At any given time, WWE's inactive list reads like an airport novella, with hordes of Raw, SmackDown, and NXT stars rendered unable to compete for varying reasons.
Maternity leave (Maria Kanellis, Maryse), contract disputes (Neville), and part-time agreements (John Cena, The Undertaker), explain a handful of absences, but most are injury-related. Though WWE's risk-averse in-ring style shields performers to a certain degree, the gruelling road schedule, ageing roster, and the hyper-athletic pursuit of star ratings often negate this, ensuring that the treatment table is always crowded and the company's doctors are never short of work.
Vince McMahon & co. are likely doing all they can to mitigate the problem. To their credit, they are extremely cautious when bringing injured performers back, and a double digit injury list is almost inevitable in a talent pool this huge. Regardless, it's still a lot lengthier than most would like, and it currently houses a number of major stars, many of whom have already been missing for months.
A total of 15 full-time TV performers currently find themselves on the show. Who are they, and when can we expect their returns? Let's take a look...
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