There are often angles and matches in the WWE that don’t make it to television for one reason or another, and fans haven’t really expressed their disappointment over it. This most recent cancelation, however, is one that may make fans of the squared-circle upset.
Braun Strowman hasn’t made a TV appearance for WWE in awhile, and some may be wondering why. Unfortunately, the big man has been dealing with an injury. Even worse for fans, this has caused a big angle to be scrapped from this week’s Friday Night SmackDown and the cancelation of a possible title match at TLC.
Wrestling Observer Radio, by way of Wrestling Inc., reports that Strowman has been kept out of the ring lately due to suffering from back spasms. The official word from WWE is that he’s dealing with a “sore hip,” but it has been enough to keep him off of some WWE Live Events as well.
This injury has led to WWE canceling an angle which was supposed to take place on last week’s Friday Night SmackDown. That angle was going to be used to set up a match for him against Shinsuke Nakamura at TLC.
The exact angle that was going to be shot on SmackDown is unknown, but it would have apparently started a program between Strowman and Nakamura that would have ended up putting together a match between the two for the Intercontinental Championship at TLC.
On Sunday, WWE will present their annual TLC pay-per-view and a number of great matches have already been announced for it. As of this writing, there are only seven matches scheduled for the event, though more are expected to be added. Another match rumored to be added to the card is Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins, but the latter is suffering from a hand injury, which could also cause WWE to hold off.
With one more episode of Friday Night SmackDown to go before this Sunday’s TLC event, the WWE Intercontinental Title Match could still be added. If Strowman is healthy enough, fans should be confident that Nakamura will have to defend his championship over the weekend.
Strowman has never held a singles title in WWE, though it isn’t out of the question that he will have one eventually. He’s had a few chances to win the WWE Championship and WWE Universal Titles, but has always come up short in each of those opportunities.