Last week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown in Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center on FOX was a different show.
The company had to air this episode from its training facility in front of no live crowd. The reason for that is due to the concern with the coronavirus outbreak. Thus, WWE only had essential people there.
Bayley & Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross in a tag team match in the opening contest.
The WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion took to her official Instagram account where she gave her thoughts about the situation. She wrote the following:
“First is forever. I’m not gonna brag about the fact that @sashabankswwe and I opened Friday Night SmackDown (live on FOX) with a big ol victory (classic), in the house that we built (the Performance Center…literally we put together the rings and stuff), in front of good ol Papa Hunter and (apparently Paige’s travel agent) Michael Cole, with zero fans in the audience due to the terrible circumstances going on in our world, we did what we do best no matter what is asked of us because we are professionals, superstars, role models…no, no, no, I won’t talk about any of that.
BUT it was something I will remember forever. I was very proud to be a part of that whole night. Wrestling is something wild/special/crazy. @WWE”