When the 2012 edition of WWE’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view comes live from Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 16, there are a number of stars that must come out of the event looking strong.
The build to Royal Rumble and the road to WrestleMania is 29 is on the horizon, and the following wrestlers will be an integral part of the game plan moving forward.
All of the following superstars can become megastars by the time TLC is over with convincing wins.
No. 3—Antonio Cesaro
After hardly building a feud until the last two weeks of programming, Antonio Cesaro must defeat R-Truth at the TLC PPV and retain the United States title.
As much as R-Truth needs a serious push sooner rather than later, Cesaro is the more promising star and WWE must protect him. With a big win over a fan favorite Sunday, Cesaro would continue to build credibility.
While the U.S. Title is often scoffed at because of the way the championship has been treated over the years, WWE has been making a conscientious effort to return the prestige to the belt.
A long reign from Cesaro is great for both his character and the title.
No. 2 —Ryback
While the match consists of six men that could use a win here—Team Hell No and The Shield all would do better winning—it should be Ryback that devastates his opponents and picks up the victory.
If WWE is building Ryback as both a monster face and a viable WWE Title threat, he has to be able to defeat three younger stars with the help of a more focused Team Hell No.
After losing in the main event of two straight PPVs, Ryback needs to win clean.
The only way WWE could get away with allowing The Shield to go over in this match would be having a megastar return to cost Ryback a match and start a long-term feud. If Brock Lesnar were to return and cost Ryback a match, that would be the biggest win of the night.
No. 1—Dolph Ziggler
There is no WWE superstar coming into the TLC PPV that needs a win more than Dolph Ziggler, and after losing twice to John Cena during the build to this bout, the young star will win the biggest match of his life.
Add in the fact that the Money in the Bank briefcase is on the line in a ladder match, and the table is set for Ziggler to begin his ascension to the top of the WWE card by beating the company’s top star in the potential main event.
When Ziggler wins this match and eventually cashes in the briefcase, all of the fans that questioned how the young star was booked prior to these events will forget all about their complaints and realize Ziggler was just paying his dues.
This has been booked perfectly.
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