WWE officials are scrambling thanks to an illness.
WWE announced on Friday afternoon that due to medical concerns Roman Reigns had been removed from the scheduled 3-on-5 TLC match between The Shield and the team of The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, and Kane at this Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view.
Reigns will be replaced by WWE Hall of Famer and Raw General Manager Kurt Angle. Also, Bray Wyatt has also been replaced by AJ Styles, who will now face Finn Balor.
It’s been reported that WWE is currently testing Raw Superstars for the mumps. WWE had apparently originally tested some talent for viral meningitis and discovered that the illness is believed to be the mumps.
Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting is the WWE creative team learned about Reigns and Wyatt not being able to wrestle late in the week and came up with a plethora of replacement options.
The Styles vs. Balor match will be given a lot of time so there’s a good chance that they will steal the show, which could end up being a Match of the Year contender. The TLC pay-per-view event takes place at the Target Center in Minnesota, Minneapolis and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. This will be an exclusive RAW brand event.
Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer mentioned on his official Twitter account that creative is working on big changes for Monday Night Raw. Alvarez wrote the following about the changes, “Creative also working on big changes for RAW with Roman out.”
As of this writing, there is still no word on when Reigns and Wyatt will be cleared to return so the creative team has to rewrite whatever they had planned for Monday. The plans for Survivor Series call for at least two Raw vs. Smackdown matches and The Shield were booked for one of them. The other is Jinder Mahal vs. Brock Lesnar in a non-title match. It’s also possible that Angle ends up wrestling at the event as well.
The Survivor Series pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, November 19, 2017, in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. Both Raw and SmackDown brands will be featured.
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