WWE’s last PPV of 2018! Does TLC over preform or do we end with some more mediocre to sad trombone?
With the new year coming, let’s try a new format for these reviews. TLC being the last PPV event of the year for WWE, off the back of lackluster Raws and a lot of negative buzz, let’s see if this delivers despite the luke warm anticipation.
Results & Ratings:
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Cedric Alexander – Murphy retains via Murphy’s Law @10:35 – *** 1/4
- Hanging Guitar Ladder Match: Elias vs Bobby Lashley w/Lio Rush – Elias wins by retrieving the guitar @6:20 – **
- MMC Finals: R-Truth & Carmella vs Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox – Carmella wins via Code of Silence @5:50 – * 1/2
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Bar vs The Usos vs The New Day – The Bar retains via Brogue Kick (on Xavier Woods) @12:15 – *** 1/4
- TLC Match: Baron Corbin vs Braun Strowman – Strowman wins by pinfall after numerous faces and Kurt Angle show up to beat down Corbin – N/A
- Tables Match: Natalya vs Ruby Riott w/ Riott Squad – Natty wins via Avalanche Powerbomb through Table @12;40 – *
- Finn Balor vs Drew McIntyre – Balor wins via Coup de Grace & Ziggler interference @12:20 – ***
- Chairs Match: Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio – Mysterio wins via Victory Roll off chairs @11:37 – ** 3/4
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs Nia Jax w/ Tamina – Rousey retains via Armbar Submission @10:48 – **
- WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs Daniel Bryan (c) – Daniel Bryan retains via Small Package Reversal @23:53 – ****
- Intercontinental Championship: Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins (c) – Ambrose wins via Dirty Deeds @22:52 – *** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat TLC Match: Asuka vs Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch (c) – Asuka wins by retrieving the title @22:30 – **** – TITLE CHANGE!
- Cruiserweight match was fine but nothing special, ended a little abruptly and should have Alexander slide to the back of the line.
- In typical WWE fashion once the face wins, the heel has to immediately get their heat back, and that was the end of the Elias match. Ugh.
- No one wanted to see Mahalicia win, so hooray for the 7 second dance breaks!
- The Bar win in a decent match, little clunky at times but you can’t be upset with these three teams.
- Braun found a way to shenanigans a win in a sling…no one is surprised, but the peasants rejoice!
- Natty gets a feel good moment in a horrible mess of a match.
- Ziggler is a face cause he paid the favor back to Balor, or wait, no the interview afterwards shows Balor didn’t want the help. Umm…at least Drew is protected.
- Orton rarely puts on a bad match, but this was a little too slow and methodical at points.
- Nia needs to stop…just…and with Ronda staring down Tamina does that make her the next contender for the strap?
- Styles/Bryan was easily the match of the night. Good story telling, good action in the match and the finish doesn’t hurt Styles at all.
- Seth can’t sell. He gets his knee worked over, it “goes out” once, but then he never has an issue after the Sunset Flip Bomb callback. Oh, Ambrose won while doing painfully cliche heel things and looking as impressive as a remedial spelling lesson.
- I like how they brought the Ronda thread to play in with both Becky and Charlotte. That saved a rather dumb looking spot by giving it a storyline pay off. Plus hey ASUKA WON! SO WUBALUBA DUB DUB BITCHES!
That is all
Overall Rating: 6.25/10
The show ended fairly strong, but most of it was slow and felt more like a chore than entertainment. There were enough high points in the show where it obviously wasn’t awful. But let’s be honest, aside from the two title changes, this could easily be skipped and not impact a casual viewers understanding of the current landscape.
Let’s hope they have better plans in the New Year!