With Hell in a Cell 2019 coming up this Sunday night, the go-home show of Monday Night Raw failed to provide any real input on the card. We are still left with only three matches announced in advance, and it seems we’ll have to wait until Friday Night SmackDown is over and done with until WWE can start randomly announcing the rest of the lineup.
In the meantime, this has changed Superstars Missing from the Card to operate less as a status report and more of a guessing game. Nearly everyone has yet to be scheduled for this event as only eight superstars in the entirety of Raw and SmackDown are confirmed so far.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how this is playing out so far and see how the men and women not currently advertised as being part of this event could find their way into a match, or if they’re doomed.
From the Raw Men’s Division
— The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor): They never, ever get booked on anything other than house shows. It’s surprising they’re even still employed.
— The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar): The Authors of Pain have been on the back burner, but their recent vignettes show they will soon be back. Nothing was set up in advance for Hell in a Cell, so we’ll see them after this Sunday at some point, instead.
— Baron Corbin: How does King Corbin not have a match? How has WWE yet again not followed up on his push, just like with the Money in the Bank and United States title reigns?
— Bobby Lashley: If he wrestles in an impromptu match, it will likely be against Rusev.
— Braun Strowman: The Monster Among Men hasn’t been seen since he was attacked by The Fiend. He’s off selling that.
— Brock Lesnar: The Beast Incarnate doesn’t work twice in the same weekend. Come on, now. Wrestling Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship could be the last we see of him until Crown Jewel, even. It’s very well possible he shows up more than that, but it’ll be on SmackDown, not on Hell in a Cell in a rushed title defense.
— Cedric Alexander: What was he going to do, wrestle AJ Styles for the United States Championship for the 10th time and lose even more definitively?
— Cesaro: Here’s hoping Cesaro skips out on this event to find some new ring gear to replace his awful pajamas-inspired getup from the last episode of Raw.
— Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder: These two fell down the jobber well once they dropped their tag titles and haven’t yet recovered in months.
— Drew McIntyre: The Scottish Psychopath has been out of action for several weeks due to an injury, but he should be back relatively soon.
— EC3: Unfortunately, EC3 seems relegated to Main Event and nothing more.
— Eric Young: Eric Young is in the same boat as EC3 in that he appears on Main Event but never elsewhere.
— Heath Slater: Heath Slater is one of those jobbers who gets a random push every couple of months. This is not one of those up-swing times.
— The Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Kalisto, & Lince Dorado): Absolutely nothing has been going on with this group to justify any match at Hell in a Cell for them.
— The Miz: Oddly, even The Miz has had no direction for Hell in a Cell while WWE has been focused on the television episodes, even if they’re underwhelmed.
— Mojo Rawley: He doesn’t get booked, he STAYS not booked.
— No Way Jose: The answer to the question “Is No Way Jose on this pay-per-view”, unless it’s WrestleMania’s André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, is and apparently always will be “no way.”
— The O.C. (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows): They don’t want none. Actually, they probably do, but WWE hasn’t bothered doing anything with them for this card. At most, they’d face Alexander and The Viking Raiders again.
— The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson): Tag team titles mean nothing, and they’re a team that should be on SmackDown right now, anyway, as that’s the brand they hold the belts for.
— Rey Mysterio: After Brock Lesnar’s attack on Raw, bringing Rey Mysterio in for another match would seem strange.
— Ricochet: The one and only Ricochet could very well be an emergency backup plan person WWE tosses onto the card in a random match with no build, but until that happens, he’s missing in action the same as everyone else.
— Robert Roode: Tag team titles mean nothing, remember?
— Samoa Joe: Where Has Samoa Joe been these past few weeks??
— Sami Zayn: If Shinsuke Nakamura defends the Intercontinental Championship, Sami Zayn will be there. Otherwise, there’s no point.
— Titus O’Neil: I say this all the time and it continues to be true: Titus O’Neil is pretty much just an ambassador and not a real member of the roster, it seems.
— The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso): The Usos have yet to make their return after a leave of absence following Jimmy Uso’s DUI.
— The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar): Either they beat The O.C. again, wipe out some jobbers or do nothing. That’s the answer to what WWE has scheduled for Erik and Ivar, perpetually.
From the Raw Women’s Division
— Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross: There’s always a chance the women’s tag titles are spontaneously defended against The IIconics or The Kabuki Warriors, but other than that, these two are mostly on the television spectrum as filler, lately.
— Alicia Fox: Alicia Fox is still listed on the Raw roster, but she’s only been seen once in months where she was classified as a legend on the Raw Reunion special.
— Dana Brooke: Simply put, Dana Brooke has no feud going on right now, unless they’re still having her wrestle Sarah Logan on Main Event in the future.
— Lacey Evans/Natalya: These two had a match on Raw to prolong their feud even more. It’s doubtful if they’re put on this card that anybody will really care all that much.
— Naomi: Naomi has been out of action for a while, dealing with personal issues. She should be back soon.
— Nia Jax: Nia Jax will remain out with her knee injuries for the coming months and isn’t expected to return to action until 2020.
— Ronda Rousey: Ronda 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.