Sunday, December 15, 2013

TLC Preview - The IWC may go berserk

Tonight, WWE will present their annual event, Tables Ladders and Chairs. What is considered a ‘B’ show to most of the internet wrestling community, is potentially reshaping the landscape of the entire championship lineup. Going from a very lackluster Survivor Series, it appears the company has launched a Hail Mary in effort to get the wrestling faithful excited for what is to come.

The Road to Wrestlemania shifts into overdrive, as we will see WWE Champion Randy Orton face off against the World Heavyweight Champion John Cena. The end result will have one-man leave as
Unified WWE Champion. The problem with this is the virtual no build that lead up to this match. A quick appearance between the two at the end of Survivor Series, and then BOOM, a rivalry is born. Last week on Raw may be the most development in the feud, but did the WWE show their hand too soon? A brawl broke out between a cavalcade of stars, Cena, Orton, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Triple H and Shawn Michaels. That brawl ended with The Authority and John Cena standing tall, looking down on Randy Orton. Will the Authority have their hand in the outcome of the match? Will we actually see one man take home the gold, or is there a swerve set to take place?

Cena vs. Orton - Who pulls the straps down? Photo from WWE.com
Regardless of the final outcome, the events of TLC are looking to strap you in for what is to come over the next few months. What happens tonight directly affects Royal Rumble and, ultimately, Wrestlemania.

TLC Predictions:

Title Unification Match – Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match
John Cena (World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Randy Orton (WWE Champion)

Orton has come off as a massive whiner through this feud, so expect there to be some sort of swerve that allows him to whine about the outcome. The Authority will have some sort of interference in this match.

Winner: John Cena

Tag Team Championship – Fatal Four Way
Cody Rhodes & Goldust (C) vs. Ryback & Axel vs. Real American vs. Big Show & Rey Mysterio

This match could go just about any direction, with the Real Americans and Ryback/Axel looking very strong as of late. Show/Mysterio were added for lack of placement on the card. In the end, kudos to the WWE for pushing the tag team division in 2013.

Winner: Cody Rhodes & Goldust retain

Intercontinental Championship
Big E Langston (C) vs. Damien Sandow
In a glance, this could be one of the most underrated matches of the night, but it poses a view of the WWE’s future. Sandow has looked to change his fortunes after his failed Money in the Bank cash in, and here is his chance. Langston is no slouch though and possesses the size and build that Vinny Mac tends to cherish in his superstars.

Winner: Big E Langston retains

WWE Divas Championship
AJ Lee (C) vs Natalya

Lee has made it a point to completely torture the Divas division, with her main targets set on the cast of “Total Divas”. While she had looked strong as champion for a while, she seems to be on the verge of losing her title. Expect to see her drop it tonight against one of the most respected Divas in the locker room.

Winner:  Natalya
  
3 vs. 1 Handicap Match
CM Punk vs. The Shield
Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family

It’s hard to think that these to matches won’t end up colliding somehow, given that Punk and Bryan were in the same corner last pay per view. The Wyatts have desperately been trying to recruit Bryan into their faction.  The Shield came out of nowhere to attack Punk and all of a sudden there was a match. Consider this the precursor to the end of The Shield. They have teased dissention within the group as of late, and in the middle of a 3 on 1 handicap match is the perfect place to implode. Given what the program has shown with these superstars, the WWE Universe will be the real winner tonight.

Winners: CM Punk and Daniel Bryan

Pre Show Kickoff Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango

Ziggler continues his plummet down the WWE chart and has been subjected to this. While it does get him on the card, it does absolute nothing for him.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler




On paper, TLC looks to be eventful, and exciting. Given their string of awful pay per views, they owe it to the fans to give them their moneys worth.

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