Tables, Ladders & Chairs (a.k.a. TLC), a PPV for which the main focus went around the long-time waited S.H.I.E.L.D. reunion, and the other matches… And suddenly, Roman Reigns (and Bray Wyatt by the way) became sick after a viral infection (apparently parotitis instead of meningitis as we were informed at first), so the whole reunion idea had to be scratched at least for now. But the big surprise was who would be the substitutes for Wyatt and Roman? Well, none others than AJ Styles, who was in South America by that time, and Kurt Angle!
Oh, it’s true, it’s damn true! AJ Styles vs. The Demon Finn Balor, a dream match for any wrestling fan, and the return to the ring for The Olympic Gold Medalist!
But was it better than it was planned before? Was it worse? Let’s find it out.
Kick-Off: Alicia Fox vs. Sasha Banks
It was a decent match for a pre-show, no need to say more. Not much of a story-line between these two, but they gave a fine match and accomplished to heat the arena before the show started.
Emma vs. Asuka
As Dwayne says: Finally!
We’ve been waiting so long for the debut of Asuka! And it was okay! Don’t misunderstand me, the match itself was pretty great, not even close of those against Ember Moon at NXT but still, Emma delivered a good performance during most of the time.
And that’s exactly my only complaint: Asuka is supposed to be the most menacing female wrestler right now, she defeated Ember Moon, Nikki Cross, Bayley, even Nia Jax herself! She should be treated as dangerous as she is, so let’s hope she won’t get involved in pointless feuds and become another victim of that stupid 50/50 booking (like almost any former NXT superstar).
Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann vs. The Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher
The cruiserweights got two matches on a PPV! Good for them!
Its just sad that nobody cares about them… But anyway… A good but short match, actually, the four men gave interesting spots, specially Cedric & Swann. The new Gallagher’s “gentleman” gimmick is pretty funny, specially his new attire and Brian Kendrick is a great heel performer.
Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship
Can you please, stop making fun of Mickie?
On this occasion, the opponent for Alexa Bliss (the champion) was the 6-time Women champion Mickie James, and the reason for this feud was: Mickie is old…
Ok, this was not even close to the disgustingness that was the whole “Piggie” James angle, but wasn’t the best option to get attention either.
And if the whole point of the angle was “doesn’t matter how old you are, you can beat the odds”, then why Alexa had to win? And of course, the best long-term decision is to keep her as champ, but then you are kind of saying that it doesn’t matter your hard work or who you are, there will always be a younger person better than you!
But putting all the kayfabe aside, the match was actually pretty great, one of the best matches I have seen for Alexa actually. Let’s see if she can defeat a 36 years old veteran, you know, the one that debuted a couple of minutes ago…
Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
I hate Enzo… Sorry but cannot be impartial here… Hate his gimmick (who’s apparently himself!), hate his performances, and I’m one of those who actually find his mic promos really annoying… And I’m not the only one who thinks like that…
And that’s exactly why he needed to turn heel!
Now we are justified to hate him! Thanks!
And also, I think that Kalisto is one of the greatest performers right now, an awesome luchador, and he should have been part of the Cruiserweight division since… The very beginning! But, I don’t see him as the face of a whole division (Enzo neither, but he’s at least giving some exposure to the fans…) and that’s the reason why Enzo defeated Kalisto (with shenanigans of course) to get the title back.
Also, I found out that his awful performance in the ring is perfect for the kind of heel he’s trying to “impersonate”, so until we get a better option (almost anyone) we’ll have to live with Amore as champ…
How ya doin’?
AJ Styles vs. “The Demon” Finn Bálor
If you already saw TLC, you already know what’s coming. If not, and you don’t have time (or patience) to watch the whole show, go and watch this match! It is a must, you won’t regret it…
So, if there are still any doubts… Was it good? Mmmmmm well…
Easily, a match of the year candidate, even when both guys didn’t have enough time to prepare the match, both, Finn and AJ proved they can perform anywhere at any time and deliver their best. Action from beginning to end, the crowd cheering and chanting “TOO SWEET” and “THIS IS AWESOME”! (that pointless chant the fans cored almost in every above-average match and doesn’t mean anything anymore, but for the first time in a lot of time, I actually was part of them).
Both wrestlers read themselves perfectly, and in the end, the two former Bullet Club leaders fought for almost 20 minutes and the only sad part of it is that they didn’t give them more time to deliver. Oh, the result? Well it was the obvious one, Finn won after a Coup de Grâce, but just because WWE is protecting the Demon persona (prove of it is the fact that he lost against Kane… Against a semi-retired Kane… The next… Freaking… Night!).
Maybe the rematch will be the “NJPW-esque” match the fans have been waiting for… (all aboard the hype train!)
Ah, also, there was another low point from this match (and almost the whole show but specially here): those annoying “WE WANT TABLES” chants…! God dammit, we are expecting one of the greatest matches of the year and you’re asking for some furniture? Just shut up!
Jason Jordan vs. Elias
Oh, did you see those Elias’ attempt-of-live music-performance during the whole show?
And those Jason Jordan/Angle interventions when he threw vegetables at him?
Me neither, I went to the bathroom and get food, respectively.
Well, apparently, they booked a match out of nowhere between these two guys because of reasons (just to give the attendant people time to recover after the previous fight, actually). And apparently, Jordan defeated Elias (the new “tough guy” they’ve been building after squashing the whole Titus Brand).
The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane, Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (The S.H.I.E.L.D.) & Kurt Angle, in a 5-on-3 Handicap “Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match”
First things first… It was NOT a Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match! In a TLC match, there’s something hanging of the roof, so you must climb the ladder and get it… last Sunday’s match was just an extreme rules match… Or street fight… Or no holds barred… Or hardcore match… (they’re all the same, aren’t they?)
Now that I took that out of my chest…
Leaving aside the weirdness of watching Kurt walking with the S.H.I.E.L.D. and smiling like a dad, it was a pretty entertaining match. Not a good one, but an enjoyable one.
Even Kurt delivered awesome moments after hitting sequences of belly-to-back suplexes and Angle Slams to almost everyone, but the biggest moments of the show occurred when Ambrose & Rollins took the offensive. And even when The Miz brought the Garbage truck with the intention to “dump the trash”, we saw funny moments.
And of course, S.H.I.I.I.E.L.D. (Sierra-Hotel-Intensity, Integrity, Intelligence-Echo-Lima-Delta) was able to overcome the odds and came out of TLC as winners.
Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2017 was a pretty decent show, one of the best B-class PPV of the year, but let’s be honest, that was because of anomalous circumstances. After all, is a bittersweet situation. We got a couple of great matches, yes! But because apparently the RAW roster doesn’t have anyone worthy of replacing Bray Wyatt or Roman Reigns…