6/18 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell’s review of Roman Reigns vs. Rey Mysterio in a Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Universal Championship, Big E and Kevin Owens vs. Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. King Corbin in a battle for the crown, Angelo Dawkins vs. Otis – Pro Wrestling Dot Net


By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.internet Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WWE Friday Night time Smackdown (Episode 1,139)
Dwell from Tampa, Florida at Yuengling Middle
Aired June 18, 2021 on Fox

[Hour One] Smackdown opened with a video bundle on the latest storyline developments involving Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio… Michael Cole and Pat McAfee have been on commentary. The Hell in a Cell construction was partially lowered whereas Cole hyped that it will encompass the ring for the principle occasion…

Rey Mysterio made his entrance whereas the printed crew recapped his tweet asking for the HIAC match to happen on Smackdown, together with Roman Reigns agreeing to the match. Cole famous that it will be Mysterio’s first HIAC match.

Mysterio mentioned that any dad or mum watching knew what he was feeling. He mentioned it was a sense of ache, harm, and unhappiness. He mentioned he informed his son Dominik the danger of competing within the ring, however it’s his dream. Rey mentioned he didn’t know when Dom would be capable to return to the ring.

Rey bought fired up whereas recalling Reigns throwing Dom from the ring to the ground. He mentioned he would always remember what Reigns did. He mentioned he couldn’t wait another day for his revenge. Rey mentioned he is aware of Reigns accepted the match on social media, however he wished to listen to it from his mouth. “Get out right here, you son of a bitch,” Mysterio mentioned.

The Hell in a Cell construction lowered across the ring. McAfee questioned if Reigns had the construction lowered to dam Mysterio in. Reigns made his entrance together with Paul Heyman, who carried the WWE Common Championship belt.

Reigns mentioned he didn’t wish to harm Rey. He mentioned it’s not his fault. Reigns mentioned Rey isn’t prepared for this and doesn’t wish to be locked inside HIAC with him. Reigns mentioned what he did to Dom was PG in comparison with what he would do to Rey. “Are you positive you wish to do that, Rey?” Reigns requested.

Mysterio mentioned he’s by no means been extra prepared in his life. Reigns mentioned he tried it Rey’s approach and he tried to be diplomatic. “Now we do it my approach,” Reigns mentioned earlier than strolling to the again with Heyman…

Cole hyped that it will be the primary HIAC match in community tv historical past. McAfee known as it a present from the wrestling gods. They arrange a quick video bundle on Commander Azeez, who then made his entrance with Apollo Crews for his or her tag crew match. A pre-taped promo aired with Crews and Azeez speaking concerning the match… [C]

Powell’s POV: A good opening phase that confirmed off the HIAC construction. They may have performed extra to drive residence that the match will truly occur, as wrestling followers have been given so many causes to be on the look out for swerves.

Kayla Braxton interviewed Large E and Kevin Owens. She requested Owens why he would face Azeez within the ring when he’s already performed a lot harm to him. Owens mentioned Large E is the strongest man within the locker room and he couldn’t have a greater accomplice. Large E mentioned Crews and Azeez “will really feel our energy.” The duo made their entrances…

1. Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez vs. Large E and Kevin Owens. Sami Zayn made his entrance and sat in on commentary. The babyface duo labored over Crews to begin. Azeez tagged in and bought the higher of Large E, who rolled to ringside. Azeez adopted and slammed Large E on the ground. [C]

Azeez, who wrestled in his army outfit, continued to dominate Large E popping out of the break. Crews and Owens checked in. Owens carried out a Swanton for a two rely. Owens carried out a Popup Powerbomb moments later. Azeez ran in and headbutted Owens, then pulled Crews to his nook and tagged himself in.

Azeez clotheslined Large E at ringside. Azeez returned to the ring and charged at Owens, who held the highest rope down. Azeez went excessive rope however landed on his ft. Azeez pulled Owens to the ground and ran him into the ring publish. Zayn teased going after Owens after which backed down when he noticed him coming. Owens returned to the ring and was hit with the Nigerian Nail, which led to Azeez pinning him…

Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez beat Large E and Kevin Owens in 9:10.

After the match, Azeez hit Owens with one other Nigerian Nail. Zayn laughed as he watched from the ramp. Zayn went to the again and continued to chuckle whereas watching Owens on a monitor…

A short video bundle hyped the battle for the crown as arising subsequent… [C]

Powell’s POV: Azeez is being pushed as a large monster, which ought to repay as soon as he challenges Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship. Sorry, I had a flashback. It should be the corny army go well with.

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville have been speaking about it being the most important Smackdown ever when Kevin Owens entered the room. Owens was choking to promote the Nigerian Nail, however he requested for a match with Sami Zayn. Pearce booked the match for Hell in a Cell on Sunday…

Rick Boogs performed his guitar subsequent to a throne and a spinning podium had the crown on it. Shinsuke Nakamura made his entrance. McAfee stood on the printed desk and rocked out. King Corbin made his entrance…

2. Shinsuke Nakamura (w/Rick Boogs) vs. King Corbin a battle for the crown. Nakamura bought off to a fast begin through the opening minute after which danced whereas Boogs performed his guitar at ringside. [C]

Nakamura leapt from the ropes and Corbin caught him by the throat. Nakamura jumped up and caught Corbin with a knee to the top. Nakamura adopted up with a Kinshasa and scored the pin.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated King Corbin in 9:00 to win the battle for the crown.

Afterward, Nakamura sat on the throne after which Boogs positioned the crown on his head. Nakamura and Boogs rocked out…

Powell’s POV: Dropping that crown and the drained king gimmick might grow to be the very best factor that ever occurred to Corbin.

Smackdown Ladies’s Champion Bianca Belair was proven strolling backstage. Cole hyped that Belair would come nose to nose with Bayley after the break… [C]

Bianca Belair made her entrance. She spoke about how Bayley laughed in her face and it triggered one thing in her.

[Hour Two] Belair mentioned she’s put the work in and is unapologetically herself. Belair mentioned she doesn’t simply need Bayley within the ring, she desires her contained in the HIAC construction. She mentioned Bayley in all probability thinks she’ll get the final chuckle, however she gained’t be laughing when he drags her face throughout the cell and retains the title.

Bayley made her entrance and entered the ring. Belair held up the title belt. Bayley took a swing that Belair ducked. Belair tossed Bayley to ringside and slammed her head onto the printed desk. Belair tossed Bayley over the barricade, however Bayley grabbed her braid and pulled her into the barricade.

Bayley threw Belair again contained in the ring after which kicked her within the face. Bayley hit her finisher on Belair. She picked up the title belt after which stood on her braid whereas holding up the title belt. Bayley’s picture changed the entire digital followers on the ThunderDome wall…

Powell’s POV: A good angle to place some warmth on Bayley going into what is going to now be an HIAC match. Bayley seemed and acted darker whereas abandoning the obnoxious laughter.

Cole arrange a video bundle on the problems between Reigns, Jey Uso, and Jimmy Uso…

Backstage, Jimmy Uso entered the dressing room of Roman Reigns. Jimmy informed Reigns that he listened to what he mentioned final week and he was proper. He mentioned he could not agree with every part Reigns says, however they’re household. Reigns requested the place Jey was. Jimmy mentioned he hadn’t heard from him all week. Jimmy provided his assist to Reigns within the HIAC match. Reigns informed him no. Reigns informed Jimmy that they each want his brother and informed him to search out Jey…

Powell’s POV: Has Jimmy seemed beneath the ring for Jey? With an HIAC match booked, that’s the primary place I’d search for a lacking WWE wrestler.

Otis made his entrance together with Chad Gable… An advert aired for WWE HIAC… [C] A sponsored video bundle recapped Otis taking out Montez Ford final week…

Angelo Dawkins made his entrance along with his left shoulder closely wrapped. The referee informed Gable to go away the ring. Gable slapped Dawkins. Otis attacked Dawkins. The heels ran Dawkins into the ring steps. Otis held Dawkins after which Gable leapt from the apron and hit a flying knee on the unhealthy shoulder. Again within the ring, Otis and Gable carried out a discus lariat right into a German suplex combo transfer on Dawkins…

The printed crew hyped the principle occasion… A SummerSlam advert aired… [C]

Powell’s POV: I didn’t have excessive hopes for Otis and Gable after they have been put collectively, however the artistic forces have performed a very nice job of building in latest weeks. Gable positively deserved a break after the Shorty G nonsense.

McAfee thanked Ozzy Osbourne for the “Straight To Hell” theme music for HIAC… Reigns was proven wrapping his wrist backstage whereas Heyman watched… The HIAC cage began to decrease whereas Cole arrange a video bundle that recapped the problems between Seth Rollins and Cesaro…

Kayla Braxton carried out a sit-down interview on the backstage ring set. Cesaro mentioned he didn’t go far sufficient in his latest assault on Rollins, who stomped his head on a chair. Cesaro mentioned WWE is his life and he’s labored arduous for the alternatives he’s been given. He mentioned Rollins tried to take these away.

Seth Rollins confirmed up. Cesaro stood up, however Rollins informed him they’ve their match on Sunday and he’s knowledgeable. Rollins excused Braxton in order that he and Cesaro might have a dialog. Each males sat down.

Rollins mentioned he simply wished to inform Cesaro that he disgusts him. He mentioned Cesaro is a pretend and he doesn’t deserve even a single ounce of respect. Rollins mentioned he would present Cesaro and everybody like him what he deserves when he places him in his place.

Cesaro informed Rollins he didn’t assume he had it in him to be knowledgeable or to face him man to man. Cesaro informed Rollins that he respects every part that Rollins mentioned and as a competitor. Cesaro stood up and pushed over Rollins’ chair. Rollins stood up and fumed…

Powell’s POV: A easy and efficient phase. I like that they each stayed calm even when Cesaro did push Rollins over on the finish.

Rey Mysterio made his entrance for the principle occasion… [C] Roman Reigns made his entrance. The printed crew ran by way of the HIAC lineup and added Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn, and Bianca Belair vs. Bayley in a HIAC match for the Smackdown Ladies’s Championship…

3. Roman Reigns (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Rey Mysterio in a Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Common Championship. Rey rolled to ringside. Reigns adopted. Rey pulled a hearth extinguisher out from beneath the ring and sprayed Reigns with it after which hit him with it twice. Mysterio hit Reigns a toolbox heading right into a break. [C]

Mysterio wrapped a chair across the head of Reigns after which shoved him into the cage adopted by the ring publish. Reigns grabbed Mysterio by the throat, ditched the chair, after which headbutted him. Reigns charged at Mysterio, who moved, inflicting Reigns to crash by way of a desk that was leaning towards the facet of the cage.

Mysterio went for a sundown bomb, however Reigns stuffed it. Reigns went to work on Mysterio at ringside and threw him into the facet of the cage. [C] Reigns put Mysterio down with a Superman Punch. Reigns let loose his warfare cry and went for a spear, however Mysterio caught him with a dropkick. Reigns instantly regrouped and went for a powerbomb, however Rey carried out a huracanrana.

Mysterio went for a 619, however Reigns stood up and punched him. Reigns went for a spear, however Rey moved. Rey linked with a 619. Rey picked up a chair and hit Reigns repeatedly. Rey positioned the chair on high of Reigns after which carried out a high rope frog splash. Rey additionally bought the transfer.

Rey went up high and carried out one other frog splash after which coated Reigns for a close to fall. Reigns ultimately got here again and threw Rey from the ring into the facet of the cage. The printed crew mentioned they’d deja vu as a result of the transfer was much like what Reigns did to Dominik the week earlier than. Again contained in the ring, Reigns put Mysterio within the guillotine and bought the submission win…

Roman Reigns defeated Rey Mysterio in 16:00 in a Hell in a Cell match to retain the WWE Common Championship.

Afterward, Heyman introduced Reigns with the title belt. Jimmy Uso got here to the ring and joined Heyman in holding up Roman’s arms. Rey pulled himself up utilizing the ropes. Reigns put him within the guillotine once more. Reigns launched the maintain and talked trash whereas Jimmy watched from the nook to wrap up the present…

Powell’s POV: A good match, although not a very memorable HIAC match. Rey was given loads of offense and all, however I’m not an enormous fan of getting him faucet out in a match the place he was out to avenge his son. My audio assessment of this episode will both be accessible late tonight or on Saturday because of my doubleheader protection on AEW Dynamite. Let me know what you considered the present by assigning it a letter grade under.

Be part of me for dwell protection of WWE Hell in a Cell on Sunday evening.

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