Winners, news and notes for June 11, 2021

WWE SmackDown announced a confrontation between Roman Reigns and the Mysterios before WWE Hell in a Cell 2021, Kevin Owens and Big E against Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn and Seth Rollins appearing as guests on “Ding Dong, Hello!” Bayley

Last week’s broadcast of Friday Night SmackDown garnered 1.883 million viewers.

  • June 4, 2021: 1,883 million
  • May 28, 2021: 1,928 million
  • May 21, 2021: 1,933 million
  • May 14, 2021: 1,917 million
  • May 7, 2021: 2,282 million

WWE Friday Night SmackDown – Key Competition

  • NBA playoffs
  • ABC Shark Tank

WWE SmackDown Total viewers on YouTube last Friday: 5,918,013 (compared to 5,402,308)

  • Most viewed: Roman Reigns destroys the Usos (1,765,039 views)
  • Least Seen: Apollo Crews Calls Kevin Owens (172,494 views)
  • Average Audience: 372,647

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results: Friday, June 11, 2021

Opening segment with Jimmy Uso

Jimmy Uso has been arguably the best performer in WWE since he returned. The fact that WWE is so against Jimmy Uso challenging Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship within Hell in a Cell illustrates how inept the promotion has become for storytelling.

Kevin Owens and Big E def. Sami Zayn and Apollo Crews

I was hoping Big E would give us a know-it-all, self-conscious comment about starting a feud with the recently deceased Aleister Black.

Poor Sami Zayn was blamed and will be replaced in next week’s tag team rematch, which will see Commander Azeez in Zayn’s place.

Carmella def. Liv morgan

A cameraman tripped during this match and Pat McAfee covered him brilliantly while putting on Carmella.

Initially it seemed like WWE was preparing Carmella for something, but this was more of a 50/50 reserve, so by design I don’t care about any of these women until further notice.

Carmella cares more about being the most beautiful woman in WWE than winning matches.

Seth Rollins appears in “Ding Dong, Hello!”

Seth Rollins and Bayley did their best to get viewers to change channels with their laughter.

When the doorbell rang the second time, it was obviously going to be a baby face, but I was expecting some kind of detour like Postmates.

Bianca Belair’s fake laugh is way better than Bayley’s.

Montez Ford def. Chad Gable by disqualification

Otis looks so generic without a beard. You’d think Otis would learn his lesson alongside Chad Gable, who had to shave his wild mane before falling into oblivion.

As much as I’m burning with the external interference finishes, it was really cool to see Otis look like a monster both backstage and ringside.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Baron Corbin

Why Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Wasn’t Baron Corbin just a Best of Seven for the crown?

Michael Cole cast a huge shadow against Baron Corbin when he compared Corbin twisting his crown to the way he “fumbles the ball.” Corbin was a former offensive lineman (they hardly ever touch the ball), and Pat McAfee didn’t let Cole get away with it.

Rey Mysterio calls Roman Reigns

It’s great to see Roman Reigns fight a fully formed character that he can promote, like Rey Mysterio, instead of the Cesaro of the world.

Jimmy Uso does a great job of acting like men act when they are about to fight. Backstage discussions are often exaggerated to cartoonish proportions, but Jimmy Uso felt like a powder keg waiting to explode.

Roman Reigns spent half of this main event walking into the ring.

The Reigns-Usos story has been good enough to replace WWE’s Main Event as a one-hour soap opera.

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