Samoa Joe is out of the upcoming Mixed Match Challenge tournament due to an apparent injury.
WWE started a fan vote last night to decide between Joe, Elias, and Jason Jordan for the final spot on the Raw side. Joe apparently won that vote, but Kurt Angle tweeted today that Elias would be taking Joe’s spot due to injury.
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) January 9, 2018
Joe appeared on Raw last night and defeated Rhyno. He did an in-ring interview after the match where he announced himself for the 30-Man Over-The-Top Royal Rumble Match, saying John Cena will be the first person he eliminates.
In an article on WWE.com, WWE Senior Ringside Physician Dr. Chris Amann said Joe felt a pop in the bottom of his right foot during the match against Rhyno.
“We took a look and believe he has a plantar fascia rupture, which is a thick tissue rupture under the foot,” Amann said, “We will get an MRI to confirm. Treatment includes a period of immobilization in a boot with crutches and platelet-rich plasma injections.”
Elias and Bayley are Raw’s final team in the mixed tag tournament. Two more SmackDown LIVE pairings still need to be announced before the series debuts on Facebook Watch next Tuesday.
Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss
Finn Balor & Sasha Banks
Apollo Crews & Nia Jax
The Miz & Asuka
Goldust & Alicia Fox
Elias & Bayley
Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair
Rusev & Lana
Jimmy Uso & Naomi
Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya
A member of The New Day (to be determined by fan vote)