Sunday is WWE’s 2013 Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view and the excitement surrounding a card headlined by the title unification match featuring John Cena and Randy Orton is through the roof.
There are several feasible outcomes as the company puts both the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship on the line in a classic TLC match, and the fierce in-ring battle between Cena and Orton should have every wrestling fan glued to the show.
If the main event has you excited for an interesting card, here is all the vital viewing information you’ll need to watch the PPV anywhere, a full preview of the Cena vs. Orton bout and predictions for every match.
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
When: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-Per-View (local cable providers)
Live Stream: WWE.com
|Full 2013 TLC Match Card|
|John Cena vs. Randy Orton||WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship||Unification Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match|
|CM Punk vs. The Shield||N/A||3-on-1 Handicap Match|
|Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family||N/A||3-on-1 Handicap Match|
|AJ Lee vs. Natalya||Divas Championship||N/A|
|Big E Langston vs. Damien Sandow||Intercontinental Championship||N/A|
|Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. Big Show and Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust||Tag Team Championship||N/A|
|Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango||Kickoff Match||N/A|
Main Event Preview and Prediction
When John Cena and Randy Orton put their respective heavyweight championships on the line in Sunday’s unification bout, the main event of the TLC PPV will be one of the most important matches in WWE history.
It has been 11 years since the World Heavyweight Championship was introduced, and Sunday will be the first time in over a decade that the WWE will have only one world champion. As if the stakes in this match weren’t high enough, the inclusion of two high-profile stars like Cena and Orton put it under even more scrutiny.
The long history between these two men includes several marquee feuds and an astounding 25 combined world championship reigns. These two men are familiar with each other in the ring, and the result will be a well-executed match that lives up to the billing.
With no doubt that the action will be interesting, the focus now shifts to which Superstar walks out of the PPV as the undisputed champion. With the Royal Rumble next on the schedule and WrestleMania on the horizon, there is a chance this match could see a major swerve.
Instead of giving Cena or Orton the title, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have been teasing for weeks that there could be something more devious boiling beneath the surface.
That major swerve will be Triple H walking out of TLC with the titles.
Triple H has shown no confidence in Randy Orton—even hitting him with a Pedigree to close Raw—and the subtle teases about Cena joining the Authority could be a red herring to throw the fans off the scent of the possible storyline twist.
Whether it’s Kane playing a role on Triple H’s behalf or Triple H doing the deed himself, the most interesting storyline heading into the road to WrestleMania would be having the COO crown himself the undisputed champion.
Triple H could square off against Orton and Cena at the Royal Rumble and successfully defend the title by pinning Orton. With the serious possibility that Daniel Bryan will win the Royal Rumble, the eventual title match between Triple H and Bryan would be the perfect way to put over the popular star as a top draw.
Predicting the Rest of TLC
CM Punk will defeat The Shield after miscommunication issues between Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. The Shield has been teasing tension for weeks, but it amped up on Monday’s Raw. If Punk steals the win in this three-on-one handicap match, the implosion of the heel stable is going to happen sooner rather than later.
The Wyatt Family will beat Daniel Bryan in a three-on-one handicap match. Bryan will look as good as he always does, but the sheer size and numbers advantage will afford Bryan the rare chance to lose without looking weak.
AJ Lee will successfully defend her championship against Natalya. This match should be solid in the ring, but the possible involvement of Tamina Snuka will likely spoil any clean ending.
Despite fighting Cena just a few weeks ago for the World Heavyweight Championship, Damien Sandow will lose clean to Intercontinental champion Big E Langston as the midcard continues to be booked poorly.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust are taking the midcard route to their championship reign; they’ll successfully defend the titles on PPV after losing almost every televised match leading into the bout.
In what I’m dubbing the “What Could’ve Been” Bowl, Dolph Ziggler will beat Fandango on the pre-show kickoff match. Both men deserve so much better than this, but at least it gives fans something to care about before TLC starts.
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