WWE TLC 2012: 4 Positives of the PPV Heading into the Event
WWE TLC: Tables Ladders and Chairs is right around the corner, but for the first time since Feb. 18, 2007, we face the prospect of a pay-per-view without a WWE Championship match.
This is of course due to CM Punk’s unfortunately timed injury layoff, but as a result, there have been many questioning the quality of the card after a late re-shuffle regarding the main event matchup.
For me though, the PPV is certainly still worth watching, and though we will not be treated to another WWE Title defence, there is still a lot for fans to look forward to in Brooklyn, N.Y. this Sunday.
This article takes a closer look at four of the positive that we can appreciate as we head into WWE TLC 2012.
Extra Tag Team Match
With the WWE Tag Team Champions otherwise involved in the new main event, there will be no defense of their titles at TLC 2012.
This is a shame, as tag team competition has a rich history of producing some epic matches under the Tables, Ladders and Chairs stipulation. But fear not: The WWE has a backup plan.
It was recently determined that the Rhodes Scholars will face the team of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a No. 1 contenders' Tables match.
Not only does this provide us with some great tag team action, but it keeps the division relevant at a time when the WWE could so easily have allowed it to fall away into the background.
It is testament to the WWE’s added focus on the tag team division as of late and a step that they perhaps may not have taken a few months ago.
For such an improvement, they should be commended.
US/Intercontinental Title Builds
Since his US Title win back at SummerSlam in August, Antonio Cesaro has been given no prolonged feud. Instead, he has flitted from opponent to opponent, engaging with the likes of Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel in some fairly short-lived affairs.
The same can be said for Kofi Kingston’s Intercontinental Title run, but that has changed somewhat during the buildup to TLC in recent weeks.
Cesaro’s feud with R-Truth has persisted, while Kingston and Wade Barrett have received plenty of television time in developing their rivalry into a feud with bags of potential to put on a top-quality match.
Though the main-event scene may be looking weaker than other PPVs gone by, such attention being invested into the lower-card matches has arguably made the card for TLC a much better all-round prospect than a number of other shows in previous months.
The Shield's In-Ring Debut
The biggest positive to come from CM Punk’s absence is the resultant facilitation of The Shield’s long-awaited in-ring debut.
It may be coming somewhat earlier than anticipated, but the fact that they have retained their spot in the limelight can only be a good thing for the trio and the future of the WWE.
Furthermore, their rivalry with Ryback and Team Hell No makes perfect sense. The WWE managed to cover their backs and as a result have a replacement main event that is wholly logical from a story-telling perspective.
There is also now the chance to see Daniel Bryan renew indie rivalries of old with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, which I’m sure many a hardcore WWE fan will be salivating at the prospect of.
All in all, I feel the WWE have done a good job with this one, creating a replacement match that makes perfect sense and has so much potential to deliver a great contest as well as add some more twists in this hugely intriguing storyline.
Potential to Wipe the Slate Clean
Though the Road to WrestleMania technically starts at the Royal Rumble, the foundations for that road are very much laid at the December PPV of each year.
TLC has the chance to tie up old rivalries and crown new champions who could eventually last all the way until the Showcase of the Immortals next April.
The PPV provides the perfect platform for stars like Wade Barrett and Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler to win the Intercontinental and World Titles, respectively, enabling them to then put together a decent programme heading into the New Year and WrestleMania.
Though angles such as The Shield’s mysterious involvement in various WWE matches should not be dropped so soon, the WWE should take advantage of the opportunity to wipe the slate clean in terms of other feuds and set the wheels in motion for the biggest pro-wrestling event of 2013.
Though, admittedly, CM Punk’s absence is a blow to the PPV’s card, there are still plenty more matches to look forward to that could make the show one of the best of the year.
A strong lower card, an intriguing main event and, of course, the eagerly anticipated Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena showdown will, in my mind, ensure WWE TLC 2012 lives up to its billing.
Opinion on this topic will no doubt be widespread though, so please feel free to comment below with your thoughts of the PPV, whether or not you think it’s going to be a success and, of course, any of the issues discussed in the article.
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