On the back of what will go down as one of the worst ever Survivor Series’, the WWE have pinned all their hopes for this year’s ‘Tables, Ladders and Chairs’ PPV, taking place tomorrow evening, on the unification of the WWE and World Heavyweight Title match.
The show’s main event, which will pit WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena with both belts hanging above the ring for the victor to grab, is, on the face of it, a potentially historic encounter. The unification of the top two titles in the promotion would give whoever is crowned the victor a great deal of legitimacy as well as ensuring that the run up to Wrestlemania which, in the eyes of the WWE really kicks of in January, will have all the focus on one champion and not two.
By Craig Wilson
Now, when Triple H said a few weeks ago that this match would be “the biggest match of this generation” many figured that it would only be a matter of time before he acted in a fashion that would ensure he was even more prominent in proceedings. That moment duly happened this past week on Raw when, after a kerfuffle at the end of the show, he Pedigreed Orton who had inadvertently knocked over Stephanie McMahon.
Whatever you think of Triple H’s attack on Orton – I personally found it to be a needless and short-sighted booking decision – his analysis of the match isn’t far off the mark. This is a huge match and a big selling point for the event. The most worrying thing however, has been the belief in some quarters that Triple H somehow may end the evening as unified champion. As bad as the idea is, you also can’t put it past him. Says a lot that some are even considering this as a possibility.
As for the card itself, the pre-show match – shown on YouTube, WWE.com or the WWE App – will pit Fandango against Dolph Ziggler. The match demonstrates how bad a year it’s been for Ziggler. After all, at TLC ’12 he bested John Cena in the main event and twelve months down the line he can’t even make the actual show. Hopefully, though, this should see Ziggler going over and making his way back up the card.
On the main show the Divas Championship, Intercontinental Title and Tag Team Titles will all be defended. AJ Lee will put her Divas title on the line against Natalya and, with the second series of Total Divas! announced, you’ve got to wonder if the WWE will be keen to place the title on a diva that appears on the show. If that is the case then that should see Natalya winning this one.
Newly-crowned Intercontinental Champion Big E. Langston should continue his push by defeating Damien Sandow. This match is likely to be a good one and features two superstars that have a very bright future with the WWE. In the end, though, it’s Langston that’s on the receiving end of a push so will be the one going over here.
Also in action will be Tag Team Champions Goldust and Cody Rhodes who will defend their titles against The Real Americans, Rey Mysterio & Big Show and Ryback and Curtis Axel in a fatal four-way. The thing that this match demonstrates is the lack of depth in the tag division with two of the teams being thrown together in the last few weeks.
Finally, two handicap matches will feature on the card with Daniel Bryan taking on The Wyatt Family and The Shield going 3-on-1 against CM Punk. I wouldn’t be surprised to see The Shield involved in the Bryan v Wyatts match as well as their own, setting up a match in the near future between both groups. In terms of the TLC matches, though, I think The Shield will cost the Wyatts a victory against Bryan but will manage to overcome Punk with it being Reigns the man to get that pinfall.
Then there’s the main event itself with both the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE title hanging above the ring as Orton and Cena attempt to be the man to grab both titles and leave as unified champion. One thing is for sure, there’ll be plenty of interference here but I predict that it’ll be Orton that will leave with the titles.
Overall, this is a pretty strong card to round off the year for the WWE. The last few months have had more lows than highs but this should be a good one. It’s rare that I go into an event looking forward to a John Cena match but this is one of those occasions. Also keen to see Langston against Sandow. The future is bright for both and both have gone out of their way to make the IC title at least sound semi-important..