WWE TLC 2013: Title vs. Title Match Will Re-Invigorate Run of Stale PPVs

Bryan HaasFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

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As the Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay per view looms large on the horizon, and with it the much-hyped and soon-to-be-historic world title unification match, the WWE has a chance to do something that they have not done since much earlier this year.

Simply put, the company can finally put on a thoroughly entertaining pay-per-view.

This is not really a slight against the company brass as a whole, as each and every show that they put together has some type of attraction to it. But compared to events of the past, the recent PPVs have been severely lacking an overall spectacular quality.

The company can change that quickly with TLC, which promises a title unification match between World Heavyweight champion John Cena and WWE champion Randy Orton.

Both superstars carry highly decorated careers into the bout, and in the coming weeks, they will likely add even more fuel to an already burning fire. Cena, the resident savior of the WWE, can hope to be the agent of change in a storyline involving the Authority, comprised of Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, and their handpicked champion, Orton.

For his part, Orton can be the individual to finally halt Cena’s heroic run at the top of the proverbial mountain. Frankly, it seems as if Cena can never lose, especially when faced with a serious threat. However, Orton carries enough weight as a real long-term threat and could easily be the one to halt Cena’s years-long run as the top talent in the company.

Say what you will about Cena, but the man elicits some type of incredible reaction in whatever arena he enters. Sometimes it is a chorus of boos that greets him as he walks down the aisle, sometimes deafening cheers. However, the reaction is always incredibly loud, and no matter the type of noise, a huge reaction is what all superstars should be aiming for.

In addition to the title unification match, other contests have been announced as well, and in the coming weeks, the storylines behind them can be developed further.

And in an era where the company puts on a PPV with one greatly hyped match, while neglecting to develop the rest of the card, this event will do wonders for how wrestling fans feel about the WWE PPV product as a whole.

One need only look at all of the events since May to see how flat they have been.

Coming off of WrestleMania in April, the company presented their Extreme Rules event, where the tag team titles and United states championship changed hands, and Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H in a brutal contest. So in presenting their first event coming off of WrestleMania, the company did a decent job of keeping the audience entertained.

However, the momentum stopped in June as the best thing that Payback delivered was the start of Curtis Axel’s forgettable Intercontinental title run, AJ Lee winning the Divas title from an obviously overmatched Kaitlyn and Alberto Del Rio winning the World Heavyweight title in a glorified squash match over Dolph Ziggler.

July offered Money in the Bank, which gave Damien Sandow and Orton world title opportunities, but did little else to elevate any other interests. That was followed by SummerSlam in August, which showcased Daniel Bryan defeating Cena for the WWE title before being immediately beaten by Orton when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.

This was a fine ending for a lesser event, but for what was supposed to be the summer’s greatest event, the rest of the card failed to deliver.

At Night of Champions the following month in December, Bryan defeated Orton but was immediately stripped of the title the following night due to shady circumstances that were never fully explained. Other than that, though, nothing of note happened at the event, leaving many wondering how an event with such a promising name could fall so flat.

The month of October showcased two PPVs: Battleground and Hell in a Cell, with the most intriguing thing coming out of either being the return of Cena, who came back from triceps surgery months ahead of time to defeat Del Rio for the World Heavyweight title.

It was a nice return for Cena, but it was a result that everyone expected once it was announced that he was returning in the first place.

In addition, Orton soundly defeated Bryan for the WWE championship after special referee Shawn Michaels attacked the latter. But from there, no storyline developed, and that rivalry went nowhere.

Following that, Survivor Series, which is normally the most hotly contested affair in the fall months, fell incredibly short of expectations. Orton easily defended his title against the Big Show, Cena did the same against an incredibly overmatched Del Rio and there was a mess of a Survivor Series match involving the cast of Total Divas against other members of the Divas talent roster.

In following these events, the TLC event does not actually have to do much to be considered one of the best PPVs of the year.

However, if the past six months are any indication, 2013 may not end on a high note for the company or the WWE Universe.