Ever since the three objects were mixed together in August 2000, TLC matches have been a staple of WWE featuring some of the bravest and daring superstars in the WWE all risking their bodies in the name of entertainment. The three teams of Edge & Christian, The Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz founded the match, however in the past decade TLC has taken more of a singles route with the likes of John Cena, CM Punk, Jerry Lawler and Ric Flair all attempted to climb the ladder to clinch WWE gold. In total 17 TLC matches have taken place, lets look at the top 10 TLC matches in history.
10. WeeLC – Hornswoggle vs El Torito – Extreme Rules 2014
So I start off with an interesting pick; let’s face it NOONE expected this to be any good. Everyone wrote it off before it had even started. The match had comedy written all over it, including small tables, ladders and chairs, the mini-announce team didn’t help matters. Despite that, Hornswoggle and El Torito, along with Los Matadores and 3MB provided a fantastic match that captures the fans with carefully planned bumps by everyone involved. El Torito won the match.
9. Undertaker vs Edge – One Night Stand 2008
Whilst Undertaker isn’t a name expected on this list, his battle with Edge over the vacant WWE World Heavyweight title stood out for a number of reasons. Firstly the story, look back to the original ladder matches, it wasn’t about bumps, it was the story. Undertaker and Edge, took TLC back to the core, minimised the over the top moves that Taker and Edge wouldn’t be able to do, empathising the effect of the actual bumps.
Interference from Chavo Guerrero, Bam Neeley, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins added to the story, with bumps by Ryder and Hawkins popping the crowd adding to the match. Undertakers The Last Ride powerbomb to Edge and through two stacked tables was incredible and the big bump by Undertaker through the two rows of stacked tables was the match’s most memorable spot.
8. Ric Flair vs Edge – Raw 16th Jan 2006
The image of a bloodied Ric Flair beating up Edge is an interesting moment in TLC history. With Edge recently winning the WWE title, the then 56 year old Flair challenged for Edge’s gold. Flair was determined to make an impact, to shake off his “past his prime” image, taking a huge amount of punishment including a superplex from the top of the ladder. Edge took his fair share too, falling backwards off a ladder through a ringside table. Having Lita get involved was brilliant, especially when the Nature Boy locked in the figure four. Edge picked up the win, however Ric Flair showed that he still had what it takes in the ring.