WWE TLC 2013: Predicting Top 5 Matches
WWE TLC 2013: Predicting Top Five Matches
Fresh off one of the best Monday Night Raw episodes of the year, the WWE Universe are itching in anticipation for Sunday's WWE TLC pay-per-view. There are plenty of deeply rooted matches in what may be one of the most underrated events of the year. What more do you need besides a ring full of table, ladders and chairs to tell you that you're in store for a great show? TLC is the last show before Wrestlemania season kicks into high gear. Most of the feuds should either end or hit their turning points during or shortly after the event.
There was plenty to talk about for WWE fans after a critical week of action. The mayhem on Monday sparked massive confusion throughout the company. Friday on Smackdown, things died down a bit after Randy Orton apologized to Triple H for running into his wife Stephanie McMahon on Raw. Triple H accepted, so there does not seem to be any steam between the two heading into Sunday. That is an extremely good sign for Orton, who may be in over his head against John Cena in their title unification match.
Two other superstars who may be in deep you-know-what are Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, who have two separate 3-on-1 handicap matches on Sunday. Punk will face off against The Shield and Bryan against the Wyatt Family. I have to say it does not look so good for two of the company's more beloved wrestlers. It is just another way The Authority is sticking it to the fans and any rebellious employees.
Sunday night will be a memorable event and should feature a few surprises. We never know what to expect, but it is best to not act as if we can read behind the WWE's blurred lines. Still, that does not mean that I cannot predict the results for TLC, so I will be giving my opinion on the top five matches on Sunday night.
5. Big E Langston vs. Damien Sandow (Intercontinental Championship)
This is probably the most underrated match on the card. This two have had a solid feud with solid matches. Big E is a great Intercontinental Champion, but I get the feeling that Sandow would be a better champion. Sandow wins in an upset.
4. Cody Rhodes/Goldust vs. Ryback/Curtis Axel vs. Big Show/Rey Mysterio vs. Real Americans (Tag-Team Titles)
This is another underrated match. This will be an extremely entertaining fatal-four-way TLC match. Doesn't that just sound awesome? Each team has its own unique style, and that is what will make this a memorable bout. The Rhodes Brothers are the most unorthodox team thanks to the ever-weird Goldust. Ryback and Curtis Axel are coming with brute force and may be the biggest threat to win the Tag Team Titles. Big Show and Rey Mysterio have an interesting mix of size and force, which should be extremely useful in a match like this. The Real Americans are just plain strong and athletic, giving them a good shot to win this match. At the end of the day, the Rhodes will retain their titles in a classic match.
3. Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family (3-on-1 Handicap)
Boy, is the deck stacked high against Daniel Bryan heading into TLC. This trio of creeps has tortured him for the past month or so and now, they get a chance to eradicate Bryan completely. I do not see how Bryan will overcome the extremely unfavorable odds on Sunday. If Bryan does end up winning, then it will be in epic fashion. Still, I do not know if the WWE is ready to end this feud just yet, so I think the Wyatt's will win and dominate this match -- making a statement out of Bryan.
2. CM Punk vs. The Shield (3-on-1 Handicap)
This is a tough match to predict for the simple fact that CM Punk has the chance to be destroyed in the hands of the Shield. I do not think that'll happen, but what I do think will happen is far more interesting. I am going to make a bold prediction and say this will be the last night we see the team of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Yes, that is right -- the end of Shield is coming. I'm totally against them dismantling one of the more interesting groups in WWE history, but maybe it will turn out to be a good thing. If they do indeed split, I expect to see a feud between Ambrose and Reigns that leads to a showdown at Wrestlemania. CM Punk wins after confusion between the Shield members.
1. John Cena vs. Randy Orton (Title Unification)
I doubt this will be the best match of the night, but it is the most important. It has been a while since we saw a meaningful Orton-Cena feud, so it is good to see these two top-tier superstars go head-to-head in one of the most brutal matches in the company. I want to be a bit careful predicting this one because of what is at stake. The winner will be the only major champion in the WWE. So, what I believe is that either Orton will win the title or both men will leave with the their titles after some kind of Authority fused mix-up. I know I picked two different endings, but it's a tough call.