WWE TLC 2012: Stars That Will Look Strong Sunday Despite a Loss

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  The Celtic Warrior Sheamus during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Despite the likelihood that they will lose on Sunday, there are many WWE superstars that will walk out of the 2012 Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) pay-per-view looking strong despite not obtaining a victory.

Sometimes, a loss can be the best move for the future of a WWE superstar—especially when there are bigger plans in the works for him.

All of the following superstars will likely suffer a loss Sunday at the PPV, but they will do so while looking as strong as they possibly can.


Wade Barrett

While losing an Intercontinental Championship match to Kofi Kingston isn’t great news for the fans of Wade Barrett, his loss on Sunday will mean two things; Kingston will hold the IC strap for awhile and there are much bigger plans in store for Barrett.

Barrett has the right look, international appeal and mic skills to go far in the WWE, and it’s just a matter of time before he finds himself in the main-event scene.

A loss to Kofi on Sunday may appear to be a step back for the English star, but it’s allowing him to move away from the secondary title scene and start his ascension to the SmackDown main event.



While Sheamus has been one of the WWE’s favorite sons over the two years, there is little doubt that it will be Big Show that walks out of TLC as the retaining World Heavyweight champion.

Despite looking as strong as ever—and likely dominating more of this chairs match at TLC than Big Show—it will be the defending champion that walks away with the big victory.

Sheamus just had an extended title run, and the WWE will be moving the Irish star away from the WHC scene for awhile. As boring as the title reign was, Sheamus will reinvent himself once again and return to the main-event scene sooner rather than later.



While many members of the WWE Universe feel that Ryback has lost much of his momentum with his PPV losses, he has looked incredibly strong even in defeat. That will once again be the case Sunday at TLC.

With a bigger need from the company to get over the members of The Shield—Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns—the team of Ryback and Team Hell No will lose the match, but it will not be Ryback taking the pin.

This main-event match will feature Ryback destroying The Shield throughout, but he will be temporarily distracted or triple-teamed to eliminate him from contention. Ryback will not take the pinfall, but his team will get the loss.

The muscle-bound star will continue to look indestructible despite the defeat, though.


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