With SummerSlam 2019 coming up this Sunday night, the go-home shows of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown 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
— The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor): I honestly can’t even remember the last time we saw these guys. Of course they’re not on the card. They’re barely employed, it seems.
— The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar): For some reason, since Akam’s return from injury, AOP haven’t been utilized in any real sense. Either WWE is waiting for post-SummerSlam to get the ball rolling with them, or there are no plans to use them at all, and they’re just waiting in the wings.
— Baron Corbin: The Lone Wolf made a big splash the past few months and seems to be back on the sidelines, as he’s done nothing heading into SummerSlam that would justify having him be on this card, especially with Brock Lesnar as universal champion.
— Bobby Lashley: Supposedly, Lashley is injured until around November. That return date is up for speculation, though.
— Braun Strowman: Why was Strowman just grunting at Maria for the 24/7 Championship? That’s all they have for him to do on the road to SummerSlam? Very strange.
— Cedric Alexander / Drew McIntyre: These two are in a feud right now, which is kind of strange, considering how WWE hasn’t really pushed Alexander too much and consistently seem to think McIntyre isn’t worthy of that top spot. However, they keep not having matches, rather than going somewhere tangible. This could be an impromptu thing added to the card, but I’d lean more toward it not happening until at least Raw.
— Cesaro: Any hopes that Cesaro would be able to shoot up the totem pole and main event a pay-per-view are gone, I think, now that Lesnar is champion. Cesaro vs. Rollins could have been great. Instead, Cesaro seems to be stuck in that range of being an upper-midcarder who they use only when they can’t figure out someone else to fill in a role.
— Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder: It was a shock when these two won the Raw tag titles, but they weren’t booked to do pretty much anything with them. Since they lost them, they’ve reverted to the back of the line.
— EC3 / Eric Young / Heath Slater / Mojo Rawley / No Way Jose / Robert Roode / Titus O’Neil: This is your standard group of people who chase after the 24/7 champion. That’s all they ever seem to do. If that becomes a factor for SummerSlam, they’ll probably be backstage doing that, but WWE probably wouldn’t bother flying them out to begin with.
— The O.C.’s Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) / The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson) / The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso): ….Raw Tag Team Championship match? No? Okay. There’s a chance Anderson and Gallows have some sort of match with The New Day, but I’m not expecting it. They’ll probably be ringside for the United States title match to help AJ Styles, while The Usos and The Revival will just do nothing.
— Lio Rush: Radio silence from Lio Rush, who hasn’t been seen in quite some time, for whatever reason.
— The Miz: Originally, he was advertised to face Dolph Ziggler, but that was a ruse to set up the Goldberg switch and get people buzzing on the go-home week. The Miz will supposedly face Ziggler on the Raw following SummerSlam, at least until they change the script midway through the episode.
— Rey Mysterio: Mysterio had a chance to earn a title shot for the United States Championship, but lost in the gauntlet match. At the very least, that’s a rationalization for why he isn’t booked for this event.
— Samoa Joe: Here I thought he was going to be the one to fight Roman Reigns. I guess I was wrong.
— Sami Zayn: They were definitely leaning into the idea that Zayn would have a match with Aleister Black at SummerSlam, but someone must have woken up Monday morning and realized too many matches were on the card and needed to be cut. This explains the Fatal 4-Way for the women’s tag being on Raw and how Black and Zayn had their match on SmackDown instead, bumping them off the SummerSlam event.
— The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar): These guys are in the standard booking zone of squashing local enhancement talent until WWE is ready to do something more substantial with them.
From the Raw Women’s Division
— Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross: These two would have won the Women’s Tag Team Championship at SummerSlam if there weren’t already a dozen+ matches that made it so that match had to be cut.
— Dana Brooke / Sarah Logan: Brooke and Logan tend to live on Main Event with their feud happening there every week.
— Lacey Evans: She just was in the main event of Extreme Rules, and arguably shouldn’t have received three title shots in a row that she lost. Now isn’t the time to keep pushing Evans, as there isn’t anything for her to do at the moment.
— Naomi: Naomi is almost always a guarantee to be not involved in anything big unless there’s a multi-woman match. WWE gives her some of the spotlight here and there, but largely is concerned with other talent more than her.
— Nia Jax: Jax will remain out with her knee injuries for the coming months and isn’t expected to return to action until 2020.
— 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.
— Sasha Banks: Who knows what’s going on with Sasha Banks at this point?
— Tamina Snuka: Injury reports supposedly have her down as “TBD” going forward.
From the SmackDown Men’s Division
— Aleister Black: Black defeated Zayn on SmackDown instead of at SummerSlam. Time constraints with too many matches scheduled for Sunday forced them to bump this off the card and move it to Tuesday instead.