WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs looks good on paper. Of the seven matches announced for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as of Sunday afternoon (including the pre-show battle royal), every match comes with a stipulation or a title defense, giving every match the chance to be really impressive.
But the potential for a solid WWE pay-per-view doesn't always translate to a solid product. This is something that every WWE fan knows to be true. The final week of build-up can make all the difference when it comes to buy rates, and Vince knows this as well as anyone.
While most of the WWE Universe will make their decision to buy the pay-per-view based on their Raw and SmackDown experiences, the WWE has at least four more opportunities to sell its product every week. And that's what this review is all about.
If the lineup is good enough, people will tune in. If the action is good enough, people will pay attention. If they're really paying attention, they can't help but be inundated with TLC propaganda. It stands to reason, then, that the better WWE's programming is for these other shows, the better chance that the viewers will pay for Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
To that extent, I take a look at WWE's four "other" shows: NXT, Main Event, Superstars and Saturday Morning Slam. After we review everything that happened on these shows, we'll decide who benefited the most last week and who needs to be sending feelers to TNA and ROH.
My "highlights" version of all four shows is below.
If it piques your interest enough to read on, the slideshow breaks down the shows individually, segment by segment, complete with my questions, predictions and/or honorable mentions. If you disagree with my selections for who benefited/suffered the most, let's chat about it.
On NXT, Paige opened the show with a solid match in which she was victorious over Sasha Banks, who was making her NXT debut. This was followed by one promo from Roman Reigns and another from Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger.
In the next match, Bray Wyatt introduced Rowen as the newest member of the Wyatt Family, as he was victorious over Oliver Grey. Then Dusty Rhodes addressed Vickie Guerrero's bounty on Big E. Langston and set up a match for next week featuring Langston and Camacho.
In the main event, Seth Rollins wrestled Jinder Mahal for over eighteen minutes to successfully defend his NXT Championship.
On Main Event, the feature presentation saw Ryback get an expected victory over Alberto Del Rio after Ricardo Rodriguez tried (and failed) to show a seventeen minute highlight reel of ADR's career.
This was followed by 3MB coming to the ring to make some complaints. They were challenged to a handicap tag match by Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd, and the heel trio came away with the win.
On Superstars, 3MB faced International Airstrike again, but this time in a regular tag match with Slater in the corner. Once again, 3MB takes the win.
Along with several Raw replays, the only other action on the show was Brodus Clay winning for the third week in a row, this time in a match with Michael McGillicutty.
On Saturday Morning Slam, Gabriel and Kidd finally get a win when they squared off against the Primetime Players. In the main event, Ryback squashed two jobbers in a handicap match.
Other segments from SMS included JBL's take on Tribute to the Troops and a Saturday Morning Spotlight segment starring Ryback.
Now, if you care to read more about any of these happenings, please enjoy the slideshow.