By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
-WWE announced during Monday’s Raw that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will be returning soon from their injury layoffs. Owens underwent double knee surgery, and Zayn underwent surgeries on both shoulders.
-WWE also announced the following NXT acts will be working on Raw or Smackdown soon: Lars Sullivan, EC3, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, and the Heavy Machinery tag team.
Powell’s POV: WWE did not indicate which brands the wrestlers will be working for. Owens and Zayn seem likely for Raw since that’s where they were based prior to their surgeries. It’s possible we will see additional call-ups following the NXT Takeover event that will be held during Royal Rumble weekend. I could see it being a case of WWE not wanting to announce prior to Takeover that wrestlers working in featured matches on that event will be leaving the brand.
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