WrestleMania 39 is just a couple of weeks away and fans noted a couple of names being absent from this week’s edition of Monday Night RAW— Bobbly Lashley and Carmella.
Bobby Lashley and Carmella missed RAW
Fighful Select reported that Lashley actually made it to the site of RAW in St. Louis, Missouri but after his name didn’t appear on the internal rundown of the show, he was evidently kept backstage. The reasoning behind the decision to keep Lashley off television this week was not disclosed.
After Lashley’s disqualification victory over Brock Lesnar at Elimination Chamber, he was slated to be in a feud with Bray Wyatt, that would lead to a match at WrestleMania. However, with Wyatt reportedly coping with “a physical issue,” the possibility of that contest pushing forward is up in the air at this point.
Despite not appearing on RAW it should be noted that Lashley did appear during this past weekend’s live event loop. He defeated Baron Corbin at Saturday’s show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Another notable star missing from RAW was Carmella. She missed out on both live events over the weekend. Originally, the former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion was slated to continue the story of her forming tag-team with Chelsea Green Monday night while the two wrestled Asuka and RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair.
Over the weekend, however, WWE reportedly made the call to replace Carmella with Piper Niven in the respective tag team match. On-screen, Green claimed she simply couldn’t find Carmella, so she got Niven as a substitute. Belair and Asuka went on to defeat Green and Niven, but similar to Lashley, the exact reason behind Carmella’s disappearance remains unclear.