• Universal Title Match Set For WrestleMania Backlash
Tonight’s Throwback Edition of SmackDown kicked off with Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Jey Uso coming out.
Reigns talked about ending Daniel Bryan’s SmackDown career on last week’s show and also did a 10-bell salute for Bryan’s dead career (with Heyman making the bell sound).
Reigns then introduced Bryan’s replacement on the blue brand – the returning Jimmy Uso.
Jimmy was out of action since WrestleMania 36 due to a knee injury.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 8, 2021
Cesaro then interrupted them and said no one can replace Bryan and he then got attacked by Seth Rollins from behind.
WWE Hall Of Famer Teddy Long then came out and said WWE Official Adam Pearce has given him power to make decisions tonight.
Teddy announced that if Cesaro beats Rollins tonight, he’ll go on to challenge Reigns for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania Backlash.
— WWE (@WWE) May 8, 2021
Cesaro defeated Rollins, and Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro for the Universal Championship will now take place at WrestleMania Backlash.
This is going to be Cesaro’s first ever one-on-one World Title match.
In a backstage segment, Rollins got angry at The Usos costing him his match against Cesaro. Reigns told Rollins he lost so he screwed himself over and now he himself will deal with Cesaro.
Rollins told Reigns he must deal with Jimmy Uso, or else he will.
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• Old School WWF Legend Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 65th birthday of Old School WWF Legend “The Mighty” Hercules Hernandez (Real name: Raymond Fernandez).
After touring various NWA territories during the early 80s, Hercules Hernandez joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1985 and left in 1992.
During his time in the WWF, Hercules had various managers such as “Classy” Freddie Blassie, Slick and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
In 1990 and 1991, he teamed up with Paul Roma as “Power and Glory”.
Hercules has yet to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame, where he belongs without a shadow of a doubt.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE
May 7, 1956 – March 6, 2004