My hopes were not set very high heading into Sunday night’s WWE TLC Pay-Per-View. The prior few months of events were very marginal, and with a card that didn’t really standout, I was expecting another three-star show at best. What unfolded Sunday evening at the Barclays Center was an event people will be talking about for awhile.
From start to finish this PPV did not disappoint, from the crowd to the matches, everything was spot on. The entire show just had that feel to it, and a lot of the credit has to go to the crowd. I knew Brooklyn would be hot, but again had no idea what I was in store for.
The night started with a Rhodes Scholars victory, and a brutal table bump taken by Sin Cara. I think that bump set the tone for the rest of the night, because as it turned out, we hadn’t seen anything yet.
Antonio Cesaro continued to show why he’s one of the top up-and-coming stars in the business with a solid beat down of R-Truth en route to retaining the US title.
But the show-stealing match of the night was no doubt the six-man TLC match featuring Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield. It would be the first official match for the Shield memebers, and boy did they bring it. All three wrestled like seasoned veterans.
Everyone in the six-man match brought it, even Ryback. The guy took a ridiculous amount of chair shots, and it was clear the Shield members were not holding back. The bump at then end of the match from Seth Rollins was a Holy &%!# type of moment, where you could clearly see his head bash against a table. The intensity in the match was off the charts, and it was mainly due to the Shield. It’s been along time since I’ve seen a six-man match with that much brutality.
Sheamus and Big Show put on a good match with even more brutal bumps, and then it was time for the main event.
Dolph Ziggler would get his chance to steal the show. He and John Cena put on a great back and forth match, which eventually ended in AJ Lee turning her back on Cena, and Ziggler getting the win.
For all the speculation, there weren’t really any big swerves outside of the AJ turn. I heard people speculate about it, but it wasn’t something I was looking for, mainly because I don’t care about her character. But it did provide a way for Ziggler to get his briefcase back, and at least the right man came out on top.
This was the last PPV of the year for WWE, and what a way to go out, and what a way to lead into Royal Rumble. The Shield have put themselves firmly on the map after a tremendous debut, Ryback has earned respect from many, while Ziggler showed he can be the main event.
All in all this PPV was a huge success for WWE, and they didn’t even have arguably the best guy on roster participating (CM Punk).
Where they go from here, nobody really knows. That’s the best thing, there are so many directions to take the product right now. With rumors flying that people backstage want to make WWE more edgy, this show would serve as a great launching point. Part of it had to be the great Brooklyn crowd, but something just felt different Sunday night. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.