WWE TLC Review: New champs crowned and a bad night for the Irish

The tables, ladders and chairs all came out for the Smackdown Live PPV last night


Christmas is supposedly the most wonderful time of the year and WWE is the gift that keeps on giving it seems.

Last night’s TLC pay-per-view came from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas and it delivered exactly what wrestling fans crave – title changes, talking points and a shocking ending!

Enough of the pre-match announcements, let’s start the lock up with what went on!

Grapple with some early Royal Rumble odds at PP.com

One ‘Ell of a main event

AJ Styles has had a tighter grab on the WWE World Heavyweight title since winning it in July than Fernandinho had on Cesc Fabregas’ neck this weekend.

Last night he went toe to toe with Dean Ambrose with his title hanging high about the ring in a TLC match and it didn’t disappoint.

Both men battled from pillar to post and Ambrose even managed to drive The Phenomenal One through the announce table off a ladder set up on another table at one stage.

Then James Ellsworth (yes he’s got no chin) showed up to seemingly back his friend Dean Ambrose, only to be given a Styles Clash on the arena floor. Ambrose wrestled the upper hand by landing Dirty Deeds on the steel stairs and looked to be on his way to a second championship reign.

But, Ellsworth had other ideas as he shockingly tossed the Lunatic Fringe off the top of the ladder sending him smashing through tables below. Styles capitalised quickly, whipping down the title for the victory.

Ellsworth would later explain on Talking Smack that his actions were all a plot as he now has a match with Styles for the title tomorrow night.

Becky blues for the Irish

Smackdown Live is commonly referred to as ‘the blue side’ and that’s how we were feeling last night after watching our favourite Irish Lasskicker Becky Lynch lose the Smackdown Women’s championship to Alexa Bliss in a tables match.

Bliss pulled out all the stops including biting Becky at one point to keep her title dreams alive and it paid off better than Honey G in a cash for gold shop in the end.

Alex used a sneaky rack to the eyes to distract Becky and slipped off the apron to deliver a powerbomb to Lynch through a table claiming her first championship in WWE as a result.

Don’t worry Becky you’re still our number one here at Paddy Power, but she was clearly very upset by it all after the match. Give here the damn rematch Shane!

Scary new champs

The show opened with a Smackdown Tag Team title bout, as Health Slater and Rhyno defended against the formidable duo of Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton.

This one went the way you’d expect as Orton pulled an RKO ‘outta nowhere’ to end Beauty and Manbeast’s time as tag team kingpins.

Amazingly after debuting in 2010, this is the first time Wyatt has held a championship of any sort in the WWE. Shocker we know!

Elsewhere on the show the Miz slithered his way into retaining the Intercontenial championship against Dolph Ziggler (poor, poor Dolph), and continued his verbal jousts with Smackdown Live Commissioner Daniel Bryan after the show.


Will these two just get in the ring already? Anyway until tomorrow’s Raw Review wrestling nerds…

What do you think?