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*Live* Richard Reacts To WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs

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WWE TLC Kickoff Recap | WWE TLC Live Stream

WWE TLC Kickoff Match
- Sasha Banks w/Tamina & Naomi vs. Becky Lynch

Pass or fail?:Pass but this wasn't the Match of the Night some were expecting. There was some decent spots but nothing must-see. The crowd seemed into it at times, cold at others. Both are still extremely talented and if booked properly, could each be something special. I gave the bout a passing grade because it's nice seeing the women get some time to have a legitimate singles match (11:30) but there really wasn't a reason to care about this. The awkward mid-match commercial threw off the flow and the crowd wasn't anything like we're used to seeing on NXT.

The finish: Naomi got on the apron and kicked Becky Lynch, while Tamina distracted the referee. The distractions allowed for Banks to lock in the Bank Statement and get the win via submission when Lynch tapped out.

Analysis:Team B.A.D. cut a heel in-ring promo where they sang songs to the tune of Christmas carols that was very bad. Most just wanted this match to get some time, so the pre-match stuff could have been done away with. They had an ill-timed commercial break right in the middle of the match, which damaged the flow. When they came back, Sasha hit an awkward backstabber before attempting to lock in the Bank Statement. Lynch made a comeback but it was clear the crowd wasn't NXT savvy.

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Triple Threat Tag Team Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Big E & Kofi Kingston w/Xavier Woods on commentary (c) vs. The Usos vs. The Lucha Dragons

Pass or fail?:Pass for an opening match spot fest. I was annoyed by the constant out of the ring spots that made no sense but the match was entertaining. It also helps that The New Day is over like rover.

The finish: Kofi Kingston climbed to the top of the ladder after Xavier Woods threw his trombone at Kalisto, who was climbing up the ladder

Analysis: The New Day cut a stellar pre-match promo and I hope Team B.A.D. were taking notes. Kofi, Xavier Woods and Big E just understand how to connect, even as heels. Contrary to what the mainstream believes about the pro wrestling business, this is an art form. When it's done right, it's something enjoyable to see.

The Lucha Dragons went high risk on the outside onto New Day, isolating The Usos in the ring. However, instead of going up a ladder, The Usos jumped over the ropes and went to the outside as well. Illogical but an attempt to pop the crowd. The crowd started chanting "this is awesome" after two consecutive high spots by Sin Cara, one with a ladder, the other flipping over the top rope to the outside. The spots out of the ring are pretty but in this type of match, illogical. The goal is to set up a ladder in the middle of the ring and grab the titles. Any spot that requires you to leave the ring, doesn't make sense. How do the producers not catch this when going over the match?

Kalisto did the Salida del Sol on Jey Uso off the top of the ladder in an incredible spot. The crowd popped big time and began chanting "this is awesome." That was a show-defining type spot that will surely be used in future highlight packages. Michael Cole seemed legitimately impressed and the crowd rewarded them.

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Every time the announcers mixed up Sin Cara and Kalisto, Xavier Woods made a big deal about it. He then ran to the ring an threw his trombone at Kalisto when he was going up the ladder. That was the finish. This was an energetic spot fest that was entertaining. The downfall were all of the out of the ring spots that didn't make any sense. Some people won't like the finish but you can't take the belts of The New Day right now, they're over like rover. The Salida del Sol was show-stealing material. Reader Poll:Click here to load (if not loaded)

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Singles Match - Rusev w/Lana vs. RybackPass or fail?:Fail. This was a brutal comedown match from a stellar tag team ladder bout. The finish: Ryback had Rusev above his head but Rusev countered, locked in The Accolade and Ryback tapped out. Analysis: I wasn't looking forward to this match because both Rusev and Ryback are exactly where they were when they debuted on the main WWE roster. There has been no progression, despite some "trying." They had a horrible exchange where one was trying to overpower the other for a suplex. Ryback finally got a snap suplex but the crowd booed and were quiet afterwards. Ryback finally got them back going with that twitching thing he does for "feed me more" but Rusev got out of the ring to get the heel advantage. They got back in, Ryback hit some more offense and the finish came out of nowhere. Awful. Reader Poll:Click here to load (if not loaded)

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Chairs Match for the WWE United States Championship - Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack SwaggerPass or Fail?:Fail. This match had nothing going for it, coming off a flat match and keeping things right there. The finish: Del Rio hit a double stomp on Swagger and pinned him for the three count. Analysis: Jack Swagger came out hot, probably trying to remind fans of who he is. Alberto Del Rio used the backstabber early on, something that is being way overused in WWE. It seems like every match has a backstabber spot nowadays. A few of Swagger's chair shots were head shots on Del Rio. The crowd, which has been pretty good tonight, was silent for this. So much has been invested into Del Rio as a top heel but he's nowhere near the level of The New Day. The fans at least supported Swagger with the "we the people," which showed some connection. Swagger locked in the Patriot Lock with a chair on Del Rio's ankle, he no sold it. They went back and forth, until Del Rio double stomped Swagger on a pile of chairs, which he followed with the pinfall. Del Rio just has no heat and the crowd didn't seem to be invested into the match. Reader Poll:Click here to load (if not loaded)

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Eight-Man Tag Team Elimination Tables Match - The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer & Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Luke Harper & Erick RowanPass or fail?:Pass. They did exactly what they needed to do, allowing The Wyatt Family to get a clear and convincing win. Strowman looks unstoppable and there could be some money in him alone. The finish: Braun Strowman put Bubba Ray Dudley through a table to end Team Extreme and win the match. Analysis: Erick Rowan was eliminated first after getting the 3D through a table. By this point, the crowd was still dead. Rhyno did some belly-to-belly suplexes that left a lot to be desired. He was then eliminated by Luke Harper after being kicked into a table. When Bray Wyatt was laid out into the ring, the crowd started a loud "we want tables" chant. By the time Devon got one set up, Wyatt put him through it to eliminate him. Bubba Ray and Tommy Dreamer piled up tables on the outside, when they got back into the ring Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper attacked. Bubba Ray used a kendo stick. He got charcoal fluid from under the ring and brought it into the ring. Bubba Ray dumped it on the table wiht a lighter in his hand. When he went to light it and put Wyatt on it, Strowman came in and put Bubba Ray through it. Reader poll:Click here to refresh the page for the latest updates.

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WWE Intercontinental Championship Match - Kevin Owens (c) vs. Dean AmbrosePass or fail?:Pass. A babyface finally won a title and this was a great match, worth watching if you missed it. The finish: Dean Ambrose countered the Pop Up Powerbomb, rolling through to pin Owens and to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Analysis: Kevin Owens followed the lead of Team B.A.D. and The New Day and cut a pre-match heel promo. His was second best, much better than what Naomi and company did but no where close to New Day. He speaks with authority and like a veteran heel. He took a dig at Boston sports teams for the cheap heat because that's what old school heels do. Kevin Owens hit a lot of offense early on, the crowd was once again quiet. At this point in the show it just felt like they needed something to “sink their teeth into.” Dean Ambrose built a good counter but Owens crushed it with some tremendous in-ring work. Owens’s work is so smooth that it looks effortless and you can tell the difference from some of the things we’ve seen earlier in the night. Owens dominated so much, Ambrose nearly got himself counted out after offense from the outside. When Ambrose got back in, clearing the count, they exchanged chops and jabs. The crowd popped big for Ambrose landing an insane clothesline (everything Ambrose does is insane, look at this face). Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds off a clean sequence but Owens got one finger on the bottom rope during the count. The crowd popped big for the near fall. Owens tried to build a counter but Ambrose rolled him up after countering the Pop Up Powerbomb, rolling through to pin him and win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. This didn't top the opener but it was a really good match. Reader poll:Click here to load (if not loaded)

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WWE Divas Championship Match - Charlotte w/Ric Flair (c) vs. PaigePass or fail?:Push. I can't really pass it because I'm not really sure the crowd buys Charlotte as a dirty heel. It wasn't bad enough to fail but I feel like to be fair, it was below expectations. I don't think Charlotte needs Ric and I'm not sure what having him out there with her does, other than make her "Ric Flair light." The finish: Charlotte sent Paige first first into the turnbuckle after she had removed the cover. This allowed for her to get the pinfall victory. Analysis: Charlotte played the heel well, from the facials to the cocky Ric Flair strut. She even did a good job stretching out Paige on the mat and taunting the crowd. I see Charlotte as such a talented performer that I believe she has the potential to completely alter the perception of women in professional wrestling. At one point Ric got caught loosening the turnbuckle cover (the dirtiest player in the game). Meanwhile, Paige built a counter, locking in the figure four leglock and popping the crowd. Charlotte got the ropes to break it up and Paige hit a nice fisherman's suplex for a good near fall. Charlotte dropped Paige on her head when she picked her up in a small package and slammed her down to the mat. Paige looked at Ric and said, "this one's for you." Paige hit RamPaige but Flair interfered on Charlotte's behalf, putting her foot on the rope, to break the count. While Paige was distracted, Charlotte removed the turnbuckle pad. Charlotte slammed Paige on it, allowing her to get the pin and win the match. Overall, Ric shouldn't be with Charlotte because she loses her own identity. The crowd doesn't buy her as a dirty heel and that just didn't work. Reader poll:Click here to load (if not loaded)

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Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Sheamus (c) vs. Roman ReignsPass or fail?:Pass. The match was good and it was physical, the problem is the crowd was so unhappy with the participants they expressed disinterest. Sheamus is getting X-Pac heat as champion and that plagued this bout but it wasn't bad by any means. It really picked up when Del Rio and Rusev interfered and Roman fought them off. The finish: Sheamus climbed a ladder and grabbed the title after Alberto Del Rio and Rusev helped neutralize Roman Reigns. Analysis: Roman Reigns stiffed Sheamus with a right hand first thing. Sheamus attacked back, the crowd appreciated it. The crowd launched into a loud dueling "we want Cena/Cena sucks" chants. Ouch. Sheamus attacked Reigns on the outside out of the timekeeper's area with a forearm. The announcers kept playing up Roman's stiff shot to the jaw of Sheamus. Meanwhile, Roman hit a clothesline that sent Sheamus out of the ring and he followed. The chants shifted to "we miss Rollins." They did a lot of table spots, with Roman going through one off a blocked powerbomb and Roman countering by suplexing Sheamus through one. Sheamus hit White Noise on Reigns through a table on the outside. Some “holy shit” chants and the announcers played it up as it injured both. When they got back in the ring, Roman had Sheamus by one leg, picked him up and basically powerbombed him on a ladder. Reigns hit a Superman punch with a ladder on the outside, to which the announcers acted shocked to see. The crowd began to chant "NXT," I'm assuming to express disinterest. Sheamus clubbed Reigns over the chest in what has been a very physical match. They set up a ladder in the ring and Roman went for the title but Sheamus caught him. In another spot, Reigns came out of nowhere and Superman punched Sheamus off the top of the ladder. The crowd popped hard as Roman made it to the top but Alberto Del Rio and Rusev hit the ring. Reigns worked to fight them off but Del Rio kicked him in the face. Reigns finally got away from them and tried to get back into the ring but Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick. The crowd booed loudly as Sheamus climbed the ladder. Reigns got back again but Sheamus brought the belt down. After the match, Roman speared all three of them and went after Sheamus with a steel chair. Triple H came out with referees to try and get Roman to stop. Reigns ended up attacking Triple H with the chair to the point where Stephanie McMahon came out and begged him to stop. The assault was long and extensive and certainly looked like the beginning of something more, which I'm currently working on now. It seemed to get Roman over, as the crowd chanted "thank you Roman" as Stephanie checked on Hunter with the doctors. Michael Cole even stated, they "needed a damn ambulance." Reader poll:Click here to load (if not loaded)

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