While SmackDown 1000 was pretty entertaining for the most part, there were a couple of spots that have left some WWE fans annoyed.
A lot of the show felt rushed. Now, you might think that's pretty normal for a special episode looking to cram a lot in, but matches like The Miz/Rusev and Rey Mysterio's comeback versus Shinsuke Nakamura suffered.
Why the WWE felt like they had to have two World Cup qualifying matches on a show like SmackDown Live 1000 is anybody's guess.
However, it was the last segment with The Undertaker which made the least sense of all.
The Deadman interrupted Rey Mysterio's celebrations to make his long, ponderous way to the ring and when he got inside the squared circle, it wasn't for the long haul.
The 53-year-old would send a simple message to DX - actually the exact message he had sent the night before - saying he had three words for them: rest in peace.
Including his entrance, the Phenom was on our screens for about three minutes and he was gone. He said a grand total of 12 words
PW Insider says SmackDown 1000 was originally supposed to open with Rey Mysterio vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, “but there was a lot of shuffling of segments in the last few hours prior to the show.”
Time was cut from that match, Mysterio’s entrance and Undertaker’s promo due to the show running long, per Insider. Several backstage segments were cut short or out altogether. The Miz’s match, however, was always supposed to be short.
So really, 'Taker had no choice in the matter and that was probably the easiest message to convey on the fly. Still, the former seven-time world champion was booed for bringing up Crown Jewel and the whole segment felt weird.
With Crown Jewel coming up on November 2 - if the WWE doesn't cancel it - we'll be sure to see more of the Deadman in the coming weeks. Hopefully, he'll be given more time when we do.
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