The Event: WWE TLC was the finale WWE pay per view event of 2014, and it was a damn solid effort.
The company kind of went into a bit of a funk during October and November, December saw it pick up again, and gain momentum with Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania not far away. It seems to be a yearly event, with this time of year feeling a bit flat and then picking up again.
Being the loyal fan that I am, I did watch this event live, and for the most part I did enjoy what was on offer. For a final event of the year, WWE could have done a lot worse, so it was good to see their game picked up here.
Here is a run down of the matches:
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper
Perfect match to kick off the show, having a ladder match and having Dolph Ziggler, who is still oh so hot right now. The story of Dolph for 2014 has been a strong one, he’s made his way back into the heart of the fans, and solidified his spot as a fan favourite at Survivor Series. The in-ring chemistry was there for Ziggler and Harper, and in this scenario Ziggler was the under dog.
The match is an exciting one, with some good spots and both men giving it their all. They were given a good amount of time to tell a story and Ziggler picked up the win, making the fans happy (hometown boy here).
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Miz & Damien Mizdow vs. The Usos
This was not a long match, a bit of a filler for the show. The most entertaining part, as it has been with anything involving The Miz, is Damien Mizdow. His antics are always worth watching, otherwise this was a pretty forgettable match.
Stairs Match: Big Show vs. Erick Rowan
This match was one I wasn’t sure about, I mean what the heck is a stairs match? Well having a big match for Rowan was good in my books, the man is a star in the making and he’s great in the ring. This match was a lot better than I expected it to be, Rowan especially really picked up his game. Even Big Show lately seems to have gotten a second wind. Certainly worth watching for the gimmick, but overall an entertaining bout. The use of stairs was quite brutal at times too.
Tables Match: John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
I was shocked that this was not the main event, it is always good to see Cena in the middle of the card and giving others the spotlight. The feud of Cena and Rollins (with the Authority) actually has been entertaining. This match was quite a good one, with Rollins naturally stealing the show. However Cena did look better than he has been because giving the right feud and opponent, you can see they give him motivation to really perform.
While the out come wasn’t what I personally wanted, it actually really served a good purpose to keep the feud going and to add in some extra spice. A very entertaining match, with some interference and some controversy.
Divas Championship Match: AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella
This match lasted a bit longer than the last title match between the two, the match itself was okay. Nikki and even Brie aren’t on the level of A.J. wrestling skill wise. A.J. really did have to carry the match, and she did make Nikki look strong. While I am not behind the title reign of Nikki, at least now the matches are going on longer and there is some kind of skill involved. The Divas division right now seems to be in limbo, but I can’t complain they are getting regular matches on PPV.
Chairs Match: Kane vs. Ryback
This match was okay, I thought for sure this would be more entertaining than the stairs match but nope, that was far superior. I am not sure what it was here, I guess the in ring chemistry was lacking between the two and the booking was rather poor. Ryback is improving and he needed a better feud going into this match. He looked strong and he needed to, Kane at this point has been used so badly, it is hard to care anymore.
United States Championship Match: Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
This may be the best match between the two from this long running feud, they do have the chemistry in the ring and they were given a fair amount of time to build up the match and given enough suspense to leave the fans wondering whether Swagger could pull the upset victory. I was easily able to get involved in this match and the story being told, and it really shows how far Swagger has come, and a shame he doesn’t get used more. Rusev is an animal, and he’s going to be dominating for months to come, no doubt.
Tables Ladders and Chairs Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
First off, it is great to see that Ambrose and Wyatt are main eventing a PPV, two of the future big stars of the company. The go home match for their feud was outstanding, the match was insane. Both men did a fantastic job, and told the story that needed to be told. Ambrose does the crazy things, but he also made Wyatt get in on the act, great psychology there.
I loved the brutality of the match and the pure craziness of both men. The ending of the match though was quite a low point, and after such a great match, it really should have had a better ending booked. Other than that, top marks for this match and to both men.
The Australian DVD
Audio/Video: The video and audio quality is exactly what you can expect from the WWE, it is fantastic. The DVD looks and sounds fantastic, it makes it easy to re-live these matches.
* Kick-Off Match – New Day vs. Gold & Stardust
* Post Match Interview – Dolph Ziggler
* Post Match Interview – The Bella Twins
A few extras are included, with the Kick-Off match first off. This was a solid match, all men involved are great guys and they generally put on entertaining matches. This one is no different and worth checking out. Always worth seeing a Dolph Ziggler interview, but The Bella’s one can easily be skipped.
You can buy the DVD here – http://www.screenpop.com.au/dvd/tlc-tables-ladders-chairs-2014/27852.html
Thanks to Shock for their support.