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Carlito: Here’s why he didn’t return on WWE SmackDown this past week

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Former Intercontinental Champion Carlito has been a subject of intense speculation recently, with fans eagerly awaiting his return to the WWE.

Reports had indicated that Carlito was set to make his official return as a full-time star, with the July 7th edition of SmackDown at Madison Square Garden marked as the start date.

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Speculation Fueled by Independent Show Cancellations

Adding fuel to the fire, the former WWE star was pulled from independent wrestling shows. This move further intensified the speculation regarding his return.

According to PWInsider, WWE had targeted Carlito for a return at Madison Square Garden on the last Friday’s episode of SmackDown.

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Carlito’s Presence in the Northeast

Despite not appearing on-screen or backstage on Friday’s show, company sources confirmed that Carlito travelled to the Northeast for WWE that weekend.

A PWInsider reader even spotted Carlito waiting for a flight from Pittsburgh on Sunday. It’s worth noting that WWE’s medical program is headquartered in Pittsburgh, which could suggest a potential medical clearance for Carlito.

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The Timing of Carlito’s Return

One WWE source mentioned that Carlito’s return on the July 7th edition of SmackDown ‘would have been lost in the wake of the Bloodline’ so it turned out to be for the best that it was pulled from the show.

This suggests that the timing of Carlito’s return is being carefully considered to ensure maximum impact.

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Carlito’s Potential Alignment with Latino World Order

The reports of Carlito making a WWE return have also hinted at a possible alignment with the Latino World Order.

However, the LWO group were only used for cameo appearances on last Friday’s show. This leaves fans in suspense about the role Carlito might play upon his return.

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