WWE TLC 2012 Card: Predicting Outcomes for Biggest Matches of PPV

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

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The TLC Pay-Per-View should end the WWE's yearly Pay-Per-View schedule with a bang, as there are plenty of matches that should spark the interest of the WWE Universe. 

Even though the WWE Title won't be on the line because of the injury sustained by champion C.M. Punk, there are still plenty of big names and major programs that need some resolution on the card. 

With rising stars and established names littering the card, Tables, Ladders and Chairs should be the kick off to a great build up to Royal Rumble and, ultimately, WrestleMania. 

Here's a look at the biggest matchups on the card along with predictions on how each may end.


World Heavyweight Championship: Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus in a Chairs Match

Prediction: Big Show Retains

Big Show and Sheamus could possibly conclude their ongoing feud in a chairs match that should see Big Show retain his belt. 

Big Show has most likely been tabbed as a transitional champion and it's unlikely that he enjoys an extended reign with the title. However, if Show really is a transition, it makes little sense for him to hand the belt right back over to the man he won it from. 

This should be a brutal match with repeated chair shots. The angle has been really played up during the build up to this fight so it should be a good one, but it would be shocking to see Sheamus earn his title back. Especially with Dolph Ziggler seemingly waiting in the wings. 


John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler

Prediction: Dolph Ziggler

Regardless of how you feel about the questionable A.J.-John Cena angle, this should be an exciting match as Ziggler and Cena will compete in a ladder match for Ziggler's World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase. 

Given the stipulation and stakes, it's hard to see Ziggler not winning this match. 

There's no reason that the WWE should be setting up Cena to win the World Heavyweight Championship belt, it hasn't been on equal footing with the WWE title in quite some time and Cena certainly doesn't need it. He's already the company's biggest star.

Ziggler, on the other hand, has been on the receiving end of a slow push that appears to be headed toward a World Heavyweight Championship reign. If he goes over Cena to defend his briefcase, he will have that much more momentum headed into next year.


Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield

Prediction: The Shield

The faction of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have experienced an accelerated ascension to the main-event scene. 

This is only their second pay-per-view and the first on in which they will participate in an official match. 

If The Shield doesn't go over Ryback and Team Hell No, it will feel like the last few weeks of build up for this trio of rising stars will have been in vain. 

Creative can go a lot of different directions with how they go about putting The Shield over, it doesn't have to be cleanly. Interference from another superstar would be ideal, but a win for the group at TLC could be a springboard for some great programs with the group as 2013 kicks off.