In a surprising turn of events, WWE SmackDown experienced significant changes in its most recent episode. The alterations were due to medical reasons, with several talents being pulled from the show.
This article will delve into the details of these changes and the impact they had on the show.
COVID-19 Related Changes
The reasons behind the changes were related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The virus continues to affect the world of sports and entertainment, and WWE is no exception.
The health and safety of the talents are of utmost importance, and WWE took the necessary steps to ensure this.
WWE SmackDown Cancelled Segments
One of the major segments that were cancelled involved the announcement of Asuka’s opponents for the upcoming SummerSlam, according to PWInsider.
This segment was supposed to feature an in-ring interaction between Bianca Belair, Asuka, Charlotte, and Adam Pearce. However, it was pulled late in the day, leaving fans in suspense about Asuka’s future opponents.
Last-Minute Changes to WWE SmackDown
In addition to the cancellation, there were also last-minute changes to the show. The Zelina Vega bout was nixed, with Charlotte Flair stepping in to replace Vega.
This change was made at the last minute due to the cancellation of the championship announcement segment. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the Flair vs. SKY match was hastily put together as a result of these changes.
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