Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton b. Heath Slater and Rhyno for the Tag Team Championships
Finish: Bray Wyatt distracted Rhyno allowing Orton to hit an RKO for the win.
Summary: This match was very quick and didn't do a great job of making the current tag team champions seem like they were worth a damn. That might be acceptable if they hadn't won a tag team tournament going over the entire division just a little while back to win those titles. I'm never a fan of making champions look weak, even if they are going to lose. They teased some descent between Orton and Harper again but not much. Overall, it felt rushed and made Rhyno and Slater seem like an afterthought.
Nikki Bella b. Carmella
Finish: Nikki Bella emptied an entire fire extinguisher on Carmella then hit the Rack Attack 2.0 for the pinfall victory.
Summary: This match also felt really rushed and didn't make Carmella look too good at all. It also didn't do much for Nikki. Spraying an entire fire extinguisher at someone isn't really "unleashing" on them and it seemed lazy. It also drives me absolutely insane that wrestlers use the fire extinguisher to spray their opponents but DON'T USE IT AS A BLUNT WEAPON! Honestly! You're holding a heavy metal can in your hand and you don't think to hit them with it? Ridiculous. Regardless, I know that the face has to win occasionally and the heel wins occasionally but I'm not a fan of Nikki going over Carmella who needs establishing. My biggest gripe with this match boils down to shortness and lack of aggressiveness for a match that should've been more of a fight.
Miz b. Dolph Ziggler in a ladder match for the IntercontinentalChampionship
Finish: Dolph Ziggler climbed two ladders, one leg on each, allowing Miz to run up and hit two wicked low blows.
Summary: This match passed but only because it didn't fail, if that makes sense. I had really high expectations for this match but it didn't live up to the hype I gave it. That said, it wasn't a bad match by any stretch, it just wasn't as good as I was expecting. If I had to use one word to describe this ladder match I'd say traditional. There weren't any huge spot-stealing moments in the match, but they utilized the ladder well through the whole match. It was more of a ground and pound style ladder match which we don't see very often anymore. I'm actually very surprised we didn't get any interference from Maryse on this one considering there aren't any DQs. I expected her to run up the ladder or something at least once. I actually give WWE credit for not having her get involved. In the end Miz retained and I'm ok with that. Honestly, I wish they hadn't taken the title off him in the first place.
Baron Corbin b. Kalisto in a Chairs match
Finish: Corbin hit the End of Days into a pile of chairs for the win.
Summary: This match started off slow and I thought I wasn't going to like it, but it picked up at the right pace and I ended up enjoying it a ton. If it weren't for the incredible WWE Championship match I'd say this was the match of the night. Side note, Kalisto wore tradition tights instead of his usual pants which was odd and I didn't like. This match had some great spots using the chairs, which can be tough to accomplish, especially with headshots being banned. There was a particularly wicked Deep 6 on the outside that sticks in my memory. Overall, this is one of those matches that will show up on a DVD set for both guys as one of their great matches from early in their career.
Alexa Bliss b. Becky Lynch in a Tables Match for the Women's Championship
Finish: Bliss grabbed Becky off the apron and connected with a Powerbomb through the table.
Summary: This match was great and showed that the Blue Brand women can go just as much as the Red Brand's women. One particularly great moment was Becky using the table legs to enhance the disarmer. Table matches can be tricky because fans still expect it to be brutal and violent, it is called a Tables match after all. However, more often than not, they end up being a bit of a tease through the whole match. You only get one big table spot to end the match so you have to make it count. The key to a good tables match is teasing the table spot all match and then hitting the finish quickly out of the blue. This match did just that with its finish. A really good match.
AJ Styles b. Dean Ambrose in a TLC Match for the WWEChampionship
Finish: James Ellsworth turned heel and shoved Dean Ambrose off a ladder into two tables allowing AJ to climb the ladder and win.
Summary: This match was INCREDIBLE! The first thing that comes to mind to sum up this match is one move. AJ Styles hitting a 450 springboard splash through a table from the ring to the floor below. Absolutely insane! 100% a contender for Match of the Year and I'd have a hard time finding a reason why it wouldn't win. Ambrose and Styles put on a clinic in this match. They used the weapons in the match without it feeling like they were forced into using them. All I can say about this match is, if you didn't watch it, you need to. It will be interesting to see if they keep this rivalry going or blow it off. My guess is that with the next PPV that Smackdown will be involved with will be Royal Rumble that tonight was the blow off match. I'm hoping the rumors are true and we get Styles vs. Undertaker at Royal Rumble. That's a personal dream match of mine. It'll be interesting to see what happens with Ellsworth from here. Obviously, Ambrose won't go into a rivalry with just Ellsworth, but they have to do something with him. I'm interested to see how it plays out.
Overall: TLC was a solid PPV that started a little weak but got better as it went on. That's always fine in my book as the best should go on last.