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Kurt Angle to wrestle at TLC; AJ Styles replaces Bray Wyatt

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Due to some ongoing medical issues that have spread throughout the locker room, Sunday night’s TLC card has undergone some pretty dramatic changes. The most significant of which will see RAW General Manager and WWE Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle, compete in a WWE ring for the first time in over 11 years.

Angle will replace Roman Reigns, joining Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to create a makeshift version of the newly reformed faction known as The Shield. They will take on The Miz, Braun Strowman, Sheamus and Cesaro and Kane in a 5-on-3 handicap match.

Also of note, Smackdown Live’s AJ Styles will be making a rare RAW exclusive PPV appearance when he takes on ‘The Demon’ Finn Balor. Styles will be replacing Sister Abigail aka Bray Wyatt. This dream match featuring the former Bullet Club leaders is one fans have been longing for since both men joined WWE. 

Justin LaBar of the Pittsburgh Tribune reported that the reason Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas and JoJo (who is romantically linked to Bray) have been out of action for the past few weeks is due to viral meningitis. Bray has been the only one to appear on WWE programming but all of his work has been done via pre-taped videos under the Sister Abigail guise. PWInsider later reported that Bo was the only one to be affected by the sickness and the other two were kept off TV as a precautionary measure. The Insider is also reporting that more talents are being sent to undergo medical testing “out of concern that they may have contracted what is ailing Dallas.”

While it has been confirmed Reigns is dealing with a sickness, it’s not clear whether or not it’s the same issue as Dallas, although that seems to be the case. All we can say is stay tuned as this is very much a developing story. 

Here’s your updated card for WWE TLC as it stands today:

5-on-3 Handicap Tables, Ladders and Chairs Main Event
Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Kurt Angle vs. Braun Strowman, The Miz, Kane, Sheamus and Cesaro

RAW Women’s Championship
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Mickie James

Cruiserweight Championship
Kalisto (c) vs. Enzo Amore

Singles Match
Asuka vs. Emma

Singles Match
Demon Balor vs. AJ Styles

Tag Team Match
Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann vs. The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher

Singles Match (Kickoff Show)
Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox

Dave has been covering Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts for various websites since 2010. He currently runs both FightBooth and FightBoothPW with the help of some lovely and talented people.

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