The final PPV of 2015 was a great night of Tables, Ladders and Chairs. It’s always been an evening filled with an extra boost of violence and entertainment. However, last night was a night of some great change that will lead WWE into 2016 with a lot of questions.
The build to last night’s TLC event wasn’t as strong as it should have been. WWE has established the League of Nations, brought back some familiar faces and is trying very hard to get some new stars over to change the game up a little bit. A night like TLC is a perfect example of when WWE does something right for the long term over the short term. Too often WWE builds for “that night” rather than put on an entertaining show that makes us tune in for the Raw the next night.
At TLC, the New Day established themselves in the tag team division, the Wyatts went into a table war with ECW, Charlotte’s role in the Divas Division is becoming clearer, a new Champion was crowned and the next chapter of WWE is coming for 2016.
Here are the top five moments from WWE’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs:
5) The New Day Retains
First and foremost, this was the match of the night. The crowd was really into The New Day and the group retaining the tag titles was the right booking decision. While a surprise win for the Lucha Dragons would have been welcome, The New Day are just on another level right now. The show would likely have lost some momentum if The New Day dropped the titles before WrestleMania.
The biggest compliment I can give this match is to Kalisto’s Salida del Sol from the top of the ladder through another ladder. That was a jaw-dropping move, and it’s a miracle that Kalisto walked away from that. I’m not sure what’s next for The New Day, but a feud with The Lucha Dragons makes the most sense after last night.
However, if it were up to me, I’d set up The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family.
4) The Wyatt Family Dominates Team Extreme
Speaking of The Wyatt Family, they won a very entertaining battle with The Dudley Boyz, Rhyno and Tommy Dreamer. It wasn’t the best match, but it was a really good brawl and saw the Wyatts get a much needed win after putting over Kane and The Undertaker at Survivor Series last month.
For a team that continues to have strong momentum, it’s going to be interesting what The Wyatts do between now and the Royal Rumble. That’s why I think New Day vs. The Wyatts is the best feud going forward. Watching those two dynamics battle could be extremely interesting and entertaining, but would also lead to some great work in the ring.
3) Dean Ambrose Wins the Intercontinental Championship
In the surprise of the night, Dean Ambrose became the Intercontinental Champion after defeating Kevin Owens. It’s a very welcome surprise, but it’s a confusing one at that because the build for this match was very subpar. There was limited interaction between Ambrose and Owens both on the microphone and in the ring. That makes the title change more of a shock, but at the same time makes it a bit of a letdown.
If there was anyone the IWC would be okay with taking the title off Owens, it was Ambrose. This is awesome for Dean Ambrose, but the only question here is where does Kevin Owens go from here? A few months ago, John Cena could barely beat him. Now, Owens is losing the IC title to a Hurricanrana? The rumors are swirling of Lesnar vs. Owens, but the former champ has a lot of work to do if he’s going to be built against The Beast.
This feud most likely continues and if WWE allows them to interact, it’ll only improve from here.
2) Charlotte Defeats Paige
Charlotte retains, and the questionable heel turn continues. I hate to say I told you so, but WWE is missing Nikki Bella really badly right now. Paige could have filled that void, but that would have involved her taking the Divas title from Charlotte, which would have been counterproductive. Because of that, Paige is going to struggle as a heel from here, and Charlotte is on a slow burn to become the division’s top heel.
In my opinion, Charlotte should have played this straight and beaten Paige fairly again. She did it at Survivor Series, but doing it again last night would have proved that she doesn’t need to cheat to win, but she chooses to do so. That’s way more character development than getting a fluke win at Survivor Series. Then Charlotte can begin her turn and cheat to win against a face like Becky Lynch.
Then Charlotte can begin her turn and cheat to win against a face like Becky Lynch. What’s awkward about her turn so far is cheating against another heel doesn’t do anything to gain heat, but doing it against a face and established friend on TV is a great way to establish Lynch as a top face and Charlotte as the heel over time.
It should be Sasha Banks, but Becky Lynch is probably the next challenger for Charlotte’s Divas Championship.
1) Reigns Attacks The Game
It’s been building for a while, but last night, WWE finally passed the point of no return. After what was a very physical, slow and methodical match between Sheamus and Reigns, the former retained the WWE Championship due to interference by Rusev and Alberto Del Rio. Roman took his revenge on the League of Nations, but he focused his wrath on The Game at the end of TLC.
Ultimately, this could going to lead to Reigns vs. The Game at the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. The story seems to be moving in a direction that books Reigns vs. Trips for the Rumble and then leads Reigns on the warpath for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. That’s a good story. It’s a fitting end to the Reigns rise to the top of WWE.
I was at TLC last night and, from my perspective, the shift occurred last night. At the beginning of the night, Regins was getting booed very loudly. At the end of the match with Sheamus, Reigns was reaching up for the title and the fans wanted him to succeed. The attack on Triple H was the icing on the cake. The feud between Reigns and Triple H can work to finally get Roman to the next level. WWE just has to come up with something better than “tater-tots”.