WWE TLC PPV Predictions
Dec 17, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck
by Brad Hoy
WWE TLC PPV predictions TLC will be live from Baltimore, Maryland this Sunday and there are six matches on the card, four of which are title matches. Before I give my predictions and opinions of how the matches are going to go down, first of all I believe that this PPV is pretty pointless. For example TLC is designed to be a “Hardcore” ish PPV, however the most hardcore thing that can happen is a chair shot to the back or jumping off a ladder. This bugs me for one reason, and it’s not that the WWE are trying to be something they are not, it’s the fact that they are trying to be something they choose not to be when they signed a PG TV contract. Personally I wish they didn’t go PG but I can except that, however I don’t think they should try and put on hardcore matches knowing they cannot produce them to a respectable standard. This always leaves the majority of fans disappointed and considering that the company isn’t on great terms with its long term fans, I just feel this is a mistake that can be easily avoidable. I also appreciate that this is only my opinion and that you may or may not agree with it which is fine but I had to get that off my chest. One more thing, I can’t believe I’m going to write a PPV prediction article without using the “C” word (Cena… dam it, oh well at least he’s not going to be mentioned again, but don’t be surprised if he pops up at some point).
Now, on to the action…
Dolph Ziggler(C) Vs Zack Ryder
(United States Championship on the line)
Personally, I cannot wait to see the True Long Island Iced-Z back on a WWE PPV where he belongs and what better opponent for him to face than the extremely well rounded talent of Dolph Ziggler. I would love to see Zack Ryder capture the US title and not just as I think he deserves it but as it is about time for Dolph to drop the belt and move on to better things in the company. Ziggler has proven himself in many ways to the WWE, for example he can wrestle with the best of them, his good mic skills and not forgetting his ability to draw heat (with a little help from Vickie Guerrero). However, I feel by them putting the strap on Ryder now may be a month or so too late and the only reason I can think of is that Dolph didn’t have anything or anyone to move on to that wasn’t a step down but better late than never. Now Ziggler has been main eventing Raw more often and I believe he will receive a well deserved push.
Cody Rhodes (C) Vs Booker T
(Intercontinental Championship on the line)
This match marks the in ring return of the five time WCW champion Booker T and there is no one better for him to face than one of the best wrestlers and up and coming heels in the company. This is a great chance for Rhodes to be propelled into the spotlight and I believe that Booker will be more than happy to put him over and “pass the torch”. A lot of people have been speculating whether Booker can still perform in the ring, I have no doubt what so ever that Booker can still go and take a bump and this should be a good match.
Triple H Vs Kevin Nash
(Sledgehammer ladder match)
I can’t help but feel that I should be looking forward to this match a bit more than I actually am, however I find myself not really caring about who wins or how good the match will be. This is a match which has two future hall of famers competing against each other and unfortunately it has not been hyped to the level that would grab peoples interest. I personally hold a bit of a grudge towards HHH and Nash because as the WWE entered the “Reality” era they had one of the best opportunities (CM Punk promo) to make wrestling fun again. However the reality is that HHH came back and tried to steal the spotlight and in doing so he brought an over the hill, rating killer of a friend with him, which simply took away any chance of the WWE making a big comeback. Instead they let the two continue to make Raw boring (with a little help from John Laurinaitis) and thus leaving fans only reason to tuning in was to watch CM Punk. That’s my rant over, so back to the match…
I think that HHH will most likely be victorious, simply because he wants to get revenge on Nash for the terrible botched Powerbomb Nash gave him which lead to Hunter being sidelined. Also, I hope that HHH does win as this would be the most likely outcome if the WWE were looking at ending the storyline. However, I just can’t imagine Nash is willing to put Hunter over straight away but that may well be my perceived conception of Nash’s stubbornness. Nonetheless, the sledgehammer up a ladder match should be an interesting one to watch, and I hope by negative beliefs our proved wrong.
Randy Orton Vs Wade Barrett
Apart from the main event, I believe this match has the most potential to be the best of the night as both athletes are at the top of their game. As far as who will win, I’m predicting Orton to be victorious as I feel he has taken a few losses recently and is about time he got his revenge. It is also good to see Barrett on PPV a bit more, now how long that will last I don’t know. However, I think that over the past year or so he has developed in many ways and I would like to see a lot more of him in the near future. We also can’t forget Orton’s consistent performances in the ring over the past few months and no matter what the outcome I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Mark Henry (C) Vs Big Show
(Chairs match for the World Heavyweight championship)
The two giants of the WWE face off AGAIN for the title, and this match has a lot to live up to due to the potential quality and entertainment factor of all the other matches on the card, however I’m looking forward to seeing what the two experienced big men can produce and I hope we will be pleasantly surprised as we have been previously. As far as who will win the strap I believe it’s about time for Big Show to become champion once again and continue the feud. However Henry has done a great job as champ and I would be disappointed if he held onto the title for a little bit longer, as long as he moves on to face someone different.
CM Punk (C) Vs The Miz Vs Alberto Del Rio
(A TLC match for the WWE Championship)
For the first time in WWE history the title will be defended in a triple threat TLC match, and what a match it should be as all three superstars have earned their right to be in the main event. Let’s hope that these three wrestlers make full use of the match they are in and intertwine Tables, Ladders and Chairs into the contest which I’m sure they will. As far as who will win, I’m going for Punk as I feel he deserves to keep hold of the belt, which will also help make the title meaningful and not a pointless thing that gets passed around every month. Plus, Punk could do with a bit more attention for his character to continue to elevate the company and if my prediction is correct then I pray that Punk changes the look of the WWE championship belt as it has been far too ugly for far too long.