As noted, Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga both were absent from this week’s episode of SmackDown Live. It was announced on the show that Ranallo was unable to travel due to harsh weather conditions in the northeast, however that may not exactly be true.
Dave Meltzer hinted in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there may have been other issues causing Ranallo to miss the event. On the topic of Ranallo and Otunga Meltzer wrote, “At least half of that was true, since Otunga was out filming a movie.”
JBL also was critical of Ranallo on Twitter, “I made the show, everyone made the show, everyone. Maybe he shouldn’t have bashed me if he wasn’t going to show up.”