Elias could be heading back to Monday Night Raw, but not quite as you remember him.
Elias hasn’t been on WWE television since he was defeated by Jaxson Ryker in a Symphony of Destruction match on the July 19th episode of Monday Night Raw. After the match, the former NXT Superstar then disappeared from view without any explanation.
In August 2021 a number of vignettes began appearing relating to the star, hinting that he was going to be heading in a totally new direction. The first vignette aired on August 9th with him standing next to a roaring fire while clips from his match with Ryker flash in and out, accompanied by chants of “Walk With Elias.”
As the video ends, the star places his guitar on the fire, with the voiceover from the star saying that “WWE used to stand for Walk With Elias, but Elias is dead.”
Despite this, the vignettes stopped abruptly and no further mention has been made of the character.
The most recent update on the star came in December, when it was reported that a planned comeback had been scrapped after Vince McMahon said Elias’ new look was too similar to Macho Man Randy Savage.
However, a new report from Fightful Select has noted that the former NXT star has been tentatively slated for a return to Raw, and new vignettes have been filmed. Although, in a word of caution, the report states that this “doesn’t really mean anything until firm plans are set.”
Furthermore, a name change has also been pitched, but there are no details on this at time of writing.
The former NXT Superstar signed with WWE back in 2014, initially appearing on the black and gold brand as The Drifter.
The Pittsburgh native arrived on the main roster in 2017, before going on to clash with the likes of The Undertaker, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens.