WWE Smackdown results and highlights: 9 July 2021

There were huge ramifications for the upcoming Money in the Bank event stemming from Smackdown on Friday 9 July 2021.


Smackdown kicked off with the return of Roman Reigns who opened the show in the ring at the Thunderdome.

Reigns set out to dispell the notion that he feared Edge and that The Ultimate Opportunist was in his head. Going on to address his absence last week during Jimmy Uso’s ordeal with The Rated-R Superstar, Reigns revealed that he had been busy doing what Jimmy couldn’t – namely bringing Jey Uso back. With Jey’s return, Reigns proposed that the three of them could do anything together, including making The Usos the SmackDown Tag Team Champions.

The Head of the Table has unfinished business with the Mysterios and Edge but has he unwittingly forged an alliance between his enemies?

WWE Smackdown results – Friday 9 July 2021

King Nakamura def. Baron Corbin in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match

Despite Baron Corbin’s outrage over Nakamura and Rick Boogs arriving at the arena in his repossessed SUV, that they bought cheap at an auction, the despondent former monarch fell short again. The King of Strong Style hit The Kinshasa for the win to earn his place in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

Shotzi and Tegan Nox def. Natalya and Tamina in their SmackDown debut match

Exciting new tag team Shotzi & Nox made their SmackDown debut with a huge victory over WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina after Shotzi went airborne to level Natalya with The Ball Pit.

Liv Morgan is in Money in the Bank

Sonya Deville came out to address Bayley’s injury and its ramifications for the upcoming Money in the Bank event.

Bayley had been set to challenge Bianca Belair for the Smackdown Women’s Championship in an I Quit Match at Money in The Bank. Deville announced that Carmella would replace Bayley in the title match which brought an enraged Liv Morgan to the ring. Morgan owns a string of victories over ‘Mella and was irked at her being given the opportunity. Deville quickly shut Morgan down, letting her know that she was going to replace Carmella in the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

Seth Rollins def. Cesaro in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match

In an extremely brutal showdown between longstanding adversaries, Seth Rollins bested The Swiss Superman with an earth-shattering stomp to qualify to become the final combatant in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

Edge and the reemerging Mysterios took down Roman Reigns and The Usos 

In the final moments of SmackDown, Edge called out Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Despite an earlier order from The Head of the Table, The Usos soon emerged to back him up.

After Edge and Reigns began to square off, Jimmy and Jey Uso climbed the apron and were quickly met with the surprise reemergence of SmackDown Tag Team Champions Rey & Dominik Mysterio, armed with chairs. Although Reigns got away, he was forced to watch at the top of the ramp as Edge, assisted by The Mysterios, locked The Usos in painful submissions using a steel chair leg.

Smackdown airs on the WWE Channel on DStv (Channel 128) from 02:00 on every Saturday, it can also be streamed live on the WWE Network (Subscription required).