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WWE TLC 2014 Thoughts on PPV and the Future of the Company

Six weeks and counting. If the WWE wanted to leave us pondering what can happen in six weeks at the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, it did a good job by setting the table at the TLC pay-per-view Sunday night.

The most compelling matches lived up to the hype in what can only be termed as the true demolition derby of professional wrestling. The problem with a show that I believed was a solid “B” is we now wait a month in a half for the company to set build its road to not only the Royal Rumble but eventually WrestleMania XXXI.

Kudos for making much of the night bearable as the night was started with a gripped match between Dolph Ziggler and Luke Harper and ended with arguable the two best hardcore wrestlers in the business today – Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt.

The burning excitement I feel must be tempered because I know at some point, the WWE will somehow slip a bit. Momentum is something that wrestling programs gain as they build, but the story behind the feud must match the excitement the fans want to see for it to maintain a stretch like the WWE is going to go through.

Rock/Austin, HBK/Hart, Rock/Cena – they all could carry because the promos for the matchups were that intense. I do not see the company working that hard to promote Cena/Lesnar unless the focal point will be Paul Heyman and not John Cena. While Cena is great at getting in the ring and talking a great game, Heyman is the master of taking it to another level.

Does he have the catalogue to carry a match – without the reoccurring act of Brock Lesnar for that long a period and the match be able to live up to the hype?

Will Seth Rollins somehow interject himself in this title match – hopefully without his goons?

Who challenges Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title? Will eh and Luke Harper continue their battle in the ring? Right now, besides Rollins and Ambrose, Ziggler is the best the WWE has in terms of entertainment value. While he has been called the “new” Shawn Michaels in the past, he is finally living up to an HBK-like character that provides some of the best performances the fans can buy at an arena.

I love the Erick Rowan-Big Show angle, but it only has so many miles. Who jumps in and challenges either of them? I like Harper and Rowan at opposite sides of the ring, but it loses its luster since the connection to Bray Wyatt is buried in the past. Can the creative team make some effort to further tap into the mystery of both performers?

Does Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt continue? I hope so. It’s better than watching Kevin Sullivan wrestler in the early 1980s in Florida. There is something to be said for wrestling as a work and the ballet of the match. Each competitor tells a story and it looks like ballet, much like Steamboat and Savage or Steamboat and Flair in the late 1980s.

And finally, what happens to the company now that appears Armageddon has come to the WWE in the way of Roman Reigns? I agree that if he wants to make a huge splash in the Royal Rumble and state the obvious of going to WrestleMania to wrestle in the main event, he needed to make an impact now. That, he did.

The fact the company did not make Cena and Rollins the main event match of the evening tells all of us a lot about the direction the company is moving. It would appears there are major changes on the horizon in just a few weeks. All we need to do is hold on and wait.

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