Old School Review: TLC 2013
For my next Old School Review, I shall be watching a PPV which I only saw in the last 3-4 months, but annoyingly (and a little worryingly) I cannot remember too much about what happens. The match card itself doesn’t look overtly bad, but WWE sometimes has a habit of turning gold into dust so I am a little apprehensive for this one. But here I go with my OSR of Tables, Ladders & Chairs (TLC) 2013, enjoy!
So, even before we have an opening video package The Authority immediately make their way out before Steph takes to the microphone saying everyone is part of history, with the title unification occurring later in the evening before Triple H takes to the microphone talking about the history of the titles, with two champions entering and one emerging. The audience seem to be really into this promo before we cut to the opening package for the show, highlighting the history of the championships featuring various stars from the past which is pretty cool but then it comes across as a little bit amateurish sadly and only focuses on the one primary feud for the evening before we go back to the arena, with our announcers for the evening Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL.
3-on-1 Handicap Match: The Shield vs. CM Punk
To my surprise, there isn’t a video package shown for this match which has taken me back a little bit, a couple of video clips are shown but not a lot for a feud which is apparently 3 weeks old at this point. This match, should be quite good because all the competitors are capable but can tell the story in the ring equally well. The match is very hotly contested from both sides, with Punk holding his own throughout but also features some nice spots and moments. The end comes when Punk is able to pick up the win on Ambrose after Reigns inadvertently hits Ambrose with his signature spear. Pretty cool and intense opening match, boy how I miss Punk.
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We now go backstage to Renee who is interviewing AJ, who comes across as a very cocky heel and seems to enjoy antagonizing Renee and the fans before we now go back to the arena for our next match.
Diva’s Championship: AJ Lee (c) (w/ Tamina) vs. Natalya
It is quickly pointed out during Nattie’s entrance this is her first PPV title shot in 3 years which is quite bad considering at the time she was one of the most talented women on the roster but seemingly didn’t suit the image McMahon wanted before AJ makes her way out next. The action in some ways is quite different, AJ keeps it very grounded whereas Natalya seems more aerial but the dynamic suits their physicality in this match. Nattie locks in the sharpshooter but this is reversed by AJ allowing a distraction by Tamina for AJ which allows her to lock the Black Widow on Nattie which is also reversed. When Nattie goes for the sharpshooter again, this is reversed into a cradle and uses Nattie’s hair for leverage to pick up the win and retain the championship, pretty decent women’s match and very solid outing from both women.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go to our announcers, who are discussing the importance of the title unification match tonight before we go to a video package showing the history of the championships and various former superstars from throughout its time. Both titles were strategically importance back in their time, and it is nice that WWE have recognised this and not attempted to diminish the importance of the oppositions championship.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E Langston (c) vs. Damien Sandow
Another match where there isn’t a promo or video package shown which once again makes me think that this might well be another one added at the last minute to fill out the card. Sandow comes out first, and cuts his typical, snobbish promo which goes down badly before Big E comes out and gets virtually no reaction…quite bad considering he is the IC champion. The match, surprisingly is very back and forth but is really strong and competitive which I wasn’t expecting but Big E eventually retains the title after pinning Sandow in a match which whilst good needed much more time to be so much more better.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Randy Orton, who is approached by Vince McMahon…no words are said but it is evident what the message from this is, get the job done before we go back to our announcers who talk more about the main event before we go to the TLC panel to talk about the events of the show, but also The Authority have made Kofi versus Miz in a No DQ match for layer tonight before we go back to the ring for our next match.