REVIEW: WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2015 on WWE Network

December 14, 2015 by Brock Allen

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WWE Tables, Ladders, & Chairs 2015 (WATCH)
Date: December 13, 2015
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Commentators: Michael Cole, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, & Byron Saxton
Interviews: JoJo

WWE TLC 2015 - Stage

 

WWE Tag Team Championship – “Triple Threat Ladder Match”

Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) vs. The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston)(c)

Guest Commentator: Xavier Woods

WWE TLC 2015 - Kalisto Salida del Sol off Ladder

One of the most anticipated matches of TLC ’15 was an instant classic that stole the show. A must-see for any fan, this match features so many breathtaking spots and awe-inspiring moments that it must be seen to be appreciated. The highlight of the match, by far, was Kalisto’s Salida del Sol from the top of the ladder, a truly memorable moment. In the end, Xavier Woods leaves commentary and hits Kalisto with the trombone, allowing Kofi to scale the ladder and grab the belts to retain at around the 17:30 mark.

WINNERS: STILL WWE Tag Team Champions, The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) w/Xavier Woods (Retrieved titles)

 

“Grudge Match”

Ryback vs. Rusev w/Lana

WWE TLC 2015 - Ryback vs. Rusev

The One Life to Live portion of the card, this match felt more like an Attitude Era mid-carder than a match between two of the fastest rising stars in WWE. After the “Triple Threat Ladder Match” the fans in Boston were just not into this one. Ryback and Rusev did a good job, both looked great, but it wasn’t enough to save the match. Unless you really want to see this one, skip it, you won’t miss much. After more of the Lana-in-the-way business, Rusev sinks in the Accolade for the win at around the 8-minute mark.

WINNER: Rusev w/Lana (Accolade)

 
Next we see Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns discussing the possibilities of both men winning their matches and celebrating New Years together as Champions.

 

WWE United States Championship – “Chair Match”

Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio(c)

WWE TLC 2015 - Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio

This match wasn’t all that bad but it suffered again from a disinterested crowd. The match featured both men pounding the bejabbers out of each other with chairs and an interesting spot where Swagger applies the Patriot Lock with a steel chair. It’s a shame that Swagger only gets featured on TV when there’s some sort of nationalistic angle at play as Swagger has developed into a polished WWE performer, despite the haircut. Del Rio hits the double foot stomp from the top rope on Swagger, atop pile of chairs, to retain the U.S. title at around the 11-minute mark.

WINNER: STILL WWE U.S. Champion, Alberto Del Rio (Double Foot Stomp from the top rope)

 
Backstage JoJo interviews Team ECW about the upcoming 8-man match.

 

“8-Man Tag Team Elimination Tables Match”

Team ECW (Tommy Dreamer, Rhyno, Bubba Ray Dudley, & D-von Dudley) vs. The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, Braun Strowman, & Bray Wyatt)

WWE TLC 2015 - Bubba Ray Dudley Flaming Table Spot

With garbage cans, axe handles, baseball bats, street signs, cheese graters, kendo sticks, and tables, this one was a war. This match, while living up to expectations, was all about the Wyatt Family, of which only Rowan was eliminated. In the end, with only Bubba Ray left for Team ECW, Braun Strowman stopped Bubba from lighting a table on fire and putting Bray through it by delivering a stiff kick then choke slamming Bubba through the table for the win around 12:30.

WINNERS: The Wyatt Family (Braun Strowman, Luke Harper, Bray Wyatt, & Erick Rowan) (Last eliminating Bubba Ray Dudley)

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship

Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens(c)

WWE TLC 2015 - Dean Ambrose Wins Intercontinental Championship

A re-match of the semi-final round of the WWE World title tournament from Survivor Series, this time with the Intercontinental Championship on the line, this was the one match expected to be the psychological wrestling match of the night, and it delivered. Watching the match it’s hard to imagine that Owens has only been on the main roster for less than a year. This was as good, if not a bit better, than Survivor Series despite the time it was given. In the end, Ambrose reverses a Pop-up Powerbomb into a hurricanrana at 10-minutes to begin his first Intercontinental title run.

WINNER: NEW Intercontinental Champion, Dean Ambrose (Hurricanrana)

 

WWE Diva’s Championship – “Grudge Match”

Paige vs. Charlotte(c) w/Ric Flair

WWE TLC 2015 - Paige vs. Charlotte for Divas's Championship

One of the most unique and nuanced Diva’s angles in some time, this match had a lot to live up to as the first main event Diva’s program since the Trish/Lita era. As opposed to last month’s match the Boston crowd was into this match from bell to bell. Another classic wrestling match between two of the best ladies wrestlers in the world, this one had a southern feel in both action and psychology. In the end, Charlotte uses an exposed second turnbuckle to knock out Paige and score the pin at around the 10:30 mark.

WINNER: STILL WWE Diva’s Champion, Charlotte w/Ric Flair (Pinfall after using exposed turnbuckle)

 
Backstage Becky Lynch calls out Charlotte on the tactics she’s been using, refusing to go out and celebrate the victory.

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship – “Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match”

Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus(c)

WWE TLC 2015 - Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus TLC Match

One of the least anticipated main events in some time, this much maligned match had nowhere to go but up. From the start the Boston crowd, chanting “We Want Cena, Cena Sucks”, nearly took the air out of this match. This personal, physical, stiff match delivered in terms of action and story but the Boston crowd, chanting for Daniel Bryan and NXT, among other things, were unhappy. In the end, after Reigns fights off the League of Nations, Sheamus knocks Reigns out of the ring with the Brogue Kick. Sheamus grabs the title at the 24-minute mark, shocked that Reigns continues to fight.

After the match Reigns snaps and attacks the League of Nations. Triple H runs down and tries to calm Roman but is attacked himself. After a Superman Punch and steel chair mauling, Reigns powerbombs Triple H on the Spanish announce table before driving Triple H through it with a flying elbow. As the referees and doctors help Triple H, Reigns spears “The Game”, leaving the COO in a heap. The show ends with Stephanie screaming and the commentators pushing Reigns being fired, the Boston crowd chanting “Thank You Roman”.

WINNER: STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus (Retrieved title)

 

Final Thoughts

With the current state of WWE TV being what it is few expected this event to be anything less than mediocre. But outside of the Rusev/Ryback match there were no bad matches on the card, with the opening “Ladder Match” by far the match of the night. If you’re short on time watch the opener, the “8-Man Tables Match”, Ambrose/Owens, Paige/Charlotte, and the main event.

Let us know what you thought of the event.

 
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  1. Very Low Ki says:

    Enjoyed the review. I thought ADR vs. Swagger was fairly surprising in its brutality. Those two worked hard to make something exciting out of a non-existent buildup but that crowd was bound and determined to not care in the slightest.

    • Brock Allen says:

      I couldn’t agree more, @Very Low Ki. I was thinking it wouldn’t be as good as it was simply because of the gimmick but I was happily surprised. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Take care.

  2. Shane C. Montgomery says:

    I am usually left feeling let down after a WWE PPV but, since I wasn’t expecting much from this one I was a little surprised. Team ECW vs. The Wyatt Family was my favorite, a little ahead of the 3-way tag match.

    • Brock Allen says:

      As an old school ECW fan, @Shane C. Montgomery, I was really looking forward to the 8-Man. I was hoping it would be a bit more of a chaotic affair, but after watching RAW I can see why they didn’t take it all the way. Thanks for reading and commenting. Take care.

      • Ruthless.Attitude.Eras.4Life says:

        Seriously..how could they take it all the way, in this era???

        My problem with having guys like Dudleyz back, is, it is not Full throttle, all the way attitude.. so why bother saying like: “we are team extreme.. we gonna take it to the Extreme..” when it’s clearly NOT happening.

        Same with the upcoming Rumble..I can only cringe in thinking, what cult charachters are entering…half-hearted, with only a minimum of its original cool gimmick personality, e.g. this years Rumble: The Boogey Man is NOT the Boogey Man, when theres not coming worms out of is mouth and he is not smashing Time on his head.

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