WWE is preparing to crown a new champion, but they need to get a tournament out of the way first. There were only so many spots in that World Heavyweight Championship tournament, and some people were left out for a good reason.

AJ Styles vs Edge vs Rey Mysterio will go down this week on SmackDown, which is an absolute dream match. The other triple threat match will see Bobby Lashley, Sheamus, and Austin Theory battle. The winner of those two matches will wrestle to see who gets to face Seth Rollins at Night of Champions for the new World Heavyweight Championship.

We already covered why GUNTHER isn’t in the World Heavyweight Championship tournament, but there are a few other top Superstars who didn’t make the cut. There is a reason why WWE picked the people they went with.

Some top Superstars like Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Matt Riddle were not included in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament. The entire Bloodline faction was also snubbed for some reason. Those choices caused a lot of conversations within the fan base.


Ringside News reached out to ask why WWE neglected to include certain Superstars in the 2023 Draft pool. There seems to be a simple reason for this, because those Superstars simply weren’t needed to tell the stories that the company has in mind.

A tenured member of the WWE creative team explained to us that, “there’s only so many spaces on the brackets available. These were the matchups that made the most sense considering where we’re going.” There is no conspiracy theory against anyone who was not selected in the tournament.

We previously reported that Matt Riddle was not even scheduled to appear on WWE RAW this week. His absence had nothing to do with that leaked video that went viral this week during the red brand’s show.

Seth Rollins won the RAW side of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament. He will face the winner of this week’s SmackDown side at Night of Champions on May 27th in Saudi Arabia. Only time will tell how the big even plays out, but Rollins has been the likely winner of that title since Triple H revealed it.

What’s your take on WWE’s plan for the World Heavyweight Championship? Sound off in the comments!

Tags: WWE Featured
H Jenkins

I love pro wrestling and hate BS. These two things drive me. Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News. Worked in finance before realizing pro wrestling journalism made much less sense. Pro beachballs at pro wrestling shows, pro dives if someone catches, anti bullies, olives, and pineapples on pizza.

Disqus Comments Loading...