As Kurt Angle prepared to take the place of Roman Reigns at the TLC pay-per-view on Sunday, there were a lot of questions regarding how prepared Angle was to set foot in a WWE ring for the first time in 11 years. One of the most common questions throughout the pre-show and start of the TLC event was, what would fans see fromAngle and how did The Shield feel about having to team with the Hall of Famer?
A pre-show interview laid a bit of that speculation to rest when the remaining members of The Shield, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins, told the pre-show panel that they weren't concerned about how long Angle's been away from the ring as long as he gave it everything he had. Yet still, questions remained.
Later in the pay-per-view, Ambrose and Rollins showed up in Angle's dressing area and instead of wanting to talk strategy, they told Angle they just wanted to make sure he was ready. To help motivate and prep him for the war that was about to come, Angle was handed an official Shield vest and offered to become an honorary member of the faction.
Angle gladly accepted and the question will be, will Angle go all the way and wear the vest to the ring?
It will be interesting to see where WWE goes with the Angle and Shield storyline. At first, the thought was this is a one-time thing. Angle's status as an honorary member clearly doesn't mean he's officially in The Shield, in fact, it means the opposite. But, as WWE general manager, does this create conflict for Angle and his impartiality moving forward?
Can Angle be part of a faction (even if only an honorary member) or a group he's supposed to be the manager of? How will other WWE Superstars feel? Is this the company's way to moving out of the management role and back into a more wrestling-type role?
If Angle is to become a wrestler, it has to be assumed this is much sooner than the WWE originally planned.