WWE TLC 2012: Match-by-Match Breakdown
WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs will be the last pay-per-view of 2012, and it has several matches on the card that could turn out to be great.
Several of the brawls can go either way, and it's not fully clear which way the WWE will decide to go with matches like Sheamus vs. Big Show.
Then there's the main event, which should be on every WWE fan's radar.
After being sidelined with a knee injury, the WWE has decided to throw The Shield head-on into a main event at a pay-per-view. Will the three young wrestlers sink or swim?
The main event itself might go either way, with The Shield or Team Hell No and Ryback winning, which is what makes this an interesting pay-per-view.
TLC also brings certain stipulations which are rarely seen in other pay-per-views. There will be tables, ladders and chairs, which only adds to the excitement.
TLC this Sunday has a lot of promising matches, and it will hopefully end the 2012 year on a positive note for the WWE.
Here are match breakdowns for each fight on the card.
"Santa’s Helper" No. 1 Contender’s Diva Battle Royal
Where do we start with the Divas Battle Royal?
The match is a simple Battle Royal with the winner earning the No. 1 contender spot for the Divas title.
Divas Battle Royals are rarely interesting, and the most interesting part of this match will be who actually wins it.
Tamina Snuka has been in the spotlight recently, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see her continue to get a push.
Then there's Kaitlyn, who become a No. 1 contender on accident months ago, and was somewhat pushed, and then knocked back down the Divas ranks again. Could the WWE be setting up for another Kaitlyn push since she would be a babyface for the heel character Eve is playing?
This is the pre-show match shown on YouTube, which is a good thing. The match will be short, and probably not that good, so instead of wasting a spot on the actual pay-per-view, it's better served on the pre-show.
Eve has been a solid Divas champion, so hopefully whoever gets the push, can work well with her and help improve the horrible Divas division.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
Team Rhodes Scholars managed to win the Fatal 4-Way on Monday Night Raw, and now they will face Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio.
These two teams have faced off before, but this match should still be a decent pay-per-view brawl.
Cody Rhodes has recently come back from an injury, and Rey Mysterio hasn't been seen in a couple of weeks, so even though these two teams have faced before, it will be a match the WWE Universe hasn't seen in a while.
The last time Rhodes Scholars and the team of Mysterio and Sin Cara crossed paths in a No. 1 contenders match, Rhodes Scholars walked away with the victory, but couldn't beat Team Hell No for the tag team championships.
Who will win their clash this time, though?
Since Team Hell No seems to be a fan favorite, it's easy to expect Rhodes and Sandow to win at TLC to match up against them at another pay-per-view.
Still, we've already seen Team Hell No vs. Rhodes Scholars, and with Mysterio back, the WWE might be ready to push Sin Cara and Mysterio to put them in the championship spotlight.
Regardless of who wins this match, expect high-flying, and an overall solid match from these two teams.
U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth
Ever since Antonio Cesaro became U.S. champion, he has constantly improved, and is starting to make the U.S. title interesting again.
From his heel antics which bash America week after week, to his ability in the ring, Cesaro is a solid heel, and a great wrestler.
He has had a feud building with R-Truth over the last month, and while it's nothing really special, Truth is a veteran who should help Cesaro look even better in the ring.
Truth himself hasn't been as successful since he and Kofi Kingston took a break from the tag team division.
Kofi has gone on to be Intercontinental champion, while Truth was left with his invisible child friend, little Jimmy.
This should be a solid match, but it's hard to see R-Truth walking away with the U.S. title. Cesaro has been dominant as a champion and has been on a roll, especially since winning a Fatal 4-Way match.
The Cesaro and Truth feud still needs some work before it becomes good, but will the WWE continue using R-Truth to go against Cesaro if he loses at TLC?
Or will they instead finally decide to turn Truth back to a heel, and drop the little Jimmy act?
Regardless of what WWE decides to do with R-Truth, Cesaro should be expected to walk away the winner at TLC, and possibly end the feud with Truth.
Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett
The TLC pay-per-view has a couple of non-main event matches that might end up being the best matches of the night.
Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett is one of them.
The most interesting part of this match will be who the WWE ends up making the winner.
Will they continue Kofi's push, or will Barrett move up the ladder by winning the intercontinental title?
Marc Middleton over at WrestlingInc.com reported that the WWE feels like Wade Barrett is ready for the main event push.
So should that mean to expect him to win at TLC?
Or will he lose and end up heading in another direction for a big push?
The match between Kingston and Barrett has the potential to be great, since both wrestlers are young and ready to prove themselves. They have already had solid matches, and now with the intercontinental championship on the line, and during a pay-per-view event, Barrett and Kingston will deliver.
Who will win? That depends on what WWE wants to do with these two great wrestlers, but this match could be one of the best of the night.
World Heavyweight Champion Big Show vs. Sheamus (Chairs Match)
Sheamus and Big Show have put on good matches so far since their feud for the world heavyweight championship started.
The problem with this match, though, is that it's a chairs match.
The chairs match was recent ranked one of the worst gimmick matches in the WWE.
Why not make their brawl a hardcore match? Sure, it's at TLC and calling it a chairs match fits in with the name of the pay-per-view, but will only using chairs as weapons limit Show and Sheamus?
They can have a typical match, but since the only weapons they can use are chairs, it limits them in the types of bumps they can take.
It should still be a good match, but the winner is hard to pick.
Show may eventually get set to face Ryback, since it was reported by Daniel Pena of Wrestlinginc.com that the WWE is considering using Big Show in helping Ryback have a WrestleMania moment.
Will Big Show retain the title then?
Or will Sheamus get the belt back to go feud with someone else while Show starts to get a feud building with Ryback?
Even though the chairs gimmick is weak, it should still be interesting to see who wins.
John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match)
Ziggler first defended his Money in the Bank contract against Chris Jericho. He was successful, but now Ziggler is going up against John Cena in a ladder match.
Will he be able to defend his contract, or will Cena get a shot at the world heavyweight title?
Cena should seem like the one favored to win this match, but why would the WWE want to give Cena a heavyweight title shot?
With a possible Cena vs. The Rock II in the works for WrestleMania, the WWE seems to have bigger plans for John Cena then getting involved with the world heavyweight title scene.
Dolph Ziggler, though, has been on a roll as of late. He has been getting a solid push, and the feud with Cena has elevated Ziggler even more.
TLC will be a chance for Ziggler to show off his wrestling ability, and will also help in pushing him to be a main event star.
Cena and Ziggler have been putting on decent matches leading up to TLC, so their ladder match at the pay-per-view should be nothing short of great.
Expect Ziggler to take some big bumps, but hopefully walk away the winner.
With A.J. turning crazy again, don't be surprised to see her get involved in the match and possibly even be the reason Cena ends up losing.
Team Hell No and Ryback vs. the Shield (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match)
This is a huge trial by fire for The Shield wrestlers.
With Punk being out because of a knee injury, this match was put on the TLC card as the main event.
Kane and Daniel Bryan are great in the ring, but do we really know how well The Shield will perform? Sure, they've had some solid matches in their past on NXT, but this is a pay-per-view, and they just got thrown into the main event.
It's not a regular match either. This is an all-out brawl with tables, ladders and chairs. It's a lot to ask of a young, up-and-coming group to take such a major step toward the spotlight and deliver.
This is also going to be their first match since debuting on Raw.
The Shield will more than likely deliver a good match. While they are still relativity new, they are all great wrestlers, and as long as they don't let their nerves get in the way, they should be fine.
Kane and Daniel Bryan will also help them look good, since they both bring a lot of experience to the match as well.
Ryback will look like the destroyer he always does. His destructive style should do well in this type of match, so even though he tends to look a bit green, throwing people through tables will cover it up.
The real question, though, is who will get the win?
Will the WWE give The Shield a major push, or will they continue to sell Ryback as a real threat to anyone who gets in his way?
This main event should be a good one, and with a match that could go either way, it's definitely worth watching.