With another episode of Raw in the books, the build to WWE’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view is in full swing and the card is almost complete.
Just one more edition of the company’s flagship show stands between now and TLC, but the match progression of most of the storylines has already taken place; the PPV card has become abundantly clear.
Raw provided many more interesting angles the WWE could take moving forward—especially with the continued infusion of the trio known as The Shield—and how the company spends the next two weeks of programming will be important to how TLC is received.
With the way the WWE is handling the preparation for this event, it is clear that this is just a holdover PPV until Royal Rumble.
With that said, the TLC event could be one of the best shows in 2012 if WWE books it correctly.
Raw Results from Dec. 3 (via WWE.com)
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No defeated The Prime Time Players; The Shield attacked again.
AJ Lee defeated TaminaSnuka.
The Miz challenged WWE Champion CM Punk to take a lie detector test on “Miz TV.”
John Cena and Sheamus defeated World Heavyweight Champion Big Show and Dolph Ziggler.
Damien Sandow defeated Santino Marella and continued his search for an apprentice.
Alberto Del Rio defeated Sin Cara.
Mr. McMahon met with Vickie Guerrero in the ring.
Randy Orton defeated Brad Maddox; The Shield struck again.
Vickie Guerrero confronted Dolph Ziggler, Paul Heyman and John Cena in her office.
U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston, Wade Barrett and R-Truth in a Fatal 4-Way RAWactive match.
WWE Champion CM Punk took a lie detector test on “Miz TV”; The Shield attacked once more.
WWE Is Focusing on The Shield
After three separate attacks Monday night, it is clear that The Shield—the group made up of NXT standouts Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns—has the support of the WWE brass and will continue to be pushed as one of the main attractions each week.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Who Is The Shield Working for?
While rumors have run rampant about who the group is working for, the WWE is clearly teasing that The Shield is aligned with CM Punk. As much as it looks very clear that Punk is behind the attacks, the fact that Randy Orton was attacked should prove that there is something much bigger going on in this storyline.
WWE legend Jim Ross explained on Twitter about just how much success the trio of The Shield could have in the WWE:
As for who The Shield could be working for, the WWE Creative Team’s parody account proved without a shadow of a doubt that CM Punk is not the man responsible:
TLC Is Shaping up Nicely
With just one episode of Raw left before the TLC PPV, most of the groundwork for the event has already been laid. With the title matches teased properly, the stakes raised on the John Cena versus Dolph Ziggler match and the middle of the card starting to come together, TLC could be the best holdover event of 2012.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will You Buy the TLC PPV?
With the WWE title being defended in a TLC match, Sheamus versus Big Show in a chair match and now John Cena likely putting over Dolph Ziggler, this card is clearly setting up for Royal Rumble, which has inadvertently made this a very exciting event.
As much as this PPV isn’t normally worth the buy, this year’s version will be very exciting.
Wrestling radio show Ring Rust Radio talks about how certain fans won’t like the build to this event and that those fans could be missing out on one of the better shows of 2012:
Just when we thought all of Vickie Guerrero’s awful was reserved for the bright lights of Monday night, the Raw GM took to Twitter to describe how she made Vinny Mac happy by making TLC even more interesting:
Ok...ok...everyone is upset with me...BUT at least my actions on RAW were pleasing to Mr. McMahon #CougarInCharge— Vickie Guerrero (@ExcuseMeWWE) December 4, 2012
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