WWE TLC 2011: Are the Miz and Alberto Del Rio Good Fits for a TLC Match?
At Tables, Ladders and Chairs, CM Punk is scheduled to defend the WWE Championship against former champions The Miz and Alberto Del Rio.
It's the first time ever that a singles triple threat TLC match occurs, and all three men have a bit of history with ladders. More on that later.
We all know about the rivalry between Punk and Del Rio, stemming from Punk's championship win at Survivor Series last month, and we know Del Rio is hungry to win his third WWE Championship of 2011.
Miz is hungry too.
After spending the last number of months paired up with R-Truth, Miz is returning to singles competition to claim the belt he lost at Extreme Rules to John Cena in May. Miz has had an excellent 2011, including his successful title defense at WrestleMania 27.
Can he close 2011 with another WWE Title win?
Let us first analyze if Del Rio and Miz are good fits for this type of environment.
A former Money in the Bank winner, The Miz knows a thing or two about climbing a ladder against multiple opponents to retrieve a big prize.
Since being moved to the RAW brand via the 2009 WWE Draft, Miz has slowly climbed the ranks to become one of the most relied upon superstars in the company. He hasn't missed a beat and has accomplished a lot.
He also has a history with TLC, defending his-then WWE Championship against Jerry Lawler in a TLC match, a week after winning it from Randy Orton. The match was spectacular because it showed how Miz can utilize the elements and isn't afraid of putting his body on the line. The interference by Michael Cole and Alex Riley was legal, but took away from an otherwise fantastic bout.
Miz is more than a good fit for this match. He will do the match justice if the right spots are used at the right times.
Alberto Del Rio...
Another former Money in the Bank holder, Alberto Del Rio has been on a roll in 2011.
Two WWE Championships, Money in the Bank winner, Royal Rumble winner and headlined WrestleMania in what would be the last match of Edge's career, Del Rio's fingerprints are all over this year.
Is Del Rio a good fit for this match? He most certainly is. He has taken on a lot of classic matches, including his first Hell in the Cell match and his first Last Man Standing match. He won both of them.
In the first ever Hell in the Cell triple threat match, Del Rio found a great use for the Cell, locking John Cena out of it, thanks to some interference from Ricardo Rodriguez and defeated a dismantled CM Punk.
In the Last Man Standing match, he took out Cena in a ring that was busted up, thanks to Mark Henry and Big Show.
Del Rio came close in a TLC Match before, losing to Edge at last year's TLC PPV in a fatal four way match that also included Kane and Rey Mysterio.
Del Rio brings plenty to the table (no pun intended) and will be an asset to this match.
The WWE Champion, CM Punk...
Overall, the two challengers are going to do great things in this match and provide an entertaining contest for the richest prize in WWE.
CM Punk isn't someone we should be concerned with. Just taking a look at his resume and stuff he has done is enough.
A two-time Money in the Bank winner in his own right, Punk has done amazing work in 2011, and what a way to wrap it up with retaining the WWE Title in this match.
If you have seen his match against Jeff Hardy at SummerSlam 2009 in a TLC Match, you can put to rest questioning Punk in this environment.
The title of this article may be misleading, but as stated above, we don't have a worry in the world for the WWE Champion and besides, he's probably going to win, if he wants to bring the title to Chicago for the Boxing Day edition of Monday Night RAW.
What do you think?