My Two Centsss - TLC Predictions
By Super Chrisss
Dec 16, 2012 - 12:13:56 AM
Writer's Note: Hi, everybody. If you're not into TNA, then it's probably been quite some time since our last talk. I apologize, as I am in the middle of exam season, and am currently spending my Saturday evening at home surrounded by books. Fortunately for you, I have decided to take a study break and share you with my thoughts and predictions for tonight's Pay-Per-View, TLC. I will be flying solo this time around so expect a shorter preview column than usual.
ANOTHER Writer's Note: Since we're in December, be on the look out for my year in review countdowns beginning sometime next week. What were my favourite matches, superstars, and feuds of the year. All will be revealed soon enough. But first, let's talk TLC.
The good news? This "match" (and I will only refer to it as a match if/when it goes over five minutes) is taking place on the pre-show, not the actual Pay-Per-View. The bad news? We might still have to sit through a divas championship match before the night is over, since Eve is scheduled to defend against the winner later on in the show. My thoughts? I don't give a crap who wins, especially since WWE inexplicably removed Aj from the Battle Royal and replaced her with Naomi & Cameron. Therefore, either Layla or Kaitlyn will win, only to go on to lose to Eve as the night rolls on. Whatever...
Winner, and STILL Divas Champion: Eve Torres
So let me get this straight. Team Rhodes Scholars had to win a competitive fatal-four-way match against three other teams that have been teaming together for months in order to receive this number one contender's match. Meanwhile, Team 6-1-Botch (thanks Mazza) haven't teamed together for quite some time - hell, neither of them have really been on television in recent weeks - yet they're automatically qualified to compete? Sounds fair.
Interestingly enough, these are the same two teams who faced off in the finals of the tag team tournament a few months back, and you know what? The end result will be exactly the same. Damien Sandow has been on fire in recent weeks, especially with his mic work. Cody Rhodes returned sooner than anyone expected him to, and his mustache is already over with the fans. WWE will look to capitalize on their momentum and make them the new number one contenders at TLC, and in my opinion, the next WWE tag team champions.
Winners, and NEW Number One Contenders: Team Rhodes Scholars
This match is actually quite tough to call. On one hand, you have Wade Barrett, who has had Kofi Kingston's number since, well, forever. The Barrett Barrage (if that shit is still going on) desperately needs some steam, and what better way than to hold a midcard title? On the other hand, Kofi hasn't been the Intercontinental Champion for a very long time, and WWE actually seems kind of serious about pushing him as a singles star this time around. So in other words, both guys need a win, and not a disqualification victory or count-out that keeps the feud going, but a clean, decisive victory.
This might sound stupid, but I'm picking Kofi mainly because I don't see a lot of babyfaces winning tonight - at least I hope they don't - although I would love to see Barrett emerge as champion. Every time they square off, they pull out a solid match, but never anything great. Hopefully that changes tonight and they put on a better-than-average showing, as I'm a fan of both guys' work. Again, I'm going with Kofi, but don't be shocked if Barrett leaves with the title.
Winner, and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Kofi Kingston
Next up, we have a midcard championship match between a European and a black dude...wait a minute, didn't I just talk about this match? No? Okay, then. Antonio Cesaro looks to defend his United States Championship against R-Truth and if you really think Truth has a shot of leaving Brooklyn as the new U.S. Champion, I feel bad for you, son. Cesaro has had a great couple of weeks, and his anti-U.S. gimmick finally seems to be getting over with the fans. He was in the main-event of last Friday's SmackDown and is scheduled to wrestle John Cena at Tribute to The Troops next week, and I doubt Cesaro's brush with the main-event will end anytime soon. Cesaro has become a lot of fun to watch, and there's no reason to kill his momentum by having him drop the title to a stagnant Truth at TLC. It would be awesome to see Truth flip out after losing the match and go back to being heel, but I'm not holding my breath.
Winner, and STILL United States Champion: Antonio Cesaro
I know a lot of you don't want to hear this, but I think there's a good chance Sheamus regains the world heavyweight title tonight, and for several reasons. First, it's basically Sheamus' last shot at the title. If he loses at TLC, there's no (logical) reason for there to be Sheamus/Big Show IV at the Royal Rumble. Speaking of the Rumble, isn't that the PPV where WWE likes to give up-and-comers a shot at competing for the world title? Since Punk vs. Rock for the WWE Championship is basically locked-in, that leaves a midcarder to compete for the world title. I believe we'll get Sheamus defending against either Wade Barrett or Damien Sandow, I really do (depending whether they win their matches earlier, of course). Finally, it is heavily rumoured we'll get Randy Orton vs. Sheamus for the world title at Wrestlemania. The only way for Sheamus to get that match is to win the world title before then or win the Rumble for the second year in a row. I think I prefer the first option. I predict Sheamus not only regains his title, but beats Big Show so badly he's off television for a few months. What do you know, some good might come from this match after all!
Winner, and NEW World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus
Wow, where do I begin? Obviously, I'm psyched to see these two face off in a ladder match, as they now have the potential to put on one of the year's best matches, but I'm pissed at what's on the line. This is essentially a Money in the Bank ladder match and Dolph Ziggler has everything to lose. Does he get a major career boost by beating John Cena at a PPV? Sure, but imagine what happens if Ziggler loses? He'll have to start all over from the bottom. Don't tell me he could win the Royal Rumble or win at Elimination Chamber, because he should 't have to. He already defeated seven other superstars to BECOME Mr. Money in the Back (eight if you count Chris Jericho) and now he has to defend his briefcase again? Why? Doesn't it make more sense - considering the storyline - for Vickie's job to be on the line? That way, you still don't know who's going to win, the match is still great, and Ziggler's title shot is safe.
Before you start reassuring me that Ziggler has the match won, remember this - Cena became the first person in history to cash in MitB and lose. You and I both know that loss didn't hurt Cena whatsoever but WWE might want to make things even and reward Cena with another briefcase for "taking one for the team". I'm praying Ziggler wins, as I will be extremely pissed if he doesn't. This is a golden opportunity to give Ziggler that last push he needs, and WWE better not screw it up.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Well, it looks like another lose-lose situation for WWE. The guys who need the win the most (Ryback and The Shield) are on opposite sides. Again, it all comes down to who needs it more.
Considering Ryback has lost at the last two PPVs, you would assume he needs to win to keep his momentum going, right? Wrong! Ryback lost at Hell in a Cell due to a referee low-blowing him. He then lost at Survivor Series thanks to interference and wasn't even the man to get pinned. Tonight, he has two partners, both of whom have spent a large portion of the year (or in Kane's case, career) jobbing. Ryback once again can lose without being pinned and in my opinion, it won't hurt him any more than his last two losses did.
If The Shield lose at TLC, they'll follow the career paths of The Nexus and TNA's Aces & 8's - two groups of invading superstars that made head-turning debuts, but lost most of their matches, especially the big ones. Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns need to win, and I think they will, mainly because I think we're seeing a main roster debut or return to help them out. Either a monster like Brock Lesnar or Mark Henry will show up to 'even the odds' or we'll see a new member of The Shield debut, be it Kassus Ohno or Bray Wyatt. I for one am really looking forward to seeing how WWE books this match as well as the in-ring debuts of the young guns. Here's hoping for the best and not a rehash of SummerSlam 2010.
Winners: The Shield
Well, those are my predictions. Agree? Disagree? Watching? Avoiding? You know what to do, hit me up and let me know!
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