Fans were overjoyed at the mere notion of world champion John Cena and WWE champion Randy Orton standing in the ring together as Survivor Series went off the air. When Triple H announced a TLC match for both world championships, the U-word dominated Twitter like a political scandal.
YES! I am thrilled. A WWE/World Heavyweight title unification at TLC!— Sean Ross Sapp (@SeanRossSapp) November 26, 2013
Forget those rumours about a title unification happening at Wrestlemania 30. It's going down at TLC! Exciting times. http://t.co/DFp1XkB6TG— Josh Wilding (@Josh_Wilding) November 27, 2013
If one champion this soon seems too good to be true, it's because it is. While all parties involved have strongly hinted toward the possibility of a title unification "eleven years in the making," WWE has been very mindful not to officially brand this match as a title unification bout.
WWE.com currently poses the question: "Will one champion be crowned at TLC?" The fact that this is the question being asked as opposed to "who will be the undisputed champion" should tell consumers everything they need to know about how this one will end.
WWE's pay-per-view payoffs in 2013 have been the cable box equivalent of an Andy Kaufman prank.
That train is never late.
There is too much ambiguity regarding whether or not this is truly a title unification match. The subject was brought up in Triple H's weekly interview series with Michael Cole. Triple H made sure to speak equivocally, saying "the goal is one champion" and he "wants there to be one undisputed champion."
When WWE does unify the WWE and World Heavyweight championships, it will be on the WrestleMania XXX stage befitting of such an occasion, not TLC.
The tables, ladders and chairs format presents an easy out for a finish that will preserve the current two-world championship format leading into WrestleMania season.
With both championships hanging in the air, one man grabs the WWE championship while the other grabs the world championship. Regardless of who grabs what title, the finish will have resulted in a wash.
All for $60 in high definition. Buyer beware.