SmackDown 1000 was reportedly supposed to be a very different show with some segments shortened dramatically and others ditched altogether.
For the most part, SmackDown's 1000th episode this past Tuesday was a massive success. Not only did WWE manage to squeeze an awful lot into a two-hour show, but the blue brand beat Raw in the ratings. It's just the second time that has happened since SmackDown became SmackDown Live back in the summer of 2016.
As mentioned above, despite being an anniversary show it was still only two hours long. There were also segments that felt extremely rushed. The Miz's win over Rusev and The Undertaker's closing words immediately spring to mind. On the surface, it appeared that the Evolution segment midway through the show ran long, and that's what led to those problems. Apparently, it was a lot more complex than that.
SMACKDOWN 1000: EVERY WWE LEGEND TO APPEAR ON THE SHOW AND WHAT THEY DID
PWInsider has reported that a lot of the show was changed on the fly due to time constraints and some parts were thrown out completely. Zack Ryder was reportedly supposed to be on the show, as was Christian, and Kane was also scheduled to appear alongside The Undertaker in what was meant to be a longer segment to close the show. Truth TV was also originally planned for later in the show.
Surprisingly, the extremely short match between Miz and Rusev was actually always meant to be that short, so was one of the few segments that didn't suffer. Rey Mysterio versus Shinsuke Nakamura, on the other hand, was intended to be longer. Rumor has it that it was also supposed to open the show had Truth TV been left to air in its original slot. Hopefully, we will see the two face off again sometime soon with less time pressure.
Despite all of the above, SmackDown 1000 was still a huge success. WWE clearly learned a few lessons from Raw's 25th anniversary show earlier this year. This time around the balance between former stars and current wrestlers was much better, and not all ongoing angles were put on hold for the night. More of what we were treated to on Tuesday for future landmark episodes please WWE.