Backstage Update on Elias Returning to the WWE Storylines

Backstage Update on Elias Returning to the WWE Storylines

Elias is set to return to WWE soon.

As noted earlier this month, Ezekiel was removed from the internal WWE roster and replaced with his original persona, the “older brother” Elias.

In an update, a new report from the Wrestling Observer confirms that there are plans for Elias to return. There’s no word yet on when he will be brought back to the storylines, but it won’t be until his beard is fully grown out, according to the update.

The return of Elias is another move planned by WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H. It was recently reported that Triple H has some debuts/returns planned for the near future, said to be surprises that no one is talking about.

Ezekiel was last seen on the August 8 RAW. After their match ended in a No Contest, Ezekiel was taken out by Kevin Owens with an apron powerbomb, then stretchered out of the arena by medics. That was the angle to write Ezekiel out of the storylines.

The official WWE website roster still has Ezekiel listed as a RAW Superstar as of this writing, while Elias is still on the Alumni roster. This is expected to change soon.

After losing a feud to Jaxson Ryker in July 2021, WWE began airing vignettes for the end of Elias’ musician persona in August of last year. He was rumored to be re-packaged, but WWE waited until the post-WrestleMania 38 RAW on April 4 of this year to bring him back, and now he was known as Ezekiel, the younger brother to the winner of the 2018 Breakout Superstar of the Year Slammy Award.

Ezekiel worked with The Miz, Tommaso Ciampa, Chad Gable and Otis early on, but mainly feuded with Kevin Owens, who refused to believe that this was the real younger brother of Elias. Owens defeated Ezekiel at WWE Hell In a Cell in June, but Zeke got a count out win back on the June 13 RAW.

WWE reunited Elias and Ezekiel using spit-screen technology on the June 20 RAW, and Elias later performed a concert in the ring, but was interrupted by Owens, who challenged either Elias, Ezekiel or their younger brother Elrod to a match. Owens vs. Elrod in a Money In the Bank qualifier was postponed from the June 27 RAW and by the July 18 show, the talk of Elrod was no more.

Ezekiel lost to Seth Rollins on the July 3 and July 18 RAW shows, and then came up short against Omos on the August 4 edition of WWE Main Event. He was then destroyed by Owens on the August 8 RAW, and that was his last appearance. WWE noted after the stretcher job that Zeke was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. WWE later had Elias appear as their dad, Ernie Jr., on the August 15 episode. A brief pre-recorded segment had Ernie Jr. promising to give Owens a piece of his mind. The segment included a photo of Elias dressed as the various family members of Zeke, as seen below.

Elias did take out Owens after his concert on that June 20 RAW episode. However, the last match for Elias was the loss to Ryker in the Symphony of Destruction match on the July 19, 2021 RAW.


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