July 16, 2021, episode of SmackDown was able to hit 2.185 million viewers, which is up from the 1.881 million viewers drawn the week prior. It was also the first SmackDown in front of a live audience in 70 weeks.
According to SpoilerTV
, Friday's SmackDown drew a 0.6 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic, which was tops for the evening a double of every other show.
As the action SmackDown comes before the live audience for the first time in a year and a half, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon kicks things off.
The episode featured Roman Reigns & The Usos defeating Edge, Rey Mysterio, & Dominik Mysterio in a Six-Man Tag Team Match. Plush, Finn Bálor returned to SmackDown and attacks Sami Zayn.
Elsewhere, Shotzi & Nox defeated WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina. Bianca Belair defeated Carmella in a SmackDown Women’s Championship Match. Seth Rollins defeaed Big E, Kevin Owens and King Nakamura in a Fatal 4-Way Match and more.
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