Old School Review: Tables, Ladders and Chairs (and Stairs) 2014
For my next old school review, I shall be going not to far back in time to an event which I have a vague recollection of. Given the absence of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, I am expecting over the top booking to get everything over but given how awful Survivor Series 2014 was, I am not expecting a lot from it. I truly do hate it when the WWE uses a gimmick to sell something when the gimmick is pretty pointless, and I have a feeling this will be a recurring theme throughout this review. So, with thanks to Lucas for nominating this for me, here I go with my Old School Review of Tables, Ladders and Chairs (and Stairs) 2014…
A painfully average opening package is shown at the start, trying to make fans think this is going to be something akin to a demolition derby but ultimately a massively overrated PPV where it has made the gimmick irrelevant. Some of the feids at the time are shown, but they aren’t focused on in great detail to allow the audience to invest in them. We soon go to a rowdy Cleveland crowd with our commentators Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole and JBL before we then head up to Lilian Garcia for the first match of the evening.
WWE Intercontinental Championship – Ladder match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper (c)
Sadly, I don’t have a very good recollection of Harper as IC champion but from I can see there isn’t much of a buildup or backstory going into this match, I know they were on opposing teams at Survivor Series 2014 but not much else, which makes me suggest the Ladder gimmick is there just for the sake of it. The match, has the potential to be very good and could deliver on many levels as long as it doesn’t remain predictable. They quickly spread to the outside of the ring, and the ladder quickly comes into play with Harper using various ladders as weapons against Ziggler. A few minutes into the match, we finally get our first reference to the backstory between these two competitors – well, it’s something I suppose. A nasty spot comes in the match when Harper dives through the ropes to Ziggler, but inadvertently lands on a ladder. Surprisingly, Ziggler is busted open after a nasty spot with a ladder, and despite insistence from the annoying pedantic doctors at ringside, he quickly mounts a comeback. Ziggler eventually mounts the ladder to get the belt, and become the new Intercontinental Champion in a pretty good match but honestly, with a bit of a pathetic finish – honestly, it made Harper look weak.
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow (c)
Firstly, we are joined by Slammy winners, the Usos who for some reason I can’t put my finger on, lack something that make them relevant. They work well in the ring, but lack something which makes them slightly stagnant. We are then joined by Miz and Mizdow to a great reaction but they work very well in sync with one another and give a very entertaining tag team, Mizdow really did fantastic in the role of stunt double as it could have easily being a success or flop. Thankfully, the first happened…it was a certain highlight of the WWE throughout the later part of 2014. The action is pretty basic, but the crowd really want Mizdow in so it is played up to, teasing the crowd with what they want always works well. To be honest, the only real highlight of this match is Mizdow, the lack of backstory makes it somewhat irrelevant and comes across as easy filler material. Miz and Mizdow are eventually disqualified, losing the match but retaining the titles after one of the Usos’s is nailed with a slammy award in a match that could have definitely given so much more, was a little bit lazy and dull in places.
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars