The FOX premiere of WWE Friday Night SmackDown was packed with several top matches that are usually reserved for pay-per-view events. They did everything possible to load up the show so they could get a big rating including ads for several returning legends.
Hulk Hogan, Goldberg, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus, Lita and others were some of the names advertised to appear.
The problem is two of the biggest names advertised, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker, were nowhere to be seen. In the cast of Austin, he was in the ad that was shown during the FOX Kickoff show so it must have been a last minute decision to not include him on the show. The only thing that I can think of is that it was decided to keep him off the show once they were able to confirm The Rock’s appearance.
On his Instagram account, The Undertaker posted a photo of himself before SmackDown went on the air and one fan commented, “Shoulda had you on at the end instead of that ending bro…”
Taker’s response after the show: “I was told I wasn’t needed…”
So, there you have it. As I wrote earlier, there were unhappy fans after they went off the air because the fans in the arena thought the show had not ended. In fact, there were AEW chants in the arena because fans were unhappy about Taker and Austin being false advertised. Click here for more on that story.