WWE announced Bayley will defend her SmackDown Women's Championship against Nikki Cross on Friday's SmackDown. The match was originally scheduled to be a six-woman tag team match with Bayley teaming with Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose to battle Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke and Carmella. However, with part of the SmackDown crew missing the show due to travel issues in Saudi Arabia, SmackDown will be undergoing changes.
I didn’t sign up for this match tonight. https://t.co/l7wDix06t1— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) November 1, 2019
WWE issued a statement on travel woes preventing talent from making SmackDown, saying, "several aircraft problems including mechanical issues" were the reason for the delay. WWE insisted that Friday's SmackDown must go on and promised "additional surprises" as a result. You can view their entire statement by clicking here.
As reported by Fightful Select, a charter plane containing the majority of the WWE roster and staff had never taken off on Friday morning. You can keep up with the travel woes that prevented talent from leaving Saudi Arabia on-time by clicking here.
Fightful will have live coverage of WWE SmackDown beginning tonight at 8 p.m. ET.