You may remember a situation a few months ago that featured AJ Styles "debunking" Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer's claim that he had been sidelined with a hernia. Meltzer claimed that the news came from an internal injury report, which many doubted. As of last week, Fightful was able to corroborate that WWE does in fact keep a list of "inactive" talent.
WWE's Monday injury report listed "hernia" as his injury. If it's "fake," blame the WWE doctor who made the diagnosis. https://t.co/W8o0hf3KP4— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) February 7, 2019
The document that Fightful learned of was a bit different than a standard injury report. Instead, it listed talent that were injured, and also included lists of talent that weren't able to be used for a specific week of TV tapings. For example, last week, Naomi and the Usos were listed as "on vacation," Finn Balor was included because he was in Ireland, Alexa Bliss was listed as having an "illness" keep her out Tuesday.
There are also estimated return times listed, and updates on status'. From wrestlers having evaluations on their injuries scheduled, to a full on "no contact" list. The "no contact" list is particularly interesting, because it contains active performers such as Paige, but also, several other names like Scott Hall, who are never on WWE television.
It's worth noting that Ronda Rousey was listed as "INJ - TBD."
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