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WWE issues statement on flight delays affecting tonight’s SmackDown



WWE has publicly commented on the flight delays that will be impacting tonight’s episode of SmackDown. 

It’s well known that many WWE stars and the rest of the crew have faced challenges with returning from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia after Thursday’s Crown Jewel event. 

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon left before the issues began. It’s been reported that a small group of Superstars have left and will be able to make it to the show. 

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WWE holds Friday Night SmackDown on FOX in Buffalo, New York at the KeyBank Center. WWE noted in their statement that the show will feature Superstars such as Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Carmella, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke. They also teased “additional surprises.”

It should be noted that these stars above didn’t travel to Saudi Arabia. 

WWE issued the following statement about the issues as well what to expect for the show: 

“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.”