Thursday, 5 March 2015

WWE TLC(S?) 2014 Review

The final WWE Pay-Per-View of 2014, Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs(?), took place on Sunday 14th December at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Once again, Brock Lesnar, the fucking WWE World Heavyweight Champion, is not here. However, the last two events have been pretty decent and he hasn't really been missed. So, let's look at the event to see how it did.

The Kick Off Show match was Gold and Stardust taking on Kofi Kingston and Big E from The New Day. The match didn't have anything special that really stood out to me. Despite the Dusts' best efforts, thier opponents get the win thanks to a Big Ending/ Axhandle combo.
Winners: Kofi Kingston and Big E
Predictions: 1 for 1

The first match of the show is a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship with Dolph Ziggler challenging Luke Harper. There was a nasty bit early on when Harper did a suicide dive and I thought that he broke his arm when he landed badly on a ladder. As with most ladder matches, we get spots with wrestlers either landing on ladders or having them thrown at them. Harper did a brutal powerbomb, sending Ziggler onto a ladder. In the end, Ziggler managed to superkick Harper off a ladder and climbed up to win the Championship. I really enjoyed this match. Hopefully, I feel that Ziggler should be going for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and I worry that he will be permanently hitting the glass ceiling.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Predictions: 1 for 2

We now get the Tag Team Championship match with The Usos challenging Hollywood Miz and Damien Mizdow. The Usos were dominant for most of the match and there was a nice bit when one of the Usos had Miz in a vertical suplex and Mizdow was doing a handstand as well. In the end, Miz and Mizdow decided to leave. One of the Usos suicide dived Mizdow and Miz hit him with the belt to get disqualified. It wasn't a bad match but I thought it was too short.
Winners: The Usos
Predictions: 1 for 3

We now get the first ever Stairs match between The Big Show and Erick Rowan. To be honest, except for them hitting each other with stairs, there wasn't too much to this match. Big Show gets the win after hitting the knock out punch then using some stairs to help him get the pin. It wasn't a great match and hopefully we won't see a stairs match again
Winner: The Big Show
Predictions:1 for 4

The next is a tables match between Seth Rollins and John Cena. During the match, Rollins had some help from his lackeys Jonny Mercury and Jamie Noble. We get a ref bump and Cena puts Rollins through a table with an Attitude Adjustment, but doesn't win thanks to the referee being down. Eventually, they both go through a table and the referee conveniently wakes up and calls for the bell. After some discussion with two other referees, the original referee restarts the match. Cena hits an attitude adjustment sending Reigns onto the announce table but it doesn't break. The Big Show comes out and attacks Cena. However, Roman Reigns runs in and spears Show through a table. Cena does eventually get the win when he sends Rollins through a table thanks to an attitude adjustment.
Except for the false finish involving three referees, I quite enjoyed the match. I'm not a fan of seeing Brock/Cena III at the Rumble but at the minute, I can't see Brock facing anyone else right now.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 2 for 5

Next is the Divas Championship match with AJ Lee challenging Nikki Bella. AJ hits the shining wizard but Brie puts Nikki leg under the ropes to stop the pinfall. The referee notices this and sends Brie to the back. Nikki uses this opportunity to take a spray bottle out of our knee pad and spray it into AJ's face. Nikki then kicks AJ and pins her to get the win. The match was ok but it still pisses me off that Brie just decided to join Nikki despite everything that happened to her.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Predictions: 3 for 6

Kane takes on Ryback in a chairs match. Kane almost wins it when he throws a chair into Ryback's face then chokeslams him for 2. In the end, Ryback avoids a tombstone onto a chair, hits Kane with a meathook clothesline then a shell shock to get the win. Like the stairs match, there wasn't too much to write about bit it was an ok match.
Winner: Ryback
Predictions: 3 for 7

The penutlimate match is for the United States Championship as Jack Swagger challenges Rusev. Swagger was going for Rusev's ankle but Rusev manages to apply the accolade but Swagger gets to the ropes. Rusev goes for the accolade again but Swagger manages to get out of it and apply the patriot lock. Rusev broke free by kicking him in the face, hits a couple of kicks then applies the accolade to get the win. It wasn't as good as last few matches but it was ok.
Winner: Rusev
Predictions: 4 for 8

The main event is a TLC match between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt. There was a great bit in the beginning when Ambrose threw a ladder into wyatt when he finished his entrance. The match went back and forth with so many highlights such as: Ambrose fucking up Wyatt with a kendo stick; then putting him through a table with an elbow drop; Wyatt hitting Sister Abigail for 2 followed a few minutes later by Ambrose hitting Dirty Deeds for 2. The end comes when Ambrose puts Wyatt through the Spanish announce table with an elbow drop then grabs a TV monitor. He tries to hit Wyatt with it bit it is still connected so he tries it again. However, it explodes with pyrotechnics blinding Ambrose and giving Wyatt the chance to hit Sister Abigail to get the win.

I really enjoyed the match and I thought that it was a good main event. However, I did not like the ending as it makes Ambrose look like a bit of an idiot.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Predictions: 4 for 9

Overall, I thought that TLC was an ok event. There wasn't anything much that stood out except for the main event really. WWE are in a unique position with their World Heavyweight Champion being nowhere near the event. I feel that WWE ended 2014 with a slightly drab not and I hope 2015 with the Royal Rumble and the Road to Wrestlemania, will get to be better.

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