Welcome to eWrestling’s Friday Night SmackDown results coverage for August 21, 2020!
Tonight’s SmackDown is set for an action packed episode as AJ Styles looks to defend the Intercontinental Championship against Jeff Hardy, Lucha House Party challenges Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles and more as the blue brand heads to WWE ThunderDome.
Featured below are WWE Friday Night SmackDown results for August 21, 2020 written by eWrestling.com’s most popular female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow me on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown (August 21, 2020)
“WWE brings the ‘thunder’ tonight!” Cole states as SmackDown is announced from the THUNDERDOME!
In-Ring – Vince McMahon’s Welcome
“Welcome everyone to Friday Night SmackDown!” Vince McMahon begins! We see fans in the “stands” from their computer cams. “That’s why this Sunday… you’ll never see it coming! That’s why this week we’ll…” McMahon’s mic is cut and everything goes black. Suddenly red lights beam around the Thunderdome and we hear…
The Fiend Enters
“Let me in…” as The Fiend’s music begins to play. The Fiend appears at the top of the stage, holding a lantern. The Fiend makes his way down the ramp towards the ring where Vince McMahon stands. The Fiend stands face to face with Vince McMahon. Vince McMahon side steps, The Fiend mirrors. They do this once again. Fiend sticks his tongue out at McMahon. Fiend turns as he hears the familiar entrance theme start up.
Braun Strowman Enters
With a loud roar, we see the smoke and pyro as Strowman’s entrance theme sounds in the Thunderdome. Strowman throws his championship belt to the side as he walks towards The Fiend, a serious glare as The Fiend breathes heavily.”
Retribution members surround the ring on the apron shouting in their masks. Strowman looks to Fiend and smiles. The Fiend waves “bye bye” and the lights go out. When they return, Fiend is gone as Retribution hooded and masked members attack Strowman.
Entire Locker Room
The entire locker room comes running down the ramp and begin helping Strowman. King Corbin, AJ Styles, Sheamus, Matt Riddle, John Morrison, Big E, Shorty G, etc… all running off the Retribution members.
The Miz (Fashionably Late)
The Miz comes running down late, trying to jump into the group as Retribution has already made their exit. Strowman stands up and with sweat pouring down his face, Strowman throws Gulak and across the ring. He does the same thing to Jey Uso, throwing him over the top rope. Strowman attacking those that just came to his aid moments prior. Rolling out of the ring and heading up the ramp, Strowman rips his shirt off and continues stomping towards the backstage area as we head to our first commercial break!
Last Friday’s Video Recap
As we return from commercial break, we see are sent to a video clip from last week where Sheamus ambushed Big E is at ringside
Big E vs. Sheamus
Michael Cole notes that this match was supposed to happen later in the evening, though it’s going to happen now. The bell rings and the match begins. Big E goes at Sheamus immediately. Sheamus with Chops to Big E, dropping him to one knee. Sheamus heads to the ropes, Big E meets him and Clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope. The referee begins to count as Big E hits a massive Shoulder Tackle into the steel stairs. We see Otis, The Miz, and several other WWE Superstars surrounding the ring to apparently ward off Retribution.
Big E re-enters the ring to re-start the count. Big E continues to dominate the match, landing a Drop on Sheamus on the apron. Big E returns to the ring, Sheamus grabs Big E and drops to the outside floor slamming Big E off the top rope. Sheamus with a Dive off the top turnbuckle on to Big E. Sheamus grabs his chest in pain as he continues to turn this match around and gain control. Sheamus with a Ten Beats of the Bodhran as he batters the chest of Big E. We can hear the crowd and see them out in the crowd.
Big E off the ropes, Irish Curse Backbreaker for the cover, Big E kicks out at two. The lights begin to flicker and Sheamus stands up and looks around as we head to commercial break once again.
As we return from commercial break, Corey Graves notes that the locker room is surrounding the ring to prevent another attack by Retribution. A Big Splash from Big E as we return to the ring. Big E looking for the Big Ending and Sheamus kicks out. A Brogue Kick attempt follow up by Sheamus for which Big E side steps only to recieve a Big Knee for the cover and a two count. A Big Right Hand and a Kick by Sheamus. Urinagi in the corner as Big E goes for the cover getting the two count.
King Corbin continues to trash talk Matt Riddle on the outside. Sheamus rolls out and stands up on the apron. Big E runs for him but Sheamus stops him and attempts another Ten Beats of the Bodhran. Corbin and Riddle end up going after one another outside of the ring. With the distraction, Big E grabs Sheamus and rolls him up for the three count pin and win!!
Winner: Big E
After the Match
Otis and Tucker dance inside the ring to celebrate Big E’s victory. Sheamus looks wide eyed and stunned as he walks backwards up the ramp.
Quick Announcement – Jeff Hardy’s Condition
Michael Cole states there is a development following his announcement that Matt Hardy will take on Sheamus later tonight. Matt is being examined by WWE Medical Staff and states he wants them to try a knee brace as he cannot miss this match tonight…
Backstage – Lucha House Party
Lucha House Party are backstage walking towards the ring as Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro come up behind them with a cheap shot, knocking all three members to the ground as Nakamura and Cesaro step right over them with sadistic smiles on their faces and they continue on as we head to commercial break.
Video Clip – Last Friday’s SmackDown
Brought to us by Progressive Match Flo, we are sent to a video clip as we return from commercial break. During a Cesaro & Nakamura match with Lucha House Party, Gran Metalik and Dorado were down and out until Kalisto, the third member of Lucha House Party entered the match and pinned Shinsuke Nakamura and posed in the ring as the Lucha House Party is once again complete.
Tag-Team Title Match
Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro vs. Lucha House Party
Out first is Cesaro as his music sounds in the Thunderdome, he stands at the top of the stage as Shinsuke Nakamura Cesaro is turned inside out! Metalik with a high flying move for the cover! Shinsuke lays in a kick then tags in Cesaro. Cesaro hits a sliding elbow drop and pins for a one. Cesaro locks in a neck crank, trying to use his power against Gran. Gran escapes. Metallik attempts the springboard dropkick but Cesaro catches him in midair and powerbombs him, getting a two.
The Miz and John Morrison Watch On Backstage
Commentary notes that The Miz and John Morrison are watching backstage. We head backstage picture in picture as Morrison makes a joke about the word “Libre” as The Miz makes a joke involving the word “Luncha” They make more corny jokes before adding a chant of “Miz and Morrison, hey hey, ho ho!”
Back in the match, there are Chops back and forth being delivered by Metalik and Cesaro. Cesaro goes flying. Metalik looks to make the tag to Dorado as Kalisto shouts motivations. Nakamura is legal as Metalik makes the tag to Dorado. Dorado is fired up! Dorado off the top. A cover on Nakamura and Cesaro breaks up the cover! Kalisto with a high flying move! Shinsuke in full control on the inside of the ring.
Metalik takes a bad spill on the outside of the ring. Nakamura goes for the cover and once again a kick-out. Springboard Stunner, then the tag. A Sunset Flip, Cesaro kicks at one. Cesaro rolls through for the win!
Winners and STILL Tag-Team Champions: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura
After the Match
Lots of shouting between the Lucha House Party.
Commentary questions whether there will be an Intercontinental Championship Match tonight as we flash to Jeff Hardy once again and his injury.
Video Replay – Commentary Replay Retribution Attack From Show Opening
As Michael Cole and Corey Graves watch to see how Jeff Hardy injured his knee during the Retribution attack, it is seen that AJ Styles attacks the knee of Jeff Hardy during the attack at the beginning of the show! Cole states it looks deliberate as Styles attacks Hardy as all the locker room members headed to the ring to ward off Retribution members!
Backstage Interview – AJ Styles
We catch up with AJ Styles backstage and Styles is asked about his involvement in the injury on Jeff Hardy. Styles states he was showing urgency to take a handle on Retribution. “Kinda reminds me of his career, wasteful. Last week he said he was here standing on his own two feet, but tonight, he clearly is not. Ah, the Jeff Hardy story in a nutshell, by AJ Styles.”
Winner By Submission (RAW Women’s Champion) Bayley
“Time To Beat Challenge
Naomi vs. Sasha Banks
As the first match up begins, Banks and Naomi both stare off and Naomi heads in. Banks and Bayley must beat Naomi and who ever beats Naomi quickest gets to face Asuka 2nd at SummerSlam. How the hell is this Naomi getting better?!
Banks laid in knees to Naomi in the corner and softened her up and then Naomi landed a springboard kick to the back of Banks’ head as she was draped over the top rope. Banks tried to roll Naomi up, but got a two count.
Then Banks took Naomi down quickly and into the Bank Statement for the submission at 3:39.
Winner by Submission: Sasha Banks
Time to beat: 3:39
Naomi vs. Bayley
The second match begins and Bayley runs in strong and quickly attempts to make the cover on Naomi, Bayley continues to watch the clock. Bayley rushed the ring and landed a knee to Naomi’s head immediately. Then Bayley started pummeling Naomi and stomping on her.
Then Naomi returned fire with a Rear View and won.
After the Match(es)
Sasha Banks will defend her title SECOND against Asuka at SummerSlam. Banks looks completely content and happy with the results of the match, not noticing or caring that her “best friend” lost. Bayley is livid.
Asuka makes her way to the stage with a microphone in hand following the Beat the Clock matches. Asuka began laughing as she came out! Finally Asuka states, “I’ll be the empress of evvvery title. Because, nobody is ready, for Asuka!!”
Backstage – Jeff Hardy and WWE Medical Condition
“Jeff, you look stable enough, as long as you can handle the pain, I will clear you to go.”
Backstage – Sonya Deville
“I have nothing to say to you, anything i have to say, I can say to the world.” Dana Brooke comes up and states, “Sonya, I’m sorry for everything you went through this week….” Sonya responds monotone, “It’s nothing I can’t handle.” *slap* We head to commercial.
Sonya Deville Annoucement
Back from commercial, Sonya Deville makes her entrance. Deville demands they cut the music.
Sonya nods and says Mandy is second-guessing her own challenge, and correct her if she’s wrong, that’s exactly what she said was going to happen. Sonya shouts to Mandy asking, “What do you WANT?!” Sonya continues on stating they are gonna fight one way or the other, but since she’s unbothered by getting her hair cut and everybody knows Sonya doesn’t give a damn about being bald or not.
So she ups the ante— no disqualification, loser leaves WWE! She’s realized that, hair or no hair, she’s sick of looking at Mandy’s face. Sonya finishes stating, “So ya better bring ya A-game, bitch” and throws the mic to walk off.
Video Package – Strowman & Fiend
A video package airs recapping Braun Strowman vs. The Fiend and the events leading up to their match for SummerSlam. Also Alexa Bliss’s involvement since her Interaction with Fiend and her attempt to “snap” Strowman out of his current monstrous thoughts.
Backstage – Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross comments on how Alexa Bliss has been very out of character since her interaction with The Fiend. Cross notes that the girl she has spoke to is NOT Bliss, and it scares Cross.
Intercontinental Championship Match
AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy
“They don’t want none” is heard as AJ Styles entrance theme sounds in the THUNDERDOME and Styles makes his way out to the stage. Styles makes his way down the ramp as we head to a picture in picture comment from Daniel Bryan.
Daniel Bryan PIP
Daniel Bryan pops in on Facetime and says this match in THE THUNDERDOME will be one to remember. Bryan calls AJ a coward and says he hopes by the end of the first night in the THUNDERDOME, Jeff Hardy is champion.
As Styles enters the ring, commentary notes that Jeff Hardy is entering the match despite his injury as we head to commercial break.
As we return from commercial break, Jeff Hardy makes his way down the ramp towards the ring with his opponent AJ Styles. Michael Cole and Corey Graves discuss AJ Styles “accidental attack” on Jeff Hardy during the opening of tonight’s SmackDown during Retributions attack. The match is officially announced, the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this Intercontinental Championship Title match is officially underway!
Styles IMMEDIATELY goes after Jeff Hardy’s injured knee. Back Body Drop by Hardy. Styles hangs on Hardy. Hardy jumps up to a sitting position on the top turnbuckle, Styles with a direct strike to Hardy’s injured leg. Styles continues to focus on the injured leg of Hardy.
Hardy attempts a Twist of Fate, to no avail. Hardy attempts to go to the top rope, and drops to the canvas as he hyper-extends his leg. Styles off the top rope, Hardy with a Hard Right buying a little bit of time. Styles with Calf Pressure on Hardy in the center of the ring, shouting as he drags himself to the bottom rope to force the break. Styles continues to Stomp the leg of Hardy as we head to commercial break.
Hardy hits Styles in the face with his knee brace, a Twist of Fate as Hardy attempts to drag himself to the top rope. Hardy with a Swanton Bomb for the cover and the three count for the win!
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Jeff Hardy!!
After the Match
AJ Styles was irate stating that Jeff Hardy cheated as he exclaimed, “Look at my face! That was a weapon!”
Post-Match Interview – Jeff Hardy
As the NEW Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy was spoken to following his match, Hardy stated, “If you told me a year ago that I was going to be Intercontinental Champion again, I’d have told you you were crazy.” Hardy went on to state, “I was in such a bad place then. But now I stand here with a painful knee and the hope for a better future for everybody that’s in a tough spot.”
And so we go to break.
Firefly Fun House
“We’re really glad that you’re our friends, and this is a story that will never-ever end!” Bray Wyatt welcomes us to the Firefly Fun House. Wyatt begins to speak on the ThunderDome and asks us to come closer so he can tell us something… he loves us! Don’t be fooled, Fireflies, love can be a terrible thing. A way to trick you into emotional and financial burden that makes the most glorious angel crash down with broken wings. Too much love can turn a beautiful field of sunflowers into a wasteland! Just then, Wyatt gets a call on his hand and chats inaudibly for a moment before tossing us to:
“Firefly Theatre Presents Braun & Alexa”
In a mocking recreation of their promo segment from last week, Alexa Bliss is portrayed by Rambling Rabbit while Huskus the Pig portrays Braun Strowman. Bray eventually slides in to order the cut. He asks “what the freakin’ heck is going on?? That’s not at all how it went down!” Huskus claims he’s a method actor and Rabbit says he got lost in the moment, but Wyatt tells them to get lost.
He says love only leads to pain and suffering, and all we can do is be more like Him, a being built on rage and fueled by anger. Braun Strowman blindsides him and beats him down to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary talks about what just happened.
The feed cuts to Braun and Bray, still brawling, in the bowels of the arena now… Strowman has him goozled… Strowman Chokeslams Wyatt off a ledge into the loading docks! Referees and road agents, including Sonjay Dutt and five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce, swarm to assist Wyatt as an ambulance backs up.
Bray is loaded onto a stretcher and put in the ambulance, but when it goes to slowly drive off, the garage door refuses to open. The ambulance backs up more, Pearce screams at it that it’s going the wrong way, but eventually it stops and the doors open. The Fiend climbs out, smoke and red light pouring out of the ambulance bay.
He sticks his tongue out at the camera and laughs.
That’s all folks!!
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