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Smackdown 2/12/2021: Seth Rollins Returns; Qualifiers for Second Elimination Chamber Match!



Here's what's on tap for tonight:

  • Seth Rollins returns!

  • Roman Reigns has a blockbuster announcement regarding the WWE Universal Championship

We're in the ThunderDome kicking things off with THE HEAD OF THE TABLE!! Jey Uso and Paul Heyman accompany Reigns to the ring. Reigns already looks pissed. We see highlights of Edge saying he'll make a decision after Elimination Chamber. Adam Pearce is in the ring holding a contract waiting for Reigns and company to get in the ring. Pearce has a mic and Heyman grabs a mic as well. Heyman gives the mic to Reigns and he asks Pearce why he's standing in the corner. Is Pearce scared? Reigns says Pearce has no authority over him and Pearce is only there to wait on him. Reigns wants to talk about Edge. Reigns saw Edge last week and says Edge doesn't want it. Reigns claims Edge is scared because he knows what Reigns will do to him. Reigns says he'll beat Edge so bad that he gets a legends contract and will only be an ambassador for the company. Reigns says no one is taking the title from him. Reigns says he'll keep the title as long as he wants. Reigns turns to Pearce. Pearce says Reigns will defend his title inside the elimination chamber just like Drew McIntyre. Reigns laughs and gives the mic to Heyman. Heyman goes through his usual. Heyman says Reigns will appear at Elimination Chamber. He's happy to appear but he will defend the title but not in the chamber. Heyman suggests Pearce pack the chamber with participants to see who can win a match against Reigns. Pearce looks puzzled. Heyman tells Pearce that his opinion is irrelevant and Pearce doesn't want Reigns to not be at WrestleMania like last year. Pearce says there will be qualifying matches tonight. Pearce says two superstars don't need to qualify. Heyman says Bianca Belair? Haha. Pearce says Reigns is familiar with both men. The first is....JEY USO! Pearce says while we're at it and steps out of the ring. The second is....KEVIN OWENS!! Reigns gets out of the ring and gets in the face of Pearce. Heyman tries to talk down Reigns.


Commentary confirms that Reigns will defend the title against the winner of the chamber match. Participants include Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, and whoever else qualifies.


A video package hypes the return of Seth Rollins.


Sasha Banks will be the honorary starter of the Daytona 500!


Pearce is backstage on his cell phone. Sonya Deville approaches him asking what he's doing. Deville has an idea for a qualifying match. Deville suggests a tag team qualifying match for two chamber spots. It's next!


Elimination Chamber Tag Team Qualifying Match

Dominik & Rey Mysterio vs. King Corbin & Sami Zayn

Zayn complains about more conspiracies on the way to the ring. Rey and Corbin start it off. Corbin with knees until Rey counters and sets up Corbin for a 619. Sami stops that. Dominik dives out onto Sami but hits his own head on the announce table. Rey sends Corbin over the top rope and the Mysterios clean house as we go to a commercial.


Back from the break, Corbin is wearing down Rey. Rey counters a power bomb with a rana. Sami and Dominik tag in. Dominik picks up the pace and sends Sami to the corner. Back elbow but Dominik. To the opposite corner they go. Sami runs into a boot. TORNADO DDT BY DOMINIK!! 1...2...NO!! Dominik mounts Sami in the corner and delivers punches. Dominik flips over the ropes to land on Sami and does the same to Corbin. Sami rolls up Dominik for a near fall. BLUE THUNDER BOMB BY SAMI TO DOMINIK!! 1...2...NO!! Dominik is up and hits Sami with a neck breaker. 1...2...Corbin breaks it up. Dominik avoids End of Days. Rey flies in with a senton!! DOUBLE 619 TO CORBIN!! Rey arm drags Corbin on the outside. Sami counters Dominik and hits an exploder in the corner. HELLUVA KICK BY SAMI ON DOMINIK WINS IT!! Pretty quick match seeing as a commercial was half of it.

W: King Corbin & Sami Zayn via pin @ 7:32


Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce like what they saw. DOLPH ZIGGLER and ROBERT ROODE are here. They want to be in the chamber match. Deville thinks they want to be in the same pod. Either way, Deville says the two of them can earn a spot if they beat Daniel Bryan and Cesaro!


Big E makes his way to the ring for a match that will happen after the break,


We see highlights of what went down with Sasha Banks, Carmella, and Bianca Belair last week. Reginald is carrying champagne backstage. He runs into Banks. Reginald says he meant what he said about Banks beating Belair.


Highlights of last week's triple threat match between Big E, Sami Zayn, and Apollo Crews.


Big E is still in the ring and has a mic. He says the odds were against him last week. Big E compares himself to Tom Brady haha. Big E says he made a vow to be a fighting champion. He claims to be done with Sami Zayn and Apollo Crews which forces Crews to come out. Crews says he knows why Big E is out here. Crews says Big E is out for another open challenge. Crews says he's the man for the job since he's gotten closer each time. Big E says he was going to offer an open challenge to anyone but Crews. Crews calls the bluff about Big E being a fighting champion. Big E tells Crews to go to catering. They start arguing as Big E says they're done. Big E calls for his next challenger to come out. HERE COMES SHINSUKE NAKAMURA!! We go to a commercial.


WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

Big E (champ) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

The match was already started after the break. Nakamura with a running knee to Big E. Nakamura charges but Big E takes him down. To the apron they go where Big E clubs the chest of Nakamura. APRON SPLASH BY BIG E! Crews is watching on. Near fall for Big E. Crews gets on the apron. Nakamura lands a kick taking Big E to the mat off of a Crews distraction. Big E blocks an exploder. Nakamura places Big E on the top turnbuckle and hits a running knee! Nakamura with a knee from the second rope and he gets a near fall. More knees by Nakamura. Nakamura goes for Kinshasa but Big E picks him out of the air. Nakamura counters with another kick. Nakamura runs into a uranage!! 1...2...NO!! Big E goes for the Big Ending but CREWS IS IN AND DROP KICKS BIG E TO FORCE A DQ!! Too short and it appears Crews will eventually get another shot.

W: Big E via DQ @ 3:15


Another video hyping Rollins return! It's next! The Smackdown locker room empties and they all head to the ring waiting for Rollins as we go to a commercial.


The Pretty Wreckless' song "And So It Went" is the official theme song for Elimination Chamber.


The Smackdown locker room surround the ring and HERE COMES SETH ROLLINS TO THE BURN IT DOWN THEME!!! He gets a nice ovation! Rollins says it's great to be back in the ThunderDome and back in the ring. This is where he belongs. Rollins says lots has changed since he sacrificed himself. The thing that has changed the most is.....HIM! As we know, he became a parent. He's the proud father of a perfect baby girl that has changed his life in many ways for the better. It has given him a new vision. He looks around the ring and sees some of the most talented performers in the world. He wonders where he fits in. After some self reflection, it's clear that he's the great leader that Smackdown needs to push it to greater heights in the future. It's not about what they can do for him but what he can do for the roster. He can be the leader and mentor. It's easy! All you have to do for a better Smackdown is embrace the vision!! Rollins smiles and it's great. The whole roster walks out except CESARO! Rollins says he knew of all the people that Cesaro would get it! Cesaro then walks off. ROLLINS ATTACKS CESARO ON THE RAMP!! Referees come out to pull Rollins off and Daniel Bryan also comes out Cesaro's aid! Cesaro's head is cut open again.


A video package hypes the Elimination Chamber match.


Bayley vs. Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott

During her entrance, Bayley tells Michael Cole that Smackdown is her show and it's amazing. Liv with a drop kick right away followed by right hands. Bayley takes Liv to the corner. Liv avoids her but Bayley with an elbow. Drop toe hold by Liv sends Bayley to the second rope. Kick to the back of Bayley and Liv follows up with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Bayley rolls out of the ring to regroup. Natalya and Tamina are watching backstage. Liv tries to jump and dive onto Bayley outside but Bayley side steps her. Back in the ring, Bayley gets a near fall. Stomps by Bayley. Bayley chokes Liv across the middle rope. Liv with a shot to the midsection of Bayley. Liv with a face buster from the second rope for a near fall. Liv goes to the second rope but Bayley knocks her off with a right hand and follows with a shoulder breaker for a near fall. Ruby looks concerned as Bayley talks trash. Liv hit an enziguri! Liv with a Code Breaker!!! 1...2...NO!! BILLIE KAY IS HERE NOW!! Billie Kay leaves her resumes in the ring. The ref tries to get the resumes out of the ring and BAYLEY TAKES ADVANTAGE WITH A RAKE IN THE EYES! ROSE PLANTS TO LIV AND IT'S OVER!

W: Bayley via pin @ 3:45


Kayla Braxton talks to Cesaro and Daniel Bryan backstage. Cesaro says he's still going to be in the qualifying match. Bryan says Cesaro is tough.


Commentary hypes Sasha Banks being at Daytona on Sunday. The Street Profits were at Daytona earlier this week! We see highlights of that. Profits have an interview before their match. They want the tag titles back. They want the smoke!


Otis and Gable training video which is funny but ridiculous.


The Street Profits vs. Otis & Chad Gable

Cole calls the Profits tag champs during their entrance. I'll let it slide Cole. Gable and Dawkins start as they go to the mat. Dawkins flattens Gable but Gable turns the tide in his favor. They run the ropes and trade arm drags. Clean break by both men. Ford tags in. Lock up and Gable controls the arm of Ford. Ford escapes using his athleticism. Gable with a take down and near fall. Arm drag by Gable and he works on an arm of Ford. Blind tag by Dawkins and he flattens Gable and back flips Ford onto Gable. Chin lock by Dawkins but Gable fights free and takes down Dawkins. Otis tags in and runs through Dawkins. Ford comes in and Otis sends him up into the lights. Ford is sent outside and Otis with a nice throw to Dawkins. Otis squashes Dawkins in the corner. CATERPILLAR!! Gable wants a tag. Gable was a German clothesline combo. Ford low bridges Otis. The Profits turn the tide. Ford tags in. DAWKINS WITH THE ANNOINTMENT ON GABLE. CASH OUT BY FORD WINS IT!! Nothing bad here and Profits get a nice win.

W: The Street Profits via pin @ 4:51


Here comes WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Sasha Banks. She dances with the Street Profits on the ramp and then makes her way to the ring. We'll see what she has to say next!


Banks is in the ring with a mic. Banks says everyone is talking about Bianca Belair and her decision. Banks says she likes Belair a lot. Belair is like her big little sister. HERE COMES BELAIR WITH A MIC! Belair says she sees Banks and all of her accomplishments. Belair likes Banks too but no! Banks isn't the boss of Belair. Belair starts to talk about her decision and HERE COMES NIA JAX AND SHAYNA BASZLER!! Jax says both Belair and Banks have huge egos. Jax says no one cares about who Belair chooses. Baszler hypes their tag title win at the Rumble. Jax says they're the most dominant force in WWE. Banks thought they might show up so she rolls the footage of Naomi beating Baszler on Raw. Wait! That's not the footage Banks was talking about. Now we see the footage of Nia injuring "her hole" and Lana putting her through a table. NIA AND SHAYNA TRY TO ATTACK BUT BANKS AND BELAIR SEND THEM PACKING! Shoulder be noted that Nia hits her butt on the apron again.


Daniel Bryan and Cesaro discuss strategy backstage. The main event is next!


There will be a gauntlet match on Raw to see who enters the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match last! Also, Drew McIntyre will be on Miz TV!


Elimination Chamber Tag Team Qualifying Match

Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions) vs. Cesaro & Daniel Bryan

Ziggler and Bryan start. Ziggler takes Bryan down with a shoulder block. They run the ropes again and Bryan lands a kick. Cesaro tags in and slams Ziggler for a near fall. Drop kick by Ziggler gets a near fall and in comes Roode. Roode ducks his head and eats an uppercut. Bryan back in and hits a series of kicks until Roode ducks one for a near fall. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock by Roode makes the ropes. Roode knocks Cesaro off the apron and Bryan sends Roode to the outside. BRYAN TRIES A SUICIDE DIVE BUT ACCIDENTALLY TAKES OUT CESARO! Ziggler and Roode send Bryan and Cesaro into the steps. SAMI ZAYN AND CORBIN COME OUT FOR A CLOSER LOOK AS WE GO TO A COMMERCIAL.


We're back where Ziggler has a sleeper on Bryan. Bryan is isolated in the corner as Roode tags back in and delivers stomps. Roode distracts the ref as Ziggler cheap shots Bryan. Vertical suplex by Roode for a near fall. Roman Reigns is watching backstage. Ziggler is back in and hits an elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler puts Bryan on the top turnbuckle and goes up with him. Bryan fights him off and knocks Ziggler off the top with a head butt. Missile drop kick by Bryan! "Yes" chants by the crowd. Roode tags in and stops Bryan from tagging out. Bryan with an uppercut but he runs into a spine buster! 1...2...NO!! Roode tags Ziggler and says to finish him. Ziggler and Roode with a neck breaker combo for a near fall. Bryan avoids Ziggler in the corner and tags Cesaro. Cesaro cleans house and hits Ziggler with uppercuts from corner to corner!! A shot to Roode. CESARO SHOOTS ZIGGLER INTO THE AIR AND UPPERCUTS HIM!! 1...2...NO!! Cesaro goes for the swing but Roode chop blocks him from behind. Bryan is in and hits a running knee to Roode!! FAMEASSER BY ZIGGLER ON CESARO!! 1...2...NO!! Cesaro blocks a super kick! Cesaro with a Torture Rack into a back breaker!! CESARO SWING ON ZIGGLER!! SHARPSHOOTER!!! ZIGGLER TAPS OUT!! This picked up down the stretch. The chamber match is officially set now as the participants are Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, King Corbin,

W: Daniel Bryan & Cesaro via pin @ 11:04


JEY USO HITS CESARO IN THE BACK WITH A CHAIR!! Corbin and Sami attack Bryan!! SAMI ATTACKS CORBIN!! IT'S A BIG BRAWL!! HERE COMES KEVIN OWENS!! KEVIN OWENS STUNNERS EVERYONE!! Reigns looks on in disgust!! Owens grabs a chair and sits. Owens tells the camera that he's coming for Reigns and he isn't going anywhere! End Show.


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