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WWE Network Dive | Tables Ladders and Chairs 2017

WWE 2K18 Cover Superstar Seth Rollins and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle seen at the WWE 2K18 SummerSlam Kickoff Event on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Invision for 2K Games/AP Images)
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On Sunday, Oct. 22, the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota will be playing host to the 2017 installment of Tables, Ladders and Chairs. While such an event typically produces one of the most exciting pay-per-views of the year, which is more than evident from its title alone, the upcoming slate once again remains in line to impress.

Announced Matches:

  • Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James [RAW Women’s Championship]
  • The Shield (Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins) and Kurt Angle vs. Braun Strowman, The Miz, Kane, Cesaro and Sheamus [Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match]
  • Asuka vs. Emma
  • Kalisto vs. Enzo Amore [WWE Cruiserweight Championship]
  • Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann vs. The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack Gallagher
  • Finn Balor vs. A.J. Styles

Although the aforementioned list contains a slew of potentially memorable matches, there are two bouts in particular that stand out.

Oh, It’s True. It’s Damn True!

With The Shield previously gearing up for the faction’s pay-per-view reunion after several years apart, the WWE has since announced that RAW general manager Kurt Angle will be joining the likes of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as the trio takes on the quintet of Sheamus, Cesaro, The Miz, Kane and Braun Strowman.

“Due to medical issues impacting two WWE Superstars scheduled to appear at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, streaming live on WWE Network this Sunday, the special event will now feature Kurt Angle competing in a WWE ring for the first time in more than 11 years, as he replaces Roman Reigns,” reads the company’s formal statement regarding the matter.

Although Roman Reigns’ looming absence puts somewhat of a damper on this highly anticipated match as many WWE fans were patiently awaiting the in-ring (re)debut of The Shield, the insertion of Angle is an unbelievable plot twist. Not only will the 48-year-old be making his in-ring return after more than a decade away from pro wrestling, the veteran grappler will be doing so by way of the always dangerous Tables, Ladders and Chairs format. Because Angle has had severe neck issues in the past, the layout of this match is surely something to keep an eye on come Sunday.

Nonetheless, it will be hard for this combination of superstars to disappoint even in light of the recent happenings behind the scenes.

Phenomenally Finn 

On the other hand, the WWE also made another announcement on Friday afternoon while revealing that SmackDown Live’s A.J. Styles would be crossing over to the RAW brand in order to square off against a fan favorite in Finn Balor. Again, while Bray Wyatt’s eventual absence from this match is not ideal in terms of the ongoing storyline that RAW had been building up over the course of the last few weeks, Styles versus Balor immediately becomes a premiere match as two of the top superstars in the industry today will do battle on just two days notice.

“In addition, former WWE Champion AJ Styles will replace Bray Wyatt and face ‘The Demon’ Finn Balor,” the aforementioned statement continued.

Two of the most well-respected in-ring performers, the tandem of Balor and Styles will surely put on quite the performance in the “Twin Cities.” Although Angle’s return will most definitely turn some heads, don’t be surprised if this matchup between Balor and Styles ultimately steals the show come Sunday evening in Minneapolis.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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