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Smackdown 7/16/2021: Balor RETURNS; Edge Bests Reigns; Belair Defends Against Carmella; Plus More!

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

  • Six Man Tag Team Match: Edge & The Mysterios (WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions) vs. Roman Reigns (WWE Universal Champion) & The Usos

  • WWE Smackdown Women's Championship Match: Carmella vs. Bianca Belair (champ)

  • Fatal Four Way Match: Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins

We have LIVE FANS!!! We're in the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas for Smackdown!!! We open the show with a video package of superstars sitting in an empty arena. It says how we have missed fans for over a year. Iconic moments are shown in the video package with great crowd reactions. It's an awesome video package!!! We cut to the crowd and it's a packed house!! It's the first time in 70 weeks for fans!! 14,496 fans in the house!! VINCE MCMAHON KICKS OFF THE SHOW!!! Vince is on the stage with a mic!! He says "Where the hell have you been?!?" That's it!! HERE COMES THE HEAD OF THE TABLE!! We're starting with the six man tag!! We get all of the introductions. The match will begin after a commercial.

Six Man Tag Team Match

Roman Reigns (WWE Universal Champion) & The Usos w/ Paul Heyman vs. The Mysterios (WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions) & Edge

So far the crowd is hot! Jey attacks Edge from behind and we're started. Edge plants Jey with a flapjack as Edge stares down Reigns. Dominik tags in and works the arm of Jey. Tag to Rey and they double team. Rey gets caught with a right hand. Jimmy tags in but Rey with an arm drag. Edge tags back in and more arm work. Rey tags in and hits a spring board assisted senton! Near fall for Rey. Dominik gets a tag and hits a spring board moonsault for a near fall and follows with a deep arm drag. Jimmy fights to his feet and they trade blows. Jey makes a blind tag and kicks Dominik in the back. Uppercut by Jimmy. Jey works on Dominik in the corner and Reigns wants a tag. He gets it and drags Dominik to the outside. Reigns in control now as they go back inside the ring. Suplex by Reigns for a near fall. Reigns pushes Dominik outside and follows. Reigns taunts the crowd and slams Dominik off the announce table. Reigns breaks the count and POWER BOMBS DOMINIK ON THE ANNOUNCE TABLE AS WE GO TO A COMMERCIAL!

We're back with Dominik hitting a leaping tornado DDT on Jimmy! Both men are down. Jey and Edge both get tags. Edge hits Jimmy off the apron but Reigns gets off before he can get hit. Edge goes to the outside and cleans house on both Jimmy and Reigns. Rey makes a blind tag and hits Jey with a senton. Rey hits Jey with a DDT for a near fall. Jimmy is sent outside and Dominik takes him out with a spring board splash. Reigns sends Dominik into the ring post. Rey gets Jey in 619 position but Reigns picks off Rey and sends him into the apron! EDGE SPEARS REIGNS ON THE OUTSIDE!! Back in the ring, Rey rolls up Jey for a near fall. JEY ROLLS UP REY AND USES THE TIGHTS TO BEAT REY!!! Solid stuff to give us a tease of Money in the Bank.

W: Roman Reigns & The Usos via pin @ 9:23

Post match, a brawl breaks out. The Usos takes out the Mysterios. Edge uses a chair to take out the Usos only for Reigns to hit Edge with a Superman Punch!! Reigns eyes the chair now. Reigns breaks the bar off of the chair must like Edge has lately. EDGE SPEARS REIGNS!!! EDGE GRABS THE BAR AND CROSSFACES REIGNS WITH IT!!! REIGNS TAPS!!! Edge grabs the Universal Championship and holds it high to stand tall.

Commentary hypes tonight's fatal four way.

Edge and the Mysterios are backstage. Kayla Braxton wants a word with Edge. Kayla says Edge is one step closer. Edge says he wishes making Reigns tap like a bitch tonight would make his job easier Sunday but it won't. Edge talks about winning the title on Sunday and we hear laughing in the background. It's Seth Rollins!! Rollins laughs at the thought of Edge beating Reigns. Rollins says Reigns has Edge has number. Rollins wants Edge to beat Reigns for the title because Rollins says he'll win the Money in the Bank briefcase. Rollins says then he'll finish what he started in 2014 when he had his boot on Edge's neck.

Sami Zayn heads to the ring with a mic. He says to cut the music. Zayn says everyone is talking about the Money in the Bank ladder match but no one is talking about him being purposely excluded. People are talking about other things to distract from the conspiracy that's been going on in over a year. Zayn says he has something in his corner for the first time in over a year.....THE FANS!! Zayn says the fans have seen him victimized! Zayn wants the fans to stand up and not let the conspiracy stand. The fans don't support him and Zayn isn't surprised and he calls the fans "yee-haws". Zayn needs justice! Zayn says the briefcase should be lowered and handed to him on a silver platter. Zayn won't the show go on any longer as long an there is injustice. HERE COMES FINN BALOR!!!!! Sami says it's Finn Balor and welcomes him back. ZAYN TRIES TO ATTACK BUT BALOR IS READY!! JOHN WOO DROP KICK!!! COUPE DE GRACE ON ZAYN!!!! Balor stands tall.

Highlights of Shotzi and Nox defeating Natalya and Tamina last week.

We get an Apollo Crews vignette. Crews talks about being the "real Apollo" lately. He'll return to action soon.

Non-Title Match

Shotzi & Nox vs. Natalya & Tamina (WWE Women's Tag Team Champions)

Liv Morgan and Zelina Vega are on commentary. Tamina and Shotzi start. Tamina with a boot and a scoop slam. Shotzi is sent to the corner where Tamina clotheslines her. Natalya tags in and stomps Shotzi repeatedly. Shotzi avoids a scoop slam and takes down Natalya with a double leg. Double leg drop Jeff Hardy style for a near fall. Natalya charges into an elbow but keeps control. Tamina gets a tag as they isolate Shotzi in the corner. Natalya runs into a boot from Shotzi. Shotzi is able to make a tag. Nox with chops to Natalya before knocking Tamina off the apron. Nox hits Natalya with a cannonball in the corner. SHINING WIZARD BY NOX!!! 1....2.....Tamina breaks it up. LIV AND ZELINA START BRAWLING AT COMMENTARY!!! NATALYA GOES FOR A SHARPSHOOTER BUT SHE'S DISTRACTED BY THE LIV/ZELINA BRAWL. NOX CRADLES NATALYA FOR THE WIN!! That's two for two for Shotzi and Nox against the champs.

W: Shotzi & Nox via pin @ 3:21

Post match, the Money in the Bank ladies brawl and Liv Morgan stands tall!

Bianca Belair is walking backstage. Her match against Carmella is next!

WWE Smackdown Women's Championship Match

Carmella vs. Bianca Belair (champ)

Carmella shoves then slaps Belair! Carmella runs to the outside and Belair chases. Back in the ring, Carmella with a take down and then Belair takes her down with a shoulder tackle. Drop kick by Belair. Belair charges into a boot from Carmella. Carmella with elbows to Belair in the corner. Carmella hits a Bronco Buster. Carmella charges again but Belair avoids and delivers a shoulder to the midsection. Belair goes to the apron where she hits Carmella with a forearm. Carmella is able to pull Belair shoulder first into the ring post and Belair falls out to the floor. Carmella sends Belair into the barricade before putting her back in the ring. Near fall for Carmella. Carmella pulls Belair to the outside again and sends her into the barricade twice as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Belair is rallying and scoop slams Carmella. Hand spring moonsault by Belair gets a near fall. Belair drags Carmella to the corner and goes up to the top. Carmella is up and cuts her off. Carmella runs into a kick. Belair pulls Carmella up and they brawl on the top rope. TOP ROP RANA BY CARMELLA!!! 1......2.....NO!!! Belair counters Carmella wants a Glam Slam but Carmella rolls through. They trade near falls. Guillotine by Carmella!! Belair is down to one knee. Belair fights it and gets back to her feet. Belair counters into a vertical suplex!! 1.....2....NO!!! Carmella rolls to the apron. Carmella pulls the braid of Belair but Belair knocks her off the apron. Carmella hits a super kick on the outside and gets a near fall back in the ring. Commentary tells us the attendance tonight for the millionth time. Carmella pulls on the braid again and goes for a super kick. BELAIR COUNTERS AND WHIPS HER WITH THE BRAID!!! BELAIR HITS THE KOD TO FINISH IT!!! Not bad by any means but I wouldn't say it was great either.

W: Bianca Belair via pin @ 11:01

The Alpha Academy is backstage. Gable teaches all five senses so when they walk through the locker room, they take it all in. Gable can since the fear of everyone in the locker room. Gable says Otis will defeat Cesaro tonight. Speaking of Cesaro, he interrupts and says he's not on the list of people Otis has taken out. Cue Otis attacking Cesaro and he lays him out.

A Toni Storm vignette airs. She will be on Smackdown next Friday!

Otis w/ Chad Gable vs. Cesaro

Lock up and Otis backs Cesaro into the corner and delivers shoulders to the midsection. Otis clubs Cesaro. Cesaro ducks a clothesline and hits a series of uppercuts. Gable gets on the apron to distract. Otis with a World's Strongest Slam. Otis charges and Cesaro posts him. GABLE GETS IN THE RING AND GERMAN SUPLEXES CESARO FOR THE DQ!! Poor Cesaro.

W: Cesaro via DQ @ 1:05

Post match, Cesaro uppercuts Gable for his troubles. SWING TO GABLE!!! Otis saves Gable and destroys Cesaro before finishing him with a Vader Bomb.

Highlights of everything with Edge and Reigns from earlier tonight.

Kayla Braxton is backstage to get a word with Paul Heyman. Heyman says Edge will pay for his sins at the hands of the Tribal Chief. Heyman says Reigns will beat them out of Edge. That's not a prediction.......AWW PAUL HEYMAN!!! DON'T YOU DARE BE SOUR!!! BIG E IS HERE TO SAY HE WILL WIN THE MONEY IN THE BANK CONTRACT AND FEEL THE POWER!!! Big E makes fun of what Edge did to Reigns and laughs as he walks off.

Baron Corbin comes out to the ring slowly like a sad puppy. He'll speak next. We come from a commercial with Corbin standing in the ring. We see highlights of Shinsuke Nakamura beating him for the crown and all of the troubles Corbin has had since. Corbin has a mic and says it's no secret that these last few weeks have been the most difficult time of his life. He's lost everything! Now, the bank is threatening to foreclose his house. "What?!" chants from the crowd. Corbin says his 2-year old has to eat spaghetti out of a can instead of Ragu. Corbin says if this keeps up, his family has to move in with his wife's parents. Corbin says there's good news though. The fans can help him though. Corbin has started a crowd funded site. TARGET GOAL: $100,000. It's Corbin hopes the people in Texas aren't as cheap as everyone else. Corbin gets on his knees to beg. KEVIN OWENS MUSIC HITS!! Corbin wants to believe Owens is out here for the right reason because he knows Owens has locker room influence. Corbin says Owens and him are a lot alike. Corbin knows Owens has money. Corbin says don't take this the wrong way but Owens obviously doesn't spend his money on his wardrobe! OWENS STUNS CORBIN!

The fatal four way is up next!

Fatal Four Way Match

Kevin Owens vs. Big E vs. Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs vs. Seth Rollins

Per usual, McAfee loves Boogs and Nakamura! Even Big E dances to Nakamura's theme! Rollins tells the three others to go at it and leaves. BIG E SPEARS ROLLINS OFF THE APRON! Owens flips over the top to take out Big E! Nakamura with a flying knee off the apron. Nakamura throws Owens back in the ring as we go to a commercial.

We're back with Owens and Big E going at it in the ring. Big E takes out Owens only to be attacked by Nakamura. Big E throws Nakamura out of the ring and puts Owens on the top turnbuckle. Big E goes up with him and wants a superplex. Nakamura comes back and they BOTH SUPERPLEX OWENS!! Rollins tries a frog splash but no one is there! Rollins and Nakamura pair off in the corner. Nakamura with a running knee to the midsection of Rollins. Nakamura with a kick to Owens followed by a suplex! Nakamura wants a Kinshasa but BIG E HITS NAKAMURA WITH THE BIG ENDING!!! 1....2......Rollins breaks it up! Rollins goes outside to get a ladder. Back in the ring, Rollins hits Nakamura with the ladder and he falls to the outside. Rollins goes outside and clears the announce table. He puts Nakamura on it. Rollins tries to climb a ladder but Owens pulls him off. OWENS LEAPS OFF THE LADDER TO ELBOW DROP NAKAMURA THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!! In the ring, Rollins avoids the Big Ending and STOMPS BIG E ON A LADDER TO GET THE WIN!!! Props to all men for trying to make this memorable but they didn't get a lot of time and the commercial didn't help.

W: Seth Rollins via pin @ 8:01

Post match, Rollins sets up a ladder and climbs up it to grab the briefcase. Rollins celebrates to end the show!

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