WWE TLC: A Look Back at the First-Ever Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match
Tonight is WWE's Tables, Ladders and Chairs PPV event. This is one of WWE's PPV events which is named after a stipulation match, much like Hell in a Cell and Royal Rumble.
The phenomenon of the TLC match started way back in 2000 when The Hardys, The Dudleys and Edge and Christian faced off at WrestleMania 2000 in a triangle ladder match.
These three teams tore the house down that night and during the match their use of chairs and tables prompted WWE to officially make this a new type of match.
The TLC match was born only a few months later at SummerSlam 2000 and it was contested with the same three teams.
It is funny to think back to this time because off these six men, only one is still employed by WWE, and he is injured at the moment.
With tonight's TLC event being the year ending PPV I thought it would be appropriate to take a look back at the match that started it all.
I was originally going to write a single page article about this and have the video at the top, but the only way I could find good videos was in two parts so I extended it to a short slideshow. Enjoy!
The TLC match is the stepson of the ladder match and the cousin to the table match, and we could even say the father to the chair match.
The use of these three weapons complimented these teams in a specific way. Each weapon was ideal for one of the teams to use in an attempt to gain the tag titles.
The Dudleys have been famously using tables for years, even as far back as their days in ECW. Their most recognizable catchphrase even revolves around tables.
Bubba: "Get the tables!!!"
Whenever these words echoed throughout the arena fans jumped to their feet because they knew that someone was about to get put through a table.
Ladders appealed more to the high flying style of The Hardys. Their previous ladder match performances had shown WWE that they had two guys who were willing to risk life and limb to entertain the fans.
Edge and Christian were more at home with chairs, having introduced the con-chairto to the WWE universe.
This match stole the show at SummerSlam 2000, and I feel comfortable saying that these six guys always stole the show whenever they competed together.
Watching this makes me yearn for the time when tag teams were not only together for years at a time but they also were featured center stage with the rest of the roster.
Why Vince McMahon hates tag team wrestling is beyond my comprehension, because he must hate it if he let it get as bad as it has.
These six men probably shortened each one of their careers a little bit every time they had a match like this, but in the end I am sure they woudln't change anything.
These old matches still make me think there is hope for WWE's tag team division today. The Usos, Primo and Epico and Air Boom have been getting a little more exposure as of late and hopefully WWE continues to build new teams.
I hope you have enjoyed watching these videos and taking a trip down memory lane. Please check back tonight for my live coverage of TLC.