WWE Missing in Action: Week of December 25, 2017

Wrestling on the week of Christmas brought some surprises but these are the superstars that WWE neglected to use this week

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With more preparations for the Royal Rumble happening on the weekly shows, these are the superstars WWE have neglected to use on their weekly shows this week.

Most noticeable absence: Dean Ambrose

This week’s most notable absence is Shield member Dean Ambrose. It was revealed this week that he suffered a torn triceps and will miss up to nine months of action, which could cause him to miss WrestleMania. Ambrose has missed no action due to injury during his entire tenure on the main roster so he will be sorely missed.

Monday Night Raw

Alicia Fox: Last seen on the December 18th episode of Raw.

Big Cass: Last seen on the August 21st episode of Raw. He is out of action due to a knee injury. 

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

Brock Lesnar: Last seen on the December 18th episode of Raw. 

Dash Wilder: Last seen on the December 18th episode of Raw. 

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

Goldust: Last seen on the November 14th episode of SmackDown Live.

Jeff Hardy: Last seen on the September 25th episode of Raw. He is out of action due to a shoulder injury.

Karl Anderson: Last seen on the December 18th episode of Raw.

Luke Gallows: Last seen on the December 18th episode of Raw. 

The Miz: Last seen on the November 20th episode of Raw; he is inactive as he is filming a movie. 

Maryse: Last seen on the September 11th episode of Raw; inactive as she is pregnant.

R-Truth: Last seen on the August 28th episode of Raw. He is suffering from an undisclosed injury.

Scott Dawson: Last seen on the December 18th episode of Raw.

205 Live

Lince Dorado: Last seen on the October 2nd episode of Raw.

Neville: Last seen on the October 2nd episode of Raw; contract dispute. 

Noam Dar: Last seen on the December 5th episode of 205 Live; out of action due to a knee injury.

Rich Swann: Last seen on the December 5th episode of 205 Live; indefinitely suspended. 

TJP: Last seen on the October 10th episode of 205 Live. 

SmackDown Live

Becky Lynch: Last seen on the November 21st episode of SmackDown Live; recently finished filming a movie so should be returning shortly. 

Dolph Ziggler: Last seen on the December 19th episode of SmackDown Live. 

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

Mike Kanellis: Last seen on the November 21st episode of SmackDown Live.

Maria Kanellis: Last seen on the August 29th episode of SmackDown Live; inactive as she is pregnant. 

Mojo Rawley: Last seen on the Clash of Champions Kick-Off Show. 

Nikki Bella: Last seen on the WrestleMania 33. 

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

Sin Cara: Last seen on the November 21st episode of SmackDown Live. 

Zack Ryder: Last seen on the Clash of Champions Kick-Off Show.

Returning this week

Monday Night Raw

Curt Hawkins
John Cena
Roman Reigns

205 Live

Akira Tozawa
Mustafa Ali
Tony Nese

SmackDown Live

Baron Corbin
Bobby Roode
Fandango
Harper
Konnor
Rowan
Tye Dillinger
Tyler Breeze
Viktor

Absence by Streak

19 weeks: Big Cass
18 weeks: Maria Kanellis
17 weeks: The Big Show
16 weeks: Maryse
14 weeks: Jeff Hardy
13 weeks: Lince Dorado, Neville
12 weeks: TJP
7 weeks: Goldust
6 weeks: Epico, Mike Kanellis, Primo, Sin Cara
5 weeks: The Miz, Becky Lynch
4 weeks: Noam Dar
3 weeks: Rich Swann
1 week: Alicia Fox, Brock Lesnar, Dash Wilder, Dean Ambrose, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Scott Dawson

Most notable return: John Cena

The most notable return this week was John Cena. The last time we saw Cena was at Survivor Series, representing Team SmackDown Live. While the official definition of Cena is a ‘free agent’ it doesn’t make much sense for Cena to keep going back and forth to each roster every time he comes back.

Notice a mistake in our list? Is there someone you wish WWE would use more? Let us know in the comments below!

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