Edge returned on WWE SmackDown to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship, appearing on WWE programming for the first time since WrestleMania 37 where he suffered a double-pin loss to Roman Reigns in the main event.
WWE SmackDown advertised a State of the Universal Championship address, Big E vs. Apollo Crews in a Money in the Bank qualifying match and Bayley and Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro and Bianca Belair in mixed tag team action.
Last week’s broadcast of SmackDown, with Roman Reigns vs. Rey Mysterio inside Hell in a Cell, garnered 2.045 million viewers.
- June 18, 2021—2.045 million
- June 11, 2021—1.944 million
- June 4, 2021—1.883 million
- May 28, 2021—1.928 million
- May 21, 2021—1.933 million
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WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership this past Friday: 4,823,052 (Down from 6,521,299)
- Most-Viewed: Roman Reigns vs. Rey Mysterio (1,713,017 views)
- Least-Viewed: Relive Roman Reigns’ Attack on the Mysterios (159,331 views)
- Median Viewership: 324,038
WWE SmackDown Results—Friday, June 25, 2021
Opening Segment Featuring Roman Reigns and Jimmy Uso
Jimmy Uso is officially completely under Roman Reigns’ spell.
I love how WWE has a “Where’s Jey” cliffhanger storyline. Hopefully the payoff is good, but given how entertaining this storyline has been going, I have no reason to believe that it won’t be.
Bayley and Seth Rollins def. Cesaro and Bianca Belair
Twitter was begging for Bayley to take the Cesaro Swing but that ultimately didn’t end up happening.
Bayley vs. Bianca Belair has no business continuing after Hell in a Cell.
Shinsuke Nakamura Coronation Ceremony
Pat McAfee almost singlehandedly made this segment.
Kayla Braxton had to correct herself from calling Baron Corbin King Corbin, and for a brief second he almost seemed like a sympathetic figure.
Baron Corbin teased he was quitting, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing his list added to the names of WWE’s ongoing roster cuts.
Big E def. Apollo Crews—Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
This seems like an excuse for Big E to get his win back over Apollo without beating him for a title.
These two worked very hard and Big E is my official selection to win Money in the Bank. Not only do I think he’s going to win, but I think he should. Of all the stars in the match, he’ll be one of the least-likely to suffer from buyer’s remorse as was the case with Otis.
Liv Morgan def. Carmella
For whatever reason, Carmella did not have to wrestle a qualifying match to qualify for Money in the Bank. She simply got automatically inserted because she’s a “two-time Money in the Bank Winner.” So is Edge an automatic entry too?
WWE really loves gimmicks that require a special introduction from the ring announcer, and the latest is Carmella’s “most beautiful woman” gimmick.
Liv Morgan’s slap on Carmella was a “didn’t get all of it” candidate.
“Two-time Money in the Bank winner” is so misleading.
Jimmy Uso def. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler is a former Money in the Bank winner and has yet to be announced as a participant in this year’s Ladder Match. Maybe he needs to start calling himself the most beautiful man in WWE.
Jimmy Uso was like a child trying to impress his father and Roman Reigns, ever the master manipulator, played it off like he wasn’t impressed in order to keep Jimmy loyal and eager to please.
Edge Returns During Roman Reigns’ State of the Universal Championship Address
Edge was a heel last time we saw him, but he will have no trouble transitioning into a babyface role for this feud.
It looks like it’s going to be Edge vs. Roman Reigns at Money in the Bank (or on television at the last minute?) which would be great because then Edge couldn’t win a Money in the Bank in his 40’s.