WWE TLC 2012: Predicting the Winners of Every Match
Tables, Ladders and Chairs is just a few days away, and the card for the event is already set.
With the WWE Champion out of the picture, we have one less title match, so it will be interesting to see how WWE handles the situation.
We have matches set for the US, IC and World titles as well as a match for Dolph Ziggler's Money in the Bank briefcase.
This card has the potential to be very interesting, and if WWE wants to end the year on a high note, then we could see a surprise or two.
Let's look at the matches we have set for Sunday and try and pick some winners.
Pre-Show Divas Battle Royal
The free YouTube pre-show will feature a Santa's Helper Divas battle royal to determine a No. 1 contender for Eve's Divas title.
The match will be Layla vs. Kaitlyn vs. Alicia Fox vs. Natalya vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Aksana vs. Rosa Mendes vs. Cameron vs. Naomi.
With Eve being a heel, the logical outcome would be a babyface victor in this match. That narrows the options down to Alicia Fox, if she is a babyface this week, Natalya, Cameron and Naomi.
The Funkadactyls have had almost no ring time, so they are not likely to win. Natalya and Alicia Fox seem like the most obvious choices to win this match, and with Foxy being a bit more featured on TV these days, I think she will come away with the win.
I actually hope I am wrong on this one and Natalya gets the win, but Foxy is who I am officially picking.
Winner: Alicia Fox
Wade Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston, IC Title Match
Wade Barrett and Kofi Kingston should have one of the more physical matches of the night without being one of the stipulation matches.
Barrett has upped his intensity since returning from injury, and Kofi seems to have found a new drive as a singles star.
With Kofi only having held the title for a short time, I would imagine WWE would keep the belt on him for the time being, but I do not see this feud ending at TLC.
I think Kofi and Barrett will likely continue their feud through the Royal Rumble and possibly even Elimination Chamber.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
R-Truth vs. Antonio Cesaro, US Title Match
Antonio Cesaro has really developed well since dumping Aksana, and he has been a great heel champion, taking shots at the U.S. every time he has a mic in his hand.
Truth is a solid performer and because of the two being highly gifted athletes, I could see this match being one of the more exciting encounters.
Cesaro has a lot of speed for someone his size, and he should be able to keep right up with Truth.
Cesaro has had a good run with the title thus far, which makes predicting the outcome here a little more difficult.
I could see Truth coming away with the win, but I think the more likely outcome will be the champion retaining his title on Sunday.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Rhodes Scholars vs. Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio, Tables Match
This match will decide who the No. 1 contender is for the tag team titles held by Team Hell No.
Rhodes is fresh off an injury and seeing WWE put him in a match with many dangerous possibilities is a little surprising.
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes are two of WWE's best mid-card heels at the moment, and while Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio are popular, I do not see them getting the win in this match.
Team Hell No are, for the most part, babyfaces at the moment, and it seems more likely that WWE will put them up against a heel team like Rhodes Scholars.
Winners: Rhodes Scholars
Team Hell No and Ryback vs. the Shield
The TLC match of the evening will feature six men who are not actually going to be climbing any ladders in order to reach anything.
The Shield will be getting a major boost by being featured in such a high-profile match so early in their WWE run, but whether they get the win or not is a different story.
WWE has had them get the upper hand in almost every situation where they have struck, but they have been given some resistance lately.
Ryback is clearly earmarked for stardom by Vince McMahon, and that is one of the major reasons I think the babyfaces will walk out the winners.
That is, unless WWE pull a swerve on us and bring in Brock Lesnar or something like that as part of Heyman's master plan.
Winners: Team Hell No and Ryback
Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena, Ladder Match for the MITB Case
For me personally, this is the most anticipated match of the night.
This is the chance Dolph Ziggler has been waiting for. This match finally gives him a chance to get a clean win over a top superstar and prove his worth after years of hard work.
A ladder match favors the quicker and more nimble Ziggler for several reasons, but Cena has delivered in ladder matches before, so it could be a very even match.
I think WWE is ready to elevate Dolph Ziggler to the final level in WWE, and that is why I see him getting the win in this one.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Sheamus vs. Big Show, World Title Match
This match is, for all intents and purposes, the main event of the evening. Usually the WWE title match gets that honor, but without there being a WWE champion who can defend the belt, this match takes center stage.
Big Show and Sheamus have brought the best out of each other in their feud, and while some of the non-wrestling segments between them have been terrible, their matches have been solid.
Big Show and Sheamus are two tough individuals who will likely each take dozens of chair shots during this match, but I don't think it matters.
I can see Big Show retaining, simply because he hasn't held the title for that long, but when the match is over, I see Dolph Ziggler cashing in his briefcase on whoever is the winner and taking their title with him.
Winner: Big Show
Leaving as Champion: Dolph Ziggler
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