AMIN’S WWE TLC REVIEW
SUNDAY DECEMBER 15, 2019
TARGET CENTER IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN
LADDER MATCH FOR THE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TITLES: THE NEW DAY (BIG E & KOFI KINGSTON) vs. THE REVIVAL (SCOTT DAWSON & DASH WILDER)
Kofi hit a reverse springboard splash to Dawson and Wilder on the floor. Dawson hit a missile dropkick knocking Big E off the ladder. Dawson and Wilder rammed the ladder in-between Big E’s balls. Dawson tipped the ladder but Kofi balanced himself on the ropes and hit a springboard flatliner. Kofi nailed Wilder with a Trouble in Paradise. Dawson and Wilder yanked Kofi off the ladder and hit a Shatter Machine. Big E speared Wilder through the ropes to the floor. Dawson suplex Big E onto a ladder. Wilder hit a Super Splash as Big E went crashing through the table. Revival went to climb the ladder as Kofi leaped onto a ladder. Big E hit an Avalanche Big Ending to Wilder off a ladder. Kofi swung the title into Dawson who feel off a ladder. Kofi grabbed the titles and got the win.
WINNER: BIG E & KOFI KINGSTON RETAINED THE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TITLES (⭐️⭐️⭐️3/4)
Amin’s Analysis: This was a great match to start the show as there were some innovative spots with the ladder as both The New Day and The Revival worked really hard.
ALEISTER BLACK vs. BUDDY MURPHY
The match started with some nice mat wrestling. Buddy yanked Black off the ring apron onto the ring steps. Black was bleeding from the nose. Buddy leaped off the turnbuckle but Black caught him with a boot. Black hit a Shining Wizard and followed with a Quebrada for a two count. Black hit a Moonsault to the floor and a V-Trigger but Buddy kicked out at two. Buddy nailed Black with rapid fire Cheeky Nando Kicks and followed with a Running Powerbomb for a two count. Black blocked a Kamigoye Knee and nailed Buddy with a discus elbow. Buddy nailed Black with a Superkick and followed with a V-Trigger. Buddy nailed Black with a Kamigoye Knee and followed with a Brainbuster for a two count. Black got the better of a strike exchange as he nailed Buddy with a Black Mass for the win.
WINNER: ALEISTER BLACK (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2)
Amin’s Analysis: It lacked crowd reaction but this was a great as there were awesome sequences leading to the finish as both Black and Buddy worked really hard. A very solid match.
RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: THE VIKING RAIDERS (ERIK & IVAR) vs. THE OC (KARL ANDERSON & LUKE GALLOWS)
Four “WWE fans” were seated ringside eating KFC as part of a sponsored segment. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows accepted The Viking Raiders challenge. Erik scoop slammed Ivar onto Anderson for a two count. Gallows nailed Erik with a Superkick on the floor. Anderson hit a Spinebuster for a two count. Ivar hit a sliding crossbody too Anderson. Anderson and Gallows hit a double team neck breaker for a two count. Ivar hit a miss-timed handspring elbow. Erik and Ivar planted Anderson with the Viking Experience but Gallows made the save. A brawl broke out as Anderson and Gallows tossed Erik over the barricade. Ivar hit a tope onto Anderson and Gallows. The referee counted them out as the fans booed.
WINNER: DOUBLE COUNT–OUT (⭐️⭐️)
–Anderson and Gallows attacked Erik and Ivar after the match. Anderson and Gallows went for Magic Killer but Ivar made the save. Erik and Ivar hit a Double Powerbomb as Anderson went crashing through the KFC table.
Amin’s Analysis: I like all the wrestlers in the match as they are all very talented and worked hard. However, this was your regular tag team match you see on Raw or Smackdown every week. (Not NXT, because the wrestling on that show is terrific for most part.) The match was a complete backdrop for KFC at the beginning, middle and end.
TLC MATCH: ROMAN REIGNS vs. KING CORBIN
Corbin’s security charged but Reigns fought them all off. Corbin hit a Deep Six for a two count. Corbin kicked the ropes in-between Reigns balls. Corbin hit a Chokeslam Backbreaker for a two count. Reigns rammed Corbin into a chair and followed with a Superman Punch for a two count. There was a light “We want tables” chant as Reigns brought one into the ring. Corbin attacked Reigns with a can of Dog Food. Corbin hit a Chokslam sending Reigns crashing through a table for a two count. Reigns hit a Samoan Drop sending Corbin crashing through an announcers table. Reigns went for a Spear but Dolph Ziggler intercepted him with a Superkick. Reigns nailed both Corbin and Ziggler with a Drive By. Reigns laid out Corbin’s security guards with a Kendo Stick as The Revival appeared. Reigns nailed Dawson and Wilder with a pair of Superman Punches. Reigns hit an Undertaker Dive onto Corbin and The Revival on the floor. Ziggler threw a chair into Reigns face and followed with a ZigZag. Dawson and Wilder hit a Shatter Machine. The crowd was silent as Corbin hit an End of Days onto a stack of chairs for the win.
WINNER: KING CORBIN (⭐️⭐️1/2)
Amin’s Analysis: Let me say both Corbin and Reigns worked hard. With that said, this match dragged and underdelivered for a TLC match. The finish sucked because this feud that’s centred around dog food continues. The Worst WWE storyline of 2019.
NON-TITLE MATCH: WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION BRAY WYATT vs. THE MIZ
Miz came out wearing sunglasses for the most personal match of his career. Bray Wyatt came out to his FireFly Funhouse theme as he played full babyface. Miz who noted Wyatt violated the sanctity of his house, did nothing as Wyatt posed with the Universal Title multiple times as the fans cheered loudly. The fans chanted “Yowie Wowie” as Miz attacked Wyatt in the corner. Miz delivered his terrible looking ‘It Kicks‘ and a running double knees. Wyatt went for Sister Abigail but Miz countered into the Skull Crushing Finale but didn’t go for a cover. Miz rubbed Wyatt’s face against the mat. There was no reaction for Miz when he was on offence as he did Pentagon’s Arm Break spot. The fans cheered when Wyatt rammed himself into the barricade. Michael Cole and Corey Graves speculated Wyatt did it to pop his shoulder back in. Wyatt avoided a charge and hit Sister Abigail against the barricade. They teased a count-out but Miz made it back into the ring. Wyatt immediately hit a second Sister Abigail for the win.
WINNER: BRAY WYATT (DUD)
Amin’s Analysis: Wyatt was great here playing his Firefly Funhouse character. However, this match sucked as I couldn’t take Miz seriously at some trying to play tough guy wrestler.
–The Fiend appeared on the TitanTron as Wyatt grabbed his mallet. Wyatt teased attacking Miz with the mallet. The lights went out as they teased an appearance from The Fiend. The fans chanted “YES” as someone in a hoodie appeared from behind and nailed Wyatt with a Bauizuke Knee. Bryan removed his hoodie and revealed his new look. Bryan nailed Wyatt with second Bauizuke Knee. Bryan teased attacking Wyatt with the mallet but the lights went out as Wyatt left the ring. Bryan led the fans in YES chant.
Amin’s Analysis: This was great as Bryan was awesome here and looked 10 years younger. I like the look as it brought back vibes when he debut and from his Ring of Honor days. A good way to likely build up a match at the Royal Rumble.
TABLES MATCH: BOBBY LASHLEY (w/Lana) vs. RUSEV
Rusev attacked Lashley with the ring steps and the guardrail. Lashley delivered a Spinebuster Bomb as Rusev went crashing through the guardrail. Rusev made a comeback as he attacked Lashley with a Kendo Stick and then nailed him with a Macha Kick. Lana appeared as she jumped on Rusev’s back. Lashley speared Rusev onto a table but didn’t break. Lashley immediately hit an overhead suplex as Rusev went crashing through the table for the win.
WINNER: BOBBY LASHLEY (⭐️⭐️)
Amin’s Analysis: Let me say this Lashley and Rusev are both talented wrestlers as they worked hard. However, this match was pretty dull for most part and the spear not breaking the table didn’t help. I had no interest in the match because the program on TV has been no good for most part. The worse part is the worst WWE storyline of 2019 on Raw will continue.
–The Street Profit were shown backstage. The camera cut as as brawl broke out between Corbin and Reigns. Buddy Murphy, Dolph Ziggler, New Day, The Revival and Shorty G (Chad Gable) got involved in the brawl.
TLC MATCH FOR THE WWE WOMEN TAG TEAM TITLES: THE KABUKI WARRIORS (KAIRI SANE & ASUKA) vs. BECKY LYNCH & CHARLOTTE FLAIR
Becky tossed Asuka into a stack of chairs. Becky and Charlotte tossed Sane back-and-forth on the announcers table. Asuka tossed a chair into Becky and Charlotte’s face. Sane hit a sliding dropkick sending a chair into Charlotte’s face. Becky hit a bulldog sending Asuka into a ladder. Sane went to toss a chair into the ring but didn’t make it. Sane tossed more chairs into the ring as Becky and Charlotte tossed them back. Sane crawled underneath the ring. Sane blew fire extinguisher into Becky and Charlotte’s face. Asuka whipped Becky with a rope. Sane hit a running Blockbuster to Becky onto a stack of chairs. Asuka and Sane wrapped Becky onto a ladder with a rope. Charlotte whacked both Asuka and Sane with a Kendo Stick. Charlotte hit a Fallaway Slam sending Sane into the barricade which looked rough. Asuka attacked Charlotte with a chair. Sane went for an InSane Elbow off the announcers table but Becky got her boots up. With the help of Charlotte, Becky freed herself and whacked Sane with a Kendo Stick and a chair. Becky hit a flying leg drop as Asuka went crashing through a table. Becky and Charlotte went for a double suplex but Sane countered with a double DDT on the floor. Sane placed both Becky and Charlotte on a table. Charlotte moved as Sane went for an InSane Elbow on Becky but the table didn’t break. Charlotte slapped Sane on the floor. Charlotte hit a miss-timed spear as both neither Charlotte nor Sane went down. The match wasn’t fun to watch at thing point as it looked like Sane was hurting. The next spot was especially upsetting to watch as Charlotte struggled as she looked to force Sane up. Charlotte then Powerbombed Sane through a table on the floor. (This spot was reckless but more upsetting to watch especially coming right after the spear spot. I don’t know if Charlotte knew Sane might be hurt and if the Powerbomb was the next planed spot. But after the spear just call an audible. After the spear spot that didn’t go right, WWE officials should’ve checked on Sane to make sure everything was fine to continue. Like I mentioned I don’t what happened but the Powerbomb spot was just upsetting to watch.) Asuka appeared as she hit a German Suplex to Charlotte on the floor. Asuka had a look of concern when she went over to check on Sane. Asuka and Sane brought a ladder into the ring. The crowd began to boo as Becky and Charlotte appeared as they attacked Asuka and Sane with chairs. Charlotte went for a Moonsault but Asuka stopped her. Asuka hit a Powerbomb off the ring apron as Charlotte went crashing through a table. (In this video you can see Becky communicating with Kairi to find out what’s going on.) Huge round of applause for Becky here. Becky delivered a pair of Exploder Suplex to Asuka into the ladder. Becky went to climb the ladder but Asuka pulled her off using a rope. Asuka climbed the ladder and grabbed the titles for the win.
WINNERS: KAIRI SANE & ASUKA RETAINED THE WWE WOMEN TAG TEAM TITLES (⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2)
–Asuka held the titles on the ladder as the camera cut in crowd as Corbin and Reigns were shown brawling. Reigns delivered a plancha onto Corbin other WWE wrestlers as the show came to a close.
Amin’s Analysis: I got stuff to say about this match. Let me start off by saying that everyone worked extremely hard to put on a great match for the fans as there were lots of creative and innovative spots. For most part they had a great match. Happy to see Asuka and Kairi Sane retain the titles because they are an amazing team and are really talented wrestlers. I’m not sure where Sane might have gotten hurt but after the miss-timed Spear you can tell something was not right. The Powerbomb spot by Charlotte was really upsetting to watch. I’m not putting the blame on Charlotte because she must have not known Sane might be hurt. My bigger issue is there are WWE officials at the ringside and should check the wrestlers to find out what’s going on. Once the other wrestlers and officials know something isn’t right they should call an audible and get the injured wrestler out of the match. I’ve seen almost all of Sane’s WWE televised matches and I haven’t seen her like this. This was not fun to watch as I felt concerned for Kairi especially at the finish.
[Overall Thoughts] There were some very good matches on the show. There were also lots of bad and lots of violence. Overall, a thumbs in the middle show.