According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the reason behind the storyline suspension of Braun Strowman is due to injury.
On the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Radio, Melter noted that ‘The Monster Among Men’ suffered a knee injury at Survivor Series on November 22 and that the decision to temporarily remove him from the main event picture was a last minute edict.
Working around the injury, of which the severity has yet to be determined, WWE were forced to create a tournament in order to decide three potential number one contenders.
Those three men, Keith Lee, AJ Styles and Riddle, will battle on November 30 to decide who meets Drew McIntyre at TLC on December 20.
However, Meltzer noted that the plan was still to have Braun Strowman challenge the Scot at WWE’s final pay-per-view of the year with the possibility of him returning on Monday for interaction that would send him to TLC and then not competing again until the event in order for the injury to heal.
He added that WWE do have a back-up plan should Strowman’s injury not heal in time for him to either qualify for or compete at TLC.
Braun Strowman was indefinitely suspended on the November 23 edition of Raw, after headbutting authority figure Adam Pearce.
Inside the Ropes will keep you up to date with Braun Strowman’s status.