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The eighth annual Tables, Ladders, & Chairs pay-per-view goes live tonight and will be exclusively under the Smackdown Live brand this time around. It will be held in the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. As or right now, we have six verified matches on the card, but we’ll likely see some last minute additions thrown into the pre-show. This event always ends the year on an exciting note and typically has a few jaw-dropping moments that will be talking about as we head towards the Royal Rumble. Let’s take a look at the TLC match card and make some F2H predictions!
Nikki Bella vs Carmella – No Disqualifications Singles Match
It’s nice to see the women getting a No Disqualification match, though I have my doubts about the quality we’re going to receive. Carmella is great, but is still pretty green. Nikki Bella, in my opinion, is incredibly overrated and will probably have too many concerns about re-injury to take a No DQ match seriously. I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect the only No DQ action we get is a lot of outside ring work and a few throws into the barricade.
F2H Prediction – Nikki Bella
Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin – Chairs Singles Match
I’ve forgotten why the giant Baron Corbin is picking on teensy tiny Kalisto, but I am glad to see Corbin on the main card of a PPV. I expected him to get a bigger push after winning the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but I guess that doesn’t have much meaning after the first couple weeks have passed by. This seems like an obvious squash match for Kalisto considering that there are chairs involved, but he has quickness on his side and could surprise us. The real question here is whether we’ll see a run-in from a frustrated Sami Zayn.
F2H Prediction – Baron Corbin
The Miz (c) vs Dolph Ziggler – Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
I love The Miz as IC champ! That said, I also love Dolph Ziggler, so it’s difficult for me to just pick one competitor to cheer for. We assume Ziggler is going to fight clean, and Miz is going to use whatever he can, including his wife, to trip Ziggler up and keep his title. The hairspray nonsense, the Spirit Squad; he has a lot of ridiculous ideas, but they keep working. Having this be a ladder match may work in Dolph’s favor if he can be smart about it and be quicker than Miz. Don’t get your hopes up about Maryse being banned from ringside though. This will definitely be two on one.
F2H Prediction – The Miz
Becky Lynch (c) vs Alexa Bliss – Tables Match for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
This is awesome. This is so awesome. I love this. Alexa Bliss is probably my favorite female on the Smackdown roster, and I’m very curious to see this tiny athlete lugging around giant tables. I love that WWE is taking more chances with their women; first dropping the “Diva” name, and then putting them into more risky and exciting matches. I’ve seen women go through tables before, but on WWE? That’s not exactly commonplace. This should be one hell of a match.
F2H Prediction – Alexa Bliss
Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton – Tag Match for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
2016 has been a strange year, so it only makes sense that Heath Slater would have a title and be one of the top guys on Smackdown. Keeping with the strange, Randy Orton is now part of the Wyatt Family, because why not? This match is filled with a lot of What The Hell Is Going On? This will be a straight tag match with no stipulations, but will no doubt still be an exciting one to watch. I hope Slater and Rhyno pull out a victory so Slater can hold on to that double wide. And yes, Face To Heel is continuing its refusal of calling them Beauty and the Man Beast. That’s a terrible name. Terrible, terrible name.
F2H Prediction – Heath Slater & Rhyno
AJ Styles (c) vs Dean Ambrose – Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match for the WWE World Championship
Our main event will be a traditional TLC match between Styles and Ambrose, two guys who aren’t afraid to put it all on the line. I have to wonder how James Ellsworth is going to fit into this match. I definitely want to see him ringside supporting Ambrose, and while I do not want him to affect the outcome of the match, it would be good to see him take a chair shot, push Styles off a ladder, or get slammed through a table. I love that chinless wonder. Eventually Ambrose has to turn on Ellsworth so maybe tonight will be the night when he slips up and costs Dean his shot at winning the belt by accident.
F2H Prediction – Dean Ambrose
The pre-show will begin live on the WWE Network at 7:00PM EST, with the main show beginning at 8:00PM EST. Hopefully we don’t get an early ending the way we did with Survivor Series and the booking will be strong throughout. Be sure to Tweet along with us at @FaceToHeel during the show, and keep your eye out for our next giveaway contest! Let us know in the comments below your own predictions and what you are most looking forward to on tonight’s card.
Article by Mrs Jamie Baker
Survivor Series, the 2nd longest running pay-per-view event in the WWE, and a staple for November, is in six days. As it stands currently, the match card is The Brothers of Destruction vs only two members of The Wyatt Family, a Divas Championship match, and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament semifinals and finals. Is this what we’ve come to, a product so bad that a nearly three decade tradition is reduced to this dismal lineup? Seth Rollins’ injury isn’t to blame for this. This is just absolute dismal booking. We are about to have a Survivor Series pay-per-view and they don’t even have a traditional Survivor Series match lined up. With six days to go and Smackdown taping tonight, there has been no concrete evidence that type of match will even be on the card.
Unless something drastic happens on Smackdown which seems highly unlikely, Survivor Series is already setting up to be one of the worst pay-per-views of the year and possibly one of the worst Survivor Series in history. Does WWE even give a shit about their product anymore? The atmosphere with the current product is akin to a sports team purposefully tanking a season in order to get a high draft. But there is no draft for WWE. There is no off-season. If they tank, then the ratings continue to plummet. And I very much doubt the USA network will be pleased with that especially considering they are about to take over Smackdown airings as well. Monday Night Raw, at least in my house, has become a “let’s watch it late so we have fast-forward time” event. It isn’t fun anymore. It isn’t entertaining. And for most of the broadcast, it isn’t even really wrestling.
They expect us to waste over five hours a week watching Raw and Smackdown while they cut to commercial during matches, have long winded segments with people talking for upwards of fifteen or twenties minutes, and have Michael Cole and Byron Saxton oversell the product. More often than not, they expect us to sit through yet another six-man tag match with the superstars-of-the-week who have seemingly been thrown together by drawing names out of a hat. Then they went us to waste our Sunday night on a throwaway pay-per-view when we could all be watching The Walking Dead instead.
The worst part of all this is I can’t even blame my current frustrations on a John Cena push as he hasn’t been on WWE programming since he dropped the United States title to Alberto Del Rio. WWE is just bad right now. Where is Brock Lesnar? Where is Paul Heyman? Why is Kane and The Undertaker getting TV time and pay-per-view spots over newer, younger guys, especially the NXT guys? Why is The Ascension getting a match on Raw when they are clearly the B tag team and should stick to Smackdown? How is Paige the sparkplug for a “revolution” when she comes out to the ring lazily and with no excitement? And why in the bloody hell is Raw going ten minutes past eleven with a Divas segment? The product is so stale right now not even Zeb Colter will stand up for it. It’s just bad.
As a weekly TNA watcher, WWE is getting close to being as unwatchable as some of the Impact episodes. The only saving grace is NXT and that’s only as good as the guys they aren’t stealing away to hide at the bottom of the main roster. When is it enough? When does somebody take Vince McMahon’s denial away? When does Kevin Dunn get fired? Every week we hear about how bad the ratings are and then we hear excuses about why. The product sucks. It really does, and it has for a little while. Anybody watching right now who is entertained is either a small child or part of the problem. Half-assed writing, weak feuds, and the blatant burial of guys who are infinitely better than how they’ve been booked are all pieces of the fracturing puzzle. With no end in sight, it seems like we’re all in for a bumpy ride. Is there really any point to watching WWE for the rest of the year besides the prospect of The Dudleys putting someone through a table at TLC? Do we jump ship? Do we stop watching? Do we skip Survivor Series altogether? I think I might. I think I have to, if only to keep my sanity, if only to keep from walking away from the WWE forever.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
Triple H threw everything but the kitchen sink at Dolph Ziggler last night. As the solo survivor of Team Cena, Ziggler had to face Kane, Seth Rollins, and Luke Harper. He held his own, eliminating both Harper and Kane in a match that can only be described as epic. But Triple H interfered, several times, knocking out refs and hitting a Pedigree on Ziggler. We thought the good fight was over and that Ziggler would lose. The Authority would have its way again and we’d all be left scratching our heads. But then something beautiful happened. A strange new music hit. A theme we had never heard for a wrestler we had never seen. And then Sting, that good ole WCW legend, walked out. And everything changed. That was the Survivor Series pay per view. When the dust settled, Ziggler stood victorious as the single solo survivor. Team Authority lost, and Team Cena won. Now, we’re going to take a look at potential future scenarios coming out of this pay per view and what we might expect in the coming months.
First, we’ll start with the simplest, albeit most predictable, storylines. The most predictable place WWE can (and most likely will) go is that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are “fired.” And Vince makes Sting the new general manager of RAW. We see a few months of Sting being the big hero, but then, alas, he slowly turns on his new friends and becomes the bad guy we all love to hate. Everyone on the roster will wonder what can be done to save us all from the tyrant Sting! But then goldenboy John Cena will do the unthinkable and bring back The Authority! And then we see Triple H vs Sting at WrestleMania 31. Or Cena vs Sting at WrestleMania 31. Or if hell freezes over, Sting vs The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. This scenario sucks. It’s a page out of TNA’s playbook, so WWE should avoid it at all costs, but probably won’t.
Next idea is that Sting and Cena are the hero goldenboys forever and ever. Brock Lesnar comes back and, with the help of Paul Heyman looks to fill the power vacuum left by The Authority. Lesnar continues beating Cena’s ass all up and down the WWE Universe and he has no choice but to bring back The Authority. Then we see a possible turn somewhere along the lines and Sting and Cena face Lesnar and Triple H at WrestleMania 31. Which can only end one way, with Seth Rollins interfering and cashing in for the title. Not a bad idea, but nothing to spectacular either.
Now for something a little more fun. Let’s say Sting and Cena hit it off. Let’s say Lesnar actually makes an appearance to defend his title but Cena continues failing to capture it. And let’s say Dolph Ziggler gets all the glory from this Survivor Series win. (as he should) And then let’s say Cena gets just a little bit sick of all this. He starts going against maybe-GM Sting. He starts acting out. He starts refusing to play by the rules. And he takes a page from Seth Rollins playbook. He sells out to The Authority, he brings them back and all his problems are solved. That’s right, the John Cena Heel Turn finally happens. Can he pull it off? Can he sell it? We won’t know unless it ever happens. But this scenario makes sense to me, especially since Vince put the stipulation on the Survivor Series match of Cena being the only person able to bring them back. That has to play a big role in the future.
A little bit of a weaker scenario: Seth Rollins puts his Money in the Bank Briefcase on the line against John Cena’s ability to call back The Authority. Seth Rollins wins, and he brings his bosses back. Then Randy Orton does his inevitable face turns and Triple H helps Rollins attack Orton, just in time for Batista to come back and join his old stable mate for an Orton/Batista vs Rollins/HHH match at WrestleMania 31. Rollins eventually cashes in, squares off for months against Roman Reigns, Cena and Sting do whatever and that’s our future. Not very exciting is it?
As a good writer should, I saved the best story for last. Here comes the big dramatic plot twist right at the end. My final scenario is this: Vince McMahon comes out on RAW tonight to a gigantic pop. He invites Team Cena down to congratulate them. Then he calls Triple H and Stephanie out to fire them. They beg and plead for their jobs, to no avail. Vince is just about to yell his raspy, patented “You’re Fired!” when out of nowhere, Triple H clocks him, hits the Pedigree and then proceeds to “take over” the company. WWE becomes a dark landscape to be in as The Authority just gets more ruthless and power hungry. John Cena and Sting get put through the ringer, time and again. Randy Orton turns face and joins Cena and Sting. Brock Lesnar continues being a faceless champion right up until Triple H convinces Paul Heyman to get the Beast Incarnate to help him. All hell breaks loose for a long, long time. Then Triple H continues being the ultimate heel, turns on Lesnar, helps Rollins cash in and we get to see Rollins vs Sting at WrestleMania 31. Not the most interesting of matches, I know. But do we really want to see Sting vs Cena or Taker or Triple H. Wouldn’t it make more sense for Sting to “pass the torch” to a young superstar? Clearly, WWE has hitched its wagon on the rising stardom of the former Shield trio. I would much rather see Rollins vs Sting. Then again, Sting vs Triple H would interest me slightly as well.
Bonus scenario: Dolph Ziggler continues to be the man, gets pushed to the moon, and we see a Show Off World Champion. Hey, it could happen.
Nobody knows what the future holds for WWE. We’ll get a much better picture tonight on RAW when the smoke clears. A few things are certain though. The first is that the Randy Orton face turn is coming in the very near future. We can also say with much certainty that Batista will be back and we’ll most likely try and be a face considering the way he left. Roman Reigns will return next month. That will definitely factor into WWE’s future plans. Seth Rollins still has the Money in the Bank Briefcase. That’s a vital fact to remember. Brock Lesnar still has the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, another key factor to consider. And the real wildcard here is Sting. He attacked Triple H at Survivor Series but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be a good guy. The Kurt Angle rumors are still out there as well. Lastly, Vince McMahon personally got involved with this one so maybe there’s more at stake here than has been revealed to us. Perhaps he continues interfering setting up the potential for even more drama and backstabbing. Leave your comments below on what you think we might see from WWE’s future. Is it bright, dismal, or more of the same?
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker