Welcome to eWrestling.com’s LIVE results coverage for the Friday, May 21st, 2021 edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown which airs LIVE on the FOX TV Network from the ThunderDome II at Yuengling Center, Tampa, FL starting at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)/ 7:00 p.m. (Central Time).
As advertised for the Friday, May 21st edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Apollo Crews puts his coveted Intercontinental Championship on the line against Big E, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, tonight at 8/7 C on SmackDown on FOX!
Featured below are complete results of the Friday, May 21st, 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 (05/21/2021)
The Friday, May 21st, 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 21st 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. Next, Michael Cole welcomes us to the show and he’s at ringside with Pat McAfee.
Official Show Opening – WWE ThunderDome Stage
To kick off the Friday, May 21st edition of SmackDown, the camera pans to the top of the stage where we see a “Parade of Champions” as the current reigning champions of WWE Friday Night SmackDown are standing side by side boasting and smiling as they are announced by Michael Cole on commentary. The camera slowly moves from champion to champion across the stage (from left to right) including SmackDown Tag-Team Champions – Dominik & Rey Mysterio, SmackDown Women’s Champion – Bianca Belair, SmackDown Intercontinental Champion – Apollo Crews, and finally SmackDown Women’s Tag-Team Champions – Natalya & Tamina!
Quick Opening Announcement
Next, we head into a quick show-opening announcement from Pat McAfee as a graphic still is shown highlighting tonight’s upcoming WWE Intercontinental Championship Title Match with Big E vs. Apollo Crews, Sami Zayn, and Kevin Owens in a 4-Way Match-Up for Apollo Crews’ title!
In-Ring – WWE SmackDown Official – Sonya Deville
As McAfee and Cole wrap up the opening announcements for WWE Friday Night SmackDown, we return to the ring where Sonya Deville welcomes the WWE Universe to an “extra special edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown!” Deville continues on to state that the news broke earlier today, “that WWE will be leaving the ThunderDome and returning back to the road, back where we belong… back to YOU!” Deville finishes her announcement as the crowd pops! We see the breaking news stills from earlier today with TMZ Sports, CBS Sports, Variety, and other news platforms headlines regarding the WWE’s return to the road!
Deville then continues on to state that with WWE Friday Night SmackDown Official Adam Pearce out on the ground scouting locations as she speaks inside the ring! After that, Deville states that she needs help celebrating the WWE SmackDown “Parade of Champions”! Deville states that “the first-ever father-son tag-team champions, Dominik and Rey Mysterio!” as the crowd pops! Dominik holds his title belt up as he smiles big for the camera, Rey pats his son’s back and smiles as well, holding up his own title belt!
Next Deville announces the WWE SmackDown Women’s Tag-Team Champions, Natalya and Tamina, both women are smiling ear to ear as the camera stops on them holding their title belts high in the air! After that, Deville introduces the current reigning WWE SmackDown Intercontinental Champion, Apollo Crews! Crews is standing in front of his Crews calls for the music to be cut. He’s not happy about having to defend in a Fatal 4 Way tonight, but says he will retain and will unleash destruction on Big E, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Deville introduces Belair last among the champions on the stage.
WWE Universal Champion – Roman Reigns Joins
Next, WWE SmackDown Official Sonya Deville calls on the fans inside the ThunderDome to welcome the current reigning WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. Reigns’ entrance music hits the speakers as we await the “head of the table” to make his way out to the stage to join the other SmackDown Champions for their “parade”. Instead of Reigns making his way out however, out comes “special counsel” Paul Heyman to the stage instead. The fans begin to boo!
Paul Heyman Speaks
To start, Paul Heyman says the Parade of Champions is nice but it’s not a parade of champions, it’s a parade of title holders. He points at each champion and calls them a title holder, and says Reigns is not a title holder, he’s a champion, not just a champion, THE champion, the preeminent champions, of all of WWE, and all of sports entertainment. Heyman says when fans buy tickets to these upcoming events, they will do it with confidence that WWE is represented by a preeminent champion like our Tribal Chief. Heyman says Reigns will not be involved in this Parade of Title Holders, but there will be a Parade of Champion later tonight, at Reigns’ leisure. Heyman thanks Deville and heads back to the back to boos.
At this point, we return to the ring where Sonya Deville is still standing as she states that that’s the first surprise of the evening, but probably not the last. She calls on the fans to applaud the champions one more time.
Before Deville can even make another announcement, she is cut off as Bayley hits the ring to interrupt. She’s mad she wasn’t recognized for her title reign through the ThunderDome era. She takes a shot at Dominik first, for riding his dad’s coattails. She then knocks Natalya and Tamina, but says what’s up to Apollo and Azeez. She then addresses Belair and says she cheated at WrestleMania Backlash, calling her a criminal for stealing the title.
As she continues her rant, Bayley declares that she wants SmackDown Official Sonya Deville to strip Bianca Belair of the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship title. Belair is none too pleased with the demand and immediately comes down the ramp and hits the ring, where the two mature women proceed to have words. Bayley insists that she wants her rematch.
Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax Attack Bianca Belair In-Ring!
Just as Bayley goes to exit the ring, we see Bianca Belair standing inside the ring as she is attacked behind by Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. Natalya and Tamina run down to make the save but the heels get the upper hand. Bayley, Jax and Baszler stand tall as we head to our first commercial break of the evening!
atalya, Tamina Snuka & Bianca Belair vs. Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler & Bayley
As we return from the first commercial break of the evening, we return to the ring where the match is ready to get underway following the attack that took place as we were heading into the commercial break before. Now inside the ring, we see Nia Jax successfully land a Splash out of the corner that connects to the current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Tamina Snuka in the corner. Jax then immediately follows up with an Elbow Drop for the cover to Snuka. Tamina is able to kick out at the two to continue the match-up.
Cole says this match is taking advantage of the quarterly Brand-To-Brand Invitational with Superstars working the opposite brand. Back in the ring, we see Shayna Baszler on the apron stretching in to get the tag. Baszler finally tags in and works over Tamina in the heels’ corner. Baszler is able to take Tamina down for yet another pinfall attempt, with Tamina again kicking out at the two to continue the match up! At this point the WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair reaches for the tag as she is ready to get in their and handle business!.
Bayley tags back in but Tamina fights her off from the corner. Bayley rams her back into the corner and works her over. Tamina finally nails a big suplex and in comes WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Natalya off the tag. Natalya with a snap suplex to Baszler, then Bayley. Bayley ends up countering and dropping Natalya. Baszler tags in and starts bending and stretching Natalya’s limbs. Jax tags in and slams Natalya for a 2 count. Belair tags in and dropkicks Baszler, then kips up.
At this point, Bianca Belair takes Shayna Baszler to the corner where she proceeds to connect with several thrusts in an attempt to wear Baszler down. Finally, Baszler counters and applies the Kirifuda Clutch but Belair gets free. Belair ends up catching Baszler with a big Spinebuster for a pop. Belair goes to the top but Bayley and Jax pull Baszler to the floor to safety. Belair turns her direction and leaps to the floor from the top, taking down all three opponents with a crossbody. Belair sits up against the barrier and clutches her knee. On that note, we again head to the commercial break!
We again return from the commercial break and now we return to the ring where we see that Bayley currently has Bianca Belair laid out on the canvas inside the ring as Bayley continues to focus on the injured leg of Belair to continue the match. Ar Belair tries to scramble away but Bayley grounds her with a hold. Fans rally for Belair as she sends Bayley through the ropes to the floor. She comes right back in and stops Belair from tagging. Bayley knocks Natalya off the apron with a cheap shot. Belair dodges an elbow and tags in Tamina.
Tamina unloads on Bayley, taking her to the corner with face-first turnbuckle shots. Tamina drops Baszler on the apron and powerslams Bayley. Natalya tags in with a basement dropkick and a German suplex to Bayley. Tamina comes back in and Natalya launches Bayley into a superkick from Tamina. Tamina covers but Bayley grabs the bottom rope to break the count. Natalya tags back in but Bayley dodges the discus clothesline. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter on Bayley but didn’t see Baszler tag in. Baszler drops Natalya to break the hold.
Next, Tamina comes in and headbutts Baszler. Natalya and Baszler scramble. Bayley runs back in but ends up dropped with Natalya’s discus clothesline. Jax runs in but Tamina superkicks her. Baszler sends Tamina to the floor. Finally, Bianca Belair drop Baszler but Bayley pulls her to the floor for a Bayley-to-Belly suplex on the floor. Natalya kicks Bayley off the apron to prevent her from coming back in. Baszler takes advantage and grabs Natalya from behind and drops her into the Kirifuda Clutch for the submission win.
Winners (By Submission): Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax & Bayley
After the Match
Immediately following the match, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax stand together inside the ring to celebrate their victory just as the music hits. We go to replays. As we return from the highlights, we return to ringside just in time to see the losing team as they limp up the ramp as the heels stand tall in the ring.
Backstage Interview – Big E
Next we head backstage where we see Kayla Braxton standing in the backstage area along with Big E as she prepares to ask the first question of the backstage interview. E starts off by hyping the main event match-up for tonight’s edition of SmackDown and says this is what he asked for, a chance to show he is the best among the very best. He will stand in the ring with dogs tonight and this will sharpen his iron.
He goes on with the promo and says when he leaves the arena tonight, he will leave no doubt tonight that he is our rightful Intercontinental Champion and you’ve got to feel that. Big E keeps getting hyped up to end the interview. McAfee hypes tonight’s main event again.
At this point, we return to the announcer’s table at ringside as Michael Cole discusses the current reigning WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns’ win over Cesaro at WrestleMania Backlash. Reigns will be here later tonight. On that note, we head to commercial break.
Cole talks about Roman Reigns’ win over Cesaro at WrestleMania Backlash. Reigns will be here later tonight. Back to commercial.
— It is time for Aleister Black.
he mentions Chapter Four. Father’s lessons are painfully etched on his body. This pain serves a purpose. There is no lie with pain. it is honest and it is truth. Where would we be without this truth and this armor of agony. Let’s hear about where we keep are deepest and darkest sins. Sins that you embody. Father always said there isn’t an art to being evil. This is full of cruel thoughts and evil dreams. You live proudly in your cesspool of sins and denial because it is all you are. It has become your identity. To be loathsome and blind. You are sick and dying. It is time for me to separate the weak from the strong. As Father taught me, it is time to cull the herd.
In the Arena:
King Corbin makes his way to the ring and he has something to say. He says he wasn’t going to say anything and he was going to let his actions speak for him. He says he saw Nakamura wearing the crown. Nakamura may call himself the King of Strong Style, but he is not a king. A real king wears $40,000 watches and drives a Ferrari. A real king has dogs of war, not a cat. He says he will punish Nakamura and grind Nakamura’s face into the mat with his boot.
Rick Boogs (Rik Bugez, Eric Bugenhagen) from NXT comes out playing his guitar and he says he is here to rock with the real king. Boogs introduces Nakamura while playing Nakamura’s theme song on his guitar and they both head to the ring as we go to commercial.
King Corbin vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The match is joined in progress and Nakamura with punches and Corbin with an Irish whip and clothesline. Corbin clotheslines Nakamura over the top rope back into the ring. Corbin with kicks to the back. Corbin with a power bomb for a near fall. Corbin punches Nakamura in the corner. Corbin chokes Nakamura in the corner and then he mocks Nakamura. Corbin with a knee to the midsection. Corbin with a chin lock and arm bar. Corbin with a back elbow for a near fall. Corbin with punches to Nakamura. Corbin goes for a slam but Nakamura escapes and hits a spinning heel kick followed by a lungblower and a sliding knee. Nakamura with an STO for a near fall.
Nakamura sets for Kinshasa and Corbin moves and sends Nakamura into the turnbuckles. Corbin with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Nakamura with a jumping knee and Corbin with Deep Six for a near fall.
Boogs starts to play his guitar to distract Corbin. Nakamura avoids End of Days and gets the three count with an inside cradle.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Sonya Deville is in her office and Jimmy Uso says that the greatest tag team is ready to welcome everyone back to the Uso Penitentiary. Sonya asks if Jey is ready because he is with Roman. Jimmy says they are together and they want the Street Profits. Sonya says that match needs to be hyped so next week, The Usos versus The Street Profits.
— Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring wiht Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. After their long entrance, we just go to commercial.
We are back and Kevin Owens says in his first two years in WWE he was called a prize fighter because he won more titles than anyone. He will do that tonight. He does not care if he power bombs Sami so hard that he cannot spell conspiracy. He will give Big E a Big L. He will hit a dozen stunners on Apollo Crews. He will take care of Azeez if he tries to get involved.
— We see what happened last week during and after the main event, when Seth Rollins attacked Cesaro.
In the Arena:
We are finally back in the arena and Roman Reigns is ready to speak.
Roman says he believes himself to be a humble man. In fact, I take every opportunity I can to teach my sons about humility. I don’t like to brag so I will use this opportunity to allow my special counsel to celebrate me.
Paul says this is a unique surprise. He says he has a moment to acknowledge your tribal chief. Undefeated since his return to WWE. Scared the Fiend to Raw. Humanized the Monster Braun Strowman. Baptized his cousin into the championship bloodline. KO-ed Kevin Owens. Had the most celebrated victory when he pinned both Daniel Bryan and Edge. Took personal pleasure in banishing Daniel Bryan off Smackdown into a life of Bella retirement. Then the Backlash against the strongest and most talented grappler on the Smackdown roster, Cesaro. Your champion beat Cesaro on his own with no one’s help at Cesaro’s own game. My tribal chief, it is a career highlight not only celebrate but acknowledge the most dominant champion in WWE and in sports, Roman Reigns.
Paul asks what else can he do. Roman asks Paul to get his cousin. Paul tells the production people to play Jimmy’s music, but Cesaro’s music starts up instead and he makes his way to the stage.
Cesaro comes to the stage in a suit, wearing a sling on his arm. Reigns says to cut this bum’s music. Cesaro is in a bad mood tonight. He says he was in the back and all he heard was this annoying yapping in his ear. Reigns asks Cesaro what he’s going to do, and says he can break Cesaro’s other arm. Cesaro says that’s just a flesh wound and he’d fight Reigns with no arms. Cesaro proposes a match with Reigns at Hell In a Cell. Reigns asks if he really wants to do this again. Rollins suddenly runs down and attacks Cesaro, sending him into the barrier and then the steel ring steps.
Fans boo as Rollins unloads on Cesaro, stomping away and beating him up at ringside. Officials run down and order Rollins to the back. He goes up the ramp while referees help Cesaro up at ringside. Rollins runs back down the ramp and attacks Cesaro. Rollins grabs the hurt arm and slams Cesaro down to the floor by it. Rollins delivers a big Stomp at the bottom of the ramp. Cesaro clutches his arm as referee Charles Robinson checks on him. The other officials back Rollins away through the timekeeper’s area. Rollins jumps over the barrier, runs back over to the bottom of the ramp and this time delivers a Stomp to Cesaro on the steel. Fans boo him some more while Cesaro is laid out face-down. Rollins watches with a crazed look in his eyes. Medics bring a stretcher down the ramp for Cesaro as we go to commercial.
— We are back with some moments ago… We cut to the back where Seth Rollins is asked about what just happened. Seth says he blacked out. He sees Cesaro on the stretcher and he wants to know why is he making him do this.
Dominik Mysterio vs. Robert Roode
Before the match, Robert Roode tells Dominik not to let that win get to your head because your dad did all the work. This Bring Your Son to Work Day thing is over and once and for all I prove that you don’t belong here.
Roode with a suplex and a second one. Dominik counters a suplex and gets a near fall with an inside cradle. Roode with a knee and hard Irish whip followed by a shoulder into the corner. Roode puts Dominik on the turnbuckles and Roode with a punch. Dominik pushes Roode off the turnbuckles a few times and Dominik with a cross body for a near fall. Dominik with a back elbow to Roode and Roode pushes Dominik away on a tornado DDT attempt. Roode goes for a power bomb but Dominik with a head scissors and Roode goes into the ropes. Dolph gets on the apron and Rey sends Dolph’s leg into the steps.
Dominik goes for a sunset flip and Roode drops down and gets a near fall. Roode is sent into the turnbuckles and Dominik with a 619 and frog splash for the three count.
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
Jey Uso is in the back and Jimmy shows up and he tells Jey that next week they face the Street Profits. Jey is not happy that they have a tag match without consulting with him. Jimmy reminds Jey he won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal without him. Jey says he needs to tell Roman about the tag match.
We go to commercial.
Roman Reigns is in his room and Jey tells Roman about the tag match next week and he had nothing to do with it. Roman stands up and he wants to know who is ‘we’? Roman whispers that Jimmy is being selfish. Everything WE do represents our family. Roman hugs Jey and whispers something In Jey’s ear and then walks away.
The Street Profits are in the back. Montez does his Jimmy impression. Angelo says he is going to disrespect them, respectfully. He asks Jimmy if he can trust his brother. Angelo says it won’t be cute what they do to the Usos next week.
— Sami Zayn is in the Gorilla position and Kayla shows up and Sami freaks out being called a former champion. Sami says he does not expect any less because she is a corporate hack. Sami says she is trying to minimize him. He will never forget that conspiracy. No matter what you say or what anyone does, he will reclaim his Intercontinental Champion.
We go to commercial.
— We are back and we are told that Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax will get a Tag Title match against Natalya and Tamina on Raw.
Sami Zayn vs. Apollo Crews vs. Kevin Owens vs. Big E for the Intercontinental Championship
Owens clotheslines Zayn in the corner and Big E goes after Crews while Owens and Zayn go to teh floor. Crews kicks and punches Big E and connects with forearms to the back. Owens punches Zayn against the ringside barrier while Crews connects with forearms. Big E with a back elbow to Crews and Owens with a reverse atomic drop and enzuigiri. Zayn punches Owens and kicks him. Zayn with crossfaces. Zayn chokes Owens in the ropes and Big E sends Zayn over the top rope to the floor. Big E punches Zayn and then Big E with forearms with Zayn hanging over the apron. Big E punches Crews and he puts Crews over the apron and then he hits both with forearms. Big E sets for a splash onto both men and he hits it.
Owens with a flip dive onto Big E as we go to commercial.
We are back and Big E with a forearm to Crews but Crews with a drop kick. Big E rolls to the floor. Crews follows and he sends Big E into the ring steps. Owens kicks Crews sends tries to send him into the ring steps but Crews blocks it and Crews sends Owens into the ring steps. Crews with a moonsault off the apron onto Big E. Zayn attacks Crews from behind but Crews sends Zayn into the ringside barrier. Zayn with a moonsault off the ringside barrier onto Crews. Owens takes Zayn down and Zayn is sent into the ring and Owens with a swanton for a near fall. Owens and Big E exchange forearms and Big E goes for the overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
Owens blocks it and he head butts Big E. Crews hot shots Big E and hits a German suplex. Crews with a second German suplex and then he hits a third one. Owens breaks up the cover with a back senton. Zayn with an exploder for Owens into the turnbuckles. Zayn misses a Helluva Kick and Zayn with a rollup on Owens for a near fall. Zayn with a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Zayn puts Owens on the turnbuckles and Zayn tries for a superplex but Owens blocks it and hits a super brainbuster for a near fall.
Big E runs into a knee from Crews. Crews gets Owens up and hits a Death Valley Driver onto the apron. Big E spears Crews through the ropes to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Crews with a suplex on Big E for a near fall. Crews kicks Zayn and then he kicks Big E and Owens. Crews punches Big E. Big E with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to Crews and then to Zayn. Big E with a standard belly-to-belly suplex to Crews. Big E sets for the Warrior Splash but Zayn with a boot. Zayn avoids the pop up power bomb and he tries for a half and half on Owens but Owens blocks it. Owens with a package Ushigoroshi for a near fall. Owens goes up top and Crews crotches Owens.
Crews punches Owens. Zayn with a jaw breaker to Crews and Crews with an irish whip. Big E with a German suplex to Crews while Crews hits a T-Bone suplex on Zayn. Owens with a frog splash on Big E for a near fall. Owens with a clothesline to Zayn and Crews and then a cannonball to Zayn. Owens with a German suplex to Big E and a cannonball onto Crews and Big E. Zayn with a half and half suplex to Owens followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb on Owens for a near fall. Zayn pulls Owens into position and Zayn goes up top.
Crews stops Zayn but Zayn punches Crews. Zayn kicks Big E away and then he leaps over Owens. Owens with a super kick to Big E when he gets Zayn up for the Big Ending. Owens with a pop up power bomb to Crews for a near fall. Zayn sends Owens into the ringside barrier but Owens with a back body drop to send Zayn into the timekeeper’s area. Zayn with a half and half suplex to Owens on the floor. Zayn sets for the Helluva Kick but Big E with a UranagE. Big E with the Big Ending but Azeez pulls Big E out of the ring and sends him into the ringside barrier. Big E sends Azeez into the ring post.
Big E returns to the ring and the lights get all screwy. Suddenly Aleister Black makes his way into the ring. Crews grabs Big E by the leg and Black hits Black Mass and Crews gets the three count.
Winner: Apollo Crews
that’s the show!