St. Petersburg, Florida
WWE ThunderDome (Tropicana Field)
Announcers: Michael Cole (Smackdown), Corey Graves (Smackdown), Byron Saxton (Raw), Tom Phillips (Raw), Samoa Joe (Raw)
Ring Announcers: Greg Hamilton (Smackdown), Mike Rome (Raw)
The kickoff show panel consist of Charly Caruso, Booker T, Peter Rosenberg, and Jeff Jarrett. They break down all of the matches for tonight's event. A video package for Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens is shown and the panel discusses the match. The panel breaks down Sasha Banks vs. Carmella next and we see a video package for it.
MVP talks with the panel about the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship match. MVP says the Hurt Business are taking the gold tonight.
The panel talks about Drew McIntyre vs. AJ Styles. The Miz and John Morrison interrupt and Miz teases cashing in tonight. It wouldn't surprise me if he did. Jarrett is convinced Miz is cashing in.
The panel discusses who Asuka's partner may be. We see highlights of what led to the women's tag match. R-Truth interrupts the panel. Truth offers his services to be Asuka's partner. Truth goes over his resume.
Eight Man Tag Team Match (Kickoff Show)
Daniel Bryan, Chad Gable, Otis, & Big E vs, King Corbin w/ Knight of the Lone Wolf, Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, & Sami Zayn (WWE Intercontinental Champion)
The match starts with Gable and Zayn. Big E tags in right away and Zayn tags Corbin. Zayn bails. Big E and Corbin lock up and Big E backs Corbin into a corner. Clean break. They trade blows and Corbin hits a clothesline. Corbin goes under the corner but runs into a belly to belly. Gable and Cesaro tag in. Gable takes Cesaro down but Cesaro fights back. Gable avoids a slam and arm drags Cesaro. Bryan tags in and hits a double axe on Cesaro from the second rope. Bryan with uppercuts to Cesaro in the corner. Bryan takes Cesaro down with a flying elbow. Bryan tries Yes kicks but Cesaro takes him down. Nakamura hits Bryan in the back with a kick and then Nakamura tags in and hits a big knee followed by a snap suplex for a near fall. Nakamura works on the neck of Bryan. With Bryan in their corner, Zayn tags in and beats down Bryan in the corner. Zayn tags Corbin as they continue to isolate Bryan in their corner. Corbin beats on Bryan's back while he's tied up in the ropes. The heels draw Big E in the ring with taunts and they double team Bryan while the ref holds Big E back. Corbin puts Bryan on the top turnbuckle but Bryan blocks a superplex. Bryan head butts Corbin off the top and hits Corbin with a missile drop kick! Zayn runs around the ring to take Big E off the apron. Cesaro and Gable get involved outside. Bryan tags Otis! Otis runs through Nakamura who also the legal man now. Otis splashes Nakamura in the corner! CATERPILLAR BY OTIS TO NAKAMURA!! Gable wants a tag and gets it. Nakamura turns the tide with kicks to Gable and Otis! Cesaro and Nakamura double team Gable for a near fall when Otis breaks it up. Things are breaking down. Gable hits a roll through German on Cesaro!! Cesaro tags Zayn! Gable avoids a Blue Thunder Bomb and tags Big E! Zayn hits Big E with a big boot. ZAYN TRIES A HELLUVA KICK BUT BIG E COUNTERS WITH A URANAGE!! BIG E HITS ZAYN WITH A BIG ENDING FOR THE WIN!! Perfectly fine for the kickoff show and the Big E/Zayn feud continues.
W: Daniel Bryan, Chad Gable, Otis, & Big E via pin @ 8:44 (***)
The panel talks about The Fiend vs. Randy Orton and a video package is shown.
McIntyre vs. Styles will be kicking off the show!
The main card opens with a holiday themed video package that highlights each match.
TLC Match for the WWE Championship
AJ Styles w/ Omos vs. Drew McIntyre (champ)
There is an abundance of tables, ladders, and chairs everywhere around ringside. Styles goes after McIntyre's knee right away and backs McIntyre into the corner. Styles is super aggressive but McIntyre turns him inside out! Chops by McIntyre in the corner before launching Styles across the ring. More chops by McIntyre in the opposite corner. McIntyre sends Styles sternum first into another corner. All McIntyre at the moment. McIntyre stares down Omos. Both men trade strikes with Styles hitting a throat shot before McIntyre sends Styles into the air with a big back body drop. McIntyre thinks about a Claymore but Styles catches him. Styles goes to the middle rope but McIntyre knocks Styles to the floor outside. McIntyre goes outside as well and sends Styles into the announce table. McIntyre sets up a table and bounces Styles head off of it. McIntyre tries a suplex but Styles blocks it but eats a punch. McIntyre lifts Styles and drops him on the barricade. McIntyre throws Styles into a bunch of chairs that were setup on a table. McIntyre drops Styles face first on the barricade again before putting a ladder in the ring. McIntyre sets up the ladder under the championship and climbs. Styles is back and hits McIntyre in the leg with a chair! Styles moves the ladder and repositions it. Styles uses the chair on McIntyre again before wedging the chair into the corner between the second and top rope. McIntyre tries to climb but Styles stops that. McIntyre catapults Styles into the ladder but Styles lands it perfectly and tries to climb! McIntyre stops him and CATAPULTS STYLES HEAD FIRST INTO THE WEDGED CHAIR!! McIntyre begins climbing but Styles launches a chair into his back. Styles chop blocks McIntyre's knee bringing him down. Styles sends McIntyre face first into the ladder. Styles folds the ladder and pushes it over onto McIntyre. Enziguri by Styles. Styles sets up for the Styles Clash but McIntyre counters with a Future Shock DDT!!!
McIntyre picks up a ladder and "suplexes it" and the ladder lands on Styles! Styles avoided some of that. Styles goes back to the knee of McIntyre and uses the ladder for more damage! STYLES LOCKS IN A LADDER ASSISTED CALF CRUSHER WITH MCINTYRE'S LEG IN THE RUNGS OF THE LADDER!! Styles breaks the hold and stomps McIntyre. Styles delivers a chair shot to the back of McIntyre! Another one! Chair shot to the knee of McIntyre! STYLES NOW DOES A CHAIR ASSISTED CALF CRUSHER!! The crowd boos!! McIntyre crawls towards the ladder. McIntyre grabs Styles head and sends it into the ladder to force a break. They fight over the ladder and then Styles pulls McIntyre to the corner where he wraps McIntyre's leg around the ring post. On the outside, Styles continues the attack with a ladder. Styles puts McIntyre on a table on the outside and climbs a ladder to the top rope. McIntyre is up and throws a chair at Styles knocking Styles to the mat. McIntyre tosses a table in the ring and gets back in. McIntyre sets the table up near a corner. Styles uses a drop toe hold to send a charging McIntyre into the ladder propped in the corner. Styles avoids the table but MCINTYRE BELLY TO BELLY THROWS STYLES INTO THE LADDER!! They battle near the apron. STYLES HITS A PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Omos puts another ladder in the ring. Styles sets it up and begins climbing. McIntyre grabs a leg but Styles kicks him away. MCINTYRE PULLS HIM OFF IN A GORILLA PRESS AND THROWS STYLES OUT OF THE RING THROUGH A TABLE!! HOLY SHIT!! McIntyre climbs the ladder!! MIZ AND MORRISON ARE HERE!!! MIZ POWER BOMBS MCINTYRE OFF THE LADDER THROUGH THE TABLE!! MIZ IS CASHING IN!!! IT'S NOW A TRIPLE THREAT!!! MIZ IS CLIMBING BUT OMOS STOPS HIM!! OMOS THROWS MIZ OUT OF THE RING THROUGH A TABLE!! MORRISON HITS OMOS WITH A CHAIR AND OMOS NO SELLS IT!! Morrison runs away and Omos follows him up the ramp! Styles makes it back into the ring as McIntyre is getting back up. Styles and McIntyre both climb. McIntyre gets a hand on the championship but Styles stops him. McIntyre almost has it again but Styles stop him again. Miz is back in the ring and sets up another ladder. Styles hits McIntyre in the knee again! Miz is climbing his ladder. McIntyre sends Styles off the ladder! Miz and McIntyre battle! Miz is sent off!! STYLES LEAPS BACK ON THE LADDER! Styles knocks McIntyre off but Miz climbs back up. MCINTYRE SENDS THEM BOTH OFF!! STYLES FALLS OUT OF THE RING!! CLAYMORE TO MIZ!! MCINTYRE CLIMBS AND GETS THE TITLE!! McIntyre celebrates on top of the ladder! These guys had about the best match you could hope for. Some will say this was a waste of Miz's cash in but I feel as though he wasn't built up properly to cash in anyways.
W: Drew McIntyre via retrieval of championship @ 27:00 (****)
Kayla Braxton and congratulates Drew McIntyre. Kayla introduces Paul Heyman. Kayla sends Kevin Owens vows to win the gold or die trying and asks Heyman his thoughts. Heyman likes NASCAR because of the crashes. He likes when people get hurt which is what will happen tonight. Heyman claims Owens will get hurt tonight at the hands of the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.
Corey Taylor's "HWY 666" is the official theme song of TLC.
Sasha Banks vs. Carmella is next as a video package showing the lead up airs.
WWE Smackdown Women's Championship Match
Carmella vs. Sasha Banks (champ)
The match begins and Carmella bails out of the ring right away. Banks goes right after her upon getting back in the ring but Carmella turns the tide. The advantage is short lived as Banks regains control and sends Carmella face first into the apron outside before hitting an arm drag. Back in the ring, near fall for Banks. Banks trash talks and Carmella rakes her eyes. Banks sends Carmella out of the ring but Carmella's sommelier catches her! He almost dropped her. Carmella regains control outside but sending Banks back first into the steps. Near fall for Carmella back in the ring. The sommelier is Reginald per Corey Graves. Carmella beats on Banks in the corner and gets a near fall. Carmella works a chin lock. Banks fights to her feet and backs Carmella back into the corner. Snap mare by Banks and she follows up with a meteora!! Carmella sends Banks to the apron but Banks catches Carmella with a knee! They fight on the apron and Carmella takes Banks down neck first on the apron!! Back in the ring, near fall for Carmella. Carmella works another submission while talking trash. Banks fights out of it and hits Carmella with a back breaker. Big kick by Banks and Carmella falls into the corner. Double knees by Banks and she follows that with THREE AMIGOS!! Banks positions Carmella and goes to the top. BANKS HITS A FROG SPLASH!! 1...2...NO!! Banks looks for a sleeper but Carmella backs her into the corner and hits a series of elbows but runs into a kick! Banks tries a tilt a whirl but CARMELLA COUNTERS WITH A FACE BUSTER!! 1...2...NO!! More near falls for Carmella as she can't quite put Banks away! Carmella sends Banks to the corner and into her boot! Carmella chokes Banks but breaks before five. Banks slaps Carmella and Carmella goes crazy! Carmella attacks and hits a super kick to the ear of Banks!! 1...2...Banks gets the ropes! Banks sends Carmella into the second turnbuckle and rolls her up for a near fall. Banks sends Carmella into the second turnbuckle again. They fight on the top turnbuckle. Carmella with a rana but Banks counters for a near fall! Both ladies trade near falls! Carmella tries a face buster but Banks jackknife covers for a near fall. CARMELLA LOCKS IN CODE OF SILENCE!! Banks escapes and tries Bank Statement but Carmella locks in a double chicken wing! Banks escapes! Carmella charges but Banks avoids in the corner. BANKS LOCKS IN THE BANK STATEMENT!!! Reginald pulls Carmella out of the ring to safety!! BANKS TAKES OUT REGINALD WITH A METEORA!! Carmella hits a superkick!! Back in the ring, Carmella hits another superkick for a near fall!! Carmella is in disbelief!! Carmella talks trash!! CARMELLA TRIES A FACE BUSTER AGAIN BUT BANKS COUNTERS WITH THE BANK STATEMENT!! CARMELLA TAPS OUT!!! Carmella looks frustrated. Carmella impressed me here but I never bought into her winning.
W: Sasha Banks via submission @ 12:42 (***1/4)
WWE Raw Women's Champion Asuka is backstage warming up. Billie Kay is here with her resume making her case to be her partner. Asuka basically says Billie Kay is not ready for Asuka.
Charly Caruso interview the New Day. Kofi says it'll be the same result as the last time they faced the Hurt Business. They say 2020 will end the same way it started....with the New Day as champs because NEW DAY ROCKS!!
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match
The Hurt Business w/ MVP vs. The New Day (champs)
Kofi and Cedric are starting. Cedric charges into a kick by Kofi. Russian leg sweep by Kofi and Woods comes off the top with a leg drop for a near fall. Kofi tags back in and hits a cross body from the top for a near fall. Woods tags back in and they both hit kicks to Cedric. Woods hits a Curtain Call type suplex for a near fall. Shelton makes the save. Shelton tags in and takes down Woods with a clothesline and suplex. Commentary says it's been 17 years since Shelton had tag gold. Damn! Shelton takes down Woods but Woods counters with a forearm and sends Benjamin into the ropes. Kofi tags in and remains in control as Woods and Cedric battle outside. Woods tags in and hits a DDT on Shelton! 1...2...NO!! Woods lights up Shelton with chops in the corner. Woods charges but is sent to the apron. Shelton sends Woods into the bottom turnbuckle. Cedric tags in and delivers a kick between the shoulder blades on Woods. Near fall for Cedric and he continues to wear down Woods. Shelton tags back in and hits an arm breaker on Woods before working an arm submission. Woods battles back to his feet but Cedric hits him with a forearm. Woods counters Cedric in mid air. Kofi tags in as does Shelton. Kofi runs wild of both Cedric and Shelton! Kofi tries a boom drop unsuccessfully! Kofi avoids a double team and SOS TO CEDRIC!! 1...2...NO!! Kofi sets up Trouble in paradise but Cedric ducks it! Kofi avoids a Lumbar Check! Cedric hits a knee strike and brainbuster!! 1...2...Kofi breaks it up!! They all battle and Shelton hits Pay Dirt on Woods!! Shelton tags in but Kofi avoids an Olympic Slam and connects with a kick! Kofi hits another kick and climbs up top. Shelton goes to meet him! Kofi fights Shelton off with a head butt but Shelton runs back up and HITS A SUPERPLEX!! SHELTON SETS UP FOR PAY DIRT BUT CEDRIC TAGS HIMSELF IN!! LUMBAR CHECK TO KOFI AND WE HAVE NEW CHAMPS!! Bobby Lashley comes out to celebrate with the Hurt Business on the ramp while the New Day looks on. Fun sprint here and I feel like the title change was necessary for the Hurt Business. The New Day will still be over. This feud will probably continue.
W: The Hurt Business via pin @ 9:54 (***1/2)
A video package hypes the Royal Rumble! Commentary hypes the Slammy Awards hosted by R-Truth this Wednesday. Commentary talks about the Sami Awards from this past Friday and we see highlights of them where Big E got Sami Award for Superstar of the Year. We hear the leaked video of Sami Zayn complaining about what happened.
Kayla Braxton is backstage when Sami Zayn confronts her. Zayn goes off on her before apologizing. Zayn just wants to know who sent her the video. Kayla refuses.
The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship match is next! A video package shows the build up.
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Match
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (champs) vs. Asuka (WWE Raw Women's Champion) & Charlotte Flair
Lana has a radial head fracture and a knee injury according to commentary. CHARLOTTE FLAIR IS THE MYSTERY PARTNER!!! Asuka and Baszler start the match. They lock up and go to the mat. Baszler lands a couple kicks but Asuka avoids a third and lands kicks of her own. Asuka tries an arm bar but Baszler escapes. Asuka avoids an arm stomp and Charlotte tags in!! Charlotte takes down Baszler with a clothesline before hitting Nia. Charlotte tries a Figure Four but Baszler escapes. Nia tags in. Nia backs Charlotte into the corner but Charlotte avoids a charge. They lock up and Charlotte takes Nia to their corner where Asuka tags in. Kicks by Asuka and a Code Breaker has Nia reeling. Nia lands a punch but Asuka avoids a Samoan drop but tries a sunset flip with no luck. Nia sends Asuka into the ring post and tags Baszler. Baszler goes on the attack and gets a near fall. Baszler works on the arm of Asuka. Asuka tries a roll up but Baszler kicks out and clothesline Asuka. Asuka is sent to the corner where Nia tags back in. Asuka is sent shoulder first into the ring post before being thrown into the barricade. Back in the ring, Baszler tags back in as they continue the beat down on Asuka. Asuka fights back with kicks but Baszler takes her down for a near fall. Baszler throws Asuka to the outside and tags Nia. Nia picks up Asuka but Asuka sends Nia to the ring post and hits a back fist. Back in the ring, Asuka hits a kick to Nia but Baszler tries to stop a tag. CHARLOTTE FINALLY GETS A TAG!! Chops to Nia and RIC FLAIR WATCHES BACK STAGE!! A kick to the face of Nia by Flair. Flair slams Baszler! Flair beats on Nia in the corner and goes after the knee. Another boot takes Nia down for a near fall. Asuka takes out Baszler outside! FLAIR MOONSAULTS OFF THE TOP TO THE OUTSIDE TAKING OUT EVERYONE!! Flair puts Nia back in the ring and tries a Figure Four but Nia kicks her away. Asuka blind tags. Nia hits a Samoan drop on Flair. Baszler tags in. Baszler avoids an Asuka Lock and LOCKS IN THE KIRIFUDA CLUTCH! Flair tags in. Flair sends Nia outside. Baszler tries the Kirifuda Clutch but Flair avoids and tries the Figure 8!! It's broken up by Nia! BASZLER TRIES THE KIRIFUDA CLUTCH ON FLAIR BUT FLAIR ESCAPES AND HITS NATURAL SELECTION FOR THE WIN!! We have new champs!! They celebrate as Ric Flair watches in the back. The finish here felt anti-climatic and what do you know, another title for Charlotte. I can't picture this title reign lasting long.
W: Asuka & Charlotte Flair via pin @ 10:01 (**3/4)
They show a video package where WWE superstars beat up "2020". It's dumb. 2021 finally beats up 2020.
Big E and R-Truth are backstage laughing and Sami Zayn approaches them saying he knew it was them. Zayn calls Big E a joke ever since he went solo. Big E takes exception and says he will see Zayn real soon.
A video package is shown for Reigns vs. Owens is shown. It's next!
TLC Match for the WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns (champ) w/ Paul Heyman vs. Kevin Owens
Owens attacks out of no where before the bell rings!! The bell rings and we're official. Cannon ball by Owens in the corner. Owens takes Reigns to the outside and throws him into the barricade, ANOTHER CANNON BALL!! Reigns is sent into the steps! OWENS HITS A FROG SPLASH OFF THE APRON!! Owens puts a ladder in the ring. JEY USO IS HERE! OWENS SUPERKICKS HIM!! Outside the ring, Owens takes out Uso with a chair and then turns to Reigns! Chair shot to Reigns. Uso lands a punch and tries a superkick but OWENS HITS HIS LEG WITH A CHAIR!! OWENS PILLMANIZES USO'S LEG!!! Reigns is back and hits a Drive By! Uso is being carried to the back by officials! Reigns is pissed! Reigns hits Owens in the face with the steps! More shots with the steps!! Reigns throws Owens back in the ring. Multiple ladders are in the ring and Reigns hits Owens with a ladder. Another shot and another! Reigns drives the ladder into the chest of Owens. Reigns gets two chairs from outside and uses a chair on Owens. Multiple chair shots by Reigns to Owens!! Owens gets to his feet and avoids a Samoan drop. Reigns avoids a power bomb and back drops Owens onto two set up chairs! Reigns throws Owens to the outside and sets up a ladder. Reigns climbs the ladder but Owens hits him in the back with a chair twice. Reigns falls off the ladder and Owens delivers another chair shot. Owens sets up a chair and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES REIGNS ON THE CHAIR!! Owens talks trash to Reigns. "You're making me do this" says Owens. Owens climbs the ladder. He gets a hand on it and JEY USO IS BACK TO STOP HIM!!
Owens beats down Uso and REIGNS HITS OWENS WITH A SUPERMAN PUNCH!!! Uso gets two tables and puts them in the ring. Reigns kicks Owens in the head before setting up one table propped in the corner. Uso sets the other up table up near the opposite corner. Owens fights back and superkicks Uso and STUNS REIGNS!! Owens sets up a ladder and starts climbing. Uso stops him and they fight on the outside. OWENS POP UP POWER BOMBS USO THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!! Owens buries Uso under the announce table and chairs. Owens climbs now but Reigns climbs the other side to stop him. Both men come off the ladder. Reigns blocks a super kick and power bombs Owens on a ladder!! That was a bad fall for Owens!! Spine buster to Owens on the ladder!! Damn! On the outside, REIGNS PUTS OWENS THROUGH A TABLE WITH A URANAGE!! Reigns checks on Uso. Reigns throws a desk chair on Owens. Owens can barely stand up. REIGNS SAMOAN DROPS OWENS THROUGH ANOTHER TABLE!! The crowd boos heavily!! Back in the ring, Reigns slowly climbs but Owens climbs his ankle. Reigns laughs! Reigns comes back down. Reigns calls Owens an embarrassment to his family. Owens hits a right hand and REIGNS SPEARS OWENS THROUGH THE TABLE IN THE CORNER!!! Owens falls out of the ring! Owens crawls around the ring and says "You'll have to kill me". Reigns goes for a spear outside but Owens moves and REIGNS GOES THROUGH THE BARRICADE!! Owens crawls back in the ring. OWENS BEGINS CLIMBING!! Owens gets a hand on the title but Reigns stops him!! Reigns sends Owens into the ladder. Owens hits a superkick and another!! Owens tries a pop up power bomb but Reigns hits a Superman Punch!! OWENS POWER BOMBS REIGNS THROUGH A TABLE!! Reigns rolls out of the ring. Owens sets up a ladder and climbs!! OWENS HAS A HAND ON THE TITLE BUT JEY USO STOPS HIM!! Head butts by Owens and OWENS STUNS USO!! OWENS CLIMBS AGAIN BUT REIGNS STOPS HIM WITH A LOW BLOW!! REIGNS LOCKS IN A GUILLOTINE AT THE TOP OF THE LADDER!! Owens falls to the mat! REIGNS GRABS THE TITLE!! Reigns, Uso, and Heyman celebrate. What a war! Both men took lots of punishment and major props to KO! He proved he belonged not that I thought he didn't. It's unfortunate for him that I don't see anyone beating Reigns anytime soon.
W: Roman Reigns via retrieval of championship @ 24:45 (****1/4)
Check out Drew McIntyre on the Broken Skull Sessions tonight immediately after TLC.
Royal Rumble is January 31st!
Commentary announces that Big E will challenge Sami Zayn for the WWE Intercontinental Championship this Friday on Smackdown!
A video package shows the history between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. The firefly inferno match is next!
1st Ever Firefly Inferno Match
Randy Orton vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
The only way to win this match is to light any part of your opponent's body on fire. Orton is out first in a hoodie and pants. There's no fire around the ring like a traditional inferno match. They stare each other down at first with neither man quick to engage. Orton rushes in with a punch and The Fiend laughs. More strikes by Orton and The Fiend laughs. Orton tries a RKO unsuccessful and The Fiend goes off on Orton in the corner. Big right hand by The Fiend. Head butt by The Fiend. Orton avoids Sister Abigail and hits a drop kick with no effect. The Fiend takes out Orton with a running cross body. Orton fights off Sister Abigail again and hits a back breaker. The Fiend is back up and avoids a RKO again. SISTER ABIGAIL BY THE FIEND!! THE FIEND RAISES HIS ARMS AND NOW THERE IS FIRE EVERYWHERE!! They fight on the outside. The Fiend rakes Orton's eyes and tries to put Orton in the flames. Orton fights back to avoid it. The Fiend clotheslines Orton to the floor outside. The Fiend whips Orton with a strap multiple times. The Fiend lights the strap on fire and tries to hit Orton but Orton escapes. Orton is sent into the ring post by The Fiend. The Fiend tries to hit Orton with a pick axe but Orton avoids it. Orton is sent into the ring post multiple times and into the barricade. The Fiend gets a gas can and rocking chair. The Fiend covers the chair in gas and then puts a trail of gas towards it. Orton is sent into the steps. The Fiend hits Orton with a right hand and Orton falls into the rocking chair. THE FIEND LIGHTS THE TRAIL ON FIRE!! IT GOES TO THE CHAIR BUT ORTON MOVES JUST IN TIME!! The Fiend goes to hit Orton with the steps but Orton hits him with the axe handle. Orton hits The Fiend multiple times with the steps. Orton gets a chain and punches The Fiend with it wrapped around Orton's hand. Orton tries to force The Fiend face first into the fire but The Fiend avoids it. Back in the ring, Orton charges but The Fiend plants him with a uranage and does his neck snap move, The Fiend throws Orton to the outside. Orton reaches for the axe handle but The Fiend takes it from him. The Fiend lights it on fire but Orton avoids a shot from it. ORTON HITS A HANGING DDT FROM THE APRON TO THE FLOOR!!! ORTON SETS UP FOR A RKO ON THE FLOOR BUT THE FIEND LOCKS IN THE MANDIBLE CRAWL!! THE FIEND TRIES TO PUSH ORTON INTO THE FIRE BUT ORTON TURNS THE TIDE AND PUSHES THE FIEND INTO THE FIRE!! This was about what I expected but man did Orton take it to another level. It's hard for me to judge this based on a match. What's most important will be what the follow up is.
W: Randy Orton via catching The Fiend on fire @ 12:04 (***)
Post match, Orton gets in the ring. THE FIEND WHILE ON FIRE GETS IN THE RING AND CHARGES AT ORTON BUT ORTON HITS A RKO!!! Orton checks on The Fiend and kicks him forcing The Fiend to roll over. ORTON GOES TO THE OUTSIDE AND GETS THE GAS CAN. ORTON POURS GAS ALL OVER THE FIEND!!! Orton goes out to get a box of matches. ORTON LIGHTS A MATCH AND THROWS IT ON THE FIEND!!! THE FIEND'S ENTIRE BODY IS ON FIRE AND ORTON POSES TO END THE SHOW!!
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Both of the TLC matches were bangers! Roman Reigns continues to be a great heel and McIntyre delivers another awesome outing with Styles. The Raw tag title match was a good sprint where the women's tag felt like a little bit of a let down considering the participants. I'm interested to see why Charlotte and Asuka are buddies now. I can't picture their reign lasting long. Carmella surprised me but Banks reigns is still just getting started. As I said above, some will say the Money in the Bank briefcase was wasted, but in my opinion, Miz was no where near built up to take the title especially from someone like McIntyre right now. Styles has a case for wanting a rematch but Miz should be moving along. Overall a solid show with great TLC matches that you should go out of your way to watch.
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