WWE TLC 2017: 5 Possible finishes for Kurt Angle's return match
The last minute Kurt Angle curveball gives the WWE many ways to play their hand.
Roman Reigns out. Enter Kurt Angle.
A whole gamut of emotions duly followed suit in the WWE Universe. Elation, surprise, shock...and in some cases, concern.
Despite being one of the best workers to ever lace up a pair of boots, the fact remains that Kurt Angle is still a 48 year-old-man who's not wrestled a WWE match in over 11 years.
To have him wrestle a fellow 'senior citizen' if you will, that's still acceptable. But to haul him straight into the deep end against the likes of Braun Strowman...with a numbers disadvantage to boot?
In a desperate attempt to maintain interest in the PPV despite Reigns' withdrawal, has the WWE made a fatal mistake in throwing Kurt Angle to the wolves?
Or is this just a gilt-edged opportunity for him to showcase to the world, emphatically, that he's still very much got 'it'?
That is a perspective that varies depending on how each person looks at it and, of course, how the WWE chooses to book the match itself.
On that note...here are 5 possible finishes for the 3-on 5-handicap match that will main event TLC.
If you have other creative ideas, do let us know in the comments section below.
#1 Stipulation change
The 3-on-5 handicap dynamic looked a little skewed on paper, even when Roman Reigns was part of the equation.
Now that he isn't, it only seems all the more insurmountable an obstacle for Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Kurt Angle to overcome.
But rescinding the odds that they forced through with Kane's shoddily booked inclusion would only serve to make Rollins, Ambrose and Angle look weak.
A good way to get around that conundrum, however, would be to add a further last-minute stipulation, making it an Elimination match.
That way, Ambrose, Rollins and Angle can nick a quick roll-up here or an Ankle lock submission there, whittling down the numbers that they're up against, making the finish more unpredictable and the match more enjoyable as a result.