The tables match between Team Rhodes Scholars and Team SinSterio was one of the highlights of the night. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
While B/R Featured Columnist Mike Chiari has already graded the individual matches at TLC, here we'll be looking at the matches as a whole.
TLC had a pretty even mix of good and bad.
We'll start with the bad.
The "Santa's Helper" No. 1 Contender battle royal YouTube pre-show wasn't a great way to start the night. The match certainly wasn't anything special, but it at least surprised the WWE Universe as Naomi got the victory and the right to take on Eve later in the night.
Speaking of the Divas Championship, it also wasn't very good. They at least showed that Naomi had a fair amount of raw athletic talent, which is more that fans get during most Divas matches.
Other rough matches of the evening were: the six-man tag match that pit 3MB against the Miz, Alberto Del Rio and the Brooklyn Brawler, Big Show vs Sheamus and, the most disappointing match of the night, Antonio Cesaro vs R-Truth.
The six-man match felt rushed and random. The Miz, Del Rio and the Brooklyn Brawler? What...Why? The whole thing felt strange and looked way too much like Slater's job-streak to legends on the road to Raw 1000.
The World Heavyweight Championship match was another disappointment at TLC. The feud is getting a little old, as they fought for the belt for the third consecutive time at a pay-per-view, and they seem to simply be running out of things to do.
Even with the added chairs stipulation, this match felt stale and got plain silly when Big Show pulled out a ludicrously large chair and anti-climatically defeated Sheamus with it—rough.
Cesaro vs. Truth had the potential for a great match but fell on its face. While both Superstars are very talented in-ring performers, they didn't show it at TLC. The match was sloppy and didn't do any favors to either competitor.
The other three matches on the TLC card were above average. Kofi Kingston and Wade Barrett put on a great match to intensify their feud over the Intercontinental Championship, Ryback with Team Hell No vs. The Shield was one of the best matches of the year and Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena delivered.
WWE can move into 2013 knowing that a majority of their young talent has what it takes, especially The Shield who lived up to the hype at TLC.
Overall Grade: B-