Kevin Owens was not on the show this week despite being advertised for “WWE Raw”, although the situation is only minor according to Dave Meltzer at the latest.Wrestling Observer Radio,
It was expected that Owens would compete against Ezekiel, Elias or his younger brother Elrod in a Money in the Bank ladder match qualifier, but that match did not take place. Instead, the commentary team claimed it had been rescheduled, and while it is not known why Owens was absent, it is reportedly not a serious issue.
Ezekiel was still a part of “WWE Raw” this week in a backstage segment with John Cena, although neither Elias nor Elrod were featured. WWE also had a battle royal which was a men’s Money in the Bank ladder match qualifier, but Ezekiel was not featured, despite the fact that he was originally supposed to have a chance to qualify.
The battle royal featured several WWE Superstars from both “Raw” and “SmackDown” and was won by Riddle, who earned his spot at this weekend’s premium live event. There is still one slot to be filled for the men’s side, but it is unclear whether Owens will be ready to compete for a match against a member of the Ezekiel family on Friday.
Owens took to Twitter to address the fact that he wasn’t on the show, tweeting: “I didn’t want to go to Texas so I didn’t. Leave me alone.”
The WWE Money in the Bank premium live event will take place this Saturday, July 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was originally scheduled to take place at Allegiant Stadium, but was moved to a smaller venue due to declining ticket sales.
The updated WWE Money in the Bank card can be found below:
* Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre vs Sheamus vs Omos vs Sami Zayn vs Riddle vs TBA – Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
* Lacey Evans vs Alexa Bliss vs Liv Morgan vs Raquel Rodriguez vs Asuka vs Shotzy vs Becky Lynch – Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
* Bianca Belair (c) vs. Carmella – Raw Women’s Championship
* Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Natalya – SmackDown Women’s Championship
* The Usos (C) vs. Street Profits – The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship
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