Considering the virus making its way through the WWE locker room over the past few days, we should probably consider ourselves lucky that this pay-per-view went ahead at all. With Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt struck down by the illness just days before TLC, WWE was forced to think on their feet, and that they did. They decided that if they couldn't deliver on what they had promised then they would give us something even better. Could the now blockbuster matches live up to the massive amount of hype though?
PREVIOUSLY: BIGGEST MOMENTS FROM TLC 2017
Elias Samson didn't have a place on the TLC card on Sunday night, something that hadn't gone unnoticed by The Drifter and he didn't really appreciate that. Well, Elias went about rectifying that early on in the night during the kick off show by talking to Kurt Angle. The only trouble is he happened to walk in on the Raw General Manager as he was sharing a touching moment with his on-screen son, Jason Jordan. While Kurt gave Elias what he wanted and let him perform a couple of songs for the fans throughout the night, Jordan made sure his rude interruption didn't go unpunished. Every time Samson tried to perform for the not very interested WWE Universe, Jordan was on hand to pelt the budding musician with fresh vegetables. It all came to a head when the two met in a match right before the night's main event only for Elias to be beaten by Jordan and embarrassed even further.
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The majority of the cruiserweight division might not want to admit it, but Enzo Amore has given 205 Live a much needed shot in the arm. That's likely why WWE decided to make Smacktalker Skywalker a two-time Cruiserweight Champion on Sunday night. Amore picked up a win over Kalisto, although he did need to poke the now former champion in the eye behind the referee's back in order to gain the advantage. What's more is that Amore did it all without his greatest weapon, his voice. Somewhat unsurprisingly, even the lack of a voice didn't stop Muscles Marinara from scalding the WWE Universe. The promos he cut may have been shorter, but he still forced them out nonetheless.
Asuka was a woman of very few words while she was an NXT Superstar. Her actions in the ring did the talking for her and most of the time all she had to say was "nobody is ready for Asuka." It was true in NXT and judging by her main roster debut at TLC, it's going to be true on Raw. First up to bat, Emma. The Australian Superstar has been boasting that she is the one who started the Women's Revolution in WWE and that she deserves more attention than she's been getting. Well, the spotlight was very much on her and Asuka on Sunday night as they opened proceedings for the evening. Emma really gave it her all in the bout but still came up short, tapping out to her opponent's finisher the Asuka Lock. If match number one is anything to go by, then Asuka might be right. No one on Raw is ready for her.
The two biggest matches on the TLC card were thrown into disarray just 48 hours before the event when Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt were removed from their respective matches due to illness. Wyatt's removal resulted in fans being awarded a dream match on extremely short notice as Raw borrowed AJ Styles for the night from SmackDown Live. Two former leaders of the Bullet Club doing battle for the first time ever. Some may have been skeptical about a match of this magnitude happening on such short notice, but it did not disappoint. Styles and Balor proved that when you're as talented as they are, you don't need weeks or months of build to have a great match. Balor finished Styles off with a Coup de Grace and the icing on the cake was the two of them throwing up the Too Sweets post-match.
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Naturally, when you put eight men in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, things are going to get a little messy. When you're forced to change your plans at the last minute and have to throw in a man who hasn't wrestled for WWE in 11 years, things are going to get even more hectic. This match became a little hard to follow at times. Angle left, Kane accidentally hit Strowman then decided to hit him again on purpose, The Miz summoned in a garbage truck. There was an awful lot going on. There were times when it watered down the fact that we were witnessing wrestling history with the return of Kurt Angle, especially when he spent the majority of the match back in the locker room. Eventually, the match did what it always intended to do and gave us our feel-good moment. Angle played the role of Roman Reigns for a Shield Triple Powerbomb and covered The Miz for the win.
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