WWE TLC 2016 Review & Opinion
The stars of SmackDown Live return to Dallas, TX inside the American Airlines Center for the TLC 2016 event. But with two weeks since Survivor Series. It is hard to build up any momentum for the event in such a short time. But will the stars of SmackDown Live succeed. Lets fine out with the WWE TLC 2016 Review & Opinion…
The opening promo looks at the simple things which take premise, showcasing the feature of Tables, Ladders and Chairs. Each of the feuds going into the event is showcased before we head inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for the event. That was a slick and smooth opening promo. It made the event look really appealing and something to look forward to.
1. WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Heath Slater and Rhyno (c) vs. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton (w/ Luke Harper)
Both teams make their way to the ring, with Wyatt and Orton having a very eaary entrance. They are a very strange team, but it works brilliantly. They have control of much of the match, with very little offence from Slater and Rhyno.
Ultimately, Bray and Randy are successful in getting the victory. But this match is ultimately disappointing because it is ridiculously short which took away some of the matches credibility, and made Slater and Rhyno look a bit like jobbers.
Winners: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton, to capture the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
2. No Disqualification: Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
Both ladies make their way to the ring, as various clips are shown of their feud which had being building since the aftermath of SummerSlam. The match quickly begins as a brawl with Carmella taking it to Nikki.
Carmella is dominant for much of the match, despite some brief comeback attempts from Nikki. Eventually though, Nikki is successful thanks to a fire extinguisher and Rack Attack 2.0. This was a really enjoyable and entertaining match.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. WWE Intercontinental Championship – Ladder Match: The Miz (c) (w/ Maryse) vs. Dolph Ziggler
A cracking history package is shown before the match, which looks at not only the feud between the pair but also the prestige of the WWE Intercontinental Championship. We then see an interview backstage with SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan, who trades insults with The Miz.
Both men make their way to the ring, with both man sharing their time in control of the match. But there is great use of the ladder throughout, with The Miz using it to take out the knee of Ziggler with a Spinning Toe Hold. This is followed by a Skull Crushing Finale.
The match nonetheless is very evenly contested, which makes you question who will actually win the match. But it is refreshing to see The Miz win without any assistance from Maryse in a cracking, and thoroughly entertaining match.
Winner: The Miz, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. Chairs Match: Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin
The history package looks at the rise of Baron Corbin on the SmackDown Live roster, with his continual dissections of Kalisto. This is pretty cool to see the prominence of Corbin really pushed here, before both men make their way to the ring.
Kalisto quickly goes on the offence with a series of chairs, but is quickly overpowered by Corbin. Corbin remains in control for much of the match, whilst Kalisto has occassional momentum. Nonetheless, Corbin wins this surprisingly enjoyable match with the End of Days.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship – Tables Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
It is really refreshing to see a great female promo building up the match, which shows how far Alexa Bliss has come in her time on SmackDown Live. Both women make their way to the ring for the match to begin.
The early minutes sees it very back and forth between the pair, but ultimately limited use of the tables. Alexa soon becomes fairly dominant in the match, really taking it to Becky. The sad thing for this match is there is no crowd atmosphere.
Towards the close of the match, we see some more brutality with the table used as a weapon. Nonetheless, this is a really enjoyable match which sees Alexa become the new champion when she powerbombs Becky through a table.
Winner: Alexa Bliss, to capture the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
6. WWE World Championship – Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
The history package is shown which really showcases AJ as the WWE World Champion, but how the presence of someone like James Ellsworth can be a significant factor in a feud like this. Both men make their way out with cracking reactions, for the match to begin.
The match begins, and is literally a brawl from the outset with Ambrose taking apart AJ. The match begins going through the crowd but does eventually end up back in the ring. There are quite a few nice spots, and a wardrobe malfunction for AJ (rather amusingly).
The match is nonetheless very evenly contested. Soon enough, Ellsworth soon makes his way out. Ultimately, he aids AJ when he sends Ambrose flying through a table. Ultimately, this allows AJ to retain the championship in a cracking match which was styled and placed really well.
Winner: AJ Styles, to retain the WWE World Championship
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
The event, despite the short buildup was actually very, very good on many levels. The opening match, whilst stupidly short achieved a new dynamic for the SmackDown Live Tag Team division. It could have done with being longer, as this would have then had less of a detrimental effect on Heath Slater and Rhyno. But it does bring the question – which team have enough credibility to challenge The Wyatt Family. This could be interesting. The female matches on the card really delivered. Nikki and Carmella took things in the No DQ match to a new level and put on a great show. But it would have made much more sense, and creatively for Carmella to win. Alexa Bliss winning does take the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship in a new direction. She has the character and ability to be a truly memorable champion. Things could be interesting for her.
The chairs match was so much better than expected. Admittedly, not a lot was expected going into this match. But Kalisto and Corbin ultimately delivered much beyond the expectations. Now, the Ladder match was exceptional between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler. They had previously set the level, and they took it beyond that. It was truly superb to watch. Which direction The Miz and Dolph Ziggler go in from here could be interesting, just as long as it isn’t against one another. And finally, the TLC match was amazing. There is a slight niggle that maybe more could have being done. But nonetheless, it did deliver. It was a really enjoyable and possibly the best TLC match in recent years to watch.
If you haven’t already, then certainly watch this event as part of your 9.99 Subscription Fee to the WWE Network. If anything, it will show you how much more superior SmackDown Live is to RAW!
What did you think of what happened at TLC 2016? We’d love to know what you think!
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