On Sunday, December 13, 2015, WWE will present TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, live at 8 p.m./5 p.m. ET/PT at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. For those who are unable to attend it live, it will be available for viewing exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.
However, the Inquisitr understands not everyone in the WWE Universe (or wrestling community in general) will be able to spend the four hours to watch TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. Therefore, results will be presented live as they become available.
Similar to past WWE pay-per-views, the WWE is providing one match courtesy to those who do not have a paid subscription to the WWE Network. One hour before the special event, TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Kickoff will take place, which will include a panel of WWE personalities and commentators, which will most likely have Renee Young, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton discussing the matches at the pay-per-view.
The TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Kickoff can be viewed not only on the WWE Network, but also on WWE’s official website, WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pheed, and Pinterest one hour before the actual pay-per-view.
For those who do not know, TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs will have some of its matches featuring tables, ladders, chairs, or all three of them as weapons or stipulations to win. Originally, “TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs” was a match featuring three tag teams: The Dudley Boyz, The Hardy Boyz, and Edge & Christian. Each team utilized one of the three mentioned items in a TLC match, and needless to say, but all six men delivered. Since 2009, however, TLC matches became exclusive to its own pay-per-view. For a while, TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs was very entertaining, but once the “PG Era” came around, such matches became more of a novelty over being a serious match.
Prior to TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, the Inquisitr published numerous articles leading up to the pay-per-view. The following articles may or may not represent the forthcoming results.
- Roman Reigns is rumored to lose at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs as a setup for winning the title at Royal Rumble this coming year.
- John Cena is not returning at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs as previously thought.
Nevertheless, the following match card, shown below, is what is provided at this moment, and can change for any reason. The Inquisitr will update this article with the latest results and details as they become available live!
Ryback vs. Rusev — The “Bulgarian Brute” Rusev returns to pay-per-view action at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. Because of this fact, his upcoming match against Ryback may indeed be re-assimilation into performing at a pay-per-view. For those who don’t know, Rusev was out of the spotlight for awhile, possibly for two things. The first is his engagement to his on-screen valet and real-life girlfriend, Lana. The second is a bicep injury. Ergo, it is uncertain who will win the match. Rusev probably needs this win just to establish his character again. Also, Rusev winning will help re-establish Lana, too.
RESULT: Rusev defeats Ryback via submission with the Accolade.
SYNOPSIS: Given the fact this match features two wrestlers whom depend on their power as part of their character, the match would be a huge power struggle. Technical prowess and finesse wouldn’t be hallmarks of this match at all. In the beginning, Rusev was all over Ryback utilizing the full count for illegal choke moves. Eventually, the match became a tug-a-war with Ryback getting the upper hand. Apparently, Rusev did not want anymore of Ryback and tried to walk out of the match. That is when the match turned around.
Ryback chased after Rusev up the ramp grabbing him by the back of the head. Ryback then tried to smash Rusev’s head into the apron but Rusev countered and shoved Ryback back. Lana was behind Ryback and it appeared as if he ran into her. The situation gave Rusev enough time to super kick Ryback, get him back into the ring, and try to apply the Accolade. Ryback countered the first Accolade for the setup for Shellshock but Rusev escaped, countered, and applied the Accolade for the second time, locking in the submission. Rusev won the match via submission though Ryback never tapped out. Instead he, passed out. It was also learned after the match that Lana faked getting run over by Ryback meaning her “injury” was truly a distraction.
Alberto del Rio vs. Jack Swagger (Chairs Match WWE United States Championship) — When Alberto del Rio returned to WWE (something many wrestling fans thought would never happen given the two party’s history), he came back with Zeb Colter as his manager. During del Rio’s first run, Zeb Colter was the manager for Jack Swagger, the “Real American,” and they were feuding with del Rio, who as WWE United States Champion at the time. Summarized, it was WWE’s version of U.S. versus Mexico, playing off recent news pertaining to immigration at the time. WWE creative saw an opportunity for the two to come back in a feud now that Zeb Colter now manages del Rio. Also, this match brings back Swagger, who was sidelined for under-utilization. It is expected that del Rio will win simply because he is champion. Since this is a chairs match, del Rio may lock a chair into Swagger’s arm just to soften it up for his Cross Armbreaker (Rompe Destinos).
RESULT: Alberto del Rio defeats Jack Swagger via pinfall after a Tree of Woe/Double Footstomp Combo onto a pile of chairs to retain the WWE United States Championship.
SYNOPSIS: Both Alberto del Rio and Jack Swagger do have match history, however it seems that the chemistry was somewhat one-sided. Reason why I say that is because del Rio utilized chairs far more than Swagger. The fight was back-and-forth, but most of the memorable parts of the matches using chairs happened when del Rio was in control including burying Swagger in a pile of chairs (kind of like Terry Funk). Swagger used the chairs the most however but only did simple chair assault tactics. The only thing innovative Swagger done with a chair is locking a chair around del Rio’s ankle while he applied the Patriot Lock. The end came when del Rio set up Swagger for his Tree of Woe/Double Footstomp combo. For extra oomph, del Rio piled a bunch of steel chairs under Swagger. A three count later, del Rio retains the WWE United States Championship.
The ECW Originals vs. The Wyatt Family (Elimination Tables Match) — One thing the WWE is doing recently is giving veteran wrestlers one more run, their “last hurrah” of sorts. This was evident when the New Age Outlaws returned and won the titles. Now, WWE is doing it again with the Dudley Boyz. When the “Brothers from Dudleyville” returned, WWE creative was probably wrong for having them go against The New Day. Kind of hard to boo for a heel team (which was technically The New Day) when everyone loves both teams. Ergo, the Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Braun Strowman) is a better opponent for The Dudley Boyz, but they are outnumbered. Throw in Tommy Dreamer and Rhyno, and people got themselves an ECW Originals reunion. Though tables matches are The Dudley Boyz’s specialty match, it is unsure if they will win or not. Veteran teams who do a “last hurrah” don’t necessarily do it for win streaks or championship runs, but to push younger talent and have fun in the process. With that in mind, the Wyatt Family needs to be further pushed as the new “dominating team,” especially after being decimated by Undertaker and Kane.
- Erick Rowan was eliminated first. Team Extreme has four members. Wyatt Family has three members.
- Rhyno was eliminated second. Both Team Extreme and Wyatt Family have three members each.
- D-Von Dudley was eliminated third. Team Extreme has two members. Wyatt Family has three members.
- Tommy Dreamer was eliminated fourth. Team Extreme has only one member. Wyatt Family has three members.
- Bubba Ray Dudley was eliminated fifth. Wyatt Family wins the elimination tables match.
RESULT: The Wyatt Family defeats Team Extreme.
SYNOPSIS: As mentioned earlier, older wrestlers having their last run in WWE aren’t doing it to dominate, but to push current and/or younger talent while having fun at the same time. This match was truly an example of such given the fact that after Erick Rowan was eliminated, the Wyatt Family did a clean sweep of eliminations. It all started when Rhyno tried to Gore Bray Wyatt through a table set up at the turnbuckle. Wyatt countered it followed by Luke Harper kicking Rhyno through the table. D-Von Dudley was eliminated when he was slammed through a table in the middle of the ring. Tommy Dreamer and Bubba Ray Dudley tried to stage a comeback with kendo sticks but was halted by Braun Strowman. Dreamer and Bubba Ray were able to subdue Strowman and bury him in a mountain of tables.
The beginning of the end came when Luke Harper did a through-the-rope dive into Tommy Dreamer in which the latter when through a table. With Bubba Ray Dudley by himself he did all he could to stay alive. He probably got a little too overzealous wanting to put Bray Wyatt through a burning table. That gave Braun Strowman enough time to recover, stop Bubba Ray from putting Wyatt through a table, and instead put Bubba Ray through the table earning the win for The Wyatt Family.
Charlotte vs. Paige (WWE Divas Championship) — A rematch from the previous pay-per-view, Paige is making this fight seem more personal by mocking Charlotte and even slapping the champion’s father, Ric Flair. To be fair, though, Charlotte is not that entertaining, albeit being a phenomenal wrestler. Therefore, having her do a “heel turn” by incorporating her father’s “dirtiest player in the game” tactics is very interesting. Soon, WWE fans will expect Charlotte to do the women’s equivalent of a low blow (whatever that might be), eye pokes and gouges, and begging to stop the match. It is even expected Charlotte might “Flair flop” every once in awhile. For this match, many are pretty sure Charlotte will win by cheating.
RESULT: Charlotte defeats Paige via pinfall after throwing Paige’s head into the exposed second turnbuckle to retain the WWE Divas Championship.
SYNOPSIS: Probably the biggest surprise of the night for those who followed the build-up of Charlotte versus Paige. The roles were reversed as Charlotte was now the heal and Paige was now the babyface (more like an antihero though). Charlotte actually pulled dirty tricks out of her famous daddy’s handbook. As a matter of fact, Charlotte even showed mannerisms that only happen when a Flair is the villain. That includes begging and the infamous “Flair Flop.”
This new attitude change did not defer Charlotte from her in-ring abilities. She was still on point with her wrestling moves and even scored some wicked counters (in which the best one was countering Paige’s new into a low-lock DDT). Paige also showed off her prowess too and even added insult to injury when she locked in the Figure-Four Leglock on Charlotte. Seeing Charlotte scream in agony, contemplating if she should tap out was truly believable.
In the end however, Charlotte’s family history of cheating to win ruled the day. With some assistance from her famous father, Ric Flair, standing outside the ring, Charlotte removed the cover of one of the second turnbuckles. That was then used as a weapon in which Paige’s head hit it. Dazed from being knocked out, Charlotte was able to roll-up Paige for a three-count victory, one earned by cheating that the referee did not see.
The New Day vs. The Usos vs. The Lucha Dragons (Triple Threat Ladder Match for WWE Tag Team Championship) — The New Day has been rocking but they can’t stay champions forever. With so many other tag teams out there that need to be featured, what better way for them to be thrust in the spotlight than to win a high-risk match such as a ladder match. The Usos probably need re-establishment or The Lucha Dragons probably need more of a foothold in the division. Ergo, either team would be great to win in a match that would be stereotypical of winning. The New Day winning a ladders match might be believable if Big E is switched out for Xavier Woods. Anyways, when all six of the aforementioned men are together in the ring, expect a lot of high-risk maneuvers with high wow factor. This is especially true with Kalisto.
RESULT: Kofi Kingston attains the WWE Tag Team Championships to retain after an assist from Xavier Woods.
SYNOPSIS: This was actually the first match of the night. This was probably set up as a means to get the crowd hyped for the rest of the pay-per-view with, as mentioned in the detail above, high-risk maneuvers. Each team surely delivered with moves using ladders, taking turns to take the lead without having one team truly dominate the match. Some of the highlights using ladders includes the Usos tossing the ladder from inside the ring to the Lucha Dragons and Big E outside of the ring. The three men caught it so the Usos suicide dived over the top rope on top of them. Also, Kalisto was springboard shot out of the corner onto another opponent with a ladder on top of him.
The biggest surprise was when Big E benchpressed a standing ladder with both members of the Lucha Dragons on it. The end of the match came about when Kalisto connected with the Salida del Sol off the top of the ladder with Jey Uso onto an elevated ladder followed by a Swanton Bomb by Sin Cara. In short, it seemed as if the Lucha Dragons would become WWE Tag Team Champions but thanks to an interference by Xavier Woods tossing the trombone at Sin Cara on the ladder, Kofi Kingston was able to retaliate, climb the ladder, and claim the WWE tag tem championships.
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose (WWE Intercontinental Championship) – Kevin Owens has played the role of “apathetic” heel very well, often saying he doesn’t care about anyone or anything except his family. That is no longer the case, as the “Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose has gotten underneath the champion’s skin. By doing such, Owens is now an emotional person who may make mistakes if he isn’t focused. Yet again, his anger may actually make him more dangerous — he might pull out moves from his arsenal that we haven’t seen (or haven’t seen lately) in WWE. My preferences include the pump-handle neckbreaker, Steenilizer (probably will be renamed for WWE), and Owens’ most dangerous move, the Package Piledriver. Since Ambrose was a very popular independent guy just like Owens, expect a match that is high-impact and well-flowed.
RESULT: Deam Ambrose defeats Kevin Owens via pinfall with a Pop-Up Powerbomb Roll-Up Counter.
SYNOPSIS: Dean Ambrose is a brawler similar to Stone Cold Steve Austin but with a splash of aerial assault. Kevin Owens is a well-balanced heel who innovates high-impact moves. Put the two together in the ring and you’ll get an exchange of fisticuffs that will go all over the place. This was proven when the bell rang as Ambrose and Owens exchanged blows like they were in a parking lot brawl.
The fight changed when Kevin Owens took the initiative to slow the pace with holds, preferably chinlocks. This would be good for Owens since the “Lunatic Fringe” has a thing for attacking in all directions which happened once Dean Ambrose was able to gain some momentum, rebounding off of ropes for high-impact clotheslines as well as clotheslines off the top turnbuckle.
Kevin Owens however was able to stop every upstart Dean Ambrose gained, except for one: when Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds. Owens however showed his ring awareness by placing two fingers on the bottom rope before the three count could complete. Owens eventually regained composure as he set up Ambrose for the Pop-Up Powerbomb. It failed the first time but Owens was able to prevent Ambrose from retaliating. Owens would not be so fortunate the second time as his second Pop-Up Powerbomb was countered into a roll-up pin. Three seconds later, Dean Ambrose is the new WWE Intercontinental Champion as Kevin Owens sat in the ring wondering what just happened.
Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns (TLC Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship) – Roman Reigns had a championship reign of 5:10, one of the shortest in WWE history alongside Yokozuna (defeating Bret Hart to win the championship and losing it the same night to Hulk Hogan). A rematch was necessary not just because Reigns is technically the former champion thus having a rematch clause, but to legitimize Sheamus’ “fluke championship win.” To be fair, Sheamus will most likely retain. Him being champion may have been set up from the start as promotion for his role as Rocksteady in the upcoming movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Dark. Also, Reigns is one wrestler most WWE fans don’t want to see as champion, though the same can be said the same for Sheamus.
RESULT: Sheamus attains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to retain.
SYNOPSIS: In TLC matches, it is usually good to have at least one of the wrestlers be a high-flyer, one who can really utilize tables, ladders, and chairs. Given that both Sheamus and Roman Reigns are brawlers, the TLC match was mostly grounded with very little innovation of the specialty weapons. Instead, tables, ladders, and chairs became mostly debris for crash sites.
There were some times both Roman Reigns and Sheamus did use the three items well. There was a time when a ladder was elevated by the ring apron and one of the announcement tables. Roman Reigns did a Samoan Drop on Sheamus onto that ladder. Utilizing the steel steps, Sheamus was able to deliver White Noise to Reigns through a table. Finally, while near the entrance of the walkway, Reigns hurled Sheamus into a stack of tables and chairs. It was the WWE equivalent of a NASCAR crash into Pit Lane.
The latter of the match picked up. After Roman Reigns Samoan Dropped Sheamus into the elevated ladder mentioned above, Sheamus was out. This was the perfect time for Reigns to set up a ladder, climb it, and get the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Unfortunately for him, two of Sheamus’ buddies in the League of Nation, Rusev and Alberto del Rio, interfered and prevented Reigns from getting the title. Reigns was able to fight off Rusev and del Rio and get into the ring before Sheamus was able to get the title. However, Reigns’ last hurrah was short-lived as Sheamus Brogue Kicked him out of the ring. That gave Sheamus enough time for to grab the title and retain his championship.
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