WWE TLC 2014 Kickoff Results
Sunday, December 14, 2014
From Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Report by Brooks Oglesby of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Renee Young welcomes us to the WWE TLC Kickoff. Tonight's panelists are Booker T, Alex Riley & Paul Heyman.
She asks Heyman how he's doing, and he takes offense. She then asks Booker T how he feels. Booker says he feels great and he's looking great. He thinks the guys in the back probably have a lot of adrenaline right now. He would have retired a lot earlier had he had to compete in the kinds of matches he's seeing tonight.
Renee then moves to the individual matches, previewing John Cena vs. Seth Rollins. If Cena loses the match, he is no longer the No. 1 Contender to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Renee says that Heyman must have a vested interest in the match tonight. He confirms that Brock has a vested interest as well. He questions what shape John Cena will be in if he manages to defeat Rollins tonight. He has the same question in regard to Rollins defeating Cena.
Renee then mentions that The New Day will face Gold & Stardust later on the Kickoff, and shows a recap of the beginning of the feud from two weeks ago on Raw. She then sends it to Tom Phillips in the social media lounge. Tom says to use #WWETLC to discuss the show. He then notes that Dolph Ziggler will be answering questions via Twitter during the Kickoff, so send in your questions with #AskZiggler.
Next up from the panel is a recap of the feud between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt. Renee asks the panel if "crazy can outdo crazy." Heyman says he doesn't have an articulate answer, though he wishes he does. He calls Bray "strategically insane," as he leaves his conscience at the door. He says that if you're not interested in this match, you're not paying attention. Renee notes that Dean debuted in a TLC match, and posits that that may give him an edge. Riley reminds the panel of the Jacob's Ladder story that Bray told, and says that tonight, we may see a beatdown of biblical proportions.
Backstage, The Miz is speaking to Naomi, with Mizdow behind him mimicking his every move. Naomi tells Miz that she's going to make it on her own. She doesn't need his help. Miz says he knows he's talking to Naomi's "possessive husband" right now, not her, but he says that this music deal will not last forever. In fact, it ends tonight. Naomi asks if he'll put in a good word for her regardless of how the match goes tonight. Miz says that if he has the title at the end of the night, she can consider herself signed. Naomi says her number 1 goal is to be Divas Champion, so "that's on Miz" tonight.
Back at the panel, Renee asks the panel how much Miz's manipulation of Naomi is affecting Jimmy Uso. Riley says that The Miz finds a way to make it work for him, as a former WWE Champion. Booker says it's difficult to be married while in the business, and Jimmy hasn't been tested yet. Renee reminds us that the #AskZiggler Q&A is coming up soon.
Next up for discussion is Erick Rowan vs. Big Show in a Stairs Match. Booker says Big Show is frightening in scenarios like this, but Erick Rowan is scary in his own right. It may come down to who grabs the stairs first. Riley claims that the stairs have a total weight of 275 pounds. Booker says that no matter who wins, they're going to be hurting tomorrow morning. Heyman says that Big Show is a trained athlete, and we know that, but we don't know much about Rowan, and neither does Big Show.
The panel then moves to Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship. Renee says that Ziggler has a history of success in Ladder matches, but we don't know what Luke Harper's pain threshold is. Booker says that Ziggler proved that he'll do whatever it takes to get to the top at Survivor Series. Riley notes that Ziggler's performing for hometown crowd tonight.
Back at the Social Media Lounge, Tom Phillips welcomes Dolph Ziggler. The first question is about Sting's first appearance in WWE. Ziggler says that he was hoping for something to pull him through that match, and "that vigilante" Sting showed up to help the good guys. Someone asks if Ziggler has ever set his sights on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He says he sets his sights as high as he can. He's focused on the Intercontinental Championship, but one day, he wants to get a shot at Brock Lesnar. The next question is on his strategy for tonight. He says there's an obvious answer, but his answer is that he's going to steal the show and set the bar. Ziggler says that this ladder match is going to be "the best damn thing" he's ever done.
Down at ringside, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & JBL welcome us to the show as The New Day makes their entrance. Gold & Stardust are out next, and Stardust is sporting green face paint.
Kofi Kingston & Big E vs. Gold & Stardust
Goldust & Kofi start in the ring. Goldust takes Kofi down and wrenches his arm. They separate and Goldust takes him down with a shoulder block. On the outside, Xavier starts a "New Day" chant. Goldust runs the ropes and Kofi leap frogs over him, dropping him with a forearm. Kofi pushes Goldust into the corner and tags Big E in. Big E pushes Goldust out of the ring and Goldust takes his time getting back into the ring. He tags in Stardust, who faces off with Big E. Stardust hits a number of kicks to Big E's torso and goes for clothesline, but Big E counters with a shoulder block of his own for a two-count. Big E tags Kofi back in and The New Day does a double team flapjack to dropkick combination. Another tag as Stardust rolls to the outside and Kofi runs at Big E, who launches him over the top rope onto Gold & Stardust. Stardust gets sent back into the ring and quickly makes a tag to Goldust. Goldust takes control with a number of stomps and keeps him grounded with a chinlock. Stardust is tagged back in and stomps Big E in the corner. He bows to the crowd, which gets him some heat. Stardust runs at Big E in the corner, but Big E runs out first and drops him with an STO. He tags Kofi, who lands a springboard axe handle. Kofi's fired up, and hits several dropkicks before his signature double legdrop. Kofi hits Stardust with both knees in the corner and goes to the apron, but Goldust distracts him, allowing Stardust to slam Kofi into the barricade. Stardust tags Goldust, who sends Kofi back into the ring. Goldust hangs Kofi on the second turnbuckle before tagging Stardust back in. Stardust applies an inverted Boston crab, then changes to a chinlock. Kofi gets to his feet and sends Stardust over the top rope. Big E gets a hot tag and hits Stardust with a belly-to-belly suplex. He lands another before landing a splash in the center of the ring. He goes for the big ending, but Goldust gets involved. Big E sends Goldust out of the ring, allowing Stardust to land a modified Disaster Kick. Kofi breaks up the pin, but Goldust sends Kofi out of the ring. Kofi gets a blind tag on Big E while he's hung up in the ropes and he drags Goldust out of the ring. Big E gets Goldust up for the Big Ending, and Kofi goes to the top rope. They hit their combination finisher for the win.
Winners: The New Day
Back at the panel, they recap the feud between Nikki Bella & AJ Lee. Booker says this is his Shucky Ducky Quack Quack moment of the night. He called that the Bella Twins would get back together. Renee points out that AJ Lee won the Diva of the Year Slammy, so the fan support may come into play.
The panel then moves on to Ryback vs. Kane in a Chairs match. Heyman says he's seen a change in Ryback. He says "I don't know if you've heard this, but Ryback hurts people." Kane is intriguing as well, because he also hurts people. Riley says that stairs can hurt you, or they can absolutely destroy you. Booker says he's going to love every minute of this spectacle no matter what happens. Riley agrees when Renee asks if they are evenly matched tonight.
Renee says she just received word that the Intercontinental Championship match will open the show tonight. She then moves to Cena vs. Rollins, recapping the feud between the two. Renee says she just received news that Brock Lesnar will be competing at the Royal Rumble, so if Cena wins tonight, it will be Cena vs. Lesnar at the Rumble. Heyman says that someone will leave this show with their sights set on Brock Lesnar, but that person will have just gone through the carnage of TLC.