WWE TLC 2013 Recap: Results and Analysis from Most Exciting Matches

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 16, 2013

Feb 25, 2012; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Wrestler and actor John Cena prior to the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 WWE TLC event was filled with some exciting moments and entertaining shots from some big names in wrestling that made it yet another fun year.

For the first time since December 2001, the WWE unified its two heavyweight championships as Randy Orton took John Cena's belt after taking him down.  It's the first time that there has been a unified champion since Chris Jericho did it, making it a historic night in wrestling.

Let's take a look at some of the most thrilling matches from Sunday's event, breaking down the matches themselves and what made them so much fun.


John Cena vs. Randy Orton

We'll go ahead and start with the main event.  While it didn't live up to the hype, it was still a good one for what it was.

Both men used the tables, ladders and chairs often, with Cena even dropping Orton through the Spanish announcers table at one point.  Shortly after, Cena was holding both of the championship belts before Orton used a chair to bring Cena down to the mat.

Things got pretty interesting late in the match when The Viper came up with a pair of handcuffs and restrained Cena on the bottom rope before fighting free shortly after.  He then climbed to the top of the ladder nearby, but Orton them got him off of the ladder and Cena fell into another table.

It was an entertaining match for what it was.  It would have been more entertaining to see additional exciting shots and fewer that seemed awkward or not organic, but the storyline during the event made up for it and fans came away satisfied.


CM Punk vs. The Shield

The Shield, which has been quite dominant during 2013, went up against CM Punk earlier in the night, and what resulted was an extremely entertaining match.

Things started to get good in the match when Roman Reigns came in.  He's been gathering a lot of steam as a wrestler, and the crowd reacted when he came in.  He started things off right with a huge clothesline that hit Punk hard.  Reigns then tried to spear Punk out of the ring, but missed and flex over the announce table, forcing him to quickly get back in as the count out began.

The match ended in interesting fashion, as Reigns came in to try and spear Punk once again, but he avoided in at Reigns ended up hitting Ambrose.  Punk then ended the match with a pin and the win.

It seems a bit strange that the Shield came away with a stunning loss after how hot dominant they've been over the past year, but the match itself was a lot of fun.  It was very fluid, there were some great shots and misses, and the ending was certainly a creative one that perfectly set the stage for a potential split with the Shield.


Fatal Four Way Tag Match

It was chaotic, wild and featured some great names, making the fatal four way tag match the best event of the whole night.  It's hard to describe every single thing that happened, but there were a number of memorable moments.

The first big moment came when Cesaro got Goldust with the delayed gutwrech suplex.  This isn't the first time he's done it, but it's always a fun one to watch.  After that, Goldust used a springboard back-elbow and a top-rope hurricanrana.  He ended up rolling up Ryback and eliminating this team, while the Big Show got to Cesaro, eliminating both heel teams to start things off.

In the end, it was Goldust and Cody Rhodes that came away as the winners.  While the fact that both heel teams were eliminated first hurt the intrigue a bit, there was so much action at the end that it was still easily the match of the night.  There could have been a chance for it to be the best match of 2013, but it was still a memorable one for sure.