WWE SmackDown advertised a confrontation between Roman Reigns and the Mysterios ahead of WWE Hell in a Cell 2021, Kevin Owens and Big E vs. Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn and Seth Rollins appearing as a guest on Bayley’s “Ding Dong, Hello!”
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’s Shark Tank
WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership this past Friday: 5,918,013 (Up from 5,402,308)
- Most-Viewed: Roman Reigns Destroys The Usos (1,765,039 views)
- Least-Viewed: Apollo Crews Calls out Kevin Owens (172,494 views)
- Median Viewership: 372,647
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results—Friday, June 11, 2021
Opening Segment Featuring Jimmy Uso
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Jimmy Uso has arguably been the best performer in WWE since he returned. The fact that WWE is so set against Jimmy Uso challenging Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship inside Hell in a Cell illustrates just how inept the promotion has become in telling stories.
Kevin Owens and Big E def. Sami Zayn and Apollo Crews
I was hoping we’d get a self-aware, smart-aleck remark from Big E about starting a feud with the recently departed Aleister Black.
Poor Sami Zayn was blamed and will be replaced in next week’s tag team rematch of sorts, which will see Commander Azeez in Zayn’s place.
Carmella def. Liv Morgan
A cameraman tripped during this match and Pat McAfee covered for it brilliantly while putting over Carmella.
It initially seemed like WWE was building up Carmella for something, but this was just more 50/50 booking so, by design, I do not care about either of these women until further notice.
Carmella cares more about being the most beautiful woman in WWE than winning matches.
Seth Rollins Appears on “Ding Dong, Hello!”
Seth Rollins and Bayley did everything they could to get viewers to change the channel with their laughter.
When the doorbell rang a second time, it was obviously going to be a babyface, but I was hoping for some type of swerve like Postmates.
Bianca Belair’s fake laughter is so much 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 landing in oblivion.
As much as I’m getting burnt out on outside interference finishes, it was really cool to see Otis look like a monster both backstage and ringside.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Baron Corbin
Why wasn’t Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin just a Best of Seven for the crown?
Michael Cole threw major shade against Baron Corbin when he compared Corbin fumbling his crown to the way he “fumbles the football.” Corbin was a former offensive lineman (they almost never touch the ball), and Pat McAfee did not let Cole get away with it.
Rey Mysterio Calls Out Roman Reigns
It’s great to see Roman Reigns feud with a fully formed character who can promo, like Rey Mysterio, instead of the Cesaro’s of the world.
Jimmy Uso does such a great job acting the way men act when they’re about to fight. Backstage arguments are often overdone to cartoonish proportions, but Jimmy Uso felt like a powder keg waiting to explode.
Roman Reigns spent half of this main event walking to the ring.
The Reigns-Usos storyline has been good enough to replace WWE Main Event as an hourlong soap opera.