Last week, it was reported that the backstage atmosphere at the Performance Center was so chaotic that WWE only managed to tape one episode of SmackDown. The plan was to tape two week’s worth of TV.
As such, WWE does not have an episode of SmackDown to broadcast on FOX tomorrow night, so a taping of this week’s SmackDown and next week’s Raw is set to take place at the Performance Center today.
Despite the fact that WWE higher-ups have had over a week to figure out a plan for the shows, things aren’t said to be running smoothly with the creative teams. According to reports, things are “changing drastically”.
On that note, yesterday Ringside News is reporting that WWE was very behind with the writing for the SmackDown and Raw shows that are set to be filmed today. Here’s exactly what they had to say on the matter:
“Ringside News has learned that they are very far behind when it comes to writing Raw and SmackDown. They are set to tape tomorrow as of this writing, but as it stands they are still in chaos mode.
“A member of the creative team who is in the midst of the madness told us that the shows are not done and “they’re changing drastically again today!”
Following on from this report, Ringside News founder Steve Carrier noted on Twitter that the writing process for upcoming Raw and SmackDown shows aren’t going too well, right now:
WWE is taping RAW and SmackDown tomorrow. We’ve been told that the writing process is not going all that well. They are not done, and there’s still plenty of work left to do. It was said to us that “they’re changing drastically again today!” It should be a fun week of WWE TV.
At this point, with just three episodes of main roster TV before SummerSlam, WWE creative really should have a clearer idea of the direction they want to go for the shows building towards the pay-per-view.