Below are news and notes from this week’s Smackdown taping at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts:
- Daniel Bryan did not work this week’s taping after being diagnosed with a concussion on Monday night. Details regarding the injury are not available as the only thing we can confirm as of this writing is the injury did in fact occur, as a WWE spokesman responded to our request for confirmation just after 8 PM EST on Tuesday night.
- Alexander Rusev was at this week’s taping and worked a dark match prior to the cameras started filming against Tyson Kidd. He went over via submission. Rusev has been on the road with the main WWE roster at live events over the past couple of weekends. You can check out his developmental profile at this link.
- After this week’s taping, CM Punk beat The Shield in a 3-on-1 handicap dark match main event.
- Add Bad News Barrett as an entrant in the 30-man Royal Rumble match.
- The Bella Twins served as ring announcers for Fandango vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston, Askana served as ring announcer for The Usos vs. The Real Americans and Eva Marie severed as the ring announcer of Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio.
- WWE NXT Diva Emma was in the crowd with her #Emmataining sign that she had Monday night at Raw.
Complete Smackdown taping results for this week are available at this link.