Despite what was reported last week, former title contender Braun Strowman was not backstage at this week’s Monday Night RAW TV event from Houston, Texas. Instead, it was reported by PWInsider.com on Tuesday that he was not at the event but rather spotted in Austin, Texas which is where WWE will air tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live. Although he’s not expected to appear on the show, he’ll likely be checked out by WWE doctors.
It’s been well established that Strowman recently underwent successful elbow surgery at Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham, AL with the belief that the injury to be a minor issue. He has yet to be cleared to return to the ring in order to wrestle but is expected to be shortly as WWE is counting on him due to a big match being announced for their next/final pay-per-view event of the year. He’s expected to face Baron Corbin at TLC.
There are some stipulations that go along with this contest. If Corbin wins, he’ll be the permanent GM of RAW, but if he loses, he’ll lose all authority. If Strowman wins, he’ll face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at the Royal Rumble. This will also be a TLC Match.
WWE presents the TLC pay-per-view event on Sunday, December 16th, 2018 in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center that will air on the WWE Network. WWE will be announcing more matches for this show in the coming days