WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
July 9, 2021
Tampa, Florida (Yuengling Center)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Pat McAfee
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com

We cut to the arena and Jimmy Uso is trying to get into Roman’s office but Paul Heyman stops him. Heyman says Roman is working on something and Jimmy deserves his full attention and he will get it tonight as Jimmy walks away.

Roman Reigns walks down to the ring. He says lots of people didn’t like that he wasn’t there last week but there were a few things that he didn’t like last week too. He said Edge lied by saying that Roman feared him and at WrestleMania, for 10 seconds or maybe 20 seconds, there might have been a bit of doubt or fear. But that propelled him and he ended up winning. And the only reason Edge was able to get to him a few weeks ago was because Roman wasn’t even thinking about him. He was concentrated on his family.

Reigns says but since they are talking about family and out comes Jimmy Uso to the ring. Jimmy asks him why he thinks he got in Edge’s face last week, if it wasn’t for him but for them. But he didn’t see Roman last week, he must have been on vacation. Roman says he didn’t tell him to make decisions for them and if anyone earned a vacation it’s him but he doesn’t take vacations. Roman says he was busy doing what Jimmy couldn’t do, he was busy doing his job too.

Out comes Jey Uso to the ring. Jey says he is back and not for anyone of them but for all of them. He tells Roman that his right hand man is back. And as for Jimmy, he always has his back, even through these hard times right now, to get back to doing what they do and that is to become the seven time WWE Tag Team Champions. They both hug as Roman laughs.

Roman says he has been saying it all along. That’s all he ever wanted. He says seven time tag team Champions, Universal Champion for however long he wants to be. And the way they do it is together, on the same page, all of them working together and no one can touch them if they do it his way. Both Jimmy and Jey hug Roman in the middle of the ring.

Baron Corbin is backstage and in comes Kayla. She asks him about how history with Nakamura as Corbin says he has to win tonight. He lost his money, his crown, his car, even payments on his house. He has to win, he needs to win and he wants to win. He says he won the Money in the Bank before and he will do it again.

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Money in the Bank qualifying match – Baron Corbin vs. King Nakamura

Big E is at ringside on a couch as he grabs a microphone and tells Pat McAfee to join him. We cut to earlier that day where Nakamura and Ric Boogs are driving to the arena in Baron’s old car.

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Winner: King Nakamura

Jimmy and Jey are backstage and Jimmy apologizes for everything he said to him. Jey tells him not to worry about it. Jey tells him to think about handling things before Roman has to.

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Natalya and Tamina come out to the ring. Natalya says that before they came down to the ring, they were told that they were going to be challenged by a new tag team no one has ever seen before. Tamina says whoever they are, to get out here and to end it. Out come Shotzi and Nox of NXT to the ring.

Tamina and Natalya vs. Shotzi and Nox

The bell rings nad we are under way. Natalya and Nox start the match and an arm bar by Nox as Shotzi is tagged in. They double team Natalya. Shotzi goes for the cover but Natalya kicks out. Tamina is tagged in and they double team Shotzi. Tamina goes for the cover but Shotzi kicks out. Tamina clothesline Shotzi down and an elbow. She goes for the cover but Shotzi kicks out.

Right hands by Tamina as she slams Shotzi down. Tamina knocks Nox off the ring apron. Natalya is tagged in and they double team Shotzi. Natalya goes for the cover but Nox gets in the ring and breaks it up. Natalya with a clothesline on Nox. Shotzi with a clothesline on Natalya. Shotzi climbs the top rope and she hits her with the Ball Pit. She goes for the cover and gets the pin.

Winners: Shotzi and Nox

Megan is backstage with Edge. He says he will go to the ring and call Roman out but he is interested in seeing if Roman comes out alone or not.

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Sonya makes her way down to the ring. She says that Bayley has an injury and will be out for at least nine months and she will not be able to compete for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Money in the Bank. However, Bayley did have words to the WWE Universe. We see a clip of a recorded video by Bayley. She says you wanted to see the longest reigning Women’s Champion in WWE history take back her title.

Bayley says but now she is hurt and they don’t care that she is hurt. That she did this to get better for Money in the Bank, that she did this for everyone and this is all their fault. And who ever replaces her is not as good as her.

Sonya says Bianca Belair will no longer defend her WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship at Money in the Bank but instead will defend it next week in Texas in front of an audience. And her opponent will be a former SmackDown Women’s Champion and two time Money in the Bank winner, Carmella.

And as she says that, out comes Carmella to the ring. Carmella says she gets that everyone is mad, she is hot and they are not. She thanks Sonya for the long overdue honor but once more, Sonya made a mistake. In addition to being a two time Money in the Bank winner, she is also the hottest woman in WWE.

Out comes Liv Morgan who says she doesn’t understand. Sonya appoints Carmella at Money in the Bank and now she is appointed as Bayley’s replacement. Liv says she cannot just appoint Carmella as Carmella cuts her off. Liv gets in Sonya’s face as Sonya says enough. She was about to announce Carmella’s replacement for Money in the Bank and that is Liv. And she has a few seconds to get out of her face before she changes her mind.

Liv tells Carmella she hopes she wins next week because when she wins Money in the Bank, she will cash in on her. Out comes Bianca Belair to the ring. Bianca says she will gladly accept Carmella as her appoint. She doesn’t know if Bayley’s injury is real, if it’s not, it’s a new low for her. And if it is, she respects her competitive skills. And she will see Carmella next week.

Paul Heyman tells Roman that they may have a problem and that is Edge. He says Edge intends on calling him out to the ring tonight. Heyman apologizes and says that Edge also questioned his manhood.

Tony Storm will be joining SmackDown.

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Money in the Bank qualifying match – Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

Kevin Owens is on commentary. The bell rings and we are under way. Seth goes for a roll up but Cesaro kicks out. Cesaro to the ropes but a shoulder block knocks Seth down. Cesaro with a back breaker. He goes for the cover but Seth kicks out. Cesaro on the ring apron as he climbs the top rope and a cross body. He goes for the cover but Seth kicks out. Seth rolls to the outside of the ring.

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Back from commercial, Cesaro clothesline Seth to the outside of the ring. Cesaro goes to the outside as Seth slams him into the announce table. Seth throws Cesaro into the ring steps and back into the ring. Seth goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out. A kick to the back by Seth followed by a knee to the face. He goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out. Seth stomps on Cesaro in the corner as the referee breaks it up.

Cesaro with an uppercut and he slams Seth down. He goes for the cover but Seth kicks out. Cesaro climbs the top rope but Seth runs to the top and a superplex off the top rope. Seth goes for another suplex but Cesaro reverses it and he suplexes him to the outside of the ring.

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Back from commercial and Cesaro is spinning Seth around. He goes for the sharpshooter but Seth grabs the ropes. An uppercut by Cesaro. He goes for the cover but Seth kicks out. Cesaro grabs Seth who is holding on to the turnbuckle pad and it gets exposed. Cesaro jumps off the second rope but Seth knocks him down. Seth goes for the Stomp but Cesaro catches him and Seth throws him into the exposed turnbuckle. He goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out.

Seth with a forearm to the back of the neck. He goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out and Cesaro is bleeding. He rolls to the outside of the ring. Seth throws Cesaro into the barricade and onto the announce table. Cesaro gets back in the ring and Seth with another forearm to the back of the neck and Cesaro falls back to the outside. Seth with the DDT on the ring ramp. Cesasro gets back in the ring as the referee is about to count to ten. Seth goes for the Stomp, Cesaro reverses it and hits him with the Uppercut. Cesaro about to get up but Seth hits him with the Stomp. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Jimmy and Jey are backstage. Jimmy is about to knock on Edge’s door but Jey tells him to wait for Edge to come out.

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Back from commercial and they enter Edge’s locker room but Edge is not there.

Seth is backstage celebrating and in comes Kayla as he hugs her. She congratulates her and he says congratulations are in order. He told everyone that Cesaro didn’t stand a chance. He says Cesaro is not on his level, he is the present, the future Money in the Bank. He says the last time he won Money in the Bank, he cashed in on Roman Reigns. And last time he waited for the perfect moment to cash in and maybe this time he won’t wait. Maybe this time he will cash in at Money in the Bank.

Rollins says he should be competing against Roman Reigns at Money in the Bank for the Universal title. Edge is standing behind Seth. Edge says he heard this whine and he wanted to see where it was coming from as Seth tells him Kayla. Edge says Seth complains about not getting a title shot while he takes it. Edge says he will go do something that Seth won’t do and that is calling Roman out.

Gable says Otis is a human wrecking ball. It doesn’t matter if you are Ford, Dawkins, Big E, Edge or even Roman Reigns, if you step to the Alpha Academy, the result is the same. Otis says he will destroy anyone.

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Edge comes out to the ring. He says he doesn’t care how many minions Roman has, how many he has brainwashed. He has exposed the cracks in the table. At Money in the Bank, he will take the Universal Championship and anyone who gets in his way will look like this. We see pictures of Edge using the chair bar on Roman Reigns and Jimmy Uso.

We see Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, Jimmy and Jey Uso watching backstage.

Edge says he will take the Universal Championship at Money in the Bank and without that title, Roman’s island is irrelevant. He calls Roman Reigns out to the ring.

Roman Reigns stands up and he tells Jimmy and Jey to stay there because he will handle this on his own. Roman gives Heyman the Championship and tells him he wants him to keep it as Roman comes down to the ring.

Jimmy and Jey are backstage and they say that this feels like a trap as they leave the room.

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