Triple Z previews WWE's TLC event, including the high stakes match between Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman.
Before I even get into previewing WWE's TLC event. I think it would be smart of me to point out, and for those of you that have read ZWrestleTalk for awhile will understand. WWE theming pay-per-view events after special matches really screws them over at other pay-per-views. Like this past Monday that was the first TLC match on RAW in years. It shouldn't be like that. There should TLC matches on RAW every once in awhile, there shouldn't be many year gaps.
Both TLC and Hell in a Cell are cool concepts. They should be utilized more throughout the year. Instead of relegating them to their own minor events.
So now it's time to preview WWE's TLC. Which features the RAW GM debacle at the center of it all. Something that hopefully will be put to rest.
Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio (Chairs Match)
Cool, we get a chairs match. Mysterio and Orton could perform some cool spots. I'm still in shock that Rey Mysterio actually returned to WWE, and that he's sticking with it. If WWE is smart they do a WrestleMania dream match with him this year. Honestly, I think Rey Mysterio vs AJ Styles could be the match. The in-ring psychology between the two of them would be insane.
I think Randy Orton will end up doing some vicious spots with Rey Mysterion resulting a victory.
Winner: Randy Orton
Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox vs R-Truth & Carmella
This is the finals to WWE's Mixed Match Challenge. Facebook Watch's current venture with WWE. I think obviously the comedic team of R-Truth and Carmella have to win.
Winners: R-Truth and Carmella
Buddy Murphy vs Cedric Alexander
WWE is still trying to rebuild 205 Live. I have to assume WWE is going to want some consistency. So, Buddy Murphy retaining would make the most sense.
Winner: Buddy Murphy
Bobby Lashley vs Elias (Ladder Match)
You have to think Elias is going to grab his guitar, and use it on Bobby Lashley? Maybe they go a different route but this match should be okay. Giving Bobby Lashley a mouthpiece helps. His stumble into the mid-card shouldn't go unnoticed. On the other-hand, Elias is on the verge of being in the main event. I would not be surprised to see Elias moved to SmackDown in 2019, and him being in the main event scene more.
Finn Balor vs Drew McIntyre
I heard this match might get scrapped. Which I'm fine with. I don't need to see Drew McIntyre beat Finn Balor. This just does nothing for me.
Natalya vs Ruby Riott (Tables Match)
This shockingly does something for me. This storyline has also used Natalya's real life dad Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Who recently just passed away. So it has a real life element which I like. I also enjoy the fact that it's edgy. Like it wasn't necessary for WWE to go that far but they did, and that makes this a better feud. It's no longer a generic women's rivalry. It's a personal rivalry. Also this is a unique spot to be in considering WWE doesn't usually make one on one women's matches outside of the championship matches.
I have to think Ruby Riott is going to win in a emotional match. I feel like there is more left to this feud.
Winner: Ruby Riott
The Uso's vs The Bar vs The New Day
This match is really special. These are the three tag teams that owned WWE in 2018. Also, this match just proves that SmackDown's tag team division is so much better right now. It will be a satisfying match, and I feel like WWE will keep the titles on The Bar for now.
Winners: The Bar
Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch vs Asuka (TLC Match)
Once again Charlotte Flair gets to make history. Yet, Becky Lynch has become one of WWE's most organic acts in 2018. She's getting Daniel Bryan sized pops during his 2014 run. This is a dream match for the women's revolution.
Becky Lynch should move to RAW in 2019, in hopes of fighting Ronda Rousey for her title. Charlotte Flair could win here just because WWE likes doing that. Then we have the potential of WWE putting Asuka on a correction course and having her win in a match that won't hurt Charlotte Flair or Becky Lynch status wise. WWE will have Asuka win just to solidify her as a true champion once again. Asuka was on top of the world at the beginning of 2018, and she could reach the top once again at the end.
Ronda Rousey vs Nia Jax
In all honesty Ronda should just knock her out, and that's how this match should end. It should be a squash. I can't imagine this going on for a long time either.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin (TLC Match)
My prediction is that Lars Sullivan is going to make his main roster debut tonight. He's going to take out Strowman. Corbin is going to win the match, and the title of General Manager of Monday Night RAW. Then Vince McMahon is going to fire him on Monday night.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose
Seth Rollins is going to lose. So he can move on and have a feud with Brock Lesnar. Seth Rollins taking on Brock Lesnar is the next realistic feud unless you have Daniel Bryan start a cross-brand rivalry with Lesnar for WrestleMania.
This Ambrose/Rollins feud doesn't have any other excitement except for the fact it's a role reversal with Rollins as the babyface, and Ambrose as the heel, and the added drama of Roman Reigns.
Yet I just suspect a uneventful Ambrose victory.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles
Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles should put on another classic. I don't see Daniel Bryan dropping the title anytime soon. Although I don't like the idea of seeing him face The Miz anymore. Unless he turns face again. I just don't think a babyface Miz would really be that good for this particular feud.
This should realistically be the main event. It's still just a great thing to see Daniel Bryan back in the ring.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
To finish off the WWE TLC BreakDownz. I think it makes sense to point out that RAW indeed needs to change in 2019. Especially with SmackDown getting a deal on FOX. RAW needs to tell stories and interest its audience. So hopefully in 2019 WWE veers away from getting stuck in ruts like they did with the Constable Corbin storyline. WWE probably thought that the Baron Corbin/Kurt Angle storyline looked good on paper, similar to the Jason Jordan/Kurt Angle storyline. Yet it isn't working and half of the time it seems RAW just repeats itself.
WWE may still be stubborn with RAW in 2019 but with SmackDown being on FOX they better pull out all the stops. They won't be able to do whatever they want. Not to mention if All Elite Wrestling does become a thing, it could build up fast into a true threat.
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