Report: WWE Potentially Forced to Change Plans for WWE Championship Match at TLC

This week's Monday Night Raw opened with Braun Strowman inexplicably snapping on Adam Pearce, nailing him with a headbutt and earning an indefinite suspension. A report popped up via Wrestling Observer the following morning that Strowman was originally penciled in to face Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship at the TLC pay-per-view, even though a No. 1 contender's match was booked later in the night between Keith Lee, Riddle and AJ Styles.

Dave Meltzer returned with a new report on Friday, stating the word going around backstage was that Strowman was dealing with some sort of injury.

"I have not got anything confirmed [but] there's a story going around that there was an injury and that this tournament was a last-minute thing because Strowman was gonna get the title shot but he's injured and that's why they did the headbutt thing and the suspension to cover up an injury," Meltzer said (h/t "But I don't that's [if] the case. I'm hoping that I will get that confirmed tomorrow but that is a story going around. If he's okay, he'll be getting the title shot at the pay-per-view, I guess. But if he's not, they got a backup plan."

Strowman and Pearce both responded to the storyline suspension shortly after it was announced.


McIntyre was absent from this week's Raw following his loss against Roman Reigns in the main event of Sunday's Survivor Series. Check out the full results from the show below:

  • The Miz wins 18-ma Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)
  • Men's Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match: Team Raw def. Team SmackDown
  • SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits def. Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day
  • United States Champion Bobby Lashley def. Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn
  • SmackDown Women's Champion Sasha Banks def. Raw Women's Champion Asuka
  • Women's Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match: Team Raw def. Team SmackDown
  • WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre