The official WWE website has released the following update on Samoa Joe who was pulled from the upcoming WWE Mixed Match Challenge due to injury:
"WWE thanks the WWE Universe for voting to pick Bayley’s partner for WWE Mixed Match Challenge. Unfortunately, the Superstar selected, Samoa Joe, suffered an injury to his right foot on Raw Monday night, he will be unable to compete in the ground-breaking WWE Mixed Match Challenge tournament. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle revealed the news on Facebook.
“During his match, [Samoa Joe] felt a pop at the bottom of his [right] foot,” explained WWE Senior Ringside Physician Dr. Chris Amann. “We took a look and believe he has a plantar fascia rupture, which is a thick tissue rupture under the foot. We will get an MRI to confirm. Treatment includes a period of immobilization in a boot with crutches and platelet rich plasma injections.”
As a result of Joe’s injury, the runner-up in the Facebook vote, Elias, will take Samoa Joe’s place as Bayley’s partner."