WWE TLC 2017: Kurt Angle Losing To Braun Strowman And 5 Smart Booking Decisions
October 22, 2017 - WWE
WWE TLC 2017 was ostensible to underline Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose reuniting as The Shield, though “medical issues” have forced vital changes to a card.
According to WWE.com, Reigns will be transposed by Raw General Manager Kurt Angle while SmackDown star AJ Styles will fill in for Bray Wyatt and provide fans to a dream compare opposite Finn Balor:
Due to medical issues impacting dual WWE Superstars scheduled to seem during WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, streaming live on WWE Network this Sunday, a special eventuality will now underline Kurt Angle competing in a WWE ring for a initial time in some-more than 11 years, as he replaces Roman Reigns. In addition, former WWE Champion AJ Styles will reinstate Bray Wyatt and face “The Demon” Finn Bálor.
The Shield’s central reunion on a Oct 9th book of Raw was a massive viewership hit, and it’s transparent that fans were anxious to see a star-studded contingent behind for one some-more run, though their initial compare together in some-more than 3 years isn’t happening, during slightest for now.
According to WrestlingInc.com, “WWE is contrast members of a RAW register for a mumps,” that could be a illness that is inspiring Reigns, Wyatt and Bo Dallas and has resulted in WWE holding hapless measures to revamp a TLC card. Although hapless resources will check a lapse of The Shield, news of Angle’s in-ring-return and a dream compare between Balor and Styles has combined a hum that positively wasn’t there before to that announcement.
TLC will mark Raw’s last pay-per-view before Survivor Series and is one of a brand’s final brand-specific shows before we get to The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania season. Due to foe from both a NFL and MLB, Raw is uninformed off a least noticed part in 4 months, though a hum that has resulted from Angle stepping behind into a ring could be adequate to make TLC a branch indicate for a red brand.
Still, Raw viewership has largely been down given football deteriorate began, so there’s a lot of vigour on Reigns, Rollins, Angle and Styles to deliver a products and give fans a reason to balance in during a time when they typically don’t. WWE, after all, will wish to make certain that TLC is improved in actuality than the bad build to it, generally now that Wyatt vs. Balor and a lapse of The Shield won’t be happening.
Here are 5 intelligent engagement decisions WWE contingency make during TLC
The Beginning Of The Reunion Of The Club
After Bray Wyatt’s “Sister Abigail” gimmick had already been labeled an “instant fail” by many fans, Wyatt’s deficiency from TLC now gives fans a marquee hitch between Balor and Styles that could and should set a theatre for a reunion of The Club.
Back in 2014 when The Wyatt Family and The Shield were during their peaks, they were both top sell sellers, proof that stables can be large draws when requisitioned right. TLC could be a ideal eventuality to emanate nonetheless another vital fast when WWE has a ability to have Styles or Balor emerge as a personality of The Club, a group that has a intensity to be a estimable pull with possibly star heading a way.
Both Balor and Styles are featured stars on WWEShop.com, that expected means that they are among a company’s best sellers, something that is upheld by Google hunt data that indicates that Styles is WWE’s No. 3 seller and Balor ranks among a tip 12. Given a recognition of a Bullet Club (and a group’s impressive sell sales) and a fact that The Club is fundamentally WWE’s illicit chronicle of Bullet Club, TLC is a ideal place and time to have possibly Balor or Styles react army with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
Balor, in particular, is stranded in a rut right now and would unequivocally advantage from a change of gait by being paired with Gallows and Anderson, potentially branch heel in a process. Either way, a recognition of both The Club and Bullet Club creates a incidentally thrown together Styles/Balor dream compare a potentially outrageous impulse that could energise both Styles and Balor.
Braun Strowman Pins Kurt Angle
With TLC no longer imprinting a central lapse of The Shield, a pay-per-view should offer as a means to reconstruct Braun Strowman.
Especially with no Brock Lesnar or John Cena around, Strowman is a biggest captivate that Raw currently has (something that YouTube information positively backs up), though his unsatisfactory detriment to Lesnar during No Mercy done him demeanour rather diseased and now has WWE looking to reconstruct him. WWE has started that routine by giving Strowman clean, unilateral wins over Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Matt Hardy, though it’s needed that Strowman leave TLC as a many considerable male in a categorical event.
Raw is inching closer to Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania season, and presumption we don’t get warn earnings from stars like The Undertaker or Goldberg, WWE will be relying heavily on a sketch energy of Strowman to keeps fans around in late 2017 and early 2018. After being pinned during No Mercy for only a second time in his career, Strowman has a large eventuality to make a vital matter during TLC when he’ll contest in a compare that is tailor done for him, and he can do only that by pinning Angle in Angle’s initial compare in 11 years.
Everyone knows that Angle is a part-time captivate who is stepping adult during a final notation to fill in for Reigns, so a detriment positively won’t harm him. In fact, it’s an easy story to tell here: Angle wrestles in WWE for a initial time in some-more than a decade and takes a pin, causing fans to consternation if he still has “it.” This could potentially lead to a second vital compare for Angle (another intelligent decision), where he would face someone like Strowman during a “Big Four” show, maybe The Royal Rumble.
Destruction and extinction is what Strowman does best, and a TLC compare involving 8 of Raw’s biggest stars is a ideal height for “The Monster Among Men” to denote because he’s a blockbuster captivate that should lift a association into subsequent year. Getting a pin in a eight-man categorical eventuality would accomplish that idea and assistance reestablish Strowman after his unsatisfactory detriment during No Mercy.