After being attacked by Erick Rowan and Luke Harper of the Wyatt family on Monday night and being stretchered out of the arena, WWE.com is reporting Kane may not participate in Sunday’s PPV:
“Following the ambush, Kane is now doubtful to compete in the Money in the Bank All-Stars Ladder Match, sources told WWE.com Tuesday afternoon.”
UPDATE: Saturday, July 13, 7:21 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
The WWE has confirmed that Kane will not be in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match Sunday, but the company has gone ahead with teasing a possible replacement being named before or during the event, per WWE.com:
After days of speculation, it’s now official. The Big Red Monster Kane will not compete in this Sunday’s Money in the Bank All-Stars Match, according to WWE.com sources… Kane’s absence leaves a hole in perhaps the highest stakes match of the year. Will another Superstar get the opportunity to compete? As of Friday, WWE.com was unable to find out if a replacement will be named…
Not only does Kane’s removal from the match make the attack from the Wyatt family look incredibly strong, but the void could also possibly be filled by Bray Wyatt after orchestrating the attack on The Big Red Monster.
Another option would be having Brock Lesnar as the seventh man and allow him to attack CM Punk, giving the former WWE champion an excuse for losing while still furthering the company’s top storyline heading into SummerSlam.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, 12:01 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
The latest report from F4Wonline via Wrestling Inc. is that Kane will likely not be involved in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match Sunday, and could possibly be replaced by the man that orchestrated his attack, Bray Wyatt:
F4Wonline.com reports that word going around WWE on Tuesday was that Kane would be pulled from the Money in the Bank Ladder Match on Sunday, possibly being replaced by Bray Wyatt. This would be to sell the attack from The Wyatt Family on RAW and keep the feud going. There was no announcement at last night's SmackDown tapings so we'll see what happens this weekend.
There are several options for the company if Kane is unable to partake in the ladder match, including Wyatt or possibly even Brock Lesnar. With the WWE not announcing its plans at this time, it allows for the last-second swerve that could rock the Philadelphia crowd.
This PPV gets more interesting by the day.
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While not having a Money in the Bank veteran like Kane in the match will drop the prestige, this could end up being the most interesting aspect of the entire PPV.
There is no doubt that he will be replaced in the bout if he can’t work Sunday.
The WWE would have many different options, but the possibility that the seventh member of the match could be Lesnar (scheduled to appear on the Raw after the PPV, per Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc.) would result in possibly the greatest ladder match of all time.
Instead of allowing Lesnar to come out and try to win the briefcase, the Beast Incarnate could hit the ring as a surprise, put CM Punk through a ladder and cause him not to factor into the outcome of the bout.
With Lesnar attacking Punk and not showing an ounce of care about the Money in the Bank briefcase, this would make for a great PPV moment.