According to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, “the word making the rounds” at the show was that the changes were because of talent being pulled due to medical reasons. Johnson reported one version of the story is that there were positive COVID-19 tests, or talents were in contact with someone who tested positive. As of this writing, there was no word on who tested positive or what changes were exactly made to “SmackDown” and when they occurred, either before or during the broadcast.
PWInsider reported Drew McIntyre was also at the show to work a dark match against Ludvig Kaiser.
COVID-19 Related Issues Reportedly Lead To WWE SmackDown Changes