WWE Superstars disappear from screens all the time without explanation, but most of the time this is because of injury, illness or suspension. There are also things relating to personal problems, but these are obviously much more rare. In the instances that they do happen, they often leave the company in a tough spot and the wrestles are often punished for putting the WWE in that situation.
Over the past few months, a number of superstars have disappeared off TV because of the above reasons and could be set to return to the company in the coming weeks as well as being shock additions to the Royal Rumble on Sunday night.
While there are a number of superstars who are set to return to WWE in the coming weeks, there are also a number of stars who could be leaving TV screens in the coming months as well. With a number of stars set to announce their retirement, their contracts are coming to an end, or they are ready to head back off on hiatus after WrestleMania season is over.
WWE is like a huge conveyor belt and having superstars return and depart is just another huge thing that keeps the company going. The following list looks at eight WWE stars who are set to return to WWE TV soon as well as seven who could be set to leave.
15 Return: Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler walked away from WWE two nights after Clash of Champions back in December when he relinquished the United States Championship and hasn't been seen since. The ironic part is, the storyline was meant to be something that the WWE Universe then started talking about when in fact it has been pretty much forgotten over the past few weeks.
A new United States Champion has since been crowned in Bobby Roode and SmackDown has moved forward without Ziggler over the past few weeks. With the Royal Rumble just around the corner, though it would be the perfect place for Ziggler to return if not the SmackDown afterwards so that he can address the situation and what the point of his walkout actually was.
14 Leave: Paige
Paige is a former Divas Champion and currently, the manager of Absolution on Monday night Raw but recent reports suggest that the neck injury that the British star suffered at a house show a few weeks ago is much more serious than WWE are ready to announce. The company have already stated that Paige isn't medically cleared to compete in The Royal Rumble this weekend, but she could be forced to miss much more than just one WWE Pay-per-view.
It is hoped that Paige isn't forced to walk away from WWE TV completely and the company find a way to keep her around in a non-physical role much like Daniel Bryan's but right now her future is unknown as the company to be taking it day by day.
13 Return: Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella was seen on Monday Night Raw for a few seconds as she celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the show with a number of other women from the two and a half decades of the longest running episodic tv show in history, but this could be the beginning of Nikki and her sister's return to the company.
Nikki walked away from WWE back at WrestleMania after John Cena proposed to her, it was reported that this was because she needed to rehab her neck injury and later appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Nikki has been dropping hints throughout the current series of Total Divas that suggest that she will be part of the Women's Royal Rumble and part of storylines that last through until April at WrestleMania.
12 Leave: Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar is the current Universal Champion, but he defends that Championship this weekend at The Royal Rumble against Braun Strowman and Kane where he could easily be dethroned. Brock is also expected to be part of WrestleMania, but The Beast's contract expires in April and it is unknown whether or not he is signing a new one or even an extension.
Brock has been part of the company and at the top of the company for a number of years now and it could be the most appropriate time for the current Champion to take a break before he returns to the company afresh in a few years time if he decides that wrestling is something that he wants to continue to pursue rather than UFC.
11 Return: Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe was stuck down with an injury late last year which not only forced him out of the Mixed Match Challenge but also means that he won't be able to be part of the Royal Rumble match for the second year in a row.
Fans chanted for Joe to be part of the show last year but sadly he wasn't added to the 30 man field. This year will be the same case since he is still considered to be injured, but he will be part of the pre-show panel at NXT Takeover: Philadelphia which means that Joe will at least be part of the weekend and given that he will be in Philadelphia the day before, this will definitely spark some rumours when it comes to his participation in the 2018 Royal Rumble.
10 Leave: Kane
Kane is part of the Universal Championship match at The Royal Rumble this weekend but given the fact that The Monster is currently running for a mayoral seat in Knox County, it makes sense that he is rumoured to be seen as the fall guy in the match to allow both Braun and Brock to remain strong heading into WrestleMania, which could be why WWE made this triple threat in the first place.
Kane himself has admitted that this could be his final main event push of his career since many of his duties outside of the ring begin next month, so at this current moment in time it is unknown as to whether or not Kane will be part of this year's WrestleMania or if he will be able to walk away with his "brother" The Undertaker.
9 Return: Goldberg
Goldberg hasn't been seen in a WWE ring since he lost his Universal Championship to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 back in April 2017. Even though Goldberg's career inside the ring could be over, the former undefeated beast will be forced to return to WWE TV in the coming months since he is the headliner for the 2018 Hall of Fame.
His induction into this year's Hall of Fame will take place two days before WrestleMania in April, but it seems highly likely that much like a number of other Hall Of Famers who have been added to the class over the past few years, Goldberg will make an appearance or two before he is inducted into the class amongst the elite of Wrestling. Remember, Kurt Angle hasn't appeared on WWE TV in 11 years before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year and now he's Raw General Manager.
8 Leave: Goldust
Goldust has been part of WWE for the past two decades and there have been a number of rumours over the past few months when it comes to the future of the former Champion. Goldust is obviously a legend in the company which could be why he has already been working backstage in the company recently but he has returned to screens as part of the current Cruiserweight storylines.
Goldust hasn't been able to be part of a meaningful storyline for a number of years which has left his retirement up in the air, aside from an inclusion in The Royal Rumble or even if he is named as the new 205 Live General Manager, it is hard to see Goldust doing anything else on TV moving forward since his segment on Monday Night Raw was recently scrapped because of the scandal surrounding Enzo Amore.
7 Return: Tomasso Ciampa
Fans of NXT will be eagerly anticipating the return of Tomasso Ciampa at NXT Takeover: Philadelphia this weekend since it is currently rumoured that the former Tag Team Champion could be set to return and cost his former teammate the chance to become NXT Champion.
Ciampa was last seen the week after he attacked Johnny Gargano back at NXT Takeover: Chicago where he explained his actions in a strange promo where he blamed the NXT Universe for trying to replace him. He has since been out of action with a knee injury while Gargano has climbed the ranks in NXT and earned his shot at the Championship this weekend. This has set up too well for Ciampa not to be ready for his return so it is likely that we will see the former fan favourite invade the main event on Saturday night.
6 Leave: The Big Show
The Big Show is another star who has been on WWE TV now for a number of decades and even though he hasn't been seen since he was defeated in a steel cage match against WWE's newest giant Braun Strowman, he could be set to retire from the company completely in the coming weeks.
It is unknown if WWE will allow The Big Show to return to the company for one last match before he walks away for good, but it is thought that if he is in good shape after his recent knee injury then the company could allow him to have a final match. Big Show himself said that he would retire in February 2018 so if he isn't returned in the next few weeks then there could be a chance that the WWE Universe won't see Big Show in a WWE ring again.
5 Return: Neville
Neville has been missing from WWE TV ever since he dropped his Championship to Enzo Amore last year, amidst rumours that the British star wasn't happy with the direction that his career was going at that point so he made the decision to walk out in protest.
With the recent issues in the Cruiserweight Division, WWE needs someone who will bring the division back to something that could help their rating and the man that pushed the division forward for mist of 2017 was Neville. It is hard to not see the former Champion returning in the coming weeks to steer 205 Live back to safety and once again take the reins as Champion. It will be a surprise if Neville isn't at The Royal Rumble, the place where he became Cruiserweight Champion for the first time last year.
4 Leave: R-Truth
R-Truth hasn't exactly been on TV screens over the past few weeks, but the former TNA star, much like his former Tag Team partner could be set to walk away from the ring for good in the coming months as well. 2018 could be a year that sees a number of legends walk away from the ring, but like so many other stars before him, R-Truth will have a future helping WWE behind the scenes.
Truth has become a well-liked star in WWE and the company would want to keep him around backstage. Much like D-Von Dudley when he announced his retirement back in 2016, WWE allowed this to go under the radar which could be why not many people were aware of it. It will be interesting to see how Truth does bow out though.
3 Return: Pete Dunne
Pete Dunne was seen on NXT TV back in December and has been featured on an episode of Monday Night Raw before as well as an episode of 205 Live. Dunne hasn't been seen for a number of weeks though despite being the WWE United Kingdom Champion.
It was recently reported that Pete was pulled from a number of UK Independent events this weekend which frees him up to be part of NXT Takeover: Philadephia on Saturday night or even part of The Royal Rumble match itself on Sunday. Dunne was heavily rumoured to have been part of the match at last year's event but he wasn't featured, so he would definitely be a superstar who would get a huge pop if he walked through the curtain and entered the fray.
2 Leave: Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is currently the General Manager of SmackDown Live, but the former World Champion has expressed his desire to return to the ring in the future. If WWE is not open to allowing Bryan to wrestle for them then he has stated that he will leave the company when his contract runs out in the next few months so that he can return to the Independent Circuit where he first made his name.
Bryan is currently part of a feud with Shane McMahon that is slowly beginning to pick up pace, but with Triple H stating that Bryan won't be cleared and highlighting his medical stance, it's highly unlikely that Bryan will be wrestling at this year's WrestleMania so he will probably be leaving the company when his contract runs out in April.
1 Return: Big Cass
Big Cass has to be one of the unluckiest stars in WWE history, after years of being seen as the muscle behind Enzo Amore he was finally able to step out on his own and become a star in his own right but he was struck down by a knee injury before he was able to make an impact alone.
Over the past few months, Cass has undergone knee surgery and has been recovering and fighting to get back in time to be part of this year's Royal Rumble match which would then lead to a storyline at WrestleMania. Cass needs to make an impact in his own right and recent images of him show that he's walking around without crutches which means that he could be ready to return.
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