Jimmy Uso is reportedly backstage ahead of tonight’s edition of WWE Smackdown.
The news was broken by respected wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer via a short tweet earlier this evening.
Jimmy Uso is backstage in Tampa.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) July 9, 2021
Uso made unfortunate headlines earlier this week after being arrested for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) late on Monday evening.
Celebrity news outlet TMZ, who broke the initial story of Uso’s arrest, reported that the multiple time former tag team champion had been booked on a misdemeanor DUI charge, in addition to citations for speeding and running a red light.
This was, regrettably, not the star’s first DUI-related arrest, having been picked up for a similar offence back in 2019, albeit he was later found not guilty in court.
WrestleVotes later reported that the arrest had ‘pissed off’ some ‘high level people in power’ within the WWE, which was likely exacerbated by the star’s prominent role on Smackdown of late.
I’ve spoken to two sources this morning on the Jimmy Uso news. I can say with certainty that a few “high level people in power” are extremely disappointed & legitimately pissed off over the arrest. This many times isn’t a mistake or bad luck. It’s personal judgment. Not good.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) July 6, 2021
Whether or not Uso appears on screen will now be a major talking point going into the show.
Smackdown is currently set to feature two Money in the Bank qualifier matches, which are Seth Rollins vs Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin.