WWE TLC 2018 Review

The final pay-per-view of 2018 was an alright show. The action picked up a lot towards the end, but still doesn’t change the fact that TLC was okay for the most part. New champs were crowned, including the Asuka finally being coronated as champion. Who else got a healthy dose of tables, ladders, and chairs? Let’s find out with my review for WWE TLC 2018.

Prediction Score: 7-5

Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) def. Cedric Alexander to retain the Cruiserweight Championship

I knew this match was on the preshow. The match started out with some flips and leg hooks, but Cedric used his speed to avoid Buddy’s power, but Buddy dropped Alexander out of the ring with a stiff knee to the side of the head. Murphy held Alexander down with some rest holds, but Alexander picked up the pace to regain momentum. Buddy Murphy almost retained thanks to a handful of tights, but Cedric’s perseverance kept him in the match. Murphy hit a superkick/powerbomb combo from the corner, but it wasn’t enough to retain. Cedric dropped the champion on the apron and hit the Lumbar Check, but Murphy’s foot hit the rope. Murphy threw Cedric in to the turnbuckle, then hit Murphy’s Law to retain the title.

Guitar Ladder Match: Elias def. Bobby Lashley

So, instead of using it as a weapon, you just win the match when you grab the guitar. Lashley used his power to gain early control, before using a ladder to gain control over the “Almighty” Bobby Lashley. He may be big and strong, but he’s not a God Maggle. Lio Rush distracted Elias from climbing the ladder, then Lashley regained the upper hand. Lashley hit a move on a ladder, which hit Elias in what was a funny spot. Lashley climbed a ladder, but Elias knocked him down after he threw a ladder at Lashley. In one of my favorite spots of the night, Bobby hit a belly to belly throw onto one of the ladders, then proceeded to pummel Elias in the corner. Elias hit a powerbomb onto a ladder, while Maggle called it a spinebuster. Elias climbed the ladder and got his guitar, but Lio Rush interfered before Elias could use it. Lio hit a frog splash, then Lashley cracked the guitar over Elias’ back.

Mixed Match Finals where the winning team gains the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble Matches: The Fabulous Truth (R-Truth & Carmella) def. Alicia Fox & Jinder Mahal

Apparently they also got a free vacation along with their #30 spots. Truth and Jinder started out the match, and not a whole lot before a tag got made to Carmella, and then the dance break started. Carmella and Alicia Fox fought for a little bit, then Truth distracted Foxy, and Carmella hit a superkick to Alicia Fox and the Singhs. Foxy tried to roll up Carmella, but she countered with the Code of Silence to pick up the win. Truth is probably going to enter the Women’s Rumble, because he’s an idiot.

Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships: The Bar (c) def. The Usos and The New Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships

I think it’s weird that in a triple threat tag team match, only two people start out the match, completely isolating one of the teams. Kofi and Sheamus start the match out early. Kofi used his agility to get the upper hand on Sheamus, but the Usos came in and beat everyone up. Cesaro countered a Jey Uso suicide dive with an uppercut, and The Barr begin to dissect Xavier Woods with constant tags and power moves. Woods hits the Honor Roll, but Sheamus took out the Usos and prevented Xavier from making a tag. Woods hung Sheamus up on the top rope, and Xavier finally made the tag to Kofi, and he goes on a tear, and hit Cesaro with a new Day Boom Drop. Cesaro countered a Trouble in Paradise, and The Usos tagged themselves in. The legal men are Jimmy Uso and Kofi, and The Usos superkick everyone in the match. Cesaro managed to tag himself in the match, and locked the Sharpshooter in on Kofi, moving to the center of the ring. Kofi dodges a Brogue Kick, and Koi hits a Trouble in Paradise, then Xavier hit an elbow drop from the top, but the Usos and Cesaro broke up the pin. Kofi jumped off the top rope and took everyone out, but then Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick to retain the tag team titles.

TLC Match: If Baron Corbin wins, he becomes permanent General Manager of RAW. If Braun Strowman wins, he gets a Universal Championship Match at the Royal Rumble and Baron Corbin is stripped of his power: Braun Strowman def. Baron Corbin and will get a Universal Title Match, and Corbin is fired

Out comes GM Elect Baron Corbin, and he cuts a promo talking about how he listens to the fans complaints, then tells the fans to get used to it. Heath Slater begins the 10 count. Heath gets to a count of 7, then out comes Braun Strowman with his arm in a sling. Braun cuts a promo saying that he’s got a buddy to help him, and it’d be perfectly legal in a TLC match. Is it Bray Wyatt? No, it’s Apollo Crews, the Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, and Finn Bálor, all armed with chairs. Corbin orders Heath to ban them from ringside, but Slater lays out Corbin and everyone hits Baron with chairs. Corbin goes up the ramp, but Kurt Angle grabs a chair and pummels Baron Corbin back to the ring. Roode and Gable hit a moonsault neckbreaker, Crews hits a frog splash, and then Kurt Angle hits an Angle Slam. Finn hits the Coup de Grace, and Braun pins Baron Corbin to win the TLC Match.

Tables Match: Natalya def. Ruby Riott

The Riott Squad came out with a table that has Jim Neidhart’s fathead on it, and Natty starts off very aggressive, with the Riott Squad on the outside of the ring playing mind games with Natty. Natalya tried to hit a German Suplex off the apron, but Ruby countered. Natty tried to ram Ruby through the table, but Liv Morgan takes the bullet for Ruby, as she crashed through a table on the outside. Natalya continues her aggression, even calling Ruby Riott a bitch. Natalya tried to go for a powerbomb, but Ruby escaped, and Natty put Sarah Logan through a table, making it 1 v 1. Ruby uses the Jim Neidhart table to play mind games with Natalya, saying that The Anvil was ashamed of her. They both almost put each other through the table, then Natalya locked in the Sharpshooter, and Ruby made the table fall on Natalya in order to escape. Ruby set up the table, but Natalya put Ruby up on her shoulders, and hit an electric chair. Natalya grabs a table with a fathead of Ruby Riott on it, and grabbed her dad’s Hart Foundation jacket. Ruby superkicked Natalya, then propped Natalya on a table, but Natty reversed and put Ruby on the table. Before she could go off the top, Ruby tried to hit a head scissor, but Natalya countered with a powerbomb, and put Ruby through it Bubba Ray style.

Finn Bálor def. Drew McIntyre

Hey Finn, long time no see. Drew uses his power to ground Finn, but Bálor tried to chop the big guy down to size. Finn hits a chop block to Drew’s knee, but Drew continues to use brute kicks and chops, before Finn continues to stomp on Drew’s leg. Drew grams Finn once he went up top, and countered with a belly to belly throw, and hammered down punches. Finn tried to hit a sunset flip, but Drew counters and throws Finn across the ring again. Finn hits a forearm and uses his speed to get an advantage over the Scottish Terminator. Finn tried to hit the Shotgun Dropkick, but Drew caught him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Finn counters the Reverse Alabama Slam with a roll-up, and tried to go up top, but Drew prevents it thanks to some chops. Drew hits a mid-rope White Noise, but Finn kicked out. Finn trapped McIntyre in the apron, and rained down some stomps, but Drew slammed Finn on the apron, and hit the Glasgow Kiss Headbutt, dropping Bálor like a heap. Dolph Ziggler hit a superkick to McIntyre, but Drew kicked the chair in Dolph’s face and Finn hit a shotgun Dropkick, and Coup de Grace to pick up the win over Drew McIntyre.

Chairs Match: Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton

Rey Mysterio was the first person to grab a chair, and Rey is pelting the Viper with the chair. Rey got caught up, and Randy Orton begins to tee off with a chair. Orton tried a suplex on the Apron, but Rey counters and kicks Randy’s feet out from under him. Rey hits a baseball slide while riding a chair like a sled to the outside, and continues to wear Randy down. Rey tried hit a seated senton from the apron, but missed and hit a chair instead. Randy clears off the Smackdown Live announce table, and gently places a chair on top of it, slamming Rey face first. Randy sets up a chair in the corner, and Rey sent him shoulder first thanks to a hurricanrana. Randy immediately counters with a quick powerslam. Rey almost hit a 619, but Randy countered. Rey tried to do a springboard move, but Randy countered by chucking a chair at him. Rey managed to hit a 619, but Randy took Rey’s leg out before he could fly. Randy slams Rey’s face into a chair he had propped up in the corner twice, then tried to hit an RKO onto a row of chairs, and Rey beat Randy Orton thanks to a roll-up, leaving a very irate Randy Orton in the ring.

RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) def. Nia Jax to retain the RAW Women’s Championship

Ronda used her quickness early to get the better of Nia Jax, and used her kicks to chop her down. Ronda tried to lock in the armbar early, but Nia countered with a powerbomb, allowing Nia to take over with her power, and smashed Ronda Rousey’s shoulder into the ring post. Ronda locked in a guillotine, but Nia used her power to counter, and slam the champion into the ring post. Nia locks in a Cobra Clutch, and Ronda counters a powerbomb with a hurricanrana, and hit a crossbody to the outside of the ring. Ronda hit some rights and lefts, a step up knee and a step up elbow, but it wasn’t enough to keep Nia down. Nia counters a crossbody attempt with a Samoan Drop, but Ronda kicked out. Nia tried a midrope Samoan Drop, but got countered into an awesome Sunset Flip Powerbomb. Tamina distracts Rousey, and Nia tried to hit a right hand, but got countered into a twisting armbar to give Ronda the win, and a title retention.

WWE Championship Match: The New Daniel Bryan (c) def. AJ Styles to retain the WWE Championship

Bryan rolls outside the ring and jogs in place, and played mind games with the former champion. Styles starts to get aggressive with chops in the corner, and driving his shoulder into his ribs. Styles hit a dropkick and sent D-Bry to the outside. Styles went for a forearm smash, but got caught with a kick instead. Bryan sent AJ in to the barricade before dissecting AJ in the ring, hitting AJ with knees again and again to AJ’s spine before locking in a submission. Bryan hits AJ with chops in the corner, before Styles retaliates with chops of his own, then Bryan attacked the ribs. Bryan kicks AJ while he’s down, attacking AJ’s ribs with kicks, sending the Phenomenal One outside the ring. AJ pummels Bryan in the corner, but Bryan comes back with a drop toe hold into the corner, and hit his corner dropkicks, then AJ countered with a huge lariat. AJ throws Bryan into the ring post, and Bryan runs right into an Ushigaroshi. Bryan counters a Moonsault Reverse DDT with a bunch of knees to the face, then a suplex. Bryan hit the “YES” kicks, then tried to hit a suplex but AJ countered with a head kick. Bryan countered a Phenomenal Forearm with a kick, before AJ started to pick apart Bryan’s left leg with kicks and chop blocks. Bryan hit a hurricanrana, but AJ countered into the clash, but transitioned into a half Boston Crab. Right before Bryan was going to reach the rope, AJ dragged Bryan to the middle of the ring, and countered with the LeBell Lock. Bryan and Styles exchange strikes before AJ hit a springboard 450, but it wasn’t enough to take down the champ. Styles locked in the calf crusher in the middle of the ring while Bryan is writhing in pain, but Bryan wriggles to the bottom rope. Bryan threw AJ into the timekeeper’s area, but AJ caught himself and hit a Phenomenal Forearm on the outside. AJ tried to hit another Phenomenal Forearm, but D-Bry rolled out of the way, and tried to hit the knee. AJ rolled Bryan up, but Bryan reversed it and got the W over the phenomenal challenger.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins (c) to win the Intercontinental Championship

I like the siren that plays during Bane Ambrose’s entrance, and Dean wearing the snake pin on his jacket. Corey Graves keeps pushing Renee’s relationship with her husband, which is pretty awkward. Dean Ambrose Rollins shoves Ambrose, then takes Ambrose down, and begins to quicken the pace right out the gate. Ambrose takes control, throwing Seth Rollins into the announce table and clubbing Seth down with rest holds and near falls. Dean throw Rollins in the corner, and beat him down with lariats and an elbow. Rollins goes for a clothesline and Dean counters with a neckbreaker, and hit constant covers on Rollins. Dean plays mind games with Seth, and pummels him with rights and lefts. Dean locks in a cloverleaf, but Rollins gets to the rope. Rollins hits a legdrop across the back of the neck, but Ambrose counters a suicide dive with a straight right. Rollins tried to go for a buckle bomb, but his leg gave out. Rollins hits 2 rapid fire suicide dives. Seth tried to go for a sunset flip, but his knee gave out, but he managed to hit a bucklebomb anyway. Seth hit a kick to the gut, but Ambrose followed up with a kick of his own. The two former brothers exchanged a series of strikes, then took each other with a clothesline. Dean went up top, but Seth tried to meet him. Seth’s knee gave out again. Dean tried to go for Dirty Deeds, but Seth’s knee gave out again. In an act of resilience, Seth hit a ripcord knee, but Dean kicked out. Seth hit the Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo, but Dean still kicked out. Seth tried to hit a superkick, but Dean offered the shield fistbump, but that sent Seth Rollins in a rage, hitting a bucklebomb into the barricade. Seth slapped Ambrose, calling him a POS, then tried to hit the stomp and hit Dirty Deeds, allowing Dean to capture the Intercontinental Championship.

Triple Threat TLC Match for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Asuka def. Becky Lynch (c) and Charlotte Flair to FINALLY become the new Smackdown Live Women’s Champion

Asuka goes ham on Charlotte and Becky, pummeling them with brutal strikes and kicks because Becky and Charlotte were bickering. Becky hits Asuka with knees to the back of her head, and begins to pummel the Empress of Tomorrow in the corner before Charlotte takes them both out. Charlotte and Asuka grab ladders while Becky grabs a table. Charlotte is choking Asuka, then Charlotte and Asuka start fighting. Asuka throws Becky onto a ladder. Asuka and Charlotte climb a ladder, with Asuka powerbombing Charlotte through a table. Asuka takes out Becky, then Charlotte hits Asuka with a chair and takes everyone out with a moonsault. Now it’s Becky’s turn to go ham with a chair, hitting Asuka 7 times before Charlotte kicks it out of her hands. Becky grabs a big ladder, and hits a legdrop onto Charlotte through the announce table. Asuka is all alone in the middle of the ring, and climbs the ladder, only for Becky to meet her there. Charlotte came from out of nowhere and went ham on everyone thanks to a Kendo Stick. Becky hits a Becksploder onto a table, then Asuka went ham with a kendo stick, only for Charlotte to hit a spear through a barricade. Meanwhile, Becky climbs the ladder and Charlotte brings her down. Then the two former best friends start fighting, with Becky throwing Charlotte into the ladder, and fighting on the outside. Charlotte hit a Swanton Bomb through a table, and Charlotte makes the climb, only for Asuka to come from out of nowhere and attack Charlotte on top of the ladder. Becky grabs another ladder on the other side, and Asuka falls. Charlotte and Becky fight on top of the ladders, only for Ronda Rousey to make her way to the ring, and push the ladder, turning heel in the process, hand delivering the Smackdown Women’s Championship to Asuka.

Match of the Night: Charlotte vs Becky vs Asuka

The Triple Threat TLC main event was one of the best matches of the year, and will go down as one of the best Tables, Ladders and Chairs matches of all time. The action was fantastic from start to finish. Ronda coming out to cost Becky the match was a good way to set up their WrestleMania feud, and ASUKA IS FINALLY CHAMPION. 8 months too late, but I’m excited that she’s champion.

Overall Review

The cruiserweight title match was a decent and quick match, even garnering a 205 Live chant. It was a very good match, and honestly should’ve been on the main show. Surprisingly, the Guitar Ladder Match was also on the preshow, and it was okay. Nothing great, just okay. It’s awesome that Elias won, but in the end he still was looking up at the lights because Lashley had to keep his heat. The MMC finals happened, and honestly you could’ve no watched this match and didn’t miss a thing. The Triple Threat Tag match was very entertaining, full of crisp action and great showings from all 3 teams. Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin was basically a mugging, and with the help of Kurt Angle and some other people, Braun gets his title match against Brock Lesnar at the Rumble, and Corbin is fired. The tables match was okay, with lots of storytelling hinting on Jim Neidhart’s death, but it was a nice moment to see Natty wearing her dad’s jacket and shades picking up a very personal win. The Finn Bálor-McIntyre match was one of the better match of the night. What kinda ruined it for me, was Dolph Ziggler giving the win to Finn. The story telling in the match was Finn overcoming Drew’s power, and cutting the giant down to size. The whole thing with Dolph, was Dolph doing Finn a favor because Finn helped Dolph, but it looks like they’re gonna feud instead. The Chairs match between Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio was meh. I didn’t care for the match. The RAW Women’s title match was also good, with Ronda once again showing how great her selling is. Then, backstage Becky Lynch kicked the crap out of Nia Jax because she was collecting debts when The Man comes around. The action picked up with the last 3 matches of the night, starting with the WWE Championship. AJ and Bryan wrestled their best match of the year, and was one of the best matches of the night from a pure in-ring standpoint. The roll-up finish keeps this feud going, which honestly shouldn’t. Bryan needs a new opponent for the Royal Rumble. My favorite match of the night was the IC title match. It had great action, great storytelling, and Corey Graves being a douche on commentary. I mean, we all know Renee is married to Dean, but don’t be a douchebag about it. And Ambrose winning was the right call, I was afraid that Dean was gonna lose so the crowd can have a feel-good moment. The main event was fantastic. Everything was great, and everyone had a chance to shine. Charlotte especially got to show how truly vicious she can be. Ronda interfering was a good way to set up Becky winning the Rumble, and Asuka is finally the women’s champion. I hope she has a long reign killing everyone, making up for the horrible year she’s had. TLC started off to be a meh pay-per-view, but the last three matches really picked up the pace. I’m going to rate TLC at a 8.5 out of 10. It was much better than I expected it to be, but still wasn’t a great show. Let’s hope that 2019 will be a great year for WWE, because they need to step things up.

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WWE TLC 2018 Predictions

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already the final WWE pay-per-view of 2018. This year’s had ups, and a lot of downs, but we’ve finally made it to a chaotic end. There hasn’t really been much build to a lot of these matches, which means that this show will likely crash and burn. Let’s see who will get a healthy dose of tables, ladders, and chairs with my predictions for WWE TLC 2018.

Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Cedric Alexander

I slated this match on the preshow, because let’s be honest; this is going to be on the preshow. Cruiserweight title matches are always on the preshow. 2 months after suffering his first loss of the year, Cedric Alexander finally gets his rematch against the 205 Live juggernaut. They had a great match at Super Show-Down, and I’m sure that they’ll have another great match here. It’s way too soon for Murphy to lose his championship, so I’m picking Buddy to retain.

Prediction: Murphy Retains

WWE Mixed Match Challenge Finals where the winning team will gain the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble Match: R Truth & Carmella vs Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal

Has anyone really watched Mixed Match Challenge? Me either. The finals of the MMC have massive stakes, because the winning team will have the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble Matches. Well, I’m going to pick the babyface team to win, because apparently everyone loves the dance breaks.

Prediction: R-Truth and Carmella

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs Dean Ambrose

I can’t believe that they made Dean Ambrose, a complex, and bitter character, into another generic WWE heel. The Ambrose heel turn finally happens, and after a couple of weeks he turns into a dude cosplaying as Bane talking about how dirty the fans are. Really? That’s how we’re going to portray Dean Ambrose? What happened to him feeling as the forgotten Shield brother? My frustrations aside, this is the biggest feud in the WWE right now, and has a lot of expectations to live up to. Their first feud in 2014, was the Dave Meltzer feud of the year. I feel like that this match is deserving of a stipulation, maybe a ladder match, or TLC, but Seth defended his IC belt on Monday. I’m going to pick Dean Ambrose to beat Seth Rollins, because this is his first match since his heel turn, and it needs to start off with a bang.

Prediction: Dean Ambrose wins the Intercontinental Championship

RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) vs Nia Jax

A rematch from Money in the Bank, Ronda defends her belt against the biggest threat on RAW (both literally and figuratively) in Nia Jax. If their match at MITB has anything to indicate, then we’re in for a treat. Nia won a battle royal at Evolution, and had a dominant showing at Survivor Series, being the sole survivor for her team. Nia is going to have a strong showing, and will most likely dominate the whole match. Just like their last match, I’m picking Ronda to pick up the win, just not by DQ.

Prediction: Rousey retains

Finn Bálor vs Drew McIntyre

This match was thrown together at the last minute, but it could be a potential show-stealer. Finn and Drew are two of the best workers on Raw, and should be in the main event picture. Thanks to Finn, Drew lost his first match on the main roster to Dolph Ziggler, and proceeded to pummel the Bullet Club founder backstage. There are rumors that he’s hurt because he was pulled from Mixed Match Challenge, and some house shows, but it looks like the match is still on. I’m going to pick Drew McIntyre to win this match, because he needs to continue looking dominant in case he gets to challenge Brock Lesnar.

Prediction: Drew McIntyre

Guitar Ladder Match: Elias vs Bobby Lashley

So, why is a guitar hung above the ring exactly? This stipulation doesn’t really make sense to me. Regardless, the first person to grab the guitar, can get to use it as a weapon. This hasn’t really been a feud, because it’s just been Bobby Lashley kicking the crap out of Elias alongside Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre. As much as we all would want an Elias victory, because WWE need to do something with Elias, I’m going to pick Bobby Lashley to win this match, and continue his heel dominance on Raw.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley

Chairs Match: Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio

So, just because Randy Orton pummeled Rey with a chair means that they’ll be fighting in a chairs match? Makes sense to me. Regardless, this match should be nothing but Randy Orton demolishing poor Rey Mysterio, and just giving Randy Orton more and more heel heat.

Prediction: Randy Orton

Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships: The Bar (c) vs The New Day vs The Usos

The three best teams on Smackdown Live are competing for the tag team titles. This match has show-stealer written all over it, and we’re in for a treat. After the Usos beat The Bar on Smackdown, a triple threat tag match was sanctioned. The only real build this match had, was the rap battle on last night’s Smackdown. That rap battle, may not have had as many brutal jabs, but it was pretty hilarious. The Bar dressing up like Run DMC, and parodied Ice Ice Baby, while the Usos interviewed a turnbuckle on how it felt to knock Cesaro’s teeth down his throat. While this match is gonna be a classic, I’m picking Run BAR to retain the tag titles, and finish the year strong.

Prediction: The Bar Retain

Tables Match: Natalya vs Ruby Riott

This feud started over a busted pair of sunglasses. Seriously. And WWE exploiting Jim Neidhart’s death, isn’t really worth this feud. It doesn’t have the fire that it should. But since the Riott Squad powerbombed Natty through a table, it’s getting a tables match stipulation. This is going to be a quick match, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was under 10 minutes. I’m picking Ruby Riott to pick up the win, shenanigans or not.

Prediction: Ruby Riott

WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs AJ Styles

Of all the matches that got stipulations, I’m surprised this one didn’t. After all, it is for the WWE Championship. The “New Daniel Bryan” is one of the best heels in the company, and I didn’t think it was possible to turn Bryan heel after he came back. He’s calling people parasites, and really using his eco-friendly and vegan lifestyle, to get heel heat. This is going to be a good match, because it’s two of the WWE’s best workers. I’m going to pick Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship, because it’s way too soon for the New Daniel Bryan to lose his WWE Championship, and he’s gotta get ready to fight the Miz at WrestleMania.

Prediction: Daniel Bryan retains

Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match, where if Braun Strowman wins he gets a Universal Championship Match at the Royal Rumble & Corbin is stripped of power; if Baron Corbin wins, he becomes permanent General Manager of RAW: Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin

I’m not really sure if this match is going to happen, because Braun Strowman still isn’t cleared from his surgery. For the past couple of weeks, GM-Elect Corbin has said that he’s just going to win the match by forfeit, but Braun Strowman is going to show up at the last second, and fight anyway. Corbin will have some control targeting Braun’s surgically repaired arm, but Braun Strowman is going to overcome Corbin’s assault, powerslam him through a table or two, and get his shot at Brock Lesnar.

Prediction: Braun Strowman

Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair vs Asuka

It looks like Becky has been cleared after all. After Charlotte turned heel at Survivor Series, this feud is finally the way it should’ve been. Now their feud got bumped up a notch, with a TLC stipulation. Then Asuka makes it even more interesting. I’m happy that Asuka is back in the title picture after being ruined for the better part of seven months. Although she’s in this match, Asuka doesn’t have a chance of winning. She’s just in this match to be a red herring. While Becky has been a phenomenal champion, we all know that Becky-Ronda is the money match for WrestleMania. With that being said, I’m going to pick Charlotte Flair to win this match, so Becky can win the Rumble match and face Rousey at WrestleMania.

Prediction: Charlotte Flair wins her 7th title

WWE TLC 2017 REVIEW

TLC was the final pay-per-view before Survivor Series and it was okay. There were some decent matches, but it didn’t really feel like a TLC pay-per-view. The two main highlights are Kurt Angle coming back and Asuka’s debut, and Finn Balor fighting AJ Styles. Raw is definitely going to be more interesting to watch, and things should shape up decently on Raw’s side of things. If you didn’t hit someone with it, sit on down and here’s a match by match review of WWE TLC 2017.

Prediction Score: 7-1 (once again, oh so close to perfect)

Preshow: Sasha Banks def. Alicia Fox

This match was longer than a preshow match should be. This match was back and forth and built up Alicia a lot. The announcers stated that Alicia is very powerful due to her long legs and strength. Another recurring story is that Alicia Fox is a psychopath. In the middle of the match she skipped around the ring, and threw a mini-tantrum. Sasha locked in the Bank Statement and won. Woo-hoo. Please keep Sasha off the preshow.

Asuka def. Emma

I didn’t think Asuka’s debut would kick off the show, but I’m glad it did. Asuka’s undefeated streak has surpassed Goldberg and Emma isn’t going to be the first woman to beat Asuka. Well I give Emma credit, this match was a lot better than I thought it would be. The match was very competitive and kept Emma strong in defeat. Me personally, I would have had Asuka win in 30 seconds to just display her dominance in WWE. The match starts and Asuka quickly locked in an armbar, then Emma quickly took control. Then Emma started slapping Asuka, and Emma knew she done f****d up. The Empress of Tomorrow locked in an ankle lock, then while still torqueing Emma’s ankle hit a german suplex that looked GNARLY. Then she locked in the Asuka lock and Emma tapped. Asuka’s undefeated streak continues and she’ll be bringing destruction in her wake on the main roster.

Elias’ Concert

Elias asked the crowd if they were alive, then told the crowd that they were dead inside. He got great heat by telling the crowd to shut up and listen to him sing. Then Jason Jordan started throwing food at him and walked away because Elias interrupted a conversation with Kurt Angle. I guess we know who Jordan’s next feud is against.

Rich Swann & Cedrick Alexander def. The Brian Kendrick & Gentleman Jack Gallagher

This match wasn’t bad, but it looked like a match on 205 Live. Swann and Alexander quickly started to take control and made the heels look silly. This match was chock full of “flippy-doo” stuff. Alexander hit a suicide dive early and then the heels took control and kept Swann away from his partner. Then Alexander got the hot tag, and everyone started to hit big moves and Cedrick Alexander got the W for his team.

WWE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMIONSHIP MATCH: Alexa Bliss def. Mickie James to retain the RAW Women’s Championship

Before the match, Alexa Bliss said that although she respects Mickie James, but Mickie James has had her day in the sun and it’s her time now. The match started with Mickie showing Alexa that she’s still got it. Then Alexa began to target Mickie’s arm, and constantly kept stomping it, and using submissions to keep James grounded. Mickie started to gain some ground, and then the playing field got levelled when they both kicked each other in the head. Mickie went for her DDT, but it got blocked by Alexa. Alexa tried to hit the Twisted Bliss but Mickie dodged, then hit a missile dropkick of her own. The finish felt rushed. Alexa shoved Mickie into the turnbuckle, then hit a DDT for the win. This match wasn’t bad, but Alexa’s beaten everyone in the division. I don’t think that this’ll be the end of the feud. Mickie basically said that in a post-match interview. I would love to see Mickie James get one last title run.

Elias’ Concert: Take Two

Elias started to sing his song, then started over because of how loud the crowd were booing him. His song was about how much Minneapolis sucks before yet again Jason Jordan threw food at Elias, and he got sent off stage.

WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Enzo Amore def. Kalisto to win the Cruiserweight Championship

I love heel Enzo. His promos are scathing and Enzo is in his true element (mainly because he has nuclear heat backstage). Enzo lost his voice when he cut his pre-match promo and said that his voice was the only thing he was losing. The match started with Enzo trying to kick Kalisto in the family jewels but that failed. Kalisto hit a suicide dive and there was a fan that had a “Kalisto Killed Harambe” sign and I thought that was pretty funny. Enzo’s main strategy was to keep Kalisto grounded and avoid him going to the air as much as possible. After Enzo kept Kalisto grounded, Kalisto started to have some “flippy-doo” fun. Enzo poked Kalisto in the eye, then hit his weird “Jet-Enzo” finisher for the win. I hope that Enzo Amore has a longer reign than just two weeks because he’s a great heel champion. He fits the “cocky cheating heel” role like a glove.

“The Demon” Finn Balor def. AJ Styles

This match was huge because this was the first time two former leaders of the Bullet Club are facing each other, and boy they did not disappoint. Booker T said that a match like this “doesn’t need any buildup whatsoever”, but the buildup would have made this huge match feel enormous. Maggle said that “at one point they led the same faction” and Corey called it “a notorious club started by Finn Balor”, but they’re just beating around the bush about the Bullet Club. The crowd chanted “This is awesome” and “Too Sweet” right as the match started. There were lots of counters and the match was very fast paced. Then Finn took control and locked AJ into a couple of submissions (one of which was the calf crusher but the announcers didn’t acknowledge it). AJ & Balor then took turns hitting each other with stiff chops and strikes in the corner of the ring. Finn started to take control with his ferocious and stiff strikes before AJ locks in the calf crusher (they acknowledge it this time). AJ went for the Phenomenal Forearm but The Demon pushed AJ to the ground. Finn hit the 1916 but that couldn’t put the Phenomenal One away. AJ tried to hit a springboard 450 and missed, and that spelled his doom. Finn dropkicked AJ into the corner and hit a Coup De Grace for the win. AJ & Finn showed a sign of respect with a “Too Sweet” in the middle of the ring.

Jason Jordan def. Elias

For the third time tonight Jason Jordan interrupted Elias’ concert and this match served as the “pee-break” match before the main event. Jason started the match off early with lots of mat wrestling. Then Elias took control and kept Jason grounded. It looked like Jason hurt his back before Jason rolled Elias up for the win, but Elias’ shoulder was up before the 3. That means that this feud is going to keep going. Oh joy.

5 ON 3 HANDICAP TABLES, LADDERS, AND CHAIRS MATCH: Kurt Angle and the Shield 2.0 (Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins) def. The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane, and Sheamaro

To say this match was a car wreck is an understatement. It was complete destruction for everyone involved. In a backstage promo to rally his team, Miz said that they’re gonna treat The Shield like the trash that they are. The crowd got excited for when Dean and Seth came through the crowd, but they exploded when Kurt Angle joined them. I was disappointed that Kurt didn’t come out with his own music again, but the crowd did the “YOU SUCK” chants anyway. The three men surrounded the ring armed with chairs then all hell broke loose. They all took turns teeing off on Kane with chairs and the Shield took control early. Whenever Miz’ team would try to do something, the Shield were one step ahead. Dean and Seth both jumped off ladders and put Kane and Braun through the announce tables. Sheamaro take turns picking Kurt Angle apart. After Dean and Seth saved Angle from a triple powerbomb, Kurt went on a suplexing party. The co-founder of Suplex City hit Miz and Sheamaro with german suplexes before locking Kane in the ankle lock. However, the Angle mayhem is short lived because Braun hit Angle with a running powerslam through a table. Team Miz then took control and picked the Shield apart, taking turns hitting big moves on Dean and Seth while Kurt got helped to the back. Kane accidentally hit Braun with a chair and that was the Shield’s key to rally, but that wasn’t enough. Miz tried to throw Dean & Seth into a garbage truck but the Shield fought back, and took out Sheamaro, Kane & Braun. However, Kane betrayed Braun Strowman and chokeslammed him off the stage and buried him under a bunch of chairs. Then Kane hit a double chokeslam through a table to Dean & Seth. Welcome back Kane, I hope that mayoral campaign is going well. Braun then got up and destroyed his team before he got thrown into the garbage truck and driven away. Right as team Miz was about to win, Kurt Angle’s music hit and the crowd ERUPTED. Angle went to town, hitting Sheamaro with Angle Slams and knocking Miz out of the ring before getting attacked by Kane. Dean and Seth knocked Kane through the barricade and Miz hit Angle with the Skull-Crushing Finale. Then The Shield all hit their finishers on the Miz and hit a triple-powerbomb for the win. This match was incredible, and I hope that this isn’t Kurt’s final WWE match. I hope Kurt Angle has a role in this feud, and maybe it’ll culminate in a Survivor Series elimination match: “Team Miz vs Team Shield.”

Match of the Night

Match of the night easily goes to the handicap TLC match. I know Balor-Styles was good, but this was Angle’s first WWE match in 11 years, and nothing tops that. Kurt Angle looked like he hasn’t missed a step, and proved that he can still work at an intense level. Everyone got their spots in and there wasn’t a low-point in this match. There’ll be a feud with Braun Strowman & Kane, since Kane chokeslammed Braun off the stage and helped put him in a garbage truck. This is certainly the best TLC match I’ve seen in a long time.

Overall Review

Just like No Mercy, it wasn’t a bad show, but it also wasn’t a great show either. Outside of the main event & Balor-Styles, it was a fairly meh show. Asuka’s match with Emma went on for far too long, and the Mickie-Alexa match should’ve been a lot better. I would rate this pay-per-view at a 7.5 out of 10. There were only two title matches tonight, and the show was in Minneapolis. Which begs the question: WHY WASN”T LESNAR THERE?! There was a “We Want Lesnar” chant during the main event. Will Lesnar answer the Modern Day Maharajah’s challenge tomorrow night? If so, then Survivor Series got a lot more interesting.

WWE TLC 2017 PREDICTION

WWE TLC has had almost no build. Whatever build there was, surrounded the reunion of the shield (more on that later). What else is weird, is that there’s only one Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match on this card and only two title matches. Usually there are table matches, or chairs matches. Due to a report of viral meningitis going around WWE, KURT ANGLE IS BACK AND AJ STYLES IS FIGHTING FINN BALOR. This pay-per-view just got exciting. Let’s see who will be climbing the ladder to success with my predictions for WWE TLC 2017.

Preshow: Sasha Banks vs Alicia Fox                                

Sasha doesn’t deserve to be on the preshow of a B pay-per-view. Sasha beat Fox a couple of times on Raw, then after Alicia shoved a ref and this match was made. I don’t think anyone will really cares that this match is happening. I’m picking Sasha Banks to win this match so she can move on to bigger and better things.

Prediction: Sasha Banks

WWE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Mickie James

WWE are finally utilizing Mickie James the way she should have been all along. This is a decent feud, with Alexa calling Mickie an “Old Lady” & gave her adult diapers and walker. Mickie said that she may be older, but she’s still a better wrestler than her. This past week on Raw, Mickie pinned the champion in a tag team match. As much as I would like to see Mickie James as the champion, I don’t think she’ll win here. Alexa has been a great heel champion, and she’ll retain the belt via some sort of shenanigans.

Prediction: Alexa retains.

Asuka vs Emma

Asuka is going to finally make her main roster debut at TLC against Emma. Emma beat Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, Bayley, and Sasha Banks in a Fatal 5 way match on an episode of Raw for the right to face the Empress of Tomorrow. With winning that match, Emma signed her own death warrant. Asuka has annihilated NXT, amassing an undefeated streak that surpassed GOLDBERG. The same Goldberg who killed Brock Lesnar last year. She’s also held the NXT Women’s Championship for an astonishing 504 days. There’s no way in Hell Emma is winning this match. I think she’ll get choked out in under 5 minutes to show Asuka’s dominance over the WWE, and the destruction that will come.

Prediction: Asuka

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Kalisto (c) vs Enzo Amore

I think it may have been too soon for Enzo to lose the title. He was a great heel and I loved him as champion. Plans change though. As we all know, Neville walked out of Monday Night Raw when he learned that he was going to fight Enzo in a nontitle match and put him over. That forced WWE’s hand to put the belt on Kalisto. Enzo still has a lot of backstage heat, and is apparently banned from the locker room just like how Miz was back then. Kalisto belongs in 205 live, but this was super rushed. It would’ve had a much better payoff if Enzo lost the belt here at TLC instead of free TV. With that being said, I’m picking Kalisto to retain. Since he has the belt, they might as well build him up to be a decent champion.

Prediction: Kalisto

Tag Team Match: Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann vs The Brian Kendrick & Gentleman Jack Gallagher

This match was thrown together because TLC needs a filler match. There’s a brewing division in 205 Live, with one side supporting Enzo, and one side against Enzo. I’m picking the faces to win this match. Everyone is gonna try to pee before the TLC match anyway, so this match won’t matter.

Prediction: Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann

“The Demon” Finn Balor vs AJ Styles

It was announced on October 20th that due to medical concerns, Bray Wyatt has been replaced with AJ Styles to face Finn Balor. THIS IS A MATCH BETWEEN TWO FORMER LEADERS OF THE BULLET CLUB AND IT WAS THROWN TOGETHER LAST MINUTE?! WHAT ARE WWE THINKING???? Now, for those who don’t know, Finn Balor founded the Bullet Club, and a year later AJ Styles took over as the leader when Balor went to WWE. This is a huge dream match and could be a “Big 4” pay-per-view headliner. This match is going to be incredible, and could steal the show. I’m going to pick Finn Balor. He’s wearing the makeup, and Finn hasn’t lost yet on the main roster with the makeup on.

Prediction: Finn Balor

5 vs 3 Handicap Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match: The Shield 2.0 (Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) and Kurt Angle vs Braun Strowman, Sheamaro (Sheamus & Cesaro), The Miz, & Kane

KURT ANGLE IS WRESTLING HIS FIRST WWE MATCH SINCE 2006. Everyone expected Kurt Angle’s first match to be at WrestleMania 34, but Kurt Angle will be replacing Roman Reigns. Before this wrench got thrown in, after No Mercy, The Miz claimed his Miztourage would beat The Shield on Miz TV. After Miz lost to Roman, him and the Miztourage ganged up on Reigns and delivered a triple powerbomb, a staple of the Shield. Next week Roman joined the tag team champions and completed the Shield 2.0. After The Shield put Braun Strowman through the announce table, and it was announced that The Shield would face Miz, Sheamaro, and Braun Strowman at TLC. This past week on Raw, Dean said that The Shield could beat “any 4 or 5 guys.” Upon hearing that, Angle added as stipulation to Roman’s steel cage match with Braun Strowman: “If Braun wins, then Miz’ team gets another member. If Braun loses, he’s out of the match.” In the middle of the match, Kane came out from under the ring and destroyed Roman, allowing Braun to pick up the win. Then Miz said that Kane was the fifth man. I wouldn’t blame you if you thought Kane retired, since he’s currently in the middle of a mayoral campaign in Knox County, Tennessee. Then on October 20, it was announced that Kurt Angle will replace Roman Reigns in the match. As of writing, there isn’t an update on why Roman got pulled from the match. People are speculating it has something to do with the apparent outbreak of meningitis within WWE. This match is going to be huge because this is Kurt Angle’s first WWE match in more than a decade. Since this is a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs match that means that it’s guaranteed to be a car crash. There will be tons of weapon spots, and Braun is going to go on a tear. I’m picking Shield 2.0 and Kurt Angle to win this match. It’ll be a great moment to see Angle triumph in his first match back.

Prediction: Shield 2.0 and Kurt Angle