It seems like only two weeks ago I was watching Survivor series…wait. It was only two weeks ago! Bloody hell lads these come around a bit quick don’t they?!
TLC, another worthless gimmick event, is the final Smackdown exclusive Network Special/PPV of the year. Don’t worry though Raw’s Roadblock special is literally just around the corner too. Smackdown’s PPVs so far have been the better ones since the brand split, however so much focus went on Survivor Series that they’ve really only had a two shows to build this event.
I’ll save my ‘I hate gimmick’ PPV rants for another time. Long story short having forced gimmick matches for the sake of it takes away from their impact and meaning. It’s the same with Extreme Rules and Hell In A Cell. TLC is particularly daft though as it means we get a ladder match, tables match and a chairs match? A chairs match?! Are you kidding me!?
Before I burst a blood vessel, let us move onto my predictions.
Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin
Kalisto verses Baron Corbin? Oh boy, consider me really exci-Zzzzzz.
Oh sorry, fell asleep for a moment there. Not sure why, where was I? Oh yes, Kailsto verses Corb-Zzzzzz.
Snore. I just couldn’t care any less. It’s the worst match on the card and it’s also been given the dumbest stipulation. A chairs match. How many jabs to the stomach and shots to the back can you take? I’m not saying I want head shots back, but it does look rather dumb to have a weapon legal yet rules on how to use it.
I also don’t understand who this feud is supposed to be helping? Baron Corbin attacking cruiserweights doesn’t make him look like a badass to me. And why is Kalisto involved in with the other cruiserweights? What’s that about? The sooner we move on the better.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
Tell you what I am looking forward to though. Carmella hitting Nikki so hard in the chest that her ‘bella twins’ (she means her tits! Shhhhh!) will pop out through her back. What a ridiculous threat! I love it.
Carmella still needs a few big wins under her belt to seem like a legitimate threat in the Smackdown women’s division. She can start with one at TLC. It doesn’t have to be super clean, but it’s a no DQ match anyway so that’s fine.
Tag Titles: Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. The Wyatt Family
When this feud between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt started, I didn’t like it. I thought it was far too predictable. After all the story goes, Bray talks nonsense and then Bray loses. Instead, Bray won and Orton has joined the Wyatt family. Sure, it’s no doubt a long play on Orton’s behalf but right now this is new territory for a Wyatt feud and I like it! Granted Brya has trying to convince people to follow him for literally years, but I never thought it would actually happen! So I’ll admit it, this is pretty cool. I was wrong.
Heath Slater and Rhyno, the Cinderella champions have done a decent job but it’s time to move onto the next chapter. I honestly believe that Bray and Orton can do great things with the titles. Both for their own story line and the tag team division in general. I just hope it doesn’t end with Wyatt losing to Randy at Wrestlemania.
Winners: The Wyatt Family
IC Title: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
I think it is time to end this feud now. I feel like it has run its course. Its been brilliant at times though but we’re in a situation in which Miz can do more with the title than Dolph can. And considering Miz only just won it back a few weeks ago, it would be foolish to have a switch so soon. I wouldn’t put it past WWE to have another unexpected switch, after all it’s all the rage with the Raw Women’s Title.
Problem is, if Dolph doesn’t win. Where does he go from here? Momentum wouldn’t be on his side and he’d kind of be regarded as a bit of a failure again. Which was the whole point in him beating The Miz in the first place.
At the end of the day though, I’m expecting another great match between these two and having it as a ladder match ups the ante just a little bit more. Plus, these two do hate each other so a violent match up makes perfect sense.
Winner: The Miz
Women’s Title: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Has there ever been a women’s tables match in the WWE before? First Hell in a Cell now this, the worlds gone mad!
I love it.
As much as I would like to see Alexa Bliss win the Women’s Title, she deserves it for her work she’s done since her call up. However I think it would be better in the long run for Becky Lynch to retain at TLC. She needs a nice long title reign for herself and to stabilise the division.
The trick here is to have both women coming out looking strong. Especially Bliss, even if she doesn’t stay in the title picture she needs to prove that she can step it up to the next level as well.
Winner: Becky Lynch
WWE Title: AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
You know it’s a worry when a feud for the WWE World Title revolves around a glorified jobber. Ellsworth hasn’t yet completely soured for me, but I know other people are sick of him already. I’m expecting him to be heavily involved in this match too though. Maybe with a heel turn? He is after all getting more and more cocky about his victories over Styles.
I’m no longer a fan of Dean Ambrose, I just don’t enjoy the work he’s doing anymore. He’s too quirky, wacky and ‘fun’. I want the crazy and unpredictable Dean Ambrose back! Not, silly hot-dog cart Dean.
AJ Styles has to hold onto the title, surely. It’s his destiny to face Cena at Wrestlemania right? Even if that’s not the case, I don’t think putting the title back on Dean is a good idea just yet anyway. His last run was booked rather poorly meanwhile Styles has been brilliant. I think on the night AJ will win, via an Ellsworth heel turn.
Winner: AJ Styles