Missing in Action: Notable absentees from this week’s WWE

With WWE officially on the road to the Biggest Party of the Summer, these are the superstars not seen on television this week


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Raw

The Big Show: Last seen on the June 4 episode of Raw.

Brock Lesnar: Last seen at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

Dean Ambrose: Last seen on the December 18 episode of Raw. He is out of action due to a triceps injury. 

Fandango: Last seen on the June 11 episode of Raw. He is out of action due to a torn labrum. 

Goldust: Last seen at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Out of action as he is recovering from knee surgery. 

Jason Jordan: Last seen on the February 5 episode of Raw. He is out of action due to a neck injury.

Ruby Riott: Last seen on the June 25 episode of Raw. Out of action due to an MCL sprain. 

Sami Zayn: Last seen at Money in the Bank. He is out of action due to two torn rotator cuffs.

205 Live

Ariya Daivari: Last seen at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

Gran Metalik: Last seen on the July 10 episode of 205 Live.

Lio Rush: Last seen on the July 17 episode of 205 Live.

Noam Dar: Last seen on the July 17 episode of 205 Live.

The Brian Kendrick: Last seen on the July 17 episode of 205 Live.

Tony Nese: Last seen on the July 10 episode of 205 Live.

SmackDown Live

Charlotte Flair: Last seen at Money in the Bank.

Epico: Last seen on the November 21 episode of SmackDown Live.

Harper: Last seen at Extreme Rules.

Kane: Last seen at Extreme Rules.

Karl Anderson: Last seen on the June 19 episode of SmackDown Live.

Luke Gallows: Last seen on the June 19 episode of SmackDown Live.

Primo: Last seen at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

Rowan: Last seen at Extreme Rules.

Sin Cara: Last seen on the July 10 episode of SmackDown Live.

Shelton Benjamin: Last seen on the June 12 episode of SmackDown Live.

Tamina: Last seen at the Royal Rumble. 

Tye Dillinger: Last seen on the June 17 episode of SmackDown Live.

Returning this week

Raw

Chad Gable
Curt Hawkins
Dash Wilder
Heath Slater
Jinder Mahal
Mike Kanellis
Natalya
Nia Jax
No Way Jose
Rhyno
Scott Dawson
Zack Ryder

205 Live

Buddy Murphy
Hideo Itami
Lince Dorado
Kalisto
Mustafa Ali

SmackDown Live

Cesaro
Jey Uso
Jimmy Uso
Naomi
R-Truth
Sheamus

Absence by Streak

32 weeks: Dean Ambrose
26 weeks: Tamina
24 weeks: Jason Jordan
13 weeks: Brock Lesnar, Goldust, Ariya Daivari, Primo
8 weeks: The Big Show
7 weeks: Fandango
6 weeks: Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Sami Zayn, Shelton Benjamin, Charlotte Flair
4 weeks: Ruby Riott
3 weeks: Gran Metalik, Tony Nese, Sin Cara
2 weeks: Lio Rush, Noam Dar, The Brian Kendrick
1 week: Tye Dillinger

Most Notable Return: The Bar

This week’s most notable return was Sheamus and Cesaro, collectively known as The Bar. They were last seen on TV back in May and haven’t been used but were announced as one of the teams taking part in a tag team tournament to determine who would challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships at SummerSlam. They are too talented not to be used regularly so let’s hope WWE use them more often than they have been going forward. 

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