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What Can WWE Fans Expect to See at TLC PPV?

Here we are again. After an interesting few weeks to digest the Survivor Series pay per view, I am back to discuss tonight’s Tables, Ladders, and Chairs (TLC) PPV. Just like the previous one I wrote, this can be seen on the WWE Network, for only $9.99 a month! Before the week started, the card only had three matches announced. Now, after a few days, the official lineup for the event is made. WWE looks to rebound after a poor Survivor Series show where fans have shared their disgust with the company. Can the company bounce back and put on an amazing show? There is only one way to find out.

If you want some TLC predictions, give me a hell yeah…..No? Still? OK then. Here we go:

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Dean Ambrose

This contest has a chance to steal the show on Sunday. Both men in this bout know how to put on a great match, without any gimmicks involved. If allowed the right amount of time, these two will be able to put it all on the line. Owens needs a great match to gain momentum, something he has been lacking due to the way he has been booked. With Seth Rollins gone, Dean Ambrose seems like a good choice for the main event, but, like Owens, hasn’t properly been booked the way fans have hoped for. We can expect a lot of aggressiveness from Ambrose and the same great heel characteristics from Owens. I don’t see K.O. losing his title just yet. As long as Sabrina the Teenage Witch doesn’t get in his head.

Winner: Kevin Owens

Women’s (Diva’s) Championship
Charlotte (c) (With Ric Flair) vs. Paige

From what I can tell, it looks like the company is turning Charlotte to the dark side of the force. From what I have seen in NXT, she is better off that way. However, both ladies are technically considered the “bad guy” in this match. Could we see a (kind of) double turn, and let Paige become the good guy in the end? I expect a lot of shenanigans from The Nature Boy as he helps out his daughter, but don’t forget about Becky Lynch. The Lass Kicker hates Paige, but is confused of the intentions Charlotte has. I expect a better match than their Survivor Series one, if of course they get a respectable amount of time. The outcome of the match might be determined by Ric, (the dirtiest player in the game) living up to his name, thus Charlotte retaining her title. One can only hope that Sasha Banks will eventually be involved in the title scene. “The Boss” dominating would make everything better.

Winner: Paige via DQ (Charlotte keeps the title)  

Rusev (with Lana) vs. Ryback

There doesn’t seem to be a huge buildup for this match, just that these two big behemoth’s don’t like one another. Rusev just recently got back together with Lana, forming the once dominating team they were last year. Rusev’s real life proposal to Lana that broke on TMZ might have changed the storyline planned for Rusev, and I am all for a refreshing start. Ryback doesn’t have a clear direction, but he is always a favorite considering the WWE brass loves him. Rusev also is a member of the League of Nations, giving him some momentum. Expect Lana to interfere in some way, to prove to Rusev that they belong back together. I do expect a physically tough match between these men. In the end, Rusev will “crush” like he once did before.

Winner: Rusev

WWE United States Championship – Chair Match
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger

Hey, remember this feud from 2013? A lot has changed since then. Swagger hasn’t done much for a while, and Del Rio just returned after spending some time in Lucha Underground and AAA. Del Rio’s momentum has dissipated since his return; there is no clear direction for him, minus the League of Nations stable. Unfortunately, Swagger is just filler, rehashing the “We the People” storyline. Its great for him to be getting work on the PPV, but I don’t think this will be a long-term thing. Zeb Colter, Swagger’s old mentor and now Del Rio’s, was recently let go by Alberto after being angry with Zeb. I can definitely see him rolling down the ramp and causing a scene. We must have a winner here, so… Viva la Del Rio

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Tables Elimination Match
The Wyatt Family vs. The Dudley Boyz, Rhino and Tommy Dreamer

WWE vs. ECW. Where have we seen this before? We got ourselves an interesting scenario here. Lots of tables will be used, hopefully nobody gets a splinter. Team ECW looks to teach the Wyatt’s a lesson; Thou shalt not steal! Thou shalt not kill! And thou shalt not mess with the Dudleys! The Wyatt’s, especially Bray, has not had the best luck over the past few weeks/months/year. Both Bray and the family are built up strong at first, and then lose every outcome with ease. With this match however, I believe the tide will turn. The Dudley’s are pros at letting young talent shine, and this seems like the situation to do it. I believe Bray finally gets his retribution for his bad luck and the family goes home happy (wherever that is).

Winner: The Wyatt Family

WWE Tag Team Championship – Ladder Match
The New Day (c) vs. The Usos vs. The Lucha Dragons

New Day all the way! The current champions are also the most entertaining acts in WWE today. Everything they do is awesome. While some say they are getting overexposed, The New Day is bringing something different to the table each night, and that is refreshing. The Lucha Dragons, while extremely talented, aren’t seen as legitimate threats for the titles on the main roster. The real threats are the Uso Brothers, who returned after injuries set them back. All three teams are high flyers and have ladder match experience, but New Day has the ladder match guru in Kofi Kingston. If all is right in the world, we will still be chanting… NEW…DAY ROCKS!

Winner: The New Day (all other teams are booty, as the cool tag teams say)

WWE World Heavyweight Championship – TLC Match
Sheamus (c) vs. Roman Reigns

Coming to the realization that we must accept Sheamus as the WWE Champion, this match is a fans nightmare. However, what is different about this is that it could still go either way. Rollins’ injury opened the door to various opportunities, some that fans may not like. I highly doubt that the company built up the League of Nations as fast as they did to quickly chop them down. WWE is also slowly, but surely giving Reigns the “Daniel Bryan push”, a dangerous slope to take. Because of that, momentum may eventually be on Roman’s side, but it would now be deemed inevitable that the Roman Empire will fall tonight. Expect a lot of shenanigans, via outside interference. The Celtic Warrior will most likely walk out the victor. From there, who knows?

Winner: Sheamus

This pay per view is expected to be a car crash, whether because of the rough, entertaining action, or because the results could bring pain to those watching. This is another do-or-die moment for WWE. Let’s see if they bring it, or fall short.

What are your thoughts and predictions? Feel free to share your opinions in the comment section. You can also follow me on Twitter for my thoughts as the event happens at

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