Hello, and welcome to Best Bits, the show where we take a more positive approach to lots of things. This week we’re looking at WWE’s TLC PPV which is the Tables, Ladders and Chairs Pay-per-view not to be confused with a certain girl group. First order of business though is my overall impression which is genuinely positive because the show was good. It wasn’t as great as No Mercy or even Backlash but it has been as consistent as all previous Smackdown PPV’s which, let’s face it, make Raw’s PPV’s look like something that TNA came up with.
My only issue and it’s a recurring one I have with the WWE and that’s their camera work on the night. I really don’t care about the crowd so stop cutting to them in the middle of a match. I want to see the Wyatt’s and AJ Styles not the pleb in the crowd having a nap! As always, the list goes from least Best Bit to best(?) Best Bit.
The video package to kick off the show was, for lack of a better word, phenomenal because it did what all video packages should do and that is to make me care about the show and the matches that are happening. In fact, pretty much all of the video packages were great, even the Corbin and Kalisto one which was a match I cared not for.
The Tag Team match to open the show was really good regardless of the fact that it seemed a little shorter than expected. Possibly because the main event went on for a while. You had the Wyatt family against Slater and Rhyno for the tag team titles. The match made the Wyatt’s look good, it didn’t make Rhyno or Slater look terrible or weak but what it did do was make the Wyatt family more menacing. They rule an entire division now and trying to get the belts off them will not be an easy task. It’s definitely not going to be a task the rest of the locker room will be clamouring for.
This one is a tie and they’re both from the Miz vs Ziggler match. The first one is the Tornado DDT to Miz onto the ladder which is a pretty classic TLC move and the other is the elbow drop off the ladder that was resting horizontally on the ropes in the corner. It was especially entertaining that Ziggler used it like a trampoline before jumping off. I love it Maggle!
I love it when the heels start talking shit, it’s great because it makes them look like a total dick and boy did the Miz look like a dick at the end of the match. He called the entire, Ziggler and the city of Dallas losers who only ever receive participation awards for competing. It’s a solid, classic heel thing to do and it always works, like talking smack about *insert relevant city’s* sports team.
Weapons are a great addition to a match that can’t be contained within the standard rules of competition. The best part of being able to use a weapon is also the ability to just chuck it at someone which is what Dean did against AJ Styles for the World Heavyweight Championship. AJ was on the outside and Dean just picked up the ladder and lobbed it at him which looked wonderful. There’s nothing better than picking up a weapon and while you can use it brutally, I find it’s more demeaning to the opponent to just throw the object at him hitting right in the face and knocking him down. Wonderful stuff!
I’m not a massive fan of Alexa Bliss mostly because she annoys me in the same way that Carmella does which is her horrific screaming in the ring. I know that verbally putting down the opponent is what a heel is meant to do but it’s just so constant and grating to listen to. Regardless of that though I think that Bliss winning the title does more for the belt than if Becky was to win because Becky’s held onto it since Backlash without really doing anything with it. Hopefully, now Alexa can get some momentum and the rest of the women’s locker room will be given a chance to show what they can do.
We have another tie and they’re both from the main event. In no particular order, the first one is the 450 splash AJ pulled off on Dean while he was lying on the table. it looked painful, for both men and the way AJ’s head almost spiked into the ground physically made me wince. The other is the reversal Dean did on AJ where he got him up for a front suplex but then spun him with the release onto a whole load of chairs. it looked unbelievably brutal and made me think Styles was genuinely hurt.
Clearly, the Best Bit of TLC was the James Ellsworth heel turn. Obviously, it makes absolutely no real sense for him to turn on Dean but who cares dammit! It was an awesome moment, one I actually didn’t expect and it looked fantastic. Pushing Dean off the ladder onto the tables while he was mere inches away from taking the belt was *mwah* delicious.
That’s it for Best Bits this week, if you disagree with my choices then let me know on Twitter (@Adnantrilby) and check back later for our next Best Bits of which will be Roadblock: End of the Line. That sounds like an incredibly cheesy 80’s action movie starring Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Stallone and Nick Nolte and even then it still seems like it would be a shit show.