Easily, the best things about the WWE TLC pay-per-view were the main event and A.J. Styles’ individual performance in the match. Don’t get me wrong, Dean Ambrose did his job and James Ellsworth’s turn against The Lunatic Fringe was well played by WWE Creative, but this match wouldn’t have been an instant classic without Styles.
He has at least three or four new phenomenal moves to add to his personal highlight reel after this one: If you missed The Champ That Runs The Camp’s performance, you owe it to yourself to go back and watch this match.
It was special, and that was the case even before Ellsworth did this to Ambrose: Here’s a look at all of the results from the pay-per-view and just below the table are the rest of the best and all of the worsts from TLC.
Matches and Results Hype Bros, American Alpha and Apollo Crews def. The Ascension, The Vaudevillains and Curt Hawkins Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt def. Rhyno and Heath Slater to win the Smackdown Tag-Team Championship Nikki Bella def.
Carmella (Queen of Staten Island tells Nikki that Natalya attacked her at Survivor Series) The Miz def.
Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Championship Baron Corbin def. Kalisto Alexa Bliss def.
Becky Lynch to win the Smackdown Women’s Championship AJ Styles def.
Dean Ambrose to retain the WWE World Championship Ellsworth pushed Ambrose off the ladder and through a table to set up Styles’ win.
Kalisto vs. Corbin Was Great I wasn’t expecting much from the Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin match, but the giant vs. little man battle was a pleasant surprise.
Kalisto’s aerial act was sharp, and Corbin’s selling and strength played well against the Luchador. I’m still not sure a long program between the two men will hold my attention, or further both men’s climb up the ladder, but singularly, this match was very entertaining.
The Miz Ended His Feud With Dolph Ziggler In Style After winning what was billed as his last meeting with Dolph Ziggler in a solid ladder match, The Miz was smoking on the mic. He had excellent breath control if you consider the match ended just minutes before he grabbed the mic.
Without stumbling, he rubbed it in the face of Ziggler and all of his haters when he said: “Game over, and I win.” He dropped the mic, kissed his wife and exited the ring. That was undeniably cool. Bray Wyatt Finally Has a Championship The Wyatt Family debuted on Raw back in July 2013. They took the promotion by storm and Bray Wyatt’s promos were among the best we’ve seen and heard from a heel in years. Still, before Sunday’s victory alongside Randy Orton, Wyatt hadn’t held any legitimate championship in the WWE.
I put this in the “bests” section, but that’s such a travesty, I’m wondering if it should be in the section below. The Pre-Show Match Was Pointless Huge Tag-Team matches are almost always lame and this one was no exception. It was convoluted and the entire heel squad lacked appeal. This match didn’t help anyone. Nikki vs. Carmella Was Pretty Bad I wasn’t disappointed in the Nikki vs. Carmella match because I never expected it to be any good. There’s nothing worse than a No-DQ match that everyone knows is going to be booked tame. There was nothing to see here.
The Tag-Team Title Match Was Too Short The match I was most looking forward to on the card was the tag-team title bout, but it was over before I knew it. I desperately wanted Orton and Bray Wyatt to win, so the result was appropriate. I just wish we got more time to see Orton and Wyatt work together.
Also, it would have been nice to Slater and Rhyno go out with more of a bang. Dolph Ziggler Is Still In Purgatory I’m still a fan of Ziggler, but it seems clear, he’s never going to get a chance to reach his potential in the WWE. After losing clean against the Miz in an above-average ladder match on Sunday, it seems unlikely the feud will elevate him. The Smackdown roster isn’t large, so it’s hard to imagine who might be next in line for him to battle.
In any case, he seems to be headed back to the mid-card. Rhyno And Heath Slater Might Be Headed For a Burial Beauty and The Man Beast are an entertaining team, but we all knew they would fall on Sunday. The question is: where do they go from here? Unfortunately, it looks as if they are either going to be broken up, or they will become also-rans in the Smackdown Tag-Team division while American Alpha rises to prominence.