SmackDown 1000 Backstage Notes: Segments Nixed, Original Opening Plans, Undertaker’s Promo & More

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Below are several backstage notes from Tuesday’s SmackDown 1000 episode, courtesy of PWInsider.

* Batista didn’t arrive to the venue until 7:40PM ET.

* Rey Mysterio vs. Nakamura was originally scheduled to open the show. WWE ended up schuffling around a couple of segments right before the show.

* The Undertaker was always scheduled to close the show, however it was originally supposed to be a much longer promo.

* WWE cut time out of Mysterio’s match against Nakamura, as well as Mysterio’s entrance.

* The Miz’s match was always scheduled to be three seconds.

* The James Ellsworth promo that WWE added on YouTube was cut from the show.

* R-Truth’s segment was scheduled for later in the show.

* There was talk of bringing in Christian but there is no indication that he was actually there.

* Kane was supposed to be at the taping but was not there.

* Zack Ryder was backstage but not used.

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