Superstars Missing from WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 Card


With Stomping Grounds 2019 coming up this Sunday night, the go-home shows of Monday Night Raw, SmackDown and 205 Live have given us an indication of what talent is booked for the pay-per-view and who is not currently scheduled. Of course, the card is always subject to change and WWE may end up making alterations to this lineup, but at the moment, the men and women in this breakdown are not currently advertised as being part of this event.

In some cases, this may be justified, or even a purposeful plan to set up a surprise. In other cases, it may be ridiculous. That is up to you to decide as we take a look at which superstars aren’t being promoted for this show.

From the Raw Men’s Division

— AJ Styles: Styles has been taking time off to heal from a back injury, but don’t count out the idea of him making an appearance here to screw Baron Corbin out of the Universal Championship match. That’s either happening here, or he’ll attack him on an episode of Raw before Extreme Rules to set up a match, or he’ll screw Corbin at Extreme Rules if Corbin/Rollins happens again there.

— The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor): Jobbers don’t get on the card. Sorry, fellas.

The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar): AOP had a soft return in the 50-man battle royal, yet WWE barely called any attention to it. My guess is we’ll see them return either on Raw or SmackDown after this event.

— Bobby Lashley / Braun Strowman / Cesaro / The Miz: These four failed to earn the title shot for the United States Championship. That’s as good a reason as any to say “well, no more spots left on the card for you guys who came up short.” There’s still a chance some impromptu tag team match happens on the pre-show or something, though.

— Bray Wyatt: Wyatt still hasn’t made his in-ring debut, so if we see him at Stomping Grounds, it will either be in another Firefly Fun House video (but I doubt that) or he’ll attack someone. The latter is more likely, I feel, than the former, as the Firefly Fun House segments seem to be more closely tied to Raw and SmackDown.

— Brock Lesnar: But, but, but Paul Heyman said that Brock Lesnar can show up at any time on the go-home show to this event! That means he’s showing up, right?! Right?! Of course not. Move along. Nothing to see here.

— Cedric Alexander: Boy, WWE sure forgot about Cedric fast, didn’t they? That’s a shame. No wonder he tweeted that he misses 205 Live, as he’s only ever wrestling on Main Event nowadays and chasing after the 24/7 Championship.

— Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder: After having lost the Raw tag titles, these two are back at the bottom of the lineup, sadly.

— EC3, Eric Young, Heath Slater, Mojo Rawley, No Way Jose, Robert Roode, Titus O’Neil: My guess is we’ll see these guys all chasing after Drake Maverick and R-Truth, trying to win the 24/7 Championship, or we won’t see them at all. That’s all they seem to do lately.

— The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows): You’d think WWE would want to build this team up in preparation of the upcoming event in Tokyo, but nope, they’re not even close to sniffing a spot on this card.

— Lio Rush: While Lio Rush has remained active on social media, he’s been MIA on television for weeks, and all of his posts seem to carry this depressing message of not knowing if he’s fired or will ever return. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, but since that’s the case, he’s certainly not on the Stomping Grounds lineup.

— The Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Kalisto, & Lince Dorado): Outside of getting wrecked some more by Lars Sullivan, what would these three have possibly done? Their next step is to keep feuding with The Singh Brothers on 205 Live, not to do something here.

— The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson): There’s a very good chance these two show up to interfere in the match between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns, but as far as any official capacity goes, they aren’t scheduled for the card.

— Rey Mysterio: Mysterio is currently injured and will be out for an undisclosed amount of time. He says he’s hoping to be back somewhat soon, so we’ll see, but Stomping Grounds is too fast for any recovery to have worked.

— The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso): The Usos have been consistently performing and are highlighted every time they go out there, win or lose, but rather than give them a tag title opportunity here or something, it seems they’ll be sitting this out in favor of more action on the Raw episodes to follow.

The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar): These poor guys were starting to become big deals in NXT, and they brought them up to the main roster only to immediately hinder their careers with the name changes, turning them heel, having them abandon the NXT tag titles, winning a Raw tag title shot and being left off the show for weeks, until they became entirely forgotten about.

From the Raw Women’s Division

— Alicia Fox: Fox has only appeared on Main Event since her return, I think.

— Dana Brooke: While Dana Brooke has been making some headway in regards to a higher spot on the card, that will take some time to manifest anything tangible.

— Naomi: Not everyone can be the focus all the time, so she just happens to be on the sidelines right now.

— Natalya: see Naomi’s part above.

— Nia Jax: Jax will remain out with her knee injuries for the coming months and isn’t expected to return to action until 2020.

— Nikki Cross: While she isn’t technically on the card, she’ll undoubtedly be in Alexa’s corner in her match against Bayley.

— Ronda Rousey: Rousey is still inactive due to her broken hand and her wishes to start a family. It is unknown when or if she’ll be returning.

— Ruby Riott: Riott’s shoulder injury will keep her on the shelf for the next few months.

— Sarah Logan: Since The Riott Squad split, Logan has been only working house shows and Main Event, really. WWE probably has no ideas on what to do with her and only split up the team to make it feel like the Superstar Shake-up was shocking.

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