Chairs Match: John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
This chairs match was better than expected. John Cena executed two great spots: pushing Wade Barrett down the ramp on an office chair into the steel steps, and executing the Attitude Adjuster on a stack of open steel chairs. If anything, Wade Barrett gloated way too much throughout the match and failed to keep the intensity on punishing Cena. When Barrett had him tied to the ropes, he could have continuously bashed Cena’s back with the steel chair. Instead, he opted for a one chair-shot wonder. It was expected that Cena would win, seeing as Wade Barrett made his life a living hell this year. Expect to see this feud resume sometime before Royal Rumble.
World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way TLC Match: [C] Kane vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio
The Fatal 4-Way saw no friendships, only short alliances. Edge, Rey Mysterio, and Alberto Del Rio teamed up on the defending champion Kane, until Edge and Rey turned on Del Rio. Edge, competing in his seventh TLC, created a highlight reel moment by jumping off a ladder propped in the ring and crashing down on Kane stretched out on a table on the outside. With Edge and Kane momentarily out of commission, Del Rio and Rey struggled to reach for the championship gold, with Del Rio countering Rey’s advances. In the closing moments, Del Rio took his first major bump in WWE by crashing through a table from the height of the ladder inside of the ring. Rey went for a springboard moonsault, but Kane countered with a Tombstone Piledriver. Then Kane crashed through a table after being hit with a Spear by Edge. With everyone laid out, Edge became a ten-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Unlike the TLC matches of the past several years, Edge did not take short cuts, he put his body and his career on the line to deliver a fan favorite styled match.
The TLC matches in the past couple of years have lost its creativity. Possibly because the concept was initially devised for tag team wrestling versus singles competition. Who knows, with Nexus and the team of Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov slowly reviving the tag team division, it may resort back.
WWE Championship Tables Match: [C] The Miz vs. Randy Orton
When were the rules for a Tables match changed? The rules state that in order to win a wrestler must put their opponent through a table: meaning, a wrestler must use some offensive maneuver on their opponent that causes them to contact and break the table. For the past two years, the WWE Championship has been defended in Table matches with the finishes resulting in accidental falls. First John Cena, now Randy Orton.
At first, the match ended with Randy Orton powerbombing Alex Riley through the table, The Miz striking Orton with Skull-Crushing Finale, and then dragging Orton in Riley’s spot for which a knocked out referee called for the bell. Though a disgusting tactic, this was undeniably the most ingenious ploy in retaining a championship. However, after reviewing the instant replay, the referee had the match restarted since Orton did not go through the table. But the new match lasted about ten seconds before Orton lost his balance on the apron and fell back-first through a table. Once again, what kind of Tables match is this?
Ladder Match For A Shot At The WWE Title: King Sheamus vs. John Morrison
The push of a life-time was revived for John Morrison as he walked away from Houston, Texas, as the new number-one contender for the WWE Championship. Morrison has held numerous title belts throughout his WWE career, but this is the closest he has ever been to the WWE Championship. King Sheamus attempted to dismember Morrison’s leg by driving a ladder several times so as to prevent him from climbing the ladder. But his parkour training provided the restraint that Morrison needed to hop the ladder and earn the championship contract. With The Miz as WWE Champion, the rival between the former Greatest World Tag Team Champions of the 21st Century will finally resume.
Divas Tables Match: Team Lay-Cool vs. [C] Natalya and Beth Phoenix
Though the WWE Divas division created a milestone by competing in the first-ever Divas Tables match at the pay-per-view, what is it with WWE in stating that the match could be won if at least one competitor went through a table? Back in the days, tag team table matches were won when both members were driven through a table, not necessarily at the same time. What also took away from the milestone was Natalya and Beth Phoenix using a pink table, which lessens the credibility of the women competing in a traditional men’s stipulation. The finish was entertaining, the combined weight of both members of Team Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool and Layla-El) was not enough to break through the table. Natalya ended the match with a body splash to drive them through.
Intercontinental Championship Triple-Threat Ladder Match: [C] Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
The finish to this match was unheard of, having a wrestler(s) unhook the belt but not necessarily winning the belt because another wrestler from down below intercepted. How was that match not restarted? Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger both unhook the Intercontinental title, but Dolph Ziggler scoops in and takes the belt as it drops down to the canvas? The rules for ladder matches clearly state that the winner is the contestant who climbs the ladder and retrieves the item, not the contestant who just so happens to have possession of it. It would have been understandable if the referee was unaware that Dolph did not climb the ladder, but they are justifying the ruling based on NFL rules, if the ball is out of hands, it’s still in play.
Final Thoughts: Edge’s highlight reel moment was shades of when Jeff Hardy executed a much higher spot onto Edge at WrestleMania 23.
The interception of an item during a ladder match was played out during the Best of Five Series match up between Beer Money Inc, and defending champions Motor City Machine Guns.
The prematch confrontation between Alberto Del Rio and Edge was a nice touch showing the noticeable gap between the younger talent and the seasoned veteran.
Who in WWE Creative thought that Dolph Ziggler catching the Intercontinental title as it fell would have been a good idea?
Not pleased with the way WWE is changing the rules for Ladder and Tables matches.
This was the first WWE pay-per-view not to feature Daniel Bryan since returning at SummerSlam.