This week’s SmackDown was promoted as an evening of championship matches and it kicked off with The Head of the Desk standing within the ring and addressing the WWE Universe, whereas sending a warning to his cousins that they not let him down.
It additionally included a match between Apollo Crews and Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship, two SmackDown Tag Crew Championship matches, Liv Morgan in a singles bout, and a short-lived battle between two kings.
Listed below are your winners and losers for SmackDown, June 4, 2021:
Winner: Reigns Warns Jimmy “You Higher Win”
Reigns addressed his cousin and stated that if you are going to say you possibly can win, you higher win. That was the motivation he supplied because the Usos have been set to go up towards Rey and Dominik Mysterio on Friday evening. The Usos have been introduced out and Jimmy was psyched about he and Jey’s likelihood to turn into seven-time tag workforce champions.
Reigns telling the Usos to get the job accomplished after which deliver him the tag workforce titles steered that one thing was going to go off the rails, nevertheless it would not take lengthy to search out out because the match was up subsequent.
Winner: Mysterios vs The Usos
This was a powerful tag match that included back-and-forth motion with the Usos lastly getting the higher hand when Jey landed a Samoan drop on Rey by way of the announce desk. It took rather a lot out of each males, however getting back from the industrial break, the Usos have been in full management.
Dominik acquired the recent tag and whereas he was capable of ship some offense for some time, the Usos acquired the momentum again and the motion was fairly even till the end. It was the end that was the true takeaway right here. Jimmy Uso took a three-count loss on the roll-up from Dominik however he clearly has his shoulder off the mat and the official missed it. WWE confirmed the replay a number of instances, suggesting this was completely a part of the storyline.
Reigns demanded Heyman name his cousins into his dressing room and appeared livid, however there are some things that may very well be at play right here. Did the referee simply make a mistake? Is there any approach Reigns or Heyman paid off the official as a option to train the Usos (particularly Jimmy) a lesson?
Including insult to harm, Reigns berated the Usos backstage, stated they misplaced to a child and solely had a bit of time to repair it earlier than the present ended. He then referred to as Jey, Jimmy. When Jey went to right him, Reigns stated, “The way in which issues are going, does it actually matter anyhow?”
Loser: Unique Interview With Seth Rollins
What was alleged to be an unique interview wasn’t a lot of something. Seth Rollins did not give Kayla Braxton a lot to work with and as quickly as she requested about how Rollins will cope with the return of Cesaro, he took his mic off, regarded it and dropped in entrance of her, which resulted in a clumsy “thanks.”
Whereas this leaves the door open to extra and it forces us to marvel why Rollins would not reply the query, this interview might have been an excellent alternative for the heel to essentially promote his new character change earlier than he matches up once more with the babyface. We do not actually know what is going on on with Rollins and why he snaps and goes from A-Z in his emotional vary. It might have been good to see extra of it.
Winner/Loser: Carmella vs Liv Morgan
Just a few days after her shut pal was launched, Liv Morgan acquired a possibility in a singles match towards Carmella. She was given a hoop entrance, a pre-match promo and a brand new look. All of that steered that she wasn’t simply an afterthought. Her dominance throughout a lot of the match additionally indicated she may need an honest future as a singles star. Sadly for Liv, she acquired caught in Carmella’s finisher and needed to faucet out.
This is not precisely the worst factor for Morgan. Carmella has been handled like a professional singles wrestler in latest weeks, selecting up some fairly huge wins. Morgan acquired in a ton of offense and shedding to a competitor with Carmella’s expertise is not a horrible destiny. It is what WWE does from right here along with her that issues.
The match wasn’t terribly lengthy, nevertheless it was respectable.
Winner: Bayley Will get the Final Giggle?
Bianca Belair felt like she struggled a bit along with her in-ring promo earlier than ultimately difficult Bayley at Hell in a Cell. Belair acquired all her factors out, so it was high quality, however the promo actually took an fascinating flip when Bayley confirmed up “by way of satellite tv for pc” and accepted the problem.
Bayley was laughing hysterically and whereas it had a little bit of the Bray Wyatt/Matt Hardy really feel to it, WWE did not overdo it. As an alternative, they discovered an revolutionary approach to make use of the ThunderDome and echo Bayley’s cackle all through the sector. It was a primary and that made it memorable. It was clear that Bayley was the stronger talker of the 2, however Belair will enhance with extra reps.
Loser: Nakamura Loses to Baron Corbin
Clearly a shortened match as a result of the Intercontinental Title bout and a rematch for the Tag Crew Championships have been closing the ultimate 45 minutes of SmackDown, Nakamura took a fast pin and a loss. Then, as if it did not matter, Nakamura and Rick Boogs labored collectively to knock down Corbin and steal the crown once more.
There wasn’t something extremely horrid about this section, however the concept Nakamura can lose so simply and would not appear to care is rising a bit drained. That is simply the most recent match between these two and it would not really feel like there’s an finish in sight. There was a possibility right here to have a high-stakes match between these two and whereas WWE would possibly ultimately get there, the goofing round in between takes away from the significance of truly turning into the King.
Winner: Crews Retains IC Title In opposition to Owens
After being attacked backstage by Commander Azeez, Owens was combating an uphill battle. The primary 10 minutes was all Crews and Owens was barely staying alive, attempting to outlive and combat for his shot on the championship. For some time, Owens did mount a comeback, however finally, the mix the pre-match assault and Crews being a powerful competitor was an excessive amount of. Owens took a Dying Valley Driver on the ring apron after which took the pin in the course of the ring.
Crews did not want his bodyguard throughout the match, however Azeez actually performed his position previous to the bout beginning. The Sami Zayn and Owens feud may even proceed as Zayn got here down delivered the Helluva Kick to a defenseless Owens.
Winner: Reigns Snaps
Throughout the Usos second try on the Tag Crew Championships, Reigns got here down and interfered within the contest inflicting the Usos to be disqualified. The match wasn’t out of attain for the Usos, however Reigns appeared to suppose it was and yelled that his cousins have been about to embarrass him twice in a single evening. He took to beating on Rey and Dominik simply to show some extent.
Reigns destroyed each members of the Mysterios after which started to choke out Dominik. Jimmy screamed at Reigns to cease and stated, “he is had sufficient” and “not this fashion”. When Jimmy left the ring, he advised Jey to come back with him however Roman would not enable it.
Fascinating near the present and there is clearly friction between Jimmy and Roman, whereas Jey is conflicted.
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