Welcome to eWrestling.com's LIVE results coverage for the Friday, April 30th, 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, April 30th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Roman Reigns is set to go to war with Daniel Bryan in a Universal Championship match and, if The Head of the Table wins, The Leader of the "Yes!" Movement will be barred from SmackDown. Plus, Apollo Crews will clash with Big E in a highly-anticipated Intercontinental Title rematch. Don’t miss back-to-back title matchups, tonight at 8/7 C on FOX!
, tonight at 8/7 C on FOX.
Featured below are complete results of the Friday, April 30th, 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 (04/30/2021)
The Friday, April 30th, 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.
Tonight's edition of SmackDown kicks off with a video package that highlights the importance of the Reigns vs Bryan match as Reigns' Universal title is up against Daniel Bryan's (SmackDown) career!
Inside The ThunderDome
As the video package comes to an end, we see pyro go off everywhere around the ThunderDome in Yuengling Center at Tampa, FL as we get a glimpse of the digital audience that surround the monitors in the audience around the ring. Also at ringside, the announcer's table where Michael Cole sits as he tells us there is a big fight feel in the ThunderDome and we're brought to you by an insurance company and advertised in a show that doesn't provide insurance! Cole and Pat McAfee have their normal opening banter as the show gets underway.
In-Ring - Bianca Belair
The entrance theme sounds for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair as she makes her way out to the stage for a pop! The EST of the WWE makes her way down the ramp towards the ring as Cole and McAfee send us into a video package to hype Belair!
As the video package comes to an end, the SmackDown Women's Champion is standing in the center of the ring, twirling her long braid as the crowd begins an "E-S-T! E-S-T!" chant that forces that eye-squinting genuine smile to form across the face of Bianca Belair! Belair begins to clap along as she gets a bit turnt up at the audience shouting. "Ladies and gentleman, as the EST of WWE and your SmackDown Women's Champion... it is my pleasure to welcome you to the cool-EST, the dop-EST show on FOX... Friday Night SmackDown!" The crowd pops once again. Belair then says, "Now, put your hands together, for..."
Dirty Dawgz Interrupt
Before Belair can complete her sentence, she is interrupted by the current SmackDown Tag-Team Champions, the Dirty Dawgz members Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler. As they make their way to the stage, they have microphones in hand as they state that if Belair is gonna kick off SmackDown, she needs to do it right. "We do it with the Dirty Dawgz, tell 'em big man!" Ziggler states. In response, Robert Roode says they're going to kick it off with the SmackDown Tag-Team Champs, Dirty Dawgz! Ziggler then adds, "We are gonna do... what we do, because we are the BEST at what we..." Ziggler is not able to finish his sentence as they are now interrupted.
Street Profits Interrupt The Dirty Dawgz!
Suddenly the entrance theme sounds for The Street Profits members Angelo Dawkins, and the EST's man, Montez Ford as they make their way out with blue cups in hand. Inside the ring, Belair throws her hand up and begins to once again turn up as she sees the Street Profits at the top of the stage. The Dirty Dawgz are standing close to ringside on the lower part of the ramp. "I don't think the champs were expecting this..." commentary states as Ford looks to Dirty Dawgz to speak. Ford says, "Look, I know this is, SmackDown, but did the Dirty Dawgz just INTERRUPT the SmackDown Women's Champion? The MAIN EVENT at WrestleMania this year?!" In response, Angelo Dawkins states, "Oh yea, I believe they did, fam!" Ford then adds, "You know what THAT means..." and as Dawkins responds that he does... suddenly THEY are interrupted!
Bayley Interrupts EVERYBODY
Before The Street Profits can tell us "what that means"... the entrance theme for Bayley sounds in the arena as Bayley makes her way to the stage. Apparently no one gave Bayley a microphone before she came out... so she shouts loud enough for everyone to hear, "This is still my show right? ...I don't care if your the champion or you made a mess of the division or not!" as she walks past The Street Profits as well as The Dirty Dawgz to stomp up the steel stairs into the ring. Bayley then stomps up to the SmackDown Women's Champion and SNATCHES the microphone out of her hand as she goes to continue her rant. Bayley laughs at Belair and keeps on laughing until Belair drops her for a pop. Belair wants Bayley to fight. Bayley tackles her and mounts her with strikes. The Profits and the champs hit the ring now and they start brawling. As we head to the first commercial break of the evening, the brawling continues.
The Street Profits & Bianca Belair vs. The Dirty Dawgz & Bayley
As we return from the first commercial break of the evening, we return to the ring where the 6-Person Match is in action with Bayley and Bianca Belair inside the ring. Bayley avoids a slam from Belair and instead counters as she hits Belair with a Lariat. Immediately after, Belair looks for a Dropkick that Bayley is able to evade as she runs out of the corner towards Belair who then successfully lands a Dropkick! At this point, the match is turned over to the male teammates as both Bayley and Belair make the tag in their corners to continue the match.
Dolph Ziggler of The Dirty Dawgz makes his way into the ring just as Angelo Dawkins is tagged in as well and entering the ring to continue the action. To start off, Dawkins connects with a shoulder tackle that takes Ziggler down to the canvas just as Dawkins makes the tag to his tag-team partner, Montez Ford. Dawkins stays inside the ring with Ford as the two begin to double team their competitor inside the ring. Ziggler and Roode are hit with an outside dive from Ford.
At this point, Bayley throws Belair into the stairs. In the ring Ziggler hits Ford with a super kick that causes Ford to roll outside. Bayley misses in the corner and hits the turnbuckles. This leads to Belair with a Dropkick and a kip up. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Dolph Ziggler tags in and has words with Belair. Angelo Dawkins runs in and sends Ziggler flying with a big shoulder. Ziggler runs the ropes and Montez Ford comes in with a big dropkick. Robert Roode runs in but he gets double teamed by The Profits. Roode, Ziggler and Bayley all get sent to the floor now.
Ford runs the ropes and leaps out, taking the champs down on the outside. Ford brings Ziggler back in but Bayley rams Belair back into the steel ring steps. A distracted Ford turns around to a big superkick from Ziggler. Ziggler goes for the pin but Ford rolls to the floor to recover. Ziggler follows and brings Ford back in. Ziggler tags Roode in and they double team Ford in the corner. Roode with a big Uranage in the middle of the ring for a 2 count. Roode works Ford around the ring now, using the middle rope as the referee warns him.
Bayley rocks Ford with a cheap shot. Roode and Ziggler with more quick tags and offense. Roode with a suplex on Ford. Ziggler covers for the pin and keeps Ford grounded as Belair and Dawkins rally for him. Ziggler with a big running splash to Ford in the corner. Ziggler and Roode mock Ford now. Ford dodges a superkick and levels Ziggler with a kick to the mouth. Ford and Ziggler both crawl for tags. Roode and Dawkins tag in as fans pop. Dawkins unloads and hits the big flying elbow. Ziggler runs in but Dawkins slams him. Dawkins with a running bulldog to Roode. Dawkins with a twisting neckbreaker to Roode but Ziggler breaks the pin up at 2.
Belair comes in and struggles to get Ziggler on her shoulders for the KOD but she gets him up. She immediately has to drop him as Bayley runs in. Belair rocks Bayley with the right hand and then hits the KOD on h er. Dawkins and Roode are going at it again. Roode rolls Dawkins up with a handful of tights but Belair slaps him in the back with her hair. Dawkins with The Anointment on Roode in the middle of the ring. Ford follows up with the big top rope Frogsplash for the pin to win.
Winners: The Street Profits and Bianca Belair
After The Match
Bianca Belair and The Street Profits celebrate as we go to replays. We come back to the celebration continuing in the middle of the ring.
Still to come, WWE Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews defends against Big E.
Backstage Interview - Kayla Braxton
Next we head backstage where Daniel Bryan is asked about tonight's main event match-up for the Universal Title. Bryan states that he is "at peace" with the stipulation and what may come next if he isn't lucky enough to take the W. Bryan then adds that maybe we should be asking Roman Reigns how he feels. Bryan is confident, this is what he’s wanted, Reigns one-on-one, and he’s confident he will make Reigns tap out again. Bryan says when does win the Universal Title, the first title defense won’t be Reigns’ rematch, the first title shot will go to Cesaro.
Seth Rollins Rolls Up
Seth Rollins is in the back now. He laughs at Daniel Bryan saying he’ll give the first title shot to Cesaro. Rollins goes on and predicts that Bryan will win tonight but says Cesaro won’t get a title shot because he’s not going to make it past next week. Pat says Rollins vs. Cesaro looks on for next week. We head to commercial break.
Video Clip - Recap
As we return from the commercial break, we head into the Cricket Wireless-sponsored video on recent happenings with Tamina Snuka, Natalya, Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Reginald.
Backstage - WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions
Next we head backstage where we see Megan Morant as she makes her way up to the current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions and Reginald backstage now. They brush her off and look ahead to going out and proving why they’re the champs and what they’re made of to Natalya and Snuka next. Jax rants about how they’re tired of the disrespect they’ve been getting on RAW and SmackDown as of late. Natalya and Tamina suddenly attack out of nowhere and leave the champs laying.
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Tamina Snuka & Natalya
At this point we return to the ring inside the ThunderDome for the next match up of the evening. First out to the ring is the team of Tamina Snuka and Natalya as their entrance theme sounds in the arena. The two make their way down the ramp and into the ring where they await their opponents for tonight's match up. Out next are the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler as their entrance theme sounds in the arena. The champs are accompanied by Reginald as they make their way to the ring for this non-title match.
With everyone at or in the ring, the referee moves to the center of the ring and signals for the bell. The bell rings and this match up is officially underway! To start the action, Nia Jax is in for her team and Tamina is in for hers as the two ladies go at it to start. Tamina drops Jax and superkicks her in the back of the head against the turnbuckle while down in the corner. Tamina levels Baszler as she approaches on the apron. Tamina goes up top for the big splash but she lands hard as Jax gets her knees up. Baszler tags in and they double team Tamina. Baszler with a big knee to the face for a 2 count. Baszler with more offense before and right after tagging Jax back in. Jax talks trash while keeping control of Tamina, kicking her around and taunting her.
Tamina fights Jax against the ropes but Jax hits a crossbody for a 2 count. Baszler tags back in but Tamina fights the double team off, out of their corner. Baszler dodges a clothesline and starts bending back Snuka’s fingers and elbow. Snuka scoops her for a big slam for a pop. We see Reginald checking on Jax at ringside now. Baszler needs to tag but Jax is not there. Natalya tags in and runs wild on Baszler. Natalya avoids the Kirifuda Clutch and hits a big discus clothesline for 2. Natalya goes on and nails a German suplex for 2. Baszler fights off the Sharpshooter attempt with strikes. Jax tags in and drops an elbow on Natalya for 2.
Jax charges but misses in the corner, hitting hard. Tamina tags in and kicks her to the mat. Tamina goes to the top but has to stop when Reginald interferes, sending him to the floor. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter on Reginald but Baszler makes the save in front of the announce table. Tamina gets dropped and crotched on the top turnbuckle as Jax tags Baszler back in. Baszler climbs up with Snuka but she resists and headbutts Baszler to the mat. Snuka hits the big Superfly Splash on Baszler for the non-title win.
Winners: Natalya and Tamina Snuka
After the Match
Immediately following the match, the champs recover at ringside as the music hits. Natalya and Snuka raise their arms in victory and start celebrating.
As we return from commercial break, Shinsuke Nakamura says he thinks Daniel Bryan is going to win, but if Roman Reigns does, he’s coming for him.
Backstage - Rey and Dominik Mysterio
As we head backstage, an interview continues with Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio as they Dominik says that he viewed Rey as a super hero and that wrestling with him feels like he’s in a comic book. They note that they are excited about potentially getting a tag title shot.
Promo - Aleister Black
Next we head into yet another Aleister Black promo where he rambles cryptically about the true nature of man and reality. Black again reading from his Tales of the Dark Father book. He tells the story of a life based on a foundation of lies and that his father told him the dark truth and that he could save you, but he won’t.
Recap - Commander Azeez
Next we head into a video recap that highlights Commander Azeez costing Big E the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania follows.
Backstage Interview - Big E
As the video recap comes to an end, we immediately return to the backstage area where Big E says he’s been around the world and it’s always the same song— how will you overcome the impossible odds of Commander Azeez? But tonight it comes to an end because he gets his baby back, sits her in the passenger seat and heads north with her.
Entrance To Ring
On that note, we then watch Big E makes his entrance as his music sounds in the arena and E makes his way down the ramp towards the ring to send us to our next commercial break!
Hype Reel - Make-A-Wish
As we return from the commercial break, we get a hype reel for WWE’s partnership with Make-A-Wish.
Next Xavier Woods chimes in, picking Daniel Bryan to win tonight’s main event. Kofi Kingston goes the other direction, picking Roman Reigns due to Jey Uso’s presence.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Apollo Crews (c) vs. Big E
Collar and elbow, pushing each other around, Crews gets him in the corner and breaks clean at referee Ryan Tran’s behest. Waistlock, E reverses and pops his hips at him! Go-behind, standing switch, another takedown from Big! Apollo with the side headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, E gets the Cobra Twist and applies a claw to the ribs briefly before clubbing away at him!
Off the ropes, back elbow, cover for two. To the apron, clubbing blows, big splash on the apron! Crews switches the momentum and we go to break!
As we return from the commercial break, Crews is in control and raining punches down on E! Big to the apron, Apollo takes him out and drops him with the Asai Moonsault! Back inside, E recovers, belly-to-belly suplex connects, off the ropes, Big Splash... NOPE! Back and forth, Crews with a tight nearfall off a big boot, more grounded punches, E rockets back with a Rock Bottom for two!
Suicide spear blocked with a knee, Apollo gets him up... DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ON THE APRON! Back inside, up top, frog splash... E WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Olympic Slam blocked, Big with a schoolboy for two, gets him up... BIG ENDING HITS BUT COMMANDER AZEEZ PULLS HIM OUT OF THE RING! RYAN TRAN HAS TO CALL IT!
Winner: Big E (by disqualification, presumably.)
After The Match
Immediately following the match, Kevin Owens runs in and beats Azeez down! E saves KO from the Nigerian Nail! SAMI ZAYN IS HERE TOO WHY NOT? HELLUVA KICK LAYS OWENS OUT!
The Miz weighs in on our main event, picking Roman Reigns.
Cesaro Responds To Rollins Challenge
As we return from the commercial break, Cesaro saying he accepts the challenge from Seth Rollins and that he predicts Daniel Bryan to win tonight and for himself to beat Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania Backlash.
Video Package - Last Week - Universal Championship Match Build-Up
Next we head into a video package showing last week’s SmackDown and the events that lead to the Universal Championship match tonight is shown.
Backstage Interview - Special Counsel Paul Heyman
As we head backstage, we enter into an interview with the WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns's Special Counsel, Paul Heyman who says that he is sick of hearing Daniel Bryan’s name. He says that Bryan has had a hall of fame career and has achieved everything and has overcome all odds against him. Heyman says that the fans are saying that this is Daniel Bryan’s night and that Daniel Bryan will not survive the Tribal Chief and Daniel Bryan will not be on SmackDown again.
WWE Universal Championship Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring as his entrance theme sounds in the arena. Bryan side skips down the ramp to loud "YES!" chants from the audience as we head to the commercial break. As we return from the commercial break, Roman Reigns makes his entrance to the ring accompanied by his special counsel, Paul Heyman and his cousin Jey Uso. With both competitors inside the ring, the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this match up is officially underway! To kick off the action, Daniel Bryan immediately hits the Busaiku Knee into the the corner on Reigns followed by multiple "Yes" chest kicks. Reigns finally composes himself enough to counter with a heavy right! A Side Headlock followed by a Shoulder Block sends Bryan into the ropes. Bryan with a Lou Thesz Press, looking for an early LeBell Lock but Reigns breaks for the floor! Wrecking ball dropkick sets up a diving knee off the apron and the American Dragon is in control as we head to the second to last commercial break of the evening!
As we return from the commercial break of the evening, Daniel Bryan is in control and working Reigns’ arm over! Roman manages to knock him loopy with a lariat and takes a breather before covering him for one. Putting boots to his challenger, reverse chinlock applied, whip across, backflip up and over, off the ropes, duck a lariat, Reigns lays him out with a back elbow and covers him for two!
Jawing at Bryan, drawing him up for a straight right hand, Dan fires back with chest kicks in the corner, setting him up top and climbing to meet him, but Roman blocks the Frankensteiner and hits the Avalanche Powerbomb to take Bryan to the mat. Reigns looks for the cover, but Bryan is able to get the shoulder up at the two to continue the match as we head to commercial break!
As we return from the final commercial break of the evening, Reigns is in control and hammering Bryan with knees in the corner until referee Dan Engler warns him off! Headed up top, jockeying for position, Dan slips out and crotches the Big Dog on the turnbuckles! Climbing back up with him. A Back Suplex follows and we then head into Chest Kicks by Bryan that are immediately countered by a Samoan Drop. Back and forth the two superstars go!
Bryan stomps Reigns before he gets the full LeBell Lock and he makes sure it is locked in! As he stretches backwards, Roman suddenly counters on Bryan and gets a pin of his own! Bryan is able to kick out and both superstars make their way back to their feet to continue the match. Wrenching back, Roman counters to a pin to break it! Reigns hits a Spear on Bryan at this point for the cover, thinking this is the end of the match! Somehow Bryan kicks out, shocking Reigns! The Lebelle Lock is once again locked in as Bryan looks to end the match himself!
At this point Reigns struggles and desperately crawls towards the ropes to break the hold, but Bryan traps Reigns and rolls Reigns back to the center of the ring where Bryan reapplies the LeBell Lock! Wrenching, praying, knowing this is his last chance, but Reigns turns around and rains forearms down! POWERBOMB! Roman takes a second to collect himself before going back to mount and laying elbow after elbow after elbow into the back of Daniel Bryan’s head!
Next we see yet ANOTHER powerbomb in the center of the ring to Bryan as Reigns lifts Bryan up and looks for the guillotine, but Bryan is able to block. Finally, Reigns shifts arms and applies the guillotine choke on the other side! Bryan goes limp, The referee checks for a reflex at this point and Bryan's arm drops to end the match clean.
Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns
After the Match
Immediately following the match, we are reminded that Roman Reigns retaining the Universal Championship in his win also forces Daniel Bryan to leave SmackDown, permanently.
At this point, Reigns gets some chairs and looks to take Bryan out for good but out of nowhere, Cesaro appears for the save! Cesaro hits multiple uppercuts and then transitions into grounded punches on the floor! Cesaro then shoves Reigns back into the ring, but suddenly Jey Uso makes the save to the Swiss Superman and lays him out with a Superkick! He throws Cesaro back inside, where Jey ties him up in the ropes! Roman Reigns then proceeds to hit the Con-Chair-To to Bryan.
Cesaro stares him down from Jey Uso’s Chin-lock looking completely irate as the show comes to an end.
Th-Th-Th-That's All Folks! As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay awesome! RUSH OUT!