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Smackdown 4/9/2021: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal; Fatal Four Way for Smackdown Tag Titles!

Here's what's on tap for tonight's Smackdown:

  • Fatal Four Way Tag Team Match for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits vs. Rey & Dominik Mysterio vs. Otis & Chad Gable vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (champs)

  • Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Participants include: Akira Tozawa, Angel Garza, Cedric Alexander, Drew Gulak, Elias, Erik, Gran Metalik, Humberto Carrillo, Jaxson Ryker, Jey Uso, Kalisto, King Corbin, Lince Dorado, Mace, Murphy, Mustafa Ali, Ricochet, Shelton Benjamin, Shinsuke Nakamura, Slapjack, T-Bar, & Tucker

  • WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Edge, and Daniel Bryan will all address the WWE Universe

We're in the ThunderDome for the last stop before WrestleMania!! We start the show with highlights of last when Daniel Bryan took out both Edge and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.

DANIEL BRYAN makes his way to the ring. Bryan says we are so close to the biggest even of the year....WrestleMania!! Bryan is excited about everything but is most excited to hear the roar of the WWE Universe in person! Hell yeah! Bryan loves the ThunderDome but there's nothing like wrestling in front of a live audience at WrestleMania and nothing like winning the Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania. Bryan hints that there will be 25,000 people in attendance at Mania. Bryan says he's associated with the word "yes" but in reality his career has revolved around him being told "no". Bryan talks about all the obstacles he's overcome when he was told he couldn't do it. Bryan brings up WrestleMania XXX against Randy Orton and Batista. Bryan says every time life told him "no", he said "yes". Bryan lists a bunch of examples. Bryan says this Sunday at WrestleMania, it's the biggest match of his career. Bryan says Reigns and Edge will get the best damn Daniel Bryan that there is at WrestleMania and he's willing to do anything to win! "Can Daniel Bryan walk out of the main event of WrestleMania as Universal Champion.....YES!! YES!! YES!!"

Kayla Braxton is backstage with the Street Profits. They say it's about time they got a tag title shot. ROODE AND ZIGGLER ATTACK THEM IN GORILLA!! The brawl spills out to the ramp. Otis, Chad Gable. Rey Mysterio, and Dominik join the brawl. The fatal four way is next after the break!

Fatal Four Way Tag Team Match for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships

The Street Profits vs. Rey & Dominik Mysterio vs. Alpha Academy vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (champs)

We come back from a break with the match in progress. Dominik with arm drags to Gable. Apparently, Gable was in control during the break. Otis tags in and hits Dominik with a double axe. Ziggler tags himself in and tries to pin Dominik with no luck. Roode tags in and goes to work on Dominik. Roode scoop slams Dominik and Gabel tags himself in. Gable works on the arm of Dominik and gets a near fall before going back to a submission. Dominik counters a back suplex and is able to tag Rey. Rey picks up the pace and takes down Gable with a head scissors. Rey hits a back elbow and goes to spring board but Gable catches him off the ropes. Rey turns it into a tornado DDT for a near fall. Everyone gets involved now and the Mysterios clear the ring and stand tall as we go to a break.

We're back with Roode beating down Ford. Ford catches him charging with a drop kick. Near fall for Ford. Ford lands on his feet from a back suplex and takes a shot at Ziggler. However, Ford turns into a spine buster from Roode!! Otis tags in and hits Ford with a discus clothesline for a near fall. Otis with a scoop slam and an elbow drop. Otis with a body shot to Ford before tagging Gable. Gable with a Northern Lights suplex to Ford for a near fall. Ziggler tags himself in to continue beating on Ford. Ziggler with a nice drop kick. Ford counters a Fameasser and hits Ziggler with a sit out power bomb!! Dawkins and Roode tag in! Dawkins pulls momentum and hits a corkscrew elbow. Dawkins takes out the champs and the academy. Rey tags himself him in place of Dawkins. Rey and Dominik run wild now. DOUBLE 619 BY THE MYSTERIOS TO THE CHAMPS!! DOMINIK SPLASHES ROODE!! 1...2...OTIS SPLASHES HIM TO BREAK IT UP! Things are breaking down with bodies everywhere. Gable and Dawkins tag themselves in and trade near falls with different pinning combinations. Ford makes a blind tag. Gable German suplexes Dawkins. FORD WITH FROM THE HEAVENS TO GABLE!! Roode blind tags Ford. ZIGGLER SUPER KICKS FORD!! ROODE PINS GABLE AFTER THE SPLASH FROM FORD! THE CHAMPS RETAIN! Good action down the stretch. Nothing before the commercial seemed to matter.

W: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode @ 13:10

Kayla Braxton is backstage with Bianca Belair. Belair says she's excited and nervous. Belair talks about her match with Banks and says beating Banks at Mania will make it the greatest night of her life!

Michael Cole and Corey Graves talk about WrestleMania and we'll see the build up to The Fiend vs. Randy Orton after a commercial.

WrestleMania is TOMORROW AND SUNDAY!!!

We see a video showing WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E going back to his roots in Tampa (his hometown). Big E takes on a tour of Tampa including his high school where he was a state wrestling champion and a football champion. He shows us Raymond James Stadium and says that's where Apollo Crews' dreams go to die. WALE will perform "Feel the Power" live for Big E at WrestleMania.

Video package for The Fiend vs. Randy Orton recaps everything from TLC to the present.

Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler (WWE Women's Tag Team Champions) & Reginald vs. Tamina w/ Natalya

They lock up and Nia pushes Tamina down. Tamina gets up and returns the favor. Nia pie faces Tamina and Tamina gets pissed as she goes on the attack. Reginald gets on the apron to interfere. Tamina and Shayna do a tug of war with Reginald. That allows Nia to take advantage. Tamina tries to fight back but Nia stops her with a head butt. Tamina avoids a charging Nia in the corner and Nia goes shoulder first into the ring post. Tamina goes to the top. Nia is up but Tamina head butts her. Shayna distracts Tamina. Natalya comes after Shayna but Shayna sends her into the steps. TAMINA HITS NIA WITH A SUPER KICK AND THEN A SAMOAN DROP!! 1...2...SHAYNA ATTACKS TAMINA FORCING A DQ!! Post match, Natalya makes the save and the champs bail.

W: Tamina via DQ @ 3:00

Kayla Braxton is backstage with the Riott Squad. Carmella and Billie Kay are here to interrupt. They argue over who is going to win tag team turmoil. Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose show to give their two cents as do Naomi and Lana. All eight ladies end up brawling backstage. Natalya and Tamina find there way back there and take out everyone.

A video promo airs hyping Seth Rollins WrestleMania moments while dissing Cesaro. It's funny. All you have to do is embrace the vision. "It's in no way embraced by Rollins" haha.

EDGE makes his way to the ring with a chair in hand. Highlights again of Daniel Bryan taking out Edge last week. Edge will speak next! We're back with Edge sitting in the chair in the middle of the ring. Edge says he went to WrestleMania VI and watched Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior. It was then that he knew what he needed to do. Become a WWE superstar and he accomplished everything except ending his career on his terms. Is that not enough? If you have to ask that, then you don't understand because he has everything ripped away from him. Edge fought back and took his career back. He didn't come back for a greatest hits tour. He came back to MAIN EVENT WRESTLEMANIA!! Edge says Daniel Bryan comes out here saying this could be Bryan's last WrestleMania. If that's the case, then what is it for Edge? Edge talks about Bryan weaseling into the match. Edge talks about Bryan's ideas that got shot down. Edge says Bryan could beat Roman Reigns without Edge being involved. Edge calls Bryan and indy-dork. Edge says Reigns walks around like everyone owes him something but Edge says he doesn't owe him anything. Edge calls Reigns a Samoan Edge....debuted as a trio, came through the crowd, and uses the spear. Edge says the fans have had their one-on-one match ripped from because of Bryan. Edge says this triple threat match takes place EXACTLY 10 YEARS FROM THE DAY HE HAD TO RETIRE! Why does Edge had to remind people of this? Because he hasn't gotten the respect he deserves! Edge won the rumble! He shouldn't have to jump through hoops. Edge mentions triple fusion neck surgery and how we have no idea the pain he went through to get back. Edge says it's a slap in the face to him and his work ethic. Now it's time for him to take and demand the respect he deserves. He's the "Rated R Superstar". You can call it fate or whatever you want but he's the next Universal Champion because he dreamt it...,,,,,,,and now he'll manifest it!!

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are backstage talking about the Universal Championship triple threat. Deville doesn't agree that Roode and Ziggler has to defend against three teams tonight. Pearce asks what that has to do with Mania. Deville says she still believes it should be Edge vs. Reigns one-on-one. Deville walks off while Pearce stands and ponders.

Kayla Braxton is with WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Sasha Banks. We'll have an interview after the break. Following the break, Kayla asks Banks what her response is to Belair's comments earlier. Banks doesn't care about what Belair said but she has words for Belair to hear. Being the EST doesn't make Belair the best because Banks is the best. Banks says everything Belair gives her, she'll give it right back Boss-style. Banks says Belair will always be #2 beneath her. Banks calls herself the B-EST!!!

Video package for WWE Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre for their WrestleMania match.

We see highlights of Sami Zayn's red carpet premiere for his conspiracy documentary that ended with Kevin Owens stunning Zayn. Earlier this week, Sami went to Miami to hang out with Logan Paul at a gym. Sami goes to the parking lot to get his workout gear so he can spar with Logan Paul. The door locks behind him and a security guard doesn't let him back in.

Sami joins commentary now and says that clip is also part of the conspiracy. Sami says everything is fine between him and Logan Paul. KEVIN OWENS ATTACKS SAMI ZAYN!!

The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is coming up next!

Cole and Graves break down the matches for both nights of WrestleMania.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Participants include: Akira Tozawa, Angel Garza, Cedric Alexander, Drew Gulak, Elias, Erik, Gran Metalik, Humberto Carrillo, Jaxson Ryker, Jey Uso, Kalisto, King Corbin, Lince Dorado, Mace, Murphy, Mustafa Ali, Ricochet, Shelton Benjamin, Shinsuke Nakamura, Slapjack, T-Bar, & Tucker

As to be expected, a huge crowded brawl to begin! Shelton and Cedric eliminate Akira Tozawa and then Tucker after that. Ali wants everyone to go after Shelton and Cedric. Corbin and company eliminate Shelton and Cedric as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, the ring looks as full as it did before the break so I'm not sure if we lost anyone. Elias throws out Erik. Mace and T-Bar team up to launch Gulak out of the ring and then throws Carrillo out on top of Gulak. Ryker and Elias team up to throw out Slapjack. Mace and T-Bar go after Elias and Ryker now and eliminate them. Ali eliminates Mace from behind! T-Bar goes after Ali but Murphy saves Ali which allows Ali to eliminate T-Bar. Murphy with an awesome knee strike to Ali. Lucha House Party goes after Murphy now. Metalik and Dorado double team Kalisto and eliminate him. Metalik then eliminates Dorado! Corbin back drops Metalik over as we go to another break. It feels as though they're just going from elimination to elimination with nothing of substance in between. The multiple breaks are helping either.

Anyways, we're back with with seven guys left. Murphy, Ricochet, Corbin, Garza, Uso, Ali, and Nakamura. Garza and Murphy go at it on the apron and Corbin knocks Murphy off to eliminate him! Garza goes after Nakamura but Nakamura hits a knee and a Kinshasa (while Garza was on apron) to eliminate Garza! Ali and Ricochet battle in the corner. Ricochet with a running knee and is able to eliminate Ali! Uso eliminates Ricochet with a super kick! FINAL THREE IS NAKAMURA, CORBIN, AND USO!! Corbin and Uso team up on Nakamura. Uso turns and super kicks Corbin!! NAKAMURA ELIMINATES CORBIN!! Down to USO AND NAKAMURA!! Nakamura with a series of strikes to floor Uso. STO by Nakamura plants USO! Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa but USO HITS A SUPER KICK! NOW NAKAMURA NAILS IT!! NAKAMURA GOES TO ELIMINATE USO BUT USO REVERSES AND ELIMINATES NAKAMURA TO WIN!!

W: Jey Uso via last eliminating Shinsuke Nakamura @ 15:39

Jey Uso celebrates next to the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy and HERE COMES ROMAN REIGNS WITH PAUL HEYMAN! Highlights of Daniel Bryan attacking Reigns last week are shown. Reigns congratulates Uso in the ring. Reigns will speak after a break.

We come back to Heyman giving Reigns a mic. Reigns is annoyed that he even has to be here. He's not a politician or running for President so why does he have to sell himself to us. He has more things to worry about because he can lose this championship without being pinned. Reigns says we know the phrase because we bought the shirt...he'll show up and win!! Reigns says show days are easy because when you prep at a 12, it's easy to win at a 10. Reigns says Edge and Daniel Bryan have each had one good week. Reigns says he's been consistent since Summer Slam. The numbers don't lie......who raised the ratings for this show and made the Universal Championship relevant? Reigns! Reigns calls Bryan a dreamer. Bryan is running around telling everyone he made Reigns tap which prompts "you tapped out" chants. Reigns says if Bryan made him tap, why isn't Bryan champ? Haha. Reigns says Edge wants to complete the comeback claiming the title was taken from him. Reigns says he'll own taking it from Edge. Reigns says it ends this Sunday for the dreamers. Reigns says if we thought what he's done is special, wait until we see what he does next! Reigns claims he's the man with the golden hand. He saves careers. Right Heyman? Right Uce? Reigns will crush Bryan and Edge's dream. As the special council says: "It's not a prediction, but a spoiler". Reigns will wreck everyone and leave as champion. Reigns says Mania will end and all the pyro will go off. THEN THE WHOLE WORLD WILL ACKNOWLEDGE HIM!! End Show.

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