WWE TLC 2019 Full Show HD WWE TLC
The biggest problems were the passively booked matches and inexplicable endings–especially to close an otherwise stellar main event.
On the whole, I’d give the entire pay-per-view a C+, which isn’t ideal to close out the year. It’s also not the way to head into an episode of Raw billed as a major event. Vince McMahon is returning to “shake things up,” but many fans probably wish he’d shown up before TLC.
(Strowman will now face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble 2019. Corbin was stripped of all authority as the Raw General Manager-Elect)
Oddly enough, the match with the least amount of action turned out to be the only real winner of the evening. Braun Strowman is still nursing his injured arm, and he couldn’t perform during the pay-per-view. The WWE had to concoct a way for Strowman to be involved. His match against Brock Lesnar at The Royal Rumble in January was already a done deal. the WWE also needed to expedite Baron Corbin’s removal from the Raw General Manager spot.
Both goals were accomplished and it was entertaining to watch it all come to a head. It was smart to incorporate a handful of Corbin’s many enemies–all out looking to exact revenge. They all banded together to provide Strowman an easy win. It was a little-unexpected considering Strowman isn’t the kind of guy who usually needs help. It would have been lazy and less entertaining to book a squash match for the one-armed giant.
Apollo Crews, Chad Gable, Bobby Roode, and Finn Balor stationed around the ring was a good look. Each one landed a finishing manuever on Corbin, and Kurt Angle’s return and contribution pushed it over the top.
Subtly, Renee Young and Michael Cole acknowledged Raw’s declining ratings in their commentary, but they skillfully wove it into the storyline and blamed Corbin’s poor general manager skills for the falloff.
It was all well done, and it was easily the best and most complete segment of the show.
There was legitimate tension throughout the arena and even in my office as I watched the match unfold. Toward the end, Charlotte and Becky seemed to fight for ultimate supremacy atop the ladder. With each just two rungs away from grabbing the Smackdown Women’s title, Rousey cheesily waltzed down the aisle.
She shoved the ladder Lynch and Flair were on causing them to fall.
In truth, this wasn’t the worst booking decision. However, the execution wasn’t perfect. Rousey seemed to struggle to push the ladder, and when Lynch and Flair fell, they didn’t land outside the ring. Instead, they rolled out under the ropes. Asuka took advantage and climbed the ladder to retrieve the belt to become the new Smackdown Women’s champion.
Asuka winning wasn’t a problem. The ending just came off as an anticlimactic finish to one of the best women’s matches I’ve seen, and one of the best pay-per-view main events in the WWE in 2018. I’m not sure if Rousey was meant to generate some heat for her action, but her lack of presence, odd posture and overdone facial expressions tend to ruin any scene that doesn’t call for her to wrestle.
While I prefer to see The New Day with Kofi Kingston and Big E, I thought Xavier Woods worked well with Kingston on Sunday night. Overall, this match had good energy and pace. Cesaro and Sheamus didn’t appear to struggle with the speed of the New Day and The Usos.
There were a few nice spots in the match although it was booked a little too tentatively. That also goes for the finishing moment when Sheamus hit Woods with a Brogue Kick as http://newwrestlingseries.com/category/wwe-tlc-tables-ladders-chairs/ he climbed back into the ring.