Last week on Monday Night Raw, Big E was apparently injured after a match with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Big E’s status will be discussed on Raw‘s August 8th show, but the question many are asking is was this injury real? Or is it part of a storyline?
Though real injuries are quite common in the WWE, this is not one of them: Big E Langston is just fine, and he did not actually get hurt during his match last week, according to Wrestling Inc.
The WWE, however, has played up this supposed injury throughout the week, saying on the official website that he “underwent several tests and medical examinations” and was found to have suffered ” a contusion to the affected area.” WWE then adds that it’s unclear when Big E will return to the ring.
That last sentence sheds a lot of light on where the WWE is going with this. Days after fans were updated on Big E’s injury, it was announced that The New Day will fight Anderson & Gallows at SummerSlam, with the WWE Tag Team Championship on the line. They didn’t officially say that Big E won’t participate in that match, but he’s absent from the official promo image, so that is certainly implied.
Many are speculating, then, that The New Day will lose their title at SummerSlam and blame it on the fact that Big E was not there to help them.
If true, this storyline would be similar to that of Money in the Bank 2015. Viewers may recall that The New Day lost their title that night in part because Kofi Kingston did not participate in the match. Only Big E and Xavier Woods were present, resulting in a loss to The Prime Time Players. They would later win the title back, though, at SummerSlam 2015.
The New Day vs. Anderson & Gallows was officially announced on Twitter on August 8th. Also scheduled for the SummerSlam pay-per-view is Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton, Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler, Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte, The Miz vs. Apollo Crews, and John Cena vs. A.J. Styles.