Surprise Returns, Cesaro Beats Up Roman Reigns – Best Moments from Throwback Edition of WWE SmackDown

Published 05/08/2021, 1:42 AM EDT

WWE presented the Throwback Edition of SmackDown as part of the Throwback week on Fox. The show didn’t just have exciting matches, but it also had some terrific backstage moments. Today, we will check out the best moments from this week’s edition of WWE SmackDown.


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A new #1 contender for the Universal Championship

TOKYO,JAPAN – JUNE 29: Cesaro and Ricochet compete during the WWE Live Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan on June 29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Cesaro and Seth Rollins met in a WrestleMania rematch on this week’s SmackDown. The match was just another rematch, until former SmackDown GM Teddy Long added huge stakes to the match!


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The WWE Hall of Famer announced that if Cesaro beat Rollins, then he would get a shot at the Universal title at WrestleMania BackLash.

Shockingly, the ‘Swiss Cyborg’ won convincingly with a Gotch Neutralizer on Seth Rollins. Despite Reigns’ attempts to avoid him, Cesaro somehow made his way and got the match he wanted with Roman Reigns.

Jimmy Uso returns from injury on WWE SmackDown

Jimmy Uso made a huge return from a knee injury after a long hiatus of over a year! He injured himself in the Fatal 4-Way Tag Team match at WrestleMania 36 last year.

He returned and embraced with his brother, and cousin. However, he hasn’t acknowledged Roman as Jey Uso has. Let’s see how the program blossoms in the weeks to come.

Jimmy Uso explained he doesn’t feel like acknowledging Roman Reigns. Despite several warnings from the ‘Tribal Chief,’ Jimmy seemed unfazed and left the ring, suggesting he was only open to get back with his brother as The Usos.

Bayley levels Bianca Belair

Bayley cut an impressive promo, paying tribute to the greatest Women’s Champions in WWE history. It wasn’t a babyface promo talking all good things about the legends. Instead, she highlighted their achievements, and then talked about how her accomplishments are way better.

The ‘Role Model’ then talked about Bianca Belair and even called her naive. Belair wasn’t going to listen for long, as she came out and confronted Bayley.

The former Champ laughed like crazy before attempting a takedown. Bianca Belair fought back but eventually succumbed to Bayley’s attack.

The bad guys win 10-man main event on WWE SmackDown!

WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long booked a 10-man tag team main event on SmackDown this week. The team of Apollo Crews, King Corbin, Sami Zayn, Chad Gable and Otis took on Big E, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, and The Street Profits! It seemed like the good guys would win, but things changed at the last moment.

Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn were the two legal men in the ring. Complete chaos broke lose outside as Superstars took each other out with power moves.

Nakamura did not see a quick tag from Zayn to Corbin. He connected Zayn with a Kinshasa, but he wasn’t the legal man. Corbin took advantage and hit him with a End of Days to pick up the W.

Cesaro lays waste to Roman Reigns and his family to end WWE SmackDown

Roman Reigns came out with Jey Uso and Paul Heyman to get some answers from the newly returned Jimmy Uso. After all the drama between the cousins, Jimmy left the ring instead of acknowledging the ‘Head of the Table.’ Jey Uso went behind him and asked him to get in and acknowledge him.

While both The Usos were outside the ring, new #1 contender Cesaro jumped Roman Reigns from behind. Jimmy stopped Jey from going for the save, but Jey still went ahead. Cesaro then turned attention to Jey Uso and stomped him in the corner. Jimmy came in for his brother’s save but got caught with an Pop-Up European Uppercut.





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The ‘Swiss Cyborg’ then hit a Neutralizer on Jey Uso. But this wasn’t the end. He picked up Roman Reigns and delivered a Neutralizer to him as well! Roman and his cousins laid inside the ring, as Cesaro stood tall to end the show.


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Were there any other moments that we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below!



Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.