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Random Thoughts on WWE TLC 2016

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The final Smackdown branded pay per view of the year is over. TLC took place at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas, and I’m here to share my random thoughts on the show. Please look away now if you want to avoid spoilers.

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WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton) def. Heath Slater & Rhyno © via pinfall to become the new WWE Smackdown Tag Team champions

No Disqualification: Nikki Bella def. Carmella via pinfall

WWE Intercontinental Championship – Ladder match: The Miz © def. Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Chairs match: Baron Corbin def. Kalisto via pinfall

WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship – Table match: Alexa Bliss def. Becky Lynch to become the new WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion

WWE World Championship – TLC match: AJ Styles © def. Dean Ambrose to retain the WWE World Championship

 

*Random Thoughts*

What an awesome main event. The ending was cheap but I don’t think that should take away from the hard work AJ & Ambrose put on. AJ’s 450 splash to the outside to put Ambrose through the table was amazing. Truly worthy of an ‘Holy Shit’ chant. I’m interested to hear the reasons behind James Ellsworth’s turn. I predicted that Ellsworth would be a game changer in this match, maybe have a spot here he accidently knocks Ambrose off the ladder through a table, but a full-on heel turn was unexpected.

The chairs match surprised me. It was a good match that felt like a fight since both guys brought the intensity from start to finish. I thought they Kalisto put up a fight with some unique offensive moves. They weren’t able to get the crowd involved as much as they liked, although they both worked hard and deserve the praise.

Great effort from all the women who performed at TLC. Out of the two matches I would say that the title match was the better of the two. The No DQ match had the intensity, but the in-ring action was below average. Poor job of building up spots for the finish. It just ended after Nikki made her comeback and not many teases for either woman. The kendo stick and the fire extinguisher were the only weapons used. I guess this is most likely because of all the other stipulation matches on the show. I thought they would have had a better match.

The table match on the other hand was exceptional. The ending was fine because it looked like an impressive move with Bliss hitting the Powerbomb off the apron. It just came out of nowhere. I wish Bliss sold the Disarmer more as she just recovered as if it were nothing. The title change doesn’t bother me, but I’m surprised they did it since Lynch had so few title defenses. Lynch is the happy face that smiles all the time. Let’s see if she can be a more serious competitor after this loss.

Congratulations to Bray Wyatt for winning his first title after three years of being in WWE. It was a quick match to put over the new tag team champions. Perhaps this was done to put over Bray and Orton as a dominant team. Post-match, Wyatt put his title on the shoulder of Harper. Orton also put his title on Harper’s shoulder as they posed together. I gather they’ll be adopting the Freebird rule also. I could be wrong but that’s the impression I got.

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler is currently my pick for feud of the year. The Ladder match was great with both guys showing a lot of psychology as both guys were selling leg injuries. It put over their toughness in battling to try to win the match. A lot of people could learn a thing or two from these guys. The ending was emphatic as Miz stopped Ziggler’s climb attempt for good with two low blows. It was legal in the match because there’s no disqualification, so it worked for the heel to do something cheap in order to win. It was a very good match to end the feud.

 

Overall show rating (out of 10): 8

The third best pay per view of the year. The TLC and Ladder matches where the highlights with the TLC match just getting the edge. When you don’t rush matches you can tell stories where guys sell injuries for much of the match and set up the big spots like Styles did with Ambrose.

This show is well worth your time.

 

2016 PPV Rankings so far:

Money in the Bank – 8

Battleground – 8

TLC – 8

Royal Rumble – 8

Survivor Series – 7.5

Hell in a Cell – 7.5

Backlash – 7.5

Payback – 7

Extreme Rules – 7

Clash of Champions – 7

WrestleMania 32 – 6.5

SummerSlam – 6

No Mercy -6

FastLane – 6

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