It will likely be Team Hell No and Ryback against The Shield (Photo Credit: WWE.com)
This slide is unfortunately going to contain more questions than answers. However, that's what removing the WWE champion from competition does.
There are three matches on the card that are "tweeners." They have the potential to be a main event, yet they lack a certain "oomph" needed to end the year's PPV schedule on the highest note possible. Let's look at each of them.
Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus
Because the WWE Championship won't be defended, it makes logical sense for the World Heavyweight Championship to be the main event.
Sheamus looks to regain, while Show hopes to continue in possibly his first real meaningful reign. To boot, this one features two massive talents (size-wise) and chairs. This one should define "heavyweight throwdown" with chairs, Brogue Kicks and WMDs galore.
But the WWE Universe doesn't quite take to these two men as they do other talent.
Sheamus doesn't appear as popular as a Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan or even a John Cena. And Show at this point, isn't a credible main-event Superstar as he should soon be passing the torch.
Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena
This match features the man of today (Cena) versus the future (Ziggler). Additionally, there's the Money in the Bank briefcase on the line.
However, there might be a revolt from the Internet Wrestling Community if Cena main events and wins.
If Ziggler wins, it's all too predictable. Losing the briefcase would strip him of momentum.
So it's either unfavorable or predictable.
Team Hell No and Ryback vs. The Shield
It is highly likely that this is the main event for TLC 2012. It has the most intrigue, the best build up and the largest repercussions attached to it moving forward.
There's just one minor gripe.
It could have been argued that Ryback's sudden shot into main-event territory was too fast—and rightfully so. But if you thought his rise was fast, then The Shield's ability to main event is completely unfair.
Ryback had plenty of squash matches first. Then he worked his way through The Miz and a few other midcard guys before making his biggest splash. The Shield's first match together on the major-league roster would be the main event at the year-ending PPV.