Many fans have wondered about how Kurt Angle was inserted into the main event of Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view so quickly. It was Angle’s first time in a WWE ring in 11 years, as he teamed with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to defeat the team of The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane, Sheamus and Cesaro.
According to PWInsider, it was Vince McMahon’s idea to add Angle to the match once WWE officials realized Roman Reigns wouldn’t be able to compete due to having the mumps. The idea was proposed internally on Thursday and Angle, who has a well-documented history of neck injuries, was given a physical on Friday in his hometown of Pittsburgh to ensure that he was medically cleared for an in-ring return.
Once Angle received the green light from his doctors, the WWE announced his addition to the main event minutes later. The announcement, which was made just two days before TLC, was completely unexpected and sent the WWE Universe into a frenzy.
In Sunday’s match, Angle held his own while Ambrose and Rollins handled most of the work. Angle took a hard bump when Strowman powerslammed him through a table, sending him to the locker room to be examined by the medical team. He returned towards the end of the match and eventually performed The Shield’s patented triple powerbomb to pick up the win.
It is unclear when and if Angle will wrestle again, as PWInsider states Sunday’s appearance was a one-off deal. But after seeing Angle adequately perform on Sunday, the door is open for future opportunities for him to get back into the ring. Angle has long-expressed his desire to return to in-ring competition, so it is likely that Sunday wasn’t the last time we’ll see him perform in the WWE.