WWE TLC 2012 Live: Stars Who Will Own the Spotlight

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

Dec. 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Brock Lesnar during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s already time for the 2012 edition of WWE’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC), and the excitement over what could be the most exciting pay-per-view of the year is through the roof.

Despite the fact that this PPV should mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, this has traditionally been a turning-point event, and this year will be no different.

While there are no likely title changes at this TLC event, there are plenty of stars who will have a chance to shine.


Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: Pay-per-view (local cable providers)

Live Stream: WWE.com has PPV for $44.99


Dolph Ziggler

While the ladder match for the Money in the Bank briefcase between Dolph Ziggler and John Cena will likely not be the main event, the winner will go over in a way that will make him look like a main-event star.

This is Ziggler’s chance to shine.

After losing two matches to Cena on Raw in the month leading up to this match, the stage has been set for Ziggler to win in the most important match of his life over the indestructible face of the WWE.

A win here would catapult Ziggler into the upper echelon of main-event stars in the company.


The Shield

After showing up on WWE television at Survivor Series, The Shield has been a huge part of the programming and is now part of the six-man tag match main event of the TLC PPV.  

That’s a huge step already for these young stars.

Add in the fact that they will take on three of the biggest fan favorites in the company right now—Ryback, Daniel Bryan and Kane—and this is a great opportunity for Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to shine on a huge stage.

While the fans will call for the faces to win this battle, it will be The Shield who captures a dirty pin (Ryback will not take the loss) via the help of their newly-revealed allies.

The Shield’s backup will arrive just in time Sunday...


Brock Lesnar

With The Shield ready to unleash “their sword of justice” on the WWE Universe, what better time to reveal the alignment between Brock Lesnar and the trio than by having the former UFC champion beat down Ryback and help The Shield win?

Don’t forget Lesnar’s giant sword tattoo on his chest.

While the idea is far-fetched, Lesnar’s return to WWE could happen at any moment, and there is no better way to get him involved for the Royal Rumble and the road to WrestleMania 29, while boosting the Raw ratings, than by having him attack in the main event at TLC.

Lesnar’s public affiliation with Paul Heyman could lead to an amazing heel stable including the MMA legend, CM Punk and The Shield.

That’s an angle worthy of the road to WrestleMania.


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