TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2010) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which took place on December 19, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. It was the second annual … see full wiki
2010 definitely isn't a year to brag about for WWE, especially, when considering that a majority of their events were slightly above average at best. I mean there was nothing at all that could have been considered even half way classic. Therefore, I think the promotion hit a new low. But for some reason, I still had some type of hope for this event. Now although this event is nothing to go bananas about. It's also nothing to turn a nose up at either. The entire event is watchable with two matches that I would say are must see.
TLC which stands for Tables, Ladders, and Chairs for those who don't know, is another gimmick event that features each of those match types, and in some cases all three. The event was introduced in 2009 and it did show promise. In fact, it was a success. WWE have proven on some occasions that they can deliver a hardcore event under a PG rating when they want to, but it's still something that I take with a grain of salt.
Creative did a great job building this event up. TLC 2010 continues some very heated story lines that needed stipulations like these. Some of these matches were well booked, and rivalries like Sheamus vs. Morrison, the Fatal 4 Way, and Cena vs. Barrett had a lot of heat coming in, and expectations were pretty high. So let's see if WWE truly ended 2010 on a strong note.
Triple Threat Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship
1) Dolph Ziggler(C) vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
Rules: The first to climb a ladder in the middle of the ring, and claim the title belt suspended above the ring will be the winner of the match.
After all of these years of sitting through one ladder match after the other. One would just feel that they've seen it all, and the slightest amount of innovation is nothing more than wishful thinking. But there was a small amount to be found here.
Now the match itself wasn't very special and it was pretty short. It began with the usual brawling and there were some good ladder spots. But there were also small standout moments, like Swagger's hand taking painful looking punishment, by being smashed with the ladder different times, which actually looked botched. Kofi brought his cat-like reflexes to this fight, by pulling off one spot that had him squeezing in between the ladder to kick someone in the face. And Dolph dropping him face first on the ladder with the Fameasser. But the highlight is definitely the ending. Some feel it was very cheap, but I thought it was very clever, and it was a perfect fit for the character. Very good opener. 3.5/5
Rules: The first team to smash any one of their opponents through a table wins.
This was another one with solid build up, and the fans are always looking forward to Laycool getting beat up anyway. But this wasn't exactly the case, since they were able to hold their own against the stronger Phoenix and Natalya, by effectively working the divide and conquer tactics, thanks to this match using tornado rules.
There was a good amount of offense and teamwork from both sides, and Beth took a nasty fall to the outside of the ring on her neck, that saw her go through the slinky motion. They also pulled off nice moves, like Natalya going for a double sharpshooter, something that has to be seen. This match could have been so much better, but the time was wasted on too many pre-crash teases, and it felt way too scripted. The crowd began to die, and the ending wasn't as strong as it could have been. Still, best divas match in nearly three years. 3.25/5
Tag Team Championship
3- Santino Marella & Vladimir Koslov (Champions) vs. Nexus (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel)
This was mainly a filler match to further build up the main event, by keeping the audience aware that the Nexus are watching each others backs. The action was decent with good wrestling from the smaller guys, and Koslov added with the big man style of over-powering wrestling that he's known for. But I just couldn't shake the feeling that once again, WWE didn't care about their tag division. 2.5/5
Ladder Match for #1 Contender
4) John Morrison vs. Sheamus
This match follows the same rules as a ladder match, except it's a contract instead of a title.
These two have great chemistry and they entertained me prior to this. This feud had been brewing for awhile, with both guys "1-upin'" each other. The highlight to the feud was Sheamus winning the King of the Ring 2010.
They went outside pretty early, and slammed each other into the barricade pretty hard. The match began to use some good psychology, when it slowed down to Sheamus pace. From there, he began to systemically pick Morrison apart with some sick abuse to his leg. Shemaus was evil with that ladder.
They got a good amount of time to put together an awesome match, and there were other highlights as well; like Morrison delivering some very sharp kicks to Sheamus face, and a corkscrew dive off the ladder. This was a great back and forth, and it could have easily been a solid main event to me, and the ending capped it off with a perfect finish. I won't say this is among the greatest ladder matches of all time. But it's among the best in the last several years or so, and one of the better matches of 2010. 4.25/5
Tables Match for WWE Championship
5) Miz (Champion) vs. Randy Orton
This bout follows the same rules as the previous tables match.
This feud was jump started the day after Survivor Series, when Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to take Orton out after a grueling match. Therefore, Orton was hellbent on getting payback.
This was an entertaining bout that saw Miz look like the typical heel champion, who just couldn't win on his own, with the constant interference from Alex Riley. The match had some good moments with nice offense. The interference that took place really didn't border towards annoying to me, in fact, I found it to be funny watching Riley move the tables out of the way, each time Miz was going to take a plunge through it.
The highlight would have been the ending, because it was the funniest ending I seen since the days of the late Eddie Guerrero. But the match ended up drawing influence from 2009's event, which happened to be Undertaker vs. Batista. I thought it was kind of pointless considering the outcome. 3.5/5
Fatal 4 Way TLC for the World Heavy Weight Championship
6) Kane (Champion) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio
This match follows the same rules as the ladder match, with the added bonus of chairs and tables thrown in there.
Originally, this was suppose to be the rematch between Kane and Edge. The last minute change was a plus indeed, because Rey and Del Rio also delivered solid performances as expected.
The last two ladder matches really don't measure up to this one, and it appears that creative were just saving the best for last. This was an awesome spot fest with loads of weapon use; chairs, tables crashes, and high risk. It had an excellent flow with each of the superstars getting a chance to shine brightly.
The rivals kicked it off by going at each others throats right away. Kane dominated various times with aggressive offense, and as always, he didn't feel out of place in this type of match at all. They told a predictable, yet good story with the numbers game coming into play, to eliminate the biggest threat being Kane. This was a match that felt like it could go either way, and this was no doubt match of the night for me. 4.5/5
7- John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
This was definitely the hottest and longest running feud coming in. But I still didn't think it should have been the main event though, and after watching it, I felt even more confident to say it. The logic behind a chairs match still doesn't make any sense to me. The rules state that chairs are legal weapons. But the match is no disqualification? Well, I guess it couldn't have been a street fight. Then the event would have been called... TLCSF? Heh, sounds like a plan to me.
Cena and Barrett do have chemistry and it took awhile for them to display it. The match dragged a little bit in the beginning with the dueling chair set up, and Cena trying to keep Barrett from getting to one. The bout had its good moments with Cena taking some nasty shots to the back, and the offense from both guys were passable. After all that took place during the previous months, the ending was never in question. Still, the match did its job in ending this feud, and Barrett has went on to better things for 2011. 3.25/5
TLC, along with the last string of WWE events closed the year out on a good note. And right now 2011 appears to be following that last minute trend.
Pros: -Fatal 4 Way and #1 Contender's Match. The whole event is watchable overall.
Cons: -Some stale moments at times. Wrong match for main event.
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