The WWE is saving the best for last.
In what will likely be the last match of the calendar year's final pay-per-view—Tables, Ladders & Chairs—The Shield will take on Team Hell No and Ryback.
There's no doubt that this is the match most people will be looking forward to seeing on the night. However, beyond just Sunday, this battle has the makings to be arguably the most intriguing match of the year.
Simply put, neither side can afford to lose. As a result, this match will be difficult to predict, and that's exactly what the WWE needs right now.
As we get set to head into 2013, Vince McMahon and company could really use some momentum. It appears they will finally get some with one of the year's most fascinating battles.
Let's take a look why.
Ryback Needs to Win
The WWE has spent a large amount of time bringing Ryback up as an unstoppable force, but he's failed to grab a victory at the last two pay-per-views.
That can't happen.
Granted, he hasn't been cleanly beaten, but he hasn't won, either. If the WWE wants to continue with this storyline, Ryback can't keep failing. It just doesn't make any sense.
Therefore, Ryback needs a win in the worst way. If he doesn't get it, it's hard to see him ever progressing past this point or continuing down this same route.
There are theories that The Shield could pin Kane or Daniel Bryan—meaning The Shield gets a much-needed win (more on that later) while Ryback doesn't actually lose. However, once again, there's only so many times that Ryback can realistically fail if he's supposed to be an unstoppable force.
The Shield Needs to Win
So far, the WWE has introduced Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to the world in an absolute perfect manner.
Who will be victorious on Sunday night?
No silly gimmicks—just three terrific wrestlers, dressed in black and causing havoc on the rest of the wrestling world.
The Shield has all the momentum right now, and losing would kill that. Many people have suggested the group will go the way of Nexus and fade into the abyss if it loses at TLC.
Therein lies the absolute wonderful intrigue of this match. Both sides are too talented, and have been built up too high to lose. For once, no one knows what's going happen.
That's the perfect way to go into the final PPV of the year.