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WWE TLC (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs)
Greetings, No Labels here! I’m back to share my thoughts on the latest WWE Pay-Per-View, Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
Pre-Show: Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango
I enjoyed Dolph so much more when he was a heel. Since Dolph lost the World Heavyweight Title, he hasn’t a whole lot of airtime nor a whole lot of success. In addition, I’m not one hundred percent sure what they are really going to do with Fandango. They had Fandango get over Jericho at his first match, which took place at Wrestlemania. He seemed to have a lot of momentum and then, nothing.
This could have been a great match, but the pre-show is mostly composed of backtracking storylines, which takes away from the time to put into a match. I miss the old days when they would just tell mostly about the back story just before time for the match during the pay-per-views.
The grand entrance of Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
Um…like why? I feel like they are coming out to convince the crowd this is a PPV you will enjoy. They kept stressing how awesome the unification match would be for TLC. Did it really live up to the hype? Well, I won’t reveal that off the bat just yet.
CM Punk vs. The Shield
I’ve been saying for a while that it looks as if The Shield is going to break up. This became more prevalent during this match. Although I’d love to see Roman Reigns add more moves to his arsenal, he does have a way of making a spear look impressive.
Once he got injured in his attempt to spear CM Punk on the outside, the complexity of the match got affected. It was an honest mistake, but it would serve towards the break-up narrative. Dean Ambrose has been giving off the ambiance that he’s better than the other two Shield members because he still has his belt, and they don’t. Seth Rollins doesn’t feel as if he’s been valued as much as Dean or Roman. Plus, Roman Reigns has been gaining in popularity; he delivered an impressive showing at Survivor Series for his team during that match, and I can tell by some of his body language that he wants to go solo. I think I’m going to grab some popcorn for these fireworks. I like them together, but I’d love to really see what they could fully accomplish separately, particularly Rollins and Reigns.
Natalya vs. AJ Lee for the Divas Championship
It is amusing yet heartbreaking (no pun intended) when Natalya is so close to the win and yet so far away. There were a couple of times in the match where Natalya could have pinned AJ Lee, but she always wants to pin people with the Sharpshooter.
I know she wants to pay her respects to her Uncle Bret, and Bret is one of my all time favorite wrestlers. However, if she’s going to do it, don’t look like you don’t know how to put it on. Don’t waste a whole lot of time showboating. Just put the opponent in it and hold on to it with the proper torque. She sometimes reminds me of the Miz and how he puts on the figure four leg lock. At least make the submission moves look good.
Unless they are going to finally put the belt on Natalya, place it on Tamina (or Kharma, if she ever decides to return to wrestling), then keep it on AJ. I guess I’m a bit old school. I’d rather the females actually wrestle than dance, booty pop, or just serve as disposable eye candy.
Damien Sandow vs. Big E Langston for the Intercontinental Championship
Damien Sandow’s character reminds of a whole lot of The Genius. He does a lot of talking, yet they both do have some level of skills in the ring.
I am a fan of Damien Sandow’s aggression, but he’s had it in him all the time. At times, the WWE believes it, too, yet each time Damien is close to gold, it eludes him. I really felt bad for him that he lost to Cena on his cash in, although I understood why he felt it was a good time to attack him. Yet it’s a bit of sick irony that he got defeated by the one man who tried to cash in his Money In The Bank and lost. Now he and Cena have that in common.
I am glad that Curtis Axel is no longer the champion. I predicted WWE was going to put it on Big E, but I was not quite sure when. Although I like Big E with the belt, I feel like it was slightly too soon. The crowd had just got adjusted to him switching from being this heel character to a face. I’d like to see him do more than just power moves, and I know he has the potential to do some good things on the mic. I just wish WWE would invest in that more prior to throwing belts on people.
The Four Way Elimination Match for the Tag Team Championship: Mysterishow (Rey Mysterio and Big Show) vs. The Real Americans vs. Rybaxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel) vs. Gold Rhodes (well that’s what I’d like to call them: Cody Rhodes and Goldust)
Although this match was added to the card at the last minute, it was the best matches on the PPV. It is great that Cody Rhodes and Goldust have the belts. I have seen some of Cody and Goldust’s best work in the ring since they have been put together. It also brings out the competitiveness with the other teams as well. In addition, I also saw something that I haven’t seen in a while: a genuine handshake from one of the losing teams, citing “job well done”.
R-Truth vs. Brodus Clay
I find it so laughable that Clay Clay is talking about anyone stealing anything as far as his gimmick. Does anyone remember Ernest “the Cat” Miller? Well, he would come down to the ring to the tune “Somebody Call My Mama”.
When Brodus was repackaged and reintroduced to WWE, you would think they would have at least changed or remixed the music, but no, they didn’t. Newer wrestling fans probably thought it was cool; the ones who go back a while were like, “What the hell?”
Due to Brodus being more focus on mocking moves and proving a point, he ends up losing the match, alienating Naomi, Cameron, and Tensai in the process. I won’t shed a tear for Tons of Funk breaking up, but will stay tuned to see what WWE Creative plans to do with Brodus.
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz in a No Disqualification Match
This boring ass shit should have been in the pre-show or just been made a no-show. No disrespect to Kofi, but unless they are really going to do something fresh with his character, I could really give two farts about this drama between him and Miz. Making this match No DQ was an insult. I would have liked to have seen this stipulation for CM Punk’s match or Daniel Bryan’s match, since they both were facing handicapped situations.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family
Where is this story line going next? Bray Wyatt had this thing about making Daniel Bryan part of the Wyatt family. I really liked Daniel’s fighting spirit throughout the match. The ending left more questions than answers, and we once again had to be exposed to Bray Wyatt doing that weird spider walk.
Main Event Unification Match: Randy Orton vs. John Cena
As much as they hyped this match up, I really expected a whole lot more in terms of delivery. At times, it felt like they were both trying to figure out exactly what to do to each other. I would have liked to have seen them do more high risk moves off the ladder as well as more attempts to climb the top of the ladder. Even the shenanigans Randy pulled in regards to the handcuffs (nor was Cena’s move to get out of the predicament) weren’t a new thing, since a variation of the move had been done a few years ago on the event with this very same name (think 2011).
Nevertheless, I am extremely satisfied with the outcome.
I admire John Cena’s work ethic, but he doesn’t have to wear a belt to be considered the top guy. Hell, CM Punk had the WWE Championship for 434 days, yet there were times when Cena was still considered the Main Event.
For Orton, I feel like he’s finally getting some level of redemption.
I understand that he as well as others deserved repercussions when they violate the wellness policy. Yet, I wasn’t quite sure what they were going to do with Orton; how long was he going to be in character purgatory? (Viper being a face; I just wasn’t sold on it.)
Randy is just naturally a heel and always has been, ever since he arrived at WWE. With this win (without Authority interference), it makes me believe that WWE has finally forgiven Randy and is willing (at least for the time being) to really give him a chance to be dominant and not always relying on the Super Cena formula. I would still feel this way, even if I weren’t a Randy Orton fan.
Did the Best for Business decision make TLC worthy of 5 Stars?
Not quite. I dub this 2.5 out of 5 stars.
The Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match, the CM Punk match, and the ending to the Main Event kept this from being lower.
The following items caused it not to be 3 (although close), 4 or 5 star caliber:
1. Not enough tables, ladders, or chairs. What happened to the days where there would be a chairs match, a tables match, a ladder match, and a mach that had all three? No one pays that type of money just to see only one match feature those elements.
2. Not enough creativity invested in the Main Event match.
3. The Kofi vs. Miz match was a huge waste of PPV time. Neither the crowd nor I could get invested in this match. The match was still boring, even with that DQ stipulation.
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