6 Ups And 5 Downs From WWE TLC 2017

1. Angle Returns! It’s True! It’s Damn True!

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About three hours before the PPV began, this writer got a bad premonition that WWE was going to play bait-and-switch and have Kurt Angle get jumped before the event, leaving him unable to compete and have to tap his son, Jason Jordan, to fight in his stead.

Thankfully, we didn’t see that kind of cop-out. Instead, Angle donned Shield gear and participated in what amounted to a fairly safe match (all things considered). The 48-year-old Olympic gold medalist didn’t take a bunch of bumps, with really just one major one: a running powerslam through a table, which replays showed that Braun Strowman cradled him perfectly.

Angle looked pretty good German suplexing Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro. And smartly, to protect him from the worst of the match, he got taken out for a segment of it, only to return at the climax to help his teammates overcome their opponents and win the TLC match.

This might not lead to Angle returning on a regular or semi-regular basis, but even if it was a one-off, it was nicely done and made fans feel pretty good about seeing Angle back in action one more time.

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Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.