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Three Major Superstars Aren't Being Advertised For SummerSlam

This year's edition of the WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view will take place at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Aug. 11, but it looks like three of the company's major superstars could be absent from the show.

Per Ringside News, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey and Dean Ambrose do not appear on the advertisement materials for SummerSlam.

Over 30 superstars appear on the material, however, and it includes virtually every big name on the roster you can think of. A lot can change over the next five months, but the absences of Lesnar, Rousey and Ambrose here suggest that neither of them will be in WWE when August comes around.

Of course, Ambrose is set to leave WWE after WrestleMania 35 when his contract expires. The company confirmed this in a statement back in January, and multiple reports continue to suggest that he is still bent on leaving. So barring a last-second change of mind, Ambrose will be long gone from WWE - meaning he's obviously not going to be at SummerSlam.

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via Ringside News

As for Rousey, it was recently reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Rousey is expected to leave after WrestleMania. However, it's believed she is only going on hiatus, possibly to start a family with husband Travis Browne. It's likely that her break from WWE will go past SummerSlam, and Rousey's absence from the promotion here provides such a hint.

It's a more complex case with Lesnar, who is widely expected to head back to the UFC at some point this year. He was expected to leave the WWE at some point in 2018, but it never materialized. It's possible WWE isn't advertising him simply because they don't know yet if Lesnar will be there. We'll find out what the future holds for him in the coming weeks.

What This Means

Again, it's too early to know what will happen between now and WrestleMania, but this offers a hint that WWE is planning for Ambrose's departure and for Rousey to go on hiatus. Lesnar could decide to return to UFC while staying on with WWE, or he could leave simply leave the company for good and miss SummerSlam.

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