Friday, October 20, 2017

Backstage Update on Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt Being Pulled from TLC, WWE Rep Issues Statement

As noted, WWE announced that that Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns have been pulled from the WWE TLC event this Sunday in Minneapolis. Kurt Angle will be replacing Roman Reigns and AJ Styles will be replacing Bray Wyatt.

Wyatt has been kept off the road for several weeks now as a “precautionary measure” after Bo Dallas was diagnosed with an illness described as a “communicable disease.” When the company found out that Wyatt would be not cleared to return to in-ring action, WWE made the call to have Styles replace him.

WWE also announced that Reigns was being pulled for a medical issue. PWInsider speculates that it’s probably the same issue that Wyatt was pulled for. Angle is now set to team with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose at Sunday event in the main event bout. This will be his first WWE match since 2006.

Apparently WWE requested a number of talents that are competing at Sunday’s TLC event to undergo medical testing earlier this week because of the concern that they may have contracted what is ailing Dallas and Wyatt. WWE is not expected to announce anything beyond that there is a medical issue due to HIPAA laws.

It was reported via WrestlingInc earlier today that WWE has been testing talents of the RAW roster for mumps. WWE responded to these reports and issued the following statement:

“We have confirmed that three of our performers have been diagnosed with a viral infection. As a precautionary measure, we are ensuring in-ring performers and staff are tested and immunized in accordance with recommended medical guidelines.”

Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that the company found out about Wyatt & Reigns late in the week and came up with a plethora of replacement options, with Kurt Angle returning seemingly being the best one. Same for AJ vs. Finn.


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