The last 48 hours saw many changes for the card at WWE TLC tonight.

The Shield (Roman Reigns and WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) was originally scheduled to return to the ring for the first time since 2014, but Reigns was pulled from the show due to medical reasons. Taking his place will be RAW GM and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle in his first WWE match in over a decade. They will take on the team of WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane, Sheamus and Cesaro in a 5-on-3 TLC rules handicap match.

Also pulled from the show is Bray Wyatt (also for medical reasons) and will be replaced by Smackdown Live star AJ Styles against Finn Balor in singles action.

Here is a look at the card tonight in Minneapolis.

3-on-5 Handicap Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match
Kurt Angle and WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman, WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Kane

Finn Balor vs. AJ Styles

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Kalisto (c) vs. Enzo Amore

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

Asuka vs. Emma

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

Kickoff Show:
Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox

Drew Gulak PowerPoint presentation

Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of WWE TLC tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT) along with live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.

Wrestleview Live will also return on YouTube on the front page or at the player below.


  1. The mid-card guys can’t be happy as they are pushed aside and others (Angle, Styles) are brought in to replace the sick guys. So much for being allowed to show their stuff on the big stage.

  2. This could be Drew Gulak’s time to shine. He could be a great manager to anyone on the main roster. An advocate for Jinder Mahal maybe.

  3. Well, I mean, looking at the options, there really wasn’t anyone of interest to face Balor. Apollo Crews, Kurt Hawkins, Heath Slater, and Elias would be the most likely options, but they all lack interest, especially with no storyline build; and, there’s no way they face Balor off against a Cruiserweight, even though that’s where he belongs, in my opinion.

    For the 5 on 3, the only realistic option other than Kurt Angle would be Jason Jordan, and that’d just feel forced without any extra appeal.

    The other thing to consider is that we don’t really know how far this virus has really spread in the locker room. We know Reigns, Dallas, Wyatt, and JoJo are affected, but they all had a part to play in the show tonight, in one form or another. There could very well be others infected who weren’t on TLC. They’re immunizing the entire roster, so who knows what’s developed?

    Plus, if this is, indeed, viral meningitis, we’re talking about a highly contagious situation. You can get by on TV and at house shows without Kurt Angle more easily than you can get by without active in-ring performers, so that plays to their advantage, in addition to the draw value of his return. Styles, on the other hand, seems to be purely a call meant to bring in viewers, as he’s vital to Smackdown Live.

    The fact that they were willing to pull the trigger on a surprise Kurt Angle return to a WWE ring as a last-minute substitution at a gimmick PPV with a middling card and only one major title defense (Women’s Championship) tells me that the situation in the locker room is likely significantly worse than we’ve been told.

  4. No storylines, 3 titles kept away from matches, so it’s almost sure enzo is going to be cruiserweights champ.. highly unlikely to give Micky a chance to be the women’s champ. No much matches, probably just like monday night raw, so the thing is they are going to drag like hell. The only match I’m looking forward to is aj styles match n the main event. Speaking of aj styles, I think vince should take this as a god given sign to end that horrible shit between Bray Wyatt and Finn balor. Also funny is how shitty the character buildups are over the weeks – 2 guys got sick, suddenly the whole ppv goes piss fest. Nobody to replace, had to bring back Kurt angle and aj styles. Even john cena and Brock lesnar refused to save the day perhaps!
    Suddenly the smackdown roster is looking brighter. What to say! I miss those old gold days.. I hate to think this as a glimpse to the future corpse of wwe.

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