With Super Show-Down coming up this Sunday night, the go-home show of Monday Night Raw has given us an indication of what talent is booked for the pay-per-view and who are not currently scheduled. As always, there is a chance any kind of alterations can be made to the lineup, as the card is always subject to change, but at the moment, the men and women in this breakdown are not being promoted as taking part in this event.
In some cases, this may be justified, but in others, it might seem ridiculous. That is up to you to decide as we take a look at which superstars from the red brand are sitting this show out.
From the Raw Men’s Singles Division
— Baron Corbin: I really don’t get how Constable Corbin wasn’t one of the focal points of this event, nor Hell in a Cell. It’s strange to me WWE went with turning Braun Strowman heel instead of just putting this story on Baron Corbin’s shoulders. Anyway, I’m sure he’ll pop up in some fashion in some backstage segment or coming out to mess up the six-man tag or whatever.
— The Big Show: Unofficially, it seems The Big Show is not an active roster member anymore, for the most part. He’s basically being treated like an ambassador more than an injured wrestler. Since he hasn’t been wrestling, no angles have been crafted for him, so if he does make an appearance, it’ll be in some other role.
— Brock Lesnar: Brock Lesnar wrestled at SummerSlam, made an appearance at Hell in a Cell, and is scheduled for Crown Jewel. What does this guy look like, a regular roster member? Come on now. He doesn’t do that much in a row AND do Super Show-Down!
— Curt Hawkins: The losing streak continues, but it’s still not a big enough deal for WWE to want to make it a featured part of programming every week, let alone set aside time on a pay-per-view to dedicate to another loss.
— Finn Bálor: Finn Bálor is one of those guys who is just flat out missing from this equation for some reason. He’d probably get a good reaction, but nothing at all was hinted at for a possible match for him here, strangely.
— Goldust: Goldust is currently still dealing with his injuries with no timetable of when he’ll be returning, if at all.
— Jason Jordan: As more time goes by, it seems more likely that Jason Jordan’s career is unfortunately over and done with. Here’s hoping that’s not the case, but things don’t look promising for him to return at any future events happening soon, at least.
— Jinder Mahal: Shaaaaanti. Meditation is valuable for many things, but getting on a pay-per-view card is not one of the benefits. Former WWE champion, everyone, sitting out the event because he’s basically a midcarder.
— Mike Kanellis: General rule of thumb is that Mike Kanellis doesn’t exist outside of Main Event.
— Mojo Rawley: You know how there are some people who could potentially benefit from a stint down in NXT where they feel like a bigger deal because they’ve been on the main roster for a bit? Mojo Rawley is one of those guys. Super Show-Down was never in the cards for him.
— No Way Jose: From the start of his main roster run, No Way Jose has been a comedic jobber enhancement talent character, more than anyone who will seemingly get a push for a pay-per-view match. He couldn’t even get his way into the Mixed Match Challenge, oddly enough, but hey, maybe if more people get injured, he can find his way onto a team. That’s a horrible thing to wish for, but it’s the best chance he’s got right now at doing something worthwhile.
— Sami Zayn: After two torn rotator cuffs, Sami Zayn is out of action for months on end. He may not even be back in time for WrestleMania.
— Zack Ryder: Ryder’s home recently has been Main Event, rather than Monday Night Raw. He hasn’t done anything noteworthy in a long while.
From the Raw Women’s Division
— Alexa Bliss/Alicia Fox/Mickie James: This trio has been sticking together and in solidarity, they weren’t booked for any matches on the card. Alexa Bliss is the most popular of the three and she’s dealing with an injury, so they’ll definitely hold back on putting her in the ring so as to mitigate any problems that could happen with her match against Trish Stratus at Evolution.
— Bayley/Sasha Banks: Speaking of injuries, Sasha Banks is dealing with one, too, which forced her to pull out of the Mixed Match Challenge tournament and be replaced by Mickie James. Bayley, in the meantime, is just hanging around with nothing to do other than to play her part in MMC alongside Finn Bálor Neither had anything going for them for Super Show-Down anyway, so they’re not missing out.
— Dana Brooke: One of the guarantees about a pay-per-view that you can bet on 99/100 times is that Dana Brooke will not be featured on the card. That’s just been proven by history. No changes here.
— Ember Moon/Nia Jax: In the mission to pair off nearly every woman in the company, probably in advance of a tag team championship creation, Ember Moon and Nia Jax are a duo and with Alexa Bliss/Alicia Fox/Mickie James in that situation, The Bella Twins and The Riott Squad feuding, Sasha Banks and Bayley split in half and Ronda Rousey/Natalya elsewhere, there’s nothing left for Ember Moon and Nia Jax to do here.
— Natalya: I’m expecting Natalya to pop up in a backstage segment with The Bella Twins and Ronda Rousey, at least, if not be ringside for the match, too.
From the Raw Tag Team Division
— The Ascension: Jobbers don’t make events, especially if they’re in the tag team division. Enough said.
— The Authors of Pain: WWE is really trying to keep these two on the back end to save for another time, probably closer to WrestleMania. Since there isn’t much of a credible tag team division to pair them up with another duo for this event that would be big enough to justify putting on the card, they’re sitting it out by default.
— The B-Team: WWE had this trend of joke tag team champions. Three in a row. That experiment is over and Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel are back at the bottom of the totem pole like before. They’ve been entirely pushed aside with Hell in a Cell and Super Show-Down and I guarantee they won’t be given some big spot at Crown Jewel.
— Bobby Roode and Chad Gable: It pains me to say that this team is awful, since I like both guys and I feel they’re being mismanaged completely, but yeah, this team is awful, and there’s no way they were going to be given a spot here. It’s pretty bad when you lose to Konnor.
— Breezango: Fandango is still injured. Tyler Breeze is working Main Event and NXT mostly. That’s why they’re not here.
— The Deleters of Worlds: I’d go so far as to say this tag team is completely defunct with their complete absence, Matt Hardy’s possible retirement and Bray Wyatt just not having anything else going on, but I don’t want to jump to that conclusion as a guarantee until they do something on television. In the meantime, count both men out for everything while they’re off TV.
— Heath Slater and Rhyno: Jobbers don’t make events, especially if they’re in the tag team division. Enough said.
— The Revival: Boy, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson are entertaining, aren’t they? Shame if they’d go up to the main roster and suffer a bunch of injuries that cause WWE to forget about them and then they’d have to start practically at the bottom and rebuild themselves without much of a chance to be back in the good graces. Then again, supposedly, Vince McMahon finally sat up last week and realized how good they could be in the ring, so here’s hoping they get more of a solid push going forward. For Super Show-Down, they didn’t seem to be big blips on the radar.
— Titus Worldwide: Oh no, Apollo Crews and Dana Brooke might form a bond that puts a strain on Titus Worldwide. Oh no, Dana Brooke actually is going to leave the group instead. Oh no, no one cares. That’s the situation going on right now with this tag team, rather than having any storylines worth putting on a pay-per-view.