0 of 7Credit: WWE.comThe February 19 version of Friday Night SmackDown was the ultimate present earlier than WWE Elimination Chamber 2021, and that made it one of many extra necessary nights on the Road to WrestleMania 37.In the primary occasion, the six males who would struggle contained in the Elimination Chamber to earn a shot at Roman Reigns would battle. Kevin Owens teamed up with Daniel Bryan and Cesaro to struggle Jey Uso, King Corbin and Sami Zayn.Edge needed to make an announcement earlier than Elimination Chamber, and he introduced he would open SmackDown. With two Elimination Chamber matches figuring out the longer term champions of pink and blue manufacturers, The Rated-R Superstar had a significant choice to make.Bayley invited Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler for the second-ever version of “Ding Dong, Hello!” The WWE ladies’s tag workforce champions had many future challengers, together with Lana and Naomi in addition to Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez, however SmackDown’s Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks additionally had a beef with the champions.This present had work to do in increase WWE Elimination Chamber. Everyone was positive to have their eyes on this large evening.1 of 7Credit: WWE.comEdge talked about his future at WWE WrestleMania and the selection he nonetheless has to make. Roman Reigns interrupted to clarify that he was the primary occasion and deserved to be the primary occasion. As The Rated-R Superstar and The Head of the Table obtained shut, Sami Zayn arrived.The Master Strategist refused to be disrespected, solely to take a superkick from Jey Uso. Reigns walked as much as Edge and whispered in his ear earlier than strolling away.Backstage, Edge caught up with Kevin Owens, displaying his respect to KO for persevering with to struggle exhausting. He instructed Owens he was rooting for him. King Corbin tried to inform Edge to maintain out of his kingdom, however The Rated-R Superstar was not impressed.The Rated-R Superstar put over Cesaro after The Swiss Cyborg’s interview speaking about Seth Rollins. Daniel Bryan requested Edge to decide on him if The Planet’s Champion defeated Reigns on Sunday.           GradeB            EvaluationEdge continues to tease a choice with out delivering. However, this labored as a result of it was extra about Reigns making an attempt to persuade The Rated-R Superstar to decide on him. The two had been really intense going through off, promoting the seemingly WrestleMania dynamic.Zayn is entertaining each outing. However, it made little sense for him to get entangled within the phase. He had a tag workforce match later within the evening and wouldn’t have needed to get injured. Playing his hand early served no goal to his technique for WWE Elimination Chamber.2 of sevenBig E joined commentary on his personal sofa, complaining about Apollo Crews demanding one other shot. Crews ruined the WWE intercontinental champion’s TV dinner by throwing Shinsuke Nakamura into the champ. This almost set off Big E, however he managed to calm himself and proceed his foot soak.Crews thought he had The Artist’s quantity, however Nakamura caught the younger star in a small package deal to win. Afterward, Crews misplaced it, attacking The Artist. Big E obtained in the best way, however that solely satisfied Crews to assault Big E, together with dropping metal steps from the ring to the ground onto the champion.The intercontinental champion needed to be stretchered out of the ring as a result of assault.          OutcomeNakamura def. Crews by pinfall.           GradeB            EvaluationCrews vs. Nakamura was a superb match with restricted story behind it. While The Artist nonetheless seemed to be working at a better stage, he didn’t click on with Crews on the similar stage as he has different latest opponents. However, this was in the end in regards to the aftermath.Crews’ brutal assault of Big E was particular. It felt like a turning level the place his character was lastly realized. Big E set him off by telling him to “return to catering”, and it’s clear that Crews is completed taking part in within the background. He lastly feels able to dethrone Big E.3 of sevenSeth Rollins arrived as Big E was being stretchered to the again. He sympathized with Big E’s ache and betrayal. He needed everybody to simply accept his imaginative and prescient, lodging a proper authorized grievance towards WWE for ruining his return.He notably warned Cesaro that he would really feel the wrath of The Messiah each time he stepped into a hoop.           GradeB+            EvaluationRollins has completely nailed his position because the cocky cult chief since his evolution, and it’s fascinating to observe his evolution. His rhetoric is harking back to televangelists and even the forty fifth president. It works very well now that he has no assist to again him up. It sells his delusion.It is nice to see that WWE is absolutely embracing a rivalry between Rollins and Cesaro. The two could be nice collectively, and this is a chance to maintain The Swiss Cyborg a significant drive on SmackDown after seemingly dropping within the Elimination Chamber.4 of sevenTamina appeared dominant all through on this contest, however The Riott Squad managed to isolate Natalya, almost taking the win. Billie Kay arrived to supply the distraction that arrange Liv Morgan to stroll right into a spin-out facet slam by Tamina to win.Natalya and Tamina took out Kay after the match to clarify they weren’t searching for a 3rd member.          OutcomeTamina and Natalya def. Riott Squad by pinfall.           GradeD-            EvaluationThis was an unpleasant match from the outset. It was solely a pair minutes lengthy, however Tamina didn’t appear to be working on the similar tempo as Morgan. Natalya was clearly speeding with the restricted time, and the Kay look was so frustratingly telegraphed.Kay is entertaining. The Riott Squad could be a strong tag workforce for WWE. However, this story isn’t working. It is time to seek out another person for Kay to work with. Natalya and Tamina do not precisely lower it.5 of sevenBayley launched her company Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. The WWE ladies’s tag workforce champions instantly began trash speaking Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair, which surprisingly despatched Reginald to the ring. He spoke up for each The Boss and The EST as higher than the tag workforce champions.Banks arrived to remind Reginald she may converse for herself, and Belair took exception to Reginald and Banks’ feedback about her. Reggie satisfied them to work collectively, organising a shock six-man tag workforce match.After the heels remoted Banks to beat her down, Reginald needed to tag in. Against The Irresistible Force, Reginald couldn’t make a dent till The Boss and The EST dropkicked Reginald on prime of Jax to take a shock pinfall.Carmella questioned Reginald, telling her sommelier to do the correct factor. She yelled at him for giving her a foul glass of wine.          OutcomeReginald, Banks and Belair def. Jax, Baszler and Bayley by pinfall.           GradeC+            EvaluationThis was an odd phase, particularly due to the involvement of Reginald. In only a couple months, he has gone from assist for Carmella to an odd infatuation with Banks. It made no sense for him to get entangled with out The Untouchable One inserting herself within the motion.WWE has averted intergender matches virtually totally in WWE, but Reginald is simply thrown into random ladies’s matches. This would make sense in different wrestling promotions, however WWE has seemingly arrange a divide that it’s breaking with out clarification.Bayley was the most effective a part of all of this. She makes each inch of her speak present set work. She bought the madness together with her frustration.6 of sevenAs Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode watched on commentary with solo cups, this seemed to be a pleasant competitors between two growing groups till Otis snapped. He attacked Rey Mysterio till the referee referred to as for the bell.Chad Gable inspired the aggression, organising Otis to hit a diving splash on Rey with Dominik Mysterio already out of the best way. Dominik had to assist his father to the again, wheezing in ache.          OutcomeRey and Dominik def. Alpha Academy by disqualification.           GradeC+            EvaluationThis may have been executed higher, particularly with extra time, however it served its goal. Gable and Otis haven’t absolutely labored thus far. The purpose was as a result of it was unclear the place it was going. Gable simply appeared to be headed for a beatdown when Otis noticed by him.Instead, it has moved in a extra attention-grabbing path. Otis is really studying from Gable. He’s clearly in higher form. Now, his angle is evolving as effectively. The two could be a good tag workforce if the 2 can work in sync, and that provides an attention-grabbing workforce to the division.It is a disgrace although that Heavy Machinery was damaged up simply in order that Otis may workforce with Gable as a substitute. Tucker has roughly been discarded.7 of 7Just earlier than the match, Daniel Bryan and Cesaro questioned whether or not Kevin Owens would activate them like he had all his previous companions. Edge joined commentary to scout the potential competitors.Cesaro confirmed off early, swinging Sami Zayn and King Corbin for minutes. Jey Uso grabbed The Swiss Cyborg and threw him over the announce desk. Paul Heyman arrived to affix commentary to trip with The Rated-R Superstar.The Master Strategist gladly talked trash as Cesaro obtained beat down however was silenced by the recent tag from Daniel Bryan. Kevin Owens slipped exterior to take out Corbin with a cannonball off the apron.Zayn hit a Blue Thunder Bomb then went to the highest rope. However, that was The Master Strategist’s final mistake. Bryan caught him with a superplex unto the Yes Lock for a fast faucet out by Zayn to protect his well being.Everyone within the match went after one another after the bell till Uso speared Edge adopted by Reigns catching The Rated-R Superstar with a Spear of his personal.          OutcomeBryan, Cesaro and Owens def. Zayn, Corbin and Uso by pinfall.           GradeC+            EvaluationThis was removed from the extent of influence that we obtained on Monday Night Raw with the gauntlet match. However, he was a strong match due to Cesaro. He did the heavy-lifting on this contest bodily, displaying out in a giant approach, earlier than the others obtained within the large moments on the finish.The motion did look slightly too choreographed at occasions, particularly given the wrestlers concerned. It all constructed to Bryan gaining some momentum that was instantly overshadowed by Edge and Reigns constructing their rivalry previous the wrestlers within the Elimination Chamber.While WWE ought to be constructing towards WrestleMania, it was a mistake to let the go-home present finish with a second that was not in regards to the rapid pay-per-view. This makes all of it too clear that Reigns will retain.