Backstage Details on WWE Pulling Reigns & Wyatt Off of TLC; Kurt Angle to Replace Reigns

— posted the following breaking news today:

Due to medical issues impacting two WWE Superstars scheduled to appear at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, streaming live on WWE Network this Sunday, the special event will now feature Kurt Angle competing in a WWE ring for the first time in more than 11 years, as he replaces Roman Reigns. In addition, former WWE Champion AJ Styles will replace Bray Wyatt and face “The Demon” Finn Bálor.

A WWE Hall of Famer and the current General Manager of Raw, Angle will join forces with Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose to battle the daunting combination of Braun Strowman, Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and The Big Red Machine Kane in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs 5-on-3 Handicap Match.

The showdown between “The Demon” and Styles is one that the WWE Universe has been wanting for a long time and promises to be one of the most exciting matches of 2017.


— WWE broke the news that both Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt will be missing the upcoming TLC PPV due to a medical situation.  While not stating what it is (and they most likely never will get any more specific than that), the illness in question is reportedly “viral meningitis” and there is a very real fear that others could also be affected. 

— WWE officials had previously taken Bray Wyatt off the road along with his brother Bo Dallas as they were suffering from this illness and they also requested Bray’s girlfriend, ring announcer JoJo, to remain home as well as a precautionary measure.   The hope was that Bray would be well enough by this weekend to participate at the TLC PPV, but writers became aware only yesterday that he was almost surely going to be unable to compete.  

— With Reigns and Wyatt both off the PPV, there was a significant concern that the event would fall well short of expectations with the company bracing for a negative backlash, specifically with the Shield reunion as a major storyline.   It’s pretty clear that WWE took all that seriously by booking Kurt Angle into a match on such short notice and by giving away a potential dream match in AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor without much promotion. 

— WWE is also having several other wrestlers who are scheduled to compete at TLC this Sunday undergo testing for viral meningitis so depending on the results, it’s still possible there will be more changes ahead of the PPV on Sunday.  

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