It looks like this week's SmackDown LIVE did not follow-suit in comparison to this week's RAW.
As noted, RAW was considered to be run more smooth than it has in several weeks this past Monday night show, with WWE very happy with the final product.
According to Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com, however, tonight's WWE Smackdown script has been reportedly ripped up and re-written and by Vince McMahon.
This means whatever happens on TV on this week's show -- good or bad -- will heavily be influenced by McMahon.
Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Live noted that Vince is actually not at SmackDown LIVE tonight, but has been working the phones with his SmackDown LIVE creative team finalizing the script and the subsequent changes.
One of the matches on the show -- Chad Gable vs. Shelton Benjamin -- is expected to run approximately 12-minutes tonight, according to Alvarez.
McMahon's absence from SmackDown LIVE is not abnormal, as last week he missed both RAW and SmackDown LIVE to work on some significant XFL relaunch-related business (the team announcements).
We will keep you posted as more news surfaces from behind-the-scenes of this week's episode of WWE SmackDown LIVE, so make sure to continue to check back here at eWrestling.com (and on Twitter @MattBoone1984 for late-breaking updates) throughout the evening and again on Wednesday morning for all of the latest updates regarding the insanity that is reported to be going on backstage at this week's blue brand taping.
For complete live play-by-play results coverage of this week's episode of WWE SmackDown LIVE as it happens, follow our coverage right here at eWrestling tonight by clicking here.
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