With Survivor Series 2019 coming up this Sunday night, the go-home show of Monday Night Raw and our best guess of what will happen on Friday Night SmackDown 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
— Akira Tozawa: Akira Tozawa put up a good fight against Buddy Murphy on Raw, but couldn’t win that, nor is he high enough on the totem pole to have been considered for this event.
— Aleister Black/Buddy Murphy: Buddy Murphy wanted to pick a fight with Aleister Black on Raw, and it just didn’t happen. Neither of them have a match here and were outranked by more important names for this year’s Team Raw.
— Andrade: He had a chance to front Team Raw if he had beaten Seth Rollins, but wasn’t able to pull off the job.
— The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor): These two never do anything. It’s amazing they’re still employed.
— The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar): AOP attacked Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, but there isn’t any room on the card for people who aren’t really doing anything but waiting to do something.
— Bobby Lashley/Rusev: This feud keeps getting screen time, but it seems as though WWE is dragging out the storyline until TLC or longer.
— Cedric Alexander: There were bigger fish to fry and Cedric Alexander has supposedly been dealing with some sort of injury issues.
— Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder: These two might have won the Raw tag titles to replace The Viking Raiders if AOP hadn’t attacked them… although, let’s be honest, that wasn’t going to happen.
— EC3: I’ll reference this quite a bit, but anyone who is largely just a jobber was obviously not going to be prioritized for their brand’s team. EC3 is, unfortunately, one of those guys.
— Eric Young: Jobber.
— Erick Rowan: WWE seems more focused on showing off that Erick Rowan has a pet rat or something than anything else right now.
— Humberto Carrillo: He will fight AJ Styles for the United States Championship next week on Raw. That’s a good consolation prize to being skipped over for this event.
— Mojo Rawley: Jobber.
— No Way Jose: Jobber.
— The O.C. (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows): The best tag team in the world couldn’t even represent Raw in the tag team champions showcase match.
— R-Truth: We may see him do something involving the 24/7 Championship.
— Samoa Joe: Samoa Joe is still injured.
— Shelton Benjamin: Shelton Benjamin is back to doing nothing. They seem to only use him when they need to.
— Sin Cara: Sin Cara recently requested his release. We probably won’t be seeing him anymore.
— The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford): Had there been a tag team elimination match like in previous years, these two would have undoubtedly been featured players.
— Titus O’Neil: For the most part, Titus O’Neil does more ambassador work than in-ring or on-screen stuff these days.
— The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso): The Usos are still on hiatus after the arrest problems.
From the Raw Women’s Division
— Carolina: With Sin Cara wanting his release and Carolina very much needing more time in NXT, she stood no chance in being on this event.
— The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce): There are only 5 spots available for the Survivor Series teams and The Kabuki Warriors are the bigger deal than these two.
— Lana: No Rusev or Bobby Lashley, no Lana.
— Liv Morgan: WWE is still waiting on this big return for Liv Morgan, and it’s making me think they have no real ideas.
— Naomi: She is sitting things out along with The Usos, with no set time frame declared for her return.
— 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.
— Ruby Riott: Ruby Riott’s shoulder injury will keep her on the shelf for the next few months.
— Zelina Vega: No Andrade and no Team Raw role, no Zelina Vega.
From the SmackDown Men’s Division
— Apollo Crews: Unfortunately, Apollo Crews wasn’t high enough on the hierarchy to get a Team SmackDown spot over people like Mustafa Ali and Chad Gable.
— The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel): Jobbers.
— Cesaro: Cesaro is perpetually pushed aside. I’d argue he would have made a great member of Team SmackDown, but WWE doesn’t seem to view him in that regard all that often.
— The Colons (Epico Colon & Primo Colon): I repeat, as I have for many months now. Why are these guys still under contract? Just release them.
— Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode: These two had an opportunity to earn spots on Team SmackDown, but failed.
— Drew Gulak: Unfortunately, Drew Gulak is being used more as a comedic jobber right now than someone who would be a great member of Team SmackDown.
— Elias: Elias is still out of action with an injury.
— The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy): Jeff Hardy is still on the inactive list from his injury and legal problems, while Matt Hardy sits out probably to not bring attention to any of that.
— Heath Slater: Jobber.
— Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight): Had there been a tag team Survivor Series match this year, these two would have been prominently featured, just like The Street Profits.
— Jinder Mahal: Jinder Mahal suffered a ruptured patellar tendon injury in a match against Mustafa Ali on June 15th and will be out several months.
— Lars Sullivan: The Freak will be out of action until 2020 due to a knee injury.
— The Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Kalisto, & Lince Dorado): These guys are too low on the totem pole to have gotten some of the 5 spots on Team SmackDown.
— Luke Harper: Since he wants to leave WWE, it seems WWE doesn’t want to use him.
— The Miz: It’s strange that The Miz keeps being pushed aside. There is the possibility that they wanted him to face Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan would have been on Team SmackDown, but we may never know if that was truly the game plan or just speculation.