Blink and you’ll miss it on SmackDown. WWE has a lot of television to run through in a single week and that has been the case for a long time now. With so many things going on in a single week, there are going to be some segments that just don’t click the way that the rest do. These are the ones that fans tend to remember more than any other and that might have been the case on Friday.
One of the more controversial angles in WWE as of late has been that of Jeff Hardy, whose battles with substance abuse are well known. WWE has turned this into an angle with Hardy being accused of relapsing and attacking Elias. Hardy has denied it and seems to be cleared of the accusations, but there was another segment this week on SmackDown that WWE seemed to think twice about in the same night.
As shown in a video on Twitter, the Jeff Hardy/Sheamus drug test segment from this week’s SmackDown was heavily edited for the west coast tape delayed broadcast. In the original broadcast, Hardy threw a glass of urine in Sheamus’ face. On the west coast version, the scene is edited out. There is no word on why the change was made. In a related note, the Hardy/Sheamus segment is almost identical, even down to the wording, to a Shawn Michaels/Vince McMahon/Shane McMahon segment from 2006.
You might have seen this one before. Check out the east coast version, a comparison with the Michaels/McMahons segment playing at the same time, plus the west coast version:
Opinion: I’m not sure what went right with this whole thing. Having the same segment as something that took place fourteen years ago is acceptable as that is a very, very long between versions of the same thing, but editing int out like this isn’t the best sign. The segment wasn’t exactly cutting edge comedy in the first place and having to edit it out just a few hours later doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence in what WWE was doing.
What did you think of the segment? Why do you think it was edited? Let us know in the comments below.
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