WWE has been advertising the impending main roster debut of Lars Sullivan for several weeks now, with vignettes beginning back in November that claimed both Shane and Stephanie McMahon were vying for his contract on Smackdown Live and RAW, respectively.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Sullivan was supposed to make his debut this past Monday night on RAW; more than likely in a dark match segment, which ended up being worked by fellow NXT call-ups EC3 and Lacey Evans. Apparently Sullivan either missed the tapings in Orlando entirely, or came in for the tapings and left early, due to what is believed to be severe anxiety.
The Observer noted that he had talks with WWE officials and everything was “smoothed over”, as the company is much better in dealing with mental illness and those kinds of situations than they used to be. However, Sullivan then also missed the Smackdown Live tapings the following night in Jacksonville, and got on a plane back to Colorado.
At this point it’s unknown how this situation will play out, but hopefully Sullivan can work through his anxiety or whatever issues he may be struggling with, and WWE is willing to continue working with him to get him ready.
Unfortunately, a situation like this couldn’t come at a worse time for the 30-year-old Superstar, as he was reportedly in line for a “monster push” upon making his WWE debut. So much so that it was believed that seeds were going to be planted at the Royal Rumble to set up a huge WrestleMania debut match against none other than 16-time world champion John Cena.