WWE TLC 2011: The Best TLC Matches of All Time
As we get closer to December's pay-per-view edition, TLC, I thought about putting together the greatest TLC matches of all time. Now, this isn't just a list of only TLC matches, it's also my view on the best tables, ladders and/or chair matches in WWF/WWE history.
The TLC stipulation has had a lot of different forms of its match, from fatal-four ways to four-team, tag-team championship matches. As my list moves along, it showcases everything that makes one of the greatest matches in the business so popular.
SummerSlam 2000: Edge and Christian vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz
This was the first-ever TLC match in WWF history and it put three of the top extreme teams in one ring. The key was that they could use whatever they wanted on one another.
Being that this was the first time that fans would see such an idea in the ring is what made the six wrestlers go above and beyond. It not only set the bar higher than what they expected, it set the stage for many more TLC matches to come.
It didn't take long for the fans to want more carnage from their favorite tag teams. This time the WWE decided to step up their game and put the match in the spotlight for thousands of fans world wide at WrestleMania X-Seven.
Yes, the match did see the same six men as earlier in the year at SummerSlam, but that was because the WWE fans demanded it.
One Night Stand: Edge vs. Taker
One Night Stand was a staple in ECW history. However, after WWE bought ECW, they took it and made it their own. No one thought this match would live up to what it did as the title was grabbed.
The match did exceed expectations to make it one of the top TLC matches in WWE history because of the multiple times the two wrestlers turned on one another.
SummerSlam 2009: Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk
When SummerSlam came in 2009, the TLC match stipulation at pay-per-views was in full swing. Fans wanted to see the type of action they knew they would get in this type of match, and having two of the top stars in the WWE at the time go at it was something every fan dreamed of.
The reason I put this in the middle of my listing was because it showcased just what the two men had in themselves to not only be champion, but also to show that they are the best int he world.
The WWF was at its highest peak as fans were watching at skyrocketing numbers. With this success, the WWF decided to show something on TV that had never been done before.
With the anticipation for the show, the masses tuned in to see just what could happen.
Monday Night RAW has always been a show where you never know what could happen. In 2002, the company decided to take a pay-per-view quality match and put it on its cable network after the success the match had on SmackDown the year before. This was a huge bang for the company as fans flocked to the station to see what would happen.
The match saw many high-flying moves and "oh my God" reactions. I believe this match will live to be one of the top-ranked TLC matches in WWE history.
TLC: DX vs. Jerishow 2009
As TLC matches grew over the years, so did the type of tag-team combinations. In 2009, WWE fans saw an all-time classic combination of D-Generation X face the new team of Chris Jericho and Big Show.
I felt that this was one of the top TLC matches because it helped keep the tradition going of taking things to the extreme. It didn't have the big-name teams that the previous ones did, but what it did was show the athleticism of a huge athlete in the Big Show.
Unforgiven: Cena vs. Edge
This match showcased just how resilient John Cena was on his way to the top. Cena, being the face of the WWE now, had to work his way to this moment. A lot of times Cena would do anything he could to reach this level. It could be through ECW atmospheres or in matches such as this one.
This was a huge match in both of the participants respective careers, and it will live in the history of TLC matches forever.
TLC 2010: Edge vs. Kane vs. Del Rio vs. Mysterio
At this moment, TLC matches and the pay-per-view itself had become a staple in the extreme side of the WWE. As fans have grown accustomed to the type of action they will see and the type of outcome to expect, the WWE had to make these four men go above and beyond.
Lawler vs. Miz for WWE Title
The Miz has had a very interesting career in the WWE. He has gone from being a heel to a baby face. During his stint of being a heel, he pointed his anger at the King.
The King, being a known fighter, did not back down from standing up to the Miz and challenged him to a match. However, this match was not just a normal one-on-one match—it was a TLC match.