Friday night’s “WWE SmackDown” took an unexpected turn as backstage medical concerns caused last-minute changes to the show. Wrestling guru Dave Meltzer shed some light on the situation during the “Wrestling Observer Radio” show, revealing the surprising details.
One of the unexpected additions to the show was the match between Charlotte Flair and IYO SKY, which was put together hastily to fill in the gaps left by the changes. Meltzer explained that several talents were pulled from the event due to COVID-related reasons. While not all of them had tested positive for COVID-19, they may have been exposed to the virus, prompting the necessary adjustments.
As of now, the names of the affected wrestlers have not been disclosed, leaving fans curious about the alterations that occurred behind the scenes.
Despite the last-minute changes, some segments and matches remained unchanged, including the highly anticipated “Rules of Engagement” face-off between Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Jey Uso. Their impending “Tribal Combat” match for the title and the esteemed “Tribal Chief” recognition at SummerSlam on August 5 still stands, promising an epic clash at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
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Stay tuned for further updates on this evolving situation and its impact on the blue brand’s future events.