As previously noted, some of the recent ideas for WWE SmackDown were scrapped with just hours left before the show. This caused them to scrap some segments that were meant to hype the Survivor Series pay-per-view.
For example, Big E was originally supposed to qualify last week and then that was delayed a week. Then on Friday, the decision was made to add Otis to the men’s SmackDown Survivor Series team instead of Big E.
Instead of setting up qualifying matches, Adam Pearce simply announced that Otis would be joining the men’s team and Bayley would be joining the women’s team. Natalya joined the team by defeating Tamina in a qualifying match.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained that they simply ran out of time and that’s why Otis and Bayley were added without needing to qualify.
Meltzer said, “They didn’t have time. They didn’t have time for two more matches to get Bayley and Otis to get on so that’s what they did.”
There were several SmackDown segments that were scrapped over the last few weeks. Last week’s Roman Reigns-Drew McIntyre segment that led to McIntyre vs. Jey Uso is what likely bumped a qualifying match off the show last week. It’s not clear what the original plans were for Bayley’s qualifying match.