By Jack Brady
Tables, Ladders and Chairs was one of the better pay-per-views of 2012. Even without the presence of a WWE Championship match, TLC worked so well on so many levels. While yes, it was predictable, nobody could’ve ever imagined how truly great the six-man TLC match between the Shield, Team Hell No and Ryback would really be. It was outstanding. If not for Undertaker and Triple H’s epic encounter at Wrestlemania 28, this would’ve been the match of the year hands down.
There were some pitfalls at TLC though. In my opinion, this PPV should’ve had all of its attention on the World Heavyweight Championship. In saying this, there should’ve been two World Heavyweight Championship matches and like Dolph Ziggler, the WWE failed to ‘cash-in’ on this opportunity.
What I Loved
Let’s face it, the Intercontinental and United States Championships have become less and less relevant in the company in recent years. However, with Antonio Cesaro and Kofi Kingston as champions, they have definitely become relevant again. While I’m not a fan of Cesaro’s character, he is definitely a talented individual and what better way to make the US champion relevant again then having the Swiss superman holding it and bagging out the country that he is champion of.
Rhodes Scholars #1 contenders for Tag Team Titles
Cody Rhodes and Damian Sandow are future world champions. Sandow is my favourite wrestler of 2012 because of his simply straight-up heel qualities he possesses. Tagging Sandow and Rhodes together was a masterstroke by McMahon as it allows two similar personalities to strive together in the tag team division before moving onto greater things in later years. Having them get the opportunity to fight past world champions Daniel Bryan and Kane again gives them this world title rub that they so rightfully deserve and thus can build upon.
Ziggler and ‘The Shield’ Won
Dolph Ziggler and The Shield won. That’s all that matters. Ziggler further cemented himself as a main-eventer, regardless of AJ’s interference and ‘The Shield’ are able to build off one of the arguably strongest debuts in WWE history. Beyond all this, Ryback still looked ridiculously strong despite his team losing. Good booking by the WWE.
What I Hated
Terrible World Heavyweight Title Match and Ziggler wasn’t WHC.
Big Show vs. Sheamus was terrible. All that build over the past three months essentially amounted to nothing. Big Show pulls out a big chair hits Sheamus, game over? It was silly and Ziggler should’ve been giving the opportunity to cash-in. Imagine if Ziggler cashed in and was then made to defend the title instead of the briefcase against Cena? It would’ve made the PPV a lot more appealing and would’ve definitely made Ziggler look stronger.
Who really cares about the Brooklyn Brawler? In the past he has performed as Doink the Clown and has done really nothing in his WWE career. I get that this PPV was in Brooklyn but seriously, imagine the hype if someone like Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger or even Christian was booked instead of him. It was just a straight-up silly booking having him involved at all.
Alberto Del Rio Face Turn?
Having not seen Raw yet, and not reading any spoilers, the way that the WWE handled Alberto Del Rio last night could be potentially one of the more unique face turns that I have ever witnessed. Using Ricardo Rodriguez and the Spanish Announce Team as people for 3MB to abuse, and thus for Alberto Del Rio trying to protect them from the 3MB, was really unique and could be just what Del Rio needs to become relevant once again.
AJ Heel Turn
While it is probably obvious that AJ has sided with Dolph Ziggler, I would nonetheless be surprised to see that AJ is the one behind the introduction of ‘The Shield’. Who knows, her last role as Raw General Manager could’ve been to hire them to Raw and help her out iron all the injustices in the company that saw her fall from her authority role in the company. Who knows?