WWE TLC 2012: A Review of All the Highlights from Sunday

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

Photo: WWE.com
Photo: WWE.com

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs was a pay-per-view that could have easily been mediocre, but ended up being one of the more entertaining shows of the year.

Many of the matches on the card were highly entertaining, all the stipulation matches were exciting and we had two superstars make unexpected turns on Sunday.

On top of all that, we had two matches added to the card during the show as well as another great promo from CM Punk, who was watching from a skybox.

Here are some of the high points from Sunday night.

The official PPV opened with Lilian Garcia asking everyone to stand in silence for a 26-bell salute in honor of those lost during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

It was a great way for WWE to send their love and prayers to those affected without looking like a company that wanted to use the situation to get some press out of it.

This happened in WWE's backyard, and the understated but tasteful tribute showed that they care.

After the usual opening videos, we got right into the show and business continued as normal.

The match of the night was a toss-up between the TLC match between The Shield and the team of Team Hell No and Ryback and the Ladder match between Dolph Ziggler and John Cena.

Both matches had great action and featured some high spots that were pulled of beautifully by those taking the falls.

At times, it looked like Team Hell No and Ryback would win, but The Shield proved their teamwork was a cut above the tag champs and the monster Ryback.

Ziggler might not have gotten the cleanest win that everyone wanted him to get, but the end of the ladder match was both intriguing and satisfying.

We cannot put all the praise on Ziggler for this one. John Cena did an amazing job during the match, and he even pulled out a new move or two.

The bump of the night was from Seth Rollins, who was pulled of a very large ladder through a pile of tables. For his first PPV match with WWE, he really took a big risk.

Dean Ambrose was one of the better performers in the six-man match. He looked genuinely nuts the whole time, and when he hit Ryback with a chair so hard it went flying out of his hands and landed 25 feet away, I thought Ryback was done for.

All three members of The Shield showed that they are worthy of the spot they have found themselves in.

Alberto Del Rio coming to the aid of the Spanish announce team, who were being hassled by 3MB, was one of the shocking moments I do not think anyone could have called.

Del Rio played the part well in the impromptu match later in the evening, and this could be a sign that WWE is actually making some unexpected changes.

Speaking of unexpected, the surprise partner of Alberto Del Rio and Miz ended up being The Brooklyn Brawler, Steve Lombardi. Talk about a hometown hero.

We also saw AJ Lee turn on John Cena during the match with Dolph Ziggler. We should find out on Raw if she did it to screw over Cena or to align herself with Ziggler.

Another surprise came from an unexpected place. Naomi put on one hell of a show with Eve that came completely out of left field.

She had incredible athleticism and used a couple moves you do not see from the Divas very often. If she keeps polishing her in-ring work, then she could be a real prospect for a future champion.

The World title match between Big Show and Sheamus was both brutal and fun, but the giant chair Big Show pulled out to get the win was a little weird.

Kofi Kingston and Wade Barrett had a great encounter, and the tag team tables match saw Sin Cara take the second-most dangerous looking bump of the night.

JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler provided great commentary throughout the show, which really made the whole event more entertaining.

This show was not perfect, but there were plenty of highlights that will be discussed tonight on the Slammy edition of WWE Raw.

If you paid for TLC and didn't feel like you got your money's worth, then perhaps you should stick to WrestleMania, because TLC was an example of how a great PPV can come together.

The fact that CM Punk and the WWE title were not part of the show for more than a promo did not take away from the excitement one bit.

Tonight's Slammy Awards and TLC fallout should make for an interesting show, and hopefully, we find out a little about where WWE plans to go heading into the Royal Rumble.

Make sure to come back tonight for live coverage of the Slammy edition of Monday Night Raw.


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