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Advertised Match Pulled From WWE Raw

Kevin Owens vs. Ezekiel was strangely absent from this week's WWE Raw.

Last night's WWE Raw saw an advertised match pulled from the show for unknown reasons. 

In the build-up to the event, WWE had promoted a Money in the Bank qualifying bout between Kevin Owens and Ezekiel - a match which never ended up taking place. 

The only men's Money in the Bank qualifier that took place was a "last chance" battle royal, won by Riddle (last eliminating The Miz.) The name of the match is a curious one, given that there appears to be one remaining slot free in the men's Money in the Bank ladder match. The women's bout has seven confirmed Superstars competing, while the men's currently only has six. 

Furthermore, last week's Raw prominently featured the ongoing feud between Owens and Ezekiel, with Owens outraged at the simultaneous appearances of both Ezekiel and Elias. The qualifying match was then set up between the two.

It remains to be seen whether Owens and Ezekiel's match will take place on the go-home SmackDown ahead of Money in the Bank, or whether a reason will emerge for this change of plan. Owens seemed to provide an in-character reason, taking to Twitter to explain his absence from the show: 

"I didn’t want to go to Texas so I didn’t go. Leave me alone."

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