Report: WWE "Very Worried" About This Week's SmackDown

Why WWE has major concerns over Friday's SmackDown show.

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Hurricane Ian has made WWE "very worried" about this Friday's episode of SmackDown, reports Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio.

Although SmackDown is due to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada tomorrow (30 September), many WWE personnel are located in central Florida, which has felt the brunt of the hurricane. The situation presents obvious travel-related difficulties, but WWE is hopeful people will be able to travel to Winnipeg from Tampa and Orlando.

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida at around 15:05 PM ET on Wednesday. Peaking as a Category 4 storm with winds nearing 150 MPH, it left 2.4 million homes and businesses without power in the state.

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WWE has already postponed a couple of NXT house shows and closed its Performance Center due to the hurricane.

The promotion has announced Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa vs. Ricochet and Madcap Moss, Hit Row vs. Los Lotharios, and Bayley vs. Shotzi Blackheart for SmackDown. Sikoa and Zayn were also paired together on this week's episode of Raw, where WWE used social media to engineer a singles match between Sami and Monday night regular AJ Styles.

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Zayn is, of course, fresh off becoming an 'Honorary Uce' in an acclaimed segment last week.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.