WWE TLC Kick-Off
Backstage: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were interviewed. Rollins said they were feeling good. Dean said he’s not in a good mood at all. Dean said he doesn’t know what Angle’s plans and motivations are but he’s not jumping into the kiddie end of the pool. It’s war. Rollins said he never thought he’d be competing with Angle. Dean admitted it was cool but said they were coming to burn everything down like Kamikaze pilots. They turned down the chance to give away their strategy but promised they had something up their sleeves. Ambrose said it was a four stage plan – tables, ladder, chairs, war.
Backstage: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose came to Kurt Angle backstage. He said they wanted to do this 2 on 5, but he couldn’t allow that. He said he didn’t know how much he had left in the ring because it was the first time in 11 years but he would give them all that he has. They cut him off. They said they didn’t come to talk about why he is doing this, but to give him this – and handed him a Shield vest. Angle was all about that.
Kurt Angle & Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman & The Miz & Cesaro & Sheamus & Kane in a handicap TLC Match
Everyone began brawling. Team Angle began drilling everyone with chairs to drive them from the ring. Kane was left along and everyone beat him three on one with the chairs. It’s been all sorts of brawling with Team Angle in charge. They placed Braun and Kane on announce tables outside the ring and set up ladders. Rollins and Ambrose came off the ladders with splash through the tables with the idea being they were trying to take out the biggest monsters on the team. Rollins grabbed at his knee right away and Ambrose was taken out from the force of doing the move, leaving Angle trapped in a three on one situation against Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro. They drove a ladder into the ribs of Angle. They mocked the Shield and teased doing the triple powerbomb but Ambrose and Rollins hit the ring for the save. Cesaro smashed Rollins with a piece of the announce table. Continue Reading
Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus & Cesaro – WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Cesaro and Sheamus take the early advantage after Cesaro slams Ambrose into the steel stairs outside by swinging him into them and began mauling him. They teased the idea he may have a separated shoulder but Ambrose said he was good to go and they allowed the match to continue. Cesaro drilled him with a big boot to the face. He worked over Ambrose for a long time, scoring a series of near falls. Cesaro tried to go for the Gotch Neutralizer but Ambrose slipped out and sent him hard into the corner. Cesaro came out of that with a bleeding nose. Rollins made the tag and came off with a Blockbuster for a two count. He nailed a pescado to the outside and tossed him back in, then nailed a Slingblade. The referee checked on Cesaro, which allowed Sheamus to Rollins. Really physical bout.
Sheamus tagged in and nailed a series of backbreakers. They had Cesaro checked out by medical officials before he returned to the ring. Cesaro tagged in and drilled Ambrose with a boot that knocked him off the apron. Sheamus and Cesaro began double teaming Rollins, who kicked up. Ambrose finally made the hot tag and cleaned house on Sheamus. He nailed a series of forearms and kicked away at him. Dean hit a dive to the outside and was seen drilling his own shoulder into the barricade after. He went to the top and nailed an elbow off the top for a two count. Cesaro broke up the attempted pinfall and drilled Rollins off the apron. The challengers went for a double powerbomb. Rollins made the save. Sheamus nailed him with the Brogue Kick. Cesaro locked Dean into the Sharpshooter. He fought to the ropes but caught in a crossface. He gutted it out and still made it to the ropes. Sheamus attacked and went for the pin but Rollins broke it up at the last second. They keep going back and forth with some awesome, physical action. Ambrose somehow kicked up out of White Noise, followed by Cesaro powerbombing Rollins off the ropes onto his own partner. That made the crowd explode. Sheamus went for a Brogue Kick but Ambrose just collapsed. He went to pin Dean, who was lying in wait and scored a two count. Sheamus accidentally kicked his own partner, setting up Seth drilling him and sending him into Dean, who caught him with Dirty Deeds for the pin.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
Pre-Show: Charly is backstage with them for Q&A time! The first question is what their team name is. The short answer is they have no idea and haven’t really thought about it. Question 2: how does it feel being back together after everything that happened. Seth says it’s surreal, after all the wars they had. Third question: what was their favorite Shield moment? Dean points out they opened this building with a TLC, and then they debate whether Jay-Z or the Shield own this building.
Raw Tag Team Title Match: Sheamus & Cesaro vs Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
Sheamus and Ambrose start us off, and Sheamus quickly winds up on the receiving end of some slick double teams from the Shield. Cesaro comes in and the Shield clear the ring and stand tall together. Dean goes out after Sheamus and eats a Brogue kick, then Rollins dumps Cesaro to the floor and goes for a dive, but gets caught by both champs and slammed on the floor. BIG slam too. Rollins winds up on the receiving end of some double teaming and hits a blockbuster to Cesaro, but Ambrose is still down on the floor and not available to make a tag. Sheamus tags in and slams Rollins back into his corner and covers for 2. Cesaro suddenly becomes the biggest babyface in history by running into the crowd while some assholes are playing with a beach ball, grabs the beach ball, and tears the damn thing to pieces. THAT is long overdue. Rollins is still in peril, but Ambrose is finally up and lays out the champs, creating enough space for Rollins to get to the corner and make the hot tag. Ambrose goes nuts and cleans house on both me, catching Cesaro with a neckbreaker for 2. Rollins connects with a springboard clothesline to Sheamus to send him to the floor, double clothesline sends Cesaro to the floor, and then stereo dives take both champs out. Continue Reading
Seth Rollins versus Bray Wyatt
Rollins with a wrist lock into a side head lock. Rollins with a knee and snap mare followed by a kick to the back. They lock up again and Wyatt backs Rollins into the corner. Wyatt teases a clean break but he tries to punch Rollins. Rollins goes after Wyatt but Wyatt leans back in the corner and Rollins stops. Rollins with a baseball slide and he goes for a suicide dive but the attempt is stopped by a punch from Wyatt. Wyatt with an uppercut. Rollins with a flat line and then Wyatt with a back elbow to stop Rollins. They go to the apron and Wyatt tries for a DDT but Rollins with punches to Wyatt. Wyatt throws Rollins off the apron and into the ring steps. Wyatt breaks the count and then goes back to the floor and sends Rollins into the ringside barrier with a running shoulder tackle. Wyatt gets a near fall. Wyatt with a reverse chin lock but Rollins with a punch. Wyatt with a forearm to the back followed by a double thrust to the upper chest. Rollins is put on the turnbuckles and Wyatt climbs.
Rollins with punches and head butts to stop Wyatt. Wyatt with a punch and head butt. Wyatt with a superplex and both men are down. Wyatt gets a near fall. Wyatt and Rollins with punches but Rollins with the advantage for a moment. Wyatt with a forearm. Wyatt pulls Rollins out of the ropes and Rollins flips and lands on his feet. Wyatt with a forearm to the back and then he hits a DDT on the apron. Wyatt gets a near fall. Wyatt with a reverse chin lock. Wyatt sends Rollins to the mat but he misses a back senton when Rollins moves. Rollins pulls himself up to his feet and Rollins sends Wyatt to the floor. Wyatt misses a clothesline and Rollins goes for a suplex but Wyatt blocks it. Rollins lands on his feet on a suplex attempt. Continue Reading
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor in a Fatal Five to determine top contender to WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar
Everyone battled at the bell leaving Roman in the ring. They fired back and forth. Reigns nailed a Samoan Drop but Samoa Joe caught him for a potential one, only to have it reversed and Roman snapped one. Finn and Roman battled back and forth. Balor went for a kick but Roman blocked it. Joe sent Rollins to the floor and went for a dive but was nailed a Seth nailed one on Joe. Balor drilled Bray and stomped him over and over, using the ropes for leverage. He turned to Joe and Seth and gave them the same treatment. Balor nailed a big flip dive to the outside, wiping out his opposition. The battle continues with Joe tossing Roman into the barricade. Joe and Bray teamed up to drill Rollins with the steel steps. They turned to Balor and assaulted him as well before turning their attention back to Roman. Joe and Bray continued to control the landscape, taking turns beating on Finn. Rollins returned to the fray and nailed a leg lariat on Bray, then drove Joe into the buckles. He went for a dive on Bray but was nailed with a massive right hand. Bray nailed him with a DDT on the steel steps. Back in the ring, Joe sunk in the Clutch but Finn slipped out and nailed the double stomp. Wyatt brought a chair into the equation and started laying waste to everyone. He turned to Joe and teased hitting him, but turned and nailed Finn again. Joe nailed the back senton splash on Finn, who had a chair laid across his back. Not to be undone, Bray then nailed one on the chair. Joe teased he was going to attack Bray but backed off. Continue Reading