Friday Night SmackDown in Chicago, Illinois had a lot of script shuffled at the very last moment. WWE aired the live episode and taped the Christmas Eve edition. Last night’s episode of the blue brand wasn’t without some changes, but that should be expected nowadays.
The original plan was to have The Usos vs. The New Day as the main event. It was later moved up the segment to make way for Roman Reigns promo segment.
According to Fightful Select reports, Roman Reigns was initially set to open the show with an in-ring promo. At the very last moment, it was nudged back as the main event of the night.
Originally Roman Reigns was set to open WWE Smackdown on December 17 with an in-ring promo, which was moved to the main event spot. Usos vs. New Day was slated internally to main event, and was adjusted.
A sit-down interview of Brock Lesnar was originally planned. To everyone’s disappointment, it never made it to air. The Shotzi Blackheart and Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks and Toni Storm was planned for the next week’s show. The event already took place last night instead.
The Storm vs. Flair “Championship Contender’s” match was scheduled to take place this week. It got postponed to the following week. The original plans were listed during the afternoon. Surprisingly, all of these changes were made a few hours before the show.
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