There were some timing issues on WWE Smackdown from MSG due to The Bloodline segment running long.
The opening segment of Smackdown from MSG was all about The Bloodline’s family issues. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) were there to put their cousin, the “Tribal Chief” Undisputed WWE Champion Roman Reigns on trial for all of the mean things he has done over the last three years.
A video package aired showing clips of Reigns being mean to The Usos, Solo Sikoa, and Paul Heyman even though all of them were loyal to Reigns and acknowledged him. That led to Reigns getting emotional and looking like he was about to cry because of how mean he was to the people that loved him. However, Reigns decided to hit Jey Uso with a low blow and the fight was on from there.
Those two opening segments took up the first 35 minutes of the show with one commercial break in between. It ended when Reigns and Solo beat up Jimmy Uso heavily while they made Jey watch it. Solo hit a Superfly Splash off the barricade that put Jimmy through a table. Jimmy did a stretcher job and was driven away in an ambulance.
It was reported by PWInsider that The Bloodline segment ran longer than originally planned. That’s what happens on live television sometimes.
Due to The Bloodline segment running long, the AJ Styles match with Karrion Kross was rushed and saw Styles beat Kross in under three minutes.
There was also a WWE Women’s Title segment with Asuka brawling with Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair, Money in the Bank winner IYO SKY and Bayley that was rushed and only given about three minutes as well. It is believed that segment was supposed to go longer.
Vince McMahon was at Smackdown, but PWInsider reported that he didn’t make any major changes and the “original plans for the show stayed basically intact with the exception of some time cuts.”
In addition to that, WWE was very happy about setting some incredible records at MSG for Smackdown, which shows that business is going very well these days.