WWE will return to Minneapolis at the Target Center for TLC. It’s the first pay-per-view show in Minnesota in the past two years.
In what was billed as a reunion of The Shield, the show will feature a last minute change due to the health of Roman Reigns causing Raw General Manager Kurt Angle to take to the ring with Raw Tag Champs Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose against Intercontinental Champ Miz, The Bar and Braun Strowman. Another last minute change due to the health of Bray Wyatt created a match between Wyatt’s intended opponent Finn Balor and last-minute replacement AJ Styles. Here’s Cathy Kelley’s video preview of the show:
The TLC Kickoff Show will feature The Boss Sasha Banks against Alicia Fox.
The 2017 WWE TLC Kickoff pre-show opens live from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota as Renee Young welcomes us. She’s joined by Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 & ESPN and David Otunga. Renee mentions the viral infection that is keeping Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt off tonight’s card. Renee hypes RAW General Manager Kurt Angle replacing Reigns in the main event and AJ Styles replacing Wyatt in the match against The Demon. Renee talks to WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, who is backstage. Miz says someone is always trying to steal his spotlight as the big news of the week wasn’t Angle’s return, it was he and Maryse doing their gender reveal to announce that they are expecting a baby girl next year. Miz goes on, talking to Rosenberg and Otunga, and is confident about his team winning the main event. He wants Angle to shake his hand on RAW and congratulate him tomorrow night. Miz says he’s going to give Angle another broken freakin’ neck tonight. They end Miz’s interview and discuss tonight’s Styles vs. Demon match. The panel then plugs tonight’s card, the WWE Network and Survivor Series weekend with the big WWE NXT “Takeover: WarGames” event.]
We go back to Charly Caruso in the Social Media lounge for more hype on tonight’s card. She will be joined by Mickie James later on during the Kickoff. Fans can submit their questions with the #AskMickie hashtag on Twitter. Renee plugs tonight’s Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox match on the pre-show and then leads us to a promo for Asuka’s main roster debut tonight against Emma. We go backstage to Kayla Braxton, who is with Emma. Emma wonders how many vignettes Asuka is going to get because all the attention has been on her for the past several weeks. Emma scrolls Twitter and is upset at how many comments there are about The Empress of Tomorrow. Emma says tonight is her first singles match on a pay-per-view and Asuka may overshadow every other woman in WWE but her spotlight is far too bright. Emma says the spotlight will be on her tonight as the creator of the women’s revolution and the #1 hashtag after tonight will be #EmmaBeatsAsuka. Emma walks off. We go back to the panel and everyone believes Asuka will win her red brand debut tonight. Renee sends us to another break.
Back from the break and Kurt Angle is backstage in deep thought when “son” Jason Jordan walks in. They hug. Angle says he knew he had to do something huge when Roman Reigns was unable to perform, so he filled the void. Elias walks in and asks to talk to Angle but Angle needs a moment of his son. Elias speaks regardless, mentioning the spirit of Prince and how he needs to do a special musical performance tonight. Jordan mocks Elias for interrupting and they have a few words. Angle grants Elias time for the performance tonight. Elias knocks Jordan and ends up walking off. We go back to the panel but they’re interrupted by Drew Gulak. He’s upset about his PowerPoint presentation being cut from tonight’s pre-show due to time constraints. Gulak says he will not be broken. He’s Drew Gulak and he believes in a better WWE 205 Live and he will make it better. He believes in a better cruiserweight division because together we can stop things like chanting, flying, flipping, elaborate costumes, use of the top rope and more. He’s sick and tired of the man holding him down. He mentions Elias being granted a concert and goes on ranting as Renee talks over him and sends us to a break.
We come back with a video package for the Raw Women’s Championship match and finally going to the Mickie James Q&A. She feels great going into her match tonight and she’s hoping to bring the title home one more time. The first question is how it feels knowing it could be her seventh WWE title, and she says it’s incredible, being maybe the second woman to do that and she hopes she can.
Up next, does she think age is catching up to her? No, first off she’s not the oldest woman on the roster, there are a few that are as old as her and half the male roster is older. And, fact check, the oldest women’s champ was the Fabulous Moolah at the age of 76, so she has literal decades left and might be a 77-time women’s champion by the time it’s over.
Last question is what the first thing she’ll do when she wins the title, and that’ll be to give the title a facelift and maybe do a photoshoot. And then in the morning, she’ll facetime her son. The Q&A over, the panel discusses the match and then runs the card down with a focus on the changes due to illness one more time.
AJ Styles joins the panel via satellite from backstage and says he’s been traveling for eighteen hours to get here tonight to face the Demon, and he’s looking forward to it as much as the WWE Universe is. He says this is the match everybody in the world wants to see, and he’s all about coming here and showing folks something they didn’t think they’d get to see. He’s always prepared for any wrestler, it’s what he does.
His strategy is the same as always– expect anything and everything, and he’ll be the first to beat the Demon. The panel resumes running down the show with the matches happening as scheduled and we get ready for our preshow match.
Sasha Banks vs Alicia Fox
Banks and Fox get in each other’s face. Banks and Fox tear into each other. Banks knocks Fox to the mat. Fox rolls to the outside. Fox gets back in the ring. Fox forces Banks into the corner. Fox pounds on Banks before locking in a rear chin lock. Banks fights to her feet. Banks Lou Thez presses Fox. Banks tosses Fox around the ring by her hair. Fox crawls to the corner. I… I think Fox is crying? Fox begs off and offers her hand to Banks. Banks promptly dropkicks Fox in the face. There will be no reprieve for Fox tonight. Fox falls to the outside. Fox is livid; pounding on the apron and holding her jaw.
You’re not going to get @SashaBanksWWE to back off THAT easily, @AliciaFoxy! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/iZ0tICy6Ud
— WWE (@WWE) October 22, 2017
After a short break, Banks is on the top rope. Fox latches onto Banks’ hair. The referee tells Fox she has to let go. Fox pushes Banks off the top rope. Banks hits the floor hard. Fox tilt-a-whirl backbreakers Banks on the outside and almost goes for a pin (ha!). We have to keep in mind, Fox is a nut job so her trying to pin Banks on the outside makes sense.
#TheBoss @SashaBanksWWE just went for a ride on the TILT-A-WHIRL, courtesy of @AliciaFoxy! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/d0wdf1ymXG
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 22, 2017
Fox bring Banks back in the ring. Banks sends Fox face-first into the corner. Fox picks up Banks and literally dumps her outside the ring. Fox yells at the referee to count Banks out. Banks eventually makes it back into the ring. Northern lights suplex for a near fall by Fox. Fox hits another northern light suplex but Banks kicks out. Fox rolls up Banks but Banks kicks out, which sends Fox flying head first out of the ring. Fox climbs back into the ring. Banks sends Fox flying with spinning head scissors. Banks knees Fox in the face but Fox bounces off the rope and boots Banks in the face. Banks kicks out. Fox misses the scissor kick. Banks locks in the Banks Statement. Fox has no choice but to tap out.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Asuka vs Emma
The bell rings and they size each other up. Emma ducks a clothesline and shows off some. Emma talks trash but Asuka takes her down and rolls her into a submission. Emma breaks it with the bottom rope. Emma slaps Asuka, firing her up. They lock up and Emma works on the arm now. Asuka turns it around. Emma fights out and they collide with shoulders. Asuka gets fired up again. They trade holds again and Asuka gets the upperhand, working on the arm again. Emma slaps Asuka again and talks some trash. Asuka smiles.
Hey, @EmmaWWE… ARE YOU READY for @WWEAsuka?! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/YqlqDjZoR3
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2017
They run the ropes and Asuka hits the Hip Attack, then taunts Emma for a pop. Asuka keeps control and takes Emma down for a submission but Emma sends her to the floor. Asuka comes right back but Emma knocks her back to the floor. Emma follows and works her over as the referee counts. Emma brings Asuka back into the ring and slams her face into the mat a few times. Emma with a 2 count. Emma keeps Asuka grounded now.
More back and forth now. Emma slaps Asuka down by her hair for a 2 count as the referee warns her. Emma takes Asuka to the corner and turns her upside down. Emma unloads on Asuka and pulls her hair while she’s upside down. Fans boo and the referee counts her. Emma comes back in and hits the low splash in the corner for a 2 count. Emma keeps control as fans chant for Asuka.
Emma with another slap, angering Asuka. Asuka comes back and rolls Emma up for 2. Asuka with a big knee strike to the nose. Asuka keeps up the offense with strikes. Asuka comes off the top with a missile dropkick now. Emma comes back and drops Asuka with a shot to the back of the neck. Emma with a dropkick for a 2 count. More back and forth now. Asuka ends up going for the ankle lock. Emma fights up and counters but Asuka drops her on her neck with a German suplex. Emma goes to the floor for a breather.
Emma grabs Asuka’s hair and rips her from the apron to the floor. The referee counts. Emma brings Asuka back into the ring but Asuka nails a kick. Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock and drops it in the middle of the ring. Emma taps for the finish.
Backstage With The Miz
Backstage, Miz complains to Sheamus and Cesaro about Kurt Angle stepping in to steal the spotlight from the rest of them. Braun Strowman walks in and tells them all to stay out of his way. Kane joins them and says if anyone is going to destroy Rollins, Ambrose, and Angle it’s going to be him. Miz tells Strowman and Kane that there is going to be more than enough carnage to go around.
Looks like EVERYONE wants a piece of @WWERollins, @TheDeanAmbrose, and @RealKurtAngle in tonight’s #WWETLC #HandicapMatch! pic.twitter.com/pDLP38a5NF
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2017
Miz does the Shield fistbump with the Bar while reciting Angle’s catchphrase to close the segment.
Elias is on the stage to sing us a song. He thinks the crowd are all a bunch of dead liars and does his usual spiel about distractions before starting in on a song. He’s about to begin singing when someone throws a bundle of greens at him. More vegetables follow as he tries to continue and the camera pans over to show Jason Jordan with a shopping card full of produce. He eats a banana and walks the cart offstage.
Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher vs Rich Swann & Cedric Alexander
Swann and Kendrick to start, circling, Brian cuts off the collar and elbow and lays into Rich with overhead elbows to the back of the neck. Snapmare, Swann cartwheels out and starts firing chops only to be put into the turnbuckles as Gallagher tags in. Deathlocking the legs, he lays back and works a toehold, countered with a side headlock, shoot off, leapfrog, roll back, Rich lands a dropkick and Alexander tags in.
Brian in as well, Cedric running hot with a dropkick, he runs the ropes but Jack cuts him off and Rich takes Gallagher out in return! Low bridge sends Kendrick to the floor… TOPE CON GIRO! Back in the ring the cover gets two, a hard chop knocks Brian down and Alexander tags Swann back in. Hard whip, another whip into a backbreaker, agian just a two count! To the second, Gallagher runs interference and Brian takes advantage, tripping Swann up and grabbing his leg before tagging Jack in.
He’s ALWAYS a man with a plan…#WWETLC @mrbriankendrick pic.twitter.com/JkNqeGUDJG
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2017
Cravate on, keeping Rich grounded, snapmare as he nearly escapes and Gallagher follows with stomps before tagging Kendrick in. Butterfly suplex into a two count, raking Swann’s face with his bootlaces, shoot kick to the ribs, and he rams Rich’s face into the turnbuckles with a cravate! Choking away, tag to Jack, working him over, quick tags are the order of the day here.
Landing on his feet off a back suplex, the tag is made and Alexander comes in hot with elbows! Handspring into the gamengiri… NOPE! Charging shoulder block, an enzuigiri from the apron and a springboard lariat but Kendrick breaks the pin up and yanks Cedric outside! Swann trying the save with a tornado DDT off the steps but Brian counters to a northern lights suplex and tags in.
Alexander catches him with a small package for two, Kendrick throwing kicks in return, the full Captain’s Hook is in but Cedric rolls it over into a pin! Reversed back, Rich off the top… Phoenix Splash into a crescent kick with a retaliatory head butt and both Gallagher and Swann are out. Back suplex lift…and then Alexander drops Kendrick with a Lumbar Check for the win.
Winners: Rich Swann & Cedric Alexander
Raw Women’s Champ Alexa Bliss vs Mickie James
They lock up to start, going back and forth. Mickie shows Bliss up against the ropes early on and upsets her. Mickie laughs at Bliss. Bliss with an elbow to turn it around. Mickie turns it back around after a kip-up. Bliss looks frustrated now. Mickie goes on and hits a big running kick to the face for a 2 count. Bliss turns it back around and works on Mickie’s arm, dropping it over the top rope. Bliss focuses on the arm as the referee warns her.
Bliss with a 2 count as she keeps up the focus on Mickie’s arm. Bliss drops down on the left arm and takes her time before going for a pin attempt. Bliss keeps Mickie down by her arm and yanks her down by it for three straight pin attempts. Bliss talks some trash before stomping away on Mickie now. A frustrated Bliss tells Mickie to give up, then mocks her some more as we get a replay.
They’re risking it ALL for the #RAW #WomensTitle!#WWETLC @MickieJames @AlexaBliss_WWE pic.twitter.com/WzW7L4GhLz
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2017
James fires off kicks to back her off, back elbow up on the charge, tornado headscissors out of the corner but the damage is done to her shoulder. Ducking and dodging, trading kicks and they both connect simultaneously, leaving them down and out! Slowly to their knees, forearm for forearm, Mickie smashes her face into the mat. To their feet, more forearms, just unloading on Alexa here, off the ropes with flying forearms!
Rolling solebutt, bicycle knee, another flying forearm, but it’s all only good for a nearfall! Setting up the DDT but Bliss leverages the bad arm to escape. James catches her with an O’Connor roll for two and Alexa gets two of her own in return off of a Yoshi Tonic! Mickie ducks a lariat and connects with a flapjack before climbing up top… Alexa clips her knee and lands on her bad shoulder.
Bliss up top, Twisted Bliss… NOBODY HOME! James draws herself up and climbs again for a missile dropkick that gets a nearfall! Alexa with a shot to the throat, Mickie returns it with a kick to the face that’s good for a two count! Bliss hiding in the corner, James tries to pull her out but referee Darrick Moore warns her about the hair and Alexa takes full advantage to put her into the turnubuckle…The champ then hits a snap DDT for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Alexa Bliss Retains Raw Women’s Championship
After the match, Mickie recovers as Charly Caruso comes in for comments. Mickie admits she’s disappointed as she wanted to take the title home. Mickie says she’s proud of her performance as she gave her heart & soul and everything else. Mickie says she proved she’s worthy of the title shot but says it won’t be her last time in a title match or as champion. She thanks the entire WWE Universe for their love and support, saying she loves them back and they are why she does what she does. Mickie says she’s grateful for the fans and then walks off with her music playing.
Kurt Angle/Elias Segments
Kurt Angle is shown getting ready backstage when the Shield lads roll up. He says he knows they wanted two on five but he couldn’t let that happen, and he doesn’t know what he has left, but they’re getting a hundred percent of it. Seth says they respect that, and they didn’t come here to talk strategy, they came here to give him a tactical vest, because he’s a member of the Shield tonight, baby! Angle says they can believe that.
Elias is once again on the stage ready to sing us a song. Earlier he was interrupted and he wants to try again, because nothing will stop him from giving us the performance we need. He starts into a song about Minneapolis before faltering and declaring that he’ll have to start over. He complements the women of Minneapolis, unusually, but says the men can’t stand up to him, and again has to stop because the crowd are so loud.
He struggles his way through the rest of the song (in a good way, mostly), before being once again bombarded by vegetables. This time he straight-up runs off as Jordan pelts him with leafy greens.
Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto vs Enzo Amore
The bell rings and Kalisto charges into the corner but Enzo uses the ropes to get a break. They go at it now. Enzo drops Kalisto with an elbow to the face. More back and forth, out and back into the ring now. Kalisto takes Enzo down with a head scissors. Kalisto hits an enziguri to send Enzo back out for a breather. Kalisto mocks Enzo’s dancing in the ring. Enzo charges in but gets sent right back out. Kalisto runs the ropes and nails a big suicide dive. They bring it back in and Enzo ends up dropping Kalisto jaw-first into the top turnbuckle. Enzo unloads with stomps in the corner now. Enzo with an elbow drop in the corner for a 2 count.
Enzo goes up to the top rope but doesn’t try a move and jumps down to the canvas to mock the fans. Kalisto charges in but runs right into a standing stomp. Kalisto kicks out. Baseball pitching windup strike for another near fall by Enzo.
STRIKE ONE! ??????#WWETLC #205Live @real1 pic.twitter.com/hzdbW5IaLh
— 205Live (@WWE205Live) October 23, 2017
Kalisto breaks a hold and knocks Enzo into the corner. Kalisto charges but Enzo dumps him into the corner. Kalisto with a kick and a springboard in from the apron. Kalisto with more offense and another pin attempt as Enzo gets the foot on the bottom rope. Enzo counters in the corner and slams Kalisto back into the turnbuckle. Enzo goes on and hits the DDG for a 2 count. Kalisto with more counters. Enzo blocks a second Salida del Sol attempt. The finish sees Enzo get a thumb to the eye to Kalisto, then the JawdonZo for the pin and the title.
Winner and New WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Enzo Amore
Finn Balor vs AJ Styles
Fans chant “this is awesome” as AJ and Balor, as The Demon, size each other up before the bell. They immediately lock up and go at it. Balor is sporting face paint, a large design on his back and some on his front upperbody tonight but that’s it. A “too sweet” chant starts up as they go at it and break. They lock up again and Styles takes Balor down but Balor applies a leg scissors. More back and forth on the mat for another stalemate. Fans pop.
AJ ends up dropping Balor after running the ropes. Balor kicks AJ from the apron. Balor comes in and goes for a surfboard submission in the middle of the ring. More back and forth between the two. Balor gets some momentum going and runs the ropes but AJ drops him. AJ with a suplex. AJ with a running knee for a 2 count. Fans do dueling chants now as Balor takes AJ to the corner. AJ turns it around and comes over the top from the apron with a forearm. Balor kicks out at 2.
AJ works Balor back into the corner. AJ with a backbreaker. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. AJ takes Balor down and covers for another pin attempt. AJ knocks Balor back into the corner now. Balor fights back, beating AJ into the opposite corner. AJ with chops in the corner now. Balor turns it around with a chop of his own in the corner. Balor unloads with rights and lefts in the corner. Balor ends up kicking AJ from the top turnbuckle to the floor. Balor runs the ropes and nails a big dive to the floor.
Balor brings it back into the ring and hits a Slingblade. Balor charges but AJ comes back and drops Balor’s neck over his knee. Balor counters a Styles Clash. AJ counters and drops Balor face first with a Facebuster. AJ ends up covering for a 2 count. Balor catches AJ with a shot to the side of the face and he goes down. Balor with big stomps on Styles now. Balor with the big running corner dropkick. AJ counters a move and goes for the Calf Crusher, locking it in the middle of the ring.
Balor tries to escape but AJ brings him back into the middle of the ring. Balor slams AJ’s head into the mat to break the hold. Fans chant “this is awesome” again. AJ charges but gets sent to the apron. AJ with a forearm. AJ springboards up but Balor counters and knocks him down to the floor. Balor with a running kick to the face from the apron. Balor with a running dropkick on the floor, knocking AJ into the barrier. We get a replay. Balor returns to the ring and the referee counts but Balor stops him from counting. Balor goes back out and grabs AJ but AJ drives him over the German announce table. The referee counts both Superstars now. They return to the ring at the same time.
They both collide and go down twice in the middle of the ring. We get a replay while they’re down. They get up and Balor connects first. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. AJ unloads but Balor connects with the overhead kick. They trade several counters now. Balor hits the 1916 for a close 2 count.
#TheDemon @FinnBalor is definitely making a lasting impression on @AJStylesOrg in this first-time-ever DREAM MATCH! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/17F1JMeCbr
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2017
Balor runs and dropkicks AJ into the corner. Balor goes to the top but AJ nails a pele kick, knocking Balor out on the top. Balor springboards from the apron and brings Balor from the top to the mat with a hurricanrana. Styles with a 2 count. AJ goes back to the apron for the springboard 450 but he misses as Balor moves. Balor with a big lariat and another big dropkick into the corner. Balor goes back to the top and hits Coup de Grace for the pin.
Winner: Finn Balor (The Demon)
After the match, the referee checks on both men as Balor gets up first. We go to replays. Balor’s music hits as he approaches AJ, waiting for him to get up. The music stops as Balor helps AJ to his feet. They face off in the middle of the ring. They both raise “too sweets” in the middle of the ring and touch in a show of respect. Styles leaves as Balor’s music starts back up and he celebrates.
Elias vs Jason Jordan
Back from the break and Elias is once again introduced for another performance. The boos begin. Elias says he’s about to have a match with Jason Jordan but before he shows he’s the better man, he wants to play a song for Jordan on Jordan’s way to the ring. Elias sings but Jordan’s theme quickly interrupts and out he comes.
Back and forth to start. Jordan with an early slam on Elias’ head. Elias keeps Jordan grounded for a few minutes. Jordan ends up knocking Elias off the apron to turn it around. Elias turns it back around with a running knee to the back into the corner. Elias unloads on Jordan in the corner now.
Elias works Jordan over on the apron from the floor now. Elias slides back in and covers for a 2 count. Elias whips Jordan and nails a big clothesline for a close 2 count. Elias keeps Jordan grounded again, working on the arm and the mid-section. The hold is broken. Jordan goes for a move but Elias counters and applies an abdominal stretch. Jordan tries to turn the hold around but he does send Elias out of the ring.
Elias returns to the ring but Jordan counters his strikes. Jordan picks up the pace and drops Elias a few times, then drives him back into the corner, then the other corner. Jordan drives Elias into the opposite turnbuckles again. Jordan with a belly-to-belly throw. Jordan with a running spear in the corner and then a suplex for a 2 count.
Like father, like son as @JasonJordanJJ DRILLS @IAmEliasWWE! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/hLPSjYs4Lb
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 23, 2017
Jordan gets up first and takes Elias to the top for a superplex. Elias tangles with him. Elias with shots to the gut, knocking Jordan to the mat. Jordan runs back up but Elias sends him down. Jordan charges again but Elias nails a knee to the jaw. Elias tosses Jordan across the ring and Jordan’s knee buckles. He sells the injury now. The referee checks on Jordan. Elias comes over and tries for a suplex from the apron but Jordan counters and rolls Elias up for the win.
Winner: Jason Jordan
After the match, Jordan hits the floor to stand tall as his music hits. Elias immediately stands up and looks to be frustrated. We go to replays as Booker believes the call was bad. The other announcers apparently agree. Elias looks on from the ring as Jordan stands tall on the stage.
Intercontinental Champ Miz, The Bar, Braun Strowman & Kane vs Raw Tag Team Champs Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose & Raw General Manager Kurt Angle
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz for tonight’s main event. Cesaro and Sheamus are out next, followed by Kane and then Braun Strowman. The Shield’s music hits as RAW Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose appear in the crowd. WWE Hall of Famer and RAW General Manager Kurt Angle appears behind them, wearing a Shield-style vest. They head to the ring.
#RAW General Manager @RealKurtAngle is already a NATURAL member of #TheShield! #WWETLC @TheDeanAmbrose @WWERollins pic.twitter.com/O4APK9MZyO
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2017
The new version of The Shield grabs steel chairs and jumps on the apron. They hit the ring and unload on their opponents. Ambrose sends Cesaro to the floor. Kane goes to work on Angle in the corner. Strowman drops the tag team champions. Rollins comes in with a chair on Kane and Braun. The Shield takes turns on Kane and Braun with chairs now, clearing the ring of Braun. More chair shots to Kane as they unload. The Shield stands tall as a big “yes!”‘ chant starts. Ambrose and Rollins run the ropes for a dive on The Miz and The Bar. Angle leaves the ring to help Rollins with a ladder. The Shield tries to ram The Miz and The Bar with the ladder, and they nail it.
Consider @BraunStrowman & @KaneWWE WIPED OUT courtesy of @WWERollins & @TheDeanAmbrose! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/9vCxadPF6l
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2017
Angle drops ladder shots on Braun while he’s down on the floor now. Kane grabs Ambrose by the throat but Rollins springboards in for the save. Ambrose dropkicks Kane to the floor. Ambrose and Rollins stand tall in the ring with Angle. They triple team Kane on the floor now, using the ladder. They take apart the announce table but The Bar makes the save for some boos. Kane fights off all three of the babyfaces now. They fight back with a chair and turn it around, placing Kane on top of the announce table. Braun makes the save and beats on all three babyfaces. Braun takes apart one of the announce tables while holding onto Angle. Braun looks to powerbomb Angle through the table but Rollins makes the save with chair shots to the back.
Ambrose and Rollins take turns on Braun with the chair now. Braun gets sent into the ring post twice. Angle hits on Kane, who is still on top of an announce table. They place Braun on top of the other announce table. Fans chant “yes!” as The Shield stands ladders up in front of the two announce tables with Kane and Braun on them. Rollins and Ambrose each climb a ladder. Rollins leaps and puts Braun through a table while Ambrose leaps and puts Kane through a table as Angle cheered them on. The crowd goes wild. Rollins clutches his knee. We get a replay.
The Miz and The Bar end up triple teaming Angle in the ring with chairs now. The assault continues. They go for a Shield-style powerbomb on Angle but the champs make the save. The Bar takes the champs to the floor to turn it around. Angle grabs Miz in the ring for three straight German suplexes as fans pop. Sheamus comes in but Angle hits a suplex on him. Cesaro runs in but Angle suplexes him as well. Angle stands tall and gets hyped up as fans cheer.
Kane sits straight up outside of the ring and looks in the ring at Angle. Fans chant “you still got it” at Angle. Kane enters the ring but Angle ends up countering him, applying the ankle lock. Braun makes the save by taking Angle’s leg out. Braun takes Angle to the floor and sends him into the barrier. Braun grabs a table and positions it. Braun scoops Angle on the floor for a running powerslam. Braun runs and puts Angle through a table on the floor. Officials check on Angle. Braun stands tall over him and yells out. We get a replay. Graves says there’s no way Angle is coming back from that. Medics are checking on Angle now.
Rollins and Ambrose go for The Bar and The Miz now but they lose control as Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and Braun take turn on them. Rollins is rolled in so Kane can hit a sideslam on him. Ambrose is also brought in as Cole calls it a 5-on-2 massacre now. We see Angle being helped up the ramp. Rollins is whipped into a chair wedged in the corner as the heels keep the assault going.
Ambrose and Rollins finally try to make a comeback. Kane whacks Braun in the back with a steel chair during the melee. Braun stares him down and shoves him back but Miz tries to fix the situation. Ambrose and Rollins try to take advantage but they get beat down again. A table is brought into the ring and The Bar puts Ambrose through it but it doesn’t break all the way. Braun launches Ambrose through the rest of the table. Miz walks to the stage and calls for The Bar to bring Rollins and Ambrose up. There are a lot more tables, ladders and chairs on the stage. Miz calls for someone to drive a garbage truck over near the stage and here it comes.
The champs are tossed in the back of the garbage truck but they keep fighting. Rollins and Ambrose leap off the top of the truck and take their opponents down. Miz retreats to the ring and the champs chase him down, beating him at ringside as he tries to escape through the crowd. They bring Miz to the stage to put him through a table but Kane makes the save. They beat Kane down next. They go to put Kane through a table but Braun makes the save. Braun works them over until Kane decks Braun. Kane chokeslams Braun off the stage, through another part of the stage. A “holy s–t” chant starts up as Kane stares down at Braun.
The #BigRedMachine @KaneWWE just SNAPPED with a MONSTROUS #Chokeslam to @BraunStrowman through the stage! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/7sbmK2vQ0t
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2017
Kane goes over by the announce table, still looking down at Braun. There is a chain or rope hanging from the ceiling with a dozen or so steel chairs attached to it. Kane pulls the chain of chairs from the ceiling, causing them to fall on top of Braun. Kane goes back for the champs but they fight back. Miz makes the save but gets dropped. Kane ends up taking them out. The Bar brings the champs back over to the garbage truck. Braun starts to get up and Kane can’t believe it. Braun grabs Miz and tosses him. He continues walking and takes out The Bar. Braun attacks Kane next and they go at it. Braun scoops Kane to put him in the truck but The Bar makes the save. Braun fights them and The Miz off again. Kane with a big boot to Braun. All 4 of the heels attack Braun now.
They put Braun in the back of the garbage truck and close it, pressing the button. Braun has been trashed. They turn their attention back to Ambrose and Rollins now, bringing them to the ring. Miz with a DDT to Rollins. Sheamus and Cesaro with a double team White Noise to Rollins but Ambrose breaks the pin. They beat Ambrose down now. Kane looks to put Ambrose away but the music hits and out comes Kurt Angle limping. Fans pop.
Angle takes out The Bar on the ramp with Angle slams, fans pop big as they go down. Angle hits the ring and looks to take out Miz but Kane shuts him down. Kane scoops Angle for a Tombstone but Ambrose hits Kane with a chair in the back. Rollins brings a chair in for Kane as well. Kane retreats to the floor. Ambrose and Rollins charge and crash Kane through the barrier. Angle is left alone in the ring with a chair. Miz comes from behind and hits a Skull Crushing Finale on Angle but he kicks out at 2. Miz argues with the referee as he’s furious. Fans chant USA now as they wait for Angle to recover. Angle blocks a Finale into a steel chair, and applies the ankle lock on Miz. Miz breaks it and sends Angle through the ropes, causing him to land hard on the floor.
????????@RealKurtAngle is BACK! #WWETLC pic.twitter.com/fxMXkVn63k
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2017
Angle, Rollins and Ambrose hit the apron now, staring Miz down. They hit the ring and attack. Rollins nails a knee, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds and Angle hits the Angle Slam. Miz is down and out. They get riled up as Angle gives the thumbs down. Rollins and Ambrose lift Miz up for the triple powerbomb and Angle finishes it. Angle covers Miz for the pin and the win.
Winners: Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose