as Apollo rolls him up from
behind for the pin.
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Apollo Crews
Owens hits Crews with the stunner. Azeez gets in the ring and knocks
Owens down. Zayn gets in the ring after the match and dances around
Kayla is backstage with Heyman. She asks him if Roman will accept
Cesaroís challenge tonight. Heyman says he likes Cesaro, he likes
him. He respects him, he admires him, he loves him in a professional
way. He says Cesaro made a name for himself using only one name like
Drake, Madonna. He says Cesaro is his favorite Cesaro. Will Roman
accept the challenge tonight, customer satisfaction is the number
one priority on the island of relevancy.
Heyman says spoiler. By the end of tonight, everyone in the tribe
will hear from their chief and he shall give his answer. A direct
answer from Roman Reigns. He tells Kayla she did good and he is
proud of her.
Megan Morant is backstage and in comes Apollo Crews. He says he
doesnít just talk to anyone. He says to listen because that is the
sound of his royal ancestors celebrating his victory. In comes Big E
who attacks Apollo Crews. He throws him into equipment backstage as
WWE officials break it up. Commander Azeez comes out and checks on
A video package of Aleister Black airs. He says most people are not
honest but he will tell the truth. He opens a book and says Chapter
1, the dragon. He talks about these funerals he went to as a child.
These celebrations of life that his father would bring him to. He
was not taught how to defeat the dragon but how to become the
dragon. He cuts a promo talking and attacking the viewers.
Kayla is backstage with Ziggler and Roode. She congratulates them on
their victory last week. Tonight itís the Mysterioís vs. The Alpha
Academy. Ziggler says Rey is one of the best of all time but his son
has some big Gucci shoes to fill. He predicts the Alpha Maleís to
In come The Street Profits. They said when they were champions,
Roode and Ziggler got multiple chances against them and they want to
be next in line. In comes Bayley. She breaks it up. She says ding
dong, hello Kayla. She is the role model and she is here to talk
about her opponent for WrestleMania Backlash, Bianca Belair.
Bayley says she took Biancaís hand and graciously gave her the
chance to work with her when she joined the WWE. But Bianca never
thanked her. She says Bianca is rude, selfish and spoiled. And at
WrestleMania Backlash, she is taking back what is her and that is
the SmackDown Womenís Championship. In comes Ford on his phone. He
is talking to Bianca and says Bayley is really talking about her.
Bianca laughs and says she will be right there.
Bianca is backstage with Bayley. Bianca tells her to say what she
said to her face. Bayley says she wanted to congratulate Bianca for
making history at WrestleMania and she is honored to be her first
opponent. And she keeps replaying her match in her mind. She said
she wrestled Sasha many times and she knows it wasnít easy and it
will be an honor to face her at WrestleMania Backlash. Bayley walks
away and comes back laughing. She laughs in Biancaís face and walks
Rey and Dominik Mysterio vs. The Alpha Academy
The bell rings and we are under way. A shoulder block by Otis takes
Dominik down. A running clothesline by Otis and again Dominik is
out. Otis lifts Dominik up and slams him down onto the mat. Otis
climbs the second rope but Rey grabs Dominik to the outside. Otis
runs to the outside and hits both Rey and Dominik with a
Back from commercial, Gable is in the ring with Dominik. Gable with
a suplex. He goes for the cover but Dominik kicks out. Gable attacks
Rey off the ring apron and Otis is tagged in. They double team
Dominik. He sends Dominik to the ropes and double forearms takes
Dominik out. A bodyslam by Otis. He throws Dominik in the corner and
Gable is tagged in. They double team Dominik in the corner. Otis
tags himself back in and a big splash onto Dominik. Gable tags
himself back in.
Gable goes for the cover but Dominik kicks out. A belly to belly by
Gable followed by a second. Gable goes for a German but Dominik
lands on his feet. Dominik throws Gable onto the ropes and Rey is
tagged in. Rey with right hands. A head scissor take down by Rey. He
goes for the cover but Dominik kicks out. Rey on the top rope but
Gable slowls him down. Gable on the second rope, he places Rey on
his shoulders but Rey with a hurricanrana.
Rey goes for the cover but Gable kicks out. Dominik is tagged in.
Gable on the ring apron and they double team him taking him to the
outside. Dominik throws Gable back in. Rey is tagged back in and he
knocks Otis off the ring apron. They double team Gable. Dominik
jumps over the top rope and he throws Otis onto the announce table.
Rey with the 619 followed by the frogsplash. He goes for the cover
and gets the pin.
Winners: Rey and Dominik Mysterio
Cesaroís music hits and he comes down to the ring with Daniel Bryan.
Both Cesaro and Bryan are in the ring as Cesaro tells Roman to come
out. They want to hear his answer. Cesaro says he can either come
out and give his answer or they can go to the back and get an
Romanís music hits and out he comes with Heyman and Jey Uso. All
three men get in the ring as Roman lifts his WWE Universal
Championship. Roman gets in Cesaroís face. He says Cesaro wants to
challenge him. He asks Cesaro who he is. He doesnít deserve it, he
hasnít earned it. Roman says he is the tribal chief, the head of the
table. His answer is no and it will always be no because Cesaro will
never be on his level.
Reigns says the Universal Champion issues the challenges out here
and the challenger is Bryan. Roman tells Bryan he doesnít like him,
he never liked him and he never will. But Bryan gets one more
opportunity because thatís as close as he will ever get. Roman says
next week on SmackDown, Bryan gets one more title opportunity.
Cesaro tells Bryan he has to take it. Roman says but if or when
Bryan loses, he doesnít want to ever see Bryan again. He wants his
to vanish. He never wants to see him on SmackDown ever again. Bryan
accepts as Roman Reigns leaves the ring.