This week’s episode of SmackDown was supposed to function a King of the Ring match semifinals match between Elias and Chad Gable. But after WWE’s newest information replace, that not seems to be the case. WWE.com reported on Tuesday afternoon that Elias has been pulled from the match due to a reported ankle harm.
“Due to an injury, Elias will not compete in his scheduled King of the Ring semifinal match against Chad Gable,” the story said.
Multiple experiences have since come out stating that the harm is respectable and never half of any ongoing storyline.
It doesn’t point out whether or not or not Gable will get a free go to the finals consequently of the harm, although PWInsider‘s Mike Johnson reported minutes later that the “plan” is for Gable to nonetheless compete in a match at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday evening.
Baron Corbin punched his ticket to the finals at Clash of Champions when he defeated each Ricochet and Samoa Joe on Monday Night Raw.
Gable spoke with ComicBook.com earlier than the match started, saying he noticed it as an ideal alternative to show himself as a singles wrestler.
“So when I found out, it was kind of an honor, because as it’s no secret, I haven’t been heavily featured on SmackDown since I got traded over there in the draft,” Gable mentioned. “So for me more than anything, this is like, ‘Okay, now it’s your chance kid,’ because I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to just really break out and show people, even though some people say they already know what I’m capable of, and that I’m great, or this and that. But now it’s my chance to prove it and maybe show it to the people that don’t know that yet or maybe aren’t believers.”
Gable initially discovered success in NXT as one half of the tag staff American Alpha alongside Jason Jordan. Gable mentioned whereas he’d love to return to the Yellow Brand, he’d slightly take an opportunity and show himself on the principal roster.
“In this company especially, any opportunity that presents itself you would take advantage of,” he mentioned. “But I do want to hammer home the fact that I want to take advantage of this opportunity on SmackDown as a singles guy, because like I said, on the main roster up to this point, I don’t think that I’ve had that chance yet. And so before I had to go saying, ‘Oh yeah, I want to go back to NXT,’ I want to like really give the Smackdown main roster thing a shot as a singles guy and prove that I can do it.”