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Title Challengers Emerge On SmackDown. Tag Titles Defended.

April 17th, 2021

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New title challengers stepping up on last night’s SmackDown.

Cesaro made it clear he wants a shot at Universal Champion Roman Reigns. He confronted Reigns at the top of the show. Later, Cesaro also beat Jey Uso in the main event - but it was a DQ victory after Seth Rollins got involved.

Also last night, Bayley stated that she wants to be the first to challenge the new SmackDown Women’s Champ Bianca Belair.

Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode are STILL the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. They fought off a challenge from the Street Profits last night. Ziggler pinned Montez Ford with the Zig Zag.

Natalya used a rollup to pin one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Champs Shayna Baszler.

In a WrestleMania rematch last night...Kevin Owens beat Sami Zayn via countout. Zayn was on the run and looking for the countout for much of the match.

Rey Mysterio surprised Otis with a crucifix to get the pin and the win..

The former Dabba-Kato is now being called Commander Azeez - after he joined up with Apollo Crews.

Last night was the first for Pat McAfee as a regular member of the SmackDown announce team - alongside Michael Cole.

Speaking earlier in the day, McAfee sounded humbled by the new gig.

(McAfee SmackDown Commentary Job)

That clip from Friday’s episode of The Pat McAfee Show.

McAfee indicated this whole deal came together within the last few weeks.

TWO matches announced Friday for this Monday’s Raw - Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair...and, for the first time ever, Randy Orton vs. Braun Strowman..

WWE also announced a match for Tuesday’s NXT - Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight.


A big match announced for next Wednesday’s Dynamite. Darby Allin will defend the TNT Championship for a third straight week...against Jungle Boy.

(STINGER: New Japan)

On last night’s New Japan Strong...the semifinal matches in the U.S. version of the New Japan Cup tournament.

FILTHY Tom Lawlor caught Hikuleo in a small package to get the win.

In the main event, Brody King beat LIo Rush.

So, next week it’s King vs. Lawlor in the final of the New Japan Cup USA tournament. The winner will also be the first to hold the Strong Openweight Championship.

Back in Japan, things are starting to pick up on the Road To Wrestling Dontaku. There’s a show Sunday headlined by Tetsuya Naito & SANADA vs. Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare…

Monday’s show has THREE singles matches on top of the card - KENTA vs. YOSHI-HASHI...Hirooki Goto vs. Taiji Ishimori...and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yujiro Takahashi. That’s a preview of the NEVER 6-Man Title match on Tuesday’s show.


Ring Of Honor is promising a big announcement regarding its women’s division on Tuesday’s episode of its “Week By Week” YouTube show.

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