TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs on Sunday night saw Kurt Angle step 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.
Angle was never supposed to be part of the 5-on-3 handicap Tables, Ladders, and Chairs main event came, 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.
The RAW general manager decided to replace The Big Dog in the match, making it his first WWE match since 2006. He went on to play a major role in the outcome of the clash, but it was always more than just a match to him.
Speaking to WWE prior to the TLC pay-per-view, Angle showed a strong emotional response to what was soon going to happen, as it meant he would be having another match with the company after all these years.
Not only that, but he would also be performing in front of his youngest children in the ring for the first time, which brought him to tears as you can see in the video further down in this article.
The Olympic Hero stated how things were coming full circle for him as he was performing on the same date which he defeated The Rock to win his first ever world title 17 years ago at No Mercy in 2000, and once again, in the main event of the show.
Angle commented as well on how prior to his return to the WWE as RAW general manager, he had to prove to Vince McMahon that a lot of things about his life had changed, as, in the past, The Olympic Hero had a major problem with drug abuse and staying clean.
Near the end of the video, you can see Angle alongside Shield members Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins going through their final preparations before their match at TLC. Angle called the whole occasion a redemption opportunity for him to step up and perform, which he certainly did.
Despite Strowman performing a Running Powerslam through a table on Angle, leading to medical personnel taking him backstage, The Olympic Hero later returned to the clash and performed Angle Slams on Cesaro, Sheamus, and The Miz.
Alongside Ambrose and Rollins, Angle then performed The Shield's triple powerbomb on Miz to win the match. Overall, this was excellent booking of Angle as, despite the TLC rules, he was kept safe throughout the majority of the match.
Angle definitely earned redemption in this match, and he can be proud of what he managed to accomplish on Sunday night not only for the WWE Universe but for his family as well.
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