|Date: December 16, 2012
|Venue: Barclays Center |City: Brooklyn, New York
|Attendance: 15,748 |Buys: 175,000
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Tables, Ladders & Chairs. That’s the theme for the annual December pay per view and despite a few bumps in the road, the show goes ahead tonight will all of the furniture. Originally the WWE Championship was scheduled to be on the line with CM Punk defending against Ryback. However during a brawl between the two men that resulted in Ryback powerbombing Punk through a table, CM Punk would injure his knee and require surgery. That means CM Punk is unable to wrestle at TLC and instead Ryback teams with Team Hell No to take on three men that have attacked them on multiple occasions, The Shield in the first ever 6 man tag team tables, ladders and chairs match. The Shield make their in-ring debut after attacking multiple members of the WWE roster and it’s Ryback, Daniel Bryan and Kane who look to put an end to their antics.
The World Heavyweight Championship is also set to be defended tonight and after Sheamus attacked Big Show at Survivor Series with a chair following a loss in their match by disqualification, a match has been made between the two tonight in a chairs match. Big Show has goaded Sheamus over the past few weeks after their no-contact clause which meant they could not touch one another until TLC. Big Show would attack William Regal again with Sheamus helpless. The third main event for this show is a ladder match scheduled between John Cena and Dolph Ziggler. Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler revealed the “affair” between John Cena and AJ and since then Cena and Ziggler have been at each others throats. To up the ante in this match Vince McMahon forced Vickie Guerrero into making the match a ladder match with Dolph Zigglers Money In The Bank briefcase at stake.
There are four other matches scheduled for tonight. Kofi Kingston defends the Intercontinental Championship against the man that has pinned him twice over the last few weeks, Wade Barrett. Barrett even eliminated Kofi during their traditional Survivor Series match last month. R-Truth has also pinned Cesaro which has lead to another title match between those two men tonight. Eve will find out on the pre-show who she will be defending her Divas Championship against tonight as a battle royal will determine who gets a shot at the WWE DivaS Championship. Also tonight will be a tag team match to determine number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships as Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara battle the winners of a fatal four way tag team match, Team Rhodes Scholars.
In a dark match prior to the event JTG defeated David Otunga.
And in the pre-show Santa’s Little Helper Battle Royal to determine a number one contenders to the WWE Divas Championship, Naomi won after eliminating Kaitlyn.
The pay per view starts with the bell being tolled 26 times for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
There’s no audio on the signature which is different, presumably in respect to the victims of the shooting. A video package then plays, first focusing on Sheamus and The Big Show and then John Cena and Dolph Ziggler and finally the 6 man tag team match.
Michael Cole welcomes us to the final PPV of the year.
Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow) – Tables match to determine number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships
This is a first time PPV match between these two teams that did meet in the finals of a number one contenders tournament a couple of months ago. Rey Mysterio is 0-1 at TLC PPV’s, Cody Rhodes is 1-0 and both Sin Cara and Damien Sandow make their TLC debut tonight. Sandow and Rhodes, who is now sporting a moustache, run down the “hipster” crowd and their opponents before the match. A “Cody’s moustache” chant breaks out before the bell and as the bell rings, all four men go at it. Rey Mysterio takes down Sandow whilst sin Cara pairs off with Cody Rhodes. Rey then hurricanrana’s Rhodes out of the ring before he and sin Cara dispose of Sandow. Rey and Sin Cara hits a double baseball slide on Sandow and then pull a table out from under the ring. Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio smash Rhodes with the table and then hit a double low dropkick to Sandow before hitting him with the table.
Mysterio and Sin Cara set up a table in the ring and lay Damien Sandow on it but Rhodes makes the save. Cody then throws Rey out of the ring before double teaming Sin Cara. Cody and Sandow look to double suplex Sin Caras through a table but Cara counters and then hits a big arm drag on Rhodes. Rhodes comes back with the disaster kick on Sin Cara as Sandow throws Mysterio into the ring post. Rhodes throws Cara out of the ring and Sandow goes back to hitting Mysterio with right hands. It’s all Team Rhodes Scholars at the moment as Sandow pulls another table out from under the ring. Rhodes traps Sin Cara in the ring steps and Rhodes Scholars then rams a table into the steps. Sandow launches Mysterio into the barricade and Rhodes pulls another table out from under the ring. Sandow and Rhodes lay Mysterio and Sin Cara on tables outside the ring and Rhodes looks as though he’s going to jump out at them but Mysterio stops that from happening.
Mysterio hits a seated senton on Rhodes and a DDT on Sandow. Rey then hurricanrana’s Rhodes out of the ring before hitting him with a seated senton. Sin Cara hits a springboard elbow on Sandow and then a hurricanrana. Sandow falls to the outside and Sin Cara hits a corkscrew plancha out at him. Rhodes looks for an Alabama slam on Mysterio but Rey counters and then hits a 619! Rhodes falls back onto a table so Rey goes to the top but Sandow crotches him up there. Rhodes and Sandow sent Rey to the outside but Sin Cara then disposes of Rhodes. Sin Cara hits Damien Sandow with a kick and then looks to springboard but Rhodes comes from nowhere and pushes Sin Cara who crashes through the tables on the outside. Sin Cara looks hurt again. Team Rhodes Scholars win the match and become number one contenders! A good match to start off the show.
There’s a Shield promo, I like the way these are shot. Low quality on a handheld camera. They’re ready for Ryback and Team Hell No tonight.
Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth – United States Championship match
This is a second PPV match between these two men, Cesaro beat R-Truth at Survivor Series last month. Both men make their TLC debut tonight. Truth takes Cesaro down in the early going and mocks the United States Champion. Cesaro fires back and knocks R-Truth down for a one count. Cesaro applies a headlock but Truth fights out of it and rolls Cesaro up for the first near fall of the night. Truth gets another near fall and then hits a headlock takeover but Cesaro gets out of the headlock with a side suplex. Cesaro hits a double stomp and then a headbutt. A “USA” chant distracts Cesaro and allows Truth to hit some right hands but Cesaro takes him down and applies what looks like a million dollar dream. Cesaro breaks the hold and then smashes Truth off four turnbuckles but Truth no-sells and blocks a fifth before hitting Cesaro with clotheslines and a corkscrew elbow.
Truth hits the scissors kick for a near fall and then hits a big dropkick for another near fall. Cesaro counters a suplex and hits an uppercut to the back of the head before hitting the neutraliser for the three! Cesaro retains his United States Championship again!
Matt Striker asks Cesaro how he feels about the bad reaction he is getting from the crowd. Cesaro says that he is the greatest United States Champion in history and by booing him, they are booing their own country.
There’s a VT of some of the US troops sending out Touts.
John Mathews is backstage with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler isn’t happy about having to defend his Money In The Bank briefcase. Ziggler claims that if he wins tonight then Cena’s career should be over. Dolph says that tonight everything changes.
The Miz is out next is a suit. He’s not scheduled for a match tonight but we have a special edition of Miz TV. Miz introduces his guests for tonight….Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre…3MB. McIntyre says that 3MB are better than Jay Z. Slater says that The Rolling Stones wish they could rock out with 3MB. Heath then says that at the Slammy Awards tomorrow night 3MB will perform live. Miz says that will be the official bathroom break. Jinder says something about the Spanish announcers not being able to speak English. Heath then leads 3MB out to the Spanish announce table and tells them to speak American. McIntyre shoves the commentators over. Ricardo Rodriguez then comes out and tells them to stop so 3MB turn their attention to Rodriguez. Alberto Del Rio then turns up and takes out 3MB! Eventually the numbers become too much and 3MB take Del Rio down and throw him into the ring, shoving The Miz out of the way. The Miz then takes out slater and Jinder. Del Rio disposes of McIntyre. Slater challengers Miz and Del Rio to find a partner and take on 3MB tonight! Miz accepts. A “we want Ryder” chant breaks out.
Kane and Daniel Bryan are backstage. Bryan has spoken to Ryback and they’re all on the same page. Bryan is annoyed that Ryback repeats himself over and over again. Kane says that if ryback is hungry then they will feed him Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Cue the yes chant from Daniel Bryan.
Matt Striker is backstage with Wade Barrett. Barrett is supremely confident of beating Kofi Kingston tonight.
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Wade Barrett – Intercontinental Championship match
This is a first time PPV match between these two men. Kofi Kingston is 1-2 at TLC PPV’s, Wade Barrett is 0-2. Barrett starts the match with a big powerslam and then applies a front facelock. A “let’s go Barrett” chant breaks out as Wade forces Kofi into the corner and then hits a snapmare. Barrett applies a headlock but Kofi pushes him off and hits an elbow and dropkick for a two count. Barrett clotheslines Kingston out of the ring and then looks to throw him into the apron but Kofi rolls into the ring and then hits a suicide dive on his challenger. Back in the ring and Wade floor Kofi with a kick and then hits a pump handle slam for a two count. Barrett hits a backbreaker for another two count and then applies a surfboard stretch. Kofi gets out of it but Barrett drops him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall. Barrett goes up to the middle rope and hits an elbow drop for a two count.
Kofi hits a side Russian leg sweep and then a couple of clotheslines and a dropkick. Kofi gets pumped up and hit the boom drop and then motions for trouble in paradise but Barrett ducks. Kofi hits the SOS for a two count and then lays in some right hands. Barrett hits a boot and then a full nelson slam for a near fall. This match has picked up with the near falls. Kofi hits a pendulum kick, a much better version than Christian’s. Kofi hits a cross body but Barrett rolls through for a near fall. Kofi then rolls Wade up from nowhere for a near fall. Barrett hits a spinning side slam for a two count and then motions for the bullhammer elbow but Kofi counters with trouble in paradise for the three! Kofi Kingston retains the Intercontinental Championship tonight!
There’s an ad for the new WWE app.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman are up in their own personal skybox. Punk and Heyman refuse to give a status update on Punk’s injured knee. This is the first PPV in two years that CM Punk isn’t wrestling on. Punk then says that all the people in attendance tonight are just like Ryback, dumb. Punk says that he would’ve beaten Ryback tonight anyway. Punk says he is a fan of The Shield but not affiliated with them.
Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) & Ryback vs. The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) – Six man tables, ladders and chairs match
This match marks an in-ring debut for The Shield. They and Ryback make their TLC PPV debut tonight whilst Kane has a 0-1 record and Daniel Bryan has a 1-0 record. Daniel Bryan is the only man to have fought on every PPV in 2012. The Shield make their entrance through the crowd and the six men get right into it before the make it to the ring! Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins slug it out whilst Kane and Roman Reigns pair off and Ryback lays into Dean Ambrose. Ambrose and Ryback go at it in the ring with Ambrose taking the advantage. He hits a chop but Ryback no-sells and Ryback floors Ambrose with chops of his own. Ryback hits a Lou Thesz press but Rollins and Reigns make the save. Ryback fights them all off and clears the ring of Rollins. Ambrose dropkicks Ryback out of the ring as Kane pulls a ladder out from under the ring. Rollins dropkicks the ladder into Kane.
The Shield triple team Daniel Bryan in the ring, launching him into a ladder. Ryback then boots the ladder into Ambrose and Rollins, flooring them. Ryback beats both men with the ladder until Roman Reigns makes the save with a chair. Kane takes the chair off Reigns and hits him with right hands. Daniel Bryan then lays some kicks into Reigns and Team Hell No launches Reigns into a ladder. Bryan hits a running dropkick and Kane pins Roman for a two count. Ambrose then pulls Bryan out of the ring and throws him into a ringpost. Rollins looks to dive at Kane off the top but Kane sees him coming and drops him with an uppercut for a two count. Ambrose lays into Daniel Bryan on the outside with a chair. Kane sandwiches Rollins in a ladder and beats him with a chair until Dean Ambrose makes the save. Ambrose DDTs Kane on a chair. On the outside Ryback throws Roman Reigns into the barrier. Ambrose and Rollins double team Ryback, hitting him with a ladder.
Ambrose and Rollins look to double team Ryback but Ryback fights them both off. Ryback Irish whips Ambrose into Rollins and then squashes them both in the corner. Ryback suplexes Ambrose and Rollins onto a ladder and then looks to hit both men with shellshock but Roman Reigns makes the save. Reigns and Ambrose double team Ryback and Reigns then takes apart the Spanish announce table. Ambrose and Rollins set Ryback up on Reigns shoulders and they hit a triple powerbomb through the Spanish announce table. Daniel Bryan then hits a suicide dive on all three men but The Shield take the advantage. Kane tries to make the save but The Shield keep the momentum. Ambrose beats Bryan down with a chair and then powerslams him into the mat on a chair. Ambrose and Rollins set up a table on the top rope as Reigns patrols on the outside. Ambrose and Rollins send Bryan into the table and then lay him on the table before going up with him and hitting a double superplex. Reigns then pins Bryan but Kane makes the save.
Kane low-bridges Reigns but Rollins and Ambrose double team Kane with chairs. They throw him into a table and then lay Kane on the top rope table before looking for another superplex but Kane fights them off and hits a top rope clothesline on Ambrose. Kane hits Reigns with clotheslines and a sidewalk slam and pins Roman but Ambrose makes the save. Ambrose looks for a DDT on a chair but Kane counters and chokeslams Dean onto a chair. Reigns makes the save on the cover but Kane disposes of him. Kane follows Reigns to the outside but Roman spears Kane through the timekeepers area! Rollins and Reigns buys Kane under chairs. In the ring Daniel Bryan locks the no lock on Ambrose. Rollins makes the save but Bryan locks the no lock on him! Reigns makes the save and Bryan locks the no lock on Reigns! Ambrose makes the save and it’s now three against one as Kane and Ryback lay on the outside. Daniel Bryan continues to fight, hitting Ambrose and Rollins with kicks.
Rollins then hits a curbstomp on Bryan onto a chair! Ambrose pins Bryan but Ryback pulls Ambrose out of the ring. Ryback then fights off Rollins and Reigns, hitting Rollins with a powerslam and then gorilla press slams Rollins to the outside into Ambrose. Ryback hits Reigns with a spinebuster and then sets up for a powerbomb but Ambrose makes the save. Ryback spears Ambrose and then hits him with the meathook clothesline. Ryback motions for the shellshock and hits it! He covers Ambrose but Rollins and Reigns make the save. Ryback knocks Rollins out of the ring and follows him out. Again the numbers become too much for Ryback as the fight goes up the entrance way. Ambrose takes Ryback down with a chair, Reigns joins in and Rollins tips a ladder on Ryback. All three men hit Ryback with chairs and The Shield then lay Ryback on a table at the top of the entrance way.
Rollins climbs up a huge ladder but Ryback rolls off the table and chases Rollins up the ladder. Ryback pushes Rollins off the ladder and he flies through a few tables. Ambrose and Reigns meanwhile are laying into Daniel Bryan in the ring. Reigns hits a top rope powerbomb on Bryan through a table and that’s enough for the three! The Shield beat Daniel Bryan, Kane and Ryback tonight. That was an awesome match.
Eve (c) vs. Naomi – WWE Divas Championship match
Follow that one girls. This is an in-ring debut for Naomi. Eve also makes her TLC debut. Eve laughs at Naomi in the early going, mocking her dancing. Brodus Clay and Cameron are shown watching from the back. Naomi shows some great athleticism in the early going, hitting a legdrop and a butt bump. Eve goes to the outside and Naomi hits a dropkick through the ropes before dancing. Eve drops Naomi on the top rope and then applies a wristlock. Naomi hits a snapmare to get out of it and then a hurricanrana and a poor looking spinning heel kick. Naomi looks for a cross body but Eve ducks it and hits a neckbreaker for the three. Eve poses with a laid out Naomi for a photographer after the match. This match had a lot of potential, especially with Naomi but it didn’t deliver.
We’re shown some footage from Smackdown with Big Show laying out William Regal.
Matt Striker is backstage with The Big Show. Big Show says that Sheamus should’ve attacked him last week so the match tonight was called off. Big Show says that tonight Sheamus’ Irish eyes will be closed shut.
The Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus – Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship
This is the third PPV match between these two men. Big Show won the first and Sheamus won the second by disqualification. Sheamus is 2-1 at TLC PPV’s, Big Show is 1-1. The bell rings and Sheamus goes right to work on Big Show with right hands and a low dropkick. Sheamus hits three clubbing blows to the chest and then a chopblock. Big Show pushes Sheamus out of the ring but that allows Sheamus to pick up a chair. Big Show kicks the chair out of his hand and then exits the ring himself. Sheamus follows and runs at Big Show with the chair but Big Show kicks it into him. Big Show hits Sheamus with a couple of big chops on the outside before rolling him back into the ring. Big Show looks for something under the ring but doesn’t find it. Sheamus then hits a flying shoulder charge off the apron. Back in the ring and Big Show hits a big clothesline and a headbutt before rolling out of the ring but Sheamus hits him with a baseball slide.
Sheamus pulls a chair from under the ring and jabs it into Big Show’s gut before hitting him across the back and chest. Sheamus then powerslam Big Show which looked really impressive. Sheamus gets a near fall and then heads to the top with a chair before diving off with somewhat of a shoulder charge with the chair. Sheamus goes up again but Big Show hits him with a spear on the way down. On the outside Big Show hits Sheamus with a chair a couple of times. Big Show slowly lays into Sheamus with knees, headbutts and a splash in the corner. Big Show then looks to leave the ring but Sheamus crotches him. The two men then slug it out and Sheamus hits a couple of shoulder charges in the corner and a running knee. Big Show then hits a chokeslam for a near fall. Big Show looks under the chair and pulls out two chairs before pulling another one out. Big show throws four chairs into the ring and smashes one across his challengers back. Big Show hits a Vader bomb with a chair laid across Sheamus’ chest for a near fall.
Big Show sets up two chairs and then looks to powerbomb Sheamus through them but Sheamus counters and hits white noise on big show through the two chairs for a near fall. Sheamus motions for a brogue kick but Big Show side-steps and hits a KO punch! Big Show hooks the leg but Sheamus kicks out at 2! Big Show pulls a giant chair out from under the ring and smashes it across Sheamus’ back before pinning him for the three. Big Show wins the match which had a bit of a comedy finish. I’ve never seen a chair that big. A good match between these two.
John Cena is shown getting ready backstage when AJ Lee arrives and apologises about everything that has happened recently. AJ then thanks Cena for looking after he recently. Cena says to thank him when he takes the Money In The Bank briefcase from Ziggler later.
3MB are out next which means we have the six men tag match. Who will be Miz and Alberto Del Rio’s partner? The Miz introduces their partner as The Brooklyn Brawler!
Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and The Brooklyn Brawler vs. 3MB (Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal)
AS TLC records go, The Miz is 1-1, Alberto Del Rio is 0-2, Drew McIntyre is 1-0 and Heath Slater is 0-1. It’s a TLC debut for Jinder Mahal who is looking for his first ever PPV victory tonight. As is The Brooklyn Brawler so one of them will get their wish tonight. Alberto Del Rio and Heath Slater start the match and Del Rio hits Slater with kicks. Del Rio works the left arm of Slater and then tags in The Brooklyn Brawler who applies a headlock. He knocks Slater down with a shoulder charge and then takes down McIntyre and Jinder but Drew hits Brawler with a big kick. Slater tags in Drew McIntyre who smashes Brawler into the corner and hits him with right hands. McIntyre hits a suplex for a two count and then tags Slater back in. Slater hits a powerslam but misses with a middle rope knee drop.
Brooklyn Brawler tags in The Mi and Jinder tags in too. The Miz hits Jinder with right hands and then his trademark clothesline in the corner. Miz hits a DDT on Mahal for a two count. McIntyre broke it up and in comes Del Rio who hits McIntyre with a backstabber. Slater gets involved but Del Rio dives out at McIntyre. Ricardo Rodriguez then pulls Slater out of the ring and Miz hits the skull-crushing finale on Jinder! Miz tags in The Brooklyn Brawler who locks a Boston crab on Jinder! Or is it a Brooklyn crab? Jinder Mahal taps out anyway and it’s a win for Del Rio, Miz and The Brawler. A fun match but not great.
There’s a video package next hyping the match between john Cena and Dolph Ziggler.
John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler – Tables, ladders and chairs match for the Money In The Bank briefcase
This is a first time PPV match between these two men. Both men have a 1-1 record at TLC PPV’s. Cena gets the first knockdown in, running right through Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler fires back with a headlock but Cena pushes him off. Dolph then does some showing off and Cena laughs at him. A chant breaks out for Ziggler. Cena counters a hiptoss with one of his own and then hits a headlock takeover. Ziggler counters a headlock with one of his own but Cena fights out of it and hits a monkey flip. Cena throws Ziggler out of the ring and takes a bow. Cena looks like he’s bleeding near his eye. Ziggler hits him with a chair and then rolls Cena back into the ring. Ziggler sets up a chair in the corner but turns around into a flapjack from Cena. Cena pulls a ladder out from under the ring but Ziggler baseball slides it into the gut of Cena. Ziggler then looks to set up the ladder in the ring but Cena fights him off, grabs the ladder and smashes it into Dolph’s face.
Cena throws Ziggler over the announce desk and then grabs the ring steps and smashes them off Zigglers face. That looked pretty brutal. Cena pulls a table out from under the ring and slides it into the ring before setting it up. Ziggler drops Cena on the top rope and then sets up a ladder and climbs it. Cena pulls Ziggler down and the two men slug it out. This match has been pretty stiff. Ziggler applies a sleeper but Cena still manages to climb up the ladder with Dolph on his back. Cena eventually falls off the ladder and both men go crashing through a table. Dolph is first up and sets up the ladder again before climbing it. Cena manages to close the ladder and lift it up with Cena still on it! Cena flips the ladder out of the ring and then hits Ziggler with shoulder charges, a side suplex and looks for the five knuckle shuffle but Dolph kicks him in the head and hits a fame-asser. Ziggler pulls another ladder out from under the ring and slides it into the ring. Dolph looks like he’s bleeding down the leg, probably from the table spot.
Cena locks the STF on Ziggler who taps out but that’s not the way to win this match. Cena grabs a ladder and runs at Ziggler but Ziggler hits him with a shoulder charge and the zig zag! Ziggler slides a table into the ring and sets it up in the corner. Cena catches Dolph with a side suplex and a five knuckle shuffle and then sets up for the attitude adjustment but Ziggler counters and hits a DDT. Dolph then grabs a bigger ladder from the outside, puts it in the ring, sets it up and climbs it but Cena climbs the other side and the two men slug it out at the top. Cena wins and Dolph falls to the mat below. Cena slowly climbs but Dolph attacks him from behind. The two men fight to the mat below and Dolph pushes Cena into the ladder. Out of nowhere Cena hits a hurricanrana, sending Ziggler through the table set up in the corner. Cena picks up a ladder but Dolph dropkicks it out of his hands.
Dolph looks to throw Cena into a chair set up in the corner but Cena puts the brakes on. Cena puts Dolph on the top rope but ziggler fights him off and hits a cross body. Cena rolls through the cross body and scoops Dolph up for an attitude adjustment but Ziggler grabs the chair and smashes Cena with it. Dolph clears the ring of the broken tables and looks for a superkick but Cena counters and hits the attitude adjustment which sends Ziggler rolling out of the ring. Vickie Guerrero then shows up with a chair but out comes AJ who takes Vickie down with shoulder charges and a terrible side suplex. AJ hits vickie with the five knuckle shuffle which sends Vickie sprawling out of the ring. Cena then sets up a ladder in the ring and climbs it as AJ skips around the ring. AJ then pushes over the ladder! Ziggler gets back into the ring and hits Cena with a superkick! Ziggler and AJ then stare at one another until AJ smiles and leaves! Ziggler climbs up the ladder and grabs the briefcase to win the match!
Dolph Ziggler wins a match with more questions than answers. Great match between these two.
And that was TLC 2012! Eight matches and it was really hit and miss. There were some really good matches and some really bad ones. It started well, I enjoyed the tag team match between Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio and Rhodes Scholars. Both are good teams but Sin Cara can barely get through a match without injuring himself. I’m not sure if they’ll wait 6 weeks for the Royal Rumble to give Rhodes and Sandow their shot at the titles as it seems a long way away for a match that has already happened before on pay per view and was pretty conclusive. Even if they don’t win the titles it was a good way to get them on the card along with Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara. Cesaro beat R-Truth in a below par match. It was ok but something isn’t clicking between these two so I don’t know why they persist with it. Cesaro needs a step up in competition, there are plenty of talented midcarders like The Miz, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston that I look forward to seeing Cesaro face.
Kofi Kingston beat Wade Barrett to retain the Intercontinental Championship. Kofi won cleanly which suggests that this rivalry is over. This match was ok, nothing special but it did the job. Two solid midcarders doing what needed to be done. Not much more to say about it, Kofi keeps the title, who is up next for him? Then came the six man tag team TLC match. This was a really good match, go check it out now if you have’t seen it before. The Shield got the win which they had to really, they’re a faction on a roll and need a few good wins to get them up and running. The spot with Seth being pushed off the ladder through the tables was really good. The match was chaotic and had a really good pace to it. I hated some of the camerawork though. Daniel Bryan took the fall which was probably the right call as Ryback continues to be pushed and presumably will get a WWE Championship shot at some point.
Eve beat Naomi to retain the WWE Divas Championship in a poor match. Naomi shows a lot of potential but not enough to make this match memorable. It was only three minutes long so I think the girls tried to rush through their stuff. Eve wins and I think she could go all the way to Wrestlemania as champion unless the plan is to get the title on AJ. The Big Show beat Sheamus next and I can’t help but laugh at the giant chair that Big Show pulled out. I liked it though, it was different. Big Show is being booked properly for a change, as a monster heel that can’t be stopped. This match should be the end of this feud so it’ll be interesting to see who is up for Big Show next, there are plenty of main event faces so it could be anyone from John Cena, Alberto Del Rio or Randy Orton.
The Brooklyn Brawler made a big in-ring return next as the mystery partner for Alberto Del Rio and The Miz. It looks like Del Rio is now a face. They beat 3MB in what looked like a match designed to get Alberto Del Rio and The Miz on the card. I’m all for stars of the past coming back for matches and for Steve Lombardi, it meant he got his first ever PPV victory. And in the main event Dolph Ziggler got arguably the biggest victory of his career when he beat John Cena in a ladder match. The big story to come out of this one was AJ Lee costing Cena the match. Is she aligned with Ziggler? Ziggler wins though and has had some big matches over recent months with the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus and Chris Jericho which gets him ready for the main event. Good main event though, second only to the six man TLC match.
Overall Rating: 54.68/100 (ranked 200th out of 285)
Match Of The Night: Ryback, Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. The Shield
Worst Match Of The Night: Eve vs. Naomi / Alberto Del Rio, The Miz & Brooklyn Brawler vs. 3MB
Surprise Of The Night: AJ costs John Cena his match
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: Dolph Ziggler
TLC 2012 Will Be Remembered For: AJ Lee costing John Cena the main event