The Punk: TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Review
by, 12-18-2012 at 08:53 PM (6488 Views)
Hey guys! The Punk here with my first ever wrestling post...be kind!
With silly stories, poor match making, ridiculous pushes, baffling face/heel turns, an ungodly amount of John Cena title shots and main event matches it could even be argued that 2012 has been one of the worst years in a long time for the WWE. Not is all bad though. CM Punk has seen his title reign become the longest since Hulk Hogans reign in the late Eighties and the emergence of The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Regins) has afforded the organisation a chance to right the wrongs of the original Nexus run.
TLC is the last PPV of 2012. Can the WWE go out strong and redeem themselves slightly or will the night turn out like so many other lacklustre shows from this year?
The show begins a fitting tribute to the 26 women and children horrifically killed over the weekend. This tragedy has affected a lot of people and it's nice to see these lives being honoured in the best way a wrestling company can. A bell toll for each victim.
Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler are the commentary team for this evening. If they are as good as last month's Survivor Series this could be quite a fun evening!
Match One - Tag Team Tables Match. Winners to receive title shot.
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Rhodes Scholars
Nice to see Cody Rhodes back after the nasty injuries sustained last month. He also seems to have grown a very awesome moustache in the meantime and actually looks like a young Rick Rude! The match itself was a surprisingly solid start with plenty of decent spots for all competitors. Sin Cara still manages to amaze with his ability to pull off crazy moves but yet struggle with basic moves such as running properly. Still, you can't really knock the fella for his crazy bump - being pushed off the top rope by Rhodes mid-springboard through two tables below. Great finish. Rhodes and Sandow look better than ever while in stark contrast, the end could be neigh for Mysterio and Cara.
Winners: Rhodes Scholars
Shield promo to hype the unorthodox six man TLC match for later. Pretty much just a rehash of their previous "homemade" promos but it still gets the message across. Dean Ambrose is just magic in his delivery. Really glad these guys got called up to the main roster after years of waiting.
Match Two - United States Championship
Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth
Much of the same from last month from both of these competitors in what was essentially a way to get Cesaro on the show. Not taking anything away from the veteran R-Truth but this match was a foregone conclusion before the night even began. Typical offense, finish and heat generation from the Swiss. At least it still looks pretty cool though.
Winner and STILL champion: Antonio Cesaro via Pinfall (Neutralizer)
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler interview. If this guys loses tonight I'll be watching TNA from next week. Promise.
Promo Time! The Miz emerges for an impromptu edition of Miz TV! Joy. His guests are 3MB, perhaps the most unconvincing team thrown together since 3 Count. Miz calls them a train wreck and he's not too far from the truth. All three men then start on the Spanish announcers for no apparent reason. This then brings out Ricardo Rodriguez and Alberto Del Rio...who have obviously turned face? 3MB get the better of the two before rolling both into the ring...while the newly face turned Miz did nothing? The Miz then finally gets involved before a match is made: 3MB vs. The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and a mystery opponent.
A horrible, horrible segment that simply served to turn ADR face.
Backstage: Team Hell No continue to hype their match. Standard stuff here. Their chemistry is still there but the humor is sadly all but gone.
Backstage...again: Wade Barrett discusses taking away Kofi Kingston's nine lives? Okay then.
Match Three - Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Wade Barrett
It's quite hard to believe that this is Barrett's first singles PPV match since his tables match with Randy Orton LAST YEAR! Anyways, a decent midcard match filled with plenty of exciting counter wrestling. Barrett's style looks great and actually works great with the offence of Kingston's. The ending looked a little awkward though with the Brit's Bullhammer being countered into a Trouble in Paradise kick. Still a good effort from both.
Winner and STILL champion: Kofi Kingston via Pinfall (Trouble in Paradise)
Promo Time! CM Punk and Paul Heyman discuss Punk's condition, Ryback and his reign as WWE Champion. It's strange to see the title out of action at a PPV but also just as nice to see the WWE happy to keep this awesome reign going. Typical Punk genius here as he and Heyman attempt to berate an largely supportive crowd.
Match Four - Six Man TLC Match - Win by Pinfall or Submission only
The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns)
Team Hell No & Ryback
The Shield may have saved WWE's year. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, two highly skilled former indie stars, along with Anoa'i family member Roman Reigns have entertained more than anyone else this year which is mad considering they only made their first appearance last month.
This match was insane. 25 minutes of absolute carnage involving almost every single ladder, table and chair in the arena. Announcers tables smashed and not even the crowd barrier was safe from the football tackles of Reigns. The match featured some crazy bumps resulted from ladder falls, flying clotheslines (Ambrose may be WWE's newest best seller after THAT), gang beatings a plenty and most importantly, gripping drama. This might be the most violent match since the beginning of the PG era.
All participants must be credited for their efforts in making this match one of the year's best. The Shield are here to stay...lets hope the WWE don't drop the ball this time.
Winners: The Shield via Pinfall
Match Five - Divas Championship
Eve (c) vs. Naomi
After that brilliant match I didn't even care that a divas match has been crammed onto the card. Eve retains after a surprisingly good debut performance from the Funkadactyl Naomi. Quick, clean-ish and managed to keep Eve looking pretty strong as champ.
Winner and STILL champion: Eve via Pinfall (Swinging Neckbreaker)
Backstage: Big Show interview. Show has been extremely impressive since winning the world title and his two matches with Sheamus have been quite entertaining so far. A pretty impressive heel segment from the giant.
Match Six - Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Champion
Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus
As mentioned above, these two have put on a pretty decent feud so far with both showcasing their hard hitting and brawling over actual wrestling. This match was foreshadowed last month after Sheamus hit Show with a whopping 31 chair shots after their match at Survivor Series. There was no crazy chair shot frenzies this time but the match was still able to make for decent entertainment despite the chair match being one of the weakest match types around. More hard offense from both in a back and forth battle which was let down slightly by a silly finish featuring one of the most ridiculously oversized chairs ever.
Winner and STILL champion: Big Show via Pinfall (Chair shot)
Backstage: John Cena and AJ segment. AJ is hot by the way.
Match Seven - Six Man Tag Match
3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre)
The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and...The Brooklyn Brawler!
I don't know whats weirder; Seeing 3MB participate in the penultimate match of the evening or seeing the Brooklyn Brawler actually win a match! A quick one here simply to generate a good local pop and to solidify the face turns of both The Miz and Del Rio. Entertaining but hardly unforgettable.
Winners: The Miz, Del Rio and The Brooklyn Brawler via Submission (Boston Crab)
Match Eight - Ladder Match for Ziggler's Money in the Bank Contract
Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena
Dolph Ziggler is a future world champion so I was extremely annoyed and worried when Cena was booked into this match with the contract on the line. It was all set up for a Cena win but thankfully the writers got it right this time...kinda!
I don't quite understand why the match was promoted as a ladder match when it really just became a TLC match quite quickly with multiple tables and chairs being utilised by both participants. A weird skirmish between AJ and Vickie also took up valuable minutes of the match with Vickie showing her growing skills by COMPLETELY NO SELLING a Five Knuckle Shuffle from AJ. Horrible stuff!
Apart from that, the match was a great way to end the year. A dramatic match created from the scraps of a rubbish storyline, an unexpected ending and for once the right guy actually won!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Overview: Less filler and more killer than most of the shows this year, TLC displayed the potential the WWE still has to create constant quality. Sure there were some matches here that lacked in various departments but when compared to shows such as No Way Out and Over the Limit they actually look pretty good. This year ending PPV clearly demostrates that there is hope for the current product.
Match of the Night: The Shield/Ryback/Team Hell No. Unbelievable match.
Move of the Night: Seth Rollin's fall of the ladder looked nasty...and awesome!
Lowlight of the Night: Divas Match.
PPV Rating: ****/5
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