At last weekend's TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs pay-per-view, 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 took the spot of Roman Reigns in the 5-on-3 handicap Tables, Ladders, and Chairs main event of the show, as he was supposed to be part of the match as part of The Shield reunion, but he was unable to compete due to medical issues of what is believed to be a viral infection.
Bray Wyatt was another superstar who was supposed to have a match on the pay-per-view. He was supposed to face Finn Balor but he was unable to compete on the show due to medical issues, so AJ Styles took his place in his match against The Demon King instead. Bo Dallas was also among those infected.
WWE hasn't released an official timetable for when these two superstars will return to the ring to wrestle once more. However, on the most recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer provided an update for when these superstars could possibly return to action.
Meltzer has stated, via Wrestling Inc, that Reigns has the mumps and that the other infected superstars will be re-evaluated next week on Monday, meaning we shouldn't expect them to appear on Monday Night RAW tonight. The earliest they could potentially return to our screens is most likely next week.
The Wrestling Observer Radio host also said the rest of the locker room got their shots on Thursday to prevent further spreading of the infection, but there is still a concern within the WWE that more superstars could contract the illness.
Mumps symptoms usually take 16 to 18 days to appear and then the infection usually anywhere from several days to a week to go. It's unclear how much time is needed to completely recover from an illness like this in order to be deemed fit to compete in the ring.
Obviously, the health and safety of all superstars comes first before any storyline in the WWE, so all we can hope for is that the superstars affected by the infection are able to make a quick and full recovery in order to return to action soon.
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