A WWE Raw star has been officially cleared to return from injury after being out of action for over a month.
Last week’s May 8 episode of Raw played host to a backstage segment with Dexter Lumis, Indi Hartwell, Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano, marking the reunion of the former NXT faction known as The Way (minus Austin Theory).
This was Gargano’s first TV appearance for a few weeks as he’d been out with a shoulder issue.
He’d reportedly been working through the issue at NXT Stand & Deliver at the start of April, effectively working with one shoulder in his no DQ match against Grayson Waller.
Well, Gargano’s now been cleared to return to the ring, as he had a match at the Saturday, May 13 WWE house show in Augusta, Georgia.
Gargano had a match against Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship, which obviously Gunther won.
On tonight’s May 15 episode of Raw, there’ll be a battle royal to determine Gunther’s next challenger on TV, so it’s possible the Gunther vs Gargano house show match was done with the idea of getting them to work together because of Gargano being planned to win the battle royal.
That’s just speculation, but it’s certainly something that’s happened in the past.
Here are results from the Friday, May 12 episode of WWE SmackDown:
AJ Styles def. Edge, Rey Mysterio in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Bobby Lashley def. Austin Theory, Sheamus in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Grayson Waller appeared in a backstage segment with Adam Pearce and announced the winner of the Styles vs Lashley main event would appear on his Grayson Waller Effect talk show next week
Cameron Grimes def. Baron Corbin
Roman Reigns made his first appearance since WrestleMania 39 and said that Solo Sikoa has stepped up, but the Usos are a problem and that they embarrassed him
Paul Heyman then announced Reigns and Sikoa would be challenging Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia
Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez def. Bayley & Dakota Kai to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Former NXT Tag Team Champions Pretty Deadly made their SmackDown debut backstage, setting up a match against the Brawling Brutes for next week
Bianca Belair appeared for a ‘celebration’ in her hometown of Knoxville, but was interrupted by a returning Asuka who spat mist in Belair’s face
AJ Styles def. Bobby Lashley in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
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