As the end of the year approaches, that can only mean one thing for the world of WWE — the return of tables, ladders and chairs for the renowned #TLC PPV. As #SmackDown LIVE looks to close out its amazing year in destructive fashion, rivalries will reach their boiling points, superstars will fall helplessly off ladders, tables will be destroyed, and we'll be here to bring you live updates of the event!
Watch The Kickoff Show:
The main broadcast begins with some nice promos for the main-event matches, and it isn't long until we get right into the action as we kick things off with the Tag Team Championship Match.
Rhyno & Heath Slater vs. Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton (Tag Team Match For SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Kicking things off with the Tag Team Titles, Bray Wyatt and Rhyno look to take those belts from Slater and Rhyno. JBL does a great job highlighting the importance of Wyatt and Orotn's team-up, comparing them to the Undertaker and Kane. And Wyatt looks more creepy than ever tonight!
Unlike their previous title defenses, Rhyno starts things off, facing off against Wyatt. The two have a fun back and forth brawl, but it isn't long until poor Heath Slater gets pulled into action and is beaten down by Wyatt and Orton. Orton plants him with a killer of DDT. But that don't stop Heath from fighting back!
Rhyno gets the hot tag and drops Wyatt with a few powerful clotheslines. The man beast takes him out with a heavy-duty shoulder knock down. Orton gets the sneaky tag and distracts Rhyno, who lines up Orton for a gore through the barricade until Luke Harper appears out of nowhere! Wyatt Family strikes again! Wyatt's spider walk distracts Rhyno who walks straight into an RKO out of nowhere for the 1, 2, 3!
Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton.
Wyatts look unstoppable now, and I am so happy that Bray Wyatt has finally won his first championship in WWE.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose tells us that James Ellsworth is recuperating at home watching the WWE Network. He tells us that his temper is his game plan and that he's coming for AJ Styles. Meanwhile, AJ Styles informs us that he'll beat Dean Ambrose and that although he knows he'll eventually get back, he'll see him retrieving his WWE Championship.
Nikki Bella Vs. Carmella
Here, we have the first ever women's No Disqualification match in TLC history. I like the way the rivalry has been built thus far, and a No DQ match is the perfect place to end it. And as expected, it doesn't take long for it to get vicious as Carmella ties Nikki up in the tree of woe before introducing the Kendo stick, attacking Nikki's abdomen, while mocking Nikki's boyfriend John Cena with his signature "you can't see me" taunt.
Nikki reverses things by attacking Carmella with the Kendo stick. And we get outside as Nikki rams Carmella into the ringpost. She then mounts the barricade and connects with a dropkick off the barricade, much to the crowd's glee. The No DQ element really adds to these non-title midcard matches!
Carmella reverse things again, not before complaining about the assault she suffered at the hands of Nikki. However, that anger is "extinguished" as Nikki sprays a fire extinguisher in her face. Nikki proceeds to spray her with it, flooding the ring in its contents. She delivers a Rack Attack for the win.
Winner: Nikki Bella.
After the match, Carmella claims that it wasn't her that attacked Nikki at Survivor Series, and that it was actually Natalya. Saw that one coming!
The Miz Vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match For The Intercontinental Championship)
Match begins with a reversal-fest while the commentators deliberate over who' would make the best IC Champ of the two. Miz throws Ziggler over the rope, but he lands on his feet and immediately goes to retrieve a ladder under the ring. Actions spills outside and Miz floors Ziggler with a major boot. It isn't long until the ladder is brought into play as the two end up using it as a weapon against each other. After a little back and forth action, the two men end up getting into a tug of war with the ladder, which I don't think either got the better of. Ziggler counters a powerbomb on the ladder into a DDT, dropping the Miz face-first onto the ladder.
Ziggler climbs the ladder and is oh-so-close to gold until the Miz knocks the ladder down, sending Ziggler flying into the rope. And a Miz chant breaks out, highlighting the great job WWE has done lately of making the Miz a legitimate contender again. Miz mocks Daniel Bryan which once again ends badly for him as Ziggler shoves the ladder into his face. Some great spots in this match!
Miz counters Ziggler's attack and atomic drops his left leg straight into another ladder. Miz focuses on the leg, continually ramming it into the ladder. After finishing with the punishment, the Miz scales the ladder and grabs the gold. As the ladder below him collapses, he holds on for a moment before falling, clutching his knee. But that doesn't stop him from fighting back, powerbombing Ziggler onto the ladder in a moment that made me cringe. The two scale two parallel ladders and pummel each other at the top. Ziggler gets the best of the confrontation and reaches for gold. But Miz climbs up again, low-blowing Ziggler twice, leaving him alone on the ladder. Miz grabs the gold and retains.
Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: The Miz.
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Kalisto Vs Baron Corbin (Chairs Match)
Things start off brutal as Corbin pummels Kalisto with right hands. He then takes off his shirt and wraps it around Kalisto, using it to throw him around into the barricade like a ragdoll. Back in the ring, Kalisto attempts a comeback but gets caught by the throat and planted into a jackknife cover for a near-fall. Corbin sets up a few chairs, but ends up paying for it as Kalisto drop toe holds him into the chair face-first. He follows it up with an amazing seated senton, sending Corbin crashing into the bed of chairs for a close two-count.
As Corbin is thrown to he outside, Kalisto attempts a dive through the ropes. But Corbin counters in into an incredible slam on the outside. Frustrated that he still kicked out, Corbin piles the chairs up in the ring. He then stalks Kalisto with the chair, but the smaller man evades every strike. Kalisto fights back with kicks and delivers an amazing hurricanrana off the barricade.
Corbin then finds himself on the receiving end of a few chair shots. Kalisto lays a chair across Corbin's chest and ascends the turnbuckles, delivering a knee-first moonsault onto the prone Corbin and the chair, for a very close two-count. He then unloads on the Lone Wolf again with a flurry of steel chair shots.
Kalisto looks to fly again, ascending the turnbuckles, but in mid-air, he ends up getting his face smashed with a steel chair. Not quite finished with the assault, Corbin delivers the End of Days onto the pile of chairs for the victory.
Winner: Baron Corbin.
Backstage, Natalya claims she didn't attack Nikki.
Becky Lynch Vs. Alexa Bliss (Tables Match For The SmackDown Women's Championship)
Becky wastes no time taking down Alexa Bliss and heads to get a table. Alexa gets violent too, ramming Becky into the barricade. Becky responds by doing the same thing. These ladies are vicious tonight! Becky goes for a powerbomb on the outside but gets nailed in the face with one heck of a kick! But that doesn't stop her from taking Alexa down again and going back to retrieving a table. Becky sets up a table on the outside, but very nearly ends up going through it as the "spunky spitfire" begins fighting back.
The tables are turned again — yes, I know I just said that — as Bliss nearly ends up going through the table. Bliss saves herself by biting Becky Lynch's fingers. As she attempts to set up her own table, Becky tries to intervene, but Bliss rams her into the ringpost and steps.
Alexa lays Becky across the table in the ring and mounts the turnbuckle. But Becky fights back and attempts a superplex. But it's countered by Alexa who trash-talks to the champion. Becky gets gets fiery but nearly finds herself going running into the table, which is now set up in the corner. A great amount of back-and-forth action here! The table is set up in the middle of the ring and Becky very nearly puts Alexa through it. But Bliss manages to overturn the table. She captializes with a vicious DDT to the champion on the overturned table.
After a moment of downtime, Becky locks Bliss in the Dis-arm-her on the overturned table, using its leg for leverage. After releasing, the two end up on the outside, and Becky — who is on the apron — kicks Alexa. But Bliss counters, grabbing Becky's leg and powerbombing her through the table set up outside for the win.
Winner and NEW Women's Champion: Alexa Bliss.
AJ Styles Vs Dean Ambrose (TLC Match For The WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
Both men can't wait to get their hands on each other — which they do. They quickly end up on the aisle way, as Ambrose assaults Styles with a table. He then rams his face into a steel chair as they make their way further up the aisle. He attempts a jump off the ladder but Styles moves out of the way, and the fight moves out into the crowd. The challenger sends Styles back over the barricade at ringside and attempts a diving elbow which is countered by an awesome dropkick from the champion.
Ambrose takes out Styles with the most unorthodox steel chair collision I've ever seen. But ti was sure an awesome moment. But Styles recovers fast enough to stop Ambrose from climbing the ladder, and proceeds to slam Dean onto the ladder. He works the challenger over as "AJ" chants break out. Ambrose counters Styles' assault and catapults Styles into the ladder and over the rope. He follows that up by throwing the ladder out of the ring and onto Styles. Great use of the ladder so far!
Before Ambrose can set up a table, Styles is back assaulting him with a steel chair. He follows that with a side-walk slam onto the chair before working Ambrose over with the chair again. Styles piles the ring full of chairs and attempts to suplex Ambrose through them. But the Lunatic Fringe counters with his own suplex, turning Styles upside down in mid air and crashing through the bed of chairs that he set up. What a moment!
After working him over for a few moments, Ambrose finds himself suplexed through a corner table. It isn't long until their back up, exchanging rights and lefts. Styles takes out Ambrose with a dropkick, who retaliates with the Lunatic Lariat. The two end up outside the ring and Ambrose lays AJ on the announce table. He scales the ladder and drops the elbow on the champion, driving him through the table!
Ambrose makes his way up the ladder but is taken down by an incredible Phenomenal Forearm from AJ Styles. Both men make it back to their feet at the same time and climb the ladder simultaneously. At the top of the ladder, both men exchange blows and send each other flying off. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds but Styles counters and looks for Styles Clash. Ambrose lifts him up and rams him into the ladder.
AJ makes it back to his feet and attempts to powerbomb Ambrose out of the ring, but Dean reverses it with a hurricanrana over the rope. Styles looks for a moonsault but cathces Ambrose and turns it into a reverse DDT. He then sets Dean onto a table and makes his way back into the ring. Styles grabs the ropes to elevate himself and springs off into the air, delivering a 450 splash onto Ambrose sending them both through the table. And "This Is Awesome" chants break out. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is!
Styles attempts to climb the ladder when James Ellsworth appears. AJ begins to assault Ellsworth when Dean makes the save. Dean climbs the ladder, so close to the title, when Ellsworth suddenly forces the ladder down, sending Ambrose crashing through two tables. What a shocker! AJ makes the climb and grabs the Championship for the win.
Winner and STILL WWE World Champion: AJ Styles.
Wow! What a main event!
I hope you enjoyed TLC as much as I did! It was far from perfect, but it was definitely an interesting event. While we didn't necessarily need an interference in that amazing main event, it has certainly peaked our interest for what's to come. With Ellsworth's title shot, Ambrose's revenge and the Undertaker's return all likely to manifest in the coming weeks, SmackDown LIVE has undoubtedly ended its amazing year on one major high.
Did you enjoy this year's TLC? Let us know in the comments!