Friday, November 1, 2019

WWE Confirms Saudi Arabia Flight Issues, Announces Special SmackDown Episode

WWE Confirms Saudi Arabia Flight Issues, Announces Special SmackDown Episode
As noted, there were flight issue that are keeping some of the WWE crew in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia following Thursday's Crown Jewel event. WWE has just announced that tonight's SmackDown will feature surprises due to the troubles.

Tonight's SmackDown on FOX will take place from the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY, and as usual we will have live coverage at 8pm ET.

Below is WWE's announcement on the special episode and the flight issues:
SmackDown set for surprises with WWE roster delayed returning from Saudi Arabia

The WWE roster is delayed in its return from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, following a historic performance at yesterday's record-breaking WWE Crown Jewel event.

More than 175 Superstars, production crew and employees boarded a 747 charter flight back to the United States on Thursday. After the door closed, due to several aircraft problems including mechanical issues, all passengers sat on the tarmac for more than six hours. With SmackDown set to emanate live from Buffalo, N.Y., several Superstars felt so strongly that they arranged for their own separate charter in order to make it back to the U.S. for the show. Due to unforeseen issues, that charter will not land until after the live broadcast on FOX.

The remainder of WWE's Superstars, staff and crew will depart on a charter set to depart Saudi Arabia later tonight.

As always with WWE, the show must go on. Live at 8/7 CT on FOX, SmackDown will feature Superstars, such as Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Carmella, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke — plus, additional surprises.
WWE announced a line-up for tonight's SmackDown but those matches and have segments have been removed from the preview and website listing.