Tables, ladders and chairs is the last Pay-per-view before the Road to Wrestlemania begins at Royal Rumble in January, giving many superstars the chance to prove their worth.
TLC is also the closest we tend to get to anything resembling the Hardcore matches of the Attitude Era so it is always an event to look forward to for fans who miss those times.
The New Day Vs Gold & Stardust (Kick Off Match)
You have to feel for Gold & Stardust, not that long ago they were Tag Team Champions and now they are on the Pre Show, warming up the audience for the main event. That said, this wasn't your usual Kick Off Match, usually confined to a matter of comedy moments. This was actually a decent match with The New Day yet again proving they are a legitimate Tag Team as Kofi Kingston and Big E faced off against the former champs. As expected for a pre show match it was fairly short but the quality from Big E and Stardust more than made up for it. The New Day eventually won the match after an awesome two person finisher, allowing Kofi to pin Stardust.
Match Rating 7/10
Dolph Ziggler Vs Luke Harper (Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship)
What a match to kick off the Pay-per-view proper, as Luke Harper looked to defend his Intercontinental Championship again the man he took it from, Dolph Ziggler. The match started with Harper taking Ziggler apart outside the ring, hitting him with ladders and throwing him against the barricades. The tide turned mid match after Harper dived through the ropes, landing on a ladder. Ziggler tried to take advantage by scaling a ladder in the middle of the ring to reach the suspended Intercontinental belt above the ring but Harper pushed the ladder over just in time. By the end of the match both wrestlers were bleeding and covered in cuts and bruises, showing the WWE Universe just how much they put into the match whilst taking us back to the classic matches of the Hardcore Championship. Near the end of the match Harper attempted to Powerbomb Ziggler onto a ladder but he managed to counter, driving Harper's head into the latter with a brutal DDT. Eventually both wrestlers climbed a ladder each, racing to the belt. Ziggler was triumphant however as he superkicked Harper from the top of his ladder, grabbing the belt to win the match. If this match isn't remembered as a classic then nothing will. Dolph Ziggler is the Intercontinental Champion.
Match Rating 10/10
The Usos Vs The Miz & Damien Mizdow (Tag Team Championship Match)
Quite why The Usos and The Miz & Mizdow are in a match for the Tag Team Championship is frankly confusing. WWE has some genuinely great tag teams at the moment and there are even more on NXT so it just doesn't make sense. Miz & Mizdow are only champions due to Mizdow's increasing popularity as Miz's comic stunt double while The Usos have become stale and repetitive. The match was fairly good with Mizdow keeping the crowd cheering while Miz dominated Jey Uso. Just as the Usos began to pick up steam Miz grabbed the Tag Team belts and hit Jimmy Uso with them, causing them to be disqualified. The Usos win the match but Miz & Mizdow retain the Tag Team Titles.
Match Rating 7/10
Big Show Vs Eric Rowan (Stairs Match)
The feud between Big Show and Eric Rowan has been growing recently and is looking like a good one. Eric Rowan despises Big Show, claiming that he is a bully and watching these two huge athletes take each other apart is awesome. In what was a slow but brutal match Big Show was largely dominant but Eric Rowan had some great moments, using cunning and speed to take down his opponent. The stand out moment from the match has to be Big Show throwing Rowan through a wall of Steel Stairs, leaving both men looking dazed and bruised. The match ended after Big Show Chokeslammed Rowan onto a set of stairs in the ring followed by a KO Punch to the back of the head. Something tells us that this feud is far from over and we can't wait to see what happens next.
Match Rating 8/10
Seth Rollins Vs John Cena (Tables Match)
In a feud that stems back to Summerslam, Cena and Rollins have been battling it out for ages now. Many believed that the feud would end after Survivor Series and the end of The Authority but apparently WWE have more in store for the two Superstars. The kicker to this match was that Cena would lose his number one contender status. This was a brilliant match, essentially made a three on one match by the no DQ rules, with J&J Security at ringside for Rollins. There were some great segments with Cena taking out J&J with ladders, chairs and even a metal barricade. As now seems traditional in any match with Rollins there was some controversy near the end of the match. Cena put Rollins through a table with an AA from the top turnbuckle but the ref was knocked out so didn't see it. J&J Security then entered the ring, beating Cena and clearing away the evidence. They then got Cena into position for the 3 person Powerbomb but Cena countered, knocking Rollins out of the ring and Picking up J&J for a 2 person AA. Shortly after Cena and Rollins fell off the ring apron and through 2 tables, landing at exactly the same time. The ref called the match but couldn't decide who went through first so restarted. Cena then got Rollins with an AA on the announce table, it didn't break however. This was followed by Big Show, who entered the ring and attacked Cena, he tries to Chokeslam him but is interrupted by Roman Reigns. The crowd erupted as Reigns entered the ring, hitting Big Show with the Superman Punch followed by a Spear. Reigns then turned his attention to Rollins giving him a Superman Punch, allowing Cena to get Rollins with another AA through a table to win the match.
Match Rating 8/10
AJ Lee Vs Nikki Bella (Diva's Championship Match)
With so much talent on the Diva's roster this was a terrible match. We all know that Nikki Bella and AJ can wrestle but this was slow and unconvincing. AJ's hits were far from the mark, making Nikki's reactions laughable and Nikki just looked bored. The match eventually ended after Brie was sent out of the arena for putting Nikki's foot on the rope. While the Ref was distracted Nikki produced a can of Hairspray and sprayed AJ in the eyes. Whilst AJ was blinded Nikki hit her with the Rack Attack, getting her the win. Nikki Bella retains the Diva's Championship.
Match Rating 4/10
Kane Vs Ryback (Chairs Match)
Now that The Authority are out of power shouldn't Kane go back to his Big Red Machine persona? This was a very slow match, normally that wouldn't be an issue with two big guys but in this instance it just didn't work. There was a flat feeling around the arena and the crowd were chanting "boring" throughout. There were a couple of good moments near the end of the match, Ryback set Kane up for the Meathook Clothesline but Kane threw a chair into his face. With Ryback reeling Kane managed to get the Chokeslam but Ryback kicked out. The match ended with a very confused section where both superstars looked confused as to how to finish. Eventually Ryback hits Shellshock and pins Kane.
Match Rating 6/10
Rusev Vs Jack Swagger
Another installment in Rusev's domination of WWE, this time against his old nemesis Jack Swagger. Rusev was clearly wrestling with a sore ankle as he hobbled around the ring and Swagger aimed to take full advantage, giving Rusev a good old fashioned beat down. Rusev quickly managed to apply the Accolade, however Swagger managed to power out and get Rusev into the Patriot Lock. Rusev just managed to escape, almost tapping out, before hitting a superkick to Swagger and again applying the Accolade to make him tap.
Match Rating 7/10
Dean Ambrose Vs Bray Wyatt (Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match)
The feud between Ambrose and Wyatt has been masterfully worked, reminding us of classic confrontations from WWE's past. The two have proved time and again that, were the Hardcore Championship still around, they would both make legendary Champions. This was a great match with Ambrose unleashing everything he had at his disposal against Wyatt, including the weapons around the ring. Wyatt received a savage beating with Kendo sticks before he managed to counter, knocking Ambrose from the top turnbuckle and through a table on the outside. There was a great sequence with Ambrose Elbow Dropping Wyatt Through a series of tables on the entrance ramp which was reminiscent of Mick Foley at his best. This wasn't the only Elbow Drop that Wyatt would receive though, as Ambrose would later climb a huge ladder while Wyatt was laid out on the Spanish announce table. The impact was destructive to both men but Ambrose managed to roll Wyatt into the ring. What happened next was a bit of an anti-climax. Ambrose was about to finish Wyatt off with a TV monitor he had found under the ring, running at Wyatt Ambrose found that the cables were still attached so he tried again, with more pace. This time he successfully snapped the wires but the monitor exploded in his face, blinding him. As he staggered around the ring Wyatt managed to hit the Sister Abigail and pin Ambrose. Whilst this was a great match the ending really did feel a bit of a scripted mess, not following the flow of the match which had been intense up until that point.
Match Rating 9/10
What will the fallout from TLC bring? only time will tell but with John Cena now certainly facing Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble 2015 no doubt he will soon make his return. The real winner of this event though has to be Dolph Ziggler, who's match with Luke Harper stole the show, it's just a shame it wasn't later on the bill.
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