WWE’s final pay-per-view of the decade, TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs takes place on December 15 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Time is running short and WWE has to make plenty of preparations for TLC. Given there’s only about a week left for the pay-per-view, the company may not risk changing any original booking on the card.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that a singles match and a tag team bout are likely not being changed.
“Two other matches are right now on the books and unlikely to be changed, which are Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy and Viking Raiders defending the Raw tag team titles against Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. “
With just three go-home shows left for TLC, WWE is yet to officially announce the matches for December 15th. Meanwhile, Vince McMahon is busy chalking out the stipulations for the bookings.
“McMahon has also changed course several times. As of last word, Reigns vs. Corbin will be a stipulation match while Rusev vs. Lashley won’t, but that can all change.”
The Chairman Of Board has developed a new philosophy about pay-per-views which perhaps explains the reason behind WWE delaying the announcement of the TLC card. The latest strategy is to drive more subscribers to the WWE Network.
“McMahon’s new philosophy is that the PPV’s are all about network sign-ups, as opposed to the limited PPV business still being done. The belief based on patterns of sign-ups is that they are big the last day of the show, and not before.”
Further reports suggest that the pattern of live ticket sales has changed as WWE has to plan at least a month in advance. Now that “the dynamic is completely different and there is no need to rush anything,” PPVs can be arranged within a short period as well.
It would be interesting to see whether 2019 TLC can outshine last year’s closing show.