WWE TLC 2012 Recap: Highlighting Best Matches from Final PPV of the Year

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com.
Photo courtesy of WWE.com.

Anyone who saw WWE's final pay-per-view of 2012 on Sunday night, the fourth edition of Tables, Ladders and Chairs, can attest to the fact that it was one of the best events that the promotion has staged all year long.

From beginning to end, TLC 2012 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was action packed. While some of the twists that occurred had been predicted for some time (AJ turning on Cena), it wasn't without its fair share of surprises, including the return of the Brooklyn Brawler himself, Steve Lombardi.

While the WWE will begin the drive towards the Royal Rumble and, shortly thereafter, the Road to Wrestlemania, TLC 2012 had enough worthy matches that we would be remiss without taking another look at the highlights of the evening.

So sit back, relax, and join me on a trip down not-so-distant memory lane.


Ryback and Team Hell No vs. the Shield

We might as well start off with the best match of the evening, one that should garner serious consideration for Match of the Year.

The Shield may have won the match by powerbombing Daniel Bryan through a table, but each of the six men involved were given chances to show their stuff and not one of them disappointed.

From Kane's chokeslam of Dean Ambrose through a chair to Roman Reigns spearing the Big Red Machine through the ringside barricade; from Ryback's open-field tackle on Roman Reigns on the ramp that sent Reigns flying backwards through stacked chairs and tables to the Shield's double superplex from the top rope, this match had a new highlight brewing no matter where you looked.

With this being the Shield's first official match, the WWE did a phenomenal job of putting them over as a force to be reckoned with, and the trio of Ambrose, Reigns and Seth Rollins showed off their ability to work both as a team and individuals.

That they were able to do so without making Ryback appear weak or belittling the Tag Team Champions (though Bryan took the fall after being double-teamed for much of the match) was a job well done by all involved.


WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Big Show vs. Sheamus

Both men lived up to expectations set by their previous bouts at Survivor Series and Hell in a Cell, but after Big Show scored his third victory over Sheamus at a pay-per-view, you have to wonder where the Celtic Warrior goes from here.

But I digress.

Big Show controlled much of the match, and when Sheamus mounted his comeback, hitting a nasty White Noise through a chair, it was answered by an equally nasty KO punch from Show, though Sheamus kicked out at two.

It ended with Big Show going under the ring, pulling out an oversized steel chair and connecting with the back of Sheamus' head, ending the match and very likely, the rivalry between the two WWE superstars.


Money In the Bank Briefcase Match: John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler

Fans who longed to see the WWE begin to take full advantage of the talent that is Dolph Ziggler got their wish as Ziggler took care of business against John Cena, moving from the realm of the upper midcard into the world of main events.

This was an exciting match from start to finish, with momentum turning multiple times and each man looking as if they were going to come away with the victory before chaos and mayhem eventually won the night.

Both wrestlers got a chance to show off all of their signature moves, but it was Ziggler's super kick, with an assist from AJ Lee, that won the match and put Cena one step closer to a heel turn (If it doesn't happen now, it's never going to happen).