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EditorialSuperstars Missing from WWE Money in the Bank 2020 Card

Superstars Missing from WWE Money in the Bank 2020 Card



With Money in the Bank 2020 coming up this Sunday night, we have at least 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

— Akira Tozawa: Tozawa is one of the harder working guys as of late, pulling double-duty as enhancement talent on Raw and a contender in the Interim Cruiserweight Championship Tournament on NXT. He also lost in the Last Chance Gauntlet match.

— Andrade, Angel Garza & Austin Theory: While this group has been busy holding down the fort on Raw, none of the trio have anything going on for this event, other than how Garza and Theory lost in the Last Chance Gauntlet.

— Apollo Crews: Crews was originally a participant in the MITB ladder match. However, they opted to write him out of the match with a fake injury angle.

— The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar): These two have been MIA ever since Rezar’s injury months ago.

— Bobby Lashley: He’s busy flipping tires and seemingly waiting for Creative to come up with someone to feud with. Lashley did have a good run in the Last Chance Gauntlet, though, but came up short.

— Brendan Vink & Shane Thorne / Cedric Alexander & Ricochet / MVP: MVP lost his Money in the Bank qualifying match. Vink and Thorne are now his clients and are feuding with Alexander and Ricochet. None of that translates to a pay-per-view caliber match. This is just a Raw storyline.

— Brock Lesnar: The Beast Incarnate isn’t traveling/working during this pandemic.

— Edge / Randy Orton: The Rated-R Superstar and The Viper have been off television since their big WrestleMania match. They’ll be back next week. For now, it’s okay to focus on others.

— Humberto Carrillo / Shelton Benjamin: Carrillo has been wrestling Benjamin on Main Event. Both lost in the Last Chance Gauntlet. Womp womp.

— Jinder Mahal: After many months on the shelf, The Modern Day Maharaja just returned to action. My guess is he’ll be pushed to become another contender for Drew McIntyre soon enough, but they didn’t want to give him the briefcase, so they figured it’s better to keep him out of that match than to have him lose.

— Kevin Owens: We haven’t seen Owens since WrestleMania. Apparently, he’s been injured from that match and will be out a few weeks.

— Murphy: Murphy lost his Money in the Bank qualifier. That’s as good a reason as any for him not to be on this card.

— Riddick Moss / R-Truth: Since Rob Gronkowski has the 24/7 Championship, there isn’t much for these two to do.

— Samoa Joe: The Samoan Submission Machine is back on commentary as he’s still recovering from his concussions.

— The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) / The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar): A tag team title match between these two pairs took place on Raw. That could have arguably happened at this event, but I guess WWE didn’t feel it needed to stack the show.

— Titus O’Neil: These days, O’Neil pops up once in a while, but isn’t quite active in any in-ring capacity. He did show up in the Last Chance Gauntlet, but was quickly beaten by Lashley.

From the Raw Women’s Division

— Becky Lynch: There has been no No. 1 contender determined. This is a stall event in terms of the Raw Women’s Championship.

— Bianca Belair: The EST of WWE just got on Raw at WrestleMania. She doesn’t even have a solid feud yet, outside of that brief stint with Zelina Vega.

— The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce): It’s been months since we’ve seen these two. Rumors flew around that they were going to be repackaged, yet none of that came about. Maybe it was a b.s. report, or maybe they did have plans that were put on hold with this pandemic. We may never know what’s going on.

— Kairi Sane: She failed to get into the MITB ladder match.

— Lana: Without Lashley on the card, nor a MITB ladder match spot, there’s no need for Lana here.

— Liv Morgan: I’m surprised Morgan isn’t in the ladder match. I would have thought she’d be a guarantee, based on how they’ve pushed her.

— Natalya: Your guess is as good as mine. Nattie competed at WrestleMania, yet they didn’t want her in the Money in the Bank match. Curious.

— Ruby Riott: Riott lost to Asuka in a qualifying match.

— Zelina Vega: If any of her clients compete, she’ll be there. Otherwise, there’s no need.

From the SmackDown Men’s Division

— Bo Dallas: Now that Curtis Axel has been released, Bo Dallas is even less able to get in the mix for a pay-per-view. Then again, he hasn’t been seen in months and he’s on the jobber squad as it is. #JobberStatus excuse for him.

— Cesaro, Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura: Oddly, WWE just went ahead and moved on from the Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak feud with these, just as they did with Braun Strowman. It will be interesting to see if that was because they’re going in a different direction entirely, or if they just wanted to skip a few weeks and go back to it.

— Dolph Ziggler: Ziggler lost his qualifying match to Otis.

— Drew Gulak: Gulak failed to win his qualifying match. Again, that’s a good enough excuse for him to not be on the card.

— Elias: Elias is out with a kayfabe injury right now.

— Jeff Hardy / Sheamus: These two sure seem to be destined to clash, but WWE didn’t announce it for this card.

— Lars Sullivan: Sullivan is still out of action from his knee injury and backstage issues for an indeterminate amount of time.

— Mojo Rawley: Without Gronk, there isn’t much for Mojo to do.

— Mustafa Ali: We might see another hacker video with Ali, but that’s certainly not a guarantee.

— Robert Roode: He lives in Canada. No traveling.

— Roman Reigns: The Big Dog skipped WrestleMania. Of course he’d skip this. He won’t be back until it’s safe enough for him to return. As long as that risk is there, we should expect him to be out of action.

— Shorty G: #JobberStatus.

— Tucker Knight: Otis has been at the forefront, so Tucker has had nothing much to do.

— The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso): Jimmy Uso is injured, so that explains The Usos’ absence from the tag title hunt.

From the SmackDown Women’s Division

— Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross: These two had their tag title defense. That match could have happened here, if Brooke hadn’t already qualified for the ladder match before that.

— Ember Moon: Achilles injury.

— Mandy Rose / Sonya Deville: Mandy failed to win her qualifying match (which Carmella won) due to Sonya’s distractions.

— Mickie James: James is out of action with a knee injury that has her on the shelf for 7-9 months.

— Naomi: Naomi lost her qualifying match to Dana Brooke.

— Sasha Banks: The Boss lost her qualifying match to Lacey Evans.

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!

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