The WWE released a statement this afternoon stating that tonight’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown is set for surprises following the WWE’s delayed return to the States from Saudi Arabia.
WWE Said: “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.
“As always with WWE, the show must go on. Live at 8/7 CT on FOX (12am Sky Sports), SmackDown will feature Superstars, such as Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Carmella, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke — plus, additional surprises.”
WWE was in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for the latest Crown Jewel event, which saw Bray Wyatt become the WWE Universal Champion after defeating Seth Rollins in a Falls Count Everywhere match.