The realm of WWE SmackDown has experienced a notable absence lately, with Luke Gallows, a prominent figure, conspicuously absent from the television screens. In contrast, his partner Karl Anderson has made intermittent appearances on the SmackDown scene.
In a recent commentary by Michael Cole, it was subtly hinted that Gallows was grappling with an injury. Fans were left waiting as the commentary chose not to reveal how serious the issue was.
According to a report from Fightful Select, it has come to light that Gallows necessitated a knee arthroscopy procedure, a development that is expected to keep him off the TV tapings for approximately six weeks. There is some interest about this treatment because it is unclear exactly when it was performed.
Luke Gallows recently got his knee scoped, Fightful Select has learned. This is why he's been absent from television.
There were rumors (not started by me, for sure) indicating he simply didn't want to deal with Mia Yim (probably). pic.twitter.com/jBRK5VAtGF
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Gallows’ most recent in-ring performance occurred during a live event in Canada, where he joined forces with Anderson and AJ Styles in a six-man tag team match against Austin Theory, Cedric Alexander, and Shelton Benjamin. I
t’s important to note that this match happened apart from the SmackDown arena where it was broadcast. Gallows’ last televised skirmish was witnessed on the August 18th episode of SmackDown, where The O.C. faced off against the formidable duo of Street Profits, Montez Ford, and Angelo Dawkins.
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In the meanwhile, AJ Styles encountered a difficult situation on a recent WWE SmackDown programme. In a notable part of the programme, Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa were challenged by John Cena and AJ Styles by throwing down the gauntlet in the ring.
The Bloodline members, however, opted not to engage in physical combat at that moment. Later in the evening, a pivotal meeting took place between Adam Pearce, Paul Heyman, and other members of The Bloodline backstage, ultimately resulting in the official scheduling of a high-stakes matchup for Fastlane 2023.
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The contract signing for this highly anticipated confrontation was slated to headline the show. However, in a shocking turn of events, Jimmy and Sikoa orchestrated a backstage assault on AJ Styles, leaving the former WWE Champion in a battered state. Before officials could intervene, Styles was swiftly transported to a nearby medical facility.
John Cena, not one to back down from a challenge, also attempted to confront The Bloodline head-on. However, he too found himself overwhelmed by the combined might of Solo Sikoa and Jimmy Uso. The Enforcer and Jimmy Uso triumphantly stood while The Cenation Leader lay helpless on the canvas, bringing the programme to a dramatic end.