WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 25, 2021) with a show from the ThunderDome at Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida, featuring all the fallout from the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past weekend in the very same venue.
Tonight’s episode features a victory celebration for Roman Reigns after his successful defense of the Universal championship against Rey Mysterio inside Hell in a Cell.
Also advertised is a mixed tag team match: SmackDown women’s champion Bianca Belair teams up with Cesaro to take on the team of Bayley and Seth Rollins.
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on FOX. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JUNE 25
Geno here. Let’s have a good night.
We open with a video recapping Roman Reigns beating Rey Mysterio in a Hell in a Cell match last week.
Cut to live and backstage. Paul Heyman tells us Dominik and Rey Mysterio aren’t here but they’re acknowledging the Tribal Chief from their hospital beds.
In walks Jimmy Uso.
Roman asks where Jey is. “He’s a no show tonight,” Jimmy says. But he did finally get a hold of him, and Jimmy tells us Jey said he ain’t coming back. This enrages Roman, who talks about how he took him from being just one of the Usos to Main Event Uso and now he doesn’t want to show up for work? Unacceptable.
Jimmy reminds Reigns that while he “ain’t nobody’s bitch,” he is here tonight and “I got you.” Roman wonders if that means he can be the right hand man that Jey was. Jimmy says he can do what his brother did and, of course, Reigns tells him to prove it.
Off Jimmy goes...
A mixed tag team match is starting us off.
First, though, Bianca has a microphone.
“Wow, what a night. It’s Friday, we’re on the road to Money in the Bank, and we’re three weeks out from leaving the ThunderDome and coming home to you guys, live and in person. And tonight, I’m bout to whoop up on Bayley yet again. But, you know, after I won at Hell in a Cell I have not been able to stop celebrating. I haven’t even been able to stop shining my title. Because I like making it so clean that I can see my own reflection. Not to be vain but to remember the girl in that reflection? She did that.”
She goes on to say Bayley threw everything at her inside Hell in a Cell, from ladders to kendo sticks to her own hair, but through it all, she persevered and she can’t stop smiling because she walked out with the SmackDown women’s championship.
“And I am so proud of the girl that I see in this reflection because I didn’t allow a Bayley, cough, sorry, a BULLY, to get to me. So to anyone out there struggling and dealing with your own Bayley let this be a reminder that you are so much more powerful, we are so much more powerful.”
The bullies can scheme and laugh in your face all day but “DING DONG, the witch is dead.”
Seth Rollins is next to the ring and he says it is indeed a night for celebrating because at Hell in a Cell he beat Cesaro. “I dominated him and now I’m moving on up to the tip tip top.”
But first he wants to celebrate. He tells Belair she didn’t dominate Bayley and, in fact, some would call it a fluke victory but they can still celebrate. He asks for a high-five and she asks who he thinks he’s talking to.
She brings up Bayley teaming with him tonight and he says “she’s going to come out and beat the hell out of you, so we gotta do the high-five now. You’re not going to be able to do it from the mat.”
That’s a good one.
Bayley shows up and says she planned to congratulate Belair but all she’s heard is Bianca bragging about her win and that’s not the kind of champion the people need or deserve. Rollins is laughing and providing commentary from the corner while antagonizing a fight.
Bayley reiterates that Belair’s win was a fluke and she still “sees the same old pathetic Bianca Be-loser.”
That starts up a brawl between the two.
Cesaro’s music finally hits and he runs to the ring to get the brawl going with Rollins. The babyfaces team up to clear the ring of the heels to send us to a commercial break.
Time for the match proper.
Bianca Belair & Cesaro vs. Bayley & Seth Rollins
Mixed tag rules meant any time Cesaro was in, Rollins had to be and vice versa. They got heat on Rollins early as he worked Cesaro over before they brought Belair and Bayley in. They went to the outside quickly and Bayley put her against the steps to lead into a commercial. Back from break and it was Bayley in control and Bianca trying to tag out to Cesaro. Finally, she got the hot tag to Cesaro and he got in and ran wild all over Rollins. A Cesaro Swing quickly followed. Poor Seth.
Bayley acted as a distraction multiple times, giving Seth the chance to go for a pin. Belair broke it up and that made Rollins utterly irate. Rollins tagged Bayley in, and she didn’t seem happy about it. The action broke down into chaos, as everyone brawled. Rollins ended up getting into the ring, bumping into Belair as she was about to go for the Kiss of Death, and that threw her off balance. Bayley capitalized on that to score a pinfall.
Bayley & Rollins def. Belair & Cesaro
Backstage, Jimmy Uso was shown pacing back and forth outside Reigns’ locker room.
Back ringside and they were setting the ring up for a coronation of a new king, who they are calling Kingsuke Nakamura. That will be after the next commercial break.
Back from break and Heyman comes out of Reigns’ locker room. Jimmy asks what Roman meant when he said “prove it.” Heyman said the family needs a tribal chief and that’s Reigns but Reigns needs a right hand man.
If Jey Uso can’t be that, then maybe it’s time for Main Event Jimmy Uso.
Jimmy says they’re 35 minutes into the show, what is he supposed to do? Heyman tells him to win a match, one he’ll get booked for him. Jimmy promises to win said match before Heyman vaguely threatens that if he doesn’t it could be very bad for him.
The ring is ready for the coronation of Nakamura. But first a replay of what brought us here.
BOOGS is in the ring with his guitar and he’s here to introduce us to not just the King of Strong Style but the “one true king of all of WWE.”
Pat McAfee, who is incredible, did his usual great job of putting the entire entrance over, even singing along at one point when BOOGS put the crown on Nakamura’s head.
“All hail the new king of SmackDown, Shinsuke Nakamura.”
Cut to McAfee, and he’s toasting the king by standing on his chair and using two water bottles to hit a Stone Cold toast before dumping them into his mouth and everywhere just like Steve Austin used to do.
Cut backstage to Kayla Braxton interviewing Baron Corbin and he is DEVASTATED. I cannot emphasize that enough. He literally looked teary eyed, was shaking his head, and only said “what’s the point?” Then he walked off.
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville were also rocking out backstage along with BOOGS when Rollins walked in and said the time is now.
For what, they wonder.
Rollins brings up Reigns having a state of the union address later and if the subject of his next challenger comes up, Seth wants it to be him. He won’t list off his accolades, because they speak for themselves, but does say he’s never been more equipped for the challenge of taking on Reigns than he is right now. No one else on the roster is ready for it.
Pearce and Deville actually say they agree but aren’t ready to make a decision on anything just yet.
Up next is a Money in the Bank ladder match qualifier.
But not before a video package airs putting over just how much of a menace Otis has been lately. Just a quick reminder.
Big E vs. Apollo Crews
They went back-and-forth, both getting near falls. Crews had Commander Azeez out with him, though, and he helped Crews get to the ropes to break a submission. Crews was getting two counts on everything before they ended up on the outside and once again Azeez tried to get involved. He was going to hit the Nigerian Nail but the referee caught him and sent him to the back. In the ring again, and Big E hit the Big Ending to score the pinfall.
Big E def. Crews
E qualifies for the Money in the Bank ladder match with that win. Michael Cole tells us there are four more spots to fill.
Kayla backstage again, this time to interview Sami Zayn. He says he wants to say that the persecution he suffered over the past year started to make him think the world is just full of chaos and injustice. But after beating Kevin Owens he realizes the world is a machine, designed to bring karmic justice and he is a messenger.
“This might be the best week of my whole life,” he says.
Braxton says Zayn will face Owens next week in a Money in the Bank qualifying match.
Zayn loses his mind about it and immediately switches up, saying this is the worst week of his life.
Sonya Deville makes her way to the ring and we’re told she’ll be making her first selection for which wrestler from the blue brand will be in the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
After a commercial break.
Back from break and Zayn is yelling at Adam Pearce now about having to face Owens next week. Just put him in the match, he says. Better yet, just give him the contract. Pearce tells him that not only is it happening, it’s going to be a Last Man Standing match.
“So the idea of just giving me the contract, that’s definitely off the table?”
It is, of course.
“You are playing a very dangerous game. Not with me — with karma.”
Deville in the ring says it’s her honor to announce the first woman competing in the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match from the SmackDown brand is a two-time winner.
She laughs about how people are mad but says that in addition to being a two-time Money in the Bank winner, she’s also the most beautiful woman in all of WWE. So maybe Sonya can do her introduction again.
Cue Liv Morgan’s music. She wants to be clear that just declaring yourself the most beautiful woman in all of WWE gets you an opportunity like this. Because she beat Carmella, and she believes she deserves to be in the match way more.
“Oh honey,” Carmella responds, “this match is for the real stars.”
Liv hauls off and blasts her.
Deville jumps in and says she’s not taking Carmella out of the match but if Morgan believes she belongs in it, she’ll have to prove it against Carmella RIGHT NOW.
Carmella vs. Liv Morgan
They returned from break to Carmella throwing Morgan’s head into the announce desk while loudly screaming about something or other. Deville sat in a comfy looking chair seemingly pleased with herself.
Back in the ring and it was all Carmella until Morgan surprised her with some offense and then rolled her up to get a pinfall. Commentary wondered if that would be enough to get Morgan into the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Morgan def. Carmella
Carmella will, of course, still be in said match and she seemed more concerned with being announced as “still the most beautiful woman in WWE.”
Jimmy Uso backstage at the Gorilla position and he’s interviewed to say he’s going to make Jey Uso proud and he hopes Roman Reigns is watching what comes next.
Heyman got him a match against Dolph Ziggler.
Jimmy Uso vs. Dolph Ziggler
Robert Roode came out with Ziggler.
Jimmy was basically 1v2’ing here until Ziggler hit a Zig Zag into the steps. They cut to a commercial break as the referee was hitting the count of 5 as both guys sold like they weren’t getting up on the outside. Back from break and after some back-and-forth, Jimmy used a superkick to score the pin.
Uso def. Ziggler
Backstage, they showed Reigns watching a replay of it as Jimmy came through the curtain to ask what he thought about it.
Reigns nodded his head and then his music hit. Jimmy went to follow but Heyman stopped him, saying “you did great, but...” and indicating he shouldn’t follow them out.
Out they came.
Heyman gets on the mic and says he has some footage that speaks almost as eloquently as he does. They roll it and it’s Reigns laying out the Mysterio family. They come back and they’ve queued up a “Roman sucks” chant in the ThunderDome.
“No, the head of the table does not suck,” Heyman responds. He brought up all the wrestlers who have challenged Reigns since he came back and how Roman has run through all of them, from Bray Wyatt to Braun Strowman to Daniel Bryan to Cesaro and now the Mysterios.
“In less than a year, Roman Reigns has wiped out the entire division. So your tribal chief is going to have to change course a little bit here in something that has never been done on network television before.”
Heyman says they have no other choice because there’s no one left.
Then he gives the microphone to Reigns.
Edge’s music hits.
He walks out and there’s no talking at all. The two get right to fighting. Edge pummels Reigns, throwing his head into the announce desk. He throws him back into the ring but after climbing in, he steps right into a Superman punch.
Edge returned the favor shortly after. Reigns bailed out of the ring to grab a chair and when he got back in, Edge hit him with a Spear.
He set up Reigns in the ring with a chair and it was time for a Con-chair-to but Jimmy Uso ran in to stop it. He attacked Edge but ended up thrown into the stairs, then speared through the barricade.
When Edge got back in the ring, Reigns was already up the ramp. Edge started screaming “where you at, Roman? Where you at? You want me, I’m right here!”