Minneapolis, MN was the location for WWE’s final pay-per-view of 2019, TLC. The main thing to look at here was that no singles titles were on the line, rather all the tag team championships, which is something we have not seen in WWE. Outside of the three tag title matches, five other matches took place Sunday night with one being […]
Minneapolis, MN was the location for WWE’s final pay-per-view of 2019, TLC.
The main thing to look at here was that no singles titles were on the line, rather all the tag team championships, which is something we have not seen in WWE.
Outside of the three tag title matches, five other matches took place Sunday night with one being added to the pre-show hours before the event took place.
How did Tables, Ladder, and Chairs go? Here are my thoughts on grades on the matches.
Humberto Carrillo def. Andrade (pre-show)
A solid match to kick off the PPV, highlighting that the company is very high on Carrillo going forward. The main story here was the continued dysfunction between Andrade and his manager Zelina Vega.
It is very clear that the alliance will discontinue but the question is when and more importantly, what will the plans for Andrade be after the fact?
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) (c) def. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) in a Ladder match
What a great way to start the main card. An excellent ladder match that included a veteran in Kofi Kingston who knows what to do to get the crowd to react.
Credit to Big E and The Revival here also, who do not have a lot of experience in these types of matches. E starred here and Dawson, in particular, sold the match really well after taking a few bumps.
The love of Kingston is still alive and well, which I am glad and hopefully, we see him with a singles title run once again.
The in-ring chemistry and high spots were a perfect match. Again, a perfect way to start the show.
Aleister Black def. Buddy Murphy
2/2 on the main card for excellent matches. Black and Murphy have shown time and time again that they can bring the house down and deserve a serious push at some point heading into 2020.
Black, with a possible broken nose, showed he is one of the best strikers in the company, and Murphy was an excellent counter-part to Black.
If you have not seen this PPV, you should just see the first two matches of the night.
Raw Tag Team Championship – The Vikings Raiders (Hanson and Rowe) (c) vs. The O.C. (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) ended in a Double Countout
This was the starting point of when TLC started to trend downwards.
A case here where you have two great tag teams and a potentially great match but with a terrible ending. What was the point of putting Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in the match if you wanted to have this finish?
King Corbin def. Roman Reigns in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match
Reigns was solid here trying to find off Corbin and the likes of Dolph Ziggler, The Revival, and Corbin’s henchman but this felt overbooked.
It may have been better if Corbin won cleanly by himself.
Bray Wyatt def. The Miz
Daniel Bryan’s return here bumped this grade up. This was more a squash match to set up the return of Bryan and that worked here.
I like the new entrance of when Bray Wyatt’s non-Fiend came out and his mannerisms were completely different than his Fiend character.
Bryan’s return got a huge pop along with his new look of a buzz cut and no beard (similar to his American Dragon gimmick back when he was in the independent scene). I am excited to see the potential Bryan vs. Wyatt has heading into 2020.
Bobby Lashley def. Rusev in a Tables match
This was a physical match but the crowd was not into this match at all, which makes sense given the mess of this storyline.
Rusev simply deserves better and the constant misbooking of the Bulgarian Brute is starting to not look good here. Lashley winning here makes sense if WWE wants to continue this feud. Let’s just hope this ends sooner rather than later.
Women’s Tag Team Championship – The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) (c) def. Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair
Despite the star power here, this match seemed messy and nothing was clicking here. A lot of the spots here did not work and it seemed that no one was on the same page, which is a shame given who was in this match.
It is also important to note out here that Kairi Sane clearly looked injured here during the match, which might have been the reason for things slowing down. Let’s hope that she is okay going forward.
The Kabuki Warriors winning here makes sense given that they want to legitimize the Women’s tag titles. This might also set up a future Asuka/Lynch feud heading into the new year.
It was also bad to see a backstage brawl take over the main event immediately after the women’s match was over, not giving the team a chance to show their victory post-match. It overshadowed what had just happened and there is a lot of questions now with a few weeks left in 2019.
The first two matches on the main card are definitely worth watching but the rest of the pay-per-view….not so much.
The fact that not a single non-tag title was on the line was disappointing, given the number of stars you have with those titles.
A lot of questionable finishes and a sloppy main event makes this one of the more unmemorable. Add the fact that you had an unnecessary brawl to overshadow the main event itself was also not a good call. Overall, not the best show to end 2019.