- The New Day vs. Gold & Stardust
- Jack Swagger vs. Rusev (United States Championship)
- AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella (Divas Championship)
- Erick Rowan vs. Big Show (Steel Stairs match)
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper (Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship)
- The Usos vs. Miz &Mizdow (Tag Team Championship)
- Ryback vs. Kane (Chairs match)
- Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt (TLC match)
- Seth Rollins vs. John Cena (Tables match)
The New Day vs. Gold & Stardust
The WWE did nothing to make Gold & Stardust look like a credible threat. The way thigns stand at the moment, they are just two weirdos who pick on the New Day for no reason and we’re supposed to care. This is bad for both teams.
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
When I saw Swagger going after Rusev, I thought that this time around he’ll win because it’s not logical to redo a rivalry in the same year and book the same outcome.
However, it’s too early for Rusev to lose. He’s been built up for a year as an unstoppable force, Swagger won’t end him like this out of the blue, unless the WWE has suddenly received a revelation about The Real American’s future.
AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella
Brie’s time as Nikki’s servant should be over so I expect her to turn on her sister at TLC. One could argue that this would mean a loss for Nikki but if I was Brie, I’d want Nikki a champion when I’m starting a rivalry with her. That way, Brie would not only have the opportunity to take revenge on her sister, but she could also become a Divas Champion.
As for AJ, unfortunately, she’ll struggle after TLC. There’re no storylines whatsoever in the Divas Division, apart from the lazy-written plot, surrounding the title. AJ deserves to be involved in something worthwhile and I’m worried that if she’s not going after the championship once again, she’ll have nothing to do.
It can’t even be assumed that Big Show will go over at TLC, so that the feud would continue at Royal Rumble because it wasn’t a real feud anyway. What we see here is just Erick Rowan establishing himself as a face and the Big Show working for his paycheck.
Come on, the WWE even added an unnecessary “stairs” to the TLC title just for Erick Rowan, there’ s no way he’ll lose.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper
TLC gives Harper the opportunity to stop running away from his matches and destroy Ziggler brutally, proving himself as an unstoppable maniac, who enjoys inflicting pain. And Ziggler is the perfect opponent to play the victim because there’s nothing that gets more heel heat than hurting the fans’ darling.
Furthermore, Harper as an Intercontinental Champion would raise the stakes for the Harper vs. Rowan feud that should have started already.
The Usos vs. Miz & Damien Mizdow
The whole story with Naomi happened for a reason.
Miz is going to use Jimmy’s jealousy to play him and will retain. This will cause trouble between the Usos, as Jey won’t appreciate his brother’s lack of consideration for their careers.
Expect this to be an entertaining match in a very Hollywood style – a lot of intrigues, love dramas and family quarrel + Mizdow.
Ryback vs. Kane
This match is set just to give Ryback, who’s supposedly over, and Kane, who really has nothing to do, some pay-per-view exposure.
The WWE’s gone for pushing Ryback, so Kane will play the role, he’s been playing for the past year – he’ll put over the emerging guy.
Also, I expect this to be a very boring, generic match that could easily take place on a regular SmackDown.
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
Both the Lunatic Fringe and the Eater of Worlds can’t afford to lose. Ambrose lost to Rollins and Wyatt is just coming back from an absence, preceded by a lost rivalry.
This issue can be solved by an outside interference. Could the rumored alliance between Bray Wyatt and The Ascension happen tonight?
This outcome wouldn’t’ be terribly original because that would mean that Ambrose loses a second feud in a row because of outside interferences and Wyatt comes off as incapable of winning without interferences. But repetition usually doesn’t bother the WWE.
Ambrose came on top last time, so this one should go to Wyatt to keep the balance. I don’t see Wyatt winning clean, though.
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
I said it recently and I’ll say it again – there’s nothing I want to see more at TLC than Seth Rollins, going over Cena clean. That would shoot Rollins’ status through the roof. He is the man, who could win the most at the pay-per-view. Too bad, it won’t happen.
A tables match is a match that Cena hypothetically could agree to lose because it doesn’t require a pin or a submission. However, Cena’s #1 Contender’s spot for the WWE Heavyweight Championship and his opportunity for retribution against Lesnar are on the line. There is no way Cena will put Rollins over.
However, the loss shouldn’t be drastically detrimental to Rollins. I don’t doubt for a second that he’ll make the most of the stage he’s given. I’d personally prefer to see him in a ladder match as he is an amazing high flier but that would make Cena look bad, so I’ll take tables instead.
To save Rollins’ credibility, the WWE will probably have Randy Orton interfere and cost Rollins the match, starting a feud that should cover a couple of months.
TLC is in a few hours. I expect a good show because NXT Takeover R Evolution lit fire under the main roster’s superstars’ feet. We’ll just profit from this inter WWE competition.
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