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With only two days remaining until Elimination Chamber 2021, WWE have announced three segments for tonight’s go-home edition of SmackDown! Let’s run down the card.
First up, the winner of the 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match Edge is set to kick-off tonight’s show. He and the Universal Champion Roman Reigns have shared a heated exchange or two ever since Edge won the Royal Rumble, While Edge has said that he will not make his decision for who to face at WrestleMania until after Elimination Chamber, his presence on the blue brand certainly won’t sit well with the Tribal Chief tonight.
Also, Bayley will be hosting another edition of her show “Ding Dong, Hello!” tonight, and her guests this week are the Women’s Tag Team Champions, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Will they address their upcoming challengers from NXT, Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez? Or are they coming to “Ding Dong, Hello!” with an entirely different agenda? Find out tonight.
For in-ring action, only one match has been announced, and it is a 6-Man Tag Team match. All six men in the SmackDown elimination chamber will take part in this match, with Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, and Cesaro facing off against Jey Uso, King Corbin, and Sami Zayn. One group of three will get some momentum heading into the elimination chamber, but who will it be?
All of this and more will be covered tonight with our live coverage of WWE SmackDown, which begins when SmackDown goes live at 8:00 PM EST! Remember to refresh the page throughout the night for the most up-to-date results, and let us know what you think of the show in the comments below.
The show kicks off with Edge making his entrance into the ThunderDome. He gets on the mic and talks about how he is happy to be back on SmackDown. He starts talking about the matches at Elimination Chamber and how his decision for his WrestleMania opponent is the biggest decision of his career.
Before Edge can go on any more, Roman Reigns’ music hits. Reigns comes out, flanked by Paul Heyman and Jey Uso, per usual.
Reigns and company take their time coming down to the ring. Once all three men are standing across from Edge, Heyman hands a mic to Roman. Roman says that he is the only choice for Edge, because Roman says that he will be “the main event.”
Edge responds that he is playing Roman, he isn’t showing fear. He says that Roman needs Edge to be the main event. He says that Roman is the insecure one and Edge is the one who gets to pick the main event.
He says that he respects Roman and respects Roman’s family, but he says that Roman got too much, too soon. He says that Roman is cracking under the pressure, and that is before Edge has even applied any pressure to Roman yet.
Suddenly, Sami Zayn comes out. He starts to talk about how Edge and Roman are disrespecting him, but Roman and Edge are both mostly ignoring him, even when he gets in the ring.
Sami talks about how it is not a forgone conclusion that Roman will win, and then he runs down both Edge and Roman. He calls his camera men to come close to the ring, getting a shot of him pointing to the WrestleMania sign.
As he continues to ramble, Jey Uso surprises Zayn with a superkick, laying out Zayn and shutting him up.
Roman gets right in Edge’s face and gets close to his ear. He whispers something inaudible to Edge, and then he backs off. Jey Uso hands Roman his belt, and all three men leave the ring.
We see a recap of Kevin Owens delivering a Stunner to everyone and Michael Cole tells us about the main event, the 6-Man tag team match. Also, the return of “Ding Dong, Hello!” will be later tonight.
Big E comes out and will be on commentary for the upcoming match between Apollo Crews and Shinsuke Nakamura, which is up right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, Big E is sitting at a couch next to the commentary table with his feet in a foot bath and is eating a microwave dinner.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Apollo Crews
Before Apollo comes out, he is interviewed backstage about if his Intercontinental Championship aspirations have affected his friendship with Big E.
Crews says that he looked up to Big E and Big E always gave him good advice. He says that Big E doesn’t respect him. Crews says that Big E is treating him like a charity case and is actually scared of him.
Crews comes out for his match and Nakamura immediately lays into him. Nakamura takes Crews down with a knee to the midsection and a knee to the chest, pinning him for one.
Crews takes Nakamura down with a dropkick, the kicks Nakamura in the head, sending him out of the ring. Crews follows Nakamura out of the ring and tosses Nakamura into Big E on the couch.
Big E gets up and takes issue with Apollo, but Apollo dismisses him, picking up Nakamura, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Apollo Crews and Nakamura are back in the ring and Big E is looking far less amused at ringside than he did before.
Nakamura drops Crews on the back of his neck from the middle rope, then pins him for two. Crews hits Nakamura with a spinebuster, pinning Nakamura for two.
Crews hits Nakamura with a step up enziguri, then tries to pick up Nakamura. Nakamura escapes and goes for an armbar on Crews. Nakamura rolls him into a pinning combination, catching Crews by surprise, pinning him for the win.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Crews attacks Nakamura while he is celebrating. Crews takes Nakamura out of the ring and throws him into the barricade.
Crews picks up the steps at ringside, but Big E stands in front of him and makes him stop. He tells Crews to stop, telling him that it’s over. He tells Crews to drop the steps and leave. He drops the steps and Big E goes to check on Nakamura. Apollo picks the steps back up and slams them into Big E’s back.
Apollo tosses Nakamura over the barricade into the audience area of the ThunderDome, then he gets in Big E’s face, taunting him. He tosses the steps into the ring and then rolls Big E into the ring as well.
Apollo picks up the steps and goes to hit Big E with them, but the ref blocks him and Big E rolls out of the ring. The ref yells at Apollo to put them down, and Apollo drops them to the outside of the ring, on top of Big E.
Medical staff runs to Big E’s side and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see Big E being stretchered out from the ringside area.
As medical staff are taking Big e to the back, Seth Rollins’s music hits. He watches on as Big E is stretchered out of the arena.
He stands at the top of the ramp and says that what happened to Big E was a tragedy because he was betrayed by his friend. Rollins says that he understands Big E’s pain because he was also turned on by “his friends” last week when Rollins returned.
Rollins tosses to a video recap of when he returned last week, which ended with a standoff between himself and Cesaro and Daniel Bryan.
Rollins says that he suffered emotional trauma and he and his lawyers have drafted a statement and sent it to WWE. He says that the reason he did this is because his “big moment” was ruined by “losers” and “cowards.”
He says that those “losers” are afraid because they don’t want to embrace the vision for the future of a better SmackDown. He says that Cesaro is the biggest loser because he made Rollins’s return about himself.
He says that what happened to Cesaro is not on him because Cesaro was asking for it. He says that what happened to Cesaro will happen to anyone else who stands in his way. He asks the WWE Universe to “Embrace the Vision” and then he walks to the back.
Kevin Owens is backstage and he is approached by Edge. Edge says that he understands Owens because Owens keeps fighting and keeps getting back up.
Owens says that he can only focus on getting to the Elimination Chamber and beating Roman for the title and Edge says that he believes in Owens and that it would be good to face him at WrestleMania.
Sonia Deville and Adam Pearce are shown clearing a way for Big E’s stretcher to be loaded into an ambulance and we go to commercial.
Riott Squad vs. Tamina and Natalya
Tamina takes Riott down with a huge headbutt and Liv Morgan tags in. Morgan tries to kick down Tamina, but Tamina caught her leg and took her down. She goes for a power slam but Morgan escapes.
Morgan goes for a spring board crossbody, but Tamina catches her and drops her. Natalya tags in and Morgan rolls her up for two. Morgan tags in Riott and they hit a double team dropkick on Natalya.
Riott runs at Natalya in the corner and lays into her with a few punches. Morgan tags in and they hit a tag team assisted code breaker and Riott pins her for two.
Billie Kay comes down to the ring with cat ears and distracts Riott. Natalya rolls her up for two. Natalya tags Tamina in, and Tamina knocks Morgan off the apron before slamming Riott to the mat and pinning her for the win.
Winners: Tamina and Natalya
Tamina and Natalya celebrate in the ring and Billie Kay runs in to celebrate with them. Natalya and Tamina want nothing to do with her, and Tamina lays her out with a superkick.
We get a video of Sasha Banks waving the flag at the Daytona 500.
Edge is backstage on his phone and he is approached by King Corbin. Corbin says that their meeting feels like the main event at WrestleMania. He says that things have changed and SmackDown is Corbin’s kingdom now.
Corbin shows off and brags about his watch and suit, but Edge just mocks him and Corbin walks off.
The ring crew is setting up the door for “Ding Dong, Hello!” which is up next, right after a commercial break.
Back from commercial, Bayley very enthusiastically comes through the door before introducing Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.
Bayley thanks them for being on the show. Nia Jax says that she is happy that Bayley isn’t mad at them, and Bayley says that she was glad that they lost the titles because it allowed her to get rid of Sasha Banks.
Nia Jax says that it was great that Bayley got rid of Sasha because of how annoying Sasha Banks is. Shayna says that Bianca Belair is also annoying. Nia says that Sasha is even more annoying.
As Nia goes on, Reginald comes down and says that he can’t listen to them disparage Sasha Banks. Nia asks if this is a challenge, and Reginald says that, if Sasha and Bianca Belair were to team together, they would take the titles from Nia Jax and Tamina.
Sasha comes down and gets in the ring. She says that Reginald does not speak for her, and she is the boss. She says that Bianca Belair will choose to face Sasha because the women’s division in SmackDown revolves around her.
Bianca Belair comes out and says that, since she won the Royal Rumble, she is the star of the division. She gets in Sasha’s face, and Reginald tries to separate them. He says that they are on the same team, and he wants to team with Sasha and Bianca to take on Nia Jax , Shayna Baszler, and Bayley.
Nia Jax goes off and calls for a referee to come out and a shouting match breaks out among Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, and Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, and Regniald as we go to commercial.
Reginald, Sasha Banks, and Bianca Belair vs. Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, and Bayley
Belair and Baszler start the match. Bianca has a waistlock on Shayna, but Shayna breaks the lock. Bianca tackles Shayna to the mat and Sasha tags in.
They work together to do some double-team work on Shayna, sending Sasha’s knee into Baszler’s face.
Reginald comes into the ring and distracts Sasha and Bianca, allowing Shayna to tag out. NIa Jax, Bayley, and Shayna Baszler alternate tags, targeting Sasha’s knee and slamming her into the mat.
When Nia is in, Sasha takes out Nia with a knee to the head. Bayley pulls Bianca off the apron, but Sasha tags in Reginald.
Reginald comes face to face with Nia. Nia pushes Reginald to the mat. Reginald gets to his feet and runs at Nia, but Nia sneds him to the mat.
Reginald goes for a drop toe hold on Nia, but Nia is unmoved. Reginald dodges another attack from Nia and runs the ropes, but Nia takes him down with a shoulder tackle.
Nia goes for a leg drop on Reginald, but Reginald rolls out of the way. She goes to tag in Shayna, but Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair pull Shayna off the apron. Reginald goes for a spinning crossbody onto Nia, but Nia catches him.
Belair and Banks enter the ring and hit a double dropkick onto Nia, allowing Reginald to pin her for the win.
Winners: Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, and Reginald
Cesaro is interviewed backstage about Seth Rollins comments earlier tonight. Cesaro says that he didn’t go out there to patronize Seth, but he was out there because he was hopeful that Seth had changed.
Cesaro says that he won’t forget about what happened, but for now he needs to focus on winning the match tonight and at the Elimination Chamber, then defeating Roman Reigns. Edge approaches Cesaro backstage and Cesaro tells him that he will see him in the main event at WrestleMania.
Rey Mysterio and Dominik will tag together in a match against the Alpha Academy after a commercial break.
Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode are sitting at ringside on commentary for this match. They have their titles around their waist and are drinking from red Solo cups.
Rey Mysterio and Dominik vs. Otis and Chad Gable
Gabel takes Dominik down with a waistlock and goes for a German suplex. Dominik lands on his feet and hits a dropkick on Gable. Otis tags in and runs down Dominik, and Dominik tags Rey in.
Rey hits a springboard crossbody on Otis, but Otis catches him and slams him down. Otis hits a standing splash on Rey. Chad Gable gets in the ring and takes out Dominik. They both double team Rey Mysterio and the bell rings because Chad Gable and Otis did not adhere to the referee’s five-count.
Winners; Rey Mysterio and Dominik (By Disqualification)
Otis and Gable to continue to attack Rey Mysterio after the match and Gable encourages Otis to climb to the top rope and hits a splash on Rey Mysterio. Otis does so and they celebrate while commentary talks about how out of character this is for both Otis and Chad Gable.
Daniel Bryan is backstage warming up for his match. Edge approaches him and says that Bryan was an inspiration for his return. Bryan asks Edge to face him at WrestleMania if he beats Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber. Edge says that it sounds like a dream match, and Bryan says that it sounds long overdue. Edge responds with, “I think you’re right,” and walks off.
Back from commercial, Dominik is helping his father Rey back to his feet as they walk to the back.
Backstage, Kevin Owens approaches Daniel Bryan and Cesaro backstage. He asks if they want to talk about strategy. Cesaro and Bryan talk about how they can trust Owens because he has never turned on anyone, except for the New Day and Sami and another big name.
Owens first apologizes, saying that he thought they were coming for him, so he struck first. Owens says that they don’t have to worry about a Stunner tonight because they are on the same team and he wants to win. But on Sunday, they might have a few Stunners coming their way.
Reginald presents a glass of wine to Carmella. She asks what took him so long, and he says that it took him a while to get the wine. She says that she saw the match, but she isn’t mad. She drinks the wine that he brought her, but she spits it out, telling him to get her a better drink.
Sami Zayn, King Corbin, and Jey Uso vs. Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, and Kevin Owens
Zayn and Corbin enter the ring first, and Zayn and Uso show a clear distrust of each other after what happened at the start of the show.
After Uso enters the ring, Edge’s music hits and we are told that he will be on commentary for the main event, which will happen right after this commercial break.
Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, and Kevin Owens come down to the ring.
Bryan and Uso start the match. Bryan kicks away at Uso in the corner, then tags in Cesaro. They work together to slam Uso, and Uso rolls to his corner and tags in Corbin. Corbin starts to lock up with Cesaro, but Cobin decides against it and tags in Sami.
Cesaro tags Bryan back in. Bryan lays into Zayn with a series of uppercuts. Zayn lays into Bryan with knees to the midsection, then tags Corbin in. Corbin chokes Bryan against the middle rope, then lays into him with knees to the head.
Corbin tags Zayn back in. They have a shouting match, distracting each other long enough for Cesaro to tag in. Cesaro takes out Uso and Corbin, then tosses Zayn across the ring, laying into him with a series of uppercuts.
Zayn rolls out of the ring with Corbin and Uso to regroup, but Uso and Corbin toss Zayn into the ring. Cesaro swings Zayn then slinghshots him into his own corner.
Zayn tags in Corbin and Cesaro catches Corbin in a swing, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Cesaro is spinning Corbin. Cesaro geos for a sharpshooter, but Corbin escapes and tags in Jey Uso.
We are told that Paul Heyman is now at ringside also on commentary. Uso is outside of the ring with Uso and Uso tosses Cesaro over the commentary table.
Uso rolls Cesaro back in the ring and he and Corbin rotate in the ring with strikes to Cesaro. Corbin tosses Cesaro into the corner and kicks and strikes at him. Corbin tags Uso in and Uso kicks at Cesaro’s chest.
Cesaro hits Uso with an uppercut, but Uso pushes Cesaro back into a corner, away from his tag team partners. Zayn taunts Cesaro from the corner and Uso drops Cesaro, pinning him for two.
Uso locks in a headlock on Cesaro. Cesaro gets to his feet, but Uso tosses him into his corner. Corbin tags in and lays into Cesaro. Corbin tosses Cesaro into the ropes, but Cesaro hits a corkscrew uppercut on Corbin, taking both men out.
Zayn and Bryan tag in. Bryan takes Zayn down with a clothesline and a running knee in the corner. Bryan hits a hurricanrana on Zayn from the top rope. Uso breaks up the pin, Owens takes out Jey Uso with a superkick and a cannonball senton from the apron on the outside.
Bryan hits Zayn with Yes Kicks, but Zayn dodges and hits a Blue Thunder Bomb. Cesaro breaks up the pin and Corbin takes out Cesaro to the outside.
Back in the ring, Bryan hits a superplex on Zayn form the top rope and transitions into a Yes Lock on Zayn. Zayn taps out.
Winners: Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, and Cesaro
Daniel Bryan celebrates in the ring and Corbin attacks him from behind, hitting the End of Days. Owens hits Corbin with a Stunner. Zayn hits Owens with an exploder suplex. Cesaro hits Zayn with a Very European Uppercut. Jey Uso hits Cesaro with a superkick.
Edge suddenly runs in at hits a spear on Jey Uso. Then out of nowhere, Roman Reings runs in and hits a spear on Edge in the ring. Paul Heymen enters the ring and hands Roman his belt and Roman poses over Edge.
And that’s the show! Let us know what you think in the comments below! Who do you think will win the Elimination Chamber match? Check back on Sunday for our coverage of the 2021 Elimination Chamber PPV!