Old School Review: TLC 2009
For my next old school review, I shall be going to an event I have never watched, seriously – I own the DVD for it but think it is still in the wrapping! I really don’t know what to expect from this show, my recollection of the WWE at this time is pretty poor but this marks the inaugural time this particular gimmick was made into a show. So, here I go with my Old School Review of the inaugural TLC 2009…
The inaugural TLC opens with an opening package showing each of the weapons for the evening before turning to the individual feuds which will happen throughout the night, some of which actually have potential to be interesting but the package is a little basic and amateurish to be honest. We are now off to the arena, with our commentators Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker before we head up to the ring for our first match.
ECW Championship: Ladder Match – Christian (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin
Now I am surprised this is the first match on the card because without looking anywhere, this has the absolute potential to be a cracking match but I am little disappointed there isn’t a conscious effort to show a video package to emphasize their feud. The action begins off quickly inside the ring before it soon spills to the outside where Shelton begins to dominate the action, and it isn’t long before the first ladder tries to come into play until an aerial move by Christian allows him to make his first effort to get the title. Christian is soon busted open, and brings a temporary halt to the match whilst a medic attends to him but he soon continues the fight back which allows for some nice high spots from the ladder. After a couple of minutes of back and forth action, Shelton mounts a sudden and unexpected comeback when he nails Christian with a Whip Kick and almost takes his head off. The action remains intense, with several nice spots but risky moments which is highlighted when Benjamin is put through a ladder at ringside following a splash. This allows Christian to scale the ladder and retain the championship in a decent enough opening match.
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We then go to our commentators who are discussing some of the matches and weapons which are coming up on the remainder of the show before we are shown a clip of The Big Show and Chris Jericho taking down Shawn Michaels and Triple H in an effort to draw interest on the main event…sadly, The Big Show, just nah before we return to the ring for our next match.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: John Morrison (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
McIntyre, allegedly Vince McMahon’s hand picked superstar makes his way out first to pretty much no reaction sadly before Morrison comes out next to a slightly better reaction, but still slightly rubbish for the IC champion. They quickly lock up with traditional wrestling holds, until Morrison starts to dominate the action until he is taken down by McIntyre who uses a very heelish persona to dominate the action. The match is actually okay but the audience really aren’t into this match. Morrison eventually mounts a comeback with near falls but McIntyre comes back and nails him with a Scot Drop to capture the title in a good match.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Vince McMahon congratulating McIntyre before they are interrupted by Josh Matthews. McIntyre talks about it being inevitable him winning the title before Sheamus appears and proclaims the same thing for his match with John Cena.
WWE Women’s Championship: Michelle McCool (c) (w/Layla) vs. Mickie James
A short clip is shown from SmackDown! where McCool is mocking Mickie and calling her fat, aka Piggy James which seemed to upset Mickie a little bit before we go back to the arena, for what should be a solid match. Mickie was very solid in the ring and McCool could definitely hold her own. After locking up in traditional holds, McCool begins to dominate the action but displays a great heelish persona with it as well which seems to aggravate heat with this crowd. Mickie attempts to mount a comeback but fails as McCool continues her domination. Mickie eventually mounts a comeback with a Lou Thesz press. Layla attempts to get involved which seems to momentarily backfire until McCool nails Mickie with a swift kick to the face to pick up the win and retain the championship in a disappointingly average match.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars