My biggest worry was that the WWE had only announced three matches for the whole of the Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay per view with five days left before the event thank fully after the last Raw show further matches were announced.
Will they add more at the show, I don’t know but can only try to predict winners of the matches I know about…
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With a precisely timed cash-in at Survivor Series, Sheamus snared the top prize in WWE and ruined Roman Reigns’ crowning moment in one fell swoop. But on Dec. 13, at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion will have to answer to The Big Dog when he defends the title against Reigns in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match.
WWE COO Triple H announced the rematch on the Nov. 23 edition of Raw, one night after The Celtic Warrior Brogue Kicked his way into the history books. Per match rules, the winner on Dec. 13 will be the first Superstar to climb a ladder and retrieve the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which will hang high above the ring. Tables, ladders and chairs will all be fair game, perfectly legal instruments of destruction to be used by both competitors.
For Reigns, the match represents the latest in a seemingly endless series of obstacles to the WWE World Heavyweight Title. He nearly had the championship won at WrestleMania, only for Seth Rollins to interrupt and cash in his Money in the Bank contract successfully. At Money in the Bank 2015, the all-important contract — the same one ultimately won by Sheamus — seemed within reach, until Bray Wyatt interfered and halted him. Finally, at WWE’s fall classic, the title was his, claimed after Reigns went 4-0 in the championship tournament, only for The Celtic Warrior to emerge and unleash two brutal Brogue Kicks. Will Reigns score payback at WWE TLC?
Sheamus will not let the title go without a fight. The double-tough Irishman, now with the endorsement of The Authority, may be more powerful than ever before. After returning to the WWE mountaintop for the first time in years, The Celtic Warrior will likely go to the extreme to defend his newly won title. Without the element of surprise working in his favour, as it had at Survivor Series, will Sheamus be able to stop The Big Dog?
Perhaps most important of all, which Superstar stands to benefit most from the unique — and ultra-dangerous — Tables, Ladders & Charis Match stipulation?
Predictions…Shamus, because you know someone’s going to get involved
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Kevin Owens insists the historical significance of the Intercontinental Title begins and ends with his current championship reign. Dean Ambrose will look to make Owens’ reign just that — history — when he challenges him for the title at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
The Lunatic Fringe earned the opportunity at WWE TLC by defeating Tyler Breeze and four-time Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler in an action-packed No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match on the Thanksgiving edition of SmackDown. Just days before that, Ambrose topped Owens, too, defeating the self-proclaimed prize-fighter in the semi-final round of the WWE World Heavyweight Title Tournament at Survivor Series.
Will the result be the same at WWE TLC, when Owens’ title is at stake? KO has previously suggested that while Ambrose’s crazed persona is nothing more than a façade, his own body of work is replete with authentic and unhinged acts of lunacy. Yet, Ambrose — an unpredictable, unrelenting tornado of punches and kicks inside the ring — has proven he will not shy away from extreme measures when he deems them necessary.
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At WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, WWE fans will be treated to a different breed of athleticism and risk-taking when The New Day defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Usos and The Lucha Dragons in a Triple Threat Match.
The New Day first ran into problems when they issued an open challenge for their titles on the Nov. 23 edition of Raw, but then ultimately balked when both The Usos and Lucha Dragons answered the call. However, the next week on Raw, the trio ran out of options when both opposing units were granted a title opportunity by Stephanie McMahon!
The WWE Universe must begin to wonder if having to defend against two teams puts The New Day at a tremendous disadvantage heading into the contest. The inspirational group will now be pitted against four of the quickest, most agile and fearless competitors in all of WWE, who unquestionably will look to not only make a statement, but also literally snatch the championships away from The New Day.
Prediction…The New Day
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Charlotte and Paige will etch another chapter in their ever-evolving rivalry when they again clash with Charlotte’s Divas Championship on the line this Sunday at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
Following several memorable encounters, including a hard-hitting affair at Survivor Series that Paige alleges ended in controversy, the two will re-engage at WWE TLC, now with the personal animosity between the two at its peak. Paige has pulled no punches since asserting herself as Charlotte’s top challenger, making slanderous attacks against Charlotte’s entire family, including her WWE Hall of Fame father, Ric Flair. On the flip side, Charlotte enters this title rematch with a new demeanour that has been impossible for the WWE Universe to ignore.
Seemingly embracing more of her father’s “Dirtiest Player in the Game” mentality as of late, the Divas Champion has been unabashed in going the extra mile to pick up victories in the ring. She has also outwardly displayed more confidence, especially in relation to her thoughts on The Diva of Tomorrow.
And the ill will came to a head on “Miz TV” during the Dec. 7 edition of Raw. After Charlotte claimed she would defeat Paige in a dominating performance at WWE TLC, Paige once again played her mind games, slapping not Charlotte, but rather her 16-time World Champion father, inciting a visceral reaction from the Divas Champion. Charlotte scored a few strikes on The Diva of Tomorrow, but Paige scurried from the ring with a sly smile, knowing she had gained a tactical advantage heading into Sunday.
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Steel chairs will be perfectly legal tools of destruction when reigning U.S. Champion Alberto Del Rio faces familiar rival Jack Swagger in a newly announced Chairs Match at WWE TLC this Sunday.
The title bout will happen mere days after Del Rio turned his back on his closest supporter, former Swagger ally Zeb Colter. On the Dec. 7 edition of Raw, WWE cameras caught a locker room confrontation between Colter and Del Rio, which ended when the U.S. Champion threw a chair in the direction of the scooter-bound Colter. Moments earlier at ringside, Swagger had shown concern for his onetime manager, warning Colter to disassociate himself from Del Rio.
Del Rio’s callous actions toward Colter may have only made Swagger more irate than he was before. The Real American was already infuriated by Del Rio’s inflammatory words against the WWE Universe that, until this past week on Raw, had been echoed by Colter.
The war of words turned physical when Del Rio and Swagger met on the Dec. 3 episode of SmackDown. An aggressive Swagger brought the fight to the U.S. Champion, so much so that Del Rio resorted to bringing a steel chair into the contest, resulting in a disqualification.
This Sunday, however, the same action will be not only legal — but encouraged — as the two decorated Superstars clash in a Chairs Match. Will the devious Del Rio stomp past his challenger? Or will perennial threat Swagger, a 6-foot-7, hard-edged hoss, reclaim the title he held once before?
Prediction…Alberto Del Rio
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The Wyatt Family will get a taste of the extreme side of sports-entertainment when they take on The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer & Rhyno, four of ECW’s most enduring competitors, in an 8-Man Elimination Tables Match this Sunday at WWE TLC. All four members of a team will have to be driven through a table for there to be a winner.
The bad blood between The Wyatt’s and the ECW Originals began the night after Survivor Series, when Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper took on The Dudley’s in tag team action. The monstrous presence of Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman proved to be a big distraction for the legendary tag team, who were defeated after Harper clobbered Bubba Ray with a discus clothesline. The Wyatt Family wasn’t finished, though, as Strowman put Bubba to sleep with his ruthless bear hug and The Eater of Worlds hit D-Von with Sister Abigail.
Lumber was introduced to the budding rivalry just days later on the Thanksgiving edition of SmackDown, when the camo-clad brothers took on Strowman & Rowan. The Dudley’s had the upper hand and were primed to put one of the backwater brawlers through a table, until Harper interfered, kicking off a 4-on-2 beat down that ended with Bubba Ray being driven through a table.
The Dudley Boyz knew they needed backup if they wanted to take on The Wyatt’s. Fortunately, the bond among ECW Originals runs deep, meaning an extreme ally is only a call away. Armed with a trashcan full of plunder, Tommy Dreamer returned to WWE on the Nov. 30 Raw to help The Dudley’s force The Wyatt Family into a temporary retreat. However, the ensuing Six-Man Tag Team Battle broke down into anarchy, with Harper, Rowan & Strowman gaining the upper hand. The Wyatt Family mocked the extreme trio as they brought a table into the ring. Bray Wyatt didn’t plan for Bubba Ray to get back to his feet and shove him through a table set up a ringside, sending his family into a frenzy.
The Wyatt Family got a measure of payback on SmackDown the following Thursday. Following The New Face of Fear’s victory over D-Von Dudley, Bubba and Dreamer tried to prevent any more carnage, but could not overcome the massive monsters. Bubba was put to sleep again by Strowman, while Dreamer was viciously driven through a table by Rowan.
The ECW Originals finally evened the odds on the Dec. 7 edition of Raw when they were joined by former ECW Champion Rhyno. The Man Beast joined The Dudley’s and Dreamer in a 16-Man Elimination Fatal 4-Way Match against The Wyatt’s, The League of Nations and Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & The Usos. After The Wyatt’s were ousted from the fray by the hard-core warriors, Braun Strowman demanded a match with Dreamer, which quickly turned chaotic.
Prediction: The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer & Rhyno
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With the emersion of The League of Nations and the return of his fiancée, Lana, Rusev has returned from injury not only rejuvenated, but perhaps stronger than ever. The Bulgarian Brute’s momentum could change drastically, however, when he steps into the ring against Ryback at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
Rusev and Ryback have been at odds since The Big Guy interrupted a primetime smooch between Lana and her Super Athlete on a recent edition of “Miz TV.” Fed up with having to watch the power couple’s public display of affection, Ryback declared the time for kissing was over, to be replaced with smash-mouth action. A subsequent match between the monsters ended with a count-out win for Ryback after The Big Guy shoved Rusev into the steel ring steps, inadvertently taking down Lana in the process.
The conniving couple exploited the accident by springing a trap against Ryback during a rematch the following week on Raw. Lana again became entangled in the action and took a tumble — this one feigned. The distraction worked, and moments later, Ryback was locked in The Super Athlete’s unrelenting Accolade submission hold.