AJ Styles, Alexa Bliss, American Airlines Arena, American Alpha, Becky Lynch, Bray Wyatt, Carmella, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Heath Slater, James Ellsworth, Luke Harper, Missy Hyatt, Mojo Rawley, Nikki Bella, Randy Orton, Rhyno, The Miz, WWE, WWE Network, WWE Roadblock: End Of The Line, WWE Tables Ladders And Chairs, WWE TLC 2016
Another TLC pay per view down and another decent night of action for Smackdown Live. The only thing that really bothered me about the night was how troubling and non-engaging the crowd was at TLC. It definitely wasn’t a great crowd, but they did have to sit through a match that featured Carmella. It is one of the most uninteresting rivalries that clearly no one in the world cares about because she gets no reaction. One match that had potential, but didn’t live up to the hype in my opinion was the tables match between champion Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss. It had some cool spots, but in the end it ended too abruptly, but the WWE got it right as far as the final result was concerned. Alexa Bliss is very deserving of a title run on a show that otherwise lacks talent in the women’s division as compared to Raw. One of the surprise matches that I thought was going to be bad that ended up being a cool match was the chairs match between “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin and “The Lucha Dragon” Kalisto. Kalisto and Baron Corbin gave it their all out there with the chairs and they can both leave with their heads held high.
The rivalry between Dolph Ziggler and Intercontinental Champion The Miz ended exactly the way it should have with The Miz walking out champion. As I said before, The Miz makes the IC belt a legitimate championship where it was almost non-existent around Dolph’s waist. They gave it their all with the springboard slams into ladders and The Miz delivering the figure four leg lock with Dolph’s leg inside the ladder. I also want to talk about the TLC match that saw AJ Styles defend his WWE Championship against Dean Ambrose in the Main Event. These two went all out in their match that left the both of them battered and bruised. There was AJ getting slammed into a line of chairs which in turn ripped his pants. There was AJ delivering a vertical suplex to Dean through a table in the corner of the ring. AJ spring-boarded into Dean who was laying on a table on the outside of the ring and I believe AJ went through the announcers table as well. One thing that I will say is that I feel I should have seen James Ellsworth getting involved in the match the way he did, but I was shocked when it happened (I wasn’t Goldberg/Brock Lesnar shocked, but shocked). I definitely do not know what James was thinking.
These guys through their well beings to the side and gave us what I am calling the match of the night. I do however want to bring up a point someone in the wrestling world said. Missy Hyatt who used to be a manager/valet in WCW commented on the match on Twitter by saying, “Not a fan of ladder matches when looking at it from a talents view Too many injuries,not enough time 2 let them heal,matches are forgotten.” She has a point because the matches are entertaining, but how much of a toll do these gimmick matches take on our favorite superstars for one night of immortality? The tag team title match was everything we thought it would be with The Wyatt Family showing us why they are the future of the tag team division. Could we be seeing another Freebird rule team with Luke Harper in the picture? Well nonetheless, it’s about damn time that Bray Wyatt finally has some gold to call his own in the WWE Tag Team Titles. They could definitely be a team to watch out for in the future.
The 10 Man Pre-show Tag match was just an absolute waste of time and it’s a shame that American Alpha had to deal with their partner Mojo Rawley and his obnoxious Hammer Time chant. So as far as my predictions were concerned, I went 7-0 on the night making it the best performance of the year so far (or that the WWE is becoming that predictable). As I stated before, the Pre-show match prediction was made on Twitter and as you can see to the left, the picture has the time stamp. I can’t believe how close this PPV was to the last which was Survivor Series a couple of weeks ago and before you know it Raw’s exclusive PPV is here with Roadblock: End Of The Line (December 18TH). Raw won out as far as the women’s matches are concerned, but Smackdown Live is spewing out decent matches all around. I am going to give WWE TLC 2016 an B- for a final grade.
Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton defeated Rhyno/Heath Slater
Nikki Bella defeated Carmella
Baron Corbin defeated Kalisto
The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler
Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch
AJ Styles defeated Dean Ambrose