WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (4/23/21): Daniel Bryan & Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins & Jey Uso

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
April 23, 2021
The Yuengling Center
Tampa Bay, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Seth Rollins, Jey Uso, and Daniel Bryan Segment 

Seth Rollins: There he is, the man of the hour, Cesaro. Give it up, Thunderdome, give it up. Oh, no, look, Cesaro, in all sincerity, I came out here to congratulate you. I wanted to congratulate you because you did it, you finally did it, you reached and fulfilled your potential. And do you know why you were able to finally fulfill your potential? Well, if you don’t know, I could tell you. It’s because you were in the ring at WrestleMania with me, with Seth Freaking Rollins, The New Mr. WrestleMania. And I took you from way down here and I gave you the performance the night of your life and I brought you all the way to the top of the promise land.

Where’s my thanks? Where’s my adulation, because I haven’t heard anything? What I have heard from you, however, is that you plan to be moving on from me? Now you’ve got your eyes set on the Universal Championship? Are you kidding me? I said it last week, I’ll say it again, this isn’t over because nothing is over until I say that it’s over. Let me tell you something about WrestleMania. If Mother Nature and God himself hadn’t converged to create a rain delay that threw me way off my game, you wouldn’t have stood a chance, because all things being fair, all things being equal, on my worst day and on your best, you couldn’t beat me again.

Cesaro: Is that true? Well, then let me ask you, are you having a good day? Because I’m having a great day. And you know what would make my day even better, if you would step in here, so that I could prove to you that I could beat you tonight, right here, right now.

Seth Rollins: Oh, really? Is that a challenge? All right, you know what? Maybe I should use tonight as an opportunity to show you a lesson.

Jey Uso: Cesaro, you better listen to this man, he got points. You challenged The Head Of The Table, Roman Reigns, and what he do to you, brushed you right off, because you can’t beat him, you don’t deserve to be in the same ring with him. You can’t beat Roman. You can’t beat me. You can’t beat Seth, again. My family disrespected you. And I’m gonna do the same damn thing to you. You didn’t get the message last week, but I’m gonna show you tonight.

Daniel Bryan: Wait, where are you guys going? Oh, I get it, you guys didn’t actually come out here for the reasons that you said you did. I know why Cesaro came out. He came out because he wants a Universal Championship match against Roman Reigns, right? Seth, you came out because you are embarrassed and upset that Cesaro beat you at WrestleMania. Jey, you came out, probably because Roman just told you to. Why did I come out? Oh, that’s right, I came out here to make sure Cesaro finally gets what he deserves. See, there’s a reason why I haven’t done this for you Seth or Jey, and it’s because I have an infinite amount of respect for Cesaro. Why? Because he’s worked harder than everybody, he’s worked harder than me, he’s worked harder than you, he’s worked harder than Jey, he has certainly worked harder than Roman.

In fact, the only reason why Roman is where he’s at today is because of family connections and this guy hasn’t gotten one break his entire career for the Universal Championship. Oh, you don’t like that? So what happens now, are you guys gonna come out and fight us, because I just made some very derogatory statements about both of you? Oh, probably not. Wait a second, is Roman gonna come out and accept the Universal Championship Challenge from Cesaro? Is Roman gonna come out? Oh, probably not, he doesn’t like to wrestle, he doesn’t really like to fight. Oh, I know what’s going to happen, Roman is gonna come out and the three of you are gonna try to attack us and beat us to a pulp. Well, if three guys are gonna attack us, there’s nobody I rather stand beside than Cesaro, so anybody who wants to fight, come on out.

Roman Reigns: DB, you should’ve been talking about the beating I gave you at WrestleMania. And the sad thing is, I told you what was going to happen. I told the whole world, what did I say, smash them, stack them, pin them, 1-2-3. Look, I say it, they print it, right? And look at the picture, look at the graphic. You’re he guy on the bottom. He’s the bottom, that means you’re a loser. Cesaro, the fact that you’re letting this loser talk for you that means you’re a loser. But you guys are not losers to everybody, to everybody else, you’re legit, but to me, to the tribal chief, you’re losers. You’re top tier losers. You’re main event losers. You, Bryan, you’re a WrestleMania main event loser. But Cesaro, you’re like a casino loser, you’re a loser with bad luck. Bryan, we don’t feel bad for you man, you’re just a stupid loser. Because you’re out here running your mouth, you’re out here talking smack when you’re surrounded by people who want whoop your ass. Good luck with that.

First Match: Daniel Bryan & Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins & Jey Uso 

A pier six brawl ensues before the bell rings. Daniel Bryan and Jey Uso will start things off. Bryan with a running forearm smash. Bryan with The Butterfly Suplex for a two count. Bryan applies a wrist lock. Bryan tags in Cesaro. Double Bodyslam. Cesaro with an elbow drop for a two count. Cesaro knocks Rollins off the ring apron. Cesaro with The Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Rollins tags himself in. Cesaro drives his knee into the midsection of Rollins. Cesaro uppercuts Rollins. Cesaro with heavy bodyshots. Cesaro with the irish whip. Rollins side steps Cesaro into the turnbuckles. Rollins hits The SlingBlade for a two count. Rollins transitions into a ground and pound attack. Rollins stomps on the midsection of Cesaro. Rollins slams Cesaro’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Rollins tags in Jey. Jey with a forearm smash. Jey with The Running Stinkface. Jey follows that with a clubbing crossface.

Jey and Cesaro are trading back and forth shots. Jey applies The Heel Hook. Jey tags in Rollins. Rollins with a running knee drop. Rollins applies a rear chin lock. Cesaro fights from underneath. Rollins kicks Cesaro in the gut. Cesaro reverses out of the irish whip from Rollins. Cesaro kicks Rollins in the face. Rollins goes for a Flying Clothesline, but Cesaro counters with The Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker. Cesaro tags in Bryan. Bryan delivers The Missile Dropkick. Bryan dropkicks Jey off the apron. YES! Kicks. Rollins avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Rollins goes for The Step Up Enzuigiri, but Bryan counters with The Ankle Lock. Bryan with The Bridging German Suplex for a two count. Jey tags himself in. Bryan goes for The Running Knee, but Rollins counters with The BuckleBomb. Jey lands The Uso Splash for a two count. Jey and Rollins dumps Cesaro out of the ring. Double Vertical Suplex on the floor. Rollins and Jey have complete control of the match during the commercial break.

Rollins gets Bryan’s left leg tied up in the ropes. Rollins with a Running Boot for a two count. Rollins taunts Cesaro. Rollins fish hooks Bryan. Rollins with The Roaring Forearm for a two count. Rollins hooks the outside leg for a two count. Rollins tags in Jey. Jey thrust kicks the midsection of Bryan. Jey repeatedly stomps on the midsection of Bryan. Jey uppercuts Bryan. Jey is choking Bryan with his boot. Rollins attacks Bryan behind the referee’s back. Bryan is displaying his fighting spirit. Jey hits The Samoan Drop for a two count. Jey tags in Rollins. Jey applies The Triangle Choke. Rollins stomps on the midsection of Bryan. Rollins slams Bryan’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Rollins is choking Bryan with his knee. Rollins talks smack to Bryan. Rollins slaps Bryan in the face. Rollins with the irish whip. Bryan dives over Rollins. Bryan ducks a clothesline from Rollins. Both men are knocked down after a double crossbody block. Cesaro and Jey are tagged in.

Uppercut Party. Cesaro drops Jey with The Discus Lariat for a two count. Cesaro with a double leg takedown. Jey denies The Cesaro Swing. Cesaro blocks a boot from Jey. Jey with a Spinning Enzuigiri. Cesaro responds with The SpringBoard European Uppercut for a two count. Jey goes for a Back Body Drop, but Cesaro lands back on his feet. Cesaro with The Pop Up European Uppercut for a two count. Bryan with two uppercuts. Rollins drives his knee into the midsection of Bryan. Bryan sends Rollins crashing to the outside. Bryan lands The Suicide Dive. Jey dumps Cesaro out of the ring. Cesaro with a leaping uppercut. Jey SuperKicks Cesaro in mid-air. Forearm/Uppercut Exchange. Rollins drives his knee into the midsection of Cesaro. Cesaro with a double leg takedown. Cesaro goes for The Cesaro Swing, but Rollins rolls him over for a two count. Cesaro applies The Sharpshooter. Jey SuperKicks Cesaro. Rollins tags in Jey. Rollins heads to the backstage area. Cesaro with a leaping uppercut. Cesaro with The SpringBoard SuperPlex. Cesaro tags in Bryan. Bryan connects with The Running Knee to pickup the victory. After the match, Bryan calls out Roman Reigns. Cesaro delivers Two Cesaro Swings to Jey Uso.

Winner: Daniel Bryan & Cesaro via Pinfall 

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

Jax drives Tamina back first into the turnbuckles. Jax with clubbing shoulder blocks. Jax HeadButts Tamina. Jax sends Tamina to the corner. Jax levels Tamina with a Body Avalanche. Jax with another headbutt. Jax toys around with Tamina. Tamina with forearm shivers. Tamina with a Lou Thez Press. Tamina transitions into a ground and pound attack. Tamina goes for a Bodyslam, but Baszler gets in the way.

Tamina is pissed. Tamina kicks Jax out of the ring. Tamina drives Jax chest first into the ringside barricade. Tamina repeatedly slams Jax’s head against the barricade. Tamina rolls Jax back into the ring. Tamina gets distracted by Reginald. Tamina kicks Baszler in the back. Baszler starts yelling at Reginald. Reginald trips over the steel ring steps. Jax attacks Tamina from behind. Tamina SuperKicks Jax. Tamina rolls Jax over to pickup the victory.

Winner: Tamina via Pinfall 

Third Match: Apollo Crews (c) w/Commander Azeez vs. Kevin Owens For The WWE Intercontinental Championship 

Sami Zayn joins the commentary team for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Owens backs Crews into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Owens with a single leg takedown. Owens applies a toe and ankle hold. Owens grabs a side headlock. Owens with a side headlock takeover. Crews whips Owens across the ring. Owens runs into Crews. Owens dropkicks Crews. Owens unloads two knife edge chops. Owens is throwing haymakers at Crews. Crews kicks Owens in the gut. Crews applies a side headlock. Owens whips Crews across the ring. Owens drops down on the canvas. Owens scores the elbow knockdown. Owens with a Senton Splash. Owens clotheslines Crews over the top rope. Azeez stops Owens in his tracks. Crews takes out the legs of Owens. Crews with a Snap Vertical Suplex for a one count.

Crews with a double sledge. Crews tees off on Owens. Crews repeatedly stomps on Owens chest. Crews dumps Owens out of the ring. Owens reverses out of the irish whip from Crews. Owens avoids The Apron MoonSault. Owens SuperKicks Crews. Owens rolls Crews rolls back into the ring. Owens lands The Swanton Bomb for a two count. Owens gets distracted by Sami Zayn. Owens has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Haymaker Exchange. HeadButt Exchange. Back Elbow Smash Exchange. Crews denies The SuperPlex. Crews with Two HeadButts. Crews dives over Owens. Owens SuperKicks Crews for a two count. Owens with a knife edge chop. Short-Arm Reversal by Crews. Crews dumps Owens face first on the top rope. Crews with an Inside Out Lariat for a two count.

Crews applies a waist lock. Owens with three sharp elbow strikes. Crews nails Owens with The Pump Kick. Crews with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Crews follows that with Three German Suplex’s for a two count. Owens side steps Crews into the turnbuckles. Owens with a Release German Suplex. Owens with Two Running Cannonball Strikes for a two count. Owens kicks Crews in the gut. Crews denies The Stunner. Owens SuperKicks Crews. Owens connects with The Pop Up PowerBomb for a two count. Owens with The Frog Splash off the apron. Owens rolls Crews back into the ring. Azeez runs interference. Crews rolls Owens over to pickup the victory. After the match, Owens drops Crews with The Stunner. Azeez plants Owens with The Nigerian Nail. Zayn starts dancing in the ring.

Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Apollo Crews via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: The Mysterio Family vs. The Alpha Academy 

Dominik Mysterio and Otis Dozovic will start things off. Dozovic shoves Dominik. Dozovic drops Dominik with a shoulder tackle. Dozovic bodyslams Dominik. Dozovic goes for a Splash, but Dominik ducks out of the way. Dominik with two haymakers. Dozovic clotheslines Dominik. Dozovic with The Worlds Strongest Slam. Dozovic talks smack to Rey. Rey pulls Dominik out of the ring. Dozovic with a double clothesline. Gable with a GutBuster on the floor. Alpha Academy has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Gable repeatedly cranks on the left shoulder of Dominik for a two count. Gable whips Dominik across the ring. Dominik ducks a clothesline from Gable. Dominik with a leaping forearm smash to Dozovic. The referee is trying to get Dozovic out of the ring.

Dominik rolls Gable over for a two count. Gable with The Bridging Tiger Suplex for a two count. Gable knocks Rey off the ring apron. Gable applies a front face lock. Gable tags in Dozovic. Dozovic tees off on Dominik. Dozovic whips Dominik across the ring. Dozovic with a cross chop. Dozovic bodyslams Dominik. Dozovic with an elbow drop. Dozovic whips Dominik into the turnbuckles. Alpha Academy are mauling Dominik in the corner. Dozovic levels Dominik with a Body Avalanche. Gable hooks the outside leg for a two count. Gable applies an arm-bar. Dominik with heavy bodyshots. Gable with Two Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Gable goes for a German Suplex, but Dominik lands back on his feet. Dominik dumps Rey face first on the top rope. Dominik tags in Rey.

Rey with forearm shivers. Gable reverses out of the irish whip from Rey. Rey kicks Gable in the chest. Rey and Gable are running the ropes. Rey with a Tilt-A-Whirl Headscissors Takeover. Rey hits The Canadian Destroyer for a two count. Gable reverses out of the irish whip from Rey. Rey sends Gable shoulder first into the steel ring post. Gable nails Rey with a throat thrust. Gable goes for an Avalanche GutBuster, but Rey counters with The FrankenSteiner for a two count. Rey tags in Dominik. Dominik launches Gable over the top rope. Rey pulls Gable off the apron. Dominik with The Sliding Destroyer into the barricade. Dominik tags in Rey. Rey knocks Dozovic off the apron. Rey sends Gable to the middle rope. Dozovic catches Dominik in mid-air. Dominik sends Dozovic over the announce table. Rey connects with The 619. Rey plants Gable with The Frog Splash to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Mysterio Family via Pinfall 

Updated WWE WrestleMania Backlash Match Card 

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Author: Josh Lopez