On Sunday night at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, Kurt Angle stepped inside a WWE ring for a match for the first time in 11 years to team up with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose of The Shield against The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, and Kane.
The Olympic Hero's inclusion into the 5-on-3 handicap Tables, Ladders, and Chairs main event came unexpectedly, as Roman Reigns was supposed to be part of the match as part of The Shield reunion, but he was unable to compete due to medical issues.
Angle, therefore, decided to replace The Big Dog in the match, making it his first WWE match since 2006. He played a major impact in the outcome of the clash, as well.
Despite Strowman performing a Running Powerslam through a table on Angle, leading to medical personnel taking him backstage, the RAW general manager returned later to the match and performed Angle Slams left, right and center on Cesaro, Sheamus, and The Miz.
Alongside Ambrose and Rollins, The Olympic Hero then performed The Shield's triple powerbomb on Miz to win the match. This was good booking of Angle as, despite the TLC rules, he was kept safe throughout the majority of the match.
Now, rumors have emerged revealing WWE has big booking plans for the RAW general manager now he has had his first match back with the company for 11 years.
According to Cageside Seats, Angle will never be a full-time performer, but the WWE is looking for him to take part in more matches in the future, most likely at the company's big four pay-per-views; Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and WrestleMania.
There are many dream matches which could still happen for Angle. A match against Triple H has been rumored in the past, but it never came to fruition. WWE fans would love to see him face John Cena, Samoa Joe, and The Miz as well.
There are plenty of opportunities and opponents for The Olympic Hero to face now he is allowed to compete inside the ring once more, WWE just needs to make sure he stays healthy enough to make these dream matches at some of WWE's biggest pay-per-views happen.