The opening segment and subsequent tag team match from this week’s Friday Night SmackDown featuring Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Jey Uso and Cesaro lasted 45 minutes, and fans have been questioning why.
Some speculated that WWE could have been shorthanded for the show again, as it emerged that the company was actually short of talent on the Raw after WrestleMania show, which you can read more about by clicking here.
Despite this speculation, Ringside News is reporting that WWE were not shorthanded for the show this week, with very little being promoted for SmackDown simply because creative didn’t have anything planned.
The site, who have recently had reports corroborated by the likes of Fightful Select and the Wrestling Observer is reporting that the opening tag team match was so long because WWE wanted it to be “great”:
Ringside News was told that there was no short-handed situation during SmackDown this week. Some fans wondered if the 45-minute opening segment into a tag team match was an indication that they didn’t have enough people on the show.
A senior member of the team told us, “Only two segments were announced because nothing was decided on for SmackDown until very late Thursday night.”
We were told that the 30-minute tag team match that followed the opening segment was in place to allow those talents to have a great match. They did pull off that goal at the end of the day.
Next week’s SmackDown show will see Roman Reigns and Apollo Crews defend their Universal and Intercontinental Championships respectively in singles matches against Daniel Bryan and Big E.