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By Mike Johnson on 2022-12-22 23:38:00

WWE sources have confirmed that the reason a change was made to their Madison Square Garden main event on Monday 12/26 for the annual post-Christmas event is that Drew McIntyre will not be cleared to return to the ring by the time the show takes place. 

McIntyre had been removed from the ring to heal what was termed "a minor injury" to us several weeks back and will not be able to return until the company's medical protocol clears him to perform.

Up until earlier today, the expectation had been that McIntyre would return at the Smackdown live events starting Monday 12/26 and he would take part in an eight man tag team bout to headline those SD shows.  Instead, the shows will now be headlined by The Usos vs. Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens.

We are told that as of this writing, McIntyre will not be appearing in any form on the live events next week.  He last competed for the company at a live event on 11/27 in Portland, Maine.

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