WWE’s 2012 Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view happens this Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York — WWE’s first-ever event in the new arena. The final WWE pay-per-view of 2012 looks very strong on paper, which is saying a lot considering the number of injuries and creative changes the company has faced recently.
Welcome to WNZ’s new pay-per-view feature with Marc Middleton and Colin Hunter. Here’s how we think the pay-per-view will unfold, and why. Let us know what you think and post your own predictions below.
Ladder Match for Dolph Ziggler’s MITB Briefcase: John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler
Marc: I just don’t see John Cena entering the World Heavyweight Title picture. WWE has made it clear that Ziggler’s contract is still for the World Heavyweight Title and it just doesn’t make sense to put Cena into all that confusion during WrestleMania season. Ziggler needs this win. Out of everyone on the roster I’d say he needs the most momentum going into WrestleMania season. A win over Cena at TLC will give him that momentum. Ziggler takes it.
Colin: While I agree that a win for Cena wouldn’t make much sense, it’s worth pointing out that Cena has won plenty of matches before despite an utter lack of logic. Remember how Cena scored the win in Brock Lesnar’s much-hyped return match, irreparably devaluing Lesnar’s cred. That’s just a recent example. Should Ziggler come out on top this Sunday? Logically, yes. Will WWE pull that trigger, or will they give Cena, their trusty cash cow, a much-needed boost to end 2012? It pains me to predict that Cena wins. But maybe this will put an end to the Cena-Vickie-AJ nonsense, which will be a win for the fans.
Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Title: Sheamus vs. Big Show
Marc: I was bored with Sheamus’ recent title reign and it’s almost like you don’t even remember Big Show has the belt. Hopefully we get a brutal match that doesn’t run too long. I predict Big Show will retain but won’t hold the title past the Royal Rumble.
Colin: Tough to call, but I can predict one thing with near certainty: Sheamus will swing a chair at Big Show, who will dent it with his massive paw, and Michael Cole will yammer incessantly about it. The winner of this one seems kind of moot, since there’s still time for the title to change hands before (or at) the Royal Rumble and to orchestrate a WrestleMania curtain-jerker for the belt. My prediction: Big Show goes for a chair shot, but Sheamus Brogue Kicks it into Show’s face (a la The Van Daminator), and Sheamus wins.
TLC Match: Ryback, Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield
Marc: The main roster debut for Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns should be very interesting. I think The Shield needs to take the win here, for their future, but WWE needs to keep building Ryback strong. How many more screwy finishes can he be involved in? I predict The Shield will get the win here. The Nexus lost their first big pay-per-view match and look where they are now.
Colin: I agree that, regardless of the outcome, what matters most here is giving the members of The Shield enough time to show off their ample in-ring skills, without compromising Ryback’s monster status. That likely means Daniel Bryan and/or Kane cost their team the mat. Prediction: Bryan and Kane fail to cooperate, enabling The Shield to win. Enraged, Ryback shell shocks his partners. For good measure, The Shield puts Kane and Bryan through some tables.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Wade Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston
Marc: I’ve never been a fan of Kofi Kingston and I feel like he’s just holding the title unless someone else is ready. Barrett can have a great 2013 but it’s time to start pushing him more. Barrett takes the win and the title here.
Colin: At a pay-per-view called Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Kofi should really be in a match that promises spectacular leaps from ladders, not a straightforward match like this. Anyway, as much as I’d like to see Barrett claim the IC championship on his pathway to even bigger things, it feels too soon for Kofi to lose the title. Kofi retains, but barely, and not for long.
WWE United States Title Match: R-Truth vs. Antonio Cesaro
Marc: At a time when it’s hard to find something refreshing on WWE TV every week, there is Antonio Cesaro. Like Barrett, Cesaro is headed for big things in 2013 I think. R-Truth is just R-Truth and putting the title on him wouldn’t make any sense at all. Cesaro retains here, moving on to bigger and better things.
Colin: These guys are capable of putting on a decent match, if they’re given the time. Which they probably won’t be. R-Truth might as well call himself Barry Horowitz for this one, because it seems impossible that he’ll come out on top. Cesaro wins handily and gloats in five languages.
Tables Match: Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio vs. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes
Marc: The winners get a tag team title shot so anything could happen. Cody worked his way back from injury earlier than expected so that has to mean something for him. Pretty soon, it will be about time to start breaking Mysterio and Cara up for their WrestleMania 29 feud. Does WWE put the titles on them soon to start the break up? Or do they go ahead and give the push to Sandow and Rhodes. Sandow is great, Rhodes is up there with him and I think they would make great champions. I predict Sandow and Rhodes get the win here.
Colin: Expect Cody’s moustache to the focal point of social media chatter surrounding this match. ‘Stache aside, perhaps this match will indeed see Mysterio and Cara begin to fall apart, allowing for a Rhodes Scholars victory. Sandow and Rhodes deserve a title shot soon – and a title win – because they’d make fantastic heel champs. The tag division needs them on top, belittling everyone else.
Santa’s Little Helper’s Match: Layla, Rosa Mendes, Kaitlyn, Natalya, Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka, Aksana, Cameron & Naomi
Marc: The winner of this one gets a Divas title shot but that rarely means anything special in the Divas division. It’s interesting that they took AJ Lee out of the match because everyone thought she would be the winner and then begin her road to the title. I pick Kaitlyn as the winner. Maybe she wins the title and “crazy” AJ goes after her friend.
Colin: Thankfully this is on the pre-show. I know the Divas division has its fans, but I’ve never met one. Natalya’s the best wrestler in the bunch, but that doesn’t mean much. Tamina has been performing some impressive Superfly splashes lately, so let’s go with her. WWE earns points for comic irony by calling itself family-friendly while promoting a “Santa’s Helper” in which chicks in skimpy outfits wail on each other. Ho ho ho indeed.
• Cena vs. Ziggler
• Sheamus vs. Show
• Ryback & Team Hell No vs. The Shield
Marc: The Shield
Colin: The Shield
• Barrett vs. Kingston
• Truth vs. Cesaro
• Mysterio & Cara vs. Rhodes Scholars
Marc: Rhodes Scholars
Colin: Rhodes Scholars
• Divas Battle Royal
Remember to join us on December 16th for live coverage of TLC. Post your predictions and thoughts on the card below!