Drew Gulak was reportedly set to return to WWE TV this past Friday on “SmackDown” in a corner with The Viking Raiders and The New Day.
According to Fightful Select, Gulak would be in a tag team match against The Raiders. Instead, Eric & Ivar defeated Jim Mulkey & Tommy Gibson in a quick squash match. The report made no mention of Gulak’s tag partner for the scheduled match.
Gulak was last seen on WWE TV on May 27 “SmackDown” where he and Ricochet lost to Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser in tag team action. In recent months, he has struggled at several live events, taking a few losses against Happy Corbin in July. Gulak was also used as one of Gunther’s first opponents after The Ring General joined the main roster in April.
After their victory, the Viking Raiders were caught off guard by Kofi Kingston who attacked them with a kendo stick. This was followed by an impromptu singles match between Kingston and Erik, which the New Day member won.
Fightful’s report also revealed the producers’ names for the various segments and matches that will air on the 8/5 “WWE SmackDown” episode, as seen below.
Ricochet vs. Happy Corbin: Abyss
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ludwig Kaiser: Shane Helms
Interview with Liv Morgan, Women’s Glove Competition: Shawn Daivari & Jason Jordan
Viking Raiders tag match, Kofi Kingston vs. Erik: Jamie Noble
Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, Karrion Kross, Scarlett segment: Jason Jordan
Madcap Moss vs. Ridge Holland, the pre-SmackDown dark match, was produced by Adam Pearce.
After SmackDown went off the air at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC, WWE filmed two Main Event games: Shelton Benjamin vs. T-BAR and Ezekiel vs. Omos.
Among other backstage notes, it was revealed that WWE misspelled Ludwig Kaiser’s name as “Ludvig” on the TV graphics. In addition, Io Shirai’s name has been stylized internally as IYO SKY, a change that was evident on the social media platforms and WWE’s official website.
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