With WWE’s 2012 edition of the Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) pay-per-view scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 16, Monday’s go-home episode of Raw was built to make the majority of the WWE Universe want to order the PPV.
In many aspects—including an amazing ending—this week’s Raw did its job to perfection.
Despite the fact that WWE Champion CM Punk is not on the TLC card, it is one of the few PPVs in 2012 with a well-built midcard and a group of main events worthy of the money it costs.
For a throwaway show with no titles likely changing hands, the WWE has made the fans care a lot more than they should. That’s a successful build to a PPV.
Raw Results from Dec. 3 (via WWE.com)
Dolph Ziggler addressed his Ladder Match against John Cena.
R-Truth defeated Wade Barrett.
Mr. McMahon forced Vickie Guerrero to make two matches on Raw
Team Rhodes Scholars defeated The Prime Time Players, The Usos, and Primo & Epico to earn the right to face Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara at WWE TLC
Divas Champion Eve defeated Alicia Fox
WWE Champion CM Punk addressed his knee injury
Sheamus defeated Dolph Ziggler via Disqualification
Alberto Del Rio defeated Zack Ryder
Vickie Guerrero defeated AJ Lee
U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston
The Miz interviewed Team Rhodes Scholars on "Miz TV"
John Cena defeated World Heavyweight Champion Big Show via Disqualification; The Shield attacked.
The TLC PPV Will Be Better Than Expected
Despite the rumors that there will be no title changes at this year’s TLC (h/t F4Wonline), the fact that the build to the Royal Rumble starts Sunday should have the WWE Universe excited. If the WWE is blowing out TLC, imagine what it has in store for the road to WrestleMania 29.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will you buy this PPV?
As outrageous as the price of a PPV is, the fact that the return of The Rock and Brock Lesnar are still looming makes this PPV a real possibility for an explosive swerve. Add in a plethora of great matches, and this is a secondary show worth the price.
Everyone always wonders how the WWE will handle the announce teams at the PPVs since the company hired JBL and got Jerry Lawler back, but Layfield cleared everything up:
Layfield (@JCLayfield) December 11, 2012
As if the card didn’t look exciting enough, The Shield member Seth Rollins used prototypical mind games and riddles to tease the upcoming show:
Injuries to John Cena and Now CM Punk are a Good Thing
While it is hard to claim that injuries to the two top stars over the last three months are a good thing for the WWE, it forced the company to realize its vulnerability and start conscientiously pushing fresher talent in case something more sever happens in the future.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Is this a blessing in disguise?
The reason people remember the Attitude Era so fondly is because of the depth of the roster and the sheer star power the company had. With the WWE’s top stars injured, Vince McMahon and Co. saw how thin they were at the top and have started to build for the future. Wise move.
Wrestling talk show Ring Rust Radio tweeted about how the biggest names in the sport being out has opened the door for the younger and more inexperienced talent to get their shot:
RingRustRadio (@RingRustRadio) December 11, 2012
WWE fan Steve Nelson talks about how the WWE has done a great job building an entire card for the upcoming PPV and how the lack of Punk won’t make it any less interesting:
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