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Update on why Damian Priest was off of WWE television recently

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WWE Superstar Damian Priest recently made his return to WWE programming following the WrestleMania Backlash ‘zombie lumberjack’ match against The Miz and subsequent lumberjack match against John Morrison the very next night.

It was previously believed that Priest was injured, thus why he was taking time off of WWE to rehab the injury. It now turns out that these reports were false, and that Priest was available to return at any point from a health standpoint.

PWInsider recently confirmed that Damian Priest was away from programming to deal with “some personal matters.” It hasn’t been confirmed what these are, but he was back on RAW this week.

Is Damian Priest in MITB?

WWE officials had hoped at one point for Damian Priest to be back in time for Money In The Bank qualifying matches. The RAW side of the Men’s MITB match was confirmed before Priest returned, although he did appear in somewhat of a ‘second chance’ battle royal which was eventually won by Riddle on behalf of Randy Orton.

It’s not confirmed what WWE has planned for Priest as we head towards MITB and SummerSlam in August, the company have yet to build on the momentum he had following the WrestleMania program with Latin music megastar Bad Bunny.

Here’s the currently confirmed card for Money In The Bank in July:

  • Universal Champion Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge
  • WWE Championship Match: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
  • RAW Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Alexa Bliss vs Nikki Cross vs Asuka vs Naomi vs Carmella vs TBA vs TBA vs TBA
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Riddle vs Ricochet vs John Morrison vs Drew McIntyre vs Big E vs Randy Orton vs TBA vs TBA

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