WWE Friday Night SmackDown
April 9, 2021
St. Petersburg, Florida
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— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) April 9, 2021
Transcription by Josh Lopez
Daniel Bryan Promo
We are so close, we are close to the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania. You see, I’m excited, everybody’s excited. And I’m excited about everything, I’m excited to see the set, I’m excited to smell the smoke of the pyro, I’m excited to feel the human air at Raymond James Stadium. But what I’m excited about most is to finally hear the roar of the WWE Universe in person. You see, don’t get me wrong, I love The Thunderdome. This, this is incredible, who even thought this could be a thing, right? Look at this, it’s amazing, but there is absolutely nothing like wrestling in front of a live audience, there is nothing like wrestling in front of a live audience at WrestleMania, and there is absolutely, positively nothing like winning the Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania. You see, that’s what I can’t wait for, walking down to the ring, with 25,000 people chanting YES in unison, there’s absolutely nothing like it.
And, you know, I’m often associated with the word, YES, but the reality is, most of my career has revolved around constantly being told, NO! Is Daniel Bryan big enough? No. Does Daniel Bryan belong in the WWE? No. Is Daniel Bryan a Superstar? No. Is Daniel Bryan best for business? No. Can Daniel Bryan be the face of the WWE? No. Does Daniel Bryan deserve to be in the main event of WrestleMania? If you ask Batista, if you ask Randy Orton, if you ask this year, if you ask Edge, if you ask Roman Reigns, they will tell you, no. But if you ask me, you’re damn right, I do. You see, because I’m lucky, I’m lucky because every time people told me no, my parents and my mentors, they told me to ignore the negativity, look deep inside myself and find the truth. And that is how I came to say, YES! YES! YES! Because every time life told me no, I said yes. Will Daniel Bryan ever be able to wrestle again? The doctors said no, I said yes. When I came back, will Daniel Bryan ever be world champion again, people said no, I said yes. At Fastlane, will Daniel Bryan be able to tap out The Untapoutable, Roman Reigns, Roman Reigns said no, I said yes. And can Daniel Bryan main event WrestleMania, one more time, at first, Adam Pearce said no and then Adam Pearce said yes.
You see, this Sunday at WrestleMania, this is by far the biggest match of my career. A triple threat match for the Universal Championship. On one side, you got Edge, furious because he thinks I’ve stolen a spotlight that belongs solely on him. On the other side, you have Roman Reigns, enraged because for the first time in his career, I made him tap out and if I make him tap out again, not only is he no longer Universal Championship, he’s not the head of the table, he’s not the tribal chief, he’s not anything he thinks he is. And when people are furious and when people are enraged, they are dangerous. Edge and Roman Reigns are two of the most dangerous men in WWE. But who are they gonna face? Which Daniel Bryan are they gonna face?
It’s not gonna be the Daniel Bryan who was General Manager. It’s not even going to be, family man, Daniel Bryan. This Sunday at WrestleMania, they’re are getting the best damn Daniel Bryan that they’ve ever seen, the most dangerous Daniel Bryan that they’ve ever seen, the same Daniel Bryan that tapped out the Untapoutable Roman Reigns, the same Daniel Bryan that will kick Edge’s head in, despite his neck, this is the Daniel Bryan with fire in his eyes and fire is in his heart. And I am willing to do anything, which leads me to one last question. Can Daniel Bryan walk out of the main event of WrestleMania as Universal Champion? YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
First Match: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. The Street Profits vs. The Alpha Academy vs. The Mysterio Family In A Fatal Four Way Match For The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2021
A massive pier six brawl ensues before the bell rings. Chad Gable and Dominik Mysterio will start things off. Gable with a waist lock takedown. Dominik sends Gable to the floor. Dominik dropkicks Gable. Dominik with a deep arm-drag. Dominik applies an arm-bar. Dozovic tags himself in. Gable whips Dominik across the ring. Polish Hammer/German Suplex Combination. Ziggler tags himself in. Ziggler hooks the inside leg for a two count. Ziggler slams Dominik’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Ziggler tags in Roode. Roode is throwing haymakers at Dominik. Roode whips Dominik across the ring. Roode scores the elbow knockdown for a two count. Roode applies a rear chin lock. Dominik with heavy bodyshots. Roode punches Dominik in the back. Roode bodyslams Dominik. Gable tags himself in. Gable cranks on the left shoulder of Dominik for a two count. Gable applies an arm-bar. Gable goes for Belly to Back Suplex, but Dominik counters with a Crossbody Block for a one count. Dominik dropkicks Gable. Dominik tags in Rey.
Rey with forearm shivers. Gable reverses out of the irish whip from Rey. Rey ducks a clothesline from Gable. Rey with a Tilt-A-Whirl Headscissors Takeover. Gable reverses out of the irish whip from Rey. Rey decks Gable with a back elbow smash. Gable catches Rey in mid-air. Rey drops Gable with The Spinning DDT for a two count. Stereo Dropkicks. Mysterio Family knocks Dozovic off the ring apron. Dozovic catches Gable in mid-air. Rey lands The Suicide Dive. Dominik with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block. The Dirty Dawgs has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Roode drives his knee into the midsection of Ford. Roode with the irish whip. Ford showcases his athleticism. Ford dropkicks Roode for a two count. Roode delivers a gut punch. Roode punches Ford in the back. Roode goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Ford lands back on his feet. Ford with forearm shivers. Roode hits The SpineBuster. Dozovic tags himself in.
Roode is not happy with Dozovic. Dozovic with a Discus Lariat for a two count. Dozovic bodyslams Ford. Dozovic with a running elbow drop. Dozovic whips Ford across the ring. Dozovic with a stiff bodyshot. Dozovic tags in Gable. Gable with The Bridging Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Ziggler tags himself in. Ziggler applies a side headlock. Ford goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Ziggler lands back on his feet. Ziggler dropkicks Ford. Ziggler goes for The Famouser, but Ford counters with The PowerBomb. Dawkins and Roode are tagged in. Dawkins with two clotheslines. Dawkins ducks a clothesline from Roode. Dawkins with a corkscrew back elbow smash. Dawkins with The Exploder Suplex. Dawkins levels Gable with The 360 Stinger Splash. Dawkins follows that with The Running Bulldog. Rey tags himself in. Rey with a Flying Seated Senton. Rey sends Dawkins tumbling to the floor. Rey with a Tilt-A-Whirl Headscissors Takeover into Dozovic. Rey tags in Dominik. Stereo 619’s. Rey dumps Ziggler out of the ring. Dominik connects with The Frog Splash for a two cont. Dozovic catches Rey in mid-air. Dozovic sends Rey chest first to the outside. Double Dropkick to Dozovic. Ford lands The SomerSault Plancha. Dawkins and Gable are tagged in. Rollup Exchange. Gable ducks a clothesline from Dawkins. Gable with the backslide cover for a two count. Ford made the blind tag. Gable with a Roll Through German Suplex. Ford hits The Frog Splah. Roode tags himself in. Ziggler SuperKicks Ford. Roode proceeds to steal the victory.
Winner: Still WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler via Pinfall
"When I beat @SashaBanksWWE and become #SmackDown Women's Champion, that's gonna be the greatEST night of my life!" @BiancaBelairWWE is ready for tomorrow night at #WrestleMania! pic.twitter.com/aNRVuW7ChH
— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2021
— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2021
Second Match: Nia Jax w/Shayna Baszler & Reginald Thomas vs. Tamina w/Natalya
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Jax shoves Tamina into the canvas. Jax talks smack to Tamina. Strong lockup. Tamina outpowers Jax. Jax is shocked. Jax pie faces Tamina. Tamina answers with a back fist. Tamina is throwing haymakers at Jax. Tamina is mauling Jax in the corner. Reginald runs interference. Tug Of War. Jax with a Running Body Block. Jax levels Tamina with a Body Avalanche.
Jax kicks Tamina in the back. Tamina with desperation haymakers. Jax HeadButts Tamina. Jax is choking Tamina with her boot. Jax with the irish whip. Tamina sends Jax shoulder first into the steel ring post. Tamina HeadButts Jax. Natalya pulls Baszler off the ring apron. Baszler throws Natalya into the steel ring post. Tamina denies The Samoan Drop. Tamina SuperKicks Jax. Tamina connects with The Samoan Drop. Baszler breaks up the pinning opportunity which causes the disqualification. After the match, Natalya and Tamina tees off on Baszler. Baszler retreats to the outside.
Winner: Tamina via Disqualification
Going into their #TagTeamTurmoil Match at #WrestleMania for the Women's Tag Team Championships, @NatbyNature & @TaminaSnuka stand tall over the rest of the competitors! #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/jScWQipqBH
— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2021
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) April 10, 2021
I went to WrestleMania XI, Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior, on that night, I knew what I needed to do with the rest of my life. And when I dream things, I have to manifest them, that’s the way things work in my world, and some of you may relate, but a lot of you won’t because common sense isn’t very common. And I did, I became a WWE Superstar, a superstar who accomplished everything, everything, but ending my career on my terms. Now, some of you would also say, well, isn’t that enough? And if you have to ask, isn’t that enough, then you have no idea the mentality it takes to see the heights that I’ve seen, to fight back for your career for nine years. See, I didn’t walk away from this, I had this ripped away from me. I didn’t try to forge another career off the back of this, this is all I’ve wanted to do. And I fought, and I ripped my career right back out of fate’s hands. I didn’t come back for some greatest hits tour, to be a shell of my former myself, I came back to steal the show, to main event WrestleMania. I miss 9 of them, so I won’t apologize for that. So, Daniel Bryan, you come out here saying, this could be your last WrestleMania. Have you heard everyone? This could be Daniel Bryan’s last WrestleMania. A month in your career is like a year in mine, what do you think it is for me?
See, you use sympathy as a factor to weasel your way into this match. Before that, you have these ridiculous ideas. Well, why don’t I face the winner of Roman and Edge, I’m assuming right after we face each other, that got shot down, okay, fine. Well, how about I face Edge on the Saturday of WrestleMania, the winner will face Roman on Sunday, well that got shot down, too. But somehow, this has now been made into a triple threat match, which means Daniel Bryan could pin Roman Reigns and I have nothing to do with that, that could happen. So, instead of a one on one match, a clash of titans between two eras, now, we have some indy-bookstore clerk troll sticking his nose into our business. Now, Roman Reigns, you walk around here, man, like everyone owes you something, like you created this. I don’t owe you anything. In fact, you owe me, I mean, let’s run it back. You came to WWE in a three man group, you made entrance through the crowd, you use a Spear as your finisher, so who set that template for you? You’re Samoan Edge, but I will say, you’re good, you always have been, and I see what you’ve become. I came back to swing for the fences, and, Roman, you are the green monster.
Now we had our match ripped away from us, not only that, but the fans had it ripped away from them. And I think some of them are onto Daniel Bryan now, expect for the lemmings who chant yes just like they used to chant what. Somewhere in all of this, the fact that has been lost is that this match takes place 10 years from the day when I was forced to retire. It’s not mentioned, no video packages, no social media platforms, no touching videos with piano music as the bed, no nothing. Anyone else, if that’s Daniel Bryan, that narrative is driven into the ground. And why am I having to remind everyone of this? It’s because since I came back, I have not received the respect that I deserve. I fought back from a torn triceps to enter the Royal Rumble, starting first, outlasting 29 others superstars and punch my ticket to the main event of WrestleMania.
I shouldn’t have to jump through hoops. I have came back from something, no one in the history of sports, let alone sports entertainment has ever came back from year, 9 years, a triple fusion in my neck, you have no idea the pain that I’ve gone through to get this back. You want to call me some kind of part timer? You think I’m gonna come out here and phone it in? I am doing Hurricanrana’s off the top rope, I am competing at a level that no one has ever done from this type of injury, that is a slap to my face and my work ethic. So now, it’s time for me to take and demand the respect that I deserve. You will put respect on my name. In case you’ve forgotten or never knew, I am The Rated R Superstar, you could call it fate, you call it gods will, you could call it whatever the hell you want. I am the next Universal Champion, because I’ve dreamt it and now I will manifest it.
— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2021
— WWE (@WWE) April 10, 2021
Third Match: Andre The Giant Battle Royal
The Participants (Jey Uso, Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy, Ricochet, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cedric Alexander, Shelton Benjamin, Drew Gulak, Akira Tozawa, Angel Garza, Elias, Erik, Gran Metalik, Humberto Carrillo, Jaxson Ryker, Kalisto, King Corbin, Lince Dorado, Mace, Slapjack, T-Bar, Tucker)
1.) Akira Tozawa was eliminated by Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin
2.) Tucker Knight was eliminated by Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin
3.) Shelton Benjamin was eliminated by everybody
4.) Cedric Alexander was eliminated by everybody
5.) Erik was eliminated by Elias and Jaxson Ryker
6.) Drew Gulak was eliminated by T-Bar and Mace
7.) Humberto Carrillo was eliminated by T-Bar and Mace
8.) Slapjack was eliminated by Elias
9.) Elias was eliminated by T-Bar
10.) Jaxson Ryker was eliminated by Mace
11.) Mace was eliminated by Mustafa Ali
12.) T-Bar was eliminated by Mustafa Ali
13.) Kalisto was eliminated by Lince Dorado
14.) Lince Dorado was eliminated by Gran Metalik
15.) Gran Metalik was eliminated by King Corbin
16.) Buddy Murphy was eliminated by King Corbin
17.) Angel Garza was eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura
18.) Mustafa Ali was eliminated by Ricochet
19.) Ricochet was eliminated by Jey Uso
20.) King Corbin was eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura
21.) Shinsuke Nakamura was eliminated by Jey Uso
Updated WrestleMania 37 Match Card
– Bobby Lashley (c) w/MVP vs. Drew McIntyre For The WWE Championship
– Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & 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
– The Riott Squad vs. Naomi & Lana vs. Natalya & Tamina vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs. Carmella & Billie Kay In A Tag Team Turmoil Match. The Winner Will Battle Shayna Bazler & Nia Jax For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship At Night Two
– 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 In The Nigerian Drum Fight For The WWE Intercontinental Championship
– Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
– Matt Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus For The WWE United States Championship
– Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax (c) w/Reginald Thomas vs. TBD For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
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