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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (Aug. 13, 2021): Cena confronts Reigns

WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 13, 2021) with a show emanating from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) set for later this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Last week’s episode featured a defiant Finn Balor being ambushed by Roman Reigns and The Usos, with John Cena nowhere to be found. WWE says that Cena will return to television tonight and confront Reigns. If Finn is also in the building, he’s going to have both Roman and John in his sights. Is there still time left for the SummerSlam main event to turn into a triple threat match?

WWE is also teasing that we’ll see how far Edge and Seth Rollins are willing to go before their scheduled clash at SummerSlam.

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.)


With a heart that’s beating louder than my own, I watch a girl they call Kezia. I watch a woman that I know. My hopes and my own future blindfolded to atone for a sin I didn’t care for, but a sin that paid my debts, and I liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with John Cena making his entrance.

Cena gets on the mic and welcomes everybody to the show. He says it’s signed, sealed, and delivered, and we are on for SummerSlam! School’s back up and running, so he figured it’d be a great opportunity to give Roman Reigns his report card— Roman is a D, a below-average D, a D-head, a D-bag, and above all, a huge D-sappointment.

For ten years, WWE has been selling you Roman Reigns, but judging by the numbers, the only one buying is Reigns, and he came back to give Roman an F. But he wants to know what the crowd thinks, and he’s got a pop quiz for them— do you thinkg Roman Reigns will beat the hell out of him at SummerSlam. Mixed cheers ensue.

Cena admits that Roman *will* beat the hell out of him at SummerSlam, but he also knows that Reigns will lose at SummerSlam and there ain’t a damn thing he can do about it.

Enter Roman Reigns, flanked by Paul Heyman as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Reigns gets in the ring to have a face-to-face with Cena.

Paul Heyman hands him the mic and Roman tells John not to waste his time and to get to it. Cena says he’s not gonna waste his time, but he is going to embarrass him at SummerSlam. Reigns asks if that’s all he’s got, and John says that’s all he needs. Roman walks around thinking this is his show and his rules and his company, but really it belongs to the fans.

Yeah he knows that makes Reigns want to throw up in his mouth, but that’s why he’s back, he knows he’s the only one that can shut him up. That’s why they asked him to come back, to feed Roman a big-ass piece of humble pie and shut him up. Reigns says he was expecting something fresh but here comes Cena with the same old tired dick jokes, and he wants some good stuff.

John says Roman’s gonna beat his ass, sure, spear, spear, Superman Punch, Superman Punch, he’s gonna get his ass kicked and he doesn’t need to prove himself, that’s what’s historic here. He just has to pin him, 1-2-3. If he can just win one more title, it’ll be #17 and that would make him the most decorated champion of all time.

(Well point of order the Universal title isn’t a real world title derived from the original NWA belt and Ric Flair *actually* has like 21 world title reigns but yes, by WWE standards, sure.)

Reigns says he’s not gonna bury Cena and call him a bum, no, they do compelling storytelling here and he’s John Cena, arguably the greatest of all time. He continues putting John over at length, he’s good, his career says it, and he’s even good enough to win the WWE Championship... but he’s not good enough to win the Universal Championship.

And twenty years of missionary position might be good enough for John Cena, but it wasn’t good enough for Nikki Bella. Roman says he’s gonna smash Cena, retain the title, pack John up on a private jet and send him back to Hollywood, but he wants Cena to enjoy this. John says Reigns has been protected, by the Shield, where he ruined Seth Rollins and ran Dean Ambrose out of WWE, now lackeys and Paul Heyman, and he needs to be embarrassed.

Cena again reiterates that all he has to do is hang in there, 1-2-3, and Roman will be the greatest disappointment in WWE history. Reigns has to smash and bash but if John wins, he’ll just be the answer to a trivia question, “who did Cena beat for his 17th reign.” He’s gonna win that title, grab it, run away through the crowd, maybe blow a kiss, and go home with the belt.

At SummerSlam, the champ is gone.

We see Rick Boogz playing Shinsuke Nakamura along as they walk backstage to send us to break.

Apollo Crews (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Intercontinental Championship)

Circling, Crews with a front kick into hammerfists, straight suplex for one! Whip across, Nakamura with a leg lariat, Good Vibrations, snapmare, knee drop across the throat for two! Commander Azeez running interference, Apollo with a dropkick! Trading strikes, Crews draws him up, whip to the corner, a knee up on the charge and Shinsuke sets him up for the big corner knee!

Climbing up after him, Crews knocks him down, Boogz plays guitar to run interference and referee Ryan Tran throws him out! Tran throws Azeez out too, and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Nakamura is in control and heads up top, but Crews cuts him off. Climbing up top, jockeying for position, superplex connects! Apollo follows it up with a Tenryu Powerbomb, only two, Liger Bomb... SO CLOSE! Fired up, Crews goes up top, frog splash... THE KNEES ARE UP! Apollo goes for the Olympic Slam, reversed to an arm drag, 540 roundhouse connects... LANDSLIDE CAN’T PUT CREWS DOWN!

Inverted exploder suplex, fired up...

Shinsuke Nakamura wins by pinfall with Kinshasa to become your new WWE Intercontinental Champion.

We get a video package recapping the feud between Alpha Academy and Street Profits.

Profits and interviewed in Gorilla.

Montez Ford says he’s been laying in bed for two months and now that he’s recuperated, he’s not concerned, he’s excited. Angelo Dawkins says Ford isn’t just his tag partner, he’s his brother, his family, and now that he’s fully healed, the Street Profits are up and they want the smoke.

Street Profits make their entrance to send us to break.

Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)

Gable and Ford to start, collar and elbow, Montez with a wristlock, wrenching it in. Reversed, Ford reverses right back, Chad gives him the same and ends up grabbing an armbar! Headscissors reversal, drop toehold, Gable right back to the armbar! Up and over, Montez cartwheels away, deep arm drag, favor returned, schoolboy for one!

Chad shoots in, leg pick, Ford stands up, backflips out, enzuigiri sends Gable into the corner and Dozer makes the tag! Dawkins in, hoss action back and forth, Otis hits a fallaway slam! Dozovic with shoulder thrusts in the corner, tag made, shoulder thrusts, quick tags and Angelo is in trouble! Ford with a big dive, Dawkins with the underhooks...

Street Profits win by pinfall with Drill Bit from Angelo Dawkins on Chad Gable.

Seth Rollins is in the production truck yelling at some crew to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Seth Rollins makes his entrance.

He gets on the mic and says he hates to be a party pooper but his sources have told him that Edge will not be here tonight. He’s as disappointed as we are, because he’d love nothing more than to put his fist in his face. The crowd chants for Edge and that gets Rollins to kvetch about Edge calling him “Edge-lite” last week.

But it makes perfect sense, Edge is a Hall of Famer who’s done everything there is to do and he can’t stand the fact that his career has been just a little better than his, that everything he’s done, Seth has done it better. And he’s made a retrospective video to show us the truth and compare both men’s careers and prove that he’s objectively the better.

Rollins then says that Edge and all of us should be thanking him. No, hear him out, listen, if he’d stomped Edge back in 2014, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation! None of Edge’s epic comeback moments would have happened, and his daughters would be pushing him in a goddamned wheelchair! He has a meltdown about how Edge is compromising his future and he calls the camera up close.

This isn’t 2014 anymore, times have changed, Rollins has changed, and at SummerSlam he will not hesitate nor hold back. He’ll stomp his head into the mat, and if that puts him out for good, then so be it.

Rey Mysterio is giving Dominik a pep talk in Gorilla, asking him to avoid mistakes. Dom is confident, but Rey tells him he’s gotta stay humble and hungry, especially after the loss last week.

They make their entrance and we go to break.

Dirty Dawgz (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode) vs. the Mysterios (Dominik & Rey Mysterio)

Rey and Roode to start, Robert taking an immediate lead but Mysterio gets a boot up to set up a tijeras! Ziggler runs in, Roode with a quebradora, kick to the midsection, hard whip across and a tag to Dolph. Whip reversed, corner body avalance into a Manhattan Drop, double-team dropkick for two! Hot tag from Dominik after a bit of work, cleaning house!

Schoolboy on Dolph, only two, Fameasser... NOPE! Whip across, off the ropes Mysterio with an enzuigiri that knocks Ziggler onto the second, kip-up— the Usos appear on the Tron to taunt the Mysterios! Roode blind tag, Rey saves his kid from getting freight trained, wheelbarrow...

The Mysterios win by pinfall with a victory roll pin from Dominik Mysterio on Robert Roode.

The Usos tell them that win must have felt real good but not to enjoy it because in a week they’re gonna wrestle.

Baron Corbin makes his entrance, sad as usual.

We’re told this is his last attempt to raise funds before going bankrupt, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Baron Corbin gets on the mic.

He talks about how he’s been down on his luck and if things don’t turn around quickly, he’s going to have to file for bankruptcy. That’s what’s wrong with society today, when someone like him falls, we want to keep him down. Because of that, this is the last time he’s gonna publicly ask for help from any of us.

He’s used to a very certain way of life and he needs everyone to contribute a minimum of $1000 and he’s got a credit card scanner on his phone to make it easy.

Enter Kevin Owens.

Corbin says he’s not sure his reader works with Canadian credit cards but KO says he’s not here to help, he’s here to tell Baron to stop begging. He tried to help, thinking Corbin had learned from his mistakes, but clearly that’s not the case. He’s shown that he just wants to use people’s sympathy to his advantage, ruining Finn Balor’s contract signing, asking Drew McIntyre for a hundred thousand dollars... who begs for $100k?!

Baron says he needs a hundred thousand dollars but he’s willing to take Owens’ spare change. No, actually, he’s not leaving until Kev gives him a minimum of a thousand dollars. KO says he’ll do it just to make him leave, but he’s gotta help himself to get it, and to do that he just has to win a match right now.

But there’s one more condition— if Corbin loses, the begging stops. Baron agrees but can’t help but complain that Kev is a cheap piece of— STUNNER!

Sasha Banks is shown walking backstage to send us to break.

Baron Corbin vs. Kevin Owens

Corbin clutches his throat and begs off but it’s a ruse and he goes for a schoolboy! Owens right on him with chops, suplex reversed, small package, kick to the midsection and a clubbing blow! Laying chops in, Kev with a short-arm lariat into a senton for two! Smashing his face into the turnbuckles, big chops, right hands, Corbin with a whip across, out and back in and he runs into a superkick!

Cannonball in the corner, cover for two! Owens up top, Baron cuts him off with a goozle, jockeying for position, down to the apron and Corbin clobbers him with a haymaker that knocks him to the floor! Back inside, continuing to hammer KO with punches, the cover’s only good for one! Arguing with referee Jason Ayers, Owens recovers, big chops!

A right hand staggers Kev into the ropes, Baron goes to the apron with him, front chancery, suplex blocked, powerbomb reversed, back body drop on the apron and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Corbin in control, jockeying for position up in the turnbuckles, Owens knocks him down and hits the diving senton atomico... SO CLOSE! O’Connor roll blocked, Baron with a chokeslam... NOPE! Corbin can’t get a win off a schoolboy with a foot on the ropes, Kev with a kick to the gut, Stunner blocked, off the ropes...

Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with a sunset flip, ensuring that Baron Corbin isn’t allowed to crowdfund from the WWE Universe.

Post-match, KO hits a Stunner for good measure.

Big E is backstage with Bianca Belair, working on her penmanship for her contract signing, which will take place after the break.

Back from commercial, Baron Corbin, sad and sweaty, walks into an interview.

He’s at a loss for words but rushes Big E and steals the Money in the Bank briefcase!

Sonya Deville is in the ring to preside over our contract signing for Bianca Belair vs. Sasha Banks at SummerSlam.

They take their seats and Belair asks if she should turn her back so she can stab her again, before calling her petty and jealous and saying she should have known better. They bicker, Deville yells at them and tells them this isn’t going like all the other contract signings and they need to calm down and sign it.

Banks grabs a pen and fakes out a few times before saying she’s gonna need some witnesses to sign the contract.

Enter Carmella and Zelina Vega.

They witness, signatures happen, and Belair throws the contract at Sasha and attacks first! Front flip over the table, beatdown ensues, right hands, she takes Carmella and Vega out but Banks hits the lungblower! BANK STATEMENT WITH THE BRAID ON THE TABLE!

That’s the show, folks.

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