WWE TLC 2012 Results: The Shield's Victory and the 10 Most Memorable Moments
WWE is ending 2012 with a bang.
In their December pay-per-view, Tables, Ladders and Chairs, WWE decided to do more. They decided to end the year off with bangs, thuds, whacks and anything in between.
The use of foreign objects was rampant and was executed efficiently. The event’s card was booked well from top to bottom.
Every match had at least one great moment. Here are 10 of the most memorable moments from the 2012 edition of Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
Sin Cara’s Fall
The tables match between Team Rhodes Scholars against the masked duo of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara began a very entertaining pay-per-view.
Definitely one of the best moments of the match was its conclusion. The high-flying Sin Cara attempted a springboard back into the ring, only to be pushed down through a table by Cody Rhodes.
This move builds on not only Team Rhodes Scholars’ increasing dominance in the tag team division, but it also adds more to Sin Cara’s character.
After all, WWE would be foolish not to capitalize on the error-prone Sin Cara. The planned ending alluded to Sin Cara’s previous mishaps, which shows that WWE may be more in the know than fans think.
Naomi Wins the Divas Battle Royal?
This moment is more questionable than it is memorable.
The Divas battle royal was presumably a way to switch up the withering Divas division since the winner would get a title match.
Not much has been transpiring besides the occasional bout between champion Eve and Kaitlyn.
And the battle royal looked like it was going to deliver that much-needed change since Naomi won with the help of Eve.
Unfortunately, that did not happen, as Eve easily took out Naomi later in the night. But it did add slightly more to the Kaitlyn/Eve feud.
Nevertheless, this raises the question: Why dedicate two matches for such a small payoff?
Kofi Kingston Retains the Intercontinental Championship
Given that Wade Barrett defeated Kofi Kingston in a non-title match to earn a shot at the Intercontinental Championship, Kingston’s days seemed numbered.
Prior to his injury, Barrett was one of WWE’s rising stars. Holding intercontinental gold seemed to be the logical steppingstone for the bare-knuckle brawler.
Fortunately for Kingston, this was not the case, and he was able to retain his belt in a well-executed match.
Expect the feud to continue in order to give more meaning to the mid-card belt.
An Unexpected Alberto Del Rio Face Turn
An impromptu Miz TV during a pay-per-view sounds like a way for WWE to kill some time, but it proved to be crucial to the fate of a few superstars.
3MB decided to mock the Spanish-speaking announcers with taunts traditionally seen in '80s professional wrestling. They were crude and mildly offensive, but it ultimately got them the heat they aimed for.
Ricardo Rodriguez, Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring announcer, then decided to defend the duo.
Unfortunately, the team of Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater ambushed Rodriguez.
Alberto Del Rio then interjected himself in the situation and attacked 3MB, resulting in a face turn.
This is great for Del Rio’s character since he has not been able to connect with the fans as a heel that well. Pitting him against new opponents as a face may garner a more positive reaction than his previous persona.
A Brooklyn Brawler Appearance
The Miz and Alberto Del Rio needed a partner in the unscheduled match against 3MB, so they went local.
They selected the Brooklyn Brawler.
The rare appearance was a great way to appeal to the Brooklyn fans, especially since WWE promoted this pay-per-view as being the first WWE event in the new Barclays Center.
Throwing in a lifelong jobber like the Brooklyn Brawler puts things into perspective for 3MB because the trio is essentially using the veteran’s combination of comedy and wrestling ability to put other superstars over.
CM Punk’s Shirt
With CM Punk sidelined due to surgery, the WWE Champion still made a splash.
His promo prior to the six-man TLC match was filled with holier-than-thou taunts directed toward the audience.
But his shirt arguably said more than his promo did.
His shirt had the slogan “Knees 2 Faces” across the front, which is an obvious mockery of The Rock’s “Boots 2 Asses” tee that he has sported throughout the year.
Needless to say, Punk has his eyes set on his WWE Championship match against The Rock at the Royal Rumble, where he can finally back up his words.
The Shield’s Win Against Ryback and Team Hell No
The debut of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns came during a match involving Ryback.
Having three up-and-coming superstars go up against the WWE’s darling did not seem like it would bode well for the NXT rookies.
The likelihood that the three members of The Shield would lose to Ryback, and badly I might add, was great. But fortunately, that did not happen.
In their debut match at TLC, The Shield managed to sneak away with a win despite having their fair share of bumps and bruises.
Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose should take the win in stride and build on it in the infancy of their careers. Look for The Shield to continue righting wrongs and being a dominant threat in WWE.
Ryback Standing Tall
Despite not winning the six-man TLC match, Ryback still remains undefeated—technically.
The Shield won by pinning Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan after powerbombing him through a table.
Moments before, however, Ryback threw Shield member Seth Rollins from the top of a ladder through a few tables down below.
And as The Shield left the ring after their first win in WWE, Ryback remained the sole survivor. He was noticeably beaten down but remained dominant.
WWE is being extra careful with Ryback’s momentum, and this type of loss only reinforces that. Ryback may see some losses on the way, but they will seldom be clean defeats.
Big Show’s Big Chair
Sheamus and Big Show teased an array of chair shots at Hell in a Cell.
But given the lengthy feud of these two superstars, chair shot after chair shot was not going to settle anything.
In order to properly end the match, there needed to be something bigger than just a chair. Big Show eventually revealed it when he introduced a new object into the match: an even bigger chair.
This chair seemed fitting of the Big Show himself. In fact, the giant superstar has done this before in the Money in the Bank ladder match where he grabbed a giant ladder fit for a man of his stature.
The impact of the huge chair became the nail in the coffin for Sheamus’ chances. But given the intensity of the match, the feud will undoubtedly continue into 2013.
Dolph Ziggler Retains His Money in the Bank Briefcase
To some, the idea that Dolph Ziggler seemed like a goner in this Ladder match was a foregone conclusion.
After all, Ziggler was facing WWE's top superstar in John Cena, who has had superhero-like performances in the past. Forcing Dolph Ziggler to defend his briefcase against Cena doomed Ziggler’s chances at that big push.
The match itself was entertaining. John Cena managed to showcase beyond his typical move set. Having Ziggler sell his moves made the bout even more entertaining.
Ultimately, Ziggler's fate relied on a little luck, as AJ Lee knocked over the ladder Cena was on. This led to a superkick that sealed the deal for the Show Off.
This is only a small steppingstone for Ziggler since he has now main-evented a pay-per-view with the face of the company.
The only question now is this: When will Ziggler finally cash in his briefcase?
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