Thursday, 21 January 2016

WWE TLC 2015 Review

WWE TLC took place at the TD Garden in Boston on Sunday 13th December. There is normally a good crowd in Boston so will the WWE end their year on a high? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off show was between Becky Lynch and local girl Sasha Banks. I saw them face each other at the Smackdown taping in Manchester and it was my match of the night. Therefore, I was looking forward to this. The match had some back and forth and in the end, Becky had Sasha in the disarmer. However, Tamina distracted the referee giving Naomi the chance to interfere. Sasha then hit the backstabber followed by the bank statement to get the win. It was a good match, helped by the crowd being into it. I hope to see more matches between the two.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Predictions: 0 for 1

The first match on the show was for the Tag Team Championships as The New Day (sucks!) face the challenge of The Usos and The Lucha Dragons in a triple ladder match. This was a really entertaining match with the definite highlight being Kalisto hitting a salida del sol from the top of the ladder sending Jimmy Uso crashing through another ladder. In the end, Xavier Woods, who was brilliant on commentary, suddenly realises that the match is no disqualification and hits Kalisto with his trombone. Kofi then violently yanks off the ladder and grabs the belts to win the match. This was a great match which was fun to watch.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 0 for 2

The next match was Rusev taking on Ryback. In quite a short match, Rusev gets out of the shell shock and kicks Ryback in the head. He then applies the accolade and Ryback passes out to give Rusev the win. The match wasn't anything special and whilst I'm happy to see Rusev and Lana back together, I'm not a fan of them shoving the lovey dovey stuff down my throat.
Winner: Rusev
Predictions: 0 for 3

Next is Jack Swagger challenging Alberto Del Rio in a chairs match for the United States Championship. As expected, they hit each other with chairs a lot. In the end, Del Rio does his shitty double stomp in the corner, sending Swagger onto a pile of chairs to get the win. Like the match, it was nothing special.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Predictions: 1 for 4 (finally!)

We now get a 8 man tables elimination match between The Wyatt Family and the team of The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer and Rhyno. The first man to be eliminated was Erick Rowan after was put through a table thanks to a 3D by the Dudleys. Harper then sends Ryhno through a table in the corner with a big boot. Devon then sets up a table but is slammed through it by Wyatt. Bubba Ray is the only one left after Harper suicide dives Dreamer through a table. Bubba Ray tries to set a table on fire and powerbomb Wyatt through it. However, Harper stops that with a kick and Stroman chokeslams Bubba Ray through a table to give his team the win. Except for the end, I didn't think that this was a good match. It seemed slow and you can obviously see some botches during it. It was nice to see Dreamer and Rhyno wrestle again but I'm in no hurry to see them again (if ever)
Winners: The Wyatt Family
Predictions: 1 for 5

Now a match I was looking forward to: Dean Ambrose challenging Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship. Like their match at Survivor Series, this was another entertaining contest. Ambrose thought he won it when he got out of a pop up powerbomb to hit dirty deeds. However, Owens got a fingertip on the ropes. In the end, Ambrose managed to hit a huracanrana into a pin to become the new Intercontinental Champion. I was surprised that Ambrose won but it was throughly deserved and I hope he gets a good run with the belt.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Predictions: 1 for 6

The penultimate match was for the Divas Championship as Paige challenges Charlotte. Paige thinks she's won it after hitting the rampaige but Ric Flair puts Charlotte's leg under the ropes. Paige starts shouting at him and this gives Charlotte the chance to bounce Paige's head off the turnbuckle and roll her up to get the win. This was an interesting match to watch as Charlotte acted a lot like a heel even though she is the face in this feud. I thought it would be better if she acted like the face until Flair cheated to stop her from losing. Otherwise, except for the end, I thought it was a good match.
Winner: Charlotte
Predictions: 2 for 7

The main event is a TLC match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with Roman Reigns challenging Sheamus. As expected, this was a very physical and brutal match. Examples of this include: Reings sending Sheamus into the display of tables, ladders and chairs by the titantron; and Sheamus putting Reings through a table with a white noise. In the end, Reigns hits a Superman punch, sending Sheamus off the ladder and through a table. Reigns almost grabs the belt but he's stopped by Rusev and Alberto Del Rio. Reigns does deal with them but Sheamus sends him out of the ring with a brogue kick. He then climbs up to grab the belt and win the match.

Reigns doesn't take the loss well as he proceeds to destroy Sheamus, Rusev and Del Rio with a chair. The Authority come out to calm him down and he goes on to fuck up Triple H. The show ends with Reigns spearing Triple H as he's being carried to the back.

I thought this was a good match and it was good to see Reigns look like he could be a Champion. WWE were trying to give him a personality and make him John Cena-lite. However, I feel that, based on what happened after this match, it would be best to use elements of Goldberg's push.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 3 for 8

I wasn't a fan of this event. There were some good matches but most of them were either not great or didn't do anything to make them stand out. It's a shame as I think that WWE has had a decent year. With Reings becoming Champion the following night on RAW, it looks like they're giving him a run with the belt. I hope that they use this opportunity well.

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