The final PPV of the calendar year, WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2019 will stream live from Minneapolis this Sunday, and the card for the same is shaping up to be an interesting one. WWE didn’t announce a single match for the PPV until last Friday, and since then, quite a few rivalries have received a place on the card.
TLC is usually filled with the famous TLC gimmick matches, which have a special place in wrestling history. TLC matches are brutal and can be damaging for a wrestler’s career, but at the same time, they are more often than not, the perfect recipe for an entertaining matchup.
Often WWE puts in TLC stipulations just for the sake of it, but this time around a few of the rivalries have been heated and deserve a conclusion in a brutal fashion.
We look at the WWE TLC 2019 match card so far and give our thoughts and predictions.
Event: WWE TLC
Date: December 15, 2019
Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pre-Show Time: 6 PM EST
Main Show Time: 7 PM EST
Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy
It is rare to see WWE focus on feuds outside of the championship feuds, but this time we have a feud between two up and coming talents in the mid-card of RAW roster. After being on the main roster for close to eight months, Black was finally greeted with a singles feud in the form of Buddy Murphy, who hasn’t had the most inspiring run on the main roster either.
The two hard-hitting individuals will square off for the first time, in what promises to be a top notch encounter if given enough time.
Black is yet to lose a singles match on the main roster, while Murphy has had his share of losses during his time on SmackDown. It is hard to see Black getting his first loss in a rather inconsequential fashion.
Prediction: Black kicks his way to victory
Tables Match: Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley
In one of the most controversial feuds in recent memory, the whole saga has dragged onto the point where everyone just wants it to end. There have been good things which have come out of this rivalry, as Rusev is now one of the most cheered faces on RAW, while Lashley is drawing heat from the crowd.
Apart from that, the story behind this match has been subpar and unnecessarily elongated. It is in the best interests of both the parties that this feud ends with this match, and both of them move on to different rivalries.
Rusev has gained tremendous momentum in recent weeks and should be the automatic pick for the win in this matchup. Tables matches are usually too gimmicky but these two super-athletes can surely produce an entertaining bout.
Prediction: Rusev machkas his way out of Lana’s life
Ladders Match | SmackDown Tag Team Championship: New Day (c) vs. The Revival
The two teams have been battling it out for what seems like an eternity at this point, but such is the state of the tag-team division on both the brands. Apart from these two teams, the SmackDown side has Heavy Machinery as the only established tag-team. Lucha House Party are glorified jobbers while Roode-Ziggler is the latest in the series of random teams with singles superstars who cannot find feuds.
The Revival are reportedly unhappy with their situation and could be heading towards the exit sooner rather than later. WWE usually rewards unhappy teams with title wins to make them stay, which could be the case with the Revival.
Prediction: The Revival shatters the New Day machine
RAW Tag Team Championship: Viking Raiders (c) vs. TBA
The Viking Raiders laid out an open challenge to the RAW locker-room for a match at the PPV, and it will be interesting to see who answers their challenge. Jeff Hardy is cleared for action and could return with Matt as the Hardy Boyz, while The Usos are waiting to come back to action soon.
But knowing WWE, it is very much likely that we get Gallows & Anderson or The Street Profits once again for a quick matchup. Viking Raiders taking on the AOP is the perfect feud for the future, which should mean that the duo retains their titles at TLC.
Prediction: Viking Raiders retain
Tables Ladders & Chairs Match: Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin
A rivalry that has received a lot of backlash for its execution will culminate in a TLC match on Sunday. The latest installment of this storyline saw Corbin pour dog food all over a chained Big Dog, which received tremendous hate from the audience.
The rivalry will head into TLC with a major stipulation match at hand. It was earlier rumored that WWE is planning a Dog Collar match between the two rivals, but it seems like that idea has been dropped.
Corbin does have Ziggler by his side, and it won’t be a surprise to see him pick up a victory over Reigns with some help from the Showoff.
Prediction: Corbin wins
Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz
In one of the most interesting matchups on the card, Bray Wyatt will wrestle his first match in WWE in his normal avatar since his return. The Fiend will be taking a break from defending the Universal Championship, and his alter-ego will be taking his place in the ring.
The story behind Miz trying to save Daniel Bryan from the Fiend has been done pretty well, and WWE not involving the Universal Championship in this matchup is a wise decision.
It is impossible to picture Wyatt losing in a random match against The Miz on PPV, and it is safe to assume that the Eater of Worlds won’t be eating pins anytime soon.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt wins
Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match | WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors (c) vs. Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair
The two teams have been embroiled in a heated rivalry over the past few weeks, and it all comes to a head at TLC in what promises to be a solid matchup. Lynch, Asuka, and Charlotte featured in the TLC match last year, which was one of the best matches of 2018.
The three superstars will be joined by the equally talented Pirate Princess, and it is safe to assume that the four ladies will go out of their way to create a fantastic encounter.
Giving the RAW Women’s Champion yet another strap will devalue the Tag-Titles, and WWE must continue the dominant run of The Kabuki Warriors.
Prediction: The Kabuki Warriors retain