— Aleister Black: WWE has put Black on the backburner at the moment, undoubtedly to wait until there is something better for him to do while they sort things out (or at least, try to). In the meantime, they’re giving him video promos to make sure people don’t forget about him, so that’s something, and certainly better than just being another cog in the wheel to lose this year’s ladder match, even if his inclusion could have upgraded the quality.
— Apollo Crews: Crews is in that range where he’s definitely always a possibility for a push, but it doesn’t seem to materialize. At least, it hasn’t here, as he wasn’t given enough time to be on SmackDown to get a spot in the ladder match.
— The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel): Now that they’re heels who seem to work alongside Shane McMahon, we could see Dallas and Axel try to help him out in the steel cage match. That would be their only role on this card.
— Buddy Murphy: The juggernaut of 205 Live hasn’t really started as a SmackDown star quite yet. Put a pin in Murphy until the next true event, Stomping Grounds (as opposed to the Saudi Arabia show) and that will be a better gauge of where he’s at on the roster.
— Chad Gable: A split from his tag team and a babyface turn that was used to get someone else over isn’t the best momentum for getting on a show, but it’s better than what he was doing before.
— The Colons (Epico Colon & Primo Colon): These two are never on shows. Let’s be honest.
— The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy) / Lars Sullivan / R-Truth: Jeff Hardy will be out with an injury for the foreseeable future, whereas Matt Hardy seems to be in limbo with R-Truth as two people for Lars Sullivan to beat up on a regular basis.
— Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight): If the tag titles are defended, we could see these two get a random match. If not, we’ll just have to wait.
— Jinder Mahal: Bigger fish to fry. Sorry, Jinder. Two years ago, you were WWE champion and now, you’re not even on the midcard cusp of being a loser in the ladder match.
— Killian Dain: It might be the case where Killian Dain isn’t even on SmackDown, and WWE just hasn’t bothered to release that information on any kind of official channel.
— Luke Harper: You know what you get when you say you want to leave because you aren’t being used? You get told to stay at home and get paid to not do anything some more.
— The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods): Big E is injured, but Xavier Woods could very well accompany Kofi Kingston to the ring for his WWE Championship match.
— Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura: This team wasn’t even good enough for WWE to put the tag titles on them with damn near no other options available. That speaks volumes.
— Sheamus: The Celtic Warrior is out with injuries that aren’t being fully revealed. The longer this goes on, the worse it seems.
— Shelton Benjamin: The Gold Standard can’t catch a break and only seems to be used by WWE on the house show circuit.
— Sin Cara: It’s been months since we’ve seen Sin Cara, who was out with an injury, but cleared to compete for a while, now.
From the SmackDown Women’s Division
— Asuka / Kairi Sane / The IIconics: These two teams very well could have had a title match on this card, but they booked it for SmackDown, instead.
— Lana: No Rusev, no Lana.
— Liv Morgan: Morgan’s split from The Riott Squad has me wondering if they’re going to repackage her to some extent and we’ll be waiting for a few more weeks to see what the new Liv Morgan is.
— Sonya Deville: There’s a very good chance Deville interferes in the women’s ladder match to either help or cost Mandy Rose her shot at the briefcase.
— Mickie James: No information on why Mickie James wasn’t chosen for a spot in the ladder match, meaning WWE just wanted to invest in four other women instead.
— Zelina Vega: There’s a very good chance Zelina Vega accompanies Andrade to the ladder match and may even get involved.
From the 205 Live Cruiserweight Division
— The Cruiserweight Championship is on the line between Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari, which leaves everyone else on 205 Live out in the cold. For the sake of completion, those names are: Akira Tozawa, The Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, Humberto Carrillo, Mike Kanellis, Oney Lorcan, and The Singh Brothers
Do you think these men and women or any others not on this list should have been booked on the card in some fashion? How would you have utilized them if given the opportunity? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!