Why Kevin Owens Missed This Week's WWE Raw

Real reason KO's planned WWE Raw match with Ezekiel didn't happen.

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Kevin Owens was absent from this week's WWE Raw despite being advertised for a match with Ezekiel, with lead announcer Jimmy Smith confirming the bout would be rescheduled.

Smith did not provide a reason for Owens' absence or reveal the match's new date. Kevin and whatever member of the Samson clan were in line for a spot in the titular men's bout at Saturday's Money In The Bank 2022 premium live event, following KO's challenge to Ezekiel, Elias, or new sibling Elrod last week.

On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer stated that Owens encountered a "minor situation" preventing him from appearing on Raw, hence the rescheduling. Whether or not the intended MITB qualifier will happen before the PLE is unknown, though. With only Friday's go-home SmackDown to go, Meltzer had no information on whether or not Owens will be available by then.

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Encouragingly, Meltzer was informed that Owens' situation isn't serious.

One spot remains in the men's Money In The Bank ladder match. Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Omos, Sami Zayn, and Riddle have qualified so far. The space should be filled by the time SmackDown goes off the air on Friday.

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