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New information emerges that explains why AOP and SAnitY has been kept off WWE TV

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When WWE held their 2018 Superstar Shakeup back in April, there were a number of shocks as wrestlers moved between both brands. 

On Monday Night RAW, the likes of Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Bobby Roode and Natalya joined the red brand, while The Miz went in the other direction to SmackDown Live. 

One night later, he was joined by other big names, including Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Asuka and Big Cass. 

NXT CALLUPS

Along with superstars just switching brands, the WWE draft also served as an opportunity to call up a number of performers from NXT.

This year, Drew McIntyre, Andrade "Cien" Almas and SAnitY were all advertised as moving up to the main roster - to join The Authors of Pain, who'd been promoted a week earlier. 

Interestingly though, we haven't seen much of those who were called up. McIntyre has formed a devastating partnership with Dolph Ziggler, while Almas has been squashing his singles competition.

But the two tag teams, AOP and SAnitY, have barely been on TV. 

NO TAG TEAM PLANS

Originally, reports suggested that we've seen nothing from them simply because WWE have no plans for them at the moment, heading into Money in the Back. 

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That, arguably makes sense, because this Sunday's pay-per-view widely revolves around the singles competitors fighting for the MITB briefcase - and inside, a contract to cash in for a title match. 

But, according to new information, the fact that WWE have no creative plans for the two called up teams was not the real reason they haven't been used yet.

VISA AND TRADEMARK ISSUES

According to Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Live, the reason that we haven't seen AOP or Sanity on WWE TV is because one team has visa issues, while the other has trademark issues.

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"I know that there are reports out there that one of them is having a Visa issue which I presume is true," Alvarez said, per NoDQ.com.

"But the other thing about the Authors Of Pain is they were called up, SAnitY was called up - SAnitY might have had a trademark issue or something like that."

SCRAPPED TAG TEAM MITB MATCH?

Alvarez also mentioned that there was actually plans to have a tag team MITB ladder match - to go alongside the men's and the women's. 

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That would explain the strange promos that a number of teams made following Backlash, where some were talking about a tag team ladder match. 

"One of the other reasons they are not around is that there was in fact going to be a tag team Money In The Bank ladder match," Alvarez continued.

"There was going to be 3 of them. Men’s, women’s, and tag team.

"We talked about this the day after the pay-per-view when they had a bunch of tag teams randomly talking about the Money In The Bank ladder match on Raw. But it got dropped.”

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