Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am your host, the Baumeister. Yes, I am back with another WWE Network Special Breakdown. I missed Survivor Series, mainly because there were too many gaps in information for announced matches, like the Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match, which had no announced competitors until it was time for the match, and the finals of the tournament, which I could have written on, but oh well. What’s done is done, and it’s time to move right along to TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship TLC Match: Sheamus (123rd Champion, 2nd Televised Defense) (2-2) vs Roman Reigns (1-1)
With the cash-in at Survivor Series, anyone else get the feeling that the WWE is re-hashing Bryan’s storyline to the title? Sure seems like it. I think that the WWE is constantly pushing Reigns as their next face of the company is what is prompting the negative reactions (just listen to the booing at the end of Survivor Series). The question here is if WWE can sustain this storyline until Mania? Though, if the crowd (mainly the IWC) have already thrown in the towel, then there is no salvaging any sort of face reaction there. Due the nature of the match (and recent booking), the League of Nations will make their presence known, leaving Sheamus to hobble out of TLC the champion.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens (154th champion, 4th Televised defense) (TLC Debut) vs Dean Ambrose (1-2)
This should be a good match. These two had a pretty competitive match at Survivor Series, and with the Intercontinental Championship on the line, I would expect both men to leave it all out on the mat. I do really appreciate Owen’s family man “character”. A man who will do whatever it takes to provide for his family is a very relatable concept. Kevin Owens will find a way to walk out of TLC the Intercontinental Champion.
WWE Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: The New Day (Big E (2-0), Kofi Kingston (4-2); Xavier Woods (TLC Debut)) (56th Champions, 5th Defense) vs Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara (II) (TLC Debut) and Kalisto (TLC Debut)) vs The Usos (Jey Uso (1-0) and Jimmy Uso (1-0))
Now, this isn’t any sort of knock towards Big E, but I would be more enthralled with Woods and Kingston going into this match. Now, I thought I heard that the trio were supposed to defend the titles under “Freebird” rule, but we barely see Woods in the ring anymore. That being said, this match is going to be chaos. WWE’s multi-man matches tend to break down at the very end, and by throwing in ladders in the mix, bodies are going to be hitting the floor everywhere. I see Woods getting into this match and pulling down the belts for The New Day.
WWE Divas Championship: Charlotte (26th champion, 4th defense) (TLC Debut) vs Paige (TLC Debut)
Three times in about three weeks. That’s how many times that we’ve gotten this matchup for the title starting with Survivor Series. This would be better with a stipulation, such as a submission match. That being said, throwing Ric in to help this match get over is like throwing a man in a sinking rowboat a holey bucket so he can bail himself out. As much as I like both ladies (especially their work in NXT), their time on the main roster reveals only one thing: we need somebody new in Creative writing the Divas division. Most of these Divas can go in the ring, but only if they are allowed to do so. Awful storylines and metaphorical hand-tying has lead this feud, and by extension, this entire division, head-first into the gutter. Charlotte will retain here, with some assistance from her daddy.
WWE United States Championship Chairs Match: Alberto Del Rio (48th champion, 1st Televised Defense) (1-2) vs Jack Swagger (0-4)
I was wondering just how long it was going to take to drop Colter once Del Rio joined the League of Nations. It would have been extremely confusing for Del Rio to be a part of two completely separate storylines. Swagger has languished in obscurity since the Real Americans split, with the random appearances here and there. Swagger also hasn’t done well at TLC, so I’m expecting his streak of bad luck continuing here with Alberto Del Rio standing victorious.
Elimination Tables Match: The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt (2-0), Luke Harper (1-1), Erick Rowan (1-1) and Braun Strowman (TLC Debut) vs Team ECW (Bubba Ray Dudley (TLC Debut), D-Von Dudley (TLC Debut), Tommy Dreamer (TLC Debut) and Rhyno (TLC Debut)
We should have gotten an elimination match on this past RAW (which should have eliminated the last two matches on the card for the night, but that’s just me). But, this match should be brutal. We should have gotten this match stipulation a few months sooner when it was the New Day vs The Dudley Boyz. Despite the extra help from Dreamer and Rhyno, The Wyatt Family will come out of TLC relatively splinter free.
Ryback (1-2) vs Rusev (1-0)
Eh. There really hasn’t been too much buildup to this match. Having it start all over an interrupted kiss is just too far out there for me to even believe. But then again, it is WWE. Anything can start a feud. I’m going with Ryback here.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today folks. Until next time, I am your host, the Baumeister.