– Jim Ross checked in with his WWE TLC predictions. Below is an excerpt:
@HeelZiggler slipping over @JohnCena in the Ladder match with the MITB contract at stake. Would it shock me to see Dolph Ziggler leave TLC as the new World Champion as well? Not totally. It also wouldn’t shock me to see Cena win. That’s one reason this match intrigues me.
@Ryback22 and Team Hell No vs @TheShield…6 man tag that is likely to be wild west like and I see the three newcomers coming out on top by hook or crook. Fresh match that will likely be well received.
@WWESheamus challenging @WWETheBigShow for the World Title..straight forward, physical, smash mouth with Show retaining in a bout where chairs are legal and likely to play a major role in the bout’s outcome.
Rhodes Scholars vs. Mysterio and Sin Cara in a tag team, Tables match…nod goes to the team with the most facial hair…or so we think. Sandow & Rhodes take one more step forward.
R Truth challenging @AntonioCesaro for the United States Title. Cesaro is in full on throwback mode, if he wore a jersey it would be a Johnny Valentine model, and will retain his championship. A ‘maximize one’s minutes’ type of bout for both talents.
Kofi Kingston defending the Intercontinental Title against @WadeBarrett could be one of the better bouts of the show and I see Kofi retaining against Barrett who is destined for a great 2013. Hope Kofi can continue to regain what he found just down the road from Brooklyn in Madison Square Garden a year or so ago vs Randy Orton. These are two men, or so it seems, WWE is counting on big time in the near future.
Will @WWE Champion @CMPunk’s presence at #TLC Sunday be significant? My assumption is yes but how is anyone’s guess. The WWE Title is the ultimate prize in WWE and it will be on display in some shape, form or fashion.
@MichaelCole will spearhead the broadcast with @JerryLawler and @JCLayfield. Three man booths are often times tough to navigate but Cole does a great job of being the point man and JBL and the King have had a show or two under their belts together so I’d expect that we will be entertained and informed. Could we see a guest appearance by @CMPunk at the announce table Sunday? Any thing is possible in @WWE. The wrestlers provide the music and the announcers provide the lyrics.
Most likely much will be made of what bout will close the PPV and my opinion on that one is “Who cares?” As it relates to the order of events, the first bout of the night on PPV is also extremely important and should be one that is perceived that the live audience will engage in and invest. Frankly, more speculation should be devoted to what bout starts the show that what bout ends the event.
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– Dot com has a storyline piece on Randy Orton being written off television at this link. We have the legitimate reason why he’s been taken off television and it’s not a wrist/hand injury. Click here for more.