TLC 2012: What was good, what was bad and what could be potentially brilliant

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

Cesaro/Kingston Retained

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.

Brooklyn Brawler

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.

Potentially Positive:

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?


Why the Armageddon Six Man Hell in a Cell should NEVER occur again

By Jack Brady

Rewind twelve years. December 10th, 2000. Armageddon. There took place one of most entertaining Hell in a Cell’s of all time, the first (and thus far only) six-man Hell in a Cell match. It pitted WWF Champion Kurt Angle against The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Rikishi and Triple H.

There it was seen, one of the most hellacious matches in WWF/E history. We saw every man bleed. We saw Austin go through a car window, Rikishi get chokeslammed off the top of the Cell and Triple H get slingshotted into a car. It was half an hour of pure entertainment and unforgettable spots and at the end of the day we saw Kurt Angle retain his title.

In saying that, it should never happen again.

The WWF in 2000 was jam-packed full of wrestling stars. This match was a way that the world could see all of them pitted against one another at the one time. A time before the Elimination Chamber was introduced. Each of these men will be hall of famers of the company at some point in time. Steve Austin is already so.

To Hell and Back: Kurt Angle Retains the WWF Championship

This feat of a six-men Hell in a Cell should never occur again let alone be suggested to be the answer to the upcoming Hell in a Cell PPV that will be taking place on October 28th.  With John Cena seemingly out with an elbow injury past the upcoming PPV, there are rumours going around that they the company will counteract his absence with the second-ever six-man Hell in a Cell.

With the way that this past week’s RAW went down, this suggested match would more than likely see WWE Champion CM Punk take on Kofi Kingston, The Miz, R-Truth, Ryback and Alberto Del Rio.

It doesn’t even compare to the match that took place in 2000. The disparity between those in 2000 and those in today’s WWE is immense. Between Kurt Angle and co. they have won thirty-eight world championships and eighty championships overall in the company.

Fast-forward to the suggested 2012 version and only Punk, Miz and Del Rio have won world championships, only a mere eight times between them. Overall, these six current wrestlers have won only thirty-one belts. To even suggest these men try and replicate what those six legends of wrestling produced in 2000 is ridiculous. I mean, Ryback hasn’t even won a title in the company yet.

If the WWE were to reintroduce the six-man Hell in a Cell later next month, it would well and truly tarnish what Angle, Austin, Rikishi, Rock, Taker and H did in 2000. It was one of the greatest matches in WWF/E history due to its innovative originality.

It shouldn’t happen ever again.