According to the Wrestling Observer, Uso’s absence is due to an undisclosed medical situation.
“Jey Uso was not there because of a medical reason,” said Dave Meltzer. He also continued to talk about some other changes that were made to the Rumble. “Otis was a last-minute decision. Angel Garza was going to be in and then he got pulled.”
“We showing you real emotion, we showing you feeling. You can put the Fiend with Roman, you can put Seth Rollins with Roman, whoever, whatever, whatever top guy they got, put him with Roman, I guaran-damn-tee you, uce, they didn’t pull out emotion, they didn’t pull out real feeling, they didn’t pull out storytelling the way me and uce did that thing.”
Jey’s twin brother Jimmy is currently recovering from knee surgery. He was operated on last spring and was expected to be out for 6-to-9 months while recovering.