During the last period, WWE had to deal with the absence of two top superstars such as John Cena and Roman Reigns. Monday Night Raw's ratings have been very negative in recent weeks, forcing WWE executives to look for new solutions.
Even the boss Vince McMahon commented on this difficult situation: "The unfortunate aspect of sometimes in our business, is that we… our performers are not cartoons. They get hurt. This year, leading up to where we are now, we’ve had an inornate number of injuries.
And when you have injuries… you know, there’s a whole bunch of them. Roman Reigns being the principle among them. And even John Cena, not an injury type thing but we thought we were going to have John be more of a part of our programming than we do.
John, God bless him, is making more movies. And even John, I would think, would say, ‘Geez, I thought I was going to spend more time with what I love to do,’ which is WWE." On October 22, Reigns relinquished the title and announced his hiatus on Raw, revealing that his leukemia had returned after 11 years of privately battling it and being in remission.