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WWE TLC 2016 Controversial Card Predictions and Preview

The next WWE SmackDown exclusive pay-per-view will be Tables Ladders and Chairs and as the final event of 2016, it has to bring us into WrestleMania season on a bright note. Yes, the card I’m about to present to you may be odd and will take a bit of work to put together, but this is how SmackDown can head into the New Year full of steam and way ahead of its RAW counterpart.

Before we get into the card, this will be based on a future where SmackDown WIN the war at Survivor Series, defeating RAW in both the tag team and the men’s matches.

Here’s the card and feel free to send any rampant criticism to @NicNegrepontis on Twitter.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triangle Tag Match: Heath Slater & Rhyno versus American Alpha versus Breezango

The Feud:

This one is as basic as it gets. Just have the two face teams be the soul survivors from the elimination tag matches and have Breeze steal a few pinfalls over Gable or Jordan to work their way into the match. No stipulation is needed for the match. Just because the PPV is called TLC, it doesn’t mean every match needs to be a demolition derby. We want the spots to feel brutal when they happen, not overexpose them in every bout.

The Match:

We kick the show off with the Tag Team Championship Match and this is where you begin Rhyno’s heel turn with his team dropping the titles clean. The best thing to do here for SmackDown long term is to put the titles on Breezango – you heard that right. Have Breeze pin Slater after Alpha do all the work, stealing the win and the titles.

Where to from here?

Slater taking the pin is the first step toward Rhyno turning on his partner in the rematch. From here, you’d also have American Alpha take the titles off Breezango at WrestleMania. You can’t use The Usos as the heel champions because they’ve had their chances at Backlash and No Mercy.

No Disqualification Match: Nikki Bella versus Carmella

The Feud:

They’ve done an excellent job building this up over time and this is the logical conclusion for the feud. Have Carmella attack Nikki at Survivor Series, leading to Bella’s elimination. From there, you simply need to make the match – the feud is ready to go. For added tension, have Bryan announce that the winner of this match will become the number one contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

The Match:

Load this match up with chair spots. This is essentially going to be a Chairs Match, but we are NOT calling it a Chairs Match because that’s a stupid title. However, this will fill the chairs quota for the evening and given the stipulation matches the feud, it should work fine. Have Carmella win, hitting a Bella Buster onto a chair, before locking in her submission finisher.

Where to from here?

Even though Becky Lynch versus Nikki Bella seems like the big SmackDown feud, I think there’s more money in pushing Carmella as a credible threat for the Royal Rumble. Giving Carmella a clean win over Nikki and moving her onto Becky is the right call.

Baron Corbin versus Kalisto

The Feud:

We saw Corbin attacking Kalisto backstage and then the Luchador disappeared due to injury. He’s expected back from injury soon and has been in the performance centre recovering so they should revisit this feud temporarily before moving Corbin onto bigger and better things. Have Kalisto get the upper hand across SmackDown and do the typical David versus Goliath thing.

The Match:

Of course, Goliath wins. Have Corbin win clean, but do something cool with the match. Have Kalisto hit a 619 on Corbin, with Baron kicking out. Corbin then hits a deep six for what would’ve been a three count, but he pulls Kalisto off the mat, picks him up and hits the End of Days for the win. After the match, Corbin grabs a microphone and calls out John Cena.

Where to from here?

A Corbin/Cena feud is the way forward, at least temporarily. Put them together at the Royal Rumble and just as Cena is going for the win, the lights go out… and The Undertaker appears. Corbin steals a win over Cena and our WrestleMania main-event is set up.

SmackDown Women’s Championship Tables Match: Becky Lynch (c) versus Alexa Bliss

The Feud:

Becky retains her title clean in Glasgow and they move onto Survivor Series where Alexa Bliss lasts longer in the match than Becky does. Have Bliss attack Becky the next week on SmackDown, hitting Twisted Bliss on her through a table to set up the match. There’s plenty more they can do with this rivalry and no need to move onto anyone else.

The Match:

Again, Becky retains clean. This one is the most straightforward match of the night as Alexa for the time being is really just a stepping stone for Lynch early in her title reign. Give them plenty of time and the final table spot should involve a Superplex off the top rope.

Where to from here?

Becky moves onto Carmella as her next opponent before THIS happens so after. As for Bliss, she can feud with Nikki or Naomi. She’s too good to keep of television.

Intercontinental Championship Fatal 4-Way Match: Neville (c) versus The Miz versus Dolph Ziggler versus Sami Zayn

The Feud:

Okay, here’s where we get creative. No, Ziggler doesn’t drop the title to Zayn at Survivor Series, but that does tie into this. Have Ziggler retain over Sami, who accepts his challenge at the pay-per-view. From there, SmackDown get TWO draft picks from RAW as a result of their Survivor Series victory and Shane McMahon decides to pick two guys who have been horribly underutilized on RAW – Zayn and Neville. They debut immediately the next week and are being welcomed by Daniel Bryan. The Miz interrupts and tells them to get out of his ring because he wants his Intercontinental Championship rematch against Ziggler right now. Bryan tells Miz to get out and instead, says Dolph can defend his championship against anyone of his choosing in the ring. Ziggler comes out and says he wants to face both Sami and Neville (who will return to being referred to as Adrian Neville to show it’s a change for his character). Neville wins the match and the Intercontinental Championship, pinning Zayn for the win – because surprises. Miz, infuriated, comes out and beats Ziggler to a pulp. Bryan makes another triple threat match for TLC, with Miz and Ziggler both getting the title rematch at the same time. Zayn is annoyed and wants in the match so Bryan puts him against Miz, with Sami joining the match if he’s victorious – and he is after Ziggler distracts Miz. So now we have a super-hype Fatal 4-Way Match set for TLC!

The Match:

This match goes as long as they want and we throwback to NXT Takeover Fatal 4-Way a bit here. All four guys get near falls before Zayn hits a Helluva Kick on Ziggler. The ref is about to count three when Neville jumps onto the ref, knocking him out temporarily. Zayn, knows what his old friend is up to and goes to attack him, but runs into a super kick. Neville hits the Red Arrow and retains his championship.

Where to from here?

What this does is set up the next few months for all four superstars and keeps the Intercontinental Championship red-hot. Zayn and Neville go on to feud for the title through to WrestleMania, Miz and Ziggler have one last blow-off match to end their feud and these guys can intertwine again between now and WrestleMania. We also begin Sami’s build towards the SmackDown main-event, we establish Adrian Neville as an upper mid-card heel for the brand too.

Randy Orton versus Luke Harper

The Feud:

You have to give a reason for Randy Orton joining the Wyatt Family and this is the most creative way to do that. Orton quickly becomes Bray’s favourite in the family and does everything Bray says. Harper gets jealous. He still doesn’t trust Randy and now, Luke is making accidental mistakes and costing Bray matches. Harper cuts a promo saying Bray must choose between Orton and himself and this leads to a match between the two where the loser leaves the Wyatt Family.

The Match:

Put Harper over strong here and give him a chance to show what an asset he is to the company in the ring, but Orton wins clean. After the match, Bray gets in the ring and shakes Orton’s hand. Harper is expelled from the Wyatt Family with a Sister Abigail and is off television until after the Royal Rumble.

Where to from here?

The next night on SmackDown, Bray wins a battle royal (with serious help from Randy) to become the number one contender to the WWE World Championship. The match takes place at the Royal Rumble and is essentially heel versus heel. Orton finally reveals his plan and turns on Bray, hitting him with an RKO, allowing AJ to retain. Orton’s plan has come to fruition. He’s destroyed the Wyatt Family from the inside. Harper is gone and Bray is left with nothing. Orton sets his sights on AJ Styles and Harper returns and confronts Bray, meaning we finally get Harper versus Wyatt and the end of the Wyatt Family. Erick Rowan returns and sides with Harper. This can lead to Bray’s face turn.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tables Ladders and Chairs Match: AJ Styles versus Dean Ambrose

The Feud:

Considering the match has already been made, this feud needs to get serious very quickly. The James Ellsworth stuff was super entertaining, but from Survivor Series onwards, these two need to take the intensity to the next level. They should brawl at every opportunity and need to be restrained by security. On the final SmackDown before TLC, Ambrose should cut a promo in the ring and be interrupted by Styles who appears on the titantron outside the arena. The camera pans down to show an unconscious Ellsworth at Styles’ feet. He picks James up and tosses him in a body of water. This should be the only time we see Ellsworth between now and TLC.

The Match:

As the only ladder match on the card, this should be filled with ladder spots as the crowd will be very receptive to them. Unlike Hell in a Cell where everyone was acclimatized to the Cell by match three. Styles obviously retains, but this should be given 30 minutes.

Where to from here?

As already mentioned, Styles moves onto Bray Wyatt at the Royal Rumble and Ambrose probably needs to turn heel heading into WrestleMania to stay fresh.

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