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Finn Balor was not originally supposed to be on Team Raw for WWE Survivor Series

As most of you know by now, plans always change in WWE. Sometimes Vince McMahon has a great idea for an angle and then things can change if he decides on something that he thinks is better for future plans.

As reported by PWInsider, Kurt Angle was originally supposed to be part of Team Raw on Sunday at Survivor Series. Instead, he was destroyed by Drew McIntyre last week and on this week’s show, the announcers openly wondered if Angle was done as an in-ring competitor.

Mike Johnson said the following on PWInsider audio: “As you saw, Finn Balor was added to the Survivor Series men’s elimination match on the show. I don’t know what the cause and effect was for the change but a week ago, the plan was for Kurt Angle to be in that match, not Finn Balor.”

Johnson added, “So for whatever reason, they decided with the Drew McIntyre match that they were writing Kurt out of storylines for now and Finn Balor was going to be the one to take his place.”

For whatever it’s worth, I’ve heard nothing about Angle retiring from the ring. In fact, he is still training and he hopes to wrestle more. He has also said publicly that he hasn’t been happy with how he’s looked and his work in the ring but that is something he will continue to work on. We’ll see what the future holds for Angle but hopefully, the match last week with McIntyre was not his last one.

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