DECEMBER 4, 2016
DALLAS TEXAS AT AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
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WWE TLC Random Thoughts and Opinions
Randy Orton & Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper) vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship
JBL called Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt a once in a generation tag team. Really?
Orton with the RKO out of nowhere!
That was a short match. It was basically a glorified squash match. A title change seemed obvious considering WWE has kept Rhyno and Slater off of TV lately. Who did they piss off?
I like Bray and Orton holding the tag team belts, I'd like to see WWE get creative and use singles, babyface wrestlers to team against the Wyatts. Have the Wyatts go on a run by beating every team Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon put in front of them, then when the time is right WWE can give the rub to a hot young up and coming team. I’m curious how Luke Harper fits into all of this. Will we see Luke Harper turn?
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella in a no DQ Match
Good psychology with Carmella working the left leg of Nikki. Carmella with a kendo stick and a, “you can't see me” taunt. Nice.
Nice make-up work covering up Carmella’s black eye.
I never understood the fire extinguisher bit.
This wasn’t a very good match. The end of the match with Nikki Bella spraying Carmella with the fire extinguisher was flat.
WWE continues to tease Miz vs. Daniel Bryan.
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz (with Maryse) in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship
They keep stressing this is the final chapter in the feud. Do they really expect us to believe that?
Nice spot with Ziggler hitting an elbow off the ladder.
One of my pet peeves with ladder matches is when a wrestler has his hand on the belt but has to wait for the other wrestler to knock him off the ladder.
Miz mocks Daniel Bryan with the Yes chant.
A Miz chant from the crowd. Funny.
Nice slingshot powerbomb onto the ladder from Miz.
Two kicks to the groin from Miz while both guys are on the ladder, Ziggler falls to the mat and that's it.
I might be in the minority, but I didn’t care for this match. They definitely played it safe, probably saving the big bumps for the main event. The match wasn’t terrible, I just expected more considering this was the final chapter in the feud.
Miz grabs the mic and dedicates the win to Daniel Bryan, and then buries Ziggler.
Baron Corbin vs. Kalisto in a Chairs Match
Just as the Ziggler/Miz feud needed to end, this one needs to as well.
Deep Six after catching Kalisto’s dive through the ropes was great. Kalisto is taking a pretty good beating in this match.
Great near fall after the moonsault from Kalisto. There's a huge welt on Kalisto’s back.
Corbin blasts Kalisto in the face as Kalisto jumps off the top rope and follows with End of Days on a stack of chairs to get the pin.
I really enjoyed this match. Kalisto bumped around like crazy for Corbin. Baron Corbin plays his role so damn well. I enjoy his work. Once again JBL calls Corbin a future champion.
Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss in a Tables Match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
Lynch is having a really hard time setting up a table and the cameraman stayed with it the whole time.
Alexa Bliss is tiny; I'm not so sure a table would even break if she lands on one.
They're losing the crowd. I love that Bliss has to rest the table on her foot before she can pick it up.
Bliss with an eye rake and a powerbomb off the ring apron to put Becky through a table. And new…..
I didn't expect a title change. I have to admit, I'm a bigger fan of Alexa Bliss than I ever expected to be. The match was clunky at times, but Becky did her best to carry Bliss in this one. I don’t expect Bliss to be a long term champion. I love the way she carries herself, I just hope she improves in the ring.
Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the WWE Championship
They're pulling out all the bells and whistles for this one. These two are going to feel it tomorrow. Nice bump into the ladder from Styles.
An AJ Styles chant breaks out and he flippantly waves the crowd off. Excellent.
A great spot where Ambrose puts Styles through a row of chairs. Damn! Styles’ work is on another level, the guy’s an amazing wrestler.
An AJ Styles vs. Shawn Michaels match would be a dream come true.
Styles’ tights are ripped in the ass.
Out comes Ellsworth.
He just turned on Dean Ambrose and helped Styles retain the title.
This was a splendid TLC match. I didn’t care for the Ellsworth interference though. The narrative just doesn’t make any sense. I know Ellsworth will say he helped Styles win because he has already beat him and thinks he can win the title. Then why push Styles off the ladder in the first place? If he wanted Styles to win, then all he had to do was let the finish play out. Terrible storytelling.
By the way, what was with Dean Ambrose just staring into the ring after going through the table at the end? The staring just looked…odd.
Best Match: Styles vs. Ambrose
Runner Up: Corbin vs. Kalisto
Worst Match: Bella vs. Carmella
Overall Grade: C+
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