This week’s episode of SmackDown continued the build to SummerSlam 2021 with an action-packed show. While there were a few issues that Best & Worst would point out, the overall tempo of the performance was light and simple to follow.
Important storylines were highlighted, and SmackDown appears to be adhering to the “less is more” philosophy. With that in mind, here’s what WWE gently told us this week on SmackDown.
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SmackDown begins with a John Cena promo, same like last week. He continued to slam Roman Reigns and delivered some witty and not-so-witty retorts.
Baron Corbin, who has been one of SmackDown’s recent highlights, got in the way, and John Cena didn’t even know him. Corbin didn’t realize it was his SummerSlam 2017 opponent until he got closer. He didn’t want to kick a man down when he was down, so he gave Corbin the money he had in his pocket.
Before earning an Attitude Adjustment, Corbin criticized John Cena for giving him so little, labeling him a “low life.”
While we initially anticipated that Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor would take place on SmackDown, WWE stated that a contract signing would be held to make the bout official for SummerSlam. When Roman Reigns sat next to Finn Balor, he made it clear that he respected him more than John Cena.
Finally, Roman Reigns stated that he would be thrilled to beat up on Finn Balor at SummerSlam and signed the contract. When Finn Balor was threatened with being sent back to NXT from SmackDown, The Prince simply stated that he would be delighted to return to the black and gold brand as the Universal Champion once more.
However, just as he was ready to sign the document, Baron Corbin appeared and attacked him. While Roman Reigns looked perplexed, John Cena stepped in for the save and wrote his name on the deal.
Backstage on SmackDown, a furious Paul Heyman demanded to know how it was even legal to book Reigns vs Cena when Finn Balor’s name was on the bonded contract. The match was deemed official after Adam Pearce clarified that a signature was sufficient for him.
Meanwhile, the match between Finn Balor and Baron Corbin has been set for next week. Not only has Corbin’s face turn been scrapped, but Finn Balor’s Universal Title shot may have to wait another month.