WWE TLC 2017 is a Raw brand pay-per-view taking place at the Target Center in Minneapolis. If you're looking to tune in, WWE has a lot planned, with the pre-show starting at 7:00 p.m. on YouTube and the main show starting at 8:00 p.m. on the WWE network or your pay-per-view provider. Here is a rundown of what WWE has planned for the show.
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Sasha Banks vs Alicia Fox
TLC's kick off show will feature a match we saw on Raw this past Monday night. Rewind another week and the feud between these two ladies started in the five-way elimination match to decide who would be Asuka's first challenger. Sasha Banks eliminated Alicia Fox by making her tap after applying her Banks Statement and Fox claimed that she was merely scratching her nose. Well, this week The Boss made The Foxy One tap again, and it forced the former Divas' Champion to fly off the handle. Her fit of rage led to her attacking Sasha backstage post-match and earning herself a fine for pushing an official.
Asuka vs Emma
So, if Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox didn't earn the opportunity to face Asuka, then who did? Well, that honor fell to Emma after she earned a shock win by rolling up Banks to pick up the last elimination. The Aussie has been strutting around Raw claiming that she started the Women's Revolution, and now she has the chance to prove that she's one of the toughest women on the roster. Asuka's first match on the main roster is quite rightly being treated as a big deal and it's unlikely that The Empress Of Tomorrow has anything other than a win on her mind.
Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann vs Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher
This is another match that we've already seen on Raw this week. Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann take on the unlikely alliance of Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick. Alexander desperately needed some back up in the form of a friend to help him counteract the problems he's been having with these two, and lucky for him, Swann answered the call. The two of them make a pretty formidable pair it would seem also and managed to pick up the win over Jack and Kendrick. Can The Gentleman and The Man With The Plan get revenge at TLC?
Kalisto vs Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship
If the rumors are true, then by all accounts this match should have been Kalisto's crowning moment rather than last week on Raw. The luchador winning the Cruiserweight Championship was apparently brought forward because of the ongoing issues with an absent Neville. The King of the Cruiserweights going AWOL has clearly thrown the original plans for this angle off, so who knows what will happen in this one? We may even see Amore's newly found cruiserweight friends play a part in whatever happens.
Finn Balor vs AJ Styles
For weeks now, WWE has been building a match between Demon Finn and Bray Wyatt, presumably as his new alter ego, Sister Abigail. Well at the eleventh hour those plans have gone awry as Wyatt has seemingly been struck down with a meningitis virus. With Wyatt out of action Balor will now be facing SmackDown Live's AJ Styles. There may have been no opportunity to build to this match but that won't have stopped fans getting extremely excited for it. In fact, Styles vs Balor may be a better choice than the original matchup. A battle between two former leaders of the Bullet Club, it's arguably a match fit for WrestleMania.
Mickie James vs Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women's Championship
The basis for this match has been a little shaky. Current Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss has decided to take issue with Mickie James' age. James is 38, so she's younger than John Cena and AJ Styles who WWE would never have someone pick on for their age. Anyway, James has proved that age is just a number and earned herself a shot at Bliss's precious title. James got some good momentum heading into her title match too, teaming with Bayley on Raw this past Monday to overcome the pairing of Bliss and Emma. Can she carry that momentum into TLC though?
Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose vs The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro, Kane, and Braun Strowman in a TLC match
Finn Balor versus Bray Wyatt isn't the only match on the TLC card that has been affected by the meningitis virus running rampant through the Raw locker room. No, even the main event has had to be changed, and what a change it is. The Shield reunion is on hold for now as Raw General Manager Kurt Angle will make his WWE in-ring return to lead Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins into battle. The Olympic gold medalist will have his hands full as he takes on five other men. This match has had an awful lot of build with Kane originally being the big returning name in this one. All eyes will be on Angle now though.