According to WWE.com, Elias has been pulled from his semi-finals King of the Ring match on SmackDown Live due to an injury.
The official statement from WWE reads:
Due to an injury, Elias will not compete in his scheduled King of the Ring semifinal match against Chad Gable.
Stay with WWE Digital platforms and watch SmackDown LIVE tonight on USA Network at 8/7 c for further updates as the situation develops.
When Elias suffered the injury and what is exactly ailing him was not revealed. Hopefully, whatever it is, is not too serious.
Elias was set to face Gable in the second of the two semifinal matches this week. Baron Corbin had moved on thanks to a victory in a Triple Threat Match over Samoa Joe and Ricochet on Raw this past Monday.
BREAKING: Due to an injury, @IAmEliasWWE will not compete in his scheduled #KingOfTheRing semifinal match against @WWEGable.— WWE (@WWE) September 10, 2019
Stay with WWE Digital for further updates as the situation develops. #SDLivehttps://t.co/04mQBO1vnm
Who Gable will now face at SmackDown Live has not been announced. Will it be someone who was eliminated from the tournament and given a second chance? Will Gable receive a bye? Or, will WWE throw someone else in the mix that wasn't already a part of the tournament? If the latter, one has to wonder what other Superstars would take issue with that talent being inserted without having to win matches to get there.
Would Elias Have Moved On?
With Corbin reaching the finals of the tournament, Elias was likely the underdog to advance. Even though on paper, Gable is not the favorite, with a heel Corbin advancing, it made more sense to let Gable keep defying the odds and move on in the tournament. Thus, in the end, this likely won't have a great impact on the results of the tournament but is unfortunate nonetheless.
That said, if Elias was slated to win the tournament and advance on SmackDown Live, this really throws WWE's plans for a loop.
Let's just hope none of this leads to Shane McMahon getting a spot.