WWE presents the final PPV of the year, TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2020, which will also be the first PPV from the Tropicana Field Arena. TLC has been the final PPV in the schedule for the last few years, and the company will look to end the otherwise disastrous 2020 on a high note.
As is the case with TLC PPVs, the fans are subjected to plenty of gimmick matches, but this year, it will be the first time both the top titles are defended under the TLC rules.
Apart from the major headliners, WWE has managed to put forth a strong card, with quite a few fresh rivalries. WWE usually has rivalries go all summer long (Bayley-Sasha, Drew-Randy, etc.) and will have a few filler feuds before the Wrestlemania season officially kicks in at Royal Rumble.
Let’s take a look at the WWE TLC 2020 match card announced so far, and our predictions on how the final show of the calendar year will go down.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship | The New Day(c) vs. The Hurt Business
The fun-loving New Day runs into the deadly serious Hurt Business at the PPV. Hurt Business’ representatives, Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander have tried to capture the titles on previous occasions, but the veterans of the tag division have held their fort.
There is a growing sense of dissent between Alexander and his buddies, as he has performed well in singles encounters against Kingston and Woods, but has been unable to pick up the W’s during the tag matches. It will be interesting to see if that story plays out during the match, and could lead to New Day retaining the titles.
Prediction: The New Day retains
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship | Sasha Banks(c) vs. Carmella
In a feud filled with sass, the Princess and the Boss will go head-to-head at TLC, with Carmella donning her new gimmick. Banks has been on a roll since winning the title and has been one of the highlights of 2020 in WWE. It is good to see WWE finally giving her a long run with the title, and hopefully the same will continue until Mania at least.
The duo had a match on last week’s SmackDown, where Banks unleashed her aggressive self, resulting in a DQ win for Carmella. An aggressive Banks with the title is surely going to wreak havoc in the foreseeable future. Carmella will have to take a loss with her new gimmick, but it shouldn’t hurt her much.
Prediction: Sasha Banks retains
Firefly Inferno Match | The Fiend vs. Randy Orton
Randy Orton is usually his cool self and doesn’t bother about anyone, but The Fiend has scared the living hell out of the Legend Killer. As mentioned on several occasions in the past, WWE’s handling of Fiend and his attacks on everyone who wronged him in the past is a masterful storyline, and Orton will be next in the line.
The addition of Alexa Bliss to Wyatt’s gimmick has worked wonders, and he isn’t too far away from challenging for the title once again. WWE has announced that it will be an Inferno Firefly Match, but the details are yet unknown as to how one would win the match.
Prediction: The Fiend wins
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match | Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler(c) vs. Asuka and TBD
RAW Women’s Champion Asuka has once again shifted her focus from her main title towards the tag team gold. Earlier this year, Asuka and Kairi Sane had a long feud with Sasha Banks and Bayley, and now the Empress has entered into a working partnership with Lana to take down the bullies Jax and Baszler.
However, Lana has been ruled out of the PPV due to injury, which leaves Asuka without a partner for the match. Mandy Rose did come to Asuka’s aid on RAW this week, but WWE could possibly have some other surprise up their sleeve for the PPV (Charlotte Flair?). Peyton Royce offered to team up with Asuka and while it’s not officially announced, Asuke seems to have accepted the offer from the former IIconics team member.
In any case, Jax and Baszler’s entertaining alliance must continue for the time being.
Prediction: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler retain
TLC Match | WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre(c) vs. AJ Styles
AJ Styles – WWE Championship – TLC. It’s a date. Once again, the Phenomenal One will be involved in a TLC match for the WWE title, and it will be the first time he goes one-on-one against the Scottish Psychopath.
The feud has been bizarre with Miz and Morrison lurking around all the time with the Money in the Bank contract, and their weird dynamic with Style. The former Champion has also got himself a new bodyguard, who will surely be a hindrance for Drew in the match. Drew has Sheamus by his side and is facing four other guys, with Sheamus himself having a reputation of betraying people from time-to-time.
McIntyre will surely win the match, but the finish will be one to look out for. Will Sheamus help him win, only to turn on him after the match? Will Miz cash in the MITB?
Prediction: McIntyre retains
TLC Match | WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns(c) vs. Kevin Owens
The Tribal Chief has now set his eyes on the former Universal Champion Kevin Owens, who himself claims to be a family man. Reigns has brought out the ultra-aggressive self of Owens, which is always a welcome change on the TV screens. Owens is perfectly capable of playing a top babyface similar to Drew McIntyre on RAW, but is often lost in the shuffle doing other stuff.
Exactly four years ago, the duo had a feud over the Universal Title but with the roles reversed. Owens as a heel was equally good as he is today, but Reigns’ character transformation from a lame babyface to a deliciously good heel is a work of art.
Reigns will surely win the match and will unleash a beating of a lifetime on the Prizefighter.
Prediction: Roman Reigns retains.