One of the major attractions for this week’s SmackDown was an appearance by Paige which was ruled out due to some unfortunate circumstances. Apparently, some travel issues forced the youngest Divas Champion in WWE history to stay out of the program.
The 26-year-old superstar, who is currently working as an analyst on FS1’s WWE Backstage show, was scheduled to appear on last night’s SmackDown from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. But as per WWE, unavoidable travel issues related to the coronavirus pandemic prevented that. Paige took to Twitter to apologize to the WWE Universe for not showing up.
Sorry guys travel made it very hard for me to get there for #SmackDownLIVE with everything that’s going on. Completely out of my control. 😔 very sorry.. But at least @itsBayleyWWE is keeping you entertained pic.twitter.com/ymY8BN9IIK
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) March 14, 2020
She then also took a shot at SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley making following statements,
“Sorry guys travel made it very hard for me to get there for #SmackDownLIVE with everything that’s going on. Completely out of my control. [pensive face emoji] very sorry.. But at least @itsBayleyWWE is keeping you entertained,” she wrote.
WWE has previously announced that Paige will be making her return on WWE TV for the first time in nearly six months after his split with Women’s Tag Team Champions The Kabuki Warriors – Asuka and Kairi Sane. She was advertised to appear in a segment while confronting the SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley.
In her absence, Bayley kicked off SmackDown with her buddy Sasha Banks to take shots on the absentee. It was then when WWE announcer Michael Cole informed us that Paige won’t be on the show due to travel issues. The deadly Coronavirus has threatened every aspect of human life and it’s no wonder that anti-Diva has been a victim of an indirect effect.
There’s no word on whether WWE had a long-term plan booked for Paige and they wish to continue the angle after her no-showing. Meanwhile, speculations of her in-ring comeback remains a matter of discussion ever since WWE announced her TV comeback.
Originally, this week’s SmackDown was scheduled to take place from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. But the show was moved to the WWE Performance Center because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Paige lives in the Los Angeles area and was about to flow down from there if she was at home. But the COVID-19 pandemic barred her from having a safe landing in Florida.