The WWE Superstar Shake-Up kicked off last night on Raw and we had 15 additions to the red team. However, Samoa Joe was slated to be on the show, but he was incredibly sick with the flu.
Fightful Select reports that Samoa Joe was sick “to the point of barely functioning” before Raw kicked off last night. This is why he was not used.
It was previously reported that Samoa Joe had some kind of a segment with Braun Strowman planned for Raw this week. Therefore, Strowman’s squash of EC3 was what WWE chose to go with.
WWE had to re-write much of the show due to travel issues as well. To Joe’s credit he did reportedly show up for work, but he was incredibly sick so he was not used.