This year’s Table, Ladders and Chairs pay per view was held in San Jose, California. A pretty big card for a non main four PPV show. I was curious to how the show would pan out after getting the news that Mr. McMahon was coming to RAW to “shake things up.”
The San Jose crowd was quiet for most of the night, not really getting vocal until the Ronda Rousey entrance. I even heard a “this is boring” chant during Ambrose and Rollins. That just tells you how disconnected the fans are with the RAW brands story lines.
I had originally picked the show stealer match as being the triple threat tag match, but it was the women that stole it. The triple threat TLC match was by far the best match in my opinion. Over all the PPV was good but not great. So let’s take a look at the matches and see how my predictions went.
Cruiserweight Championship Match
Cedric Alexander went one on one with Buddy Murphy for the Cruiserweight Championship. A kickoff match that saw Buddy Murphy retain, after a hard fought match.
gohomepwb.com pick: Buddy Murphy Winner: Buddy Murphy (overall PPV record 26-15)
Elias vs Bobby Lashley
The second match on the kickoff show was a guitar ladder match. A quick and brutal match that Elias won after retrieving the guitar. Lashley got the last word though, using the guitar and blasting it across the back of Elias.
gohomepwb.com pick: Elias Winner: Elias (overall PPV record 27-15)
Mixed Match Challenge Final
The first match of the actual PPV was The Fabulous Truth vs Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox. The match was quick but good. The Singh brothers jumped in to have their own dance break, but it was Carmella and R-Truth who were doing some victory dancing. Carmella was able to make Alicia Fox tap to her finisher.
gohomepwb.com pick: The Fabulous Truth Winners: The Fabulous Truth (overall PPV record 28-15)
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
I was a little surprised this match was on so early, because I figured it was going to be a show stealer. I was wrong about that and I was wrong about the outcome. The match was good, but it just didn’t get the time it needed to get really good. With that said, I was very surprised to see The Bar retain. I think this match fell victim to the McMahon shake up we will see tonight.
Gohomepwb.com pick: The Uso’s Winners: The Bar (overall PPV record 28-16)
Baron Corbin vs Braun Strowman
In the first TLC match of the night Baron Corbin was to take on Braun Strowman. Although Strowman doesn’t appear to be cleared from his injury, it didn’t matter. He received help from quite a few members of the RAW roster including a returning Kurt Angle. Heath Slater, Apollo Crews, Finn Balor, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable were also more than willing to help. The only thing that could have been better was if The Revival joined them. But Strowman won in a squash match exactly as predicted.
gohomepwb.com pick: Braun Strowman Winner: Braun Strowman (overall PPV record 29-16)
Natalya vs Ruby Riott in a Tables Match
Natalya was looking to get some revenge at the expense of the Riott Squad. She was able to put Liv Morgan through a table, via a nasty bump, and also slammed Sarah Logan through one as well. Natalya and Riott spent a good amount of time wrestling one on one with Natalya in control most of the match. The Jim Neidhart table came into play for a minute, but Natalya had a table for Riott. Natalya put on her dads jacket set up the table and super power bombed Riott through a table for the win.
gohomepwb.com pick: Natalya Winner: Natalya (overall PPV record 30-16)
Drew McIntyre vs Finn Balor
A very physical match between Balor and McIntyre. Within minutes Balor’s chest was beat red, literally. For the most part McIntyre was in control of the match. Balor was able to attack the left knee of McIntyre to “chop the big man down to size”. Dolph Ziggler did get involved hitting McIntyre with a super kick. This then distracted McIntyre enough for Balor to get the advantage and hit his finisher for the pin fall win. This match went exactly as I predicted.
gohomepwb.com pick: Finn Balor Winner: Finn Balor (overall PPV record 31-16)
Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton in a Chairs Match
This rivalry continued at TLC and these two men wasted little time using chairs in this match. Both men took some nasty chair shots and some nasty bumps. The WWE went against their typical fifty fifty booking and Rey Mysterio got the win.
gohomepwb.com pick: Randy Orton Winner: Rey Mysterio (overall PPV record 31-17)
RAW Women’s Championship Match
Nia Jax with Tamina took on the incomparable Ronda Rousey for the RAW women’s championship. The match was great with it going back and forth. It was also the first match, in my opinion, to get a decent reaction from the crowd. Nia was not able to hit Rousey with the face breaking punch, but when she tried Rousey caught her arm and turned it into a submission for the win.
gohomepwb.com pick: Ronda Rousey Winner: Ronda Rousey (overall PPV record 32-17)
WWE Championship Match
AJ Styles, who was invoking his contractual rematch clause, went one on one with WWE champion the NEW Daniel Bryan. This match was another very physical match right down to the knife edge chops, with both men having bright red welts on their chest from them. This was the first match that I heard “this is awesome” and this match deserved the chant. AJ looked as if he was going to win the title back, but Bryan reversed an inside cradle to get the pin fall win and retain the WWE Championship.
gohomepwb.com pick: Daniel Bryan Winner: Daniel Bryan (overall PPV record 33-17)
Intercontinental Championship Match
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose finally had a one on one match almost two months after Ambrose turned heel. A long match that was slow developing, and you almost forgot that the intercontinental title was on the line. I swear I heard a this is boring chant at one point and truthfully, I kind of dozed off during the match. The match wasn’t really that bad, but there was a disconnect with the crowd. Dean Ambrose won the match and in almost an after thought, the intercontinental title.
gohomepwb.com pick: Seth Rollins Winner: Dean Ambrose (overall PPV record 33-18)
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match
After what felt like a long night, we finally got to the triple threat TLC match. This match was crazy! All of the women took bumps that would put any normal person in the hospital. In a twist that I didn’t see coming, Ronda Rousey came to the ring and knocked both Becky and Charlotte off the ladder, allowing Asuka to climb the ladder and win her first Smackdown Women’s Championship. I think this match is another victim of the RAW shake up coming tonight. Nonetheless, it was an incredible match.
gohomepwb.com pick: Charlotte Winner: Asuka (overall PPV record 33-19)
It will be interesting to see what Mr. McMahon has to say tonight on RAW. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Becky and/or Charlotte make an appearance, as well as The Uso’s and AJ Styles.
Or not. After all it’s RAW.
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