Welcome to eWrestling.com’s LIVE results coverage for the Friday, May 14th, 2021 edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown which airs LIVE on the FOX TV Network from the ThunderDome II at Yuengling Center, Tampa, FL.
As advertised for the Friday, May 14th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler will put the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on the line against Tamina & Natalya in a WrestleMania Rematch. Tamina & Natalya are resolved that the disrespected they feel will go on no longer. But will their determination be enough to overcome the dominant titleholders? Find out this Friday night at 8/7 C on FOX.
Featured below are complete results of the Friday, May 14th, 2021 edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown which airs live at 8/7C on the FOX TV Network! The following report was written by eWrestling’s longest running female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow Jamie on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN RESULTS (05/14/2021)
The Friday, May 14th, 2021 edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown opens with the recently updated WWE… Then… Now… TOGETHER opening sequence to play us into tonight’s show airing on FOX Network.
Inside The ThunderDome
As we kick off the Friday, May 14th edition of WWE SmackDown on FOX we get the opening with an intro video. At this point we are LIVE from the WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as pyro goes off. There’s throwback theme music and graphics surrounding the arena and shared on screen. The SmackDown fist is also there on an updated set. Next, Michael Cole welcomes us to the show and he’s at ringside with Pat McAfee.
In-Ring – Jey Uso
To officially kick off the May 14th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, we head over to the ring inside the Yuengling Center at Tampa, Florida where Jey Uso is standing in the center of the ring. Uso starts off by saying they call him the right hand man, main event Jey Uso. He continues on to state that last week, his brother Jimmy disrespected the head of the table, Roman Reigns. Jey then states that due to that fact, this week, he leaves them no choice but to handle some family business.
Roman Reigns Enters
With that said, Jey then introduces the head of the table, the tribal chief, the man who will defeat Cesaro at WrestleMania Backlash, his cousin, the Universal Champion… Roman. Reigns. Reign’s entrance theme sounds as Reigns makes his way to the stage accompanied by his “special counsel” Paul Heyman.
Video Clip – Last Week’s SmackDown
We see a clip of last week’s SmackDown involving Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Roman Reigns and Cesaro.
As we return to the ring, we see Jey, Roman, and Paul Heyman are now all standing in the center of the ring. To start off, Roman Reigns states that they have some, “problems”. At this point he looks at Jey and tells him one of them… is his twin brother. Reigns states that they’ll get to him in a minute but he wants to discuss the situation with Cesaro first.
Roman then continues on to state that he likes Cesaro, as with a lot of the guys at WWE, he respects Cesaro. He’s a top tier talent. They could say he’s one of the best wrestlers in the whole world. Roman then continues as he tells Paul that he is so much more than just a wrestler. He’s the tribal chief, the head of the table. There’s no way Cesaro can fulfill the roles that he has. There’s no way WWE want Cesaro in his place. SmackDown doesn’t want that. Fox doesn’t want that.
At this point Reigns asks Heyman just how many world heavyweight championship matches has Cesaro had? Heyman responds to Reigns by saying, “zero and rightfully so.” Reigns then follows up as he asks Heyman how many Reigns himself has had. Heyman responds that his people are good with numbers and that number is 39. Reigns then looks at his cousin Jey and says it was simple. Jimmy has got to see how it works.
Jimmy Uso Joins The Ring
As Reigns continues talking, Jimmy Uso’s music hits the speakers inside the ThunderDome and Jimmy makes his way out to the stage. Commentary notes that Reigns didn’t get to finish what he was saying as Jimmy again interrupts Reigns. Jimmy is wearing a “Nobody’s Bitch” tee as he starts by saying that Reigns is jaw jackin’ while his brother is standing there and acts like his bitch. The crowd pops. Jimmy then tells Jey he has one for him in the locker room. And he’s not sure if their boy will make it passed Cesaro.
Jey gets heated at this point and tells Jimmy to respect the tribal chief. Roman says if they’re all about family, they’re all about him for everything he has done for their family. Jimmy says Roman might be part of the family but he is not all of it. Roman says to backtrack. He asks Jimmy if he thinks he can’t beat Cesaro. Jimmy says since he is asking, no, he doesn’t think he can beat Cesaro. Roman says but Jimmy can, he can fill his shoes. At this point, Jimmy says no but together he and Jey can.
Jimmy continues on to state that If they win the Tag Team Championships and Roman loses his Championship, they would be the head of the table. Roman says that’s now how it works, that’s not their position. He is what he is and they are what they are. He is the tribal chief. Five time WrestleMania main event. Reigns states that HE puts the food on the table. He carries the burden of the company, he is the face of the company. Roman asks Jimmy if he thinks he can do what he does. Roman tells him to do it, to do what he does. Represent like he represents.
Reigns laughs as he says “Do it, take the Universal Championship and defend it against Cesaro tonight. Your the man,”. Roman asks Jimmy to show them that he can beat Cesaro, “Can you do that?” Jimmy smiles and he challenges Cesaro to a match. Jimmy looks at Roman and asks if that was good.
At this point, the entrance theme sounds as Cesaro makes his way out. He says of course, challenge accepted. He tells Roman that he will beat Jimmy tonight and on Sunday he will defeat him for the Universal Championship.
We hear from the commentary team now as they state coming up next is the Women’s RAW Tag-Team Championship Match with the current title holders Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. At this point they send us to a video clip highlighting last week’s match with Reginald (Nia Jax’s “friend”) and Tamina. Then suddenly, as Reginald was dancing around and “Tik Toking” as McAfee puts it, suddenly Tamina delivers a boot to Reginald which brought Jax and Baszler in to his rescue as they attacked Natalya and Lana at ringside. We are informed that in just a few minutes, Tamina and Natalya will go for the title against Shayna and Nia, but first, we head to commercial break!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (with Reginald) vs. Tamina & Natalya
As we return from the commercial break, out first comes the RAW Women’s Tag-Team Championship holders Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (accompanied by Reginald) as their entrance theme sounds in the ThunderDome. Out next are Tamina and Natalya as their entrance theme sounds in the arena. The two make their way down the ramp and enter the ring as the commentary team notes that Bret Hart gave a shout out to his niece, Natalya, over Twitter. Back to the ring as the referee moves to the center of the ring to signal for the bell. The bell rings and the first official match up of the evening is officially under way. To start off the action, Reginald distracts Tamina and Nia attacks her.
At this point, Jax throws Tamina into the corner as she then makes her way to her corner and Shayna is tagged in. Shayna enters the match and immediately Tamina begins by delivering multiple right hands and kicks. Tamina then makes her way over to her corner and Natalya is tagged in as they double team Shayna. Natalya goes for the cover but Shayna kicks out. Tamina tagged back in. Tamina with a right hand knocks Shayna back down. Natalya tagged in. They double team Shayna. Natalya goes for the cover but Reginald is on the ring apron as he distracts the referee and Reginald is kicked out of ringside. On the outside, Nia with a Samoan drop on Tamina onto the barricade. Back in the ring, Natalya is distracted as Shayna hits her with a knee to the face. She goes for the cover but Natalya kicks out. At this point, we head to commercial break.
As we return from the commercial break, we return to the ring where Shayna goes for the cover on Natalya but Natalya kicks out. Shayna attacks Natalya’s arm and tags Nia in. They double team Natalya. Tamina gets back in the ring as Nia goes for the cover but Tamina bodyslams Shayna onto Nia. Tamina is tagged in as is Shayna. Tamina with a cross body. A back elbow by Tamina as she climbs the first rope. She goes for a kick but Shayna blocks it and twists Tamina’s leg but Tamina drops her down. Tamina goes for the cover but Shayna kicks out.
Tamina climbs the top rope but Shayna up and kicks her. Nia is tagged in. Nia on the second rope, she goes for a suplex but Tamina fights back and she knocks Nia down. Natalya and Shayna are on the outside as Natalya hits her with a German suplex. Natalya gets in the ring as Nia hits her with a Samoan drop. Tamina with the Superfly Splash. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners and NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Natalya & Tamina
After the Match
Tamina and Natalya are both crying as they are announced as the NEW RAW Women’s Tag-Team Champions and the referee hands them both their new titles and helps them both to a standing position to raise their hands in victory. McAfee notes that this is a night to be remembered and will be highlighted 30 years from now in their documentary of how it all began!
Kayla gets in the ring and congratulates them. Natalya says it’s never too late to fight for your dreams and she is proud of Tamina. Natalyya gets emotional as Tamina thanks Natalya and says this is for their families. Pyro hits the stage as they celebrate in the ring. We then head to commercial break.
Backstage – Paul Heyman
As we return from the commercial break, we see Paul Heyman is walking backstage as he is stopped by Kayla. She asks him about earlier tonight. Heyman tells her to stop. Heyman says he doesn’t know if Jimmy can defeat Cesaro tonight. But what he does know is that Roman Reigns can and will defeat Cesaro on Sunday.
Medal of Honor Ceremony – Apollo Crews (with Commander Azeez)
At this point we return to the ring inside the ThunderDome at Yuengling Center in Tampa, FL as Apollo Crews begins as he says tonight, everyone will witness a special presentation. Trumpets play in the background. Apollo says time after time his Commander Azeez has helped him. With the help of Azeez, he has restored glory to the Intercontinental Championship and he has brought honor to his home of Nigeria.
At this point, Apollo says he may be the Intercontinental Champion for a long time. And so, for the Commander’s act of bravery and loyalty, he presents to him the most distinguished medal, the Nigerian Medal of Honor. Apollo grabs a medal off of a glass box and then walks over towards his Commander, and proceeds to place it around his neck.
Big E Interrupts
Before the Commander can say anything, suddenly we see Big E’s on the big screen at the top of the stage. Big E starts off as he asks, “what is this??” Big E then continues on as he calls this a joke. He says Apollo still has to feel his power.
Sami Zayn Interrupts Big E
Suddenly the entrance theme for Sami Zayn sounds as he comes out from te back and immediately Zayn says this is typical Big E. Zayn continues on the state that Big E is always making a mockery of everything. Not having much respect for Zayn, Apollo tells him off. Sami says the truth is they have a bit of a bone to pick as he is holding his Intercontinental Championship. And if he is a man of honor, he can give him a chance to reclaim it.
Kevin Owens Joins The Conversation
Hearing that, suddenly out comes Kevin Owens as his entrance theme sounds in the arena. Owens walks out to the stage before he starts to chase Sami down the ramp and into the ring. Apollo and Azeez attack Owens in the ring. Out comes Big E as he sends Azeez to the outside. Owens goes for a superkick on Crews but Crews moves out of the way and Kevin hits Big E.
Next, Owens then hits Apollo with the super kick. He hits Sami with the super kick. Big E hits Kevin with the Big Ending. He goes to hit Apollo with the Big Ending but Azeez helps Apollo, grabbing him to the outside. At this point we head to commercial break!
Video Clip – Dominik Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler Last Week
As we return from the commercial break, the commentary team send us into a recap video of Dominik Mysterio beating Dolph Ziggler last week. Rey and Dom made their entrance or Rey’s match against Ziggler… [C] Ziggler and Robert Roode made their entrance to Ziggler’s abomination of an entrance theme…
Rey Mysterio (w/Dominik Mysterio) vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/Robert Roode)
We head to the ring as Michael Cole states that Mysterio told him that winning the tag titles with his son would be the highlight of his entire career. Ziggler took offensive control and told Rey that he doesn’t have what it takes anymore. Mysterio rallied, sent Ziggler to ringside, and then performed a baseball slide under the bottom rope and onto Ziggler on the floor. We then head to commercial break.
As we return from commercial, Rey goes for a crossbody but Ziggler moves out of the way. Dolph goes for the cover but Rey kicks out. Dolph with another headlock. Rey with elbows as he gets out of it. He attacks Dolph’s left leg. Rey runs to the ropes but a back elbow by Ziggler. He goes for the cover but Rey kiks out. Ziggler pushing his knee into Rey’s back. Rey reaches the ropes as the referee breaks it up.
Ziggler slams Rey in the corner. He runs towards Rey but a kick to the face onto Ziggler. Rey with a tornado DDT. Rey on the ring apron and a right hand on Ziggler. Rey on the top rope but a right hand by Ziggler. Both men on the top rope as Ziggler goes for a superplex but Rey blocks it. Rey knocks Ziggler down. Mysterio with a sit down senton. He goes for the cover but Ziggler kicks out.
Rey gets Ziggler on the second rope. He goes for the 619, Ziggler moves out of the way and hits Rey with the Famouser. He goes for the cover but Rey kicks out. Ziggler goes for the super kick, Rey ducks and drops Rey on the second ropes. Rey goes for the 619 but Ziggler hits him with the super kick and both men are down. Ziggler slowly goes for the cover but Rey gets his arm on the ropes.
Ziggler slams Rey down onto the mat. Ziggler lifts Rey up but Rey rolls him up and gets the pin.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Roode goes to attack Rey as Dominik saves Rey. Roode and Ziggler are on the outside as Rey and Dominik celebrate in the ring.
Backstage Interview – Cesaro
Megan Morant is backstage with Cesaro. She asks him about his match tonight. Cesaro says it means the world to compete for the Universal Championship. Growing up as a kid in Switzerland, a lot of people thought he was crazy. Going to the United States, to the WWE. But he kept thinking he thinks he can. He’s not like Roman, he doesn’t ask people to acknowledge him. He says Jimmy needs to decide if he wants to be Jimmy Uso or like his brother, Roman’s cousin.
And as for Sunday, he knows he can get the win and the WWE Universe will call him the new Universal Champion.
Backstage Interview – Rey and Dominik Mysterio
Kayla is backstage with Rey and Dominik. Rey says they are close to making history and he is ready for it. In come Ziggler and Roode. Ziggler tells Dominik that he told him already, he doesn’t belong in the business. Roode says that tonight, Rey got lucky but at Backlash, they will take him out for good. Roode calls Dominik baby Dom as Dominik says they can say what they want but on Sunday, they will call him baby Champ as he and Rey walk away.
In-Ring – Michael Cole and Bianca Belair
Next we head to the ring inside the ThunderDome at Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as we see Michael Cole is in the ring with Bianca Belair. To start, Cole says it’s been four weeks since she won the Championship and she will defend it on Sunday against someone who held the title for over a year. Bianca says she is the best and that’s not up for debate because when you shine like she shines, its not up for debate.
At this point, Belair asks Cole where Bayley is as we see a clip from last week. We see Bayley attacking Bianca. Bayley is on screen laughing. Bianca asks her if she likes her hair because she wants to show her her braids. Bayley says she is far away from Bianca. Bayley calls Bianca an idiot if she thought she would be in the ring after she had viciously attacked her last week.
Bianca says she is funny, she talks a good game but she better believe that when she gets her hands on Bayley on Sunday, it will be the roughest and quickest victory yet. Bayley continues to laugh. Bianca tells Bayley she is mad because she was busy getting thrown down the ramp by the Bella’s at WrestleMania while she was in the main event. Bayley says when she sees her throwing around her stupid ponytail, it feels like she is looking in the mirror of her own past. And on Sunday, this fairytale of hers will end for good. At this point we head to commercial break.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. King Corbin
We return to the ring for the next match-up of the evening. After ring entrances, the referee signals for the bel. The bell rings and the next match is officially underway! To start the action, Nakamura with a knee and a kick taking Corbin down. Nakamura climbs the second rope but a right hand by Corbin knocking him down. Corbin with elbows to the neck. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. Corbin sends Nakamura to the ropes but Nakamura with a kick to the face.
Nakamura with forearms and right hands. Corbin runs towards Nakamura but Nakamura ducks and gets an arm bar on Corbin. He turns it into a triangle but Corbin gets to his feet as he lifts Nakamura up, he drops Nakamura down and with the lock still in, Corbin gets the pin.
Winner: King Corbin
After the Match
Immediately following the match, Corbin throws Nakamura to the outside after the match as he celebrates. Nakamura gets back in the ring and attacks Corbin from behind. He hits Corbin with the Kinshasa. Nakamura grabs Corbin’s crown and wears it.
Backstage – Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce
Next we head backstage where Sonya and Adam Pearce are together when in comes an angry Apollo Crews. He asks Adam what he will do about earlier tonight. Sonya tells him to watch out or else Adam will make him defend his Championship against them all, the same way he did with Roman at WrestleMania. Adam says that’s a good idea as he tells Apollo that he will defend his Intercontinental Championship in a fatal four way next week. Apollo leaves the room as Adam tells Sonya to never undermine him.
Backstage – Jimmy Uso
Jimmy is backstage with Kayla. He says this isn’t his idea. He always thought his first match back would have been with his brother. But now, it’s Jey doing all of the work for Roman. Reigns even said it himself, he doesn’t need Jey for his success. He says he and his brother will be fine as long as Roman stay out of it. At this point we head to commercial break.
Cesaro vs. Jimmy Uso
We head into our main event of the evening, which is Jimmy Uso vs. Cesaro! We hear the entrance theme of Cesaro as he makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring where he awaits his opponent. Out next is Jimmy Uso as “UUSSOOO” sounds over the speakers in the arena. Jimmy makes his way into the ring with Cesaro. The referee moves to the center of the ring and signals for the bell. After a year out of the company, Jimmy is ready for his first match up back. The bell rings and the match up is officially underway! To start the action, Cesaro lands an early Drop kick to take Jimmy down to the canvas.
The match continues on as Jimmy makes his way back to his feet and sends Cesaro to the ropes and a shoulder block takes Jimmy down. A body slam by Cesaro. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. Jimmy back up as he fakes an injury to distract Cesaro. He hits Cesaro with a super kick followed by a Samoan drop. He goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out. A head lock by Jimmy. He goes for a suplex but Cesaro blocks it. Cesaro with a suplex of his own. Both men back up but a kick to the back of the head by Jimmy.
At this point Jimmy looks for the cover but Cesaro kicks out. Jimmy gets Cesaro in the corner, he goes for a splash but Cesaro moves out of the way. Cesaro goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. Cesaro goes for a spear in the corner but Jimmy moves out of the way. Jimmy with a clothesline takes Cesaro to the outside. Jimmy with a suicide dive through the ropes to send us into the commercial break!
Cesaro with a clothesline. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. Cesaro jumps off the second rope but a kick by Jimmy knocks him down. He goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out. Jimmy climbs the top rope but Cesaro with an uppercut. Cesaro climbs the top rope and a superplex. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out.
Jimmy rolls to the outside. Cesaro on the ring apron and a cannonball onto Jimmy taking him out. Cesaro with an uppercut as he throws Jimmy back in the ring. Roman Reigns attacks Cesaro from behind as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner By Disqualification: Cesaro
After the Match
Immediately following the bell, Reigns throws Cesaro over the announce table. Jimmy asks Roman what he is doing and why he had to make this about him. Roman goes face to face with him as Jimmy leaves the ring. Roman follows him as both men argue. Cesaro attacks Jey from behind in the ring. Roman gets in the ring and attacks Cesaro. Roman tells Jimmy to get in the ring and help. Cesaro with an uppercut onto Roman. He goes for the Neutralizer but Jey attacks Cesaro. Jey tells Jimmy to get in the ring.
Cesaro with an uppercut on Jey. Jimmy gets on the ring apron and Cesaro knocks him down. Roman leaves the ring. Cesaro grabs Jey and hits him with the Neutralizer. Cesaro tells Roman to do something. He grabs Jey again and hits him with another Neutralizer.
The show ends.
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