Although many members of the WWE Universe are already looking forward to The Rock's return ahead of next month's Royal Rumble, there's still business to take care of at TLC. The year's final pay-per-view will take place on Sunday night.
WWE champion CM Punk was removed from the card due to injury, which led to the addition of a match featuring The Shield, a trio of superstars who have enjoyed a breakout run over the past month. They will take on Ryback and Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane).
While Punk won't be in action, there are enough marquee matches on the card to make it a terrific show anyway. Here's a look at the viewing information for TLC, followed by some superstars to watch.
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-per-view (local cable providers)
Live Stream: WWE.com has PPV for $44.99
Superstars To Watch
Barrett will challenge Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship, a title he's held once before. A victory would show the talented Englishman is finally back on track after some lackluster booking since his return from injury.
He was a superstar on the rise before suffering an arm injury back in February. After several months on the shelf, he returned in September. Instead of picking up where he left off, Barrett has been forced to earn a new push.
Beating Kingston to take control of the mid-card belt would be a sign the push has arrived. The two have been involved in some entertaining matches with each other in the past, and TLC should be no different. It gives Barrett a great opportunity to shine.
Ziggler has been on the verge of a major breakthrough for what seems like the entire year. Yet, he still hasn't received a chance to become a main-event champion, and now he has to defend his Money in the Bank briefcase against John Cena.
On the surface, Ziggler appears to be one of the WWE's most promising, future stars. Somebody capable of carrying the company on his back. But, for whatever reason, he continues to get held back while superstars like Ryback pass by him.
If Ziggler doesn't beat Cena to retain the title opportunity, it will be a gigantic step in the wrong direction and an ominous sign for the "Show Off." That shouldn't happen, however. The match should be the start of an extended main-event run for Ziggler.
Of all the members of The Shield, which also includes Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, Ambrose has shown the most potential. Even in a limited amount of time, it's clear he can excel on the mic and he has a strong in-ring reputation as well.
The Shield storyline doesn't look like it will end anytime soon. That said, the entire time the trio is working together they will be also be hoping to show they deserve to get an individual push, once the group does break up down the road.
If Ambrose gets a chance to work with Daniel Bryan, one of the top, pure wrestlers in the business, they should be able to turn a lot of heads. He already has a strong fanbase from his previous wrestling adventures. It will only continue to grow, starting at TLC.
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