WWE Friday Night SmackDown results for June 18, 2021
The WWE Hell In a Cell edition of SmackDown on FOX opens with a video package. We are live from the WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as Michael Cole greets us. He is joined at ringside by Pat McAfee. We see the red Hell In a Cell structure suspended above the ring as Cole defeats the network’s very first Cell match, which plays out as tonight’s main event with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. defending against SmackDown Tag Team Champion Rey Mysterio.
– We go straight to the ring and SmackDown Tag Team champion Rey Mysterio comes out in pop. Greg Hamilton makes the introduction. Rey stops at ringside and looks at the Hell In a Cell structure.
Rey says any watching parent knows what they’re feeling – the feeling of pain, grief, sadness. He told his son, SmackDown tag team champion Dominik Mysterio, the risk of competing in the ring, and it was, or is his dream, but luckily he walks. Rey doesn’t know when Dominik will be back in the ring. The Cell is half lowered. Rey gets a little emotional when he talks about how WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns destroyed his son last week. Rey will never forget the sound, the helpless look her son had in his eyes as he suffered in pain. Rey will never forget the man who did this to her. Fans boo Reigns’ name.
Rey says he can’t wait another day, he’s ready for tonight’s game, he’s ready for revenge tonight. Fans cheer Rey as he continues. Rey knows Reigns accepted his challenge on Twitter last night, but Rey wants to hear it from the self-styled chef himself. Rey waits and tells Reigns to get out of here, calling him an ab-h son. The familiar countdown music starts as the cell is lowered all the way down, circling the ring. Rey waits inside the cell.
The music hits and Reigns comes out with Paul Heyman. Reigns speaks from the stage and says he doesn’t want to do this, hurt Rey. He goes on and says it won’t be his fault. Rey doesn’t want to be locked in the cell with him. Reigns says it won’t be PG tonight. He’s going to ask Rey once and that’s it – are you sure you want to do it? Rey says he’s never been this close in his life. Fans pop for Rey. Reigns says he tried to do it Rey’s way, he tried to be a diplomat, but now we’re going to do it his way. Reigns turns and walks to the back as Heyman follows him. Fans boo them as the music picks up. Rey is alone in the cell as Cole and McAfee hype for tonight’s main event.
– We get a brief video of Commander Azeez as he prepares to make his SmackDown debut in tag team action.
Commander Azeez and Apollo Crews vs. Kevin Owens and Big E
Sami starts taunting Owens as the ref counts. Owens returns to the 7 meter, but Azeez waits with the Nigerian Nail. Azeez covers for the pin to win.
Winners: Commander Azeez and Apollo Crews
After the match, Sami retires to the stage, mocking Owens. Azeez grabs Owens again and drops him with another Nigerian nail. Crews grabs the intercontinental title and throws it into the air as he and Azeez celebrate while Owens is ahead of them. The camera surprises Sami backstage with Kayla, showing Owens in pain on the TV screen, mocking him. Azeez and Crews celebrate their victory and go up the ramp as we see Sami backstage mocking Owens again.
– Still to come, the crown of King Baron Corbin will be at stake. Back to commercial.
The show is coming back from publicity with a backstage segment already ending. Maybe there was some kind of technical problem here? Kevin Owens squeezes his throat and steps back from Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce’s desk. Cole says Pearce made Owens official against Sami Zayn for Hell In a Cell.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. King Corbin – Battle for the Crown
Corbin opts for chokeslam but Nakamura stuns him. Nakamura waits in the corner again and this time delivers Kinshasa for the pin to win the crown.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
After the match, the music blasts as Nakamura stands and celebrates. Hamilton announces him as the only true King in WWE. Nakamura backs up the ramp while Boogs does the same, playing the Nakamura theme on his guitar. We move on to replays as a disappointed Corbin recovers in the ring. Nakamura walks up to the stage and takes a seat on Corbin’s throne. Boogs takes the crown and places it on Nakamura’s head as fans cheer them on. Corbin is apparently crying now as Boogs and Nakamura continue their celebration.
– Bianca Belair is seen walking backstage, swinging her hair. She will then face Bayley. Back to commercial.
Back from the break, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair for her pre-Hell In a Cell face-to-face with Bayley. We see how Belair and Cesaro crashed last week “Ding Dong, Hello!” segment with Bayley and Seth Rollins last week. Belair continues on Bayley and how she will retain her title at Hell In a Cell this Sunday. Belair calls Bayley into the ring for their Face-Off, but Bayley does not show up.
Belair says Bayley’s games almost work because it’s hard when someone is laughing at you. Belair said she almost felt like this little girl who was back with her bullies, trying to make her feel less than, when in reality she was so much more than they could ever be. It made her question herself, but she is no longer that little child. She doesn’t let what you think of her define her, including what Bayley thinks. Belair continues on how she fought to get to where she is, so now she’s loud, proud and unapologetic to me. Belair wanted to say it in Bayley’s face but here it is – Sunday I don’t just want you in the ring, I want you inside Hell In a Cell. Fans jump to Belair’s challenge. Belair goes on to say that Bayley won’t laugh when she drags her around the cell.
Belair continues his promotion until the music stops and Bayley comes out. Bayley enters the ring and swings. They are starting to fight now. Bayley kicks Belair in the stomach and goes to throw her to the ground but Belair throws her instead. Belair sends Bayley to the announcers table and she goes downstairs. Belair then throws Bayley over the ring fence, but Bayley clings to his hair. Bayley uses the hair to pull Belair into the barrier. Bayley returns over the barrier and works Belair, bringing him back into the ring. Bayley charges with a bullet in the face as fans boo her. Bayley then drops Belair with the Rose Plans in the middle of the ring. Bayley grabs the SmackDown women’s title and lifts it up in the air as fans boo her. She rises above Belair as the music hits. Bayley’s face once again takes over the screens of the ThunderDome.
We get a video showing the recent issues between The Usos and Roman Reigns. Reigns is now in his locker room with Paul Heyman. Jimmy Uso enters and Reigns stands up. They greet. Jimmy thought about what Reigns said last week about representing family and being your best. He says Reigns was right. He might not agree with everything Reigns says or does, but it’s blood, family. Reigns asks where Jey Uso is. Jimmy hasn’t heard from Jey all week. He tried to call and text, drop by his house, and nothing. Jimmy says if Reigns needs his help tonight, he’ll be there. Reigns says no, he needs Jimmy to find his brother. Reigns needs Jey. Reigns says Jimmy needs Jey and their family is better off when it’s over. Reigns tells Jimmy not to worry about tonight because it’s business as usual, just do him a favor and find out where Jey is. Jimmy leaves.
Otis vs. Angelo Dawkins
Gable holds Dawkins while Otis leads the ring twice, then delivers a huge clothesline, which knocks Dawkins into a large double-team German suplex of Otis. It brings Dawkins out of the ring. Otis and Gable stand in the ring as officials check on Dawkins at ringside. We go to replays.
Otis looks at Dawkins before going out with Gable. Officials continue to deal with Dawkins at ringside.
We receive a video sponsored by Pizza Hut showing recent events between Cesaro and Seth Rollins. Cesaro is now behind the scenes with Kayla Braxton. She asks if the rivalry with Rollins has gone far. He thinks it hasn’t gone far enough. He says Rollins hits him on the head and puts him on a stretcher. WWE is Cesaro’s live stream and he loves what he does, and he’s worked hard for a very long time to get to where he is at. Rollins tried to take it away from him. Rollins interrupts.
Rollins confirms that they have a game for Sunday and that there is no reason to fight now. He is a professional and he came to discuss. Rollins asks Kayla to leave. Rollins explains that Cesaro doesn’t deserve a single ounce of respect, but this Sunday he’s going to show Cesaro and everyone like him what he deserves when he puts Cesaro back in his place. The fans in the boo arena. Cesaro didn’t think Rollins had it in him – to be a professional, to come here and face him man to man. Cesaro respects that, respects what Rollins said, and respects Rollins as a competitor. Cesaro gets up and pushes Rollins into his chair, saying he will see him on Sunday. Cesaro walks away as Rollins jumps to his feet, seething.
Roman Reigns (C) vs. Rey Mysterio – Universal Championship (Hell In a Cell Match)
Reigns powerbombs Rey on the steel side, then finishes him off with a reverse guillotine for victory.
Winner: Roman Reigns
After the match, Jimmy Uso comes out and raises his hand. Rey Mysterio struggles to stand up and Roman looks frustrated. He choked her again and yelled at her, telling her to never question her decisions as SmackDown ceases to air.