WWE has officially ruled out Enzo Amore from the upcoming Mixed Match Challenge.

Kurt Angle mentioned it on Twitter, and the company’s official website also released a video confirming the news.

If we are being honest, I read the tweet as if Angle was replacing Enzo in the match. Alas, that must have been a Freudian slip of sorts.

Amore already missed the latest episode of Monday Night Raw. By way of Instagram, he apologized for it.

“I apologize to the fans who won’t get to see a #G tonight in #Miami… I did everything I could from Toronto to Miami… From negative weather, through customs, to opting out on Diddy’s nye party in Miami, 10 hrs in a hospital, I did everything in my power to make sure I would be in that ring tonight to whoop Cedric Alexander’s hind-end 😡… Ultimately: it was outta my hands. And I got the best freakin hands 👊🏻 Say what you want about Enzo (cause with or with out my per-mish you will 😘, but one thing you can’t say about ya boy: #SAWFT!) Cedric, 1 word to describe you tonight kiddo: #LUCKY! 🤬”

The cruiserweight titleholder is a two-time champion since branching out on his own. His second reign has lasted more than 70 days, with wins over Kalisto twice since he won the belt at WWE TLC.

We will keep you posted when an actual replacement is named.

The Mixed Match Challenge is scheduled to air on Facebook on January 16, and teams selected on Thursday, January 4. With that being the case, and Amore still having nearly two weeks to recover, this announcement does come as a relative shock.

Current champion officially ruled out of WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge @WWE/Twitter
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