With Money in the Bank 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): Jobbers don’t get spots on pay-per-views, particularly if they’re in the tag team division, which is even lower than a regular jobber spot.
— The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar): AOP have been largely out of commission since Akam’s injury, but now that he’s just about ready to go, it wouldn’t surprise me if they came back into the mix after this event. Rushing them for this show wasn’t necessary.
— Bobby Lashley: I’m very surprised Bobby Lashley isn’t in the Money in the Bank ladder match. That completely shocks me.
— Braun Strowman: Braun Strowman was originally in the ladder match, but was replaced by Sami Zayn. Therefore, I’m assuming we’ll see Braun Strowman make a run-in and cost Sami Zayn the match and throw him off the ladder.
— Bray Wyatt: There’s a chance we see another Firefly Fun House video as a buffer between segments on this show, but I don’t think we’ll see the in-ring return of Bray Wyatt.
— Brock Lesnar: Brock Lesnar is Brock Lesnar. Enough said.
— Cedric Alexander: WWE could have given a ladder match spot to Cedric Alexander, but I don’t think it was necessary. He’s in a spot right now where he almost has to work his way up from the midcard as if he never was champion of 205 Live, since so few people watch that show. He’s talented enough that his time will come, but this was too soon.
— Cesaro: With the way the Superstar Shake-up went down, I don’t think WWE had any intention of bringing Cesaro to Raw, and he was overlooked for Money in the Bank because he wasn’t planned to have anything to do for this show no matter what.
— Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder/The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar): The Raw tag team champions are just waiting to drop the belts to The Viking Raiders, but I don’t think there’s enough time on this card for it to happen here. Instead, it will probably just happen on an episode of Raw.
— Dolph Ziggler: The Showoff has been missing in action since Royal Rumble. Who knows when we’ll see him again, if ever?
— EC3: For whatever reason, EC3 was dead on arrival on the main roster going back months ago. If the best they ever have for him is losing on Main Event, they should really consider moving him back to NXT.
— Eric Young: Since moving over to Monday Night Raw, Eric Young hasn’t done anything of note.
— Fandango: As far as I’m aware, Fandango has yet to be cleared to compete from his injury. Even if that’s the case, WWE is probably still holding back on him in order to figure out what to do.
— The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows): WWE only seems to use Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows when they need someone to fill in.
— Heath Slater and Rhyno: Rhyno is on his way out of WWE by July and Heath Slater is a jobber, too, so there isn’t anything for him to do on a pay-per-view like this.
— Lio Rush: If you believe the rumors, Lio Rush is in hot water right now for behavioral issues backstage that have put him in a position where he’s not being invited to Raw every week, and there may be a “hard reset” on his role in the company. What that means is still to be determined, but it definitely translates to “don’t expect to see him any time soon as a guarantee.”
— The Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Kalisto, & Lince Dorado): There’s no room for these three on this card, as no multi-team match was brought in for the Raw tag team titles.
— Mojo Rawley: It seems that Mojo Rawley stepped through those mirrors he was looking into and fell into another dimension where his push never happened.
— No Way Jose: WWE only uses No Way Jose for house shows and jobber spots.
— The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson): Good lord, please don’t add any stupid “humor” segments between these two teams on this card…
— Robert Roode: Robert Roode got his name changed, his facial hair turned into a mustache and he’s back to being a heel, and even scored a pin over Ricochet, but the push hasn’t gone anywhere yet.
— Titus O’Neil: For the past year or so, Titus O’Neil has been more of an ambassador in WWE than a regular performer.
From the Raw Women’s Division
— Alicia Fox: Alicia Fox was in hot water for backstage problems not that long ago, although she’s back to wrestling now, having been on Raw and Main Event. There were bigger fish to fry on this, though.
— Nia Jax: Nia Jax will be on the shelf until 2020, most likely, with her injuries.
— Nikki Cross: Could have fooled me that she’s on Raw. They never announced it.
— Ronda Rousey: Ronda Rousey’s injury and desire to take time off will keep her away until she and WWE come to some sort of agreement on what to do with her next.
— Ruby Riott/Sarah Logan: I’m very curious why Ruby Riott wasn’t chosen to be in the ladder match, but I’m not surprised about Sarah Logan. The breakup of The Riott Squad still hasn’t been fully realized and I think WWE is waiting to do anything with these two until they figure out a direction.
— Sasha Banks: Who knows what’s going on with The Boss right now? Is she leaving? Is she being paid to stay at home and will wait a long while before leaving? Is this all a work? I could see her potentially being in the ladder match after attacking Dana Brooke or something.
— Tamina Snuka: With only 4 spots on the Raw women’s ladder match, Tamina Snuka was too low of a rung.
From the SmackDown LIVE Men’s Division
— Aiden English: Aiden English is mostly just a commentator for 205 Live these days, rather than a regular performer.
— Aleister Black: WWE has put Aleister Black on the backburner at the moment, undoubtedly to wait until there is something better for him to do while they sort things out (or at least, try to). In the meantime, they’re giving him video promos to make sure people don’t forget about him, so that’s something, and certainly better than just being another cog in the wheel to lose this year’s ladder match, even if his inclusion could have upgraded the quality.
— Apollo Crews: Apollo Crews is in that range where he’s definitely always a possibility for a push, but it doesn’t seem to materialize. At least, it hasn’t here, as he wasn’t given enough time to be on SmackDown LIVE to get a spot in the ladder match.
— The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel): Now that they’re heels who seem to work alongside Shane McMahon, we could see Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel try to help him out in the steel cage match. That would be their only role on this card.
— Buddy Murphy: The juggernaut of 205 Live hasn’t really started as a SmackDown LIVE star quite yet. Put a pin in Buddy Murphy until the next true event, Stomping Grounds (as opposed to the Saudi Arabia show) and that will be a better gauge of where he’s at on the roster.
— Chad Gable: A split from his tag team and a babyface turn that was used to get someone else over isn’t the best momentum for getting on a show, but it’s better than what he was doing before.
— The Colons (Epico Colon & Primo Colon): These two are never on shows. Let’s be honest.
— The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy)/Lars Sullivan/R-Truth: Jeff Hardy will be out with an injury for the foreseeable future, whereas Matt Hardy seems to be in limbo with R-Truth as two people for Lars Sullivan to beat up on a regular basis.
— Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight): If the tag titles are defended, we could see these two get a random match. If not, we’ll just have to wait.
— Jinder Mahal: Bigger fish to fry. Sorry, Jinder Mahal. Two years ago, you were WWE champion and now, you’re not even on the midcard cusp of being a loser in the ladder match.
— Killian Dain: It might be the case where Killian Dain isn’t even on SmackDown LIVE, and WWE just hasn’t bothered to release that information on any kind of official channel.
— Luke Harper: You know what you get when you say you want to leave because you aren’t being used? You get told to stay at home and get paid to not do anything some more.
— The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods): Big E is injured, but Xavier Woods could very well accompany Kofi Kingston to the ring for his WWE Championship match.
— Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura: This team wasn’t even good enough for WWE to put the tag titles on them with damn near no other options available. That speaks volumes.
— Sheamus: The Celtic Warrior is out with injuries that aren’t being fully revealed. The longer this goes on, the worse it seems.
— Shelton Benjamin: The Gold Standard can’t catch a break and only seems to be used by WWE on the house show circuit.
— Sin Cara: It’s been months since we have seen Sin Cara, who was out with an injury, but cleared to compete for a while now.
From the SmackDown Women’s Division
— Asuka/Kairi Sane/The IIconics: These two teams very well could have had a title match on this card, but they booked it for SmackDown LIVE, instead.
— Lana: No Rusev, no Lana.
— Liv Morgan: Liv Morgan’s split from The Riott Squad has me wondering if they’re going to repackage her to some extent and we’ll be waiting for a few more weeks to see what the new Liv Morgan is.
— Sonya Deville: There’s a very good chance Sonya Deville interferes in the women’s ladder match to either help or cost Mandy Rose her shot at the briefcase.
— Mickie James: No information on why Mickie James wasn’t chosen for a spot in the ladder match, meaning WWE just wanted to invest in four other women instead.
— Zelina Vega: There’s a very good chance Zelina Vega accompanies Andrade to the ladder match and may even get involved.
From the 205 Live Cruiserweight Division
— The Cruiserweight Championship is on the line between Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari, which leaves everyone else on 205 Live out in the cold. For the sake of completion, those names are: Akira Tozawa, The Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, Humberto Carrillo, Mike Kanellis, Oney Lorcan, and The Singh Brothers.