WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (5/7/21): Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
May 7, 2021
The Yuengling Center
Tampa Bay, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Roman Reigns, Cesaro, and Teddy Long Segment

Paul Heyman: Ladies and gentlemen, your tribal chief has asked me to eulogize the career of his victim, Daniel Bryan. And we shall do so with a ten bell salute. Mr. Time Keeper, we don’t need your help. Like most things around here, we’ll do it ourselves.

Roman Reigns: Unlike Daniel Bryan, I’m a man of my word. I did what I said I was gonna do. I put everything on my back and I carried it. And because of this, you should acknowledge me, you should celebrate me, you should thank me because I always give you what you want. I give everybody want they want. I give FOX what they want, I give SmackDown what they want, I even gave Daniel Bryan what he wanted. He didn’t want to be here, so I smashed him, I pinned him, and I got rid of him. Because if he wanted to be here, it was simple, if he wanted to be here, all he had to know was acknowledge me, and he couldn’t, so we got rid of him. And with his absence, we replaced him, we replaced him with someone who most certainly will acknowledge me.

– Jimmy Uso walks down to the ring. Cesaro interrupts the family reunion.

Cesaro: Hold on, hold on, did I just hear your right? Did you just say that you replaced Daniel Bryan? I mean, I hate to break it to you, but I think speak for everyone when I say you could never replace Daniel Bryan. No offence, uce, no offence. But, also, I don’t have time for you, Roman, no time. I got my match with Seth Rollins to focus on, and that’s why more important.

– Cesaro gets into a massive brawl with Seth Rollins. Teddy Long appears on the stage.

Teddy Long: Hold on a minute, playa. Well, with the power that has been granted to me by WWE Official, Adam Pearce, I now proclaim, Cesaro, if you beat Seth Rollins, then you will get your championship match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania Backlash. Holla, Holla, Holla.

First Match: Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins w/The Usos. If Cesaro Wins, He’ll Battle Roman Reigns For The WWE Universal Championship At WrestleMania Backlash 

Rollins repeatedly stomps on Cesaro’s chest before the bell rings. Rollins unloads a flurry of strikes in the corner. Rollins continues to stomp on Cesaro’s chest. Rollins drops Cesaro with The SlingBlade for a two count. Rollins with a Flying Knee Strike for a two count. Rollins dumps Cesaro out of the ring. Rollins tosses Cesaro around the ringside area. Rollins hooks both legs for a two count. Uppercut/Forearm Exchange. Rollins drives his knee into the midsection of Cesaro. Cesaro goes for The Military Press, but Rollins lands back on his feet. Rollins clips the right knee of Cesaro. Rollins sends Cesaro face first into the canvas for a two count.

Rollins applies a front face lock. Cesaro with The Deadlift Vertical Suplex. Uppercut Party. Cesaro drops Rollins with The Discus Lariat for a two count. Cesaro with a double leg takedown. Rollins rolls Cesaro over for a two count. Cesaro with a double leg takedown. Cesaro with multiple pinning combinations. Cesaro pulls Rollins off the bottom rope. Rollins denies The Neutralizer. Rollins launches Cesaro over the top rope. Cesaro with a forearm smash. Cesaro gets distracted by Jey Uso. Rollins with The SuperPlex. Rollins hits The Falcon Arrow for a two count. Cesaro regains control of the match during the commercial break. Rollins avoids The Sharpshooter. Cesaro with The Double Foot Stomp for a two count.

Rollins rolls Cesaro over for a two count. Cesaro applies The Sharpshooter. Cesaro goes for The Crossface, but Rollins counters with The Rolling Elbow. Rollins with a Running Back Heel Kick for a two count. Cesaro denies The Curb Stomp. Cesaro dumps Rollins ribs first on the top turnbuckle. Cesaro goes for an Avalanche GutWrench Suplex, but Rollins counters with The BuckleBomb. Cesaro responds with an Inside Out Lariat. Cesaro and Rollins are trading back and forth shots. Rollins with a monkey flip over the top rope. Rollins tells The Usos to stay out of his business. Rollins shoves Jey. Jimmy SuperKicks Rollins. Cesaro with The Slingshot Pescado. Cesaro rolls Rollins back into the ring. Cesaro connects with The Neutralizer to pickup the victory.

Winner: Cesaro via Pinfall 

Second Match: Carmella vs. Ruby Riott w/Liv Morgan 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Ruby backs Carmella into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Carmella ducks a clothesline from Ruby. Carmella starts moonwalking. Ruby applies a side headlock. Carmella whips Ruby across the ring. Ruby drops Carmella with a shoulder tackle. Carmella drops down on the canvas. Ruby sends Carmella into the ropes. Ruby thrust kicks the right knee of Carmella. Ruby goes for a Bodyslam, but Carmella lands back on her feet.

Carmella pulls Ruby down to the mat. Carmella talks smack to Liv Morgan. Carmella delivers a gut punch. Carmella punches Ruby in the back. Ruby drives Carmella face first into the middle turnbuckle pad. Ruby avoids The SuperKick. Ruby with forearm shivers. Ruby applies an arm-bar. Ruby hits The STO for a two count. Ruby drags Carmella to the corner. Carmella kicks the left hand of Ruby. Carmella drills Ruby with The Cheeky Nando’s Kick for a two count. Carmella argues with the referee. Carmella knocks Morgan off the ring apron. Rollup Exchange. Carmella makes Ruby tap out to The Code Of Silence to pickup the victory.

Winner: Carmella via Submission 

Bianca BelAir & Bayley Segment 

Third Match: Dominik Mysterio w/Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Robert Roode 

Ziggler is playing mind games with Dominik. Quick shoving contest. Ziggler slaps Dominik in the face. Ziggler with a straight right hand. Ziggler whips Dominik across the ring. Dominik ducks a clothesline from Ziggler. Dominik with an open palm strike. Dominik dropkicks Ziggler to the floor. Ziggler regroups on the outside. Ziggler yanks Dominik off the ring apron.

Ziggler bodyslams Dominik on the floor. Ziggler rolls Dominik back into the ring. Dominik shoves Ziggler. Dominik with forearm shivers. Ziggler punches Dominik in the back. Ziggler drops Dominik with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Dominik with heavy bodyshots. Ziggler is picking Dominik apart. Ziggler bodyslams Dominik. Ziggler talks smack to Dominik. Ziggler goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Dominik counters with an inside cradle to pickup the victory.

Winner: Dominik Mysterio via Pinfall 

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

Thomas is playing mind games with Tamina. Thomas gives Jax his sports jacket. Tamina goes for The SuperKick, but Thomas back flips out of the ring. Thomas prances around the ringside area. Thomas showcases his speed and agility. Tamina tugs on Thomas hair. Thomas sticks and moves. Tamina launches Thomas to the corner. Thomas begs for mercy. Thomas dives off the top of the steel ring post. Thomas starts dancing.

Tamina SuperKicks Thomas. Tamina drags Thomas to the corner. Tamina prepares for The Super Fly Splash. Shayna Baszler knocks Tamina off the top turnbuckle which causes the disqualification. After the match, Baszler transtiions into a ground and pound attack. Jax lays out Natalya. Assisted Running Knee. Baszler and Jax gangs up on Tamina. Baszler viciously stomps on the left elbow of Tamina. Jax connects with The Samoan Drop into the ringside barricade. Jax starts choking Tamina with her boot.

Winner: Tamina via Disqualification 

Fifth Match: Big E, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, and The Street Profits vs. Apollo Crews, Sami Zayn, King Corbin and The Alpha Academy w/Commander Azeez In A 10-Man Tag Team Match 

Angelo Dawkins and Chad Gable will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Standing Switch Exchange. Side Headlock Takeover/Headscissors Escape Exchange. Chain Grappling Exchange. Gable drops down on the canvas. Dawkins leapfrogs over Gable. Deep Arm-Drag Exchange. Dawkins with The Flapjack. Dawkins tags in Ford. Dawkins whips Gable across the ring. Dawkins drops down on the canvas. Ford dropkicks Gable. Ford pops back on his feet. Ford hooks the outside leg for a two count. Ford applies a wrist lock. Gable nails Ford with a throat thrust. Gable applies a wrist lock. Gable tags in Crews. Crews kicks Ford in the gut. Crews with clubbing blows to Ford’s back. Crews stomps on Ford’s chest. Crews bodyslams Ford. Crews mocks Big E. Crews applies a wrist lock. Crews tags in Zayn. Zayn with a flurry of toe kicks. Zayn is throwing haymakers at Ford. Ziggler uses the top rope as a weapon. Zayn talks smack to Owens. Zayn scores a right jab. Zayn applies a wrist lock. Zayn with the irish whip. Ford showcases his athleticism. Ford dropkicks Zayn. Ford applies a wrist lock. Big E and Corbin are tagged in.

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Big E applies a side headlock. Corbin whips Big E across the ring. Big E ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Big E runs into Corbin. Corbin clotheslines Big E. Corbin talks smack to Big E. Big E drops down on the canvas. Big E leapfrogs over Corbin. Big E scores the elbow knockdown for a one count. Corbin drives Big E back first into the turnbuckles. Zayn tees off on Big E. Owens knocks Zayn off the ring apron. That leads us to a massive pier six brawl on the outside. Owens with The Frog Splash off the apron. All hell is breaking loose in Tampa Bay. Team Apollo Crews has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Dozovic applies the cravate. Owens unloads two knife edge chops. Dozovic delivers a gut punch. Dozovic sends Owens to the corner. Dozovic levels Owens with The Body Avalanche. Dozovic tags in Crews. Owens fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Crews denies The Stunner. Crews thrust kicks the midsection of Owens. Owens avoids The Pump Kick. Owens with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Owens with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Gable runs interference. Crews applies The Heel Hook. Dozovic drops Big E with The Body Block. Owens reverses out of the irish whip from Crews. Owens drops down on the canvas. Owens creates distance with The Spinning Wheel Kick.

Nakamura and Zayn are tagged in. Nakamura ducks a clothesline from Zayn. Nakamura with a flying leg lariat. Nakamura delivers his combination offense. Nakamura knocks Corbin off the apron. Zayn with a blindside attack. Short-Arm Reversal by Nakamura. Nakamura with a Step Through Kick. Zayn clears the ring. Nakamura punches Zayn in the back. Nakamura hits The Sliding German Suplex. Nakamura with The Flying Knee Strike for a two count. Corbin dumps Nakamura out of the ring. Big E with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Crews with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Crews follows that with a German Suplex. Owens connects with The Stunner. Dozovic pulls Owens out of the ring. Owens with Two SuperKicks. Gable with The Release German Suplex on the floor. Pounce Exchange. Ford lands The SomerSault Plancha. Zayn negates The Kinshasa. Zayn tags in Corbin. Nakamura with The Kinshasa. Corbin plants Nakamura with The End Of Days to pickup the victory.

Winner: Apollo Crews, Sami Zayn, King Corbin, and The Alpha Academy via Pinfall 

Updated WWE WrestleMania Backlash Match Card 

1.) Bobby Lashley (c) w/MVP vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman In A Triple Threat Match For The WWE Championship

2.) Bianca BelAir (c) vs. Bayley For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

3.) Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka In A Triple Threat Match For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship

4.) Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (c) vs. The Mysterio Family For The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship

5.) Roman Reigns (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Cesaro For The WWE Universal Championship

Roman Reigns, Jimmy Uso, and Cesaro Segment 

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Author: Josh Lopez