It was confirmed yesterday that WWE had canceled their upcoming taping of Monday Night Raw in Glasgow, Scotland due to scheduling conflicts. There have been a number of upcoming live events in the United Kingdom that have been canceled that same week, since it appears that WWE has been having a few issues slotting in the upcoming Saudi Arabia show in their schedule.
While Monday Night Raw’s taping in Glasgow was canceled, the company has revealed today that they will instead be taping both Raw and SmackDown on Friday, November 8th live from Manchester. Monday Night Raw will then be pre-recorded and released the following Monday Night in its usual slot.
There is no update on if the company will be releasing more shows in the United Kingdom as part of their European Tour since dates in Birmingham, Nottingham, London, and Minehead were all canceled last week and are yet to be rescheduled.
Right now the company is in an era of change and have a lot of contracts with Networks and Sponsors that they need to remain loyal to.
SmackDown Live moves to FOX on October 4th, which means that the show will be pre-recorded ahead of time on November 8th, but only a few hours early, the fact that Raw has been moved from the 11th to the 8th means that the company could be planning to present the Saudi Arabia show on Monday Night instead.
It has already been reported that Saudi Arabia opted to have all upcoming shows take place on a Friday night moving forward and since WWE has another eight years left on their deal with the country it was thought that they would agree to this.
SmackDown’s move over to FOX has caused them a number of issues though since FOX want SmackDown Live on a Friday night so it clashes with the next show in The Middle East.