WWE TLC 2019 ended the year and decade for the world’s top wrestling promotion. There were eight matches in total. Surprisingly, no titles changed hands, but there were some interesting events.
Here is a look at all of the matches with grades and highlights.
Humberto Carrillo def. Andrade
This is the kind of match that used to regularly be a part of WWE pay-per-view events. Carrillo continues to get a major push and Andrade’s split with Zelina Vega seems to be imminent. The angle pushing dissension in their ranks went to the next level, but meanwhile, the two men put on a show in the first match.
There were several memorable spots and the crowd at the Target Center gave the performers a well-deserved “This is awesome” chant. We don’t usually hear that in the pre-show. Carrillo used an inverted hurricanrana from the top rope and a moonsault to get the victory and Andrade walked away from Vega after it was over.
Expect to see this split confirmed either on social media or on Monday at Raw. Andrade was legitimately lacerated over his left eye during the match, and there was some scripted mix-ups with him and Vega.
With or without her by his side, I’d like to see Andrade continue his feud with Carrillo. They have great in-ring chemistry.
(c) The New Day def. The Revival – Ladder Match – Smackdown Tag-Team Champions
What more can be said about the brilliance of The New Day collectively? The team just keeps putting together great matches no matter which two men work the match. On Saturday, Kofi Kingston and Big E retained their WWE Smackdown Tag-Team titles over The Revival in an exciting ladder match.
There were some physical and impressive spots in this match. Big E spent a little too much time setting up ladders in the ring. However, once the three ladders were positioned, we saw a superplex on top of the ladder, and then a splash that left the apparatus bent in half. Earlier in the match, Kingston balanced himself on the top rope after hopping off a ladder. He leapt into a tornado DDT and then he hit a Trouble in Paradise.
There was also a Big Ending from nearly the top rung on the ladder. Kingston secured the victory when he smashed the belts against Scott Dawson’s face. This allowed Kingston to grab the titles so New Day could retain. This was yet another strong match.
Aleister Black def. Buddy Murphy
If this match had a more interesting build, the action in the ring, which was phenomenal, would have been received more positively. Whomever is in charge of Black’s build has fumbled things with this “come and knock on my door” angle.
Murphy is an absolute stud in the ring, as is Black. Predictably, their match was physical, dynamic and filled with impressive moves. Unfortunately, it felt like the two men were fighting for nothing in particular, and that’s too bad considering the potential depth this feud could have. It would have been smart for Murphy to go over here so that this could have had some more depth added.
That didn’t happen and it prevented this match from being great.
(c) The Viking Raiders def. The O.C. Open Challenge for Raw Tag-Team Championship
I was initially excited about the prospects of an open challenge for VR’s titles. I’d hoped to see a tag-team we hadn’t seen in a while, or perhaps a new group all together. Instead, we got the O.C.
Gallows and Anderson are solid, but definitely a letdown. What was worse is the match wasn’t even exciting. Lastly, and worst of all, it ended in a double count out. This is almost never a good booking decision, and Saturday was no exception.
Baron Corbin def. Roman Reigns in TLC Match
This match turned into a one-side beatdown. Corbin got the pinfall after an End of Days on a chair, but he gained the advantage with the help of The Revival, members of his personal security and Dolph Ziggler.
Each of them took turns teeing off on Reigns. Just as the Big Dog seemingly gained some momentum, Ziggler appeared from under the ring to land a super kick outside the ring. Reigns is being booked carefully to maintain his face status. I’m a little tired of the angle with Corbin, however, this match grabbed my attention as I wonder how Reigns will be able shift things in his favor.
My interest is piqued a little. Hopefully, something compelling is coming up on Smackdown this Friday.
Bray Wyatt def. The Miz
This was an up-and-down segment. The match was odd and I’m still trying to determine how I feel about it. However, I understand the story WWE was trying to tell here. Wyatt without the Fiend is more passive. He barely mounted any offense against The Miz early, though ultimately he’d land two Sister Abigails for the victory.
Wyatt was seemingly ready to morph into The Fiend when Daniel Bryan returned with his head and beard shaved. Bryan’s beatdown was timed oddly, and the action was a little disjointed. It seemed like something else was set to happen, but it never did. The lights went dark and Wyatt disappeared just ahead of Bryan smashing him with a massive mallad.
Blearly, the Bryan-Wyatt feud will continue and the former’s appearance drew a pop from the crowd. However, this entire thing could have been executed better.
Rusev def. Bobby Lashley in Tables Match
I hope with all that is within me, this feud is over. I don’t know anyone who says they liked this angle. The match wasn’t horrible, and I didn’t really have an issue with Lashley going over.
Lana got involved by jumping on Rusev’s back, which allowed Lashley to send his rival through a table that was stacked in the corner. The first table was supposed to break, but it didn’t. Luckily, they were prepared and immediately, a move toward a second table was arranged.
After the match, a fight broke out backstage between Reigns, The New Day, Shorty G, The Revival, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler and The Street Profits. It seems as if this will lead to some sort of group tag match on Smackdown.
(c) The Kabuki Warriors def. Becky Lynch and Charlotte WWE Women’s Tag-Team Championship
This match was physical and a bit wild throughout. The wildness worked in some areas, but looked sloppy in others. Kairi Sane struggled in this match, but ultimately things together in a long and well-booked bout.
It was good to see Kabuki Warriors retain their titles. For a moment, it appeared WWE would strap Lynch and Charlotte with the belts, but Kairi and Asuka were put over with a fair victory.
The question now is where do they go from here with no other real rivals.
After the match, the aforementioned brawl continued with Reigns spearing Corbin into the mob of wrestlers who were now involved.
The Show Overall
TLC was interesting, but imperfect. There were more good matches than bad, and some new twists added to storylines for Raw and Smackdown. Based on that, I’d call this final WWE PPV of the decade as a success.