Twenty minutes into the latest edition of This Week in WWE, a weekly show that airs on the WWE Network and in several international markets, a graphic was shown hyping the upcoming Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match contract. It featured all six men in the match — Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Dean Ambrose — plus former United States Champion Kalisto.
The gaffe was noticed by fans on social media. When Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter was asked about it on Twitter, he confirmed that the company’s original plan was indeed for Kalisto to participate in the Money in the Bank match.
The news you believe you unearthed is in fact what the plan originally was. https://t.co/8LbMuLdUh9
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) June 19, 2016
Kalisto won the United States Championship from Alberto Del Rio in January and held the title until last month, losing it to Rusev at Extreme Rules. After his loss in the subsequent rematch, the high-flying star was put back into the company’s tag team ranks alongside partner Sin Cara.
On Monday’s Raw, The Lucha Dragons took on Del Rio and Owens with the latter pair’s MITB slots on the line. Del Rio and Owens won, retaining their spots in the match. On Friday, WWE announced that The Lucha Dragons would face The Dudley Boyz in a Kickoff Match at Money in the Bank.