Apollo Crews’ Replacement at MITB to be Decided in a Gauntlet Match, Update on Cain Velasquez’s WWE Release

This past week on Monday Night Raw, Apollo Crews was given a shot at the United States Championship when he was able to pin Andrade in the show’s opening bout. Crews stepped up to the challenge and looked to be giving the Champion a few issues before he came down awkwardly off the top rope and looked to have suffered a leg injury.

It was the injury that then forced referee Drake Younger to call off the match and award Andrade the victory. Later on in the night in a backstage video, Crews was shown walking on crutches which left his position in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match up in the air.

WWE later announced on Twitter that they had made the decision to pull Crews from the match based on the injury he had suffered on Raw.

As part of today’s episode of The Bump, the announcement was made that Crews’ replacement will be crowned this coming week on RAW in a Last Chance Gauntlet match. This means that the men that lost their qualifying matches over the past few weeks will step into another match this week in the hopes that they will be able to fight for the contract next weekend.

MVP, Buddy Murphy and Austin Theory will all have the chance to qualify for a place in the historic corporate ladder match since they were the three men who came up short in qualifying.

One man who won’t be part of next weekend’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view is Cain Velasquez since he was released from WWE yesterday. In an update regarding the former UFC star’s departure, Fightful Select revealed that Velasquez was not released from the company on April 15th with other WWE stars and that there are a number of WWE releases that are yet to be publicly announced.

“The word of Cain Velasquez’s release came this week, and there are other names that have been cut that WWE didn’t publicly announce. Everyone we’ve talked to at the WWE Performance Center and in WWE said Velasquez was very nice and respectful when he was around. His deal was scheduled to go into the fall of 2022.”