WWE opened SmackDown Live by announcing Becky Lynch was officially off of Survivor Series and a replacement versus Ronda Rousey in Sunday's match would be named later.
There were rumors most of Tuesday that the punch Lynch took to the face on Monday night during the brawl that closed Raw was more than just a bloody nose. It appeared Lynch was ok as she continued the segment, closed the show by hitting Rousey with a chair and walked up the stairs through the crowd presenting an iconic image that brought back shades of the moment Stone Cold Steve Austin became a star. Lynch was more popular than she'd ever been in that moment, but the issue was, it was rumored she'd broken her nose and suffered a serious concussion.
As SmackDown approached, it was on most people's minds, what would the fate of the Lynch versus Rousey be? WWE answered that question just minutes into Tuesday's program.
After showing highlights of Monday's mele, the announce team on SmackDown Live said that Lynch would not be able to compete thanks to a "broken face" and concussion. A replacement would be announced later in the show and Rousey would be facing someone on Sunday. Who that someone would be became the talk of the episode.
What This Means
Clearly, this was not what WWE had planned nor what they would have hoped might happen a few days prior to a huge event like Survivor Series. That said, there are plenty of options to take Lynch's place. No, none of them will likely make for as tremendous a match as Rousey versus Lynch was going to be or provide the WWE Universe with a contest that has the potential to main event Sunday's pay-per-view, but that doesn't mean all is lost.
Would WWE choose one of the current SmackDown female stars? Would they see this as an opportunity to put someone on the card that wasn't already listed? Could there be a callup from NXT? All of that would be answered as Tuesday's show rolled along.