WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (4/2/21): The Rated R Superstar Is Back

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
April 2, 2021
Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Edge Promo 

What happened at Fastlane, what happened last week here on SmackDown, the chaos, the mayhem, the destruction, it didn’t need to happen. Maybe it did, maybe this was all inevitable, maybe I was being naïve thinking that I could travel the Road to WrestleMania without hitting any speed bumps. Or maybe a better analogy is hitting any roadkill because that’s what Daniel Bryan has done by weaseling his way into my match at WrestleMania. You know, and I thought if anybody would understand where I’m coming from it would be Daniel. Because when I told him that, he was one of the reasons I thought maybe this comeback was possible, I meant it. The idea of possible teaming with Daniel at Fastlane, that was intriguing to me, that was exciting to me, but apparently that just wasn’t enough for Daniel. You know, I was so focused on Roman Reigns, I didn’t even see Daniel Bryan coming. And that’s one me, because if anyone could see a manipulator coming, if anyone should see an opportunist coming, it’s me, so lesson learned.

And then Daniel Bryan has all of these scenarios, okay, Edge and Roman face each other and he immediately faces the winner after, just so heroic. Okay, not that one. Well, let’s see, Edge and Roman can face each other on WrestleMania Sunday and he’ll face the winner at WrestleMania Sunday, once again, so brave. But then after Adam Pearce’s decision last week, I realized, I just got out played. Now, you might think I’m mad at Daniel and I am, but I also strangely have to thank him, because I had a lot of time for reflection this week, I looked in the mirror and I finally liked what I saw. I finally saw the guy, who when he’s backed into a corner, he comes out biting, he comes out swinging, he comes out doing whatever he has to do.

I looked in the mirror and I finally saw, The Rated R Superstar. But while I’m out here, why don’t we throw up the graphic of Adam Pearce’s master piece for WrestleMania. There it is, a triple threat match for the Universal Championship, there is Adam Pearce’s validation for his paycheck. Way to go, Adam. But I don’t think Adam understands the ramifications of what he’s done. I don’t think Roman understands. I don’t think Bryan understands. So, did I snap at Fastlane after getting hit with a chair from Daniel Bryan, after he hit me with a Running Knee weeks before that? Did I snap after Adam Pearce made this a triple threat match? You’re damn right, I did. I finally woke the hell up. I am a man that Roman Reigns aspires to be, I am a man that Daniel Bryan aspires to be, I am a WWE Hall of Fame Legend. I am The Ultimate Opportunist. And I am finally, once again, The Rated R Superstar.

First Match: The Street Profits & The Mysterio Family vs. The Dirty Dawgs & The Alpha Academy In A 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Dominik Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler will start things off. Ziggler kicks Dominik in the gut. Ziggler with a knee smash. Ziggler with the irish whip. Dominik kicks Ziggler in the face. Dominik drops Ziggler with The Tornado DDT for a two count. Rey with a Headscissors Takeover to Roode. Street Profits sends Alpha Academy tumbling to the floor. Dominik dumps Ziggler out of the ring. Rey with a Flying Seated Senton off the ring apron. Dominik with The Slingshot Pescado. Ford lands The SomerSault Plancha. Ziggler regains control of the match during the commercial break. Ziggler applies a waist lock. Ziggler goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Rey lands back on his feet. Rey tags in Dawkins. Dawkins with two clotheslines. Dawkins ducks a clothesline from Ziggler. Dawkins with a Spinning Elbow Strike. Dawkins clears the ring. Dawkins with Two Exploder Suplex’s. Roode pulls Ziggler out of harms way. Dawkins with a straight right hand. Dozovic clotheslines Dawkins behind the referee’s back.

Ziggler applies a Knee Bar. Ziggler tags in Dozovic. Dozovic stomps on Dawkins chest. Dozovic with a double sledge for a two count. Dozovic fish hooks Dawkins. Dozovic whips Dawkins into the turnbuckles. Dozovic with an elbow drop. Dozovic punches Dawkins in the chest. Dozovic tags in Roode. Roode applies a front face lock. Roode with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Roode tags in Ziggler. Ziggler rams his boot across Dawkins face. Ziggler toys around with Dawkins. Ziggler applies a front face lock. Dozovic tags himself in. Following a snap mare takeover, Dozovic fish hooks Dawkins. Dawkins decks Dozovic with a JawBreaker. Dawkins with a straight right hand. Both men are knocked down after a double clothesline.

Ford and Gable are tagged in. Ford with a clothesline. Ford with a Back Body Drop. Ford dropkicks Roode. Ford dropkicks Ziggler off the ring apron. Ford throws Gable back into the ring. Ford with a Modified Side Slam. Ford follows that with The Standing MoonSault for a two count. Rey dropkicks Ziggler into the middle rope. Roode negates The 619. Rey sends Roode back first into the ringside barricade. Dominik with a Hurricanrana over the top rope. Ford rolls Gable over for a two count. Ford with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ford goes for The Frog Splash, but Gable ducks out of the way. Gable tags in Dozovic. Alpha Academy connects with their Roll Through German Suplex/Flying Splash Combination to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Dirty Dawgs & The Alpha Academy via Pinfall 

Seth Rollins & Cesaro Segment 

Corey Graves: Gentlemen, we are one week away from Rollins vs Cesaro at WrestleMania. Now, Seth, you’re certainly no stranger to the grandest stage of them all, Mr. WrestleMania. Cesaro, this is your first ever singles match at WrestleMania and Seth’s been very vocal about his opinion that you’ve squandered all of your potential. This is your first one-on-one match at WrestleMania, will it the breakthrough moment Cesaro’s been promising?

Cesaro: You know, Corey, this is definitely the biggest match of my career. And Seth has been very loud, talking about all my shortcomings. And, you know what, most of it may be true. But, next Saturday at WrestleMania, it’s going to be different. I can’t fail. I will not fail. Whatever it takes. You know why? There’s something different, there’s something in the air, I can feel it, something different. Swing is in the air, everywhere you look around.

Seth Rollins: Okay, look, I told you, you should have started with me, Corey. Bring it over here, come on, don’t talk to this loser. I see what you’re trying to do, the both of you, you singing about swings, you trying to press me with these questions, trying to get your little hot mic moment. Look, it’s not gonna happen. Guys, you can’t shake me and I’ll tell you why. You see that sign up there? It’s WrestleMania Season. And when it comes to this time of year, I am unshakeable, just look at my track record going into WrestleMania. The moments speak for themselves, I mean, when you talk about them, the mega powers explode, you got to talk about Seth Rollins vs. Triple H. I mean, when you talk about Stone Cold vs. The Rock, my guy, The Rock, DJ, you got to talk about Seth Rollins slaying The Beast. And when you talk about one of the greatest moments in the history of WrestleMania, Hulk Hogan bodyslamming Andre The Giant, well, right above that, you’ve got to talk about The Heist Of The Century. You can’t shake me guys, come on.

Corey Graves: Now, listen, Seth, I don’t think anybody’s questioning your accomplishments or your abilities at WrestleMania. And to that point, Cesaro, we are talking about WrestleMania, the pressure is on, do you personally believe that you have what it takes to defeat Seth Rollins on the grandest stage of them all?

Cesaro: Corey, I wouldn’t be here if I wouldn’t know that I can beat Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. Not only do I know that I can beat Seth at WrestleMania, I know that I can embarrass Seth Rollins again at WrestleMania.

Seth Rollins: You’re not embarrassing me at WrestleMania. What don’t you numbskulls don’t understand? Let me spell it out for you. I am unshakeable. Come on guys, unshakeable.

Cesaro: Corey, he may be unshakeable, but he sure is not unswingable, I mean, how many times was it? 21, 22 times, right?

Seth Rollins: The both of you shut up. Get out of here, don’t you give him any more false hope. And you, you listen to me, right now. I’m sick of you trying to get under my skin. What you need to understand is that there are levels to this game. And you are down here and I am up here, that is how it is, and that is how it will be. And at WrestleMania, I’m going to embarrass you so bad, that you will not even have your potential to fallback on. And the only person you’re gonna have to blame for that is yourself, because you provoked me time and time again. You know what? I’m not gonna let you get to WrestleMania, I’m gonna end your dream, right here and right now. You understand me?

Cesaro: Take a swing.

Second Match: Shayna Baszler w/Nia Jax w/Reginald Thomas vs. Natalya w/Tamina 

Nia Jax joins the commentary team for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Natalya backs Baszler into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Natalya kicks Baszler in the gut. Natalya is throwing haymakers at Baszler. Baszler delivers her combination offense. Natalya with a double leg takedown. Baszler denies The Sharpshooter. Baszler avoids The Discus Lariat. Rollup Exchange. Natalya connects with the inside cradle to pickup the victory. After the match, Nia Jax attacks Natalya from behind. Tamina joins the fray. Baszler kicks the left hamstring of Tamina. Baszler with a RoundHouse Kick. Jax with The Running Leg Drop. Baszler follows that with a Rising Knee Strike.

Jax with Two Running Hip Attacks. Riott Squad enters with Stereo Dropkicks. Ruby applies The Guillotine Choke. Flying Bulldog/DDT Combination. Baszler drops Morgan with a Sharp Knee Strike. Baszler applies The Kirifuda Clutch. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke storms into the ring. Rose with a Pump Knee Strike. Brooke with a Flipping NeckBreaker. Rose ducks a clothesline from Baszler. Double Flapjack. Rose with a Pump Knee Strike to Jax. Brooke with The Handspring Shotgun Dropkick. All hell is breaking loose in Thunderdome. Naomi and Lana joins the fray. Riott Squad with Stereo STO’s. Stereo RoundHouse Kicks. Lana with The Flying Crossbody Block. Naomi drops Jax with The SpringBoard Clothesline. Naomi and Lana with Stereo X-Factors. Tamina SuperKicks Lana. Natalya and Tamina plants Lana with The Heart Attack.

Winner: Natalya via Pinfall 

Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Logan Paul Segment 

Third Match: Bianca BelAir vs. Carmella 

Carmella kicks BelAir before the bell rings. Carmella shoves BelAir out of the ring. Carmella throws BelAir into the ringside barricade. Carmella with clubbing blows to BelAir’s back. Carmella whips BelAir into the steel ring steps. BelAir starts favoring her hip. Carmella has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Carmella applies a rear chin lock. BelAir backs Carmella into the turnbuckles. Carmella applies The Upside Down. BelAir goes for a PowerBomb, but Carmella counters with a Hurricanrana. Carmella hits The Bronco Buster for a one count. Carmella tied up BelAir’s ponytail to the bottom rope.

Carmella repeatedly stomps on BelAir’s chest. The referee admonishes Carmella. Carmella talks smack to BelAir. BelAir clotheslines Carmella. BelAir with two shoulder tackles. BelAir dropkicks Carmella. BelAir with clubbing blows to Carmella’s back. Carmella avoids The Hair Whip. BelAir with a knee lift. BelAir rocks Carmella with a forearm smash. BelAir goes for The HandSpring MoonSault, but Carmella ducks out of the way. Carmella SuperKicks BelAir for a two count. Carmella toys around with BelAir. BelAir connects with The KOD to pickup the victory. After the match, BelAir avoided another cheap shot from Sasha Banks. BelAir tells Sasha to save her energy for WrestleMania.

Winner: Bianca BelAir via Pinfall 

Updated WrestleMania 37 Match Card 

Night 1

– Bobby Lashley (c) w/MVP vs. Drew McIntyre For The WWE Championship

– Bad Bunny w/Damian Priest vs. The Miz w/John Morrison

– Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca BelAir For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

– Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

– Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon In A Steel Cage Match

– The New Day (c) vs. AJ Styles & Omos For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship

Night 2 

–  Roman Reigns (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan In A Triple Threat Match For The WWE Universal Championship

– Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship

– Randy Orton vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt w/Alexa Bliss

– Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews For The WWE Intercontinental Championship In The Nigerian Drum Fight

– Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn

– Matt Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus For The WWE United States Championship

Fourth Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Jey Uso In A Street Fight 

Edge joins the commentary team for this match. Bryan attacks Jey before the bell rings. Rockers Punches. Uppercut Exchange. Bryan with a straight right hand. Jey reverses out of the irish whip from Bryan. Jey scores the elbow knockdown. Jey removes Bryan’s t-shirt. Jey uppercuts Bryan. Jey dumps Bryan out of the ring. Bryan is throwing haymakers at Jey. Bryan slams Jey’s head on the barricade. Jey repeatedly whips Bryan into the barricade. Jey talks smack to Edge. Jey rolls Bryan back into the ring. Bryan with a Baseball Slide Dropkick. Bryan goes for a Suicide Dive, but Jey counters with a desperation chair shot. Jey with clubbing chair shots. Jey wraps the chair around the right knee of Bryan. Jey goes for The Uso Splash, but Bryan ducks out of the way. Bryan gives Jey the chair treatment. Jey tumbles to the floor. Roman Reigns appears on the stage with Paul Heyman.

Bryan has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Corner YES! Kicks. Bryan with The Corner Dropkick. Jey SuperKicks Bryan. Jey wedged a chair in between the turnbuckles. Jey drives Bryan face first into the wedged chair. Jey transitions into a ground and pound attack. Jey pulls out a steel chain from a toolbox. Jey viciously attacks Bryan with the chain. Jey lands The Uso Splash for a two count. Jey rolls Bryan out of the ring. Jey slams Bryan’s head on the ring apron. Jey whips Bryan into the steel ring steps. Jey says that Edge should fear Roman Reigns. Jey slams Bryan’s head on the ring stairs.

Bryan with heavy bodyshots. Bryan with a Snap Vertical Suplex off the ring stairs. Bryan stares at Edge. Bryan delivers multiple chair shots. Bryan repeatedly slams Jey’s head on the announce table. Bryan rolls Jey back into the ring. Bryan with The Missile Dropkick. YES! Kicks. Bryan drops Jey with The RoundHouse Kick. Bryan wraps the chair around his elbow. Bryan with clubbing elbow smashes. Bryan makes Jey tap out to The YES! Lock. After the match, Bryan goes after Edge. Bryan repeatedly slams Edge’s head on the steel ring post. Bryan walks towards Roman Reigns. Reigns throws a chair at Bryan. Bryan ducks a clothesline from Reigns. Bryan connects with The Running Knee. Bryan applies The YES! Lock on the stage to close the show.

Winner: Daniel Bryan via Submission 

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