WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs 2011 comes to pay per view this Sunday night. A rare event which gives fans a night off from John Cena. Unfortunately the payoff will be another Triple H vs. Kevin Nash match. I’ll take Cena!
At this point I think it is fair to say that everything will take a backseat to the Royal Rumble. With a little less than two months to go, fans are already gearing up with Rumble predictions and analysis, thus leaving “B” shows like TLC in the dust. So with that said, let’s take a look at this Sunday’s big matches with some analysis and prediction.
CM Punk vs. The Miz vs. Alberto Del Rio in a Triple Threat Ladder Match for the WWE Championship
If you have wondered how a guy who hasn’t won a singles match in months and a guy that recently lost twice to the champion gets title shots, well you aren’t the only one. Not that this is a bad match because I think it will be quite good, but the lack of logic here really is a detriment to this RAW main-event.
I think it would be an utter shock to see The Miz win the WWE championship Sunday. He had his run and it wasn’t good. This is the first time he has been positioned strong since losing the title several months back. I do think he stays strong for awhile, but to shoot immediately to the title would be one of the most surprising finishes of the year.
[ad 6]A year ago Alberto Del Rio was in the process of becoming red hot. He went on to win the Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank. Unfortunately due to some bad timing and a great storyline, Del Rio took a backseat to CM Punk and has been floundering ever since. I’d be less surprised to see him win the title here than The Miz, but it would certainly be a bit of an upset nonetheless.
CM Punk is finishing the year stronger than I expected. He has some serious potential to breakthrough to an even higher level in 2012 at this pace. The WWE and more importantly Vince McMahon appear to be heavily committed to Punk. Thus a loss here would be a big surprise, but stranger things have happened. I look for Punk to retain and pin Del Rio to retain on Sunday at TLC.
Mark Henry vs. The Big Show in a Chairs Match for the WWE world heavyweight title
I won’t beat this one to death because quite honestly, I have written about all I can when it comes to this match. It’s a fun match, a fun feud, but I really don’t see this going anywhere other than Henry retaining on Sunday. I think it would have made more sense to see these guys wrestle in a Stretcher Match after what happened two shows ago, but a chairs match is what we get. I look for Henry to retain and maybe, just maybe start an angle with Sheamus following the match.
Triple H vs. Kevin Nash in a Ladder Match with a sledgehammer suspended above the ring
There is still time isn’t there? Nash could oh I don’t know hurt or pull something hours before match time but as of now, WWE fans will suffer. The lack of real build leading up to TLC tells me that the brass have as much confidence in this one being good as most of us do.
Unless something drastically changes, The Undertaker vs. Triple H will be the semi-main event at WrestleMania 28. It would not shock me at all to see The Undertaker interfere in this and cost Hunter the match. I think it’ll have its moments but Triple H certainly has his work cut out for him. This one has the potential to be ugly.
I also think that someone needs to be laid out with the hammer. Punk rightfully brought up in promos leading up to his match with Triple H that the sledgehammer is a big scam. Fans have short memories but not that short. It amazes me that the WWE would promote the sledgehammer only a few months after this grand expose’ by Punk. With that said, I see Nash winning due to some interference from the Dead Man and someone getting laid out with the sledgehammer. Hey, at least Hunter will be putting the young guy over.
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett in a Tables Match
It surprises me to see the WWE put one of their most brittle stars in such a dangerous match. Orton is the only other franchise player that the company has next to Cena so to put him in a match with such a high risk for injury is pretty unfathomable.
[adinserter block=”1″]I think this will be a fun match. I wouldn’t expect to see Orton do anything to dangerous for all of the reasons I pointed out above. Orton has been doing a lot of jobs recently but I think that stops here. I think Orton is a real strong candidate to win the Royal Rumble and go to WrestleMania 28 challenging CM Punk for the title in a WrestleMania rematch. Thus I think Orton is kept strong and pins the former Bare Knuckles fighter.
Full WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs 2011 lineup
Mark Henry vs. Big Show in a Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Kevin Nash in a Ladder match (A sledgehammer will be hung above the ring and can be used as a weapon once a participant grabs it.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder for the WWE United States Championship
Randy Orton vs Wade Barrett in a Tables match
CM Punk vs. The Miz vs. Alberto Del Rio in a Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the WWE Championship
Cody Rhodes vs Booker T for the WWE Intercontinental Championship