Fightful Select has provided an update on several Superstars who were not included in the WWE Draft, including two-time WWE Universal Champion Bray Wyatt.
Wyatt was pulled from WWE programming due to a physical issue on the Road To WrestleMania 39. As a result, his WrestleMania feud with Bobby Lashley was also nixed and the All Mighty didn’t get to wrestle at the Showcase Of Immortals this year.
According to the report, Wyatt was overcoming illness during WrestleMania weekend. He has recently been telling his friends about his excitement to return to work as soon as he can.
Additionally, Big E, Randy Orton, R-Truth, and Robert Roode are all dealing with injuries and weren’t part of the 2023 WWE Draft.
Both Truth and Roode are expected to miss most if not all of 2023. Truth tore his quad this past year and Roode recently underwent neck fusion surgery. Big E is still recovering from a broken neck and Orton has been dealing with back issues. WWE is currently uncertain about when these four Superstars can return to work.
On the other hand, certain wrestlers are simply absent because they’ve been missing from television, namely, Aliyah, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Shanky, and Uncle Howdy.
Shanky hasn’t wrestled since Triple H took over WWE Creative. Aliyah hasn’t been seen since September, following her recovery from an AC sprain and rib injury.
Alexa Bliss was shelved due to skin cancer treatment and hasn’t been included in creative plans. Uncle Howdy, played by Bo Dallas, likely won’t return until Wyatt does.
Carmella’s absence has not been explained, but she vanished ahead of WrestleMania 39.
Gable Steveson was drafted to RAW in 2022 and has been undergoing training ever since. No creative plans were in place at the time and the move was described as a publicity stunt.
Jinder Mahal is now considered to be on the NXT roster.
Finally, part-timers like Lita, Logan Paul, and Maryse were also excluded from the Draft.
Lita is out selling a storyline injury and isn’t expected to be doing much ringwork in the future. Her appearances with Becky Lynch were simply meant to advance the storyline with Trish Stratus.
Speaking of Paul, even though he was included in the official Draft graphic, he’s viewed as a free agent and will appear wherever WWE needs him to.
Maryse was also included in the graphic but went undrafted. She will just appear whenever The Miz does, and The Hollywood A-Lister was drafted to RAW.