Old School Review: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2012
For my next old school review, I shall be going back to an event notable for the absence of it’s WWE Champion, CM Punk who was suffering from a knew injury but also the in-ring debut of The Shield following the events of Survivor Series 2013. I remember watching certain aspects of the WWE at this time and have a vague recollection of this event. So, here I go with my Old School Review of Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2012…
An interesting opening package showing the various weapons and various moments from WWE history with those weapons before moving onto the feuds for the evening and the big matches on the show. I have a vague recollection of watching this event around the time it was shown with Lucas, but I couldn’t give you any in depth info on what occurred. We then go to the arena for the opening fireworks display before we go to Justin Roberts for the very first match of the evening. We are also introduced to our commentators for the evening, JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, the later of which I think was on his first PPV back since he suffered his heart attack in September 2012.
Tables match: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes
Mysterio and Sin Cara make their way out first to an okay reaction, a very typical Mysterio reaction to be honest before Rhode Scholars make their way out and cut a very obnoxious and arrogant heel promo on their opponents and the audience here in Brooklyn. The early moments of the match is focused very much on Mysterio and Sin Cara dominating the action with lots of solo and duo spots before the first table quickly makes its appearance and is used nicely as a weapon. I can’t quite gather whether one or both members of the team need to be put through the table at the moment, but I do like a heel, upper class snob Sandow because he played that role quite well, he is a massively underrated talent in my opinion. After a few nice spots, Sin Cara is put through the table in a nice aerial moment to allow Rhode Scholars to pick up the win (only one man needs to go through the table then) in a pretty good opening match.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Next, we go to Cole, JBL and Lawler who are talking about the new Barclays Center they are in before going onto hype the 6-man tag team main event, before we go to a Shield based promo showing how truly amazing they were at the beginning…they still are but then they were a breath of fresh air before we back to the arena for the next match.
United States Championship: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth
There isn’t any buildup or promo for this match which in some ways is a blessing because it would mean more of R-Truth, but I am unsure of what to expect from this match, Cesaro is great whereas on the other hand Truth not so much. The match begins with some pretty basic wrestling and very back and forth between both men before Cesaro soon gains the upper hand and starts dominating Truth. Cesaro eventually retains the championship after he thankfully nails Truth with the neutralizer in an okay, but obviously filler material match. The US title match should ideally mean something to the card, whereas this doesn’t. Matt Striker soon joins Cesaro for a post-match interview, and shows us some early indications of the Swiss Superman before cutting a rather bizarre promo on the crowd but he does pull some really weird facial expressions when he talks. He then cuts another promo in Swiss or German, which goes down like a lead balloon before leaving. He would do really well if he could expand this repertoire a little bit.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars