WWE TLC 2017 airs this Sunday on the WWE Network. The Shield will face an uphill battle when they challenge The Miz, The Bar, Braun Strowman and Kane in a TLC match. There have been some great TLC matches and some not so great TLC matches in the past. Here are the 5 worst TLC matches of all-time:
It was the first episode of the new year and it opened up with one of the worst TLC matches of all-time. The match itself was solid, it just completely failed to live up the TLC name. It just felt like another match. It didn’t feel special and that is mostly because it took place on RAW instead of a PPV.
If Ryback and CM Punk had put on a spectacular match, it would have been able to overcome the fact that it went down on an episode of RAW. Unfortunately, the match was mediocre at best and featured The Shield interfering and costing Ryback the match. CM Punk then climbed up the ladder and won as Ryback was unable to get back in the ring due to the attack from Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins.
John Cena and Randy Orton have had some classic battles in the past. However, they have fought so many times that every once in awhile they are going to put on a clunker. That is exactly what happened at WWE TLC 2013 when these two future Hall of Famers battled in a TLC match.
There was a lot on the line in this match. The WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship would be unified after this match. The crowd wasn’t into this match right from the start. They simply didn’t want to see Orton and Cena fighting again and at that time they wanted to see Daniel Bryan in the main event. Cena wound up being handcuffed to the ropes.
He unhinged the turnbuckle and battled with Orton on top of the ladder. Orton got the upper-hand and Cena went crashing through the table in the ring. Orton then grabbed both titles and won the match. Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H then came down to the ring and celebrated with Orton. This match was a billed as a big deal, but in the end it was nothing more than a massive disappointment.
While this match was certainly fun, it is undoubtably one of the worst TLC matches of all-time. It was billed as a “WeeLC” match between El Torito and Hornswoggle during WWE Extreme Rules 2014’s kickoff show. I remember thinking that this match was going to be a disaster, but it turned out to be much better than I thought it would be.
Jinder Mahal, Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre (3MB) got involved in this match and battled with Los Matadores. The match featured 9 table spots and got a “this is awesome” chant from the crowd. There was a tiny announce team, a tiny referee and tiny tables in the match. In the end, El Torito picked up the big victory after slamming Hornswoggle through a table.
In theory, this should have been one of the better TLC matches ever because it featured two very physical Superstars in Roman Reigns and Sheamus. Unfortunately, it didn’t wind up being a very memorable match. Roman Reigns was even less over than he is right now and the crowd wasn’t all that into Sheamus either.
Reigns and Sheamus did still put on a decent match, but it was very forgettable for a TLC match. There were table and chair spots galore, and Reigns even slammed Sheamus through a ladder off the ring apron. Sheamus won the match after Alberto Del Rio and Rusev interfered.
What happened after the match was far more entertaining than the TLC match itself. Roman Reigns absolutely lost his mind and attacked Del Rio, Rusev and Sheamus. The attack was so brutal that it forced Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to come down to the ring. Reigns then attacked Triple H. Reigns hit an Elbow Drop on Triple H through the table and then connected with a Spear when Triple H finally got back up. The match itself wasn’t great but what happened after it was over was awesome.
Not only was this match short, it was completely forgettable. It was terrible by any means and Jerry Lawler performed as well he could during the match. Lawler was 61 years-old at the time and he didn’t look it in the ring. He could still go but this match clocked in at just over 11 minutes, which is very short for a TLC match.
It also took place on an episode of RAW. Tables, Ladders & Chairs matches should feel special and only happen during PPVs in my opinion. It was also for the WWE Championship and everyone knew that there was no shot in hell that Jerry Lawler was taking the title away from The Miz. Lawler headbutted Miz off the turnbuckle and Miz crashed through a table outside the ring. Jerry then started to climb up the ladder and was inches away from becoming the new WWE Champion.
Fellow announcer, Michael Cole, sprinted into the ring and grabbed Jerry’s leg and prevented him from grabbing the WWE Championship. Lawler then attacked Cole, which allowed The Miz enough time to recover. The Miz and Lawler then battled on top of the ladder. The Miz knocked Lawler off the ladder and retained his WWE Championship.