WWE Smackdown is presenting TLC: Tables Ladders and Chairs, starting at 8:00 pm Eastern tonight on pay-per-view and the WWE Network. We will have live coverage of the show as it happens, as well as limited coverage of the pre-show starting at 7:00 pm Eastern.
Here is the card as of this afternoon, subject to change:
- AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose in a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match for the WWE World Championship
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss in a Tables Match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
- The Miz (c) (w/ Maryse) vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Ladders Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
- Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship
- Nikki Bella vs. Carmella in a No Disqualification Match
- Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin in a Chairs Match
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Preshow Match: American Alpha & The Hype Bros & Apollo Crews vs. The Vaudevillains & Curt Hawkins
Here’s a pointless 10-man tag match to start things out. Crews and Hawkins start it out, and Crews keeps control with some impressive athletics. Zack Ryder tags in, and he and Hawkins have a moment, but Hawkins tags out to Viktor. Mojo tags in and does his Hammer Time thing. Konnor tags in and Mojo takes him down, but corners Mojo after all.
More tags and American Alpha enters. They clean out the apron and the ring. One by one everyone spills out of the ring on all four sides, Apollo Crews being the only one left standing. Everyone runs into the ring and brawls, and the faces toss the heels outside the ring again as we go to our preshow break.
Back from break, the heels have control of Chad Gable. Chad Gable goes for a hope spot, but the heels knock Gable’s teammates off the apron. Gable knocks Hawkins off the apron after a catapult and it’s enough to help him get to Jason Jordan for the hot tag. Jordan is on fire, hits an Angle Slam on Konnor, but it’s broken. Hype Ryder from the Hype Bros, AA hits a pair of clotheslines, and Apollo Crews hits a suplex to the outside on Hawkins. In the ring, Grand Amplitude for the win.
Winners: American Alpha & The Hype Bros & Apollo Crews
A fun opening match but a bit of a mess with so many bodies. The crowd seemed to enjoy the big spots though.
WWE Presents TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
After the video package, we head to the arena, where Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt’s music have a mashup.
The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton, w/ Luke Harper) vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Rhyno and Wyatt start it out. Rhyno hits a leaping clothesline. Bray tags in Orton, and Rhyno hits a shoulder to Orton. Tag to Slater, who leaps off the top turnbuckle, but Orton cuts him off. Slater hits a splash in the corner, but thanks to a distraction from Harper, Wyatt attacks Slater off the apron.
Orton stomps Slater’s extremities. Wyatt with the cover for two. Wyatt tosses Slater out of the ring and tags in Orton. Orton drags Slater into the ring and sets him up for the DDT off the ropes. Slater fights free, but Orton catches him with an awesome powerslam off of a slingshot off the ropes.
Wyatt legal, Slater fights out of the corner. He makes the hot tag, and Rhyno attacks Wyatt. Leaping shoulder block off the second rope from Rhyno. Orton moves Bray out of the way (and makes a blind tag), and Rhyno heads out of the ring to attack Orton, but Harper takes the spear. Orton slips back into the ring and hits an RKO onto Rhyno, who thinks Bray is still legal. He gets the pin.
Winner: The Wyatt Family to become the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions
Wyatt and Harper share a moment, and Wyatt puts his title on Harper’s shoulder. Harper and Orton stare each other down, and Orton puts his title on Harper as well. All three pose as we fade out.
Orton and Wyatt are certainly clicking, and now that they have the titles, I’m curious to see where their story goes. Luke Harper seems to be on the same page with them, for now. It’ll be interesting to see if that lasts.
Dean Ambrose interviews backstage about his match. The interviewer asks about James Ellsworth’s condition. Ambrose says he’s probably keeping his
chin spirits up. She asks him if he’s going to keep his temper in check. Ambrose says his temper is part of his gameplan. He says in another lifetime, it might be an honor to face AJ Styles, but AJ likes to take the easy way out. Ambrose puts over the brutality of the TLC match, and says tonight there’s only way to win – pain and suffering. He quotes Dusty Rhodes and says it’s gonna be hard times.
AJ Styles interviews with Renee Young, and Styles says he’s been in matches like these before. He knows Dean Ambrose very well and the problem hasn’t been knocking him down, it’s keeping him there. He says after a few chair shots and tables, sure, he’ll get back up – just in time to see him holding his WWE World Championship.
Nikki Bella vs. Carmella in a No Disqualification Match
Immediately the two bail out of the ring. The referee is counting for some reason. Carmella hits a head scissors into the stairs. JBL clarifies that there are countouts in this match, which makes no sense to me, but whatever. Back in the ring, Carmella suplexes Bella into the ropes.
Carmella ties Bella up in the corner in a Tree of Woe. She grabs a kendo stick from under the ring, and smacks her with it multiple times, focusing on the leg. Carmella locks in her submission finisher, the Code of Silence. Bella hits her with the kendo stick to break the hold.
The action spills back outside the ring, and Bella slams Carmella into the ring post. She hits a leaping enzuigiri off the barricade. Back in the ring, Bella starts swinging the kendo stick, attacking the legs. The camera cuts to a little girl and we miss Carmella taking Bella out. Bella goes under the ring and hits Carmella with a fire extinguisher, spraying her repeatedly. She basically empties the thing out. She sets Carmella up on her shoulders and hits Rack Attack 2.0 for the win.
Winner: Nikki Bella
It’s refreshing to see the women in a match with weapons and see them actually using them. Granted, it was limited, but that’s fine. I feel like the women have finally achieved equal status with the men. That said, this match was fine for what it was, up until the finish. I don’t buy that 20 seconds of spraying Carmella down with a fire extinguisher is enough to immobilize her for a finisher.
After the match, Carmella grabs the mic and chokes, selling the move and the fire extinguisher. She says she hopes she’s proud of herself, and that she thinks she evened the odds after Survivor Series. Carmella says it wasn’t her that attacked her though – it was Natalya! Shocking!
After that accusation, we see a commercial with Natalya recommending engagement rings for some guy. The short-sightedness of WWE’s production team makes me want to scream sometimes.
A video package for Miz vs. Ziggler airs, and then we go to Daniel Bryan being interviewed backstage. He’s asked if he would like to see The Miz lose the Intercontinental Championship. Bryan agrees, and says he feels that Ziggler is a much better representative for the brand, but he agrees that Miz brings a better star quality to the title. Miz walks over and says he finally admitted he doesn’t like him. Bryan says he never liked him. Miz says he’ll climb the ladder and keep the title. “Enjoy Daniel. Enjoy.”
The Miz (c) (w/ Maryse) vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Miz looks up at his title as the bell rings. Otunga talks about Ziggler having a chance of reaching an elite level with a win, or being “just pretty good” if he loses. Ziggler lays in some punches early on. Miz goes for Skull Crushing Finale. Miz catapults Ziggler over the top rope, and when Ziggler goes for a ladder under the ring, Miz hits him with a dropkick through the ropes.
The two brawl outside near one of the ladders set up. They both tease attacking each other with the ladder. Miz ends up winning that prize, Ziggler launching him into the ladder. He retaliates, attacking Ziggler with the ladder, but missing near the steps. Ziggler fires back with a clothesline, and grinds Miz’s face into the ladder.
A “Let’s go Ziggler/Let’s Go Miz” chant breaks out, shockingly. A drop toe hold sends Ziggler into the ladder on the floor. Miz drags a ladder into the ring, but Ziggler see-saws it into Miz. Miz kicks it back into him. The two play tug of war with a ladder near the ring post. Ziggler gets to his feet first, and he kicks Miz back to the ground, going for a Zig Zag. He escapes a powerbomb attempt from Miz and hits a DDT into the ladder.
Ziggler leaves Miz laid out and gets the biggest ladder her can find. He starts to set it up in the ring, but Miz catches him from behind with a dropkick. Miz corners Ziggler with the ladder across the second ropes, kicking it into him in the corner. Miz stands on the ladder and sets Ziggler up for a suplex, but Ziggler fights free, Miz hitting the ladder face-first. Ziggler leaps off with a diving elbow, and then sends Miz into the same ladder face first.
Ziggler gets another ladder from outside. He sets it up in the center of the ring and starts climbing. Miz cuts him off, grabbing the foot. Ziggler kicks him off, but Miz pulls him again. Miz hits a fierce clothesline, then tosses him out of the ring. He starts climbing the ladder, but Miz pushes the ladder over, sending Ziggler throat-first into the top rope.
Ziggler pulls himself into the corner to recover. Miz drives the ladder into Ziggler vertically, then mocks Daniel Bryan with the “Yes!” pointing. He hits Bryan’s running dropkick into the ladder twice. He runs at Ziggler a third time, and Ziggler pushes the ladder into Miz’s face. He sets up the ladder in the middle of the ring, and climbs, but Miz meets him near the top. The two trade blows near the top. Ziggler knocks Miz off the ladder, but Miz gets to him first, and wraps Ziggler’s leg around the ladder, and then tips the ladder over. Ziggler goes for a superkick through the ladder. Miz counters and closes the ladder, but misses Ziggler’s leg. He drops Ziggler leg-first onto the ladder, and then drives his knee into the ladder. He sandwiches Ziggler’s leg into the ladder, hitting it repeatedly. Miz pulls the leg through the bottom rung and hooks a Figure Four, then stomps the ladder into the leg once more for good measure.
Miz sets Ziggler up for Skull Crushing Finale. Ziggler elbows free, but couldn’t get a superkick. Miz counters and hits the SCF into the ladder. Miz sets up the ladder and gets to the belt, but Ziggler kicks the ladder over, and Miz hangs on to the ring. Ziggler hits him with the ladder and Miz comes crashing down, selling a bad leg injury.
Ziggler sets up the ladder and hobbles up rung by rung. Miz hobbles into the ring and attacks Ziggler, trying to pull him down. Miz hits a slingshot powerbomb onto the ladder set up in the corner, and both are laid out. Miz struggles to his feet and sets up a second ladder next to the first. He hops up one rung at a time. Ziggler climbs up the other one, and hits Miz with rights. Miz counters with punches of his own. The two straddle across both ladders. Ziggler hits a trio of headbutts, sending Miz to the ground. Ziggler continues the climb, but Miz recovers and hits Ziggler with a pair of low blows near the top of the ladders. Ziggler falls to the floor as Miz grabs onto the title, picking up the win.
Winner: The Miz to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Miz hobbles down the ladder with some help from Maryse. She demands a mic and hands it to Miz. He dedicates the win to Daniel Bryan. “Hey Daniel – we did it.” He says he motivated him to be the best champion ever, and said it’s Day 19 of the Miz Intercontinental Championship reunion tour. He wants Ziggler to get a participation award, and calls himself the winner, while everyone else is a loser, including those in the audience.
A very good ladder match. Miz has some vocal supporters in the audience tonight, and it was very surreal hearing the chants for him, since he’s been so good at getting proper heat in the past. Both men worked smart and used the ladders well without getting crazy with them. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for both men, however, and I’m very much ready to move on from this feud.
Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin in a Chairs Match
In a funny moment, immediately after his entrance Kalisto looks for chairs under the apron, except they’re all already set up behind him. He realizes this and starts folding them and tossing them into the ring. Kalisto immediately starts swinging chairs at Corbin, but Corbin cuts him off with knees to the gut. He sets a chair up for a powerbomb, but Kalisto flips over. Kalisto hits a dropkick into a sitting Corbin, sending him out of the ring, then uses a chair to springboard over the ropes onto Corbin at ringside.
Corbin shoulders Kalisto to the floor and lays in some fierce punches to the face, Kalisto pinned against the barricade. He takes off his shirt and uses it to swing Kalisto around. He sends Kalisto back into the ring and goes for the cover. Corbin sets a chair up in the corner between the turnbuckles. Corbin sets up six chairs in a row, 3 by 3. Corbin slides under the bottom ropes and loops around, but Kalisto sends him into the chair set up in the corner. He hits a short hurricarana into the chair, and heads up top. Kalisto hits a seated senton, sending Corbin crashing through the six chairs.
Kalisto dives through the ropes to the outside, but Corbin catches him and plants him with an impressive Deep Six. Back in the ring, Corbin goes for a cover, gets two. He gets pissed and unloads a series of punches. He starts throwing chairs into a pile. Kalisto rolls out of the ring. Corbin misses a chair shot outside the ring, and misses another one at the announcer’s table. He chases Kalisto around the ring, missing on the steps. Kalisto attacks with kicks, and runs the barricade, hitting a hurricarana. He throws a chair into Corbin and hits a running dropkick, sending him into the barricade.
Back in the ring, Kalisto hits a springboard legdrop. He grabs a chair and sets it on Corbin, then climbs into the corner, hitting a moonsault with a pair of knees into the chair. Corbin kicks out. Kalisto starts swinging a chair. Kalisto sets Corbin up for Salida Del Sol. Corbin counters, but Kalisto hits some kicks. Corbin smashes Kalisto with a chair as he comes down off the top rope. He picks Kalisto up and hits End of Days onto the chair for the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin
A better match than I expected, and Kalisto got a ton of offense in, looking strong in defeat. Corbin’s offense is so believable and natural. I love it.
Corbin rips up the announcer’s table and shouts that it’ll happen to anyone that gets in his way.
Backstage, Natalya is interviewed, and asked about Carmella’s accusation from earlier tonight. Natalya deflects the question and wishes Becky Lynch luck in her match tonight. Natalya then says Carmella’s accusation is absurd. Natalya is asked why Carmella would lie, and Natalya says “I don’t know. Because she’s a liar.”
A video package airs for the Women’s Title match.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss in a Tables Match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
Lynch immediately goes on the offense, attacking Lynch in the corner. Lynch goes for a table very early on in the match, but Lynch takes her out, tossing her into the barricade. She actually pushes the table back under the ring, and the two continue to fight outside. Bliss kicks Lynch in the face from the apron. Back in the ring, Lynch goes for a flapjack, and hits a suplex. Back outside, Lynch sets up a table. Bliss charges Lynch, but Lynch counters. SHe teases a suplex over the ropes to the floor. Bliss counters and snaps Lynch across the ropes.
Back int he ring, Bliss lays into Lynch with kicks in the corner. She misses a charge in the corner, and Lynch hits a slingshot kick in the corner, near the table. Bliss bites Lynch’s fingers to release a hold. Double knees to the back from Bliss, and she slams Lynch to the mat.
Bliss pulls out another table outside. Lynch misses a dive onto Bliss, and Bliss sends her into the stairs. The fans chant for JBL and other things. Back in the ring, Bliss sets up the table in the corner. The two brawl near another corner, Bliss getting the better of the exchange. She lays Lynch across the table and climbs up top, but Lynch comes to life and counters. Lynch teases a suplex, but Bliss fights free. Lynch flips the table on it’s side. Bliss talks trash and sets the table in the corner, vertically. Lynch hits a trio of uppercuts, and fires up with clotheslines. Lynch narrowly hits the table after Bliss ducks a clothesline. Lynch teases a suplex, but Bliss counters. Bliss misses the table, and Lynch tries a sunset flip into the table. Bliss hits her pair of knees, and then pushes the table over, but it misses Lynch.
Bliss sets the table up in the middle of the ring. Lynch tries to put her through, but Bliss flips the table over. She hits a DDT to Lynch right on the upside down table. Bliss tries to fold the table, and Lynch grabs the arm, locking in her Disarmer through the table leg. She hits a pumphandle slam to Bliss. Lynch sets up a table across the bottom ropes, and sets Bliss on the table. Lynch goes up top, and Bliss kicks her in the head, then drags her off the top to the floor. She hits a dropkick. Lynch hits a drop toe hold on Bliss into the table, but it doesn’t break.
The two fight on the apron near another table that was set up earlier. Bliss rakes the eyes, and counters a kick with a powerbomb through the table for the win.
Winner: Alexa Bliss to become the NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion
This was a good match, but you wouldn’t know it from the crowd. In fact, they’ve been dead most of the night. That said, I enjoyed it, and putting the belt on Bliss is a good move. She’s been one of the biggest surprises out of the brand split, and absolutely can add to the women’s division on Smackdown as the champ.
After the match, Becky Lynch is approached for an interview, but isn’t interested in giving an interview. She says she’s upset with herself and let her self down, and she walks away.
The announcers plug John Cena’s appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
We get a video package for our main event, AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose in a TLC Match for the WWE World Championship
Both Styles and Ambrose pace back and forth before the start of the match. The crowd finally wakes up for this one.
Ambrose takes Styles to the mat immediately, and stomps on him in the corner. He whips AJ across the ring and knocks him down. He lays into Styles with some chops and hits a big back body drop, and then rolls out of the ring toss a chair into the ring, as well as a ladder.
Styles grabs the ladder and uses it to hit the ladder into Ambrose. Styles tries to climb up and the two of them trade places back and forth. Ambrose whips Styles into the open ladder, which Styles ducks, but Ambrose pushes the ladder into him and the action spills outside. Ambrose brings the action down the ramp, hitting AJ with a table. He sits on a chair and then tosses Styles into it head first. He suplexes Styles onto the ramp, then sets AJ up on a table by the titantron. He starts climbing up a huge ladder, but Styles rolls off and starts going through the crowd.
Ambrose follows him and puts a trash can over his head, then hits it. They fight through the crowd back towards the ring. Ambrose tosses Styles over the barricade, back to ringside. Ambrose leaps off the barricade for an attack, but Styles catches him with a dropkick. Styles hits a leaping clothesline into the barricade. Styles follows and misses another flying clothesline, and Ambrose crotches him on the barricade before grabbing a chair. Ambrose runs at Styles with the chair and hits him with it. Ambrose goes into the ring and sets up the ladder, but Styles knocks him off of it. Styles tosses the ladder at Ambrose, then bodyslams him across it. Styles hits a leaping knee drop to the forehead. Styles props the ladder up on the ropes, and goes for a suplex. Ambrose reverses it into a catapult into the ladder, and then tosses the ladder at Styles outside the ring.
Styles sneaks back into the ring and hits Ambrose with a chair across the back. An “Undertaker” chant breaks out for no reason. Styles hits a sidewalk slam through a chair. Styles hits Ambrose with a chair, then sets that chair up in the ring. He heads out of the ring and grabs a few more chairs. He sets them up 2 by 2. Ambrose blocks a suplex attempt, and returns the favor, lifting AJ up for a front suplex and spinning him around, back-first. He bodyslams him across a chair, then leaps off the top turnbuckle with a chair like an elbow.
Ambrose sends AJ into the legs of a table, then sets the table up in the corner. Frantic counters lead to Styles suplexing Ambrose through the table. Ambrose fies up on Styles. Styles counters with a dropkick, which is countered with a rebound clothesline. The two set up on the turnbuckle near a set of tables, but they break free. Styles misses a Phenomenal Forearm, countered by Ambrose. Ambrose sends Styles out of the ring, then goes leaping through the ropes after him. He tosses Styles across the announcer’s tables and tears them all apart. Ambrose sets a ladder up on top of an announcer’s table. Ambrose lays Styles out and climbs up the ladder, leaping off with an elbow that connects.
The crowd chants “This is awesome.” Ambrose gets another ladder and pushes it into the ring. Ambrose makes the climb up the ladder. Styles makes it to his feet and hits a Phenomenal Forearm, knocking Ambrose off the ladder. Ambrose climbs up the ladder first, Styles on the opposite side. The two trade punches and both fall off. Styles goes for a Styles’ Clash, but Ambrose counters and spins him into the standing ladder in the middle of the ring. Ambrose climbs back up, Styles pulls him down, but Ambrose takes him over the top rope on a powerbomb attempt. Both men brawl outside the ring, and Styles hits his moonsault DDT off the apron to the floor. Styles sets up a table on the floor, and sets Ambrose up on the table. He climbs into the ring, and lines Ambrose up, hitting an amazing springboard 450 splash through the table.
JBL says the fans are chanting “This is awesome,” but they’re actually chanting for Styles. Styles starts to set up the ladder, but James Ellsworth heads down to ringside wearing a neckbrace. Styles heads out of the ring and viciously attacks him. He goes back to the steps, teasing another Styles Clash like he did at Smackdown, but Ambrose gets up first, and hits a Dirty Deeds onto the steps. Ambrose scrambles into the ring and sets up the ladder. Styles makes it back into the ring before Ambrose can climb up. Ambrose punches Styles and Styles tumbles to the floor, but as he’s about to grab the belt, Ellsworth pushes the ladder over, sending Ambrose crashing through the tables on the floor.
Ellsworth looks around, selling the moment. He leaves the ring and AJ sets the ladder up. He climbs up as Ellsworth cheers him on. Styles grabs the belt and unhooks it, retaining his title.
Winner: AJ Styles to retain the WWE World Championship
Ellsworth heads up the ramp as AJ Styles sits on the ladder, belt in hand. He holds the belt up high as the show comes to a close.
Despite the dead crowd, that was an awesome match. Ellsworth’s heel turn is not completely unexpected, as it’s been more about “when” than “if”. That said, they could explain it as being about the title shot Ellsworth has earned. Or maybe the fact that Ambrose is always picking on him. Who knows.
Overall, a solid pay-per-view. I feel that the crowd took away from the show overall. The title changes made sense and I feel that they put things in a good place going forward. I’m curious to see how The Wyatts do with the tag titles, and I’m really looking forward to seeing Alexa Bliss’s women’s title reign.
But more importantly, what’s next for The Miz, for Dolph Ziggler, and for AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose? It’s time for both feuds to come to an end, and I feel like the way things went down with Ambrose and Styles there’s one more match in there, which I’m not crazy about. I like them and they work well together, but it’s time to move on.
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