Braun Strowman was pulled from television on the Raw following Survivor Series after he was attacked by Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley. He needed an operation to clean out some bone spurs in his elbow, and although he is already starting to rehab and he is very focused, his participation at TLC is doubtful.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that TLC matches are the worst kind of matches for someone’s elbows anyway. After all, you have to constantly be catching ladders, chairs, and everything else with your arms or else you will catch the object in your face. Therefore, many Superstars go into TLC matches with their elbows doing just fine and exit with injuries.
It was also noted that the idea is that even if Strowman can’t come back and wrestle a full match at TLC, he will at least be able to come in and hit a punishing running powerslam on Baron Corbin to make sure The Lone Wolf doesn’t become full-time Raw General Manager which is Corbin’s intention.
Since Baron keeps bragging about the match still being on and winning the position of authority figure by default, something has to be in line to ruin his plans.
Only time will tell how WWE books themselves out of another tough situation when it comes to injuries on the main roster. But they need to get something in line soon, hopefully, they will have a much better idea about what is going on since Braun Strowman’s surgery is completed.