Divas Tables Match: Team Lay-Cool vs. [C] Natalya and Beth Phoenix
As a result of TNA Wrestling’s main-event featuring Knockouts Mickie James and Tara, Raw’s General Manager issued a Divas Tables match for the pay-per-view this Sunday. An extraordinary leap from the silly lumberjill matches, Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool and Layla) will face off against arguably the two top female competitors to grace WWE in the past decade, Beth Phoenix and Divas champion Natalya Neidhart.
Always felt that Natalya and Beth Phoenix were phenomenal athletes, and finally WWE is placing them in the spotlight. Lay-Cool were annoying at first, but you cannot deny their results. Michelle McCool was ranked number one of the best 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 this year, while Layla holds the distinction as the final WWE Women’s Champion. And just this past Monday, Lay-Cool each won Slammy Awards, so they must be doing something right. But the stipulation of a tables match seems to favor the power houses of Phoenix and Neidhart. However, Phoenix may experience a heel change and turn on the Divas Champion. Let’s pray that does not happen, because it is way too soon for that scenario to happen.
Chairs Match: John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett could have innovatively issued an unsanctioned ladder match, but he chose the esteem of his Nexus cohorts by rehiring John Cena. In a decision-making moment that felt as prolonged as LeBron’s decision to join Miami Heat, Wade Barrett granted Cena’s job under two conditions: face David Otunga on Raw, and face him at TLC in a Chairs Match. Cena made short work of Otunga, something that Barrett was well aware of when he issued the conditions. Because like a true leader, Barrett dealt with the mutiny that Otunga was attempting by putting him in a match that he knew he couldn’t win.
What in the world are these two guys doing in a chairs match? Not once throughout all the Nexus beatings was a chair implemented. So where’s the build? Honestly, the match should have waited for Royal Rumble instead of rushing to TLC. As for the match, Wade would be smart to keep The Nexus close by because John Cena has survived First Blood, “I Quit,” Iron Man, and Last Man Standing matches, chairs will not stop him.
Ladder Match For A Shot At The WWE Title: King Sheamus vs. John Morrison
The final WWE pay-per-view of the year has recently been a breakout moment for unlikely candidates. Who can forget when Jeff Hardy shocked the world by defeating Triple-H and earning a WWE Championship match at Royal Rumble? Or when Jeff Hardy finally won the WWE Title that alluded him all his career? Or when Sheamus, not even a year into the business, unseated John Cena for the WWE Championship? Will the tradition continue?
The most profound moment that could occur this Sunday is for John Morrison to earn the title shot. Sheamus is already a two-time former champion and the 2010 King of the Ring with nothing left to resolve until Triple-H returns. The more interesting pairing lies within John Morrison and The Miz. With The Miz as WWE Champion, what must his former Tag Team partner have to say?
Intercontinental Championship Triple-Threat Ladder Match: [C] Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
Last night on Smackdown, Kofi Kingston earned some major momentum over the Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler after pinning him in tag team action. Jack Swagger, who was Ziggler’s tag team partner, sent a clear message by clubbing the champ down to the mat. This Sunday, Dolph Ziggler will have no allies in the Triple-Threat Ladder match, and his run as I-C champion appears to be coming to an end. As for who will unhook the belt, Kingston would do very little with a third-reign, but Jack Swagger would at least bring some main-event credibility back to the title, while also pulling away from his silly mascot.
World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way TLC Match: [C] Kane vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio
Thankfully Teddy Long had the good sense to change Smackdown‘s main-event into a Fatal 4-Way TLC match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Despite Edge owning the TLC match, having competed in six out of the ten TLC matches in WWE history thus far, his feud with Kane has been nothing more than a farce. And to subject the fans to sit through a TLC match between these two would have been brutal.
Was not on board with the earlier announcement of Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio facing off in a chairs match. But seeing as their second meeting resulted in Del Rio breaking Mysterio’s wrist with a steel chair, it made sense. But witnessing the horrid display of a chairs match between Undertaker and Batista at last year’s TLC pay-per-view, the concept should have been trashed. Instead, Wade Barrett and John Cena will face off in the stipulation while Mysterio and Del Rio are automatically upgraded to the World Heavyweight title bout.
Speaking earlier of the year-end pay-per-view providing profound moments, how about Alberto Del Rio becoming the new World’s Champion? Could you imagine the hype from his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez? Crowning Del Rio would certainly change the landscape of WWE immensely. Then there is Rey Mysterio, who must be on edge with Undertaker injured, Shawn Michaels retired, and seasoned vets Matt Hardy and MVP receiving their walking papers. More may be expected from him, from giving five-star matches, to putting over the younger talents. And let’s not forget “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge. This Sunday, Edge will compete in his seventh TLC match. He could very well become a ten-time WWE World Champion by the end of the night. He is the Ultimate Opportunist, and he does have some new variables in Mysterio and Del Rio to play around with. However, Kane has competed in only one TLC match which he won. In 2002, Kane single-handedly defended the World Tag Team titles against three other tag teams.
WWE Championship Tables Match: [C] The Miz vs. Randy Orton
Controversy looms over Miz as WWE Champion after cashing in the Money in the Bank contract on an injured Randy Orton. Some are saying that Miz has no chance of successfully defending the championship against The Viper, and they may be right. Randy Orton’s wrestling career spans almost a decade, he was the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history, and he has trained under the tutelage of his father “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Triple-H, and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Orton is also a former seven-time World Champion. With accolades such as these, Miz may not be awesome enough to get the job done this Sunday. Yet, Miz had a remarkable year: winning the United States and Unified Tag Team titles, winning Raw’s Money in the Bank Ladder match, and becoming the new WWE champion. Who would have thought that the guy on MTV’s Real World would have had it in him to do all that? Wrestlers could only dream of such a meteoric rise. As for the Tables match, anything, and I mean anything can happen in a tables match, just ask Sheamus. Look for Miz to retain the championship until either Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber.
Final Thoughts: Looking forward to the Divas Tables match, it is about time that WWE took its women division seriously.
Making the TLC match a Fatal 4-Way with Mysterio and Del Rio just rose the stakes that much higher. Love the personal rivalry between the two Mexican warriors, but how will they fair in their first TLC match?
The Miz and Randy Orton bout seems intriguing, especially since Randy Orton has added a powerbomb to his repertoire.
Very sad how far Jack Swagger has fallen, but then again, he was not a very good World champion. An I-C title reign would be a great way to get back on track.
Daniel Bryan may end up having an impromptu title defense to open up the show, or else this will mark his first pay-per-view, since his return at SummerSlam, to not have a match.
Pulling for John Morrison and Sheamus to have one of the best matches of the night.