WWE SmackDown Results August 27: Balor challenges Reigns


Following the newsworthy SummerSlam event last Saturday. Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar made their returns after a long absence at the event. Lynch returned and defeated Bianca Belair to win the SmackDown Women’s Title, and Lesnar returned and confronted Roman Reigns.

WWE has advertised that the new SmackDown Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, will appear tonight. Reigns will have a Championship Celebration after defeating John Cena. And King Nakamura will team with Rick Boogs to face Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler.

WWE SmackDown Results August 27, 2021

SmackDown opens with a recap video of the SmackDown Women’s Championship segment and match from SummerSlam. It featured Becky Lynch’s return and quick SmackDown Women’s Title win. We’re live from Little Rock, Ark. Corey Graves and Kevin Owens join Michael Cole as Pat McAfee is at home with COVID-19.

The new SmackDown Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, makes her way to the ring after the introduction.  The fans immediately chant for Becky. She says it is good to be back and good to be back on top. She explains that she missed the WWE Universe.

Becky goes into details about her road back to the ring after her time away. She then says she’s sorry for absolutely nothing for what happened at SummerSlam. Lynch says it was all about timing and the right opportunity.

Bianca Belair then makes her way to the ring. The fans chant ‘EST’ for Bianca. Belair says she’s not happy with what went down at SummerSlam. She says she’s been here for too long and working too hard to lose her title within a matter of seconds. Bianca then challenges Becky to a rematch.

Zelina Vega then makes her way out. Zelina wants the title opportunity. Carmella then makes her way out. “listen up fives, a ten is speaking” a play out of Scarlett’s book there. Liv Morgan then appears after a number of weeks absent.

Morgan wants to also challenge Becky for her title. Bianca gets back involved and sets her offer out again, but Becky declines and leaves. Bianca then attacks Zelina, and Liv sends Carmella out of the ring. Liv stands tall at the end of the opening segment.

We return from the commercial with a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match.

Bianca Belair vs. Zelina Vega vs. Carmella vs. Liv Morgan – the winner is in line for a shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship

Bianca delivers a KOD to first eliminate Zelina Vega. That’s now 11 months since Vega has won a match. Carmella is next eliminated by Liv Morgan. It’s great to see Liv back after an unexplained absence.

Carmella took out Bianca and Morgan after she was eliminated. Liv and Bianca exchange a number of near falls. A real impressive performance by Liv Morgan. The fans chant ‘This is awesome!’. At the end of the match, Bianca delivers a KOD to earn her shot a Becky Lynch.

Winner: Bianca Belair becomes the new No.1 contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship 

Backstage, Kayla Braxton catches up with Paul Heyman. She asks about Brock Lesnar’s return and where Heyman stands. Heyman says it is with his ‘Tribal Chief’ Roman Reigns. Heyman tries to access Reigns’ locker room but the door is locked.

A recap video is shown of the Roman Reigns vs. John Cena Universal Championship match at SummerSlam and Brock Lesnar’s return. Tonight’s celebration is now a ‘Family Celebration’ instead of a ‘Championship Celebration’.

We return backstage and Paul Heyman is still stuck outside of Reigns’ locker room. Heyman tries again but The Usos emerge. The Uso’s say that Roman isn’t here yet. The Usos then ask Heyman if he knew Brock was going to be at SummerSlam. Heyman denies it. The Usos don’t seem to believe him and retreat back to the locker room, locking Heyman out again.

Chad Gable w/ Otis vs. Cesaro

The match ends in a disqualification, as Otis interferes in the match attacking Cesaro mid-way through. Otis and Gable continue their attack. Otis then delivers a splash from the top rope as the Alpha Academy celebrate.

Winner: Cesaro by disqualification

Backstage, Kayla Braxton is in the parking lot awaiting the arrival of the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. Baron Corbin turns up instead in a suit and looking like a new man. Corbin is filthy rich after a successful week in Las Vegas, which he posted all over social media.

Corbin makes his way to the ring with some new entrance dance music. The Titantron also has ‘Winner!’ all over it following his success in Las Vegas. The announcer introduces him as ‘Happy’ Baron Corbin. What a turnaround. Corbin gloats and says after weeks of hitting rock bottom he looks incredible.

He points to the screen to show a video package of his last few weeks and time in Vegas. He says he has deserved it and gloats even more. Corbin reiterates that he is happy. Corbin then asks Big E to come on out. Big E makes his way to the ring. Corbin offers to buy the Money in the Bank briefcase. He offers $20,000. Big E says no. Corbin raises it to $50,000. Big E still says no.

Baron makes a final offer of $100,000. E thinks about it for a moment and says his answer is ‘Hell no!’. Big E says he’s done with games and says Corbin better leave or else. Corbin leaves and gloats to the WWE Universe at ringside. He’s a very happy and wealthy man.

A recap video is shown of Edge vs. Seth Rollins from SummerSlam. A video is shown from earlier today with Edge speaking into the camera. Edge talks about going to a dark place for the match. Edge says he’s moving on and has his eyes on the Universal Championship.

Backstage, Seth Rollins also talks to the camera. Rollins wishes Edge congratulations. Rollins says Edge earned his respect and he admires him. Rollins says if he wants to fight his way back to the Universal Championship he needs to be a little more like Edge.

Backstage, Roman Reigns is walking through the halls. He sees Paul Heyman outside of his locker room. Reigns asks what he is doing. Heyman opens the door and apologies for not opening the door for him. Reigns then invites Heyman in.

WWE Intercontinental Champion King Nakamura & Rick Boogs vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

Midway through the match, they cut to a promo from Apollo Crews. Can’t say I am a big fan of these when there’s action going on in the ring. Late in the match, Rick Boogs once again impresses and picks up the win. Boogs then gets his guitar and gets ready to play with King Nakamura in the ring.

Winners: Rick Boogs and Intercontinental Champion, King Nakamura

Backstage, Sonya Deville is texting on her phone. Naomi appears and says she’s excited to be back on SmackDown again. Deville says she didn’t know Naomi was coming to SmackDown. Deville continues texting and says she’s going to go away and think about it.

Backstage, Rey Mysterio is talking with Dominik. Rey says he needs to step back and let Dominik fly on his own. Rey says it is time for Dominik to do good on his own. Rey says he has got Dominik a match booked tonight. The match is up next.

Dominik Mysterio vs. Sami Zayn

Rey is man of his word. Dominik is out fighting the match alone. Dominik looks extremely impressive. He goes for 619, but Zayn moves of the way and Dominik falls out of the ring and hits the floor hard. Rey then makes his way down to the ring with Dominik looking hurt.

Zayn is in control as we return from commercial break. Late in the match, Zayn hits the Helluva kick to pick up the victory. Dominik looked impressive. Rey looks distraught. Rey helps Dominik up but Dominik doesn’t want Rey’s help.

Backstage, The Bloodline are ready to make their entrance for the ‘Family Celebration’. Reigns tells Heyman he’s family and wants him out in the ring with him and The Usos. Heyman looks on edge.

The Bloodline make their way to the ring. Roman initially seems lost for words. Reigns hands over the microphone to Paul Heyman to allow the WWE Universe to acknowledge Reigns. He then does the same for the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The Usos. Heyman then discusses Reigns’ SummerSlam win.

Finn Balor’s music then hits and he makes his way out. Balor says Roman knows Cena stole his opportunity at SummerSlam for the Universal Championship. Balor says he will deal with Cena in time. Balor challenges Roman to a match for the Universal Title next week on SmackDown.

Balor starts attacking Reigns, before The Usos jump in. Balor gets some backup in the form of Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins. The show goes off the air wondering if Reigns will accept Balor’s challenge.

Final thoughts

A thoroughly entertaining episode that advanced a lot of storylines and also gave a lot of people an opportunity to appear. Toni Storm, who hasn’t been seen since her main roster debut, was again absent. Brock Lesnar did not appear either. A good job from SmackDown this week, and delighted they left it on a cliffhanger to see if Reigns would accept Balor’s challenge.

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