Major RAW Creative Changes, Backstage News On AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor At WWE TLC, Illness Update

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First and foremost, it feels damn good to be back here at eWn. I want to thank Frank and the rest of the crew here for the opportunity to return. Those of you who follow me on Facebook (Facebook.com/RyanClarkWZR) know much of where I’ve been and the struggles I’ve been through as I’ve been very open and honest over there. I feel better than ever and I’m very excited to get back to work doing something I love. Thanks to all the fans of eWn for sticking with me while I dealt with some personal issues and “demons” if you will. I’ll be starting off with just a few posts each day and we’ll take it from there. I will respond in the comments section on my posts (and others) as much as possible as I think interacting with you guys is a good thing. Much respect to all of you and let’s get back to work!

As reported yesterday here on eWrestlingNews.com, there are some major changes in store for Sunday night’s WWE RAW brand pay-per-view event – Tables, Ladders & Chairs (TLC). Kurt Angle will be replacing Roman Reigns and teaming with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to face the heel team of Kane, Braun Strowman, The Miz, Cesaro & Sheamus in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs match.

Also as reported yesterday on eWN, SmackDown’s AJ Styles will be replacing Bray Wyatt to face Finn Balor in a battle between the two former leaders of “The Bullet Club”. In an update on that match, the two are expected to be given a “good amount” of time at the pay-per-view. Bryan Alvarez is also confirming that Balor will use his “Demon” character entrance from prior WWE NXT live events and NXT: Takeover specials.

It should also be noted that there are some big changes being made to the RAW brand with Roman Reigns being out of action. No word on exactly what those changes are as of this writing but there are major creative changes that began on Thursday and will continue over the weekend.


There were several meetings (we’ve heard at least three) on Friday where numerous things were addressed. As announced last week, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman will be returning on Monday’s WWE RAW broadcast.


Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Bo Dallas and JoJo are currently out of action. For what it’s worth, JoJo and Bray Wyatt are dating in real-life. As Andy reported yesterday here on eWn “WWE is currently testing Raw Superstars for the mumps. WWE had apparently originally tested some talent for viral meningitis and discovered that the illness is believed to be the mumps. The illness is an airborne virus that can be spread by coughing, sneezing, saliva or utensils with an infected person. Typically, symptoms usually take 16-18 days to appear. It then usually takes several days to a week to disappear.” This means that more Superstars may have the illness but it hasn’t been discovered yet. There are also reports that WWE has taken several other talents off the road as a precautionary measure.

We’ve confirmed that Tom Phillips is off the road because he recently got married and is now on his honeymoon. There are also reports that AJ Styles had food poisoning on Thursday but should be “good to go” on Sunday night for his match with Finn Balor at WWE’s TLC pay-per-view event.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more on this developing story. Stay tuned to eWrestlingNews.com.

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