I have to admit, as I sat down to watch TLC, this is the first time in a long time, that I was completely, utterly and genuinely excited for a WWE PPV event. Even with the unavoidable changes to the card. A viral infection seeing Bray Wyatt replaced by AJ Styles in the match against The Demon, and Roman Reigns replaced by Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, These changes, for me, only made TLC not only more intriguing but also more excited and had me eager to watch.
As some of my regular readers know, I have been eagerly and somewhat impatiently waiting for the Raw debut of Asuka for some time. I believe that her arrival will give the Women’s division a huge shake-up, bringing her hard hitting dominance from NXT to the Raw. The Empress of Tomorrow’s debut did not disappoint. It may have been a while coming, but was definitely worth the wait. I truly feel Asuka V Emma was a great match and I was very impressed by Emma. I was glad to see that it wasn’t the “Squash match” (not my words,) that some people were expecting.
Funny moment or should I say, moments of the night came courtesy of Jason Jordan, who showered Elias in Celery every time he came out to sing, this culminating in a match between Elias and Jordan which would end seeing Jason Jordan the victor.
Before I mention the Cruiser weight tag team match, I want to say, heel or face, I LOVE Brian Kendrick! I think the guy is awesome! Now, talking of the match itself, Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher V Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann (who’s entrance is fab!!) I feel was another great match. I love to watch the Cruiser weights in action, always enjoyable, always entertaining. The ending saw the team of Alexander & Swann with the victory.
I thought the match for the Raw Women’s championship was brilliant…. ( I can almost hear the eye rolls of mainly dudes who think Women shouldn’t have an opinion on wrestling or that Women should get this much attention in wrestling, but tough!) It was a great back and forth between James and Bliss. Ultimately, Bliss retained her championship. Now, this had me thinking and I have a theory…. As we know, Bliss said she had ran through everyone in the division, this is what caused Mickie James to come at Bliss, after Alexa called Mickie old and basically stated Mickie’s time had gone. Now, she has beat Mickie, she has gone through the division, bar one, Asuka! My theory? Simply this, WWE Creative have the plan to have Asuka dethrone Alexa Bliss as champion. This would be something I would see as a positive and I would also like to see this match.
As a side note, as I mentioned the Bliss/James match, I just want to say that, as a Woman of a similar age as Mickie James, I have unlimited respect for her. She can still go out there and do it better than most. That’s talent, that’s balls and that is worthy of respect! I have always been a fan of Mickie James and always will be.
Enzo Amore, the only guy I know that can lose his voice and still manage to talk smack managed to regain the Cruiserweight Championship from Kaliso. Cocky Enzo resorting to a thumb to the eye in an enjoyable match. (I am aware this is thin but I had a little interference during this part of the broadcast).
Now, this is something I could talk about like an excited child…. The match between A.J. Styles and The Demon! A match for me that wasn’t just match of the night, but my personal match of the year! I have to admit, that The Demon’s entrance is my favourite entrance in WWE. Its captivating and absolutely mesmerising. This truly was a dream match scenario and highly anticipated. The “This is awesome” chants before the match even began is a complete testament to this fact. Throughout the match, the crowd was deafening, with split chants for both participants. I can’t remember the last time, the audience in attendance were that invested, that into a match. The match itself was indeed awesome, epic even. If this is what Balor and Styles do with only a couple of days to prepare, imagine the possibilities with more time to prepare. I doubt this is the last time we will see these two compete against each other and after that, I can not wait for the next time. I also loved the show of respect between both competitors at the end of the match. Ending in the “Too sweet” sign.
When I heard that Kurt Angle was replacing Roman Reigns in the TLC Handicap Match, the teenage wrestling fan inside me was overly excited! 11 Years after he last competed in a WWE ring, he was back and was joining 2/3 of The Shield. I knew this was going to be good, this match also failed to disappoint. We got the obvious Tables, Ladders and Chairs and at one point, a Garbage Truck! The action was everywhere!
The team of The Miz, Sheamus & Cesaro, Strowman and Kane dominated and after Angle was taken out of action by Strowman putting him through a table, it seemed they had the match won. This was until Kane gave Strowman a chokeslam through the stage then set the display chairs crashing down from the ceiling to the floor on top of Strowman. This would, however, not keep Strowman down and the rest of his team began a beat down on the Monster among Men. This and the return of Kurt Angle to the match, saw the team of himself and the shield victorious, after a triple power bomb on Miz and Angle got the pin. This match was Excellent, in my opinion exceeded expectations by miles.
Kurt Angle, in a WWE ring competing again…. Absolute respect!
Lately, I have been quite impressed with WWE’s creative direction, yes, they do have a bit to go but they have done good. TLC was Excellent, I am so glad I stayed up to watch it…. (In the UK, WWE PPVs don’t start til 1am generally) it was worth it!