The Shield return is hampered by illness, and The Big Dog will be replaced by Kurt Angle.
In a shocking twist amidst rumors that viral meningitis is plaguing the Raw locker room, Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt will be unable to compete at this Sunday’s TLC event. “The Demon” Finn Balor will now face off against SmackDown Live‘s AJ Styles in a battle of the former Bullet Club head honchos, and for the first time in over ten years, Kurt Angle will compete in a WWE ring when he replaces Roman Reigns alongside Shield members Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose against the team of The Miz, Cesaro & Sheamus, Braun Strowman and Kane.
WWE released the following press release:
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.
Check back with WWE.com as more information becomes available. Don’t miss a moment of WWE TLC, streaming live on WWE Network, this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT.