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ANGLE RETURNS TO THE RING IN TLC MATCH, STYLES VS. BALOR DREAM MATCH & MORE: COMPLETE WWE TLC PPV COVERAGE

By Mike Johnson on 2017-10-22 21:42:00

Kurt Angle & Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman & The Miz & Cesaro & Sheamus & Kane in a handicap TLC bout.

 

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Before the match, Miz said he had a surprise for his team and said they were going to throw all the trash out after the match.

 

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Kurt Angle came out with the Shield through the crowd, so no big return under his traditional theme music and entrance.  The crowd still chanted "You suck" at him.

 

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Everyone began brawling.  Team Angle began drilling everyone with chairs to drive them from the ring.  Kane was left along and everyone beat him three on one with the chairs.  It's been all sorts of brawling with Team Angle in charge. 

 

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They placed Braun and Kane on announce tables outside the ring and set up ladders.   Rollins and Ambrose came off the ladders with splash through the tables with the idea being they were trying to take out the biggest monsters on the team. 

 

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Rollins grabbed at his knee right away and Ambrose was taken out from the force of doing the move, leaving Angle trapped in a three on one situation against Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro.  They drove a ladder into the ribs of Angle.  They mocked the Shield and teased doing the triple powerbomb but Ambrose and Rollins hit the ring for the save.  Cesaro smashed Rollins with a piece of the announce table.

Angle began whipping out German suplexes on Miz then gave some to Sheamus.  Cesaro got one for good measure as well.  The crowd was loving the hell out of that.  Kane stood up and charged Kane.  He almost got caught with a German suplex but Kane slipped out and went for the chokeslam.  Angle escaped and went for the anklelock.  Strowman broke it up with a double leg takedown, dragged Angle out and tossed Kurt into the guard rail.

Strowman grabbed Angle and nailed him with a running powerslam through a table on the floor.  Medical officials swarmed over Angle with the idea being that there was no way he could continue.     Rollins and Ambrose attacked Team Miz but were quickly overwhelmed.    They were beaten with chairs on the floor.

Medical officials walked Angle out to the back.  We'll see whether this leads to the big comeback later.

All five members of Team Miz worked over Ambrose and Rollins.  They beat them for a long time with chairs.  Rollins and Ambrose made a comeback but were taken out.  Kane accidentally nailed Strowman with a chair.   Braun shoved him down.  Miz tried to calm them down.  That allowed Rollins and Ambrose to attack and attempt a comeback but they were beaten down again.

Sheamus went to put Dean through a table but it didn't break.  That's actually worse.  They set the table up in a corner and Braun drove Dean through it.   Miz called for a garbage truck, which was backed up on the side of the stage.  They beat down Dean and Seth on the entrance stage as they waited for the truck.

Team Miz dragged Dean and Seth towards the truck.  They were tossed into it but battled their way out and climbed up the truck.   They dove off the truck onto everyone on the floor.  The brawl made its way back to the ringside area with Seth and Dean doubleteaming Miz as everyone else recovered back by the entrance.  They beat him back to the entranceway and set up several tables as Miz tried to crawl to safety.

Kane attacked Dean and Seth, assisting Miz.  They battled against the LED screen.  Dean and Seth went for a double suplex through a table but Braun attacked them. Kane attacked Braun, getting revenge for being shoved down earlier and chokeslammed Braun through the stage set up for the announcing table.

After they showed several replays, we came back to Kane standing above the hole.  Braun's hand came up to grab him.  Kane looked up and yanked down a series of chairs that were hanging as part of the stanging, bringing them down on Strowman in the hole.  The announcers said Stroman was somehow still moving but a camera shot showed him out under the pile of chairs.

Kane went right back after Dean and Seth.  They battled him, two to one.   They failed.  Kane nailed a double chokeslam on them through two tables on the stage.  Cesaro and Sheamus returned to the fray.  Braun rose from the wreckage.  Kane looked shocked.  Miz tried to beg him to not fight.  Braun threw him hard into the LED board and then attacked Cesaro and Sheamus.

Braun and Kane began brawling off the stage and onto the floor.  He went for the running powerslam on the floor on Kane, but Cesaro and Sheamus attacked.  Miz joined the fray and they began putting the boots to him, four on one.  They tossed Braun into the garbage truck and then closed the crusher, "trapping him" inside.  

The remaining members of Team Miz dragged Seth back to the ring and beat him.  They went for the pin but Ambrose made the save.  They beat him down.  Angle's Olympic theme hit and he came out, holding his ribs.  Cesaro and Sheamus charged down the aisle but were laid out as Angle backdropped Cesaro on the ramp, then snapped Sheamus with an Olympic Slam.  He was pissed and hit the ring but was laid out with a Kane clothesline.  Kane went for the tombstone but was attacked by Rollins and Ambrose with chairs.

Dean and Seth speared Kane through the barricade on the floor, paying tribute to Roman Reigns, in a sense.  Miz snuck up on Angle and nailed the Skull Crushing Finale, but Angle kicked out  Miz argued with referee John Cone.  The crowd chanted "USA!" for Angle.  Miz went for his finale again but Angle rolled through and locked in the anklelock.  Miz was able to roll through and kicked Angle, who bounced rudely over the top rope and went to the floor.

Miz was left in the ring alone.  Dean, Seth and Kurt got up on each side of the aisle.  Miz was caught and drilled with a high knee, Dirty Deeds and an Olympic Slam.  They did the Shield triple powerbomb on Miz and scored the pin.

Your winners, WWE Raw Tag Team champions Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins and Kurt Angle!

A long, drawn out brawling spectacle.    The crowd really enjoyed this and there were a lot of twists and turns.

Overall, an enjoyable PPV I thought.  Stay tuned for Raw Talk coverage!

RAW TALK COVERAGE

Renee Young and Peter Rosenberg talked about the return of Kurt Angle.

AJ Styles was the first guest.  He said there was no build to his match with Finn Balor and they had never been in the ring before in a one on one match.  He said this was something special.  On Thursday night, he was told they needed him as they had some issues.  He said that's what professionals do.  You get on a plane that's going to take 18 hours and then have a great match.

Young asked him if he wished he had more time to prepare.  Styles said that he wishes that physically, he wishes he had time for a nap or too but what they did in the ring was special and he wouldn't give that up for anything.  Rosenberg asked if there was a mental advantage because they didn't have the time to think about it and there wasn't time to wait and hype up a match for a Wrestlemania, just you go and do it the day after wrestling in Chile.

Rosenberg asked if it was worth it, given that he had lost.  Styles said he could make excuses and even makes excuses when he plays videogames.  He said he has demons in his life and if he lets them cripple him, that's where Satan wants him to go.  He lost, he's going to brush it off and keep fighting.

Styles was asked how it felt to be back on the Raw brand.  Styles said it was nice seeing some of the guys that he hasn't seen in awhile but it's time to go back to his brand and that's where he's going.  They asked him how Smackdown will fare against Raw at Survivor Series.  Styles said that Smackdown has the best roster and they have the hardest working men and women and they will bring it.  Styles said he's going to cross paths with Balor again and next time, it's going to go different.

The next guest was Raw Women's champion Alexa Bliss.  Bliss said she's said from day one that Mickie is a first ballot Hall of Famer and great, but Bliss has beaten her.  Bliss said that from here, she doesn't know where she goes.  She wants to be the longest reigning Raw Women's champion.  She beat everyone on Smackdown and has beaten everyone on Raw.   She didn't mention Asuka.  She said that last year, Smackdown lost to Raw.  She doesn't like losing and said that she will be the leader to lead Raw to victory.  She was asked how she was going to lead them when she hasn't endeared herself to them.  She said she has to lead them and they don't have to like her.  They just have to respect her.  They teased the idea of Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss.  Alexa said they faced off in NXT and when Flair left Raw, everyone asked what was going to happen to Raw.  She said, "Alexa Bliss happened."  She said she would love to be in a ring with Charlotte, but she's only worried about leading her team to victory at Survivor Series.  They began talking about whether she can convince the locker room to get on her side.  Bliss said they were confused and excused herself.

Kurt Angle joined them.  He said it's been 11 years since the WWE fans have seen him wrestle.  He said he feels great and it was an honor to be in the ring with The Shield, Sheamus, Cesaro and Kane, who he said "came back for this."  Angle was asked how it felt to be part of The Shield.  He said it was awesome.  He said when the boys asked him to do it, he said, "Sure, I'll throw away the red, white and blue for a night."  He said they were one of the most popular and most successful factions in the history of the sport and it was an honor.  He said he wanted to come back to the ring, but wasn't expected it this early.  He said you always get a farewell tour or a last Wrestlemania, which is what he wanted when he returned to WWE.  He said he loved the match, even though he was "knocked out there for a second" and hoped there would be another match in the future.  He admitted he was hesitant about getting back into the ring.  He said that he hadn't been in the ring and hadn't been taking those "jarring bumps that these professionals do."  He said at 48, he had been questioning himself lately and said he had been clean for four and half years.

They showed Angle some highlights from the match.  He said he was happy with his performance but wishes he could have given his guys more as he was out of the ring for 15 minutes.  He said that he was so proud of the Raw brand for the incredible job.  He called Shane McMahon and asked for a favor to get AJ Styles and he's sure Shane will ask for a favor down the line but he can't say how happy he is with the Raw men and women.  He said that he feels they have the best roster and believes they have the best talent right now.  He said that the current roster, including NXT and Smackdown, is the best collection of talents in WWE history, including the Attitude Era.

They asked if he would be back in the ring soon.  He said he has to speak to his wife first.  He said he hasn't spoken to her and he's sure she's furious, so once he speaks to her, they can decide what's next.

They went off the air teasing that WWE Universal champion  Brock Lesnar will return to Raw tomorrow to answer the challenge of WWE champion Jinder Mahal.

That's it for TLC coverage!  Thanks for your support of PWInsider!


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