Predicting a Major Swerve for WWE TLC

Michael Prunka@MichaelPrunkaCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2012

Dolph Ziggler puts his Money in the Bank shot on the line Sunday. Photo:
Dolph Ziggler puts his Money in the Bank shot on the line Sunday. Photo:

After what took place on the Dec. 10 episode of Monday Night Raw, there seems to be an angle developing between John Cena and Dolph Ziggler to swerve fans at the WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view.

The two Raw Superstars will meet at Sunday’s PPV in a ladder match with Ziggler’s Money in the Bank title shot on the line.

Assuming that Big Show vs. Sheamus takes place before the ladder match, what if Ziggler cashes in his Money in the Bank before his match with Cena?

Ziggler opened the go-home edition of Raw atop a ladder with his Money in the Bank briefcase hanging above him. He said that, after beating Cena, he’d cash in on Big Show and become the new World Heavyweight Champion.

When Ziggler was on commentary for the main event match between Cena and Big Show, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler teased Ziggler about cashing in then.

The Shield stole Ziggler’s chance when they interfered and started a massive brawl.

The WWE did a good job of making fans believe Ziggler could cash in Sunday without explicitly saying he will.

Ziggler cashing in alone would be a big talking point for TLC. It would be a major swerve if he cashes in before he has to defend Money in the Bank against Cena, though.

Ziggler vs. Cena taking place later in the night than Big Show vs. Sheamus is plausible. It wouldn’t be surprising for the WWE to give Cena a high spot on the card.

Another deciding factor is how Big Show vs. Sheamus plays out.

Because steel chairs are legal, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Big Show to retain the title but end up laid out by Sheamus after the match.

That leaves the door wide open for Ziggler to swoop in and steal a victory and the World Heavyweight Championship.

So how would Ziggler cashing in affect his match versus Cena?

The most probable scenario is that Ziggler vs. Cena becomes a ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship.

A high-profile championship match between Ziggler and Cena would more than make up for CM Punk being unable to defend his WWE championship.

While that may motivate the WWE to deliver such a swerve, it wouldn’t do much to encourage fans to purchase the PPV.

That’s not to say it wouldn’t be a newsworthy occurrence and a phenomenal match. The fact that it wasn’t something promoted beforehand and is simply speculation would impact the number of PPV buys such a swerve would yield.

TLC already has a buzz surrounding it because of the main event pitting the Shield against Ryback and Team Hell No.

The possibilities for how Ziggler vs. Cena could play out only provide more incentive to check the show out. A big swerve would definitely help maintain TLC’s reputation as one of the better WWE PPVs of the year.


Michael Prunka is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist and Sports Writing Intern. Stay up to date with him by liking his Facebook page and following him on Twitter.