5 possible reasons why Roman Reigns is out of WWE TLC 2017
If you haven’t heard by now, you’re in for a major spoiler for WWE’s next PPV: Roman Reigns, the man that Vince and company are trying desperately to make into their next marquee star, will be absent from TLC 2017.
Instead of there being a dream Shield reunion this Sunday, the WWE Universe will be given an even bigger treat than anyone had ever anticipated. Kurt Angle, WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist, will be taking Reigns’ place in the main event match at TLC. This will mark Angle’s first match in a WWE ring since 2006.
Though much of the discussion over the last 24 hours has focused on Angle being ready to wrestle in a WWE-style match, there still remains considerable debate on why Reigns has been pulled from the event.
Even though all WWE events have a disclaimer indicating that the card ‘is subject to change’, it isn’t really in WWE’s interest to pull a Superstar like Roman Reigns from a match without good reason. Given how important Reigns has been, is, and likely will be to WWE’s long-term creative direction, it would take a major problem for WWE to take Reigns out of any WWE PPV, much less one built on the Shield’s reunion.
Below we propose five reasons why Roman Reigns has been removed from WWE TLC 2017.
One of the popular rumours circulating is that Reigns has been pulled from TLC 2017 due to an injury. Though there has not been any confirmation of such as of yet, this is a very plausible reason nonetheless.
If you watch Reigns wrestle, you’ll notice that he does a lot of John Cena-style power moves. In particular, he does that sunset flip into a one-arm lifting Powerbomb, which gets a strong reaction from the audience whenever he does it.
That said, doing such a move could come at a price, and Reigns could be dealing with nagging shoulder or back injuries leading into TLC. Given WWE’s continued determination to crown Reigns as the new top guy in their company, there’s logic in keeping him fresh, especially since the first third of 2018 is their biggest and most important period from a booking standpoint.