WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 27, 2021) with a show emanating from the Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. This is the fallout show following the SummerSlam pay-per-view extravaganza that took place this past weekend.
WWE has released a video teasing appearances from both Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar on this episode. Both stars returned to WWE at SummerSlam.
Lynch is already the SmackDown women’s champion after defeating Bianca Belair in less than one minute in Las Vegas, while Brock Lesnar has his sights set on Universal champion Roman Reigns. Whose side is Paul Heyman on?
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 AUG. 27
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The show opens with a recap of SummerSlam focused on the returns of Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar.
Commentary informs us that Pat McAfee is out with COVID, and he’s replaced with Corey Graves and Kevin Owens.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance and gets on the mic.
She says it feels good to be back, and not just back, but back on top, and she missed us. When she had to give up the Raw Women’s Championship a year and a half ago, that was one of the hardest things she ever had to do, because it felt like giving up her life as she knew it, and she’s been working every day since to get back to where she once was.
But she does have a new life and new priorities, and if you think she was dangerous before when she was just fighting for herself, you have no idea how deadly she’s going to be now. Which brings her to SummerSlam, and she hears us, there’s been a lot of controversy about her return, people saying she was underhanded, and she’d like to take this time to apologize...
...for absolutely nothing! She’s been in WWE for long enough to know that absolutely everything is about timing, and all she needed was an opportunity.
Enter Bianca Belair.
She’s not here to make excuses because that’s not her style, but if you think she’s okay with what happened at SummerSlam, girl, uh-uh. She’s been working too hard for too long to see Becky erase all of that in 26 seconds. You want to talk about timing, Belair accepted her last-minute challenge, so why not have the EST and the Man tear it down for the SmackDown Women’s Championship tonight.
Enter Zelina Vega.
She mocks Bianca for whining and asks if this is what the EST has been reduced to, crying for a rematch? Here’s what she should do, since she’s already embarrassed herself once and nobody wants to see that again, she should fall back and instead of begging for a rematch like a little dog, Lynch should let Vega challenge her for the title.
She says she needs the two of them to move out of the way because clearly Becky should be facing the most beautiful woman in all of WWE, her. They told her one hour before her match that she was Sasha Banks’ replacement, and she couldn’t do her hair, makeup or nails properly and she wasn’t prepared.
Enter Liv Morgan.
She says if Becky is looking for a contender, she’s right here. Carmella laughs at her, saying the spotlight must be a nice change of pace from catering. Bianca says the three of them have all lost their damn minds and this has nothing to do with any of them, and this is between her and the Man. She again pitches Becky on her rematch.
Lynch says “no” and leaves the ring, holding the title high.
Her four would-be contenders remain in the ring, Bianca attacks Zelina and a brawl breaks out! Liv dumps Carmella out of the ring and stands tall as the heels pull Belair off the apron! Morgan blasting them with forearms and we go to break with everyone in their gear, I do wonder what will happen.
Back from commercial, shock of shocks we have a four-way dance!
Bianca Belair vs. Carmella vs. Liv Morgan vs. Zelina Vega (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Match)
Belair with a military press drop on Vega, delaying it to really make her think, handspring splash, kip-up, Carmella runs interference and they work Bianca over in the corner together. Shifting gears to Morgan, Zelina with a sunset flip powerbomb and a kick but Mella tries to steal schoolboy on her! Heels bickering, a shoving match breaks out and Bianca drops Vega with a lariat!
Up in the Argentine backbreaker rack...
Zelina Vega is eliminated by pinfall via KOD from Bianca Belair.
Action continues, Morgan is right on Carmella...
Carmella is eliminated by pinfall via the Arabian press reverse STO from Liv Morgan.
Belair and Morgan square up to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a teaser for the new-look NXT.
Morgan has a reverse chinlock in, Belair slings her off, Liv with a schoolboy for two! Jackknife pin from the EST, still no, Morgan with a crucifix faked out into a sunset flip, no dice! Shoulder block, dropkick, kip-up, shoulder thrust in the corner! Liv with a wicked pop-up stomp for a deep two! Bianca charges in, drop toehold into the turnbuckles!
A second stomp is dodged, spinebuster into a folding press... MORGAN KICKS OUT! Liv’s STO blocked, Bianca deadlifts her into a delayed vertical, Morgan with a codebreaker for two! Charging in, Gallon Throw into the turnbuckles, Belair gets her up, shifting into a powerbomb clutch... ANOTHER GALLON THROW! Argentine backbreaker rack...
Bianca Belair wins, last eliminating Liv Morgan by pinfall with KOD to become #1 contender to the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Paul Heyman is interviewed backstage.
He says that despite Brock Lesnar’s return, he stands with his Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, and he’s going to help the champion prepare for his family celebration tonight.
Except when he goes to open the door to Roman’s office, it’s locked, and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a reel of still photos from SummerSlam.
A recap of John Cena vs. Roman Reigns follows.
Paul Heyman is still standing outside of Roman’s office.
He asks interview lady if she has anything better to do and she gives him the best shit-eating grin and “nope” headshake.
The Usos open the door and ask if Paul has been out here the whole time and say Roman isn’t there yet before cajoling him to try and get him to admit that he knew Brock was going to be there. Heyman denies it and asks why he’d tear everything they’ve worked so hard to build up down. He swears on everything that’s holy that he didn’t know Brock was gonna be there.
They ask why he send them to the locker room before Reigns’ match, and Paul says he didn’t send them back, Roman gave that order. They needle him some more before going back into the office, leaving Heyman out in the cold.
Alpha Academy make their entrance to send us to break.
Cesaro vs. Chad Gable
Cesaro with uppercuts out the gates, Gable hangs his arm over the top rope and goes to work. Whip reversed into a shoulder armbreaker, knee drops, moonsault... NOPE! The Swiss Superman snaps an avalanche Frankensteiner off and follows it with the giant swing but Otis hits the ring...
Cesaro wins by disqualification, presumably.
Post-match, they hit a discus lariat / German suplex combo on Cesaro! Otis off the top... 747 SPLASH!
Kayla Braxton is outside hoping to catch Roman Reigns as he arrives at the arena, but Baron Corbin rolls up in a new car and all happy. (I may have lost a little context here because I had a copy/paste failure but that’s the gist of the segment.)
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, another SummerSlam still pic roundup.
Happy Corbin makes his entrance.
He gets in the ring and asks if you ever thought you’d see this smile on his face? On Monday he was thinking about filing bankruptcy and has been wearing the same dirty shirt for months but look at him now! The best part is he did it all by himself and he’s the happiest man in the world. He rolls footage of his lowest point and his big win in the casinos.
He calls himself the mayor of Jackpot City and points out how expensive his clothes and car are, talks about his wife welcoming him home with Wagyu beef, and he’s so happy that he wants all of us to call him Happy Corbin. But there’s one little thing that could make him a little bit happier, and he needs Big E to come on out.
Big E obliges him.
He says he’s very happy for him and just glad he doesn’t smell anymore. Corbin says he knows he was a little ticked when he stole the Money in the Bank contract, and he wants to make things square, so how much to buy it? He offers $20,000, E turns him down. $50k, Big says it ain’t happening. Baron asks why he even wants it, he’ll probably cash in and lose, that happens.
It happened to him, and he ended up miserable and he just wants E to be happy like him. So, one final offer, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS! E admits that’s a lot of money and his kids need braces... but his answer is HELL NO! Bickering back and forth, Big tells him to hit the bricks before he slaps that smile off his face, and Corbin retreats.
We get a recap of Edge vs. Seth Rollins.
Edge cuts a promo recorded earlier today.
He says SummerSlam was satisfying because he defeated a generational talent in Seth Rollins, but he paid for it. He had to go to a dark place and find the most savage version of himself, and it affected him everywhere he went, but he did it, and now this albatross around his neck that is Seth Rollins is over and done with and he’s moving on to what Rollins cost him in the first place, the Universal Championship.
Seth Rollins gets a promo of his own.
He says he only has one thing he wants to say to Edge— “congratulations!” It was a great victory for him and it was a loss that taught him something about himself and Edge won his respect and admiration. He admires his career and the life that he’s built for himself, and it got him to think, if he wants to fight his way back to the Universal Championship, maybe he needs to be a little more like Edge.
Rick Boogs plays Shinsuke Nakamura in to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Roman Reigns rolls up to his office and asks Paul Heyman, still standing there, what he’s doing.
A long pause follows and Roman asks if he has to open his own doors now. Heyman opens his door in deference and they go into the office together.
Dirty Dawgz (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode) vs. Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura
Boogs and Ziggler to start, leg pick into an air guitar standing double heel hook, tossing him around in a swinging Karelin lift, but the Dawgz overwhelm him and work him over with quick tags.
Apollo Crews gets an inset promo where he complains about Shinsuke sullying his Intercontinental Championship and how his ancestors are hiding their faces in shame.
Heat segment rolls on, Rick gets away and makes the tag! Nakamura in hot, lighting Roode up with strikes, off the ropes with a dropkick and then the inverted exploder on Dolph! Lining it up, Robert sidesteps, schoolboy and a handful of tights for two! Shinsuke to the apron, he nails Roode with a kick but Ziggler hits the Zig Zag on the floor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, the Dawgz are working Nakamura over, Russian legsweep / running knee combo gets two! Tags made, Boogs and Ziggler, Ric running hot! Elbow, exploder, Stinger Splash into a bulldog... NOPE! Cobra Twist, Roode interveens, Boogs suplexes, Ziggler with a superkick... NAKAMURA BREAKS IT UP! The match breaks down, Rick with a schoolboy for two!
Block the Fameasser, pumphandle...
Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura win by pinfall with a pumphandle Michinoku Driver from Boogs on Dolph Ziggler.
Sonya Deville is in her office on her phone when an excited Naomi rolls up.
She says she’s thrilled to be on the SmackDown roster again and asks when her first match is. Deville admits that she didn’t actually know Naomi was coming to SmackDown and blames five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce for going behind her back. She says she doesn’t think Naomi measures up, Naomi reminds her she’s a two-time champ, and Sonya brushes her off, telling her she’ll let her know next week.
The Mysterios are backstage.
Rey Mysterio says they’ve accomplished as much as they can as a team but it’s time for Dominik Mysterio to fly solo. He’ll always have his back but he’s stepped back and gotten Dom a match tonight. He doesn’t know against who, but he knows if he’s confident and determined he’ll get that W.
Dominik makes his entrance and we go to break.
Dominik Mysterio vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn backs him in the corner early, collar and elbow, Sami in control at first but Mysterio turns the lucha on, multi-jump arm drag, dropkick, tijeras into the second, off the ropes, low bridge sends Dominik crashing to the floor! Rey Mysterio comes down to ringside and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Zayn is in control and choking Mysterio on the ropes while Rey cheers his son on from ringside. Lariat, Dominik blocks a back suplex lift, overhead elbows from Sami, Mysterio returns the favor with elbows on elbows but Zayn ducks an enzuigiri! Dom gets it on the second try, drop toehold... 619!
Mysterio headed up top, Sami puts him in the corner...
Sami Zayn wins by pinfall with the Helluva Kick.
Post-match, Rey tries to console Dominik but the younger Mysterio storms off.
The Bloodline and Paul Heyman are in Gorilla. Their entrance begins, Paul tries to give Reigns his title, saying it’s supposed to be a family celebration (and clearly trying to excuse himself) but Roman says he *is* family.
They make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, the Bloodline are in the ring for their family celebration.
Roman Reigns and the Usos hold their respective titles high while pyro goes off.
Reigns gets on the mic, a pensive look on his face, and decides to pass the mic to Paul Heyman to acknowledge him. Paul encourages the crowd to acknowledge their Tribal Chief, and Roman feeds him another line, it’s his lucky night, because they also have the unique opportunity to acknowledge the tag team champions.
Heyman continues, saying they get to celebrate that they’ve seen enough of John Cena, and since—
Enter Finn Balor.
He says now that Edge is talking about the Universal Championship and Brock Lesnar is back, he was gonna come out and challenge Roman to a match at Extreme Rules, but seeing as he doesn’t trust anyone around here and he’s not waiting in line, he’s challenging him to a Universal Championship match next week on SmackDown!
Finn throws the mic at Roman and a brawl breaks out! The Usos put boots to him but the Street Profits make the save! An all-out brawl ensues, the babyfaces clear the ring and Finn hits Coup de Grace on Jey Uso!
That’s the show, folks.