WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (5/21/21): Apollo Crews vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
May 21, 2021
The Yuengling Center
Tampa Bay, Florida

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First Match: Bianca BelAir, Natalya, and Tamina vs. Bayley, Shayna Baszler, and Nia Jax In A 6-Woman Tag Team Match 

Tamina and Nia Jax will start things off. Jax with the irish whip. Jax levels Tamina with a Body Avalanche. Jax with a running elbow drop for a two count. Jax kicks Tamina in the back. Jax uses the middle rope as a weapon. Baszler attacks Tamina behind the referee’s back. Jax toys around with Tamina. Jax tags in Baszler. Baszler with heavy bodyshots in the corner. Following a snap mare takeover, Baszler kicks Tamina in the back for a one count. Bayley tags herself in. Bayley repeatedly stomps on Tamina’s chest. Tamina HeadButts Bayley. Bayley runs Tamina into the turnbuckles. Bayley with clubbing back elbow smashes. Bayley mocks BelAir. Tamina with a Counter Vertical Suplex. Tamina tags in Natalya. Natalya kicks Bayley in the gut. Natalya punches Bayley in the back. Natalya with Two Snap Vertical Suplex’s. Natalya goes for a Bodyslam, but Bayley lands back on her feet. Bayley pulls Natalya down to the mat. Bayley kicks Natalya in the back. Bayley tags in Baszler. Baszler works on her joint manipulation game. Baszler hyperextends the left shoulder of Natalya. Baszler tags in Jax. Jax bodyslams Natalya for a two count. Jax applies The Cobra Clutch. Natalya decks Jax with a JawBreaker. BelAir and Baszler are tagged in.

BelAir dropkicks Baszler. BelAir pops back on her feet. BelAir with clubbing shoulder blocks. BelAir goes for a Bodyslam, but Baszler lands back on her feet. Baszler applies The Kirifuda Clutch. Baszler reverses out of the irish whip from BelAir. BelAir dives off the middle turnbuckle. BelAir hits The SpineBuster. BelAir wipes out everybody with a Flying Crossbody Block to the outside. BelAir starts favoring her left knee. Team Bayley has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Bayley applies a leg lock. Bayley hyperextends the left knee of BelAir. Bayley clasp BelAir’s arms together. BelAi dumps Bayley out of the ring. Bayley stomps on the midsection of BelAir. Bayley knocks Natalya off the ring apron. BelAir avoids the elbow drop. BelAir lunges over Bayley. BelAir tags in Tamina. Tamina with two haymakers. Tamina repeatedly slams Bayley’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Tamina HeadButts Bayley. Tamina clears the ring. Tamina Powerslams Bayley.

Tamina tags in Natalya. Natalya with a basement dropkick. Natalya ducks a clothesline from Bayley. Natalya with a Release German Suplex. Natalya tags in Tamina. Natalya catapults Bayley into The SuperKick from Tamina for a two count. Tamina tags in Natalya. Bayley dodges The Discus Lariat. Bayley tags in Baszler. Natalya applies The Sharpshooter. Baszler drops Natalya with The Sharp Knee Strike for a two count. Tamina HeadButts Baszler. Baszler denies The Sharpshooter. Natalya hammers down on the back of Bayley’s neck. Natalya delivers The Discus Lariat. Jax with a Body Block. Tamina unloads Two SuperKicks. Baszler responds with a RoundHouse Kick. BelAir scores the forearm knockdown. BelAir goes for The Handspring MoonSault, but Bayley gets in the way. Bayley pulls BelAir out of the ring. Bayley connects with The Bayley To Belly on the floor. Natalya kicks Bayley off the apron. Baszler makes Natalya tap out to The Kirifuda Clutch.

Winner: Bayley, Shayna Baszler, and Nia Jax via Submission

Second Match: Shinsuke Nakamura w/Rick Boogs vs. King Corbin 

Nakamura kicks Corbin in the gut. Nakamura with a forearm smash. Nakamura drives his knee into the midsection of Corbin. Nakamura delivers Good Vibrations. Corbin reverses out of the irish whip from Nakamura. Corbin clotheslines Nakamura. Corbin clotheslines Nakamura back into the ring. Corbin with a straight right hand. Corbin stomps on Nakamura’s back. Nakamura delivers his combination offense. Corbin blocks a boot from Nakamura. Corbin PowerBombs Nakamura for a two count. Corbin stands on Nakamura’s face. Corbin backs Nakamura into the turnbuckles. Corbin with heavy bodyshots in the corner. Corbin is choking Nakamura with his knee. Corbin mocks Nakamura. Corbin with a knee lift. Corbin applies The Half Nelson Chin Lock. Nakamura with clubbing gut punches. Corbin scores the elbow knockdown for a one count.

Corbin tees off on Nakamura. Corbin talks smack to Nakamura. Corbin goes for a Bodyslam, but Nakamura lands back on his feet. Nakamura with a Step Through Kick. Nakamura drops Corbin with The BackStabber. Nakamura with a Sliding Knee Strike. Nakamura hits The STO for a two count. Nakamura goes for The Kinshasa, but Corbin ducks out of the way. Corbin with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Corbin goes for The Chokeslam BackBreaker, but Nakamura counters with a Jumping Knee Strike. Nakamura ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Corbin connects with Deep Six for a two count. Corbin is displaying his frustration. Corbin gets distracted by Boogs. Corbin goes for The End Of Days, but Nakamura counters with The Small Package to pickup the victory.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via Pinfall 

Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, Cesaro, and Seth Rollins Segment 

Roman Reigns: I believe myself to be a humble man. In fact, I take every opportunity that I can to teach my sons about humility, Paul. And to be completely honest, I don’t like to brag on live television. So I’m gonna take this opportunity to allow my Special Consul to celebrate me.

Paul Heyman: This is indeed an unique surprise. Ladies and gentlemen, I have a moment here to acknowledge your tribal chief. Undefeated since his return to WWE. Scared The Fiend over to Monday Night Raw. Humanized “The Monster” Braun Strowman. Baptized his own his cousin back into the championship bloodline. KO’D Kevin Owens. Scored the most declaratively dominant pinfall in the history of WrestleMania main events, when he stacked Edge and Daniel Bryan on top of each other and pinned them both as if it wasn’t a triple threat match, but a handicap match against the end all be all, Universal Champion.

Caved in Edge’s face where we’ll never see Edge again. And then took personal pleasure in banishing Daniel Bryan off of SmackDown into a life of Bella retirement. And then the Backlash against the strongest and most talented grappler on the SmackDown roster, Cesaro, where your champion, Roman Reigns beats Cesaro on his own, with no ones help, at Cesaro’s game. Ladies and gentlemen, my tribal chief, it is a career highlight for me tonight to not only celebrate, but acknowledge THE preeminent champion in all of WWE and indeed sports entertainment, Roman Reigns. Your whim, let alone your wish is my command. What else may I do for you, my tribal chief?

Roman Reigns: Bring me my cousin.

– Cesaro appears on the stage.

Roman Reigns: Cut this bums music. Cut it. You’re not my cousin, you must be lost.

Cesaro: Yeah, you know what, I’m not your cousin and I’m not in the mood for this, okay? I was in the back looking for Seth Rollins and I couldn’t find him, but what I did hear is just this annoying yapping and yapping in my ear, and then I realized it was you out here with your special consul that’s hiding behind you.

Roman Reigns: What are you going to do, honestly? You only got one arm. You want me to break the other? What are you going to do?

Cesaro: Don’t worry about that, that’s just a flesh wound. Besides that, I would fight you with no arms. How about we do it one more time? You and me, for that Universal Championship at Hell In A Cell?

Roman Reigns: Me and you, again? You really want to do this again?

– Seth Rollins jumps Cesaro from behind. Rollins tees off on Cesaro. Rollins throws Cesaro into the steel ring steps. Rollins repeatedly stomps on Cesaro’s chest. The referees and officials are trying to restrain Rollins. Rollins delivers Two Curb Stomps to close the segment.

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

Roode drives Dominik back first into the turnbuckles. Roode with clubbing shoulder blocks. Roode with Two Vertical Suplex’s. Roode goes for a third, but Dominik counters with an inside cradle for a two count. Roode drives his knee into the midsection of Dominik. Roode sends Dominik to the corner. Roode with a running shoulder block. Roode puts Dominik on the top turnbuckle. Roode with a straight right hand. Dominik with heavy bodyshots. Dominik shoves Roode off the middle rope. Dominik with The Flying Crossbody Block for a two count.

Dominik decks Roode with a back elbow smash. Roode denies The Tornado DDT. Roode goes for a PowerBomb, but Dominik counters with The Hurricanrana. Ziggler runs interference. Rey denies The SuperKick. Rey slams the right leg of Ziggler against the steel ring steps. Roode denies the sunset flip. Roode rolls Dominik over for a two count. Dominik sends Roode shoulder first into the steel ring post. Dominik delivers The 619. Dominik connects with The Frog Splash to pickup the victory.

Winner: Dominik Mysterio via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Apollo Crews (c) w/Commander Azeez vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn In A Fatal Four Way Match For The WWE Intercontinental Championship 

Owens starts things off with a corner clothesline to Zayn. Owens is throwing haymakers at Zayn. Big E starts brawling with Crews. Big E drives his knee into the midsection of Crews. Big E with a gut punch. Crews with a toe kick. Crews with clubbing blows to Big E’s back. Crews kicks Big E in the chest. Crews with a forearm smash. Big E drops down on the canvas. Big E leapfrogs over Crews. Big E scores the elbow knockdown. Owens ducks a clothesline from Big E. Owens with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Owens with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Zayn attacks Owens from behind. Zayn is raining down haymakers. Zayn stomps on Owens back. Zayn with clubbing crossfaces. Zayn puts his knees on the back of Owens neck. Big E sends Zayn tumbling to the floor. Big E with massive bodyshots. Big E rocks Crews with a forearm smash. Big E tees off on Crews and Zayn. Big E with a Double Splash on the ring apron. Owens lands The SomerSault Plancha. Owens is fired up.

Big E with forearm shivers. Crews dropkicks Big E. Crews sends Big E chest first into the steel ring steps. Owens kicks Crews in the gut. Crews slams Owens head on the ring stairs. Crews drops Big E with The Apron MoonSault. Zayn and Crews are trading back and forth shots. Zayn with a MoonSault Press off the barricade. Owens clotheslines Zayn. Owens rolls Zayn back into the ring. Owens with The Swanton Bomb for a two count. Forearm Exchange. Owens HeadButts Big E. Big E clotheslines Owens. Crews applies a waist lock. Big E with three sharp elbow strikes. Crews dumps Big E chest first on the top rope. Crews with Three German Suplex’s. Owens breaks the cover with a Running Senton Splash. Zayn with The Exploder Suplex into the turnbuckles. Owens avoids The Helluva Kick. Owens kicks Zayn in the gut. Owens goes for The Stunner, but Zayn lands back on his feet. Zayn kicks Owens in the gut. Zayn hits The Michinoku Driver for a two count. Zayn with a straight right hand. Zayn puts Owens on the top turnbuckle. Owens with an Avalanche Fisherman’s Buster for a two count.

Big E sends Crews to the apron. Crews with a desperation knee strike. Owens kicks Crews in the gut. Crews denies The Stunner. Crews with The Death Valley Driver on the apron. Big E Spears Crews out of the ring. Crews has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Crews with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Crews kicks Zayn in the ribs. Crews attacks everything that moves. Crews transitions into a ground and pound attack. Short-Arm Reversal by Big E. Big E with Two Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E ducks a clothesline from Crews. Big E with The Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Big E goes for The Running Splash, but Zayn counters with The Big Boot. Owens goes for The Pop Up PowerBomb, but Zayn lands back on his feet. Owens denies The Reverse Exploder Suplex. Owens with The PumpHandle Ushigoroshi for a two count. Owens stomps on Crews chest. Crews has Owens perched on the top turnbuckle. Haymaker Exchange. Crews with Two HeadButts. Zayn decks Crews with a JawBreaker. Crews reverses out of the irish whip from Zayn. Crews goes for The Exploder Suplex, but Big E counters with The German Suplex. Owens lands The Frog Splash for a two count.

Owens with a corner clothesline. Owens with a Running Cannonball Strike to Zayn. Owens ducks a clothesline from Big E. Owens with a Release German Suplex. Double Cannonball Strike. Zayn with The Reverse Exploder Suplex. Zayn hits The Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count. Zayn is displaying his frustration. Zayn drags Owens towards the center of the ring. Zayn is throwing haymakers at Crews. Zayn kicks Big E in the face. Big E goes for The Big Ending, but Owens counters with Two SuperKicks. Owens connects with The Pop Up PowerBomb for a two count. Zayn pulls Owens out of the ring. Zayn whips Owens into the ringside barricade. Owens launches Zayn into the time keepers area. Owens SuperKicks Crews. Owens rolls Crews back into the ring. Zayn with The Reverse Exploder Suplex on the floor. Zayn goes for The Helluva Kick, but Big E counters with The Uranage Slam. Big E negates The Olympic Slam. Big E connects with The Big Ending for a two count. Azeez pulls Big E out of the ring. Big E sends Azeez face first into the steel ring post. The lights go out in the building. Aleister Black plants Big E with The Black Mass. Crews goes into the cover and steals the victory.

Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Apollo Crews via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez