Since WWE's annual Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view is right around the corner, it seems appropriate to look back at the main event of the first show under the TLC banner.
Ever since Edge and Christian, The Dudley Boyz and the Hardys made history in the first TLC match, it has been a favorite stipulation of the WWE Universe.
Combining three of the most iconic weapons in wrestling history into one bout made for some incredible action and memorable moments, and WWE saw it as an opportunity to craft a whole PPV out of the idea.
The first event in 2009 had a tables match with Sheamus and John Cena, a ladder match with Christian and Shelton Benjamin and the first chairs match between The Undertaker and Batista.
But those were all appetizers. The main course was a tag team TLC contest featuring Triple H and Shawn Michaels challenging the unified tag team champions, Big Show and Chris Jericho.
Despite several years of being allies, Triple H and HBK had never held tag gold together. Since Michaels was nearing the end of his in-ring career, it felt like the right time for them to pursue the belts.
Jeri-Show was a formidable team. Jericho is a wily veteran with decades of experience wrestling around the globe, and Big Show was the most decorated giant to ever step foot inside the squared circle.
However, Michaels and Triple H were just as iconic, both as a team and on their own. They have held countless titles between them and tangled with the biggest names in the business.
Putting these two teams into one of the most violent and entertaining matches of all time was a great idea, and it led to a bout fans will never forget.
While Jericho had been in a TLC match before, this was the first time Big Show, HBK and Triple H fought under the stipulation. However, they all had experience in regular ladder matches, so they weren't too far out of their comfort zones.
Instead of relying on dangerous spots to sell the story, these four men used a slower pace to make sure the action actually made sense, which was unlike some of the craziness we had seen in past TLC contests.
When the dust settled and the bell had been rung, Triple H and The Heartbreak Kid took home the Tag Team Championship.
Here are a few interesting notes about this match:
- Only one table was broken.
- This is the only time someone won a ladder match by climbing half a ladder while his partner held it up.
- It was the first time in over seven years that the tag titles were defended in a TLC match.
- This was the only time Triple H and Michaels won the titles as partners.
- This was the last time Michaels would hold a title in WWE.
It might not have matched up with some other TLC matches in terms of carnage, but it was a great contest featuring four men who know how to make the crowd happy.
This year's event will take place six years to the day after the inaugural TLC PPV, but the first event will hold a special place in WWE history.
What did you think of DX vs. Jeri-Show at TLC 2009, and what are you looking forward to from this year's PPV?
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