TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2017 – Preview and predictions

TLC might be the acronym for “Tables, Ladders & Chairs”, but for the WWE Universe, the three alphabets bring back fond memories. From the iconic triple threat matches between The Dudleys, Hardys and Edge & Christian, to the more recent TLC match between The Undertaker and Edge, the PPV has firmly established its roots as one of the most exciting special attractions.

This year’s extravaganza hasn’t done those emotions any harm, with the reunion of The Shield the talk of the town. The past two weeks has seen the WWE audience once again reminisce “the good ol’ days”, and that was largely thanks to the three Superstars getting the band back together. However, The Miz ensured that the nostalgia would quickly wear out, bringing the three brothers crashing down to reality.

At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, one other Superstar that could relive her glory days is Mickie James. The former WWE Women’s Champion might’ve had to play second fiddle to the likes of Bliss, Banks and Jax till now, but could walk out as the new RAW Women’s Champion come Sunday night.

Last but not least, “The Smack – talker, Skywalker” can once again send the WWE Universe into a feeding frenzy, by defeating Kalisto for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. With TLC on the horizon, we give you our predictions for the PPV, and preview the show.

Kick – off show:

Sasha Banks versus Alicia Fox

While it might not exactly be the reason for Sasha’s demotion, it’s probably a good idea not to rant about the fans on podcasts and interviews. Sasha Banks has seen her stock take a nosedive over the past few months, and she finds herself battling enfant terrible, Alicia Fox on the pre show.

The best the creative team could muster, in giving any semblance of reasoning and logic to this feud, was that Banks pinned Fox, depriving her of the chance to welcome Asuka to the main roster. As bad as things seem to be for the former RAW Women’s Champion, at least she found herself on the card (looking worriedly at Bayley).

Winner: Sasha Banks

Main card:

AJ Styles versus Finn Balor

One of the two matches that had to be changed due to the reported outbreak of mumps in the locker room was the one between Wyatt and Balor. While we dwelled on how big of a disappointment their rivalry has been, WWE somehow has the opportunity to salvage at least something, with AJ taking on Finn.

In case you’re unfamiliar with their history, Styles ousted Balor from the Bullet Club during their time in Japan, when Balor signed with WWE. Styles usurped Finn as the leader of the faction, while Balor made his way to the United States.

At TLC, both men have the chance to revisit their past rivalry, and it will undoubtedly be one of the standout matches on the card. Both men find themselves in different positions, and while AJ is a part of the SmackDown roster, it would be difficult to see Styles losing to Balor at this time.

Winner: AJ Styles

Alexa Bliss versus Mickie James for the RAW Women’s Championship

It was years ago that WWE ran a “Piggy James” angle to mock the way Mickie looked, and the precursor to her match with Bliss included WWE Superstars poking fun at Mickie’s age. Guess the title matches need some trickled down bullying, to make Mickie relatable.

Bliss has been a refreshing change after the novelty that was Charlotte Flair’s run as the Divas/Women’s Champion. Alexa brings more versatility, and has been the “chosen one” for the WWE Universe, after their brief romance with Sasha Banks and Bayley.

Putting the title on Mickie, at least for a little while, would be a nice way to recognise her contributions to the women’s division. However, WWE would think twice before halting Alexa’s momentum, and it is more likely that the management would want Bliss to hold on to the gold a little longer.

Winner and still the RAW Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss

Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann versus Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher

When the fans chanted for Triple H to sign Cedric Alexander during the Cruiserweight Tournament, very few would’ve imagined the current state of affairs. WWE boasts of some of the most talented individuals from all corners of the globe, yet, most of them continue to meander in the underbelly of WWE’s mid card.

Alexander, Swann, Kendrick and Gallagher deserve to be fighting for the title. Yet, they find themselves in a haphazardly booked tag team match. Gallagher’s heel turn serves as the only good result from this atrocious booking, but the fans can expect a very good match, with the faces eventually picking up the victory.

Winners: Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann

Kalisto versus Enzo Amore for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Talking about the cruiserweights, who would’ve thought Enzo would be the focal point of the division a year ago? Amore has, in all fairness, brought much needed attention and limelight onto the flailing division, and Kalisto himself is a welcome addition, now that Neville has reportedly quit the company.

Kalisto and Enzo are currently duelling over the cruiserweight title, while the rest of the CW “Originals” (dare if we can call them that) are stuck in a rut. However, both Superstars have what it takes to make the division entertaining, and if Enzo’s first two months as a CW have showed us anything, it is that the Gucci wearing hoodwinker can turn out to be just the sparkle the division needed.

Winner and still the WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Kalisto

Asuka versus Emma

Whenever WWE brings a talented, hard hitting Superstar from NXT to the main roster, questions immediately start cropping up. Will they book them in the same, dominant fashion? Or would we see a more Vince McMahon – esque approach? The focus now shifts to arguably the most dominant athlete to have ever walked in to NXT, Asuka.

Emma won the ticket to face Asuka at TLC, not the most enticing proposition for someone who hasn’t exactly been creating waves on RAW. WWE needed a – for the lack of better word – carpet, for Asuka to walk all over, and who better than the leader of Emmalution?

Unfortunately for Emma, it is going to be a quick, painful night for her.

Winner: Asuka

Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Kurt Angle versus The Miz, The Bar, Braun Strowman and Kane in a 5 on 3 Handicap Tables, Ladders & Chairs match

WWE threw a curveball this past Monday night, when Kane returned, apparently from the depths of political thresholds and conventions. A three on five handicap match would be the ideal way to book The Shield as the most dominant force on the face of the planet, but in the end, we all know how things will eventually unfold.

Kurt Angle replaced Reigns, with the Samoan pulled from the card just days before the event. A lot of people suspected that the match was booked the way it was to put Roman over. However, with the inclusion of Kurt Angle, it might change the finish of the match.

WWE can now make Braun Strowman look like the dominant force he is. Expect Strowman to put on an impressive showing, and pick up the victory for his team.

Winners: The Miz, The Bar, Braun Strowman and Kane

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